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As we approach National Geographic’s 130th anniversary this January, our explorers continue to change the way we think about our world—using satellite imagery to identify ancient settlements, documenting the farthest reaches of the Okavango Delta, bringing back rare footage from the ocean deep, and even delving into the roots of happiness. These archaeologists and wildlife biologists, photographers and anthropologists are your traveling companions on the extraordinary expeditions by private jet that you’ll find in these pages. Through their insights and tales of discovery, as well as encounters with National Geographic grantees in the field, you’ll develop a greater appreciation for the intriguing places you visit. There are six unparalleled opportunities to explore the world by private jet in this brochure, and each one takes a unique approach to discovering the planet’s treasures. On our newest trip, follow National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner on a quest to unlock the secrets to health and well-being on Blue Zones™: Discovering Sources of Happiness and Longevity by Private Jet. Travel alongside 12 renowned explorers on Celebrating 130 Years of Exploration: An Extraordinary Journey by Private Jet,

an expedition that features a dazzling spectrum of cultural and natural wonders from Nepal to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Or journey through Central Asia, the Balkans, and beyond on Great Empires by Private Jet: Exploring Ancient Persia to the Mediterranean, and witness how important civilizations flourished through centuries of trade and turmoil. Along with our classic Around the World by Private Jet itinerary, we’ll also take The Northern Route, circumnavigating the globe through Mongolia, Russia, Iceland, Greenland, and more. And we’ll encounter the iconic wildlife and epic landscapes of Africa on an expedition that encompasses some of that continent’s greatest treasures.

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Whether you’re examining the ancient treasures of Petra, Jordan with archaeologist Sarah Parcak or peering at fossils with paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, your journey will be illuminated by the leading experts who accompany us on each trip. And thanks to the ease and flexibility afforded by our private jet, we are able to make the most of our time in each destination and enjoy every adventure to the fullest.

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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, U.S. SARDINIA, ITALY

TOKYO, JAPAN

CRETE, GREECE

PARO AND THIMPHU, BHUTAN

OKINAWA, JAPAN LUANG PRABANG, LAOS Easter Island, Chile

AFRICA BY PRIVATE JET

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LISBON, PORTUGAL

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LONDON, ENGLAND

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FEZ, MOROCCO PETRA, JORDAN

SERENGETI PLAIN OR NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA KIGALI AND VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA

MAUN, BOTSWANA

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU, PERU

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Christchurch and Queenstown, New Zealand

AROUND THE WORLD BY PRIVATE JET

GREAT EMPIRES BY PRIVATE JET: EXPLORING ANCIENT PERSIA TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

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SERENGETI PLAIN OR NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

LIMA, PERU

SEYCHELLES

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

PETRA AND WADI RUM, JORDAN

Easter Island, Chile

ANTANANARIVO AND ANDASIBEMANTADIA NATIONAL PARK, MADAGASCAR

WALVIS BAY, SWAKOPMUND, AND NAMIB DESERT, NAMIBIA

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.

THE MASAI MARA AND LAKE TURKANA, KENYA

ANJA JAVY, MADAGASCAR

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KATHMANDU AND THE HIMALAYA, NEPAL

ARUSHA, TANZANIA

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

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CELEBRATING 130 YEARS OF EXPLORATION: AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY BY PRIVATE JET

THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND, SOUTH AFRICA

LJUBLJANA, S LOVEN IA

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ANGKOR, CAMBODIA

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GREAT BARRIER REEF OR DAINTREE RAINFOREST, AUSTRALIA

EASTER ISLAND, CHILE

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KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND ÅLESUND, NORWAY

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.

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N ATI O N A L G EOG R A P H I C | D I F F E R E N C E For more than 30 years, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have made their home in the wilds of Africa, where they’ve dedicated their lives to the study and documentation of large predators. Central to their work as filmmakers is their mission to bring awareness to the plight of big cats and the need for greater conservation of these imperiled creatures. In 2009, they founded the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, which currently funds more than 65 grants in 27 countries for the protection of endangered felines worldwide. In recent years, they’ve expanded their conservation efforts through Great Plains Conservation, an Africa-based company that utilizes low-volume, low-impact tourism as a tool to preserve threatened habitats. As CEO of the company, Dereck has brought together local communities and conservation tourism to fund and protect large tracts of land in Africa—which today totals roughly one million acres. The Jouberts are as prolific in their work as they are passionate, having made 30 films for National Geographic. They have also published 11 books and written numerous articles for National Geographic magazine. Their body of work has received international recognition, earning six Emmys, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award, and induction into the American Academy of Achievement. In 2011, they were awarded the Presidential Order of Merit by the government of Botswana.

DERECK AND BEVERLY JOUBERT

NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC EXPLORERS-IN-RESIDENCE

On our new trip, Celebrating 130 Years of Exploration: An Extraordinary Journey by Private Jet, Dereck and Beverly will personally welcome us to Kenya’s Masai Mara and introduce us to some of the wildlife species they know so well, while offering their insights on conservation issues and sharing tales from the field. On any of our private jet trips, your encounters will be enriched by inspiring individuals like the Jouberts, whether you’re framing the majestic architecture of the Taj Mahal with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths or discussing human origins in Africa with paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger.

W H E N YO U T R AV E L W I T H U S YO U M A K E A D I F F E R E N C E YOU SUPPORT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY When you travel with us, you support the National Geographic Society’s nonprofit mission to explore and protect the planet. We return 27% of our proceeds to the Society, which funds researchers and explorers around the globe who are working to preserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures, and advance understanding of our planet and its inhabitants. As you thumb through this catalog, look for the National Geographic seal to learn more about the National Geographic Society’s work in the regions that we visit.

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National Geographic Expeditions is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit: its environment, culture, and heritage, as well as the well-being of its residents. In providing authentic travel experiences, we strive to support local economies in our choice of services. At the same time, we believe that the powerful positive effects of sustainable travel go beyond the long-term economic benefits, inspiring passionate stewards committed to protecting the places we visit.

The National Geographic Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners LLC (d/b/a National Geographic Expeditions). You contribute to that support when you make your purchase. To learn more, visit natgeo.com/info.

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OUR EXPERTS ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE

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Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes has traveled all over Africa, studying wildlife rehabilitation and biodiversity, fighting the wild-caught bird trade, and working on forest restoration projects. A native of South Africa, he has completed National Geographic–sponsored expeditions across the Okavango Delta and along its tributaries to promote broader protection for the watershed. Steve is the scientific director of the Wild Bird Trust, and currently runs the Cape Parrot Project, for which he has received support from the Society’s Conservation Trust. Steve will join the group in Botswana on Celebrating 130 Years of Exploration: An Extraordinary Journey by Private Jet in October 2018 and Africa by Private Jet in December 2018.

On each of our private jet expeditions, a world-class team of experts illuminates the history of empires we uncover, the diverse cultures we encounter, the wildlife we see, and the outstanding examples of art and architecture we visit. A National Geographic photographer also joins each trip to share tips and techniques as we explore together, and to present a slide show of our adventures at the end of our trip. An in-flight lecture system allows for informative and stimulating talks aboard our private jet. The experts here are just a sampling of the luminaries who accompany our private jet expeditions. See the trip itineraries on the following pages for information about all of the experts featured on each expedition.

CARROLL DUNHAM

Dan Buettner is a researcher, explorer, and New York Times best-selling author. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. Dan’s November 2005 National Geographic article, “The Secrets of Living Longer,” was the cover story of one of the magazine’s top-selling issues and made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He authored the best-selling books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest; Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way; and The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People. His new book, The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People, reveals the surprising secrets of the world’s happiest places. Dan will join the group from Seattle to Greece on Blue Zones™: Discovering Sources of Happiness and Longevity by Private Jet in June 2018.

A N T H RO P O LO G I S T A N D F I L M M A K E R Carroll Dunham is a Princeton University anthropologist, writer, and documentary filmmaker who has resided in the Himalaya for the past 25 years. She is the director of Wild Earth Nepal, an organization that works with rural Nepalese women who create handcrafted products to generate income. Carroll is a popular National Geographic expert and has led numerous research expeditions and educational trips in Mongolia, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, and India. She has written four books and produced films for National Geographic, PBS, and the BBC. Carroll will join Around the World by Private Jet in December 2018 and October 31, 2019.

LEE BERGER

PA U L A K A H U M B U C O N S E R VAT I O N I S T Paula Kahumbu is the CEO of WildlifeDirect. A National Geographic Explorer with a doctorate from Princeton, she has won the Whitley Award and the National Geographic Howard Buffett Award for conservation leadership in Africa. She received a special commendation at the United Nations Person of the Year celebrations for her role in creating awareness and mobilizing legal reforms that have halted the elephant poaching crisis in her native Kenya, and was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior by Kenya’s president. Paula will join the group in Kenya on Celebrating 130 Years of Exploration: An Extraordinary Journey by Private Jet in October 2018.

PA L EOA N T H R O P O LO G I S T Paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger is a research professor in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His explorations into human origins in Africa have resulted in many notable discoveries, including the most comprehensive early hominin fossils found so far, which belong to a new species of early human ancestor, Australopithecus sediba; and, in 2013, the richest early hominin site yet found on the continent of Africa. Lee will join Around the World by Private Jet: The Northern Route in July 2018 and Celebrating 130 Years of Exploration: An Extraordinary Journey by Private Jet in October 2018.

THE BLUE ZONES AUTHOR DAN BUETTNER FILMS ON LOCATION

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S A R A H PA R C A K A R C H A EO LO G I S T Archaeologist, Egyptologist, and National Geographic Explorer Sarah Parcak is pioneering the young field of satellite archaeology, using futuristic tools to unlock secrets from the past and transform the way discoveries are made. She blends advanced computer programs, satellite imagery analysis, and old-fashioned digging to reveal thousands of unknown sites, including lost pyramids, temples, monasteries, tombs, and even entire towns. Sarah won the million-dollar 2016 TED prize, and founded and directs the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sarah will join the group in Jordan on Celebrating 130 Years of Exploration: An Extraordinary Journey by Private Jet in October 2018.

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RELAX IN SPACIOUS, VIP-STYLE SEATS.

TRAVEL WITH A DEDICATED FLIGHT CREW.

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EN J OY T H E U LTI M AT E I N S ERV I C E, CO N V EN I EN C E, A N D S EC U R IT Y Our specially outfitted Boeing 757 jets are ideally suited for these extraordinary expeditions. Their long-range capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports afford us unmatched flexibility. We set our own schedules, flying direct and avoiding layovers, which gives us the freedom to make the most of our adventures on land. Each jet has been customized and refitted to our specifications to provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience, accommodating only 75 travelers in two-by-two VIP-style seats, instead of the standard 239 seats. Our Africa by Private Jet expedition will be operated on a 757 that has been custom-configured for 49 travelers, while Blue Zones™: Discovering Sources of Happiness and Longevity by Private Jet will be operated on a 757 configured for 52 travelers.

E X P ED ITI O N C H EF We also travel with our own expedition chef and catering assistant, who create delicious meals inspired by the various places we visit. Using the freshest local ingredients, they prepare a delightful variety of dishes and serve them on board with a selection of fine wines.

ENJOY FINE CUISINE IN OUR DESTINATIONS AND ABOARD THE JET.

E X P ED ITI O N S TA FF A N D C R E W Traveling with the National Geographic team is a talented expedition staff—experienced travel experts who attend to the trip’s every logistical detail. These highly skilled and forwardthinking professionals ensure that your experience is truly extraordinary. In addition, a dedicated flight crew is specially selected for these expeditions, chosen for its attention to detail, dedication to safety and security, and top-notch hospitality.

E X P ED ITI O N P H YS I CI A N For your comfort and well-being, an expedition physician will accompany us throughout the journey. On call 24 hours a day, the physician will be ready to provide and coordinate health care services whenever and wherever needed.

AERIAL VIEW OF CAPE TOWN

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THE FINEST ACCO M M O DATI O N S

ANDBEYOND NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE TANZANIA

From Norway’s historic Hotel Union Øye, a fjord-side retreat of royalty and writers, to the handcarved and -painted Zhiwa Ling in Bhutan to the elegant andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania, whose design has been called “Maasai meets Versailles,” we stay in some of the world’s finest accommodations. Each has been chosen for its exceptional amenities and prime location. In remote areas where choices are limited, we have selected the best available accommodations to ensure your comfort. In many of the destinations we visit, we have arranged special dining experiences in unique settings accompanied by traditional entertainment.

EN J OY T H E FLEXIBILITY TO FO L LOW Y O U R P A S S I O N. Take advantage of our flexible itineraries to enjoy excursions of your choice along the way. Whether you’d like to tour local art galleries, visit a school, or hike off the beaten path, we will ensure that your travels are tailored for you.

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National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a collection of handpicked lodges that invite guests to experience the world’s most treasured places while helping protect them for generations to come. We stay at four Unique Lodges on the trips featured in this catalog: andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania (pictured above), Zhiwa Ling in Bhutan (pictured at left), Zarafa Camp in Botswana (see pages 17 and 33), and Three Camel Lodge in Mongolia (see page 23).

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In the following pages, you’ll find special opportunities to customize each trip to your interests. These options are available at no additional cost; however, some have limited space available or require a minimum number of participants. Space will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. These opportunities are a mere sampling of what’s possible. Also, if you would like to skip one of the stops on an itinerary, we will look into an alternative destination. For more information and to discuss your ideal itinerary, please contact us.

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A team of National Geographic experts will accompany this trip.

Discover the wonders of Africa with top National Geographic experts, taking in a wide spectrum of wildlife, landscapes, and cultures. Encounter the legendary creatures of Tanzania and Madagascar. In South Africa, pay a poignant visit to Robben Island, and venture to the Cradle of Humankind to explore a historic fossil excavation site featured in a recent National Geographic magazine cover story. Search for Namibia’s desert-adapted species, glide through Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and trek into Rwanda’s forests to search for endangered mountain gorillas.

Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes has traveled all over Africa, studying wildlife rehabilitation and biodiversity, fighting the wild-caught bird trade, and working on forest restoration projects. A native of South Africa, he has completed National Geographic–sponsored expeditions across the Okavango Delta and along its tributaries to promote broader protection for the watershed. Steve is the scientific director of the Wild Bird Trust, and currently runs the Cape Parrot Project, for which he has received support from the Society’s Conservation Trust.

SERENGETI PLAI N OR NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANI A KI GALI AND VOLCANOES NATI ONAL PARK, RWANDA

ARUSHA, TANZANI A

OKAVANGO D ELTA, BOTSWANA

ANJA JAV Y, MADAGASCAR

MAUN, BOTSWANA

ANTANANARI VO AND ANDASI BEMANTAD I A NATI ONAL PARK, MADAGASCAR

WALV I S BAY, SWAKOPMUND, AND NAMI B D ESERT, NAMI BI A

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRI CA

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Christchurch and Queenstown, New Zealand

DECEMBER 27, 2018–JANUARY 14, 2019

LISBON, PORTUGAL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27

Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at our historic hotel, located in the heart of Lisbon along the Tagus River. Pestana Pousadas Lisboa

THE SERENGETI PLAIN OR NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 29, AND 30

Fly by private jet to Kilimanjaro International Airport and stay overnight in Arusha. Then transfer to a smaller aircraft for the flight to Serengeti National Park. Choose from two options: Venture deep into the Serengeti to witness Africa’s greatest concentration of plains game, or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater and observe the permanent population of about 25,000 animals in one of the world’s largest unbroken calderas. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Meave or Louise Leakey joins us to discuss the family’s historic fossil finds. Arusha Coffee Lodge; Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti or andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE OF MADAGASCAR MONDAY, TUESDAY, AND WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, JANUARY 1 AND 2

Thanks to its natural isolation from the African mainland, Madagascar harbors an astonishing wealth of biodiversity. More than 80 percent of the species here are endemic, including the island’s celebrated lemurs. After an evening in the vibrant, multiethnic capital of Antananarivo, choose from the following excursions to Madagascar’s pristine nature reserves: Spend two days in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, a dense rain forest that is home to the largest species of lemur, the endangered indri, whose calls resonate in the canopy overhead. During morning and nighttime walks, discover even more life among the thick undergrowth, as the forest holds more than 50 species of reptiles, more than 100 types of birds, and a wide variety of wild orchids. Or take a local flight to the unspoiled Anjajavy Peninsula. More than 1,800 floral species are found in the nature reserve that surrounds our hotel. Observe the antics of the Coquerel’s sifaka lemur, which moves with a jaunty two-legged gait. Choose from a variety of water activities, from sailing to snorkeling the gorgeous reefs. In the evening, catch a crimson-soaked sunset from your beach villa. Relais des Plateaux, Antananarivo and Andasibe Hotel, Andasibe or Anjajavy L’Hotel, Anjajavy

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THE SERENGETI PL AIN, TANZANIA

Wildlife biologist and National Geographic Explorer Luke Dollar coordinates conservation and research programs focusing on carnivore ecology, habitats, and preservation. While most of his own research is focused in Madagascar, he also manages the Society’s Big Cats Initiative, which has funded more than 65 field-based programs worldwide, nearly two dozen of which are in southern Africa. Much of Luke’s efforts are concentrated on facilitating grassroots education and sustainable employment programs seeking to empower local people in predator range areas, creating newfound wildlife caretakers rather than killers of carnivores. He is a professor of biology at Pfeiffer University and an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Author, photographer, filmmaker, and National Geographic Explorer Sandesh Kadur uses images, both still and video, to expose the need for conservation and encourage protection of the world’s biodiversity. With subjects ranging from king cobras to clouded leopards, his documentary films have appeared worldwide on National Geographic, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, and elsewhere. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Sandesh’s many awards include CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, the Nature’s Best award, the International Conservation Photographer award, two Green Oscar nominations at the Wildscreen film festival, and the 2013 North American Nature Photographers Vision Award.

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CAPE TOWN, THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, AND THE CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA

NAMIB DESERT NAMIBIA

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 4, AND 5

Cape Town, one of Africa’s most beautiful cities, boasts a colorful mix of African, French, Dutch, and East Asian cultures. Ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), and visit Boulders Beach to see a colony of African penguins. Then set out on an excursion by helicopter to the Cape of Good Hope, examining the rare flora and fauna of this vast nature reserve. The next day, opt for a tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, followed by a visit to Cape Town’s District Six Museum. Or choose to visit the famed Cape Winelands, meeting with local winemakers and sampling award-winning vintages. One&Only Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG AND THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND, SOUTH AFRICA SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

From Johannesburg, travel by road to visit the Rising Star cave in the Cradle of Humankind, which is part of a larger UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2013, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger and his team discovered more than 1,550 fossil elements buried within the cave—the single largest hominin fossil find yet made on the continent of Africa. The excavation and analysis of Homo naledi, as this new species of human ancestor has been named, was supported by National Geographic and featured in the October 2015 National Geographic magazine cover story. Learn about the significance of these historic finds, as well as Lee’s 2008 discovery of Australopithecus sediba, a previously unknown species of apelike creatures that may have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. Later this afternoon, continue by private jet to Namibia.

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VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA

THE OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 AND 9

YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E The National Geographic Society funds research, conservation, and exploration, including the Okavango Wilderness Project—a multinational collaboration led by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Steve Boyes to survey the biodiversity of the vast Okavango River Delta and protect its unique ecosystems and wildlife populations for future generations. The Society also supports the groundbreaking paleontological research of National Geographic Explorer-inResidence Lee Berger in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind.

SWAKOPMUND, WALVIS BAY, AND THE NAMIB DESERT, NAMIBIA

One of the world’s largest inland delta systems, the Okavango Delta is a breathtaking wetland oasis in the midst of a sunbaked landscape. During our stay here, choose to explore by open safari vehicle or by traditional mokoro canoe (depending on the water level), coming face-to-face with the magnificent creatures that call this area home. Set out on a morning game drive or water safari to spot elephants, wildebeests, cheetahs, and endangered wild dogs, as well as all manner of birdlife. Keep an eye out for lions belonging to the area’s three prides. After the sun goes down, head back into the wilderness on a nighttime safari to discover the nocturnal creatures of the floodplains. Duba Plains Camp, Little Mombo Camp, Mombo Camp, Vumbura Plains Camp, or Zarafa Camp

SUNDAY AND MONDAY, JANUARY 6 AND 7

In Walvis Bay, take a flight-seeing tour by local aircraft over Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of one of the most unforgettable sights on Earth: the meeting of the dunes of the Namib Desert with the roaring Atlantic surf. Then choose from two desert options. Journey through the ancient canyons of the Moon Valley in the Namib Desert and see the famous Welwitschia mirabilis, a rare plant that is several hundred years old. Or, travel in 4x4s through the stark landscape to search for the fascinating creatures that live here. The next morning, cruise Walvis Bay lagoon to see flamingos, penguins, and pelicans, and keep an eye out for dolphins and Cape fur seals. Strand Hotel Swakopmund

MOKORO CANOE EXCURSION

KIGALI AND VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA

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THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 11, AND 12

Our next destination is Rwanda, a land of rolling green hills, majestic volcanoes, and lush lowlands. Embark on a thrilling trek in Volcanoes National Park, where the late Dian Fossey famously studied mountain gorillas with support from National Geographic. Hike through bamboo forests in search of these endangered creatures, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe gorilla families up close in their natural habitat. In Kigali, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a meaningful tribute to those who perished in the genocide of 1994. Hear survivors’ stories and learn how the country is reconciling its turbulent past with a bright future through unity and peace. Amakoro Songa Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, or Virunga Lodge; Kigali Marriott Hotel

LISBON, PORTUGAL SUNDAY AND MONDAY, JANUARY 13 AND 14

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Circle the globe with top National Geographic experts on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Traveling in the comfort of a private jet, encounter legendary places from Machu Picchu to Tibet, Easter Island, and the Taj Mahal. Experience natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Serengeti Plain, and the island paradise of Samoa.

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Carroll Dunham Anthropologist and Filmmaker

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Jack Daulton Art Historian

EA S T ER I S L A N D, CHI L E

Annie Griffiths National Geographic Photographer

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DECEMB ER 28, 2018–JANUARY 20, 2019* • M ARCH 24–APRIL 16, 2019* William Saturno Archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer

OC TOB ER 3–26, 2019 • OC TOB ER 31–NOVEMB ER 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. *

Michael Melford National Geographic Photographer

DAY 1

Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome reception at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society, followed by dinner at our hotel. The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C.

Jack Daulton (see December 2018 departure) will also join the March 2019 departure.

CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU OR TRUJILLO AND CHICLAYO, PERU DAYS 2, 3, AND 4

OCTOBER 3–26, 2019 Tierney Thys Marine Biologist and National Geographic Explorer

This morning, our private jet brings us to Lima, where we take a local flight to charming Cusco. Explore the Plaza de Armas and the Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking the city. Continue to Machu Picchu, an ancient citadel abandoned by the Inca and rediscovered in 1911. Excavated by Hiram Bingham with funding from the National Geographic Society, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Instead of visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu, you may visit Peru’s northern coast to see the temples of Chiclayo and Trujillo. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco or Libertador Trujillo and Belmond Miraflores Park, Lima

Jack Daulton (see December 2018 departure) will also join the October 3, 2019 departure.

EASTER ISLAND, CHILE DAYS 5 AND 6

Travel 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile to Easter Island, an open-air museum of ancient stone villages, sanctuaries, and giant statues called moai. Explore the island’s treasures with resident archaeologists Edmundo Edwards, Patricia Vargas, and Claudio Cristino. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

CROSS THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE DAY 7

From Easter Island we continue our voyage across the Pacific, crossing the international date line. We lose a day en route and arrive in Samoa the following evening. (continued)

MACHU PICCHU

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Jay Dickman National Geographic Photographer

OCTOBER 31–NOVEMBER 23, 2019 Jason Edwards National Geographic Photographer Carroll Dunham (see December 2018 departure) will also join the October 31, 2019 departure. William Saturno (see March 2019 departure) will also join the October 31, 2019 departure.

accommodations on Day 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.

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LHASA, TIBET OR CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, NEPAL DAYS 14 AND 15

Depart by local flight to Lhasa. Visit the Jokhang Temple, the region’s oldest and most revered temple. The next day, venture into the fabled Potala Palace and the nearly 600-year-old Sera Monastery. Alternatively, you may choose to visit Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s premier wildlife reserves. St. Regis Lhasa Resort or Taj Meghauli Serai Lodge

TAJ MAHAL OR FATEHPUR SIKRI, INDIA DAYS 16 AND 17

Return to Kathmandu by local flight and fly by private jet to Agra. See the majestic Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love. Explore the Red Fort of Agra or meet with families in Kachhpura, a village of the harijan people—historically called Untouchables in India. Instead of the Taj Mahal, you may choose to visit Fatehpur Sikri, Mogul Emperor Akbar’s crowning architectural achievement. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

THE SERENGETI PLAIN OR NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

TA J MAHAL AGR A , INDIA

DAYS 18 AND 19

Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport and choose from two options: Go deep into Serengeti National Park to witness the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa, or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater and observe the permanent population of about 25,000 animals in the largest unbroken caldera in the world. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Meave or Louise Leakey joins us to discuss the family’s historic fossil finds. Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti or andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

APIA, SAMOA DAY 8

Samoa is one of the few places where pure Polynesian culture remains essentially intact; tribal rituals and hierarchies are little changed from ancient times. Trace the coast of Samoa on a scenic drive, passing through charming seaside villages. Enjoy a traditional Polynesian feast and a fia fia, a colorful performance of Samoan dance and song. Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, Mulifanua

DAYS 20 AND 21

Visit Petra, the lost city of the Nabataeans. Hidden in Jordan’s deep canyons south of the Dead Sea, this remarkable site was founded more than 2,000 years ago and consists of elaborate buildings and tombs carved from sheer rock walls. On the last evening, gather for a festive Bedouin dinner. The following morning, travel to the beautiful desert landscape of Wadi Rum, exploring the spectacular rock formations known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Mövenpick Resort Petra

DAYS 9 AND 10

CAMBODIA

Explore the Great Barrier Reef, the largest known coral reef in the world and home to an exceptionally rich variety of marine life. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming in this magnificent ecosystem, or discover the natural wonders of the Daintree Rainforest. Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

MARRAKECH OR THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO DAYS 22 AND 23

Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to our hotel. The next day, see the Koutoubia Mosque and visit Bahia Palace. Wander through the medina and the open-air market of Djemma el Fna, or take a stroll in the stunning Majorelle Garden. Tonight, gather for a farewell banquet with traditional entertainment. La Mamounia, Marrakech

DAYS 11 AND 12

Fly to Siem Reap, our base for exploring Angkor, the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire. Survey Angkor Wat’s massive temple complex, and visit the royal city of Angkor Thom and the extraordinary Bayon Temple. Or explore the lost jungle temple of Beng Mea Lea and the ninth-century Roluos temple complex of Hariharalaya. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap

AUSTR ALIA

YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E The National Geographic Society funds research, conservation, and exploration, including archaeological excavations at an Inca ritual site near Cusco; a study on the response of the Great Barrier Reef to environmental stress; and the numerous programs of the Big Cats Initiative, including protection of endangered lions and cheetahs in Tanzania.

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF OR DAINTREE RAINFOREST, AUSTRALIA

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MARRAKECH, MOROCCO/WASHINGTON, D.C. * DAY 24

KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Following breakfast, board our private jet and fly to Washington, D.C. Upon arrival, connect with your commercial flight home; or, if you wish, we will provide complimentary accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Dulles for the night.

DAY 13

Fly by private jet to Kathmandu and visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, once a royal capital whose stunning pagodas, palaces, and squares still captivate today. Then enjoy dinner and a night’s rest before departing for Tibet. Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu

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Delve into the worlds of emperors and exiles, Arctic explorers and fossil finders, and nomads of the desert and the ice as you circumnavigate the Northern Hemisphere by private jet. Explore Japan’s exquisite spiritual architecture amid the gardens and shrines of Kyoto and Nara. Experience nomadic life in Mongolia’s Gobi, and trace Russian history in St. Petersburg and Irkutsk. Then head farther north to encounter Norway’s fjords, Iceland’s wondrous geology, and the glittering glaciers and icebergs of Greenland.

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JULY 12 AND 13

Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner at our hotel, located in the heart of downtown near Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Space Needle. The next day, depart for Japan, and lose a day crossing the international date line. Fairmont Olympic Seattle

KYOTO AND NARA, JAPAN SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AND MONDAY, JULY 14, 15, AND 16

After landing in Osaka, travel to Kyoto, home to UNESCO World Heritage–listed temples, shrines, and gardens that vividly recall the glory of Old Japan. Visit Kinkaku-ji golden pavilion, the wooden temple of Sanjusangendo, the striking torii (gates) at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the palaces and gardens of Nijo Castle. In ancient Nara, visit Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha; and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. You will also have time to wander through Nara Park, called Deer Park by locals due to the tame deer living there. Stroll along an enchanting path to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, passing by 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

GOBI, MONGOLIA TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY, JULY 17, 18, AND 19

Our next stop is the land of Genghis Khan, where one of the world’s last nomadic cultures lives amid the stark beauty of the steppe. Take a private local flight to the majestic Gobi, where we’ll spend three nights at a traditional ger (tent) camp. In addition, visit with a nomad family and experience their way of life firsthand. At the fossil quarries of Bayanzag, also known as the Flaming Cliffs, hunt for dinosaur fossils with a local paleontologist. Or discover the stunning landscapes of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Three Camel Lodge or Shangri-La Hotel and Terelj Hotel

IRKUTSK AND LAKE BAIKAL, RUSSIA FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JULY 20 AND 21

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After the Decembrist revolt in 1825, exiled nobility settled in Siberia, bringing culture and infrastructure to cities like Irkutsk. Follow their footsteps on a walk through the central square, where traditional wooden houses stand out in bright shades of blue and green—the colors of Siberia. Visit the

Alexander “Alec” Murphy is senior vice president of the American Geographical Society and a professor of geography at the University of Oregon. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee for National Geographic Education. Alec coauthored Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture, a comprehensive look at global phenomena, ranging from India and East Africa to Peru and China. An engaging speaker, he will offer his insights into the human and physical forces that shape the places we visit. Geographer, educator, and author Stephen F. Cunha spent 10 years as a National Park Service ranger in Yosemite and Alaska. Now a geography professor at California’s Humboldt State University, he studies diverse landscapes around the world and has visited most of the destinations on this trip. He is the author of more than 80 publications. He recently received the California State University system’s highest award for exemplary contributions and achievements in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service. National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced more than a dozen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler, including eight covers. Some of Michael’s recent assignments have focused on Russia, Israel, and North America’s national parks. He has produced photography for eight books for National Geographic. When not shooting for National Geographic, Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography and sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge. Paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger is a research professor in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His explorations into human origins in Africa have resulted in many notable discoveries, including the most comprehensive early hominin fossils found so far, which belong to a new species of early human ancestor, Australopithecus sediba, and, in 2013, the richest early hominin site yet found on the continent of Africa. Lee will serve as National Geographic host on this expedition.

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Church of Our Savior, the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk, and wander among the tombs of famous Siberians at the Znamenskaya cathedral. Delve into the city’s pivotal role in Russian history at the Monument to Russian Pioneers of Siberia. The next day, cruise Lake Baikal, a World Heritage site as well as the world’s oldest and deepest lake. Courtyard by Marriott, Irkutsk City Center

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA SUNDAY, MONDAY, AND TUESDAY, JULY 22, 23, AND 24

Designed by Peter the Great in the 18th century to rival the cities of Europe, elegant St. Petersburg still entices travelers with its magnificent palaces, superb art collections, and riveting history. At the lavishly restored Catherine Palace, marvel at the sumptuous Amber Room. Then delve into the world-renowned art collection at the State Hermitage Museum and examine jewels and the works of Fabergé at its Treasure Galleries. Stroll through the gardens of Peterhof, the tsar’s homage to Versailles. Tour Peter and Paul Fortress, the city’s oldest structure, to see the stunning grounds and historic cathedral, topped with a needle-thin spire. Attend a performance at one of St. Petersburg’s grand theaters, or discover the Neva and its tributary canals during an evening boat cruise before a gala dinner. Hotel Astoria

ÅLESUND, NORWAY CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD

GULLFOSS WATERFALL

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, JULY 25 AND 26

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E The National Geographic Society funds research, conservation, and exploration, including a study on the evolution of freshwater fauna in Lake Baikal, the oldest and largest lake in the world; an archaeological survey of prehistoric human populations in the Gobi, where burial mounds and cave burials have yielded extremely well preserved human remains; and research into the interactions of lava and glaciers resulting from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010.

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An island city off Norway’s Atlantic coast, Ålesund is a charming hub of art nouveau architecture and the gateway to some of Norway’s most impressive fjords. Our group will split up to stay in three boutique hotels set in rural hamlets and alpine forests just outside the city. During our stay, you may explore the city, taking in the turrets and towers of its renowned early-20th-century architecture, or go on a relaxing cruise through the fjords, past cascading waterfalls and twisting mountain roads. You may also opt to visit a local farm and sample Norwegian foods, or kayak through the fjords, stopping to explore nearby islands. Storfjord Hotel, Hotel Union Øye, or Hotel Union Geiranger

have long eased the muscles and raised the spirits of travelers. At Thingvellir, walk along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. See the geothermal fields of Geysir, home to hot springs, mud pots, and boiling pools; and feel the mist on your face at the majestic Gullfoss. You’ll also have time to choose your own adventure, including visiting a geothermal power plant, hiking through a nature reserve, or snowmobiling on a glacier. Hotel Borg, Reykjavík

REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, JULY 27, 28, AND 29

ILULISSAT, GREENLAND

In Iceland’s vibrant capital of Reykjavík, explore the Old City. Relax in the geothermic hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, whose warm, mineral-rich waters

MONDAY AND TUESDAY, JULY 30 AND 31

Our next stop is Kangerlussuaq, a town of about 500 residents in western Greenland founded as a military base during World War II and now a hub of scientific research. Continue by charter flight north to the remote town of Ilulissat, which abuts the massive Ilulissat Icefjord, the source of many of the icebergs in Greenlandic waters. Cruise through the mist among craggy icebergs at the mouth of the fjord, take an easy walk along the ice fjord, and meet a dogsled team. Alternatively, take a longer guided hike alongside the massive glacier to the Inuit village of Sermermiut, or visit the brightly colored houses and church of a tiny hunting and fishing settlement. Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat

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July 12–August 2, 2018

Fly to Boston and celebrate your adventure with a festive farewell dinner. The next day, connect with your commercial flight home. Mandarin Oriental Boston

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Join National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner on a journey inspired by the “blue zone” areas, places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. Meet with elders in an Okinawan village to discover how their traditional lifestyle has led to longevity and happiness; speak to a local government official in Bhutan to learn more about the country’s Gross National Happiness measure; and immerse yourself in the Danish way of life as you cycle through the streets of Copenhagen, one of the happiest cities in the world.

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THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JUNE 14 AND 15

Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner. Enjoy a night at our hotel, located in the heart of downtown near Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. The next day, depart for Japan. Fairmont Olympic Seattle

TOKYO AND OKINAWA, JAPAN SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AND MONDAY, JUNE 16, 17, AND 18

After losing a day crossing the international date line, land in Tokyo and spend an afternoon exploring. Visit the Meiji Shrine—Tokyo’s most important Shinto shrine—and the gardens of the Imperial Palace. Experience a traditional tea ceremony or relax at our hotel. The next morning, travel by private jet to Okinawa, part of a Pacific archipelago that’s home to the world’s longest lived women. Visit with Okinawan elders in a local village to hear what they eat, how they work, what they believe, and how they structure their society. Learn about their plant-based diet; their use of medicinal plants; and the 2,500-year-old Confucian mantra of hara hachi bu, which locals repeat before meals as a reminder to eat only until their stomachs are 80 percent full. Witness how ancient and modern customs intersect in everyday life as you visit with artisans, observe centuries-old rituals, and listen to traditional music. The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo and The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

LUANG PRABANG, LAOS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 AND 20

Continue by private jet to Luang Prabang, a stunning city nestled in a dramatic mountain setting at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Due to its splendor and historical significance, as well as its Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture, UNESCO has designated the entire town a World Heritage site. Explore the Royal Palace, built for King Sisavang Vong in the early 20th century. Visit the area’s most revered temples, including the Wat Xieng Thong temple. Cruise the Mekong River to the cave temples of Pak Ou, home to thousands of lacquered and gilded Buddha figures. Then walk along Luang Prabang’s charming boulevards and browse the central market.

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Dan Buettner is a researcher, explorer, and New York Times bestselling author. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. Dan’s November 2005 National Geographic article, “The Secrets of Living Longer,” was the cover story of one of the magazine’s topselling issues and made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He authored the best-selling books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest; Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way; and The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People. His new book, The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People, reveals the surprising secrets of the world’s happiest places. Dan will accompany the expedition from Seattle to Greece. During his three decades at National Geographic, Rob Hernandez served as senior editor of National Geographic magazine and founder and head of the Society’s international division, which publishes magazines, books, and other media in more than 30 languages. Raised in Spain and Cuba, Rob began his career doing ecological research and documenting the wildlife and cultures of the world’s remote places. He has filmed a TV special on lions in Namibia; led expeditions to Antarctica, South America, and Southeast Asia; and spent two years circumnavigating the Pacific and Indian Oceans in a small sailboat. Nevada Wier is a multiple-award-winning photographer who specializes in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. Her journeys have taken her to many of the planet’s deserts, mountains, and urban jungles. Nevada’s work has appeared in National Geographic magazine, as well as Geo, National Geographic Traveler, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Smithsonian, and numerous other publications. She is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and a member of the Society of Woman Geographers.

If you wish, rise early to experience the ancient Buddhist tradition of the morning almsgiving. Then meet with a monk to learn about different meditation techniques. Such methods of daily stress reduction make up a fundamental element of blue zone living. Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao and Amantaka Resort, Luang Prabang (continued)

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PARO AND THIMPHU, BHUTAN THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 22, AND 23

Fly by private jet to Kathmandu, Nepal and then take a local flight to Bhutan. Arrive in Paro, situated deep in a valley dotted with hilltop Buddhist monasteries and brightly decorated fortresses, or dzongs. In the 1970s, this secluded kingdom famously began charting “gross national happiness” to measure the country’s well-being. Speak with a local government official about this fascinating social and economic indicator, guided by four pillars—equitable socioeconomic development, environmental protection, cultural preservation, and good governance. At the 16th-century Choeding Temple, witness a Buddhist prayer chanting ceremony. Visit Thimphu to observe pilgrims circling the National Memorial Chorten. See the Royal Textile Academy and Museum, as well as the 12th-century Dechen Phodrang monastery (literally, “palace of great bliss”), part of the larger Tashichho Dzong. Or, weather permitting, set out on a vigorous hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, also known as Taktsang Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most sacred pilgrimage sites. Zhiwa Ling Hotel

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SUNDAY, MONDAY, AND TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 25, AND 26

YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E The National Geographic Society funds research, conservation, and exploration, including projects led by our grantees in Greece. The Society has helped support studies of the Late Bronze Age site of Iklaina, which has yielded a clay tablet inscribed with the oldest known decipherable writing in Europe; and excavations at the Alepotrypa Cave, one of the largest known Neolithic burial sites in Europe. The Society has also helped support National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner’s studies of health and longevity in Ikaria, Greece.

Fly to the island of Crete and, the next morning, take a charter flight to Ikaria, another corner of the world where people tend to live much longer and also enjoy low rates of dementia. Learn how Ikarians eat and drink for longevity— including strong red wine, antioxidant-rich herbal teas and wild greens, and a Mediterranean diet rooted in seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, potatoes, goat’s milk, and cholesterol-lowering olive oil. Meet with a local representative of the municipality and enjoy a festival organized for our group. Browse Ikaria’s tiny shops, many of which operate entirely on the honor system. Then return to Crete in the evening and take advantage of a full day to soak up island life, taking to its crystalline waters with snorkeling excursions, water sports, or a scenic cruise. If you wish, visit the archaeological site of Knossos, once the ancient capital of Minoan Crete, or delve into the nuances of Greek cuisine during a hands-on cooking class. Blue Palace Resort & Spa

SARDINIA, ITALY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, JUNE 27 AND 28

Next we head to the mountainous highlands of Sardinia, where the world’s highest concentration of centenarian men live. Residents of this isolated island keep to a traditional, healthy lifestyle that includes hunting, fishing, and harvesting their food. Immerse yourself in Sardinian traditions with a visit to a local vineyard, learning about Sardinia’s native Cannonau—a heart-healthy, antioxidant-rich, robust red wine that many locals drink daily. Then enjoy an easy hike or a round of golf. As you enjoy a leisurely introduction to the island, meet some of the locals, known for their sardonic sense of humor, who gather in the streets each afternoon to laugh together and socialize. Board a private boat to La Maddalena island, the gateway to a string of deserted islands, sparkling turquoise lagoons, and pristine beaches. Visit La Maddalena Archipelago National Park, a geo-marine protected area where it is said that the sky merges with the sea. Hotel Cala Di Volpe and Hotel Romazzino TIGER’S NEST MONASTERY

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FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 30, AND JULY 1

Fly north to Denmark, a perennial front-runner in the annual Happiest Country in the World rankings. Cruise the harbor of the picturesque capital of Copenhagen, enjoying the long daylight hours of the midnight sun. See the charming Nyhavn waterfront, lined with colorful houses and boats bobbing in the harbor. Enjoy mood-lifting endorphins as you cycle the city streets like the locals do. Or take a culinary tour to discover some of the inventive cooking techniques that have put Danish restaurants on the world stage. As you explore this enticing city, discover how creativity flourishes in Denmark’s egalitarian society—incubating a tradition of world-class design and architecture.

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Paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger will accompany the entire expedition.

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Join us for an extraordinary private jet expedition celebrating the past, present, and future of exploration at National Geographic. Twelve of today’s most accomplished explorers meet us in spectacular places to share insights into their groundbreaking research and fieldwork. Encounter magnificent wildlife in Kenya, Botswana, and the Seychelles; step back in time in Jordan and South Africa; and get immersed in enchanting cultures in Azerbaijan, Nepal, and Morocco on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Easter Island, Chile

Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes will join us in Botswana.

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Archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer Robin Coningham will join us in Nepal.

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Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer David Harrison will join us in Azerbaijan.

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Paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer Nizar Ibrahim will join us in Morocco.

Arrive in London on an independent flight. Gather with experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner. Rocco Forte Brown’s Hotel

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Beverly and Dereck Joubert will join us in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

THE LOST CITY OF PETRA AND WADI RUM, JORDAN MONDAY AND TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 AND 30

Situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, Petra was settled by the Nabataean people in 312 b.c. and became an important crossroads of Arabia, Egypt, and the Levant. Meet National Geographic Explorer Sarah Parcak, whose pioneering work in the field of satellite archaeology includes the 2016 discovery of a monumental structure at Petra—one that had been previously overlooked by archaeologists. Sarah will lead us on a tour of Petra, beginning at the Siq, a dramatic opening in the bedrock. Step back in time 2,000 years as you stroll this ancient city, and learn why this enigmatic civilization built its capital in such an inaccessible spot.

National Geographic Explorer Paula Kahumbu will join us in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

Paleontologists and National Geographic Explorers-inResidence Louise and Meave Leakey will join us at Lake Turkana, Kenya.

On our last evening here, gather for a Bedouin dinner. The following morning, travel to Wadi Rum, a beautiful desert landscape made famous by T. E. Lawrence and the film Lawrence of Arabia. Mövenpick Resort Petra

Archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer Sarah Parcak will join us in Jordan.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 AND NOVEMBER 1

Once a booming oil town in a Soviet republic, Baku is an intriguing blend of historic structures, modern glass towers, and Soviet-era apartment blocks. Explore with anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer David Harrison, who will share his work as co-leader of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, which documents endangered languages and cultures of the world. Take a tour of the World Heritage–listed Old Town and see the magnificent Shirvanshah’s Palace, the last residence of the rulers of the Shirvan State. Then discover Baku’s burgeoning art scene with a visit to an artist’s studio. If you wish, opt for a day trip to Gobustan National Park. Four Seasons Hotel Baku (continued)

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Next, travel to Lake Turkana to meet National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Meave and Louise Leakey, whose family of renowned paleontologists has conducted excavations in the Turkana Basin with support from the National Geographic Society. The Leakeys currently run a research station at Lake Turkana to facilitate data collection and the study of new specimens. Visit a dig site where some of their discoveries have been made. Fairmont Mara Safari Club (A limited number of upgrades are available at Mara Plains Camp.)

JOHANNESBURG AND THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND, SOUTH AFRICA SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Continue by private jet to Johannesburg and, upon arrival, visit Maropeng, the official visitor center of the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage site where groundbreaking discoveries about our hominin ancestors have been made. Set out into the Cradle of Humankind again the following morning, traveling by road to visit the Rising Star cave site. In 2013, guided by a pair of local spelunkers, National Geographic Explorer-inResidence Lee Berger and his team discovered more than 1,550 fossil elements buried within the cave—the single largest hominin fossil find yet made on the continent of Africa. The excavation and analysis of Homo naledi, as this new species of human ancestor has been named, was supported by National Geographic and featured in the October 2015 National Geographic magazine cover story. Learn about the significance of these historic finds, as well as Lee’s 2008 discovery of Australopithecus sediba, a previously unknown species of apelike creatures that may have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

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KATHMANDU AND THE HIMALAYA, NEPAL

MONDAY, TUESDAY, AND WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 13, AND 14

Fly to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal—a country of monks and pilgrims that remained closed to outsiders until the 1950s. Here, we are joined by archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Robin Coningham, whose investigations of the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal have helped shed light on the life of the Buddha. Visit Nepal’s largest stupa, Bodhnath, then explore ancient Bhaktapur, known for its beautiful temples, palaces, and squares. Later, fly via helicopter and local chartered aircraft to the mountaintop Kongde Lodge, where you can enjoy breakfast at 14,000 feet, with Everest as your backdrop (weather permitting). Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu

One of the world’s largest inland delta systems, the Okavango Delta offers incredible wildlife viewing and bird-watching. South African conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes meets us here to discuss his work with the Okavango Wilderness Project, a multinational collaboration to survey and protect the biodiversity of the vast Okavango River Delta. During our stay here, choose to explore by open safari vehicle or by traditional mokoro canoe (depending on the water level), coming faceto-face with the magnificent creatures that call this area home. Set out on a morning game drive or water safari to spot elephants, wildebeests, cheetahs, and hyenas. After the sun goes down, head back into the wilderness on a nighttime safari. Duba Plains Camp, Jao Camp, Little Mombo Camp, Mombo Camp, andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Vumbura Plains Camp, or Zarafa Camp

SEYCHELLES KENYA

YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E The National Geographic Society funds research, conservation, and exploration, including a bioarchaeological analysis of Petra’s North Ridge, which examines the site’s transformation from a nomadic encampment to a major capital city; an assessment of the effects of human-wildlife conflict on the snow leopard populations of eastern Nepal; and a study of agricultural water infrastructures in Azerbaijan in relation to changing political powers and regional population trends.

MONDAY, TUESDAY, AND WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 6, AND 7

FEZ, MOROCCO

Introducing you to the rich cultures and pristine beauty of the Seychelles will be awardwinning photographer and National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry, who specializes in marine-related subjects and stories. Witness the archipelago’s breathtaking biodiversity while snorkeling amid coral reefs teeming with marine life, and sample the local creole cuisine. Or take a guided tour of Praslin’s Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site where all six of the Seychelles’ native palm species, including the giant coco de mer palm, can be found. Next, travel by boat to La Digue and the blush-pink sands of Anse Source D’Argent—named by National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything travel guide as the world’s best beach. Banyan Tree Seychelles

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LONDON, ENGLAND

Fly to Nairobi by private jet and take a charter flight to tented camps in the Masai Mara. Located deep in the Rift Valley, this area boasts an astonishing concentration of wildlife. Meet Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the award-winning filmmakers and conservationists who established National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. Embark on game drives to search for the “big five” and other creatures who make their home here.

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Easter Island, Chile

MAY 29–JUNE 16, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN TUESDAY, MAY 29

Arrive in Madrid on an independent flight. Meet experts, fellow travelers, and staff for a festive welcome dinner. Villa Magna Hotel

ISFAHAN, IRAN* OR NIZWA, OMAN WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, AND FRIDAY, MAY 30, 31, AND JUNE 1

Our private jet takes us east to Iran to explore Isfahan, once the capital of the Persian Empire. Here, stroll through the World Heritage site of Naqsh-e Jahan, a grand public square built in the 17th century. See the blue-domed Royal Mosque, covered in beautifully decorated ceramic tiles, and the Sheikh Mosque, known for its intricate mosaics. Look out over the city from Ali Qapu Palace, and cross the river to the Armenian quarter to visit the Vank Cathedral. Then travel overland to Kashan, an oasis city at the edge of Iran’s salt desert. Walk under ancient cypress trees and elegant archways in the 16th-century Bagh-e Fin Garden, and admire the exquisite stained glass of Tabatabaei House. Visit a 500-year-old hammam, or wander beneath the many domes of the covered bazaar. Abbasi Hotel

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Alternative: Instead of visiting Iran, you may choose to explore Nizwa, Oman. Travel by commercial air from Madrid to historic Nizwa, where the sweeping mountain landscape includes Oman’s highest peak as well as the beautiful Jebel Akhdar, a high plateau lush with gardens and orchards. Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort

ASHGABAT AND MERV, TURKMENISTAN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 2 AND 3

Fly north to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s capital. Conquered in turn by Alexander the Great, the Persians, the Arabs, the Turks, and the Russians, this part of Central Asia was defined for centuries by the bustling Silk Road that passed through it. Visit the national museum and see vestiges of Turkmenistan’s more recent history on a nighttime city tour. Our jet then brings us to ancient Merv, one of the most influential and best preserved of the oasis cities along the Silk Road. Spend the day discovering the many monuments of this World Heritage site, including the walled city of Erk Kala, the mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammad Ibn-Zayd, and the seventh-century Kyz Kala fortress complex. Oguzkent Hotel Ashgabat

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Trace the rise and fall of some of history’s most fascinating civilizations on an epic journey to less traveled wonders, from Iran to Serbia and beyond. Follow in the footsteps of emperors and shahs, merchants and architects, invaders and exiles as we explore ancient cities and modern-day capitals. Traveling aboard our private jet, encounter the dazzling mosaics of Persian mosques, the Silk Road riches of Central Asia, and the medieval towns of the Balkans, and discover the vibrant traditions that have arisen at these crossroads of culture.

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head northwest to the Julian Alps and the tranquil beauty of Lake Bled. Upon arrival, board a hand-propelled boat for a journey to the tiny island in the middle of the lake, home to the historic St. Mary’s Church. Inside its soaring bell tower, the “wishing bell” is reputed to grant a wish to all who ring it. Then visit the 11th-century Bled Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake. The InterContinental Ljubljana

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA MONDAY AND TUESDAY, JUNE 11 AND 12

Fly to Sarajevo, the capital of the young nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Venture into the historic quarter on foot, and explore the country’s diverse faiths on visits to the Old Orthodox Church, Gazi Husrev-Bey Mosque, and the Jewish synagogue and museum. Marvel at Sarajevo’s many stone bridges, including the Latin Bridge, where Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in 1914. Continue to nearby Mostar, named for its elegant 15th-century bridge, which was destroyed during 1990s fighting and reconstructed by UNESCO in 2004. In the Ottoman Quarter, home to artists and craftsmen, meander past mosques, historic Turkish houses, a magnificent 19th-century gymnasium, and city baths that date to the 16th century. Instead of traveling to Mostar, you may choose to stay in Sarajevo to visit the 15thcentury Bascarsija bazaar. Hotel Europe, Sarajevo

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BONIFACIO, CORSICA WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, JUNE 13 AND 14

MINSK, BELARUS

SAR A JEVO

Board our private jet and fly to the Mediterranean island of Corsica, where secluded bays and sun-kissed beaches meet lush forests and sharp peaks. Sample local delicacies before exploring the hilltop medieval town of Sartène, which provides a glimpse into typical Corsican culture. Admire the ruins of the 13th-century castle, amble along the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town, and sip an espresso at an outdoor café. Spend the following day in the ninth-century city of Bonifacio, perched on a cliff at the island’s southern tip. If you wish, embark on a cruise along the coast to view dramatic rock formations and caves as well as the white limestone buildings of this ancient city. Hotel Casadelmar or La Plage Casadelmar Hotel

MONDAY AND TUESDAY, JUNE 4 AND 5

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Our jet flies northwest to Minsk, Belarus, a cosmopolitan capital buzzing with cafés and galleries set amid Stalinist architecture. Explore the wide avenues and grand squares that epitomize postwar Soviet urban planning, and walk through the waterfront Troitsky suburb, where rebuilt stone buildings evoke 19th-century Minsk. Cross the bridge to the Island of Tears, a moving memorial to Belarusian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. In the medieval town of Mir, explore the 16th-century Mir Castle Complex, a World Heritage site, and learn the sobering history of the Holocaust in Belarus at the Jewish war memorial. Alternatively, head to Nesvizh to visit its ornate castle and see the vivid frescoes and massive crypt at the historic Church of the Divine Body. Hotel Europe, Minsk

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JUNE 15 AND 16

Return by private jet to Madrid, and celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner. The next day, transfer to the airport for your commercial flight home. Villa Magna Hotel

WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, AND FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 7, AND 8

YO U R T R I P M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E The National Geographic Society funds research, conservation, and exploration, including excavations of a Bronze Age civilization in Turkmenistan; an examination of postwar reconstruction challenges in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and a documentary film on conserving the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah, found in Iran.

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Fly southwest to the capital of Serbia, where modern skyscrapers abut Habsburg palaces. Visit the Church of St. Sava—one of the largest churches in the world— and take in impressive views over the city. Consider the legacy of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, the former president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, at his winter garden. The following day, board Marshal Tito’s private train, and pass through the verdant landscapes of rural Serbia on your way to Novi Sad. Set on the banks of the Danube River, the city was once called the “Athens of Serbia” for its wealth of culture and art. Stroll neighborhoods full of cafés and boutiques as well as its beautiful neoclassical, Gothic, and baroque buildings. Return to Belgrade for cocktails and dinner at the city’s lavish royal palace. Square Nine Hotel or Metropol Palace Hotel

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EXPEDITION PRICES: RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS: To reserve your place on an Expedition, complete the Reservation Form and return it with your deposit of $5,000 per person. The deposit may be made by check, wire transfer, or by a major credit card. If you pay your initial deposit by credit card, it is fully refundable until you sign the Reservation Form. The second payment of $20,000 per person and final payments are payable by check or wire transfer only, payable to the secure escrow account. For the second and final payments, please make checks payable to the escrow account associated with your trip (as outlined on the Reservation Form), following the payment schedule associated with your trip as noted above. Mail or fax the Reservation Form to National Geographic Expeditions, 3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 300, Seattle, Washington 98121; fax 206-447-7717; or call 1-800-224-1894. If the Expedition is fully booked when your reservation is received, your payment will be returned within 7 days; or, with your authorization, the Tour Operator can retain the deposit and place your name on a waiting list in the event other passengers cancel their reservations. Even if you authorize the Tour Operator to put your name on a waiting list and retain your deposit, the Tour Operator will notify you within 7 days if the Expedition is still fully booked. SECURITY AGREEMENT: Your payments are held in an escrow account at The Commerce Bank of Washington (“TCBW”), 601 Union Street, Suite 3600, Seattle, WA 98101-1342. Participants are protected by a Letter of Credit #592 issued by TCBW (the “Security Agreement”). Any claims against this Security Agreement must be filed with the Tour Operator or TCBW within 60 days of the termination of the Expedition. After that time, the Tour Operator and TCBW will be released from liability under the Security Agreement. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: A privately chartered Boeing 757 that departs from the first destination in the itinerary and returns to the last destination in the itinerary, as indicated in this catalog. Deluxe or best available accommodations and all applicable taxes in the destinations and options as indicated in the brochure, from arrival at the first hotel through departure from the last hotel. All meals beginning with dinner on the first night of the Expedition and ending with breakfast on the last morning of the Expedition. All taxes; airport transfers at the beginning and end of the Expedition; group transportation; excursions; special events and activities; extensive program of customized options at most destinations; enrichment program, including lectures by a team of experts; services of professional staff, including an Expedition physician on all itineraries; amenities package; $100,000 medical evacuation insurance for covered reasons; bottled water throughout the Expedition (during sightseeing, at scheduled meals, and in your room); all beverages, including liquor, aboard the private jet; liquor during special events and cocktail parties on land; house wine and/or beer at lunch and dinner; nonalcoholic beverages at all scheduled meals on land; baggage handling during the Expedition; Internet access in hotels, where available; and tips or gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and waitstaff. Any tips or gratuities not specifically mentioned as included in the total Expedition price will be at your discretion. No refund will be made for any accomodations or services included in the Expedition price that you voluntarily do not use. The exact Expedition itinerary, names and locations of hotels, length of stay at each hotel, and other ground accommodations and services are set forth in the itinerary, which is by this reference expressly incorporated into this Agreement. WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: Commercial airfare from your home city to the first city of an Expedition and from the last city of an Expedition to your home city; optional and additional accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; passport and visa fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, and fax fees; all beverages not mentioned above as included; hotel minibar charges; meals not scheduled by the Tour Operator; and inoculation and medication costs of any kind. INSURANCE: National Geographic Expeditions and the Tour Operator strongly recommend trip insurance. Insurance premium payments are subject to the policies of the insurance carrier. BAGGAGE: On the 757 private jet, each Participant is limited to 90 pounds of checked baggage in 2 bags (one bag of your choice limited to 50 pounds and one wheeled suitcase that the Tour Operator will send to you ahead of time for use on the Expedition limited to 40 pounds), plus a few smaller carry-on items such as a backpack and/or camera. In certain countries you may fly on light aircraft. Due to weight restrictions on these flights you will only be allowed one bag, provided to you by the Tour Operator, plus your hand-carry luggage (including camera equipment). For international flights, the air carrier’s liability is limited to the actual value of the baggage but not more than 1,000 Special Drawing Rights, or approximately $1,250 per passenger, unless a higher value is declared at the time of check-in and an appropriate excess valuation charge is paid. Baggage, when not handled by the Tour Operator, and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the Participant. AIRCRAFT: The private jet flights will be performed using a Boeing 757 jet with 80, 55, or 52 VIP-class seats. The air carriers for the Expeditions will be Thomson Airways, Wigmore House/ Wigmore Place, Wigmore Lane, Bedfordshire, Luton LU2 9TN UK; TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd, Farnborough Airport, Hampshire, GU14 6XA, UK; or GainJet Aviation S.A., Andrea Papandreou 108, 16561 Glyfada, Athens, Greece. The Tour Operator and air carrier reserve the right to substitute equivalent aircraft if necessary. Your itinerary may include flights on smaller aircraft operated by local approved airline carriers. Seating on these aircraft will be economy or economy with limited business seats, based upon the configuration of the aircraft. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS: The operation of these flights is subject to the foreign governments involved granting landing rights for the flight. If the air carrier cannot obtain these rights for any particular flight leg of the Expedition, that flight leg will be canceled and alternative arrangements may be made at the discretion of National Geographic Expeditions or the Tour Operator. CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS: If you cancel your reservation or change your plans, your right to receive a refund is limited, as described in the following schedules. All requests for refunds must be sent to us in writing via mail, fax, or email. All cancellations will become effective as of the date of the postmark or email receipt. If your cancellation notice is received within the time frame below, you will receive a refund of Number of Days Prior to Departure Per-Person Cancellation Fee all deposits minus the per-person cancellation fee. 365 or more days 240–364 days 180–239 days 120–179 days 119 or fewer days

$2,500 $5,000 $15,000 $25,000 No refund

Refunds will be made within 14 days of receipt of your notice of cancellation.

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. If you cancel and provide a substitute Participant for the Expedition, you will receive from the Tour Operator a full refund of money paid toward the price less an administrative charge of $25 for effecting the substitution once the substitute Participant has paid in full. If we make major changes prior to departure, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund. Please note that the costs for visas, commercial air tickets, insurance, suite upgrades, and pre- or post-Expedition independent arrangements may not be refundable. The following are major changes: (1) a change in the departure or return date, unless the change results from a flight delay experienced by the air carrier (If, however, the delay is longer than 48 hours, it will be considered a major change.); (2) a change in the origin or destination city for any flight leg, unless the change affects only the order in which cities named in a tour package are visited; (3) a substitute of any hotel of lower standard; (4) a price increase of more than 10 percent occurring 10 or more days before departure. In no event can we increase your price less than 10 days before departure. If a major change must be made in the Expedition, we will notify you within 7 days after first learning of the change, but in any event at least 10 days prior to the scheduled departure. If, less than 10 days before scheduled departure, we become aware that a major change must be made, we will notify you as soon as possible. Within 7 days after receiving notification of a

major change, but in no event later than departure, you may cancel your reservation and you will receive a full refund within 14 days after canceling. If a major change that you are unwilling to accept occurs after the departure of the flight, we will refund, within 14 days after your scheduled return date, that portion of your payment that applies to the services not accepted. If we must cancel the Expedition, we will notify you in writing within 7 days of the cancellation, but in no event later than 10 days before the scheduled departure date. We have no right to cancel the Expedition less than 10 days before departure, except for circumstances that make it physically impossible to perform the trip or if a United States State Department Travel Warning not previously in effect is issued for one of the destinations on the itinerary. If that occurs, we will notify you as soon as possible, but not later than the scheduled departure date. If the Expedition is canceled, the Tour Operator will make a full refund to you within 14 days after cancellation. The rights and remedies made available under this contract are in addition to any other rights or remedies available under applicable law. However, we offer refunds under this contract with the express understanding that the receipt of that refund by a passenger waives the additional remedies. TERMS AND CONDITIONS ITINERARY CHANGES: The itinerary and staff are subject to modification and change by National Geographic Expeditions or the Tour Operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the program as planned; however, should unforeseen world events and/or other conditions require our itinerary to be altered, we reserve the right to do so, in our sole discretion (including for the safety and best interest of the group). National Geographic Expeditions and the Tour Operator reserve the right to cancel any trip in the event inadequate enrollment makes the trip economically infeasible to operate. In such a case, the Tour Operator will provide you with a full refund of the monies paid to the Tour Operator for the Expedition.

R E S E R VAT I O N F O R M To reser ve your place, complete this form and mail it to the address listed below. Or reser ve online at natgeoexpeditions.com or call 1-800-224 -1894. PLEASE RESERVE ____________ PLACE(S) ON THE SELECTED EXPEDITION:

PHOTOGRAPHY: We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any Expedition or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. By making a reservation on the Expedition, the Participant agrees to allow his/her likeness to be used by National Geographic Partners, LLC, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective employees, officers, directors, successors, representatives, assigns (collectively “National Geographic”), National Geographic–authorized third parties, and the Tour Operator without compensation to the Participant. If the Participant prefers that his/her likeness not be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure of the trip. Copyright in all photographs, video, and related materials created by the Participant (“Expedition Materials”) shall belong to the Participant upon creation. The Participant grants to National Geographic a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any Expedition Materials provided to National Geographic and/ or the Tour Operator in any media now existing or subsequently developed for the following limited purposes: editorial use, promotion of this editorial use, promotion of National Geographic’s travel programs, or promotion of the mission of National Geographic. RELEASE OF LIABILITY: 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 Expedition Participants are not aboard their conveyance. Neither National Geographic, the Tour Operator, nor any of their respective owners, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, employees, contractors, officers, or agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) shall 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; (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; and (C) any and all claims, actions, or losses for bodily injury, property damage, wrongful death, loss of services, lost profits, or consequential, exemplary, indirect, or punitive damages or otherwise which may arise out of or occur during your travel in connection with the Expedition. The Participant waives any claim against any of the Released Parties for any such loss, damage, injury, or death, including any right to seek consequential, punitive, or exemplary damages against any of the Released Parties for any reason whatsoever. None of the Released Parties shall be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RISK: You understand and acknowledge that your travel in connection with and participation in the Expedition or any activities that may take place during the Expedition may involve risk and potential exposure to injury or fatal injury and that risk and dangers may arise or be caused by the negligence or participation of other Participants, contractors, and/or subcontractors for the Expedition or from other foreseeable and unforeseeable causes, including weather and other acts of nature. EXPRESS ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY: In recognition of the inherent risk of the travels and related activities in which you are intending to engage, you confirm that you are physically and mentally capable of participating in the Expedition and that you willingly and voluntarily assume full responsibility for any injury, loss, or damage suffered by you or caused by you. By registering for the Expedition, you certify that you do not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for yourself or other Participants. The Tour Operator reserves the right in its sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any Participant on the Expedition and reserves the right, subject to the Terms and Conditions contained herein, to withdraw any part or all of the Expedition and to make such changes as may be necessary. ARBITRATION: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the performance thereunder, including without limitation any claim related to bodily injury, property damage, or death, shall be settled by binding arbitration in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then existing, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction over the subject matter of the controversy. Such proceedings will be governed by substantive Washington State law. This agreement to arbitrate does not waive or modify the liability release contained in this document. EXCLUSIVE GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION: This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to conflicts of laws principles. If the right to seek arbitration is for any reason waived by both parties, or if judicial review of any arbitration is sought, any action or legal proceeding arising out of this Agreement shall be brought exclusively in the courts of the State of Washington, or, if it has or can acquire jurisdiction, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington or the appropriate appellate courts, and the parties hereby waive any objection to venue or jurisdiction in connection therewith. In connection with any action or legal proceeding arising out of this Agreement,the parties hereby specifically and knowingly waive any rights that either party might have to demand a jury trial.

EXPEDITION

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DOUBLE O C C U PA N C Y

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

ESCROW ACCO U NT

❑ Africa by Private Jet

December 27, 2018–January 14, 2019

$89,945

$8,945

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❑ Around the World by Private Jet

December 28, 2018–January 20, 2019

$82,950

$8,950

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❑ Around the World by Private Jet

March 24–April 16, 2019

$86,945

$8,695

NGATW1-19

❑ Around the World by Private Jet

October 3–26, 2019

$86,945

$8,695

NGATW2-19

❑ Around the World by Private Jet

October 31–November 23, 2019

$86,945

$8,695

NGATW3-19

❑ Around the World by Private Jet: The Northern Route

July 12–August 2, 2018

$75,950

$7,950

NGATWN-18

❑ Blue Zones™: Discovering Sources of Happiness and Longevity by Private Jet

June 14–July 1, 2018

$99,945

$9,945

NGBLUE-18

❑ Celebrating 130 Years of Exploration: An Extraordinary Journey by Private Jet

October 28–November 17, 2018

$97,945

$8,950

NGEXP-18

❑ Great Empires by Private Jet: Exploring Ancient Persia to the Mediterranean

May 29–June 16, 2018

$68,950

$7,500

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HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: These are active trips which require you to make a realistic assessment of your health. Prior to traveling, we recommend that you visit your personal physician for a checkup so that you may discuss your ability to participate in this type of journey. All Participants are expected to be in active good health, to enjoy traveling as part of a group, and to be ready to experience cultural differences with grace. Walking and climbing stairs are required in many hotels and airports, and to board the aircraft, and are part of many excursions. Please note: To go to certain destinations or participate in certain activities, such as visiting a high-altitude area (8,000 feet above sea level and higher), you will need to obtain your physician’s approval. A form will be sent to you for your physician to sign. We are prepared to arrange for an alternative destination or activity if your physician recommends it. Malaria and other diseases may be present in some of the countries featured in this itinerary; proof of yellow fever inoculation may be required for some of the expeditions in this catalog. For the latest recommendations on specific health precautions for the areas you will visit, consult your physician and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment should be reported in writing when the reservation is made. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate travelers with special needs; however, we regret that we cannot accommodate wheelchairs. If you require a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements will be made for private touring at each destination, if necessary, at the discretion of our Expedition staff. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the traveler. If you would like to forgo some of the scheduled sightseeing to rejuvenate and relax, please feel free to do so at any time.

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SINGLE/SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS AND SUITE UPGRADES: A limited number of single rooms are available at extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis. The Tour Operator will make reasonable efforts to assist persons requesting a roommate. Participants will be notified if a suitable roommate is found. If a roommate is not confirmed, the single rate will be charged. Suite rooms are available in some destinations; more information about them, including their extra costs, will be sent to you in the months before departure.

VISAS AND ENTRY PERMITS: To participate in the Expedition, visas and/or entry permits may be required for some countries. Acquiring visas and/or entry permits is the responsibility of the Participant. Failure to obtain visas and/or entry permits does not negate the Terms and Conditions. Any extra costs for rerouting a Participant without visas and/or entry permits will be the responsibility of the Participant. The Tour Operator will provide information on the necessary visas and/ or entry permits in pre-departure documents.

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2018-2019 National Geographic Private Jet Expeditions  

Our collection of private jet expeditions reach across the globe from Machu Picchu to the Maldives and from Botswana to Bhutan, and accompan...

2018-2019 National Geographic Private Jet Expeditions  

Our collection of private jet expeditions reach across the globe from Machu Picchu to the Maldives and from Botswana to Bhutan, and accompan...