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44 Arches, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde

EURASIA

45 Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion

72 Trans-Siberian Rail Expedition

National Parks

12 Galápagos 14 Wild Galápagos Escape

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28 Reefs and Ruins: Belize to Tikal, Guatemala 29 Mysteries of the Maya

EUROPE

36 Wild Alaska Escape 37 Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia

39 Glacier National Park 40 Canadian Rockies by Rail and Trail 41 Columbia and Snake Rivers Voyage 42 Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Along the Mekong River

50 Ireland: Tales and Treasures of the Emerald Isle 52 Norway’s Trains and Fjords

79  Mongolia: Land of the Nomad

55 Gems of the Danube River Cruise

80 China: Imperial Treasures and Natural Wonders

56 Dutch Sights and Belgian Delights River Cruise

58 Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast 59 Sailing the Greek Isles 61 Greece: Wonders of an Ancient Empire

83 Japan: Winter Festivals and Snow Monkeys

MIDDLE EAST 88 The Holy Land: Past, Present, and Future

64 D-Day’s 75th Anniversary: London to the Normandy Beaches

AFRICA

65 Human Origins: Southwest France and Northern Spain

70 Italy: Renaissance Cities and Tuscan Life

82 Inside Japan 86 India’s Fabled Rajasthan by Rail

57 Beautiful Bordeaux River Cruise

68 Swiss Trains and the Italian Lake District

77 Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds Highest Himalaya

54 Rhine Highlights River Cruise

66 Southern Spain and Morocco Expedition

76 Borneo Wildlife Adventure 78 Tibet and Nepal: Expedition to the

53 Unforgettable Douro River Cruise

57 Jewels of Europe by River

34 Alaska's Inside Passage

75 Vietnam and Cambodia:

49 Scotland’s Highlands and Islands

32 Cuba: Discovering Its People and Culture 33 Alaska: Denali to Kenai Fjords

74  Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Adventure

48 Iceland: Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Whales

55 Danube Christmas Markets by River

Among the Great Whales

73 Irrawaddy River Cruise

46 A Circumnavigation of Iceland

30 Baja California and the Sea of Cortez:

43 Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone

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90 Morocco: Legendary Cities and the Sahara 92 Kenya: Up Close with Elephants, Rhinos, and Big Cats

94 On Safari: Tanzania’s Great Migration

Front Cover: Adapted to live in trees, koalas are marsupials—not bears—that survive on eucalyptus leaves and little else.

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F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N S

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38 Epic Alaska: Misty Fiords to the Lynn Canal

26 Costa Rica Family Expedition

43 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Expedition

33 Alaska: Denali to Kenai Fjords Family Expedition

70 Italy Photography Expedition

35 Alaska's Inside Passage

77 Bhutan Photography Expedition

42 Yellowstone and Grand Teton Family Expedition

78 Tibet and Nepal Photography Expedition

43 Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone Family Expedition

79 Mongolia Photography Expedition

45 Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion

99 Madagascar Wildlife Expedition

102 Wonders of Australia and New Zealand 105 New Zealand: South Island Adventure 106 French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard 107 Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

83 Inside Japan Photography Expedition

National Parks Family Expedition

83 Japan: Winter Festivals and Snow Monkey

47 Iceland Family Expedition

108 Journey to Antarctica

87 India by Rail Photography Expedition

62 Greece Family Expedition

110 South Georgia and the Falklands

90 Morocco Photography Expedition

63 France Family Expedition

111 Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands

95 Tanzania Photo Safari

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113 Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard 113 Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland's East Coast 114 Across the Bering Sea: From Katmai to Kamchatka

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24 Ecuador Private Expedition 25 Costa Rica Private Expedition 60 Greek Isles Private Expedition

P R I VAT E J E T T R I P S 116 Around the World by Private Jet 118 Africa by Private Jet 120 Asia by Private Jet

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10 All the Ways to Travel With National Geographic 122 Deck Plans 131 Terms and Conditions

Morocco Private Expedition

97 Tanzania Private Expedition

132 Expeditions Calendar

103 Australia Private Expedition 104 New Zealand Private Expedition

National Geographic is celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Bird, with three birding expeditions: Wings Over Costa Rica, Peru: Birds of the Andes and Amazon, and Ecuador Avian Private Expedition. View the itineraries on our website.

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Over the past 130 years, we’ve sent our scientists, storytellers, and adventurers across continents and into remote cultures, down to the oceans’ depths and up the highest mountains, in an effort to better understand our planet. National Geographic Expeditions grew from this legacy as a way to invite others to explore—to encounter the wonders of the world up close, in depth, right at the source, and to be transformed by the experience. When you travel with us, you gain access to people and places. You’re enriched by the knowledge of our experts and guides, and by local experts we meet along the way. And you give back. Simply by taking a trip with National Geographic, you support the work of our explorers and researchers. That is the National Geographic difference.

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CLOSER THAN YOU'VE EVER IMAGINED National Geographic opens doors around the globe. Our relationships with scientists, storytellers, museums, and active research sites allow us special access to places and people, including our own grantees, whose field sites we visit wherever we can. Traveling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of work that’s helping illuminate and protect the world’s cultural and natural treasures, from research on elephants in Kenya, to efforts to conserve China's flora and fauna.

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EXPLORE WITH OUR EXPERTS You deepen your understanding of the world when you travel with National Geographic—whether you’re climbing into ice tunnels with a glaciologist in Iceland or encountering Maya ruins with an archaeologist. From the scientists, photographers, and explorers who lead our trips to the local guides and experts we meet in the field, you’ll be surrounded by people who are steeped in knowledge and insights about the places we go. And they’re passionate about sharing that knowledge with you. We’d like to introduce you to a few of the experts who travel with us. You can find many more on our website. Bertie Gregory WILDLIFE FILMMAKER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

Bertie Gregory’s images have earned him recognition since very early in his career. He has been named a National Geographic Young Explorer, Youth Outdoor Photographer of the Year, and Zenith Scientific Exploration Society Explorer. After graduating from the University of Bristol, he began assisting legendary big cat photographer Steve Winter on assignment for National Geographic. He has since shot television shows for Nat Geo WILD, as well as for BBC's Planet Earth. Bertie's first solo assignment for National Geographic became Nat Geo WILD’s first digital series, wild_life. Bertie is currently working on a new National Geographic digital series based in South Georgia. South Georgia and the Falklands: October 23, 2019 (see page 110)

Cristina Mittermeier P H O T O G R A P H E R , C O N S E R VAT I O N I S T, A N D M A R I N E B I O LO G I S T

Cristina Mittermeier has dedicated her life to creating images that help us understand the urgent need to protect wild places. Specializing in conservation issues surrounding the ocean and indigenous cultures, she has worked in more than 100 countries on every continent in the world. Cristina is an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, and was acknowledged as one of National Geographic's 2018 Adventurers of the Year along with her partner Paul Nicklen. She is the co-founder of her own conservation society, SeaLegacy, as well as the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers. French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard: April 18, 2019 (see page 106)

Carroll Dunham A N T H R O P O LO G I S T, A U T H O R , A N D F I L M M A K E R

Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for more than 25 years. Author of four books, she has explored the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture. She has produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic, PBS, and the BBC. Carroll serves on the board of the Nekorpa Foundation, which preserves sacred pilgrimage sites and traditions, and has a keen interest in environmental conservation issues regarding sacred spaces in South Asia. Carroll and her family have spent the last ten summers living with nomads in central Mongolia. Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds: March 11, 2019 (see page 77) Mongolia: Land of the Nomad: August 4, 2019 (see page 79) India’s Fabled Rajasthan by Rail: February 25, 2019 (see page 86) Around the World by Private Jet: October 31, 2019 (see page 116)

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What inspired you to devote your career to Kenya’s wildlife? My first year of high school, I joined a student club that hosted Gabriel Ngale, who works for the Wildlife Club of Kenya. He gave an interesting talk and handed out wildlife magazines. By the time I finished reading my copy, I knew that conservation would be the foundation for my career. I did my bachelor’s degree in environmental science and got my master’s in animal ecology, with a focus on birds of prey in and around Nairobi. Could you describe the National Geographic– funded research you’re doing on African crowned eagles? Here in Kenya, African crowned eagles are threatened, and I want to do something to secure the future of this bird. Some people working in paleontology are looking at whether crowned eagles may have helped drive the evolution of humans. I’m looking at what they’re eating in the cities, how they chew, and what gets left behind after they feed. I’m hoping to compare this evidence to paleontological findings and help support some theories that stem from what we see in the fossil record.

H E A R F R O M O U R E X P E R T, WA S H I N G T O N WA C H I R A Born and raised in Kenya, National Geographic Explorer Washington Wachira is a wildlife biologist and conservationist who specializes in urban birds of prey. Washington has received funding from National Geographic for his research on the species ecology of the African crowned eagle—work aimed at improving forest management in and around Nairobi. He will be leading the July, September, and October 2019 departures of our new expedition Kenya: Up Close with Elephants, Rhinos, and Big Cats. Read the full interview on our website.

You’re also an award-winning photographer. How do you use photography to support your work in conservation? I’ve started using photography to tell the stories of my field research. There are so many interesting processes in nature that scientists don’t know about because they don’t have access to visual data. I document as much as I can so that I can share information with my colleagues. I also use photos to help change attitudes. Photography is one of the most effective mediums for inspiring people to care. If people can see a species, they are more likely to worry about it—and to take care of it. What do you think people will gain from traveling on our new Kenya expedition? To truly understand Kenya, you have to see how it looks from the ground. Kenya has been the subject of so many documentaries—you’ve no doubt been there via the films you’ve watched. The habitats are so interesting, the wildlife so diverse. To me, everyone should see it for themselves firsthand. Come and you will leave here a changed person, having learned so much about the intricacies of the environment here.

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D R A M AT I C R E D U C T I O N I N E L E P H A N T A N D R H I N O P OAC H I N G I N K E N YA

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Paula Kahumbu, founder of WildlifeDirect, helped launch the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign in 2013 to mobilize her fellow Kenyans to protect elephants. Thanks in part to her efforts, Kenya now has stronger antipoaching laws, hundreds of new wildlife rangers, and community-backed conservation plans—and elephant and rhino poaching is down more than 80%.

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helping protect it for future generations. You become part of that effort when you travel with us. Take a look below at a few of the projects we’ve helped support. To learn more about how your purchase has purpose, visit www.natgeo.com/info.

GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH ON

ENORMOUS MONUMENT DISCOVERED

BIOFLUORESCENT MARINE LIFE

IN ANCIENT PETRA

Marine biologist David Gruber, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, studies bioluminescent creatures of the deep—corals, rays, sea turtles, and even sharks that glow in the dark. His work has led to the use of these creatures’ fluorescent proteins in medical research, and he has developed robotic mechanisms that mimic fingers to examine delicate deep-sea species.

Using satellite imagery, space archaeologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Sarah Parcak has been able to locate ancient sites still hidden beneath the landscape. Her recent finds include a massive ceremonial platform at the heart of Petra that’s about twice as large as an Olympic swimming pool and may pre-date the 2,000-year-old city’s more famous sites.

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GA L Á PAG O S T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Sail aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II or National Geographic Islander using our fleet of kayaks, paddleboards, and Zodiacs for up-close exploration. • Join our naturalists on interpretive island walks and snorkeling excursions to learn about Galápagos wildlife, and witness incredible interactions between animals in their natural habitat. • Meet endangered Galápagos giant tortoises at a National Geographic– supported captive-breeding program, and then observe these creatures in the wild.

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we begin our discovery of the islands and their diverse wildlife. National Geographic Endeavour II or National Geographic Islander through Day 8 | Meals: B/L/D

the Lindblad–National Geographic Fund. Travel into the highlands to observe and photograph these tortoises in the wild.

DAYS 3–8 I EXPLORING THE GALÁPAGOS Our expeditions travel between Baltra and San Cristóbal and include Santa Cruz and a selection of the other islands listed below. All ship itineraries are regulated by the Galápagos National Park. Meals: B/L/D Daily

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

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

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

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Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to our hotel upon arrival. Hotel Hilton Colón (National Geographic Endeavour II) or Hotel del Parque (National Geographic Islander)

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

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Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, then tour the neighboring captive-breeding program for endangered Galápagos giant tortoises, run by the Galápagos National Park and supported by

This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our expedition ship, equipped for comfort as well as in-depth exploration. After lunch,

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Above: Strutting blue-footed boobies flaunt their azure appendages in hopes of luring a mate.

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


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DAT E S 2018 and 2019: Expeditions depart Fridays on the National Geographic Endeavour II and Saturdays on the National Geographic Islander. See the calendar on page 132 for departure dates. Family Departures: All Galápagos departures are family friendly. See the box below for details.

P H O T O A N D V I D E O D E PA R T U R E S Select departures are designated as photography and video expeditions. You’ll learn tips and techniques from renowned National Geographic experts as you capture up-close encounters with unique species. Visit our website for details and for featured photographers or experts.

COST Underwater rays of sun light up a green sea turtle off Isla Isabela.

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

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DAY 10 I GUAYAQUIL Depart Guayaquil for your flight home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a six-day pre-trip extension that includes colonial Quito and a stay at Mashpi Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World located in Ecuador’s Chocó rain forest. Or combine this Galápagos voyage with our Peru: Land of the Inca expedition (see page 16) for an extraordinary 16-day journey. Visit our website or call for details.

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 vital studies on the endangered Galápagos penguin and the seasonal migration patterns of Galápagos tortoises.

Kids will hone their observation skills and learn to capture and share their experiences through photographs, videos, maps, drawings, and more. With a range of activities to choose from—in the field and on board—our flexible program encourages young travelers to explore their own interests, whether it’s marine biology or photography.

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Thomas P. Peschak will join the November 29 and December 6, 2019 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

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ISLANDER Young travelers on our Galápagos expeditions can participate in our National Geographic Global Explorers program. Developed with National Geographic Education, this hands-on program teaches kids how to explore like scientists and tell the stories of the archipelago’s legendary wildlife. Our certified field instructors are trained to optimize the myriad learning opportunities found in the Galápagos.

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*Please note: The pricing above is valid for 2019 departures booked by October 31, 2018. Visit our website for updated 2019 pricing after that date. See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Endeavour II and National Geographic Islander on page 127. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. For holiday pricing aboard both ships and single-cabin pricing on the Islander, please visit our website. Airfare to/from Guayaquil and within Ecuador is not included in the expedition cost. Airfare between Guayaquil and the Galápagos is $520 per adult and $260 per child under age 12 (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: National Geographic Islander: 48 National Geographic Endeavour II: 96

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Miami and the Galápagos on select 2018 departures. Visit our website or call for details.

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for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding beaches. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins.

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

I ISLA RÁBIDA Land on a red-sand beach and snorkel the rocky shores. Spot migratory flamingos feeding in a lagoon and brown pelicans nesting along the coast.

DAY 1 I GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR Fly to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, transfer to our boutique hotel, set amid lush gardens. Hotel del Parque

DAY 2 I GUAYAQUIL/GALÁPAGOS This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands. Meet our naturalist staff for an introduction to the islands and their diverse wildlife; then board our ship. National Geographic Islander for the remainder of the trip | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 3—6 I EXPLORING GALÁPAGOS Our expedition begins and ends in Baltra. Each day we’ll have the opportunity to go on nature walks with local naturalists, swim, snorkel, or explore by kayak or Zodiac. Listed below are some of the islands we plan to visit during our expedition. Meals: B/L/D Daily

I ISLA BARTOLOMÉ

DAT E S 2018: Nov. 24–30

I ISLA ISABELA

2019:

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

Apr. 27–May 3 May 2–8 May 11–17

Nov. 29–Dec. 5 May 16–22 Aug. 31–Sept. 6 Sept. 5–11

COST

Sept. 14–20 Sept. 19–25 Oct. 31–Nov. 6 2018:

2019:*

Category 1

$5,450

$5,630

Category 2

$6,140

$6,420

Category 3

$6,770

$7,090

I ISLA FLOREANA

Category 4

$7,180

$7,490

Hike to a turtle nesting beach and a lagoon that is home to flamingos. At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions; then visit Post Office Bay, founded by whalers in the 18th century. If you see a letter addressed to someone who lives near you, the tradition is to deliver it by hand.

Category 5

$8,690

$9,060

I ISLA SANTA CRUZ Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in the town of Puerto Ayora, and tour the neighboring captive breeding program for endangered Galápagos giant tortoises run by the Galápagos National Park Service and supported by the Lindblad–National Geographic Fund. In the highlands, observe and photograph giant tortoises in the wild.

DAY 7 I GALÁPAGOS/GUAYAQUIL After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. Enjoy day rooms at the Hotel del Parque before flying home. Meals: B

Walk to the top of Bartolomé’s volcanic cone Above: With the National Geographic Islander on the horizon, a sea lion mother looks after her pup.

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*Please note: The pricing above is valid for 2019 departures booked by October 31, 2018. Visit our website for updated 2019 pricing after that date. See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Islander on page 127. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For single-cabin pricing, please visit our website. Airfare to/from Guayaquil is not included in the expedition cost. ithin Ecuador is not included in the expedition cost. Airfare between Guayaquil and the Galápagos is $520 per person (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: 48

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. Marine conservationist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle will join both November 2018 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Guayaquil and the Galapagos. Visit our website or call for details.


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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Explore the cultural highlights of Peru and spend five days in the Galápagos aboard the National Geographic Islander on this compact trip. • Discover the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and explore the timeless ruins of Machu Picchu. • Meet endangered Galápagos giant tortoises at a National Geographic– supported captive breeding program, and then observe these creatures in the wild.

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DAY 4 I GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR Return to Cusco and fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. Transfer to our boutique hotel, surrounded by gardens. Hotel del Parque Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands. Meet our naturalist staff for an introduction to the islands and their diverse wildlife; then board our ship. National Geographic Islander for the remainder of the trip | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 1 I LIMA, PERU Land at the Lima airport and transfer to our hotel nearby. Lima Airport Holiday Inn

DAY 2 I CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY Fly to Cusco and enjoy lunch overlooking the elegant Plaza de Armas. Travel through the Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Inca, to our base for the next two nights. Attend a demonstration of Andean weaving by Nilda Callañaupa, a National Geographic grantee. Tambo del Inka | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I MACHU PICCHU Explore the stone fortress of Ollantaytambo before boarding the train to Machu Picchu, introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in a 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine. Spend this afternoon exploring the spectacular ruins, lingering after most visitors have left. This evening, take the train back to the Sacred Valley. Tambo del Inka | Meals: B/L/D

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Dec. 1–9

May 4–12 May 18–26 Sept. 7–15

Sept. 21–29 Nov. 2–10

COST

2018:

2019:*

Category 1

$6,250

$6,470

DAYS 6—8 I EXPLORING GALÁPAGOS

Category 2

$6,800

$7,100

The Galápagos portion of our expedition begins and ends in Baltra and includes stops at Santa Cruz and a selection of other islands. Each day we will have the opportunity to join our naturalists on interpretive walks to learn about endemic wildlife, as well as swim, snorkel, or explore by kayak or Zodiac—all the while witnessing incredible interactions between animals in their natural habitat. We may snorkel with penguins off Isla Bartolomé, swim in a secluded cove on Santa Fe, sail across the Equator to Isla Genovesa’s flooded caldera, and meander among wild giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Meals: B/L/D Daily

Category 3

$7,300

$7,630

Category 4

$7,630

$7,950

Category 5

$8,840

$9,210

DAY 9 I GALÁPAGOS /GUAYAQUIL After breakfast, disembark in Baltra and fly to Guayaquil. Relax in day rooms at the Hotel del Parque before flying home. Meals: B

Above: Sunlight vies with moody clouds over the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

*Please note: The pricing above is valid for 2019 departures booked by October 31, 2018. Visit our website for updated 2019 pricing after that date. See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Islander on page 127. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For single-cabin pricing, please visit our website. Airfare to Lima and return from Guayaquil, and within South America, is not included in the expedition cost. Airfare within South America is $935 per person (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: 48

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. Biologist Lynn Fowler will join several departures of this expedition in the Galápagos. To see these dates and read her bio, please visit our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Guayaquil and the Galapagos. Visit our website or call for details.

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PERU: LAND OF THE INCA T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Watch day break over Machu Picchu, and learn about National Geographic–funded excavations that helped uncover the site. • Join archaeologist Peter Frost for an insider’s perspective on his archaeological expeditions in Peru.* • Attend a private demonstration of traditional Andean weaving techniques by a National Geographic grantee.

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helped preserve and revive traditional Inca textiles. Hotel Sol y Luna | Meals: B/L/D

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

DAY 4 I MACHU PICCHU A morning train ride brings us to Machu Picchu. Take a guided walk in the sanctuary, and then check in to our lodge overlooking the Andes— the only accommodation adjacent to Machu Picchu. This afternoon, return to the site to explore with a guide or head off to see the Inca Bridge. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO

DAYS 1 AND 2 I LIMA, PERU/CUSCO/ SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Arrive in Lima and overnight at our airport hotel. The next day, fly to Cusco and drive to Moray, an intriguing Inca site believed to be an agricultural laboratory. After a private lunch near the site, stop at a colorful local market and then check in to our hotel. Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel; Sol y Luna | Meals: Day 2: B/L/D

Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, and set off on an early hike to the Sun Gate, if you choose. Enjoy time to explore on your own. After lunch, board the train back to the Sacred Valley, continuing by coach to Cusco. Our home here is a converted 16th-century monastery. Belmond Monasterio Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I CUSCO During a full day of exploration in Cusco, see the 15th-century Sacsayhuaman fortress and the Coricancha, the "golden temple" of the Inca, built at the symbolic center of their empire. Belmond Monasterio Hotel | Meals: B/L

DAY 3 I SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA

DAY 7 I LIMA

Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and Andean culture of the Sacred Valley with National Geographic grantee Peter Frost,* who has been exploring the Andes for 35 years. Peter joins us for a talk at our hotel and accompanies our visit to Ollantaytambo. Visit a family-owned hacienda for lunch, and witness a presentation of traditional horsemanship. Later, meet National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, who has

After our flight back to Lima, visit the renowned Larco Museum. Gather for a farewell lunch at Casa Aliaga, a lovely colonial home. Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel | Meals: B/L

DAY 8 I LIMA Transfer to the Lima airport for the return flight home. Meals: B

*On departures that coincide with Peter’s assignments, one of his colleagues will join us. Above: Perched on a secluded mountaintop in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most celebrated archaeological sites.

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018 and 2019: Expeditions depart every week on either Saturday or Sunday. See the calendar on page 132 for specific departure dates.

COST

2018:

2019:

$5,690

$5,890

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,380. On the December 22 and 30, 2018 and December 22 and 28, 2019 departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $730 per person. Airfare to/from Lima and within Peru is not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flight between Lima and Cusco is $435 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. Peruvian native and conservationist Ernesto Ore will join several departures of this expedition. To see these dates and read his bio, please visit our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, easy or moderate hikes, and transfers of two to four hours. We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco (11,200 ft), the Sacred Valley (9,200 ft), and at Machu Picchu (8,000 ft). Maximum group size: 24

SPECIAL OFFER Book by October 31, 2018 and receive free roundtrip international airfare between Miami and South America on select departures when you combine this Peru expedition with our Galápagos voyage (see pages 12–13). Visit our website or call for details. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PERU


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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Unlock the secrets of Machu Picchu, exploring with your own private guide. • Stay in three spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. • Take part in a chicha-brewing lesson, an architectural tour of a Cusco colonial manor, and a private visit to a spectacled bear rehabilitation center.

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DAYS 6 AND 7 I MACHU PICCHU Travel by train to Machu Picchu, or disembark early for an optional trek on the Inca Trail with a private guide. Settle into Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a haven of orchids and birds nestled in the cloud forest. Rise early for a full day of exploring Machu Picchu with a private guide. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Meals: B/D Daily

DAYS 8 AND 9 I CUSCO/LIMA Visit the lodge’s spectacled bear rehabilitation program before traveling back to Cusco. Fly to Lima, and tour the historic center and the Larco Museum before your flight home. Inkaterra La Casona | Meals: B Daily

OPTIONAL EXTENSION DAYS 1 AND 2 I CUSCO, PERU Fly to Cusco and settle into Inkaterra La Casona. Enjoy an exclusive architecture walk through this restored 16th-century manor, and take a private tour of the city. Inkaterra La Casona Meals: Day 2: B

Extend your trip with a stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, another National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, located in the Amazon rain forest. Visit our website for details.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD

Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S This is a private expedition that is offered year-round, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.

COST

2018:

2019:

6+ people

$4,695

$4,895

4 people

$4,895

$5,195

2 people

$5,795

$5,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Cusco and return from Lima is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, easy or moderate hikes, and transfers of two to four hours. We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco (11,200 ft), the Sacred Valley (9,200 ft), and at Machu Picchu (8,000 ft).

DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Jounrey into the Sacred Valley, stopping in Awanacancha to learn about llamas and alpacas. Stroll Pisac's famous market, then continue to Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba—set on a hillside with extraordinary mountain views. Still the gardens and enjoy an exclusive brewing lesson in the Chicha House. At the Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco, attend a private Andean weaving demonstration. See the remains of Inca agriculture systems at Chinchero and Moray, visit the stacked salt mines of Maras, explore Ollantaytambo, and spend a day in the village of Patacancha. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba | Meals: B/L Daily

I N F O R M AT I O N

Spend every night of your trip at a Unique Lodge: Inkaterra La Casona, a historic mansion in Cusco’s old town; Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (pictured above), a colonial-style estate in the Sacred Valley of the Inca; and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, whose casitas are tucked in the jungle just below the iconic Inca site. At each lodge, you’ll enjoy an experience arranged exclusively for our guests. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PERU

Above: Women in traditional dress stroll a cobblestoned lane in Cusco.

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P E R U F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Spend an entire day at Machu Picchu exploring the mysterious ruins and hiking the surrounding slopes in search of stunning views. • Join National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa for a hands-on demonstration of traditional Peruvian weaving techniques. • Alongside a local chef, enjoy a pachamanca, a traditional Andean meal baked in the earth.

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DAYS 4 AND 5 I SACRED VALLEY/ AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHU PICCHU Join a chef and local farmers for a pachamanca, a traditional meal cooked in the ground. Explore Ollantaytambo, built atop an old Inca town; then hop on the train for a breathtaking ride toward Machu Picchu. Spend the next day discovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu, the “lost” city of the Inca. One of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world, it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with funding from National Geographic. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 6 I SACRED VALLEY/CUSCO

DAY 1 I LIMA, PERU Welcome to the land of the Inca! Enjoy a free evening before our adventure begins. Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

DAYS 2 AND 3 I CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY Meet the group and fly to Cusco. Explore Sacsayhuaman, a fortress made with 100-ton stones. After lunch and a walk in the market town of Pisac, explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Our welcome dinner features delicious Peruvian cuisine. The next day, at the Center for Traditional Textiles, delve into the ancient art of Andean weaving with master weaver and National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. Learn to dye wool, spin yarn, and set up a loom. Later, hike among salt terraces in Maras or enjoy a llama trek. Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness Meals: B/L/D Daily

Ride back up the valley to Cusco. On the way, young explorers will meet local children to play soccer, participate in an art project, and practice their Spanish. Gather for a farewell dinner in the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art tonight. Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I CUSCO/LIMA Explore enchanting Cusco this morning before returning to Lima to connect with your flight home. Meals: B/L

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD

Trip Type: Family

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Dec. 22–28 Dec. 27, 2018– Jan. 2, 2019

June 22–28 July 13–19 Aug. 3–9

Dec. 21–27 Dec. 26, 2019– Jan. 1, 2020

COST Adults

$4,695

Children (ages 7–17)

$4,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,000. On the December departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $550 per person. Airfare to/from Lima and within Peru is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights within Peru are $500 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied by local guides.

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Meet local children and work together on a creative art project, sharing phrases in Spanish, Quechua, and English. Then head outside for a fun game of soccer.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, easy hikes, and coach transfers of two to four hours. We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco (11,200 ft), the Sacred Valley (9,200 ft) and at Machu Picchu (8,000 ft). Guests will handle their own small luggage on the train to/from Machu Picchu. Maximum group size: 25

Stay in charming casitas at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, nestled in the cloud forest just below the iconic Inca site. Above: Budding photographers train their cameras on the mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Explore the amazing biodiversity of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with our team of naturalists, and encounter rare pink dolphins, sloths, howler monkeys, giant lily pads, and an astounding variety of birdlife. • Learn from a National Geographic–Lindblad certified photo instructor, who travels with us aboard the elegant Delfin II riverboat. • Meet the ribereños (indigenous people) and learn about the projects supported by the Lindblad-National Geographic fund.

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Set out into this wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Spot sloths and monkeys, including noisy howlers, shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys, and saddleback tamarins. Watch for an incredible variety of birds. In the waterways, look for massive paiche fish, rare pink dolphins, and piranhas. Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior, and go on a bird-watching hike. Slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, searching for caimans, fishing bats, and other nocturnal creatures.

DAY 1 I LIMA, PERU Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our hotel. Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

DAY 2 I IQUITOS/NAUTA This morning, fly from Lima to Iquitos and continue overland to Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle into your cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner. Delfin II through Day 8 | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 3–8 I PACAYA-SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE Spend this week exploring the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle stretching more than five million acres and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Two powerful rivers, the Marañón and the Ucayali, converge here at the headwaters of the mighty Amazon.

Above: A scarlet macaw perches amid foliage.

Pay a visit to communities on the reserve’s edge and get to know the ribereños—those who live on the riverbanks—and their age-old traditions. Learn how they make jewelry and other handicrafts, and find out how local subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. We’ll also learn about the inspiring work of Minga Peru, a nonprofit that has helped improve the health and livelihoods of the people of the Amazon with the support of the Lindblad– National Geographic Fund. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 9 I NAUTA/IQUITOS/LIMA After breakfast, disembark in Nauta, and return to Iquitos overland for the flight to Lima. Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel Meals: B/L

DAY 10 I LIMA After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Combine this Upper Amazon voyage with our Galápagos voyage (see pages 12–13) or our Peru: Land of the Inca expedition (see page 16), or join all three. See the special offer at right, and visit our website or call for details.

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2 0 1 8 and 2 0 1 9 : Expeditions depart on Saturdays throughout the year. See the calendar on page 132 for departure dates.

P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S Several departures of this expedition are designated as photography expeditions. See the calendar on page 132 for departure dates and visit our website for details and the National Geographic photographer leading each departure.

COST

2018:

2019:

Suite

$6,990

$7,190

Master Suite

$8,260

$8,590

See the Delfin II description, photo, and deck plan on page 130. Prices are per person, double occupancy. Due to limited availability, single cabins are offered on a request basis only; please call for availability and rates. Airfare to/from Lima and within Peru is not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flight between Lima and Iquitos is $440 per person (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: 28

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Krista Rossow will join the January 19 and 26, 2019 departures. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFER Save 10% on the expedition cost when you combine this voyage with our Galápagos voyage or our Peru: Land of the Inca expedition. Plus, book by October 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip airfare between Miami and South America when combining select departures with our Galápagos voyage. Visit our website or call for details.

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PATAG O N I A H I K I N G A DV E N T U R E T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Trek to the base of Torres del Paine’s sheer granite walls, and surround yourself with twisting peaks in the French Valley. • Experience up close the power and magnificence of Grey and Perito Moreno Glaciers, two of the most impressive glaciers in the world. • Follow trails to serene lakes at the foot of spectacular Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy massif.

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DAYS 5 AND 6 I PASO LOS CUERNOS/ TORRES DEL PAINE Follow the Paso Los Cuernos trail along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjöld, hiking beneath the soaring Cuernos del Paine massif. Continue to our hotel at the base of the Torres mountains. Rise early the next morning for an all-day hike to the Torres del Paine. Our path cuts through beech forests and up to barren slopes to a most magnificent viewpoint of the iconic granite towers. Hotel Las Torres or Estancia Cerro Guido Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 7—10 I EL CHALTÉN, ARGENTINA/ LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK

DAYS 1 AND 2 I PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE/ TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK Arrive in Punta Arenas. The next day, travel to Torres del Paine National Park for a short hike before settling into our hotel on the shores of Lago de Grey. Hotel Cabo de Hornos; Hotel Lago Grey Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I GREY GLACIER FRENCH VALLEY Cruise across Lago de Grey to the foot of Grey Glacier. Trace the lakeshore on foot, taking in views of the glacier and the dramatic Paine massif. The next day hike in the magnificent French Valley, a natural basin ringed by the black slate “horns” of the Cuernos del Paine. Walk beneath the glacier-covered slopes of Cerro Paine, the highest summit in the range. Tonight we stay in cabins tucked into the mountain slopes beside a beautiful waterfall. Refugio Paine Grande; Cabañas en los Cuernos | Meals: B/L/D Daily

Cross the Argentine border en route to the town of El Chaltén in Los Glaciares National Park. Spend three days exploring the park on a variety of hikes into the interior. Climb to pristine glacial lakes at the base of the park's most iconic sites: Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Discover the Piedra del Fraile, overlooking the dramatic north face of Fitz Roy. Hotel Destino Sur | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 11, 12, AND 13 I EL CALAFATE/ PERITO MORENO GLACIER Travel across the steppe to El Calafate, stopping along the way for a hike in La Leona Petrified Forest. The next day, visit Perito Moreno, an active glacier on the southern arm of Lake Argentino. Watch the glacier calve great chunks of ice into the lake; then explore the area's picturesque trails on a short hike. On our final day, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Hotel Mirador del Lago Days 11 and 12: B/L/D Daily; Day 13: B

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

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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Active

Activity Level: Strenuous

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Oct. 20–Nov. 1 Nov. 3–15 Nov. 17–29 Dec. 1–13 Dec. 8–20

Jan. 5–17 Jan. 12–24 Feb. 16–28 Mar. 2–14

COST

$6,895

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,000. Airfare to Punta Arenas and return from El Calafate is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M One or two top adventure guides, often accompanied by local guides, will lead this trip.

W H AT T O E X P E C T We will be hiking 3–10 hours per day (5–16 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations ranging from 200 feet to a maximum of 3,000 feet. We will stay 11 nights in hotels and small mountain inns and one night in a traditional refugio. Note that there are shared bathrooms on two nights while we are trekking in a remote part of the region. Maximum group size: 16

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Join a private guide for a hike beneath the iconic Fitz Roy massif in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. • Stay at the stunning Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. • Accompanied by a gaucho, ride horseback through an ancient forest to a lookout point with a panoramic view of the Paine massif.

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DAYS 6–10 I TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, CHILE Drive to Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World overlooking Lake Sarmiento at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. Take an architecture tour of this award-winning structure, an experience reserved exclusively for National Geographic travelers. Spend the next three days exploring the park’s stunning wonders in a variety of ways, including hiking, walking, and horseback-riding. On your final morning, transfer to Punta Arenas and connect with your flight home. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa Meals: Days 6–9: B/L/D Daily; Day 10: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION DAY 1 I BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Arrive in Buenos Aires and spend the day at leisure, or go on an optional private city tour. Mio Buenos Aires

DAYS 2 AND 3 I EL CHALTÉN/ MONTE FITZ ROY

Extend your stay to Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, a National Geographic Unique Lodge set in the Atacama Desert, and discover the otherwordly landscapes of geysers, salt pans, and volcanoes. Visit our website for details.

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Fly to El Calafate in the southern Andes and take a scenic drive to El Chaltén, situated at the northern edge of Los Glaciares National Park. The following day, join a private guide for a trek to the Laguna de los Tres, a turquoise lake framed by the jagged peaks of Monte Fitz Roy. Hosteria Senderos | Meals: B/L Daily

DAYS 4 AND 5 I EL CALAFATE/PERITO MORENO GLACIER Return to El Calafate to explore on your own. The next day, witness the calving of the Perito Moreno Glacier from nearby walkways, then join a boat cruise on the lake for a different perspective. Posada los Alamos | Meals: B/L Daily

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S This is a private expedition, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you. This expedition is offered October through March.

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6+ people

$7,995

4 people

$8,795

2 people

$9,295

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Buenos Aires and return from Punta Arenas and within Argentina is not included in the expedition cost. The flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate is $425 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health, physically fit, and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. On many days, there will be different hiking options ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes of five to eight hours with steep, rocky sections. Several days have long drives. Weather can be extremely unpredictable, with dramatic changes in temperature and precipitation.

During four nights at Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, explore the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park with top guides, enjoy excellent cuisine and a world-class spa, and learn about the lodge’s cutting-edge design on a private behind-thescenes tour. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/PATAGONIA

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E X P LO R I N G PATAG O N I A T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Get expert insights as you explore Patagonia by land and sea, gliding past pristine fjords and vast glaciers on a four-day cruise, then heading inland to discover granite spires, sapphire lakes, and hidden waterfalls. • Set out on an interpretive walk across Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins. • Settle into the stunning Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World overlooking the staggering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park.

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DAY 2 I BUENOS AIRES Spend the day discovering Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, known as the Paris of South America. On a city tour, see the remarkable Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Perón. Continue to the historic presidential palace, La Casa Rosada, and the cathedral in Plaza de Mayo. After lunch, explore the cobblestoned lanes of San Telmo, as well as the colorful artists’ quarter of La Boca. The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B/L

DAY 3 I USHUAIA/TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embark our ship and sail toward the famed Beagle Channel. M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 1 I BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Arrive this morning in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Transfer to our hotel in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood, and explore the nearby galleries, museums, and cafés. Enjoy a tango performance, followed by our welcome dinner tonight. The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: D

DAY 4 I CAPE HORN, CHILE/ WULAIA BAY

DAYS 5 AND 6 I MAGDALENA CHANNEL/ AGOSTINI SOUND

Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to legendary Cape Horn for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America. Later, explore Wulaia Bay, where Charles Darwin landed during his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Choose one of three walks to experience the spectacular beauty of the Magellanic forest. M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis | Meals: B/L/D

As we navigate the Magdalena Channel, spot penguins, dolphins, albatross, and other seabirds. After entering the Pia Fjord, board Zodiacs and head out on a shore excursion on Pia Glacier. Continue along the Beagle Channel to the Garibaldi Glacier. Take a challenging hike through the Magellanic forest if you choose.

Above: The twisted “horns” of Cuernos del Paine jut skyward in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park.

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

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Jan. 10–21

Feb. 19–Mar. 2

Dec. 29, 2018– Jan. 9, 2019*

Jan. 22–Feb.2*

Mar. 3–14*

Feb. 3–14

*These departures are aboard the M.V. Stella Australis. All other departures are aboard the M.V. Ventus Australis.

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Tango dancers strike a pose in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

The next day, cruise through majestic Agostini Sound, and disembark for a closer look at Águila Glacier. During an easy walk, take in spectacular views of the brilliant blue-and-white ice set off by black mountains, and learn about the geologic forces that shaped this dramatic land. M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 7 I MAGDALENA ISLAND/ PUNTA ARENAS/TORRES DEL PAINE Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins. Disembark in Punta Arenas and continue across the southern Pampas, looking for herds of guanacos as well as rheas, gray foxes, Patagonian hares, and black-necked swans. Settle into our spectacular hotel—a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK During the next three days, tailor your exploration to your interests, choosing among a variety of hiking and horseback-riding excursions in the park. Discover Lago de Grey and its incredibly blue sculpted ice; hike through beech forests along the shore of Laguna Azul; and marvel at rock paintings left by the indigenous Aonikenk people, some of the earliest inhabitants of the region. Photograph wildlife near the northern limits of the park; or relax at the hotel, taking advantage of its wonderful amenities. Enjoy evening lectures, and cap off your stay in the park with a festive barbecue in the company of local gauchos, getting a glimpse into traditional Patagonian cowboy culture. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 11 I PUNTA ARENAS/SANTIAGO, CHILE Today, drive to the Punta Arenas airport for the flight to Santiago. Arrive in Santiago this evening and check in to our hotel. The Singular Santiago Meals: B/L

DAY 12 I SANTIAGO, CHILE Spend a full day exploring Santiago. On a walking tour of the city center, see the elegant Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de la Moneda, and the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral. View the impressive collection at Santiago’s Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, and enjoy a farewell celebration at a Chilean winery. This evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a five-day post-trip extension to Easter Island from $3,050 per person. Or extend your trip to Chile’s Atacama Desert with a stay at Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, another member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

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Category A

$11,795

Category AA

$12,995

Category AAA

$14,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy. Please visit our website for single-room pricing. Airfare to Buenos Aires and return from Santiago, and airfare within Argentina and Chile, are not included in the expedition cost. The group flights within Argentina and Chile are $1,200 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. National Geographic Explorer and high-altitude archaeologist Constanza Ceruti will join the November 2018 and both February 2019 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

ABOUT THE M .V. S T E L L A AU S T R A L I S/ M .V. V E N T U S AU S T R A L I S The M.V. Ventus Australis (built in 2017) and M.V. Stella Australis (built in 2010) are sister ships designed specifically to cruise the spectacular Patagonian waterways. Each ship has 100 outsidefacing cabins that feature a large window, an en suite bathroom, a satellite phone, and individual temperature controls. Cabins are available on three levels: Category A on the second level, Category AA on the third level, and Category AAA on the fourth level. Facilities include an open deck, three lounges, a library, a game room, and a single-seating dining room. See photos and deck plans on our website. All cabins in our allotment are the same size.

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On this trip you’ll spend four nights at Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, celebrated for its award-winning architecture, which blends in with the landscape while offering stunning views of the peaks of Torres del Paine from every room. Explore Addthe a four-day post-trip extension to Easter Island. spectacular Torres del Paine National Park with Or extend yourenjoy trip to Chile’s Atacama Desert with a top guides, excellent cuisine and a worldstayclass at Tierra Atacama Hotelthe & Spa, another member spa, and learn about lodge’s cutting-edge of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the design on a private behind-the-scenes tour. World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time as well as getting in and out of Zodiacs for shore excursions during our cruise. Activities include city walking tours, one- to two-mile nature walks, and some vehicle-based sightseeing excursions, as well as optional horseback rides and longer hikes across challenging terrain. Maximum group size: 25

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DAYS 6 AND 7 I GALÁPAGOS/QUITO Return to the airport on Isla Baltra and fly to Quito. Enjoy an evening at leisure in the colonial center. The next day, tour Quito’s Old Town. Casa Gangotena | Meals: Day 6: B; Day 7: B/L

DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I MASHPI RESERVE Travel to the archeological site of Tulipe, then continue to Mashpi Lodge, deep in the Chocó cloud forest, a biodiversity hotspot. Take a guided night walk through the jungle and an exclusive tour of the lodge's research station. Then survey the canopy from the observation tower, and ride an aerial bicycle through the treetops. Mashpi Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 11 I MASHPI RESERVE/QUITO DAY 1 I QUITO, ECUADOR Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. Wyndham Hotel Quito

DAY 2 I GALÁPAGOS Fly to Isla Baltra, then take the ferry to Isla Santa Cruz and tour the giant tortoise reserve. Later, transfer to Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel, located just steps from the shore. Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

Enjoy a bird-watching walk or hike to a waterfall. Later, visit the Equatorial Monument at the “middle of the world.” Transfer to the airport in Quito and catch your flight home. Meals: B/L

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD

Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S This is a private expedition that is offered yearround, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.

COST 4+ people

$7,695

2 people

$7,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to/from Quito and within Ecuador is not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip flight between Quito and the Galápagos is $600 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours and easy hikes, with options for kayaking, snorkeling, and more challenging hikes on muddy terrain. Excursions can last up to eight hours in the Galápagos; and the drive to Mashpi Lodge is about four hours. We will be at high elevation while in Quito (9,350 feet).

DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I GALÁPAGOS Sail among these diverse islands aboard the lodge’s yacht, searching for blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, sea lions, and much more. On Isla Santa Cruz, go swimming and snorkeling, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Enjoy a private cooking class. Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily

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Spend four days exploring the Galápagos archipelago from your base at Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel on the isle of Santa Cruz. Then immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian Chocó cloud forest at Mashpi Lodge (pictured above), and join a biologist for a tour of the lodge research station— an exclusive experience for National Geographic guests. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/ECUADOR

Above: A pair of sea lions frolic in the waters off the Galápagos Islands.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Trek into the jungle with a private guide to meet with a family of Cabécar Indians, Costa Rica’s largest and most isolated indigenous tribe. • Stay at Pacuare Lodge and Lapa Rios Lodge, both National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World tucked deep within pristine Costa Rican rain forests. • Explore the unsurpassed biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula with naturalist guides.

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The following day, take a guided canopy walk and see La Fortuna Waterfall. Lost Iguana Resort & Spa Meals: Day 4: B; Day 5: B/L

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DAYS 6–9 I OSA PENINSULA

DAY 1 I SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

Fly to the Osa Peninsula and settle into Lapa Rios Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Explore the unmatched biodiversity of the peninsula's rain forests, beaches, and costal waters on a variety of naturalist-led group excursions. Hike through primary and secondary forest, take a tour of the lodge’s innovative sustainability program, or rise with the sun to spot some of the area’s 300-plus bird species. National Geographic travelers are invited to join a naturalist on a private waterfall hike and lunch in the forest canopy. On the final day, drive to Puerto Jiménez and fly to San José to catch your flight home. Lapa Rios Lodge | Meals: Day 6: B/D; Days 7 and 8: B/L/D Daily; Day 9: B

Arrive in San José and enjoy an evening at leisure. Hotel Grano de Oro

DAYS 2 AND 3 I PACUARE RIVER Travel to Pacuare Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World accessible only via the Pacuare River. Go white-water rafting through black-rock canyons, or arrive at the lodge by road and hanging gondola. The next morning, join a birding walk. Then opt to go zip-lining or hike through the jungle to meet with the son of a traditional Cabécar shaman, an experience arranged exclusively for National Geographic travelers. Pacuare Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 4 AND 5 I PACUARE RIVER/ ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK Enjoy one last rafting excursion, or travel directly to the northern highlands for an evening at leisure at your lodge, located in 120 acres of preserved rain forest with a view of Arenal Volcano.

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S This is a private expedition that is offered year-round, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.

COST

2018:

2019:

4+ people

from $4,495

from $4,695

2 people

from $4,795

from $4,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to/from San José and within Costa Rica is not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip flight between San José and Puerto Jiménez is $360 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include easy hikes with options for more challenging hikes, white-water rafting, and kayaking. While tourism is steadily growing, Costa Rica’s infrastructure is still developing. Roads can be rugged and dusty, and internal flight schedules can be unpredictable.

Raft into the jungle to Pacuare Lodge and spend two nights in a stunning thatched bungalow. Explore with top guides, and enjoy an exclusive visit with members of an isolated indigenous culture. At the tip of the Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios Lodge (pictured above) offers access to pristine rain forest and remote beaches. During a threenight stay, you’ll be treated to a private waterfall hike. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/COSTARICA

Above: Used to startle predators, the red eyes of a tree frog stand out against the green leaf to which it clings.

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C O S TA R I C A F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • See Costa Rica’s wild cats at a rescue center established to help orphaned and wounded animals, including jaguars and ocelots. • Go floating and zip-lining through tropical forests, surrounded by an astonishing variety of wildlife. • Kids have the opportunity to visit a local school and play a game of soccer with the students.

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DAY 4 I GUANACASTE Travel to Guanacaste Province, full of fast rivers, volcanic scenery, and deep canyons. Float on the Corobici River through the tropical dry forest, keeping your eyes peeled for otters, crocodiles, and monkeys. See wild cats up close at Las Pumas Rescue Center, home to jaguars, pumas, ocelots, and jaguarundis. Our home for the next three nights is hidden away on a river nestled deep in a protected forest. Río Perdido lodge Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I RÍO PERDIDO

DAY 1 I SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA ¡Bienvenidos! Your tropical adventure begins. Meet fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Intercontinental San José | Meals: D

DAY 2 I SAN JOSÉ/MONTEVERDE Explore San José, including the National Theatre of Costa Rica. Then head to the cloud forests of Monteverde. Go on a twilight forest walk as nocturnal creatures awaken. El Establo or Hotel Fonda Vela | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I MONTEVERDE Hike with a local expert through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Spot some of the 500-plus species of orchids, and look for wildlife such as howler monkeys, tapirs, sloths, snakes, frogs, and colorful birds and butterflies. Visit the hanging bridges or opt to ride a zip-line through the forest canopy. Have dinner tonight in a tree house. El Establo or Hotel Fonda Vela Meals: B/L/D

Spend the day on an excursion in and around the canyons of Río Blanco—a wild, arid landscape of hot springs and age-old rock formations. Go on an aerial adventure amid the forest canopy: clamber on canyon platforms, walk across hanging bridges, zip-line across the rushing river, and swing and hike through the treetops and canyons. After lunch, opt for a scenic hike with opportunities to swim in the river and soak in thermal pools. Río Perdido lodge | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I COLONIA LIBERTAD Start the day at a sustainability-focused ranch, wander through an organic garden, and take a tractor-pulled cart ride among macadamia orchards, tropical flowers, and groves of cacao trees. Learn how cacao beans are transformed into finished chocolate. Spend the afternoon at Colonia Libertad, a farming community that maintains a traditional lifestyle closely connected to nature. Kids meet children from the local school to play soccer, and forge new friendships. Gather for a farewell dinner tonight. Río Perdido Lodge Meals: B/L/D

Trip Type: Family

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Dec. 22–28 Dec. 27, 2018– Jan. 2, 2019

Mar. 16–22 Mar. 23–29 June 22–28 July 6–12

Aug. 3–9 Dec. 21–27 Dec. 26, 2019– Jan. 1, 2020

COST

2018:

Adults

$3,995

$4,195

Children (ages 7–17)

$3,795

$3,995

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Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $800 in 2018 and $950 in 2019. On the December departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $300 per person in 2018 and $400 per person in 2019. Airfare to San José and return from Liberia is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied by local guides.

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In the village of Colonia Libertad, kids will get to know “tico” children during a visit to a local school. They’ll play soccer and have the opportunity to practice their Spanish skills.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time and walking three to five miles over uneven terrain. Jungle trails are well marked but often muddy and slippery. Guests should expect some longer travel days with drives of two to four hours over bumpy roads (with multiple stops). Maximum group size: 25

DAY 7 I LIBERIA Transfer to the airport in Liberia for your flight home this morning. Meals: B

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and orchids, and reachable only by boat. Later, explore the placid bay. Meals: B/L/D Daily

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DAY 5 I COIBA NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA At Isla Coiba, observe a vibrant undersea world while swimming, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I GULF OF PANAMA ISLETS/ PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT Today, explore the tiny islets of the Gulf of Panama. Set sail for the Panama Canal this afternoon. We’ll most likely begin our crossing at night, when the canal is dramatically lit. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I GATÚN LAKE/PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT DAY 1 I SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA/ PUERTO CALDERA Upon arrival in San José, transfer to Puerto Caldera and embark our ship. National Geographic Quest for the entire voyage | Meals: D

DAY 2 I OSA PENINSULA Anchor off the Osa Peninsula. In Corcovado National Park, swim in waterfall pools, take an optional horseback ride on the beach, or trek through the rain forest for a chance to see four species of monkeys. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I GOLFO DULCE Enter the mangrove-fringed Golfo Dulce. Venture ashore at Playa Blanca. Then head inland to visit remote indigenous communities and experience daily life on the Osa Peninsula. Hike in mature rain forest or kayak in the Golfo Dulce. The following day, visit Casa Orquídeas, a tropical paradise of ornamental palms, bromeliads, heliconias, Above: A sloth hangs loose in the jungles of Costa Rica.

Board a Zodiac to visit Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Gatún Lake by special arrangement. Scientists have worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island since 1923. It is also the site of a National Geographic–supported wildlife project. Join local guides for a walk through the forests or take a boat ride to the mouth of the Chagres River. This evening, continue through the complex lock system of the canal. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I COLÓN/PANAMA CITY After breakfast, disembark in Colón and transfer to the airport in Panama City for your flight home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a two-day pre- or post-trip extension in Panama City from $450 per person; a three-day pre-trip extension to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve from $1,800 per person; or a seven-day post-trip extension to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Arenal Volcano, and Tortuguero from $4,420 per person on select departures. Visit our website or call for details.

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Dec. 8–15 Dec. 15–22* Dec. 22–29 Dec. 29, 2018– Jan. 5, 2019*

Jan. 5–12 Jan. 12–19* Jan. 19–26 Jan. 26–Feb. 2* Feb. 2–9

Dec. 6–13 Dec. 13–20* Dec. 20–27 Dec. 27, 2019– Jan. 3, 2020*

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order.

COST Category 1

$5,990

Category 2

$6,590

Category 3

$6,990

Category 4

$7,790

Category 5

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See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Quest on page 126. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,000 in Category 1 and $3,300 in Category 2. Airfare to San José and return from Panama City, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 100

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Kike Calvo will join the December 8 and 15, 2018 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by October, 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Miami and San José/Panama City on select departures, or instead choose a complimentary two-day extension in Panama City. Visit our website or call for details.

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REEFS AND RUINS: B E L I Z E TO T I K A L , G U AT E M A L A T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Set out from the National Geographic Quest to kayak amid palm-fringed islands, and step ashore to view a colony of rare red-footed boobies. • Spot rainbow-colored fish, turtles, and rays while snorkeling or diving the corals of the Belize Barrier Reef. • Venture into the jungles of Guatemala with local experts to discover Tikal’s spectacular temples and pyramids.

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DAY 4 I GLOVER REEF, BELIZE/ SOUTH WATER CAYE MARINE RESERVE Enjoy snorkeling and optional diving opportunities at one of the many cayes in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Skim atop the crystalline waters by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I LIGHTHOUSE REEF AND HALF MOON CAYE NATURAL MONUMENT Sail north to Lighthouse Reef and go snorkeling, diving, or kayaking. Visit Half Moon Caye, a pristine nature reserve of littoral forest and beaches, and view a nesting population of red-footed boobies. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 1 I BELIZE CITY, BELIZE Arrive in Belize City and embark our ship. National Geographic Quest through Day 5 Meals: D

DAY 2 I LAUGHING BIRD CAYE NATIONAL PARK OR SAPODILLA CAYES MARINE RESERVE Trace the southern edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, anchoring along the shores of Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. Snorkel, kayak, or try stand-up paddleboarding. For certified scuba divers, dive opportunities abound (at an additional cost). Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I QUIRIGUÁ AND RÍO DULCE, GUATEMALA Anchor off the coast of Guatemala and travel inland to the ancient Maya city of Quiriguá. Have lunch on the shores of Lake Izabal, then take a local boat through the limestone canyon of Río Dulce. Meals: B/L/D

Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Feb. 28–Mar. 8 Feb. 13–21 Mar. 15–23 Mar. 5–13 Feb. 18–26 Mar. 20–28 Mar. 10–18 Feb. 23–Mar. 3 Please note: This itinerary may follow alternate routing. Visit our website for details.

COST Category 1

$5,760

Category 2

$6,180

DAY 6 I BELIZE CITY/FLORES, GUATEMALA/TIKAL

Category 3

$6,600

Category 4

$7,030

Disembark in Belize City and fly to Flores, Guatemala. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy walks with our naturalists or a short boat cruise on Lake Petén Itzá. Camino Real Tikal Hotel Meals: B/L/D

Category 5

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DAY 7 I TIKAL Explore Tikal’s architectural treasures, encountering ancient Maya art and hieroglyphs that illuminate the history and spiritual significance of the site. Camino Real Tikal Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I YAXHÁ AND TOPOXTE Visit Yaxhá, a former Maya ceremonial center overlooking Yaxhá Lake. If you wish, climb a temple for a panoramic view. Enjoy a lunch of Guatemalan specialties, followed by a visit to a local handicraft market. Camino Real Tikal Hotel Meals: B/L/D

See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Quest on page 126. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,880 in Category 1 and $3,090 in Category 2. Airfare to Belize City and return from Guatemala City, and within Belize and Guatemala, is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 100 Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory for Guatemala is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic archaeologist Richard Hansen will join the February 23 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

DAY 9 I FLORES/GUATEMALA CITY

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. Meals: B

Add a one-day post-trip extension to Antigua, Guatemala from $350 per person. Or combine your Belize to Tikal expedition with our nine-day Costa Rica: Cloud Forest to the Caribbean expedition. Visit our website or call for details.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Explore some of the most influential cities of the Maya world, including Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Palenque, and Tikal. • Witness the ongoing National Geographic–sponsored excavations of Bonampak’s wall murals, depicting vivid scenes of Maya warfare. • Enjoy a private sunrise tour of Chichén Itzá before it opens to the public, and gain expert insight on the ruins from National Geographic Explorer Guillermo de Anda, who joins us at the site.

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DAYS 5 AND 6 I BONAMPAK/ PALENQUE Journey to the remote ruins of Bonampak, home to stunning frescoes that were unearthed in the 1940s and featured in National Geographic magazine in February 1995. The next day, venture into the ancient city of Palenque, where archaeologists have found rare Maya texts. After a free afternoon, return to the ruins for a specially arranged after hours visit. Villa Mercedes Palenque | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 7 AND 8 I PALENQUE/LA VENTA/ MÉRIDA/UXMAL

Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to our hotel. Westin Camino Real

Visit the Palenque archaeological museum, and explore La Venta, known for colossal stone sculptures of Olmec heads. Then, fly to Mérida. Spend the following day at Uxmal, and examine the ornate carvings on the Pyramid of the Magician. Afterward, cool off with a refreshing dip in a nearby cenote. Hacienda Temozon Sur Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 2 AND 3 I GUATEMALA CITY/ FLORES/TIKAL

DAYS 9 AND 10 I IZAMAL/ CHICHÉN ITZÁ

DAY 1 I GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

Tour Guatemala City’s historic district, then fly to Flores and enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel. Encounter Tikal, one of the largest cities in the Classic Maya world. Decipher carvings and hieroglyphs with our expert. Camino Real Tikal | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 4 I YAXCHILÁN, MEXICO/ FRONTERA COROZAL Travel to Bethel, Mexico and cruise the Usumacinta River to Yaxchilán. Discover the site’s jungle-shrouded ruins, then continue by boat to our hotel in Frontera Corozal. Hotel Escudo Jaguar | Meals: B/L/D

In the colonial town of Izamal, explore the impressive Franciscan monastery and Kinich Kakmó pyramid. Rise early to visit Chichén Itzá before it opens to the public, and hear from National Geographic Emerging Explorer Guillermo de Anda about the ruins. The Lodge at Chichén Itzá | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 11 I EK BALAM/CANCÚN Visit the ancient ruins of Ek Balam, then continue to the Cancún airport and catch your flight home. Meals: B/L

Above: Towering over the ancient city of Chichén Itzá, the Temple of Kukulkan is a testament to the Maya’s impressive astronomical skills.

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Nov. 8–18 Dec. 27, 2018– Jan. 6, 2019

Jan. 17–27 Feb. 21–Mar. 3

COST

$ 7,9 9 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500. Airfare to Guatemala City and return from Cancún, and within Guatemala and Mexico, is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights within Guatemala and Mexico are $425 per person (subject to change). Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory for Guatemala is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Archaeologist and National Geographic grantee William Saturno will join the December 2018 and February 2019 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. For the one-night stay in remote Frontera Corozal, accommodations are basic, with thatched-roof cabins featuring en suite bathrooms and ceiling fans but no air-conditioning. Transportation includes travel by small motorized boat on Day 4, and several two- to- four hour drives on partially unpaved roads. Maximum group size: 25

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DAY 3 I BAHÍA MAGDALENA Go ashore on Isla Magdalena, a vast sandy wilderness surrounded by mangrove channels and the protected waters of Bahía Magdalena. Explore the island’s ever-shifting dunes during a walk to one of the most pristine beaches on the Pacific coast. On the mud flats, spot migrating birds at rest, including frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, and great blue herons. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 4 AND 5 I LAGUNA SAN IGNACIO

DAYS 1 AND 2 I SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO, MEXICO/LA PAZ Arrive in San José del Cabo, then transfer to La Paz and enjoy time to relax at our waterfront resort. The next day, travel overland to the fishing community of San Carlos, where we’ll board our ship. CostaBaja Resort & Spa; National Geographic Venture for the remainder of the trip | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

The Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaíno is one of the main breeding and calving areas for California gray whales, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Every year, gray whales migrate here from the Arctic waters of Alaska; it is one of the longest known migrations of mammals and one of nature’s greatest spectacles. In this vast water nursery, observe these enormous yet gentle animals at water level from our Zodiacs. Our extensive experience navigating these waters, as well as the ship’s exploration tools, maximize the likelihood of up-close encounters with gray whales and their calves. Meals: B/L/D Daily

Above: A gray whale spy-hops just feet from passengers on a well-positioned Zodiac.

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A young California sea lion leads snorkelers through the waters off Los Islotes.

DAY 6 I AT SEA As we travel south along the Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula, spend time on deck seeking out some of the many marine creatures that inhabit these waters, including the blue whale—the largest animal on Earth. Attend talks given by our naturalists, and learn wildlife-photography tips from our photo instructor. Meals: B/L/D


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Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Jan. 12–21* Jan. 19–28 Jan. 28–Feb. 6* Feb. 4–13

Feb. 13–22* Feb. 20–Mar. 1 Mar. 1–10* Mar. 8–17

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order.

COST Category 1

Sunset sets fire to the sky over the Sea of Cortez.

DAY 7 I GORDA BANKS AND LOS CABOS This morning, we cruise past Friars Rock at Land’s End and dock at San José del Cabo to explore its historic town center. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, gathering places for whales, dolphins, and other sea life. Humpbacks are often active here at this time of year, and we may witness them tail-lobbing, flipper-slapping, and breaching. Our onboard marine biologists and naturalists will be available to interpret the behaviors of these majestic animals. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I LOS ISLOTES AND ISLA ESPÍRITU SANTO In the waters off Los Islotes, we’ll have the opportunity to snorkel and swim among curious sea lions. After lunch, examine the intriguing geological layers of Espíritu Santo from the water during a kayaking excursion, and go ashore to see compacted volcanic ash blanketed by solidified lava flows. Enjoy time to go beachcombing, or opt for a walk along rocky cliffs to spot brown

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

$7,530

Category 2

$8,330

Category 3

$8,900

Category 4

$9,930

Category 5

$10,960

See the National Geographic Venture description, photo, and deck plan on page 126. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,760 in Category 1 and $4,160 in Category 2. Airfare to/from San José del Cabo is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 100

DAY 9 I EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ

EXPEDITION TEA M

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

A diverse team of experts including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic Explorer and marine biologist Greg Marshall will join the January 19 and 28 departures. Read his bio on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

DAY 10 I LA PAZ Disembark in La Paz after breakfast, and drive to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

OT H E R B A JA E X P E D I T I O N S Journey to Baja California in the spring on our eight-day Whales and Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez voyage. This is the best season to spot multiple whale species in the Sea of Cortez. Seek out these majestic creatures from onboard the National Geographic Venture and at water level from nimble Zodiacs.

Long-beaked dolphins splash through the swells in the Sea of Cortez.

Or discover untamed Baja California on our 16-day Baja California: A Remarkable Journey aboard the National Geographic Venture. Explore wild isles on foot, and board kayaks or Zodiacs for up-close encounters with epic wildlife in the Sea of Cortez. Visit our website for details.

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CUBA : DISCOVERING ITS P E O P L E A N D C U LT U R E T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Connect with the extraordinary people and lively culture of Cuba through experiences made possible by the relationships we’ve developed over almost ten years of licensed expeditions to the island. • Talk with local artists on a tour of one of Havana’s top contemporary art spaces, and soak up Afro-Cuban rhythms during a dance performance. • Gain insights on the future of Cuba during a specially arranged discussion with a Cuban economist and sociologist.

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DAY 4 I TRINIDAD/CIENFUEGOS Travel to Trinidad, and explore Cuba’s best preserved colonial city with a restoration expert. Meet residents who have transformed their historic homes into guesthouses. One such man is Julio Muñoz, a union representative for the self-employed, whose family appeared in National Geographic magazine. Hotel Jagua | Meals: B/L

DAY 5 I CIENFUEGOS Near Cienfuegos, explore Cuba’s oldest botanical garden with a botany expert. Enjoy a choral performance and discussion with a world-renowned a cappella group, the Choir of Cienfuegos. Then hear from a local athlete about the role that sports play in Cuban culture. This evening, get to know residents of a typical neighborhood in Cienfuegos. Hotel Jagua | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 1 AND 2 I MIAMI, FLORIDA/ HAVANA, CUBA Depart Miami for Havana; meet members of an Afro-Cuban dance troupe; and enjoy a private performance. The next day, learn about the preservation of historic architecture from a local expert, and set out into Old Havana to see centuries-old gems. Visit with Cuban professionals, engaging in a specially arranged discussion on various current events. Hotel Parque Central Meals: Day 1: L/D; Day 2: B/L

DAY 3 I CIENFUEGOS Discuss Cuban agriculture with a local farmer at an urban organic farm. Continue to the port city of Cienfuegos and take a walking tour, stopping to talk to self-employed workers about the burgeoning private economy here. At the Benny Moré Art School, watch students perform, view their artwork, and hear the stories of these talented youth. Hotel Jagua | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I BAY OF PIGS/HAVANA Head to the historic Bay of Pigs and step foot on the Playa Girón, one of two landing sites for the 1961 U.S.–backed invasion. A park ranger visits us here from the nearby Ciénaga de Zapata National Park to tell us about wildlife conservation efforts. Later, meet with a museum expert at Finca Vigía, the former home of Ernest Hemingway. Hotel Parque Central | Meals: B/L

DAYS 7 AND 8 I HAVANA/MIAMI, FLORIDA Learn about Cuba’s rich art history on a guided tour of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. Delve into Havana’s contemporary art scene this afternoon by meeting with local artists at one of the city’s top art spaces. After dinner, attend a traditional Cuban music performance. Fly home via Miami the following day. Hotel Parque Central | Meals: Day 7: B/L/D; Day 8: B

Above: A dancer whirls on the colorful streets of Old Havana.

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Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Nov. 4–11 Dec. 2–9 Dec. 27, 2018– Jan. 3, 2019

Jan. 13–20* Mar. 3–10 May 19–26

*This date is designated as a special music departure. Visit our website for details.

COST

$6,495

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,600. On the December 27, 2018 departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $500 per person. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flights between Miami and Havana are $450 per person. A $100 per-person airfare supplement applies to the December 27, 2018 departure. Group-flight cost includes air ticket, taxes and fees, and required Cuban health insurance, as well as expedited check-in service, one checked bag, and a Cuban visa processed on your behalf. Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory for Cuba is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue to closely monitor events in the country, and will alter the itinerary if necessary. This trip is permitted through the people-to-people general license category authorized by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The itinerary was designed to provide an in-depth cultural experience with numerous opportunities for meaningful interaction with Cubans. Information about travel restrictions in Cuba will be provided in your pre-departure materials. Maximum group size: 25

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Travel writer Christopher P. Baker will join several departures of this expedition. To see these dates, read his bio, and find more experts, please visit our website.


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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Hear tales of the Iditarod from trail veteran Mary Shields, and interact with sled dogs at her log home outside Fairbanks. • Watch for humpbacks, orcas, and tidewater glaciers on a wilderness cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park. • Ride to Denali aboard the scenic Denali Star, and learn about the park’s dynamic ecosystem from a National Geographic expert.

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DAY 5 I DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE/ANCHORAGE Go on an early morning drive to spot wildlife when they are most active. Board a private bus for the stunning journey south to Anchorage, taking in views of glacier-capped peaks and the Susitna River watershed along the way. Stop for lunch before arriving in Anchorage this evening. Hotel Captain Cook | Meals: B/L

DAYS 6 AND 7 I GIRDWOOD/KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK/SEWARD

DAYS 1 AND 2 I FAIRBANKS, ALASKA/ DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Arrive in Fairbanks and meet Iditarod veteran Mary Shields and her sled dogs. The next day, step aboard the celebrated Denali Star train and travel to Denali National Park and Preserve. Drive into the heart of the park in search of moose, caribou, gray wolves, grizzlies, and Dall sheep. Springhill Suites Fairbanks; Denali Backcountry Lodge | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE In Denali’s magnificent interior, set out on guided hikes or walks each day. Meander in wildflowerstrewn meadows, or hike to a ridgeline summit for commanding views. Weather permitting, opt for a flight-seeing trip around Denali, or choose to go fishing, gold-panning, or mountain biking at the lodge. Denali Backcountry Lodge Meals: B/L/D Daily

Take the tram to the top of Alyeska Mountain for a panoramic view, and enjoy up-close animal encounters at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Drive along the scenic Seward Highway to the coastal town of Seward. The next day, embark on a day cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park. Watch for humpback whales and orcas, playful sea otters and seals; glide past towering tidewater glaciers; and listen for the telltale boom of glacial calving. Celebrate your Alaska adventure with a farewell dinner on the Seward harbor. Seward Windsong Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 8 I KENAI PENINSULA/ANCHORAGE On our final morning, set out on one last hike to the impressive Exit Glacier. Return to Anchorage and connect with your flight home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Extend your trip in Alaska with a stay at Winterlake Lodge or Tutka Bay Lodge, both members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 5–12 June 12–19

July 10–17 Aug. 28–Sept. 4

Sept. 4–11

COST

$ 6 ,7 9 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,200. Airfare to Fairbanks and return from Anchorage, and the optional flightseeing trip around Denali, are not included in the expedition cost.

FA M I LY D E PA R T U R E S The following departures are designated as family expeditions. Visit our website for details and featured experts. Dates: 2019: June 19–26

July 17–24

Aug. 14–21

Cost: from $6,595 per person

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Naturalist and environmental scientist Carl Tobin will join all June and July departures, as well as the August family departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. This expedition is designed to accommodate guests at different activity levels, with easy or moderate hikes ranging from one to five miles or more. The itinerary includes several long drives as well as travel by boat and train. Maximum group size: 25

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DAY 2 I TRACY ARM–FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS Voyage into Tracy or Endicott Arm, both spectacular glacially carved fjords. See the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close, and take a cruise in an expedition landing craft for an unbeatable view of sculpted icebergs. Keep an eye out for harbor seals, porpoises, and arctic terns. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I PETERSBURG

DAY 1 I JUNEAU, ALASKA Fly from Seattle to Juneau. Meet our naturalists and visit the newly constructed Alaska State Museum, home to an impressive collection of natural history and cultural artifacts. Tour downtown Juneau, and settle into your cabin before dinner. Later, explore the port of Juneau on your own. National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture, or National Geographic Sea Lion for the entire voyage | Meals: D

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

recent discoveries about the region’s marine mammal population. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I EXPLORING FREDERICK SOUND AND CHATHAM STRAIT

DAY 5 I ICY STRAIT AND THE INIAN ISLANDS

Watch for whales and hike forest trails or kayak in the tiny coves of this area. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is supported by a grant from the Lindblad–National Geographic Fund—and discuss some of their

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

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DAT E S 2019: From May through August, expeditions depart every week. See the calendar on page 132 for specific departure dates. Certain departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order. *Departures on the National Geographic Sea Lion will not stop at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Visit our website for details. All Alaska’s Inside Passage departures are family friendly. See the box below for details.

COST

A kayaker paddles past waterfalls in Southeast Alaska.

DAY 6 I GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE* By special permit, explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve today. See glaciers that end abruptly at the water’s edge, and observe them calving—when tons of ice crash into the sea. Wilderness abounds—mountain goats and brown bears patrol the shore; and harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and puffins swim in these icy waters. A native Tlingit interpreter joins us to share the local lore. We will also be joined by a National Park Service ranger. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I EXPLORING ALASKA’S ISLANDS, BAYS, AND FJORDS Today, nature is our guide. We may explore an isolated beach to take a closer look at tide pools and beachcomb, hike stunning forest trails, or see bear tracks worn into the soil while walking

an isolated meadow. Sightings of bald eagles are very common. If conditions permit, we’ll go kayaking, always watching for marine and terrestrial life. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I SITKA/SEATTLE, WASHINGTON After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, Southeast Alaska’s only oceanfront town. Visit the onion-domed St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. At the Alaska Raptor Center, get an up-close view of species normally seen at a distance. Drive to the airport for our afternoon flight to Seattle. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a seven-day extension to Denali National Park and Preserve, including a stay at the North Face Lodge, from $6,190 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

| N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C G L O B A L E X P L O R E R S P R O G R A M Young travelers on our Alaska’s Inside Passage expeditions can participate in the National Geographic Global Explorers program. Developed with National Geographic Education, this hands-on, interactive program teaches kids how to explore like scientists and offers all kinds of fun activities— like learning about glaciers by making ice cream sundaes, or using glacial ice to paint watercolors. Our certified field educators are trained to optimize the myriad learning opportunities found in Alaska. Kids will hone their observation skills and learn to capture and share their experiences through photographs, videos, maps, drawings, and more. With a range of activities to choose from—in the field and on board—our flexible program encourages young travelers to explore their own interests, whether it’s marine biology or photography.

QUEST/VENTURE

SEA LION

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$5,990

Category 2

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$6,890

Category 3

$8,100

$7,990

Category 4

$8,990

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Category 5

$9,990

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See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Quest/Venture and National Geographic Sea Lion on page 126. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the Quest/Venture, add $4,440 in Category 1 and $3,810 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Sea Lion, add $3,000 in Category 1 and $3,450 in Category 2. Airfare to/from Seattle and between Seattle and Alaska is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: National Geographic Quest/Venture: 100 National Geographic Sea Lion: 62

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic Traveler photographer Susan Seubert will join on the August 10 and 17 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on the May 18 and 25 departures aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion, and the May 25 departure aboard the National Geographic Quest. Visit our website or call for details.

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WILD ALASKA ESCAPE T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Aboard the agile National Geographic Sea Bird, enter narrow channels and small ports that are inaccessible to large ships. • Learn from a team of naturalists during hikes and bike rides through ancient forests and kayaking excursions in the Alaska wilderness. • Look for grizzlies on Chichagof Island, and watch for calving glaciers from your expedition landing craft in Tracy or Endicott Arm.

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DAY 3 I ICY STRAIT AND THE INIAN ISLANDS Spend today searching for wildlife in the waters of the Icy Strait. Ride an expedition landing craft among the Inian Islands or kayak into the outer waters of Glacier Bay. Step on shore for hikes in the temperate rain forest. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I HAINES Known as the “adventure capital of Alaska,” Haines is situated on a scenic peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. Hike one of the many world-class trails in the area, enjoy a flight-seeing tour, or cycle along the edge of a glacial fjord. Or set off on a rafting excursion, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, bears, and moose as we float through the spectacular Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 1 I SITKA, ALASKA Arrive in Sitka and enjoy a walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where Tlingit and Haida totem poles tower over coastal trails. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center for an up-close look at Alaska’s birds of prey. National Geographic Sea Bird for the entire voyage | Meals: L/D

DAY 2 I EXPLORING BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF ISLAND Explore the breathtaking bays of Baranof or Chichagof Island, both of which are part of the ancient Tongass National Forest. Chichagof Island harbors one of the highest concentrations of bears in the world, and both islands are home to diverse wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard along rugged coastlines. In the afternoon, go hiking through the temperate rain forest, listening for the calls of bald eagles from the tops of towering spruce and hemlock trees. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I TRACY ARM–FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS Wake up in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, part of the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness. Cruise through this glacially carved landscape, then set out to explore by expedition landing craft. View the soaring Dawes or South Sawyer Glacier up close—and possibly witness the dramatic sight of huge slabs of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below. If conditions permit, paddle a kayak below the steep walls of the fjord. Celebrate your voyage with a farewell dinner on board. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I JUNEAU/SEATTLE Disembark in Juneau and transfer to the airport for your flight to Seattle. Meals: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 25–30 May 30–June 4* June 4–9 June 9–14*

July 4–9 July 9–14* July 14–19 July 19–24*

Aug. 13–18 Aug. 18–23* Aug. 23–28 Aug. 28–Sept. 2*

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order.

COST Category 1

$4,290

Category 2

$4,990

Category 3

$5,990

See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Sea Bird on page 126. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,150 in Category 1 and $2,500 in Category 2. Airfare to Sitka and return from Juneau, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 62

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Jonathan Kingston will join the August 23 and 28 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary one-way airfare between Sitka and Seattle on the May 25 and 30 departures.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Travel aboard the nimble National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture, each designed to navigate narrow Alaska inlets and passageways that are inaccessible to larger ships. • By special permission, spend a full day discovering the calving ice fields and wildlife-rich waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. • Meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw community—First Nations people of British Columbia—and enjoy a traditional performance.

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DAYS 8 AND 9 I MISTY FIORDS, ALASKA/ PETERSBURG Cruise beneath the cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness. Set out by Zodiac or kayak into forested backwaters framed by snowcapped peaks. Search for humpback whales as we navigate to the fishing village of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 10 I TRACY ARM—FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS Enter Tracy or Endicott Arm—spectacular fjords where waterfalls cascade from glacially carved walls. Board Zodiacs to maneuver among icebergs and get close-up views of a glacier. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I SEATTLE, WASHINGTON/SAN JUAN ISLANDS/ VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA Arrive in Seattle and embark our ship. Discover the San Juan Islands on hikes and kayaking excursions, and seek out orcas in the surrounding waters. Explore the charming city of Victoria, and enjoy a private reception at the Robert Bateman Centre this evening. National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture for the entire voyage Meals: Day 1: D; Days 2 and 3: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 4–7 I GULF ISLANDS/ALERT BAY/ BRITISH COLUMBIA’S INSIDE PASSAGE Paddle a kayak among the scenic Gulf Islands, discover pristine islets, and spot harbor seals and seabirds as we make our way north along the Inside Passage. In Alert Bay, visit the U’Mista Cultural Centre to meet with members of a Kwakwaka’wakw community and watch a traditional First Nations performance. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 11 I GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE By special permission, enjoy an entire day to explore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. A Huna Tlingit cultural interpreter joins us on board to give a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s indigenous people. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 12 AND 13 I INIAN ISLANDS AND ICY STRAIT/BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF ISLAND Hike and kayak among the Inian Islands, and search for whales in the Icy Strait. The next day, set out by foot or kayak to explore either Baranof or Chichagof Island—both part of the Tongass National Forest. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 14 I SITKA Disembark in Sitka and visit St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 6–19 May 12–25†

Aug. 31–Sept. 13*† Sept. 8–21*

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order. † These departures are aboard the National Geographic Quest. All other departures are aboard the National Geographic Venture.

COST Category 1

$9,990

Category 2

$10,640

Category 3

$11,190

Category 4

$11,990

Category 5

$12,890

See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Quest/Venture on page 126. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $5,000 in Category 1 and $5,320 in Category 2. Airfare to Seattle and return from Sitka, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum Ship Capacity: 100

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin will join the May 12 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary one-way airfare between Sitka and Seattle on the May 6 and 12 departures.

Above: Clutching its prized catch, an Alaska grizzly makes for the shore.

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EPIC ALASKA: M I S T Y F I O R D S T O T H E LY N N C A N A L T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird, travel through Alaska’s coastal waterways, capturing the breadth and beauty of its forests, fjords, and glaciers alongside a National Geographic photographer. • Spend a day sailing the coastal waters of Tongass National Forest, and enjoy a full day at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. • Raft through the remote Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve—home to one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the world.

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optional flight-seeing tour (weather permitting). Meals: B/L/D Daily

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

DAY 5 I TRACY ARM–FORDS TERROR WILDERNESS Navigate the iceberg-strewn waters of Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, where waterfalls cascade down granite cliffs. Capture images of the majestic South Sawyer or Dawes Glacier. Meals: B/L/D

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DAYS 6 AND 7 I HAINES/LYNN CANAL

*This departure follows the itinerary shown but in the reverse order.

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

DAY 1 I KETCHIKAN, ALASKA Arrive in the coastal city of Ketchikan. View the priceless collection of 19th-century Tlingit totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center before embarking our ship. National Geographic Sea Bird for the entire voyage | Meals: D

DAY 2 I MISTY FIORDS NATIONAL MONUMENT Wake amid the glacially carved cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument. Set out by expedition landing craft and kayak into this spectacular wilderness. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST/PETERSBURG Hike beneath towering trees in the Tongass National Forest. Then cruise through scenic channels in search of humpback whales. Visit the quaint town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. Discover the island’s unique muskeg ecosystem, and explore by bicycle or take aerial shots on an

DAY 8 I GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE In Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, get up close to blue icebergs and watch for ice calving off the glacier. Search for mountain goats, harbor seals, and puffins along the coast; and learn local lore from a native Tlingit interpreter and National Park Service ranger. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 9 AND 10 I ICY STRAIT/INIAN ISLANDS/BARANOF OR CHICHAGOF ISLAND Cruise amid the Inian islands, home to Steller sea lions; search for whales off Icy Strait; and venture to the shores of Baranof or Chichagof Island. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 11 I SITKA/SEATTLE, WASHINGTON Disembark in Sitka and visit Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Alaska Raptor Center before transferring to the airport for your flight to Seattle. Meals: B

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2019: June 14–24* June 24–July 4

July 24–Aug. 3* Aug. 3–13

P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S All departures of this expedition are designated as photography expeditions. You’ll learn tips and techniques while capturing Alaska’s Inside Passage alongside a National Geographic photographer. Visit our website for details.

COST Category 1

$8,990

Category 2

$10,490

Category 3

$11,890

See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Sea Bird on page 126. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,500 in Category 1 and $5,250 in Category 2. Airfare to Ketchikan and return from Sitka, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 62

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Katie Orlinsky will join the July 24 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

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DAY 4 I GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD/ MANY GLACIER VALLEY Today we are joined by local guides for the unforgettable journey over the Going-to-the-Sun Road—a 50-mile engineering marvel that crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. We’ll stop for some truly breathtaking hikes before arriving in Many Glacier Valley, home to abundant wildlife and some of the park’s last visible glaciers. Settle into our historic lodge situated on Swiftcurrent Lake. Many Glacier Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I MANY GLACIER VALLEY

DAY 1 I KALISPELL, MONTANA/ WHITEFISH Arrive in Kalispell and transfer to our hotel in Whitefish. Grouse Mountain Lodge

DAY 2 I BIG MOUNTAIN/ LAKE MCDONALD Head to Big Mountain—as locals call Whitefish Mountain Resort—for a ride to the scenic summit. Set off on a hike overlooking Flathead Valley. Enter the west side of Glacier National Park, and check in to our lodge, a National Historic Landmark. Lake McDonald Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I LAKE MCDONALD VALLEY Hike the Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake, or opt to tackle the longer Lincoln Creek Trail. Paddle down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River on a scenic afternoon float trip. Lake McDonald Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

Cruise across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes aboard classic wooden boats. Experience Many Glacier Valley, choosing between a short hike or a more stenuous trek to a glacier. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, moose, and bears. Many Glacier Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I WATERTON LAKES/ NATIONAL PARK, CANADA Set out on a daylong excursion to Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park, which, together with Glacier, became the world’s first International Peace Park in 1932. It was later designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a boat ride on Upper Waterton Lake, explore the area on foot, and enjoy high tea at the legendary Prince of Wales Hotel. Many Glacier Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: July 6–12 Aug. 3–9

Aug. 17–23 Sept. 7–13

COST

$ 4 ,9 9 5

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EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Geologist, naturalist, and avid birder Kitty Coley will join the August 17 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This expedition is designed to accommodate guests at different activity levels. Choose hiking options ranging from easy 1–2 mile walks to moderate 4–6 mile hikes. Maximum group size: 25

DAY 7 I MANY GLACIER VALLEY/ KALISPELL After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Kalispell and connect with your flight home. Meals: B A bull moose feeds on aquatic flora in Glacier National Park. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/NATIONALPARKS

Above: Gemlike lakes dot the vast wilderness of Glacier National Park.

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CANADIAN ROCKIES BY RAIL AND TRAIL T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Take in panoramic views of Canada's magnificent Rockies from the glass-domed, GoldLeaf-service cars of the Rocky Mountaineer train. • Settle into some of the most iconic hotels of the Canadian Rockies, including the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. • Learn about the geology of the powerful Athabasca Glacier on a trekking excursion with an expert guide.

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by Pyramid Creek Falls and over the Continental Divide at Yellowhead Pass. Our train journey culminates as we glide by Mount Robson, the tallest summit in the Canadian Rockies. This evening, arrive in Jasper National Park. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 4 AND 5 I JASPER NATIONAL PARK Travel through the park to Maligne Lake, watching for moose, elk, and caribou. On a scenic boat cruise, skim across the lake’s turquoise water. The next day, soar into the mountains via the Jasper SkyTram, reaching a lookout point over 7, 000 feet above sea level. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Meals: Day 4: B/L; Day 5: B/L/D

DAY 6 I ATHABASCA GLACIER/ LAKE LOUISE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK Arrive in Vancouver and set off on an afternoon excursion. Explore Stanley Park, and walk the Seawall for incredible views of the skyline. This evening, gather for a welcome reception and dinner. Wedgewood Hotel and Spa | Meals: D

Travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway toward Banff National Park, stopping at the Athabasca Glacier to trek on the ice or enjoy a snowcoach ride across the glacier. Late this afternoon, arrive at our historic hotel. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: B/L

DAY 2 I ROCKY MOUNTAINEER/ KAMLOOPS

DAY 7 I BANFF NATIONAL PARK/ YOHO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 1 I VANCOUVER, CANADA

This morning, board the Rocky Mountaineer, settling into one of its two-level, glass-domed coaches. As you ride the rails, enjoy breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies. Disembark at Kamloops. Hotel 540 or Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel | Meals: B/L

DAY 3 I ROCKY MOUNTAINEER/ JASPER NATIONAL PARK The Rocky Mountaineer brings us farther north today, entering the Canadian Rockies. We’ll ride

Delve into the spectacular landscapes surrounding Lake Louise on a series of hikes. Stop for a picnic lunch, then take in a view of the Spiral Tunnels of the Canadian Pacific Railway, an engineering feat dating back to 1909. At the Yoho National Park Visitor Centre, browse interactive exhibitions. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: B/L/D

Trip Type: Train

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2019: July 8–15 Aug. 12–19

Sept. 2–9 Sept. 23–30

COST

$ 1 0 ,7 9 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,310. Airfare to Vancouver and return from Calgary is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Geologist and naturalist Kirt Kempter will join the September 23 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Most walks cover short distances on good trails and walkways. One 2-hour walk on a glacier is done at a slow pace. Two days are spent traveling by train for up to 10–12 hours. Maximum group size: 25

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Extend your trip in British Columbia with a stay at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort or Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, both members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

DAY 8 I CALGARY Transfer to the Calgary airport to catch your flight home. Meals: B

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Aboard the National Geographic Quest, retrace the path of Lewis and Clark’s trailblazing expedition through the Pacific Northwest. • Cruise through the towering canyons of the Columbia River Gorge, and explore the coast by kayak or Zodiac. • Board a jet boat for a thrilling ride through the rapids of the Snake River and into Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge.

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long Columbia River Gorge. Get oriented at Bonneville Lock and Dam and Beacon Rock. Hike within sight of one of the gorge’s myriad waterfalls and continue on to Hood River, making a stop at a local brewery. Meals: B/L/D

Learn about the region’s natural history at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Hike or bike among the cliffs and cascades along Highway 30, one of the original coast-to-coast U.S. highways. At the Maryhill Museum of Art, browse an eclectic collection of Native American baskets, Rodin sculptures, and chess sets. Cap off the day with a vineyard tour and wine tasting. Meals: B/L/D

After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of the Willamette River through downtown Portland. National Geographic Quest for the entire voyage | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 2 I ASTORIA Sail to the mouth of the Columbia River. Walk through reconstructed Fort Clatsop, where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark hunkered down for the winter of 1805–1806, and visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Weather permitting, choose to hike with a historian at Cape Disappointment (where the river meets the Pacific Ocean) or explore the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge by kayak or Zodiac. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND HOOD RIVER As we sail east on the Columbia River, deepening canyons signify the beginning of the 100-mile-

Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light

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DAY 4 I THE DALLES

DAY 1 I PORTLAND, OREGON

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2018: Sept. 17–23 Sept. 23–29*

Sept. 29–Oct. 5 Oct. 5–11*

Oct. 11–17 Oct. 17–23*

Sept. 21–27* Sept. 27–Oct. 3 Oct. 3–9*

Oct. 9–15 Oct. 15–21*

2019: Apr. 25–May 1 May 1–7* Sept. 15–21

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order.

COST

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2019:

DAY 5 I PALOUSE RIVER

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

Category 2

$5,690

$5,750

Category 3

$6,650

$6,720

Category 4

$7,390

$7,460

Category 5

$8,190

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DAY 6 I CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON At the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, opt for a jet boat ride over rapids and past abandoned homesteads and gold mines to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I LEWISTON, IDAHO OR SPOKANE, WASHINGTON Disembark in Clarkston and transfer to Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for your flight home. Meals: B/L/D

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a one-day Portland, Oregon city tour and/or a Willamette Valley wine tour from $100 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

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

See the description, photo, and deck plan for the National Geographic Quest on page 126. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,450 in Category 1 and $2,850 in Category 2 in 2018, and $2,470 in Category 1 and $2,880 in Category 2 in 2019. Airfare to Portland and return from Lewiston or Spokane, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 100

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Michael Hanson will join the April 25 and May 1, 2019 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

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Y E L LOWSTO N E A N D G RA N D T E TO N N AT I O N A L PA R K S T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • From brilliant mineral pools to alpine lakes, explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with an expert, on the lookout for grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, and elusive gray wolves. • Meet a renowned wildlife photographer at his home studio. • Learn about the origins of modern conversation at the historic Murie Ranch, and raft the Snake River beneath the Teton Peaks.

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DAYS 4 AND 5 I GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE/GEYSER BASINS At the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take a short walk to view towering waterfalls set against a dazzling red and gold palette. In Hayden Valley, look for bison, coyotes, elk, and perhaps a grizzly. Continue to the Upper Geyser Basin, home to the park’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful. Greet the next day with the clockwork eruption of Old Faithful. Then explore this stunning geothermal landscape with our expert, encountering steaming fumaroles, mud pots, and gem-colored mineral pools. Old Faithful Inn or Old Faithful Snow Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 6 AND 7 I GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK/JACKSON DAYS 1 AND 2 I BOZEMAN, MONTANA/ MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WYOMING Arrive in Bozeman. The next morning, take a scenic drive to Mammoth Hot Springs, just inside Yellowstone National Park. Stroll along travertine terraces sculpted by the hot springs, then attend a welcome dinner. Hilton Garden Inn Bozeman; Best Western Gardiner Meals: Day 2: B/L/D

DAY 3 I LAMAR VALLEY Rise early for a safari in the Lamar Valley and search for bison, bears, elk, and the elusive gray wolf, reintroduced here in 1995. Meet with a renowned wildlife photographer after lunch, and enjoy hikes and more wildlife sightings later this afternoon. Best Western Gardiner | Meals: B/L/D

Journey south to the saw-toothed Teton Range. After a picnic lunch, visit the historic Murie Ranch, then check in to our hotel, located within Grand Teton National Park. The next morning, enjoy a float trip on the Snake River. Explore downtown Jackson and visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art before a farewell dinner this evening. Jackson Lake Lodge | Meals: Day 6: B/L; Day 7: B/L/D

DAY 8 I JACKSON Ride the tram to the top of Rendezvous Peak this morning before transferring to the airport for your return flight home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Extend your trip with a stay at The Ranch at Rock Creek or Lone Mountain Ranch in Montana, or The Bentwood Inn in Wyoming—all members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 18–25 June 1–8

Aug. 17–24 Sept. 7–14

Sept. 21–28

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FA M I LY D E PA R T U R E S The following departures are designated as family expeditions. Visit our website for details and featured experts. Dates: 2019: June 22–29 July 6–13 July 20–27 Cost: from $4,795 per person

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Author and biologist Jeremy Schmidt will join the August 17 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This expedition is designed to accommodate guests at different activity levels. Choose hiking options ranging from easy 2–4 mile walks to moderate hikes of 5 miles or more. This itinerary includes several long drives, ranging between 4–6 hours, with multiple stops. Maximum group size: 25

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Learn about a National Geographic–supported study on the reintroduction of wolves to the park, and seek out these elusive creatures on a safari in the sweeping Lamar Valley. • Meet a renowned wildlife photographer, and hear about his career shooting for National Geographic. • Explore the remote reaches of Yellowstone in heated snow coaches, and see famous sites like Old Faithful without the crowds.

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DAY 1 I BOZEMAN, MONTANA/ GARDINER Travel from Bozeman to our hotel just outside Yellowstone National Park. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner. Best Western Plus by Mammoth Hot Springs | Meals: D

DAY 2 I MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WYOMING/LAMAR VALLEY Head to the open, rolling meadows and wide vistas of the Lamar Valley, where gray wolves were first reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995. Using a spotting scope, search among herds of elk and bison for coyotes, eagles, and the elusive wolf. After lunch, we meet a renowned wildlife photographer in his home studio where he shares his experiences shooting for National Geographic.

Continue to Mammoth Hot Springs, and stroll the steaming, travertine terraces outlined in pure white snow. Best Western Plus by Mammoth Hot Springs | Meals: B/L/D

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Travel by private snow coach to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Walk to the rim of the spectacular gorge to see its thundering waterfall and the ice arch that forms from the spray. Then continue to Old Faithful to explore a dramatic landscape of erupting geysers, frozen waterfalls, and gem-colored mineral pools. Keep an eye out for wildlife—bison, encrusted in ice, often stand in the pools for warmth. After dark, step outside to admire the incredible canopy of stars in one of the world’s best constellation-viewing spots. Old Faithful Snow Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 5 I YELLOWSTONE/BIG SKY, MONTANA This morning, wander amid the bubbling mud pots and fumaroles of the Upper Geyser Basin. After visiting the whimsical Fountain Paint Pot, leave the park via the West Yellowstone gate. Travel to Big Sky, Montana and settle into a log cabin lodge. Celebrate your winter adventure in Yellowstone at a farewell dinner. Rainbow Ranch or Lone Mountain Ranch Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I BOZEMAN Return to Bozeman for your flight home. Meals: B

Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light

2018: Dec. 25–30

Dec. 31, 2018–Jan. 5, 2019

2019: Jan. 20–25 Feb. 3–8

Feb. 17–22

COST

$4,695

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $900. Airfare to/from Bozeman is not included in the expedition cost.

PHOTO AND FAMILY DEPARTURES The following departures are designated as photography expeditions or family expeditions. Visit our website for details and featured National Geographic photographers or experts. Photo Departures: Dec. 22–27, 2018 Jan 13–18, 2019

Jan. 25–30, 2019 Feb. 19–24, 2019

Cost: from $4,295 per person Family Departure: Dec. 27, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019 Cost: from $4,295 per person

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Geologist, naturalist, and avid birder Kitty Coley will join the February 3 and 17, 2019 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. This itinerary includes several long drives, ranging between 4–6 hours, with multiple stops. Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)

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DAYS 4 AND 5 I CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK/MONUMENT VALLEY Visit Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument, where a stunning concentration of more than 650 ancient petroglyphs adorn a sandstone rock face. Continue on to the Needles District in the southeast corner of Canyonlands, and hike among colorfully striped sandstone spires. Enjoy a picnic, then retreat for the night to the historic town of Bluff. The next day, get immersed in one of the most iconic landscapes of the American West—Monument Valley. Join native guides on a jeep tour of the valley floor, hear the Navajo perspective on the area’s history, and enjoy a traditional Navajo lunch. Desert Rose Inn | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 1 I GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO Arrive in Grand Junction and transfer to our hotel. DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction

DAYS 2 AND 3 I MOAB, UTAH/ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Take the scenic route to Moab on a leisurely raft trip down the Colorado River into Utah’s canyon country. Picnic along the riverbanks, then continue by raft to our lodge, set among rust-hued cliffs. Rise early the following morning and explore Arches National Park. Go on a series of short hikes to discover some of its 2,000 sandstone arches, and sit down to a picnic with a gorgeous natural backdrop. Visit Dead Horse Point State Park, a promontory high above a picturesque gooseneck in the Colorado River. Red Cliffs Lodge Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 6 I MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO/DURANGO Set off on a breathtaking drive through Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mesa Verde National Park—a complex network of ancient Ancestral Puebloan dwellings. Discover the remarkable culture that built these villages and imposing cliff dwellings, and view the famous Cliff Palace—constructed out of natural sandstone, wooden beams, and mortar. This afternoon, continue to the historic railroad town of Durango, and cap off your adventure with a farewell dinner. Strater Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

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2019:

Oct. 7–13 Oct. 21–27 Oct. 28–Nov. 3

Apr. 21–27 May 5–11 May 12–18

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$ 4 ,495

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $950. Airfare to Grand Junction and return from Durango is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Geologist and educator Steve Kluge will join the October 7, 2018 and both May 2019 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This expedition is designed to accommodate guests at different activity levels, with easy or moderate hikes ranging from one to four miles on well-marked trails with uneven terrain and sometimes slippery rock. Activities include multiple hikes, a raft trip on the Colorado River, and a 4×4 excursion in Monument Valley. Maximum group size: 25

DAY 7 I DURANGO Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

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DAYS 4 AND 5 I ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH Journey along the Mount Carmel Scenic Byway to Zion National Park. Enjoy a short hike, then check in to our hotel. Join our expert this evening for a discussion of the geologic events that shaped the Grand Staircase. The next day, choose between climbing Scout Lookout or hiking the famed Narrows slot canyon. Flanigan’s Inn or Desert Pearl Inn Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 6 I BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

DAYS 1 AND 2 I ST. GEORGE, UTAH/ GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA Arrive in St. George. The next morning, travel into canyon country, stopping at Pipe Spring National Monument. Settle into our historic lodge at the Grand Canyon, and enjoy a guided stargazing excursion along the North Rim. Best Western Plus Abbey Inn; Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAY 3 I NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON Explore the canyon’s rim, peering into the multihued chasm carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. Choose from a variety of hikes for all levels, and learn about the park’s unique ecosystems while enjoying sweeping views at every turn. Return to the lodge, and capture the canyon’s dazzling colors at sunset. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim | Meals: B/L/D

Travel to Bryce Canyon, and stop for breathtaking views at Fairyland Point, then stroll along the Rim Trail. Settle into our lodge near the rim of the canyon. Tonight, join a park ranger for a telescope viewing of the starlit sky. Bryce Canyon Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Spend the day exploring Bryce Canyon’s famous hoodoos—whimsical rock formations that have been eroded into surreal spires. Hike into the heart of the park, and learn about the geology behind this sculpted stone landscape. Take in a sunset over the canyon. Bryce Canyon Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I KOLOB CANYONS/ST. GEORGE Wind through Red Canyon to Cedar Breaks National Monument, a jaw-dropping natural amphitheater. Continue on to Kolob Canyons, a lesser known area of Zion National Park, before returning to St. George for your flight home. Meals: B

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 25–June 1 June 15–22

Aug. 24–31 Sept. 7–14

Oct. 5–12

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$ 4 ,7 9 5

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EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Author and biologist Jeremy Schmidt will join the June 15 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This expedition is designed to accommodate guests at different activity levels. Choose hiking options ranging from easy two- to- four mile walks to moderate hikes of four miles or more. Maximum group size: 25

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A C I R C U M N AV I G AT I O N O F I C E L A N D T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Traveling aboard the National Geographic Explorer gives us unparalleled access to Iceland’s most remote landscapes, including offshore islands near the Arctic Circle. • Alongside a National Geographic photographer, capture images of gushing geysers, cascading waterfalls, and seabirds in flight. • Explore Iceland’s coastal geology by Zodiac or kayak, and cruise the Jökulsárlón ice lagoon by small boat.

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DAY 6 I SIGLUFJÖRÐUR/AKUREYRI At Siglufjörður, visit the Herring Museum for a living-history reenactment and a tasting. In picturesque Akureyri, stroll past period houses or visit the botanical garden. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I LAKE MÝVATN/HÚSAVÍK Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the boiling mud pools at Hverarönd, visit the explosion crater at Viti, and continue to Goðafoss waterfall. Meet the ship in Húsavík and sail north. Take Zodiacs ashore to the island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 8 AND 9 I EXPLORING NORTHEAST ICELAND/DJÚPIVOGUR DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND Fly overnight to Reykjavík and take a tour of the old town. Learn about Norse culture at the National Museum. Later, embark our ship. National Geographic Explorer for the entire voyage | Meals: Day 2: L/D

DAY 3 I FLATEY ISLAND/LÁTRABJARG Cruise north to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries. Navigate Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 4 AND 5 I EXPLORING NORTHWESTERN ICELAND/ ÍSAFJÖRÐUR Get immersed in the stunning scenery of the Westfjörds region. Hike to a remote waterfall, or take a cruise in a Zodiac. Anchor at Vigur Island, where we’ll visit an eider farm. Spend the next morning in beautiful and remote Ísafjarðardjúp, hiking, exploring by Zodiac, and watching for nesting seabirds. Meals: B/L/D Daily

Today is left open to explore with our naturalists on foot or by Zodiac. Weather conditions permitting, set out by kayak. Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the Vatnajökull ice cap. Take in the shimmering blue ice on a boat ride through the Jökulsárlón lagoon. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 10 I WESTMAN ISLANDS Cruise by the Westman Islands. Catch sight of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Surtsey, a new island formed by a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1960s. Land on Heimaey to visit the island’s crater. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 11 I REYKJAVÍK/U.S. Disembark in Reykjavík. Soak in the Blue Lagoon or visit a geothermal plant and horse farm before your flight home. Meals: B/L

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a three-day post-trip extension heli-hiking on glaciers in Iceland from $7,990 per person, or a one-day pre-trip extension to Reykjavík’s Golden Circle from $1,290 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: July 15–25 July 24–Aug. 3

Aug. 2–12 Aug. 11–21

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

COST Category 1

$10,990

Category 2

$12,360

Category 3

$12,850

Category 4

$14,690

Category 5

$15,990

Category 6

$19,150

Category 7

$22,200

Category A Solo

$15,450

Category B Solo

$16,070

See the description, photos, and deck plan for the National Geographic Explorer on pages 122–123. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. International airfare to/from Reykjavík is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 148

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. Conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer Jenny Adler will join both August departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/ICEL AND


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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Spot puffins and other seabirds in the Westfjords, go spelunking in a massive cave system, and take a thrilling walk behind a waterfall. • Set out on horseback and find out what makes Iceland's horses a unique and cherished breed. • Hear riveting tales of elves, ghosts, and sea monsters from Iceland’s rich folklore as you hike beneath a glacier-topped volcano.

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the Westfjörds Heritage Museum. Cruise to the island of Vigur, and taste traditional treats at a 19th-century farmstead before returning to Ísafjörður. Hotel Horn | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I ARNARFJÖRÐUR/ PATREKSFJÖRÐUR Travel to Hrafnseyri, birthplace of one of Iceland’s national heroes, Jón Sigurðsson. Hike to the top of stunning waterfalls, and slip behind the water at Göngufoss falls. Continue to Patreksfjörður, and meet with the Blakkur Rescue Squad to learn about their invaluable work in this rugged land. Fosshotel Westfjörds or Hotel West Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 5 AND 6 I LÁTRABJARG CLIFFS/ STYKKISHÓLMUR DAY 1 I REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND Arrive in Iceland and take a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Check in to our hotel, and go on an afternoon walking tour, including a visit to the Reykjavík City Museum. Meet local children for an afternoon of fun activities. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina | Meals: B/D

Visit the Látrabjarg cliffs to spot resident seabirds, then ferry to Stykkishólmur. Enjoy a private tour of the Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum. Explore the coast via fishing boat, and dine on sushi straight from the sea. Or, visit a dairy farm to learn how Icelandic yogurt is made. Hotel Egilsen Meals: Day 5: B/L/D; Day 6: B/L

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DAY 7 I SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK/REYKJAVÍK

Travel to Thingvellir National Park, birthplace of the Althing, the world’s oldest legislative assembly. Continue to Geysir, where water shoots 90 feet into the air. At Gullfoss, or “golden falls,” take a ridge-top hike to witness the force of its cascades. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina Meals: B/L

Head into Snæfellsjökull National Park and listen to local folktales as we hike the ArnarstapiHellnar Trail, with views of lava formations. Go spelunking in a lava-formed cave system to find a secret cavern deep within the Earth. Later, return to Reykjavík for a farewell dinner. Hilton Reykjavík Nordica | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I WESTFJÖRDS PENINSULA

DAY 8 I REYKJAVÍK

Fly to the Westfjörds Peninsula, and discover a pristine landscape of fjords and fishing villages. Take a guided walk through Ísafjörður and visit

Saddle up for a ride on an Icelandic horse, or relax in Hveragerði, where a bubbling geothermal site is located in the center of town. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Family

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2019: June 22–29 July 6–13

July 27–Aug. 3 Aug. 3–10

COST Adults

$8,495

Children (ages 7–17)

$8,295

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,300. Airfare to/from Reykjavík and within Iceland is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight from Reykjavík to the Westfjörds is $350 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied by local guides.

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W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time; walking up to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. Maximum group size: 21

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DAY 5 I HÚSAFELL/SIGLUFJÖRDUR Head north, visiting a waterfall and the rock fortress of Borgarvirki. See an Icelandic horse-riding demonstration, then explore traditional turf farmhouses at Skagafjörður Heritage Museum. Spend the night in Siglufjörður. Siglo Hotel Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 6 AND 7 I HRÍSEY/MÝVATN Look for birdlife on the isle of Hrísey and visit spectacular Goðafoss waterfall on the way to Mývatn. The next day, soak in hot springs, venture into Grjótagjá cave, and see the geothermal activity of Námaskarð and the lava towers of Dimmuborgir. Hotel Laxa Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 8 I MÝVATN/AKUREYRI

DAYS 1 AND 2 I REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND/ GOLDEN CIRCLE Arrive in Reykjavík and head into an indoor ice cave at the new Perlan Museum. Gather for a welcome dinner tonight. The next day, explore the Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, the geothermal hotbed at Geysir; and the magnificent falls of Gullfoss. Icelandair Marina Hotel or Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L

DAYS 3 AND 4 I HÚSAFELL/ LANGJÖKULL/SNÆFELLSNES Stop at hot springs and waterfalls on the way to Hotel Húsafell. Venture into the ice tunnels of Langjökull. Spend the next day on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula: see Kirkjufell peak, stroll the black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur, and descend into an 8,000-year-old lava tube. Visit the Volcano Museum, founded by a National Geographic grantee. Hotel Húsafell | Meals: B/L/D Daily

Visit a geothermal power plant and explore Viti Crater and Ásbyrgi Canyon. See Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and continue to Akureyri. Hotel KEA | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I HÚSAVÍK/AKUREYRI In Húsavík, meet National Geographic grantee and marine biologist Charla Basran to learn about her studies on cetaceans before embarking on a thrilling whale-watching cruise. Enjoy free time in Akureyri before our farewell dinner. Hotel KEA Meals: B/D

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Aug. 29–Sept. 7 Sept. 12–21 Sept. 22–Oct. 1

June 14–23 July 5–14 July 26–Aug. 4

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$9,995 $10,995 Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,000. Airfare to/from Reykjavík and within Iceland is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík is are $260 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. National Geographic Explorer M Jackson will join both September 2018 departures as well as the July 26, August and September 2019 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

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DAY 10 I REYKJAVÍK Fly to Reykjavík’s domestic airport and stop for a swim in the Blue Lagoon on the way to Keflavík for your flight home. Meals: B/L

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time; walking up to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails.

Spend two nights at Hotel Húsafell, a welcoming Nordic gem set amid the rolling highlands between the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Langjökull glacier.

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DAY 5 I LOCH LINNHE/OBAN Today, our ship descends Neptune’s Staircase— a set of eight interconnected locks—en route to the town of Oban. Explore Oban on foot, visiting a whisky distillery and McCaig’s Tower. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I ISLE OF MULL/IONA/TOBERMORY Continue to the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. Venture into Duart Castle, and take a ferry to the island of Iona. Visit the medieval abbey ruins, and stroll through the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried. Continue to charming Tobermory. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I EIGG OR ISLE OF RUM/INVERIE

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./INVERNESS, SCOTLAND After an overnight flight, arrive in Inverness and board our ship. Lord of the Glens for the entire voyage | Meals: Day 2: D

DAY 3 I CULLODEN/LOCH NESS Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones of Clava Cairns. Later, set sail on the Caledonian Canal. Enter Loch Ness and learn about its legendary monster. Moor at Fort Augustus for a kayaking or hiking excursion. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I LAGGAN LOCKS/BANAVIE/ GLENFINNAN Ascend a flight of locks that runs through Fort Augustus. Follow the canal to the town of Banavie, at the base of Great Britain’s highest mountain. Drive to Glenfinnan and enjoy an afternoon walk. Return to the ship, where we’ll welcome local musicians for an evening of music. Meals: B/L/D

Sail to the isle of Eigg, and get a sense of daily life in this tiny island community. Search for marine mammals and seabirds or visit the Isle of Rum, home to lavish Kinloch Castle. Cruise to the town of Inverie, and enjoy a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I ISLE OF SKYE Continue to the Isle of Skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills, or explore Eilean Donan Castle. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I KYLE OF LOCHALSH/ INVERNESS/U.S. Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh, and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Meals: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 1–9* June 8–16 July 20–28

July 27–Aug. 4* Aug. 3–11 Aug. 10–18*

Aug. 17–25 Aug. 24–Sept. 1

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order. Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$7,990

Category 2

$9,100

See the Lord of the Glens description, photo, and deck plan on page 128. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,000 in Category 1 and $4,550 in Category 2. International airfare to/from Inverness is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum Ship Capacity: 48

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson will join the August 3 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a two-day extension in Edinburgh from $2,440 per person. The extensions on the July 27 and all August departures include the Military Tattoo, while the other extensions include a special evening celebrating Scottish music and culture. Visit our website or call for details.

SPECIAL OFFERS Travel on the Lord of the Glens and receive complimentary Wi-Fi. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/SCOTL AND

Above: A stone footbridge links the tiny tidal island of Eilean Donan and its historic castle to the mainland.

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I R E L A N D : TA L E S A N D T R E A S U R E S OF THE EMERALD ISLE T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Wake up amid the regal splendor of Ashford Castle and take an exclusive tour of this medieval retreat with the on-site historian. • Visit ancient sacred sites known as holy wells with a medieval historian who worked on a National Geographic–sponsored project to preserve them. • Join an archaeologist at the Irish National Museum in Dublin to examine prehistoric artifacts and fascinating “bog bodies.”

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DAY 6 I CLIFFS OF MOHER/ THE BURREN NATIONAL PARK Stroll the Cliffs of Moher, then visit The Burren National Park. Later, learn about conservation efforts that led won the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark a 2016 National Geographic World Legacy Award. Gregan’s Castle Hotel | Meals: B/D

DAYS 7 AND 8 I COUNTY MAYO/ CONNEMARA Meet the chocolatiers at Hazel Mountain Chocolate factory before settling into majestic Ashford Castle. Experience traditional farm life during a private tour of the Dan O’Hara Homestead, and stop for a sheepherding demonstration. Ashford Castle Meals: Day 7: B/D; Day 8: B/L/D

DAYS 9 AND 10 I COUNTY MAYO/DUBLIN DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I DUBLIN, IRELAND/ KILKENNY Arrive in Dublin. Meet an archaeology expert for a tour of the National Museum of Ireland; visit Sweny’s Pharmacy, featured in Ulysses; and examine the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Drive to Kilkenny and explore its Castle before lunch at a historic inn. Sip a pint at the Smithwick’s Experience and climb St. Canice’s Cathedral. The Dylan Hotel; Pembroke Kilkenny Meals: Day 1: D; Days 2 and 3: B/L

Return to Dublin for a private tasting with a whiskey expert, followed by a farewell dinner. Depart the next day. The Dylan Hotel | Meals: Day 9: B/D; Day 10: B

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Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,600. Airfare to/from Dublin is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Killian Driscoll will join the September 2018, and April and August 2019 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Activities include city walking tours; visits to ancient castles and abbeys; and nature walks over uneven terrain, with options for hiking in Killarney National Park or kayaking, biking, or horseback riding while at Ashford Castle. Maximum group size: 25

Revel in the regal splendor of historic Ashford Castle. Ride horseback or learn falconry in the surrounding woodlands, and sample wines with the sommelier in a secret passageway.

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DAYS 4 AND 5 I CASHEL/BLARNEY/ DINGLE PENINSULA/KILLARNEY Climb the ramparts of the Rock of Cashel, then kiss the legendary stone at Blarney Castle. In Ballyvourney, hear from a medievalist about his work on a National Geographic–sponsored project to preserve Ireland’s holy wells. Discover the ancient sites of the Dingle Peninsula and explore Killarney National Park. Killarney Park Hotel Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/L

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DAYS 5 AND 6 I BLARNEY CASTLE/ KILLARNEY Enjoy a scenic drive to medieval Blarney Castle, and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to acquire the “gift of gab.” Continue to historic Killarney, where our Kid to Kid Connection brings us together with schoolchildren for an afternoon of Irish music and dancing. Discover the spectacularly narrow Gap of Dunloe by foot or horsedrawn cart, and glide across the placid lakes of Killarney on a wooden boat. Randles Hotel Killarney | Meals: Day 5: B/L/D; Day 6: B/L

DAYS 7 AND 8 I ARAN ISLANDS/ COUNTY CLARE

DAYS 1 AND 2 I DUBLIN Fáilte go hÉireann—Welcome to Ireland! Arrive in Dublin and get introduced to the spooky side of the city on a ghost tour. The next day, kayak on the River Liffey, or head to the Docklands to visit the Irish Emigration Museum—an interactive experience that celebrates the Irish diaspora. Camden Court Hotel | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B

DAYS 3 AND 4 I GLENDALOUGH/ KILKENNY Travel south to the Wicklow Mountains, and meet with a local farmer for a sheep-herding demonstration. Visit Glendalough, a monastic hideaway founded by the sixth-century hermit St. Kevin, and hike to the lakes that give this valley its name. Hop on a bike and wheel around the bucolic countryside; then tour 13th-century Kilkenny Castle, or join a hands-on craft workshop. Lyrath Estate Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily

Set sail for the rugged Aran Islands, where Gaelic traditions thrive and the Irish language is still spoken. On Inis Oírr, join a local chef at home to learn how to make Irish dishes. Catch a ferry back to the mainland, passing beneath the towering Cliffs of Moher along the way. Check into Dromoland Castle, whose thousand-year lineage goes back to Ireland’s high king Brian Boru. Spend a day exploring this medieval estate on hikes, bike rides, and falconry walks. Dromoland Castle | Meals: Day 7: B/L/D; Day 8: B/D

DAY 9 I SHANNON Transfer to the Shannon Airport for your flight home. Meals: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Family

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2019: June 29–July 7 July 20–28

Aug. 3–11

COST Adults

$6,595

Children (ages 7–17)

$6,395

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,350. Airfare to Dublin and return from Shannon is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied by local guides.

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Meet new Irish friends at the Killarney School of Music. Kids will participate in traditional Irish dance, and perhaps show off some moves of their own.

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N O R WAY ' S T R A I N S A N D FJ O R D S T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Travel aboard the famous Flåm Railway, named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top ten train journeys in Europe. • Discover two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Bergen’s old wharf and the west Norwegian fjords, including Nærøyfjorden and Geirangerfjorden. • Hear about adventurer Thor Heyerdahl’s history-making seafaring expeditions from a close family connection.

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next day, glimpse life in the quaint mountain village of Undredal, and board a boat for a cruise across two spectacular fjords: Aurlandsfjorden and Nærøyfjorden. Fretheim Hotel | Meals: Day 3: B/L/D; Day 4: B/L

DAYS 5 AND 6 I GEIRANGER/ GEIRANGERFJORDEN/TROLLSTIGEN

DAYS 1 AND 2 I OSLO, NORWAY

Travel to Geiranger, stopping en route at the Norwegian Glacier Museum and the Geiranger Skywalk, with breathtaking views of the Geirangerfjorden and the Blåbreen glacier. Rise early the following morning for a special visit to the Norwegian Fjord Centre before it opens to the public. Set out by ferry for an unforgettable cruise on Geirangerfjorden, lined with sheer rock walls and punctuated by waterfalls. Disembark at Hellesylt for a drive along Trollstigen—the Troll’s Footpath. Hotel Union | Meals: B/L/D Daily

Arrive in Oslo. Head to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and visit the Ski Museum. The next day, stroll Vigeland Park and examine three of the world’s best-preserved Viking longships at the Viking Ship Museum. At the Kon-Tiki Museum, enjoy a specially arranged meeting with a family member or biographer of Thor Heyerdahl and learn about the family’s scientific seafaring adventures, chronicled in the pages of National Geographic magazine. Grand Hotel Oslo Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L

DAYS 7 AND 8 I RAUMA RAILWAY TRONDHEIM

DAYS 3 AND 4 I FLÅM/UNDREDAL

DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I BERGEN

Catch a train to Myrdal, then climb aboard for a ride on the world-famous Flåm Railway. Upon arrival in the fjord village of Flåm, travel to Aurland village to visit a shoe factory. View Aurlandsfjorden from the Stegastein’s viewing platform, perched 2,000 feet above the fjord. The

Fly to Bergen and discover the city’s maritime history at Bryggen, the old wharf. Delve deeper into Bergen on a half-day city tour. Visit the former home of celebrated Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, and step into the rebuilt Fantoft Stave Church. Gather for a farewell dinner, and fly home the following morning. Hotel Havnekontoret Meals: Day 9: B/L; Day 10: B/L/D; Day 11: B

Transfer to Åndalsnes and take a trip on the scenic Rauma Railway. Cross the historic Kylling Bridge, and marvel at the 3,300-foot Trollveggen, Europe’s tallest vertical rock face. In Dombås, switch trains for the ride to Trondheim. The next day, visit the Nidaros Cathedral, and enjoy lunch in Bakklandet, a colorful neighborhood of traditional wooden houses. Britannia Hotel | Meals: Day 7: B/L; Day 8: B/L/D

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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Train

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 12–22 June 26–July 6 July 10–20

July 24–Aug. 3 Aug. 7–17 Aug. 21–31

COST

$ 9,9 9 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room add $1,995. Airfare to Oslo and return from Bergen and within Norway is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight from Trondheim to Bergen is $250 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Geographer, geologist, and conservationist David Scott Silverberg will join the June 26 and both July departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time and capable of boarding trains, boats, and buses using stairs that may be steep. Maximum group size: 25

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • See the fascinating engravings of Foz Côa—widely considered the world’s most important open-air Paleolithic rock art site. • Explore the wetlands at the edge of Porto on a morning walk, looking for birdlife and meeting fisherman as they pull in their catch. • Attend onboard photo talks led by a National Geographic photographer, and practice landscape shots amid the sinuous vineyards that flank the Douro.

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Tarouca, tour the elegant town of Lamego, or visit Mateus Palace. Enjoy a day to relax on board as we sail toward Spain. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 6 AND 7 I SALAMANCA, SPAIN/ CÔA VALLEY, PORTUGAL Cross into Spain and take in the Renaissance splendor of Salamanca on a guided city tour. Enjoy lunch in town with live entertainment from flamenco dancers. The next day, learn about the Paleolithic rock art of Foz Côa at the Côa Museum, then visit the archaeological site to view these fascinating carvings. Alternatively, opt to canoe the Sabor River, or visit the Casa Painova estate to taste their almond and olive products. Tonight, local musicians perform traditional Portuguese songs on board. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 1 AND 2 I PORTO, PORTUGAL Arrive in Porto and embark the Scenic Azure. The next day, take a walking tour of Porto’s historic old town, and visit the Palácio da Bolsa, the city’s old stock exchange. Later, begin your cruise along the Douro. Scenic Azure for the entire voyage Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAY 8 I PROVESENDE Drive to Provesende, perched high above the river. Get to know the residents of this quaint village, and visit Quinta da Roêda estate for a special port tasting among the vines. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I PORTO

Delve into history at the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança in Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal’s first king; or sip sparkling whites at the Quinta da Aveleda winery. Glide into the Douro Valley this afternoon and visit the Douro Museum in Peso da Régua. Meals: B/L/D

Sail back to Porto in time for a private concert. The next day, cruise to the Douro Estuary, and set out on a walking tour to a nature reserve harboring an array of birds. Alternatively, opt to visit Porto’s oldest canning factory, or enjoy a tasting in a city port cellar. Transfer to the airport on our final morning. Meals: Days 9 and 10: B/L/D Daily; Day 11: B

DAYS 4 AND 5 I DOURO VALLEY

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Choose from among several excursions as we continue our exploration of the Douro Valley. Wander the ruins of Mosteiro de São João de

Add a three-day pre-trip extension to Lisbon from $895 per person, or a three-day post-trip extension to Madrid from $1,695 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

DAY 3 I GUIMARÃES/DOURO VALLEY

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: River Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 25–June 24

Sept. 23–Oct. 3

COST Standard Suite

from $7,545

Balcony Suite

from $9,140

Junior Balcony Suite

from $10,140

Royal Balcony Suite

from $11,940

See the Scenic Azure description, photo, and deck plan on page 129. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call or visit our website. Airfare to/from Porto is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Historian Franklin Knight (pictured left) and travel photographer Krista Rossow will join the May departure. This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class river ship featuring fine dining and butler service. Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range of activity levels, from short walking tours to options for extended hiking and biking. Maximum ship capacity: 96

SPECIAL OFFER Book any departure by December 31, 2018 and receive round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe for $395 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

Above: The Scenic Azure glides beneath Porto's iron masterpiece, the Ponte Dom Luis.

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RHINE HIGHLIGHTS RIVER CRUISE T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Traveling in the company of a National Geographic photographer, capture diverse architectural treasures, from the picturesque canals of Amsterdam to Strasbourg’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town. • Visit the Gothic cathedral of Cologne, and go hiking in the forest that inspired the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. • Enjoy guided visits to the remarkable Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Neanderthal Museum in Mettman, Germany.

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preserved primate fossil in the world, was discovered in 1983. Later, enjoy a private concert at a baroque palace. Meals: B/L/D

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: River Cruise

DAY 4 I RÜDESHEIM In Rüdesheim, board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Cabinet museum. Alternatively, hike through picturesque vineyards. Continue to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley—a 40-mile stretch of river that has been designated a World Heritage site. Meals: B/L/D

Arrive in either Zürich or Basel, Switzerland and transfer to our ship. This evening, set sail. Scenic Crystal or Opal for the entire voyage Meals: D

DAY 2 I STRASBOURG, FRANCE In Strasbourg, explore La Petite France district and the Old Town, named a World Heritage site for its rich architecture. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim and sample some of the wines for which the Alsace region is known. Or go hiking in Germany’s Black Forest region. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I HEIDELBERG, GERMANY Stroll through Heidelberg’s Old Town and visit its Renaissance castle. Or take a funicular up the hill, then hike back to town. Alternatively, explore the World Heritage site of Grube Messel, which was featured in a National Geographic magazine article. It was here that “Ida,” the most perfectly

2018:

2019:

Sept. 26–Oct. 3

June 12–19

COST Standard Suite

from $4,195

Balcony Suite

from $5,195

Spend the day exploring the ancient Roman city of Koblenz, or venture to Cochem and discover this fairy-tale city on a guided tour. Alternatively, you may visit a winery or go biking. Meals: B/L/D

Junior Balcony Suite

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Royal Balcony Suite

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Ride Germany’s oldest cog railway and discover Schloss Drachenburg, or Dragon Castle, which overlooks the Rhine Valley. Alternatively, stroll through Cologne’s historic quarter or visit the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS/ VOLENDAM/EDAM Cruise through Amsterdam’s canals, go biking, or visit the renowned Rijksmuseum. Or discover the fishing village of Volendam. Then head to Edam and sample some of the round cheese for which the village is famous. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I AMSTERDAM Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

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DAY 6 I COLOGNE/METTMANN DAY 1 I ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND/ BASEL/RHINE RIVER

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EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. National Geographic author Teresa Fisher (pictured left) and award-winning photographer Bob Krist will join the June 2019 departure. This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class river ship featuring fine dining and butler service. Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range of activity levels, from short walking tours to options for extended hiking and biking. Maximum ship capacity: 169

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at Melk for a tour of its Benedictine abbey. Or take a more active excursion, cycling along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein or hiking to the hilltop ruins of a medieval castle. Alternatively, visit a local winery for a guided tour, followed by a tasting of the region’s celebrated Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 6 AND 7 I SALZBURG OR ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC/ REGENSBURG, GERMANY

DAYS 1 AND 2 I BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Arrive in Budapest, embark the Scenic Amber, and enjoy a welcome dinner on board. The next day, climb Castle Hill to visit the Royal Palace and Matthias Church. Alternatively, explore Budapest through the lens of its Jewish history, hike the Buda Hills, or venture to the charming riverfront town of Szentendre. Scenic Amber for the entire voyage | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I VIENNA, AUSTRIA Cruise to Vienna, arriving for a private evening concert in the Palais Liechtenstein. The following day, choose among several excursions: stay in Vienna to visit Schönbrunn Palace or the Belvedere Museum; or take a guided tour of the Museum of Natural History for an inside look at its meteorite exhibition, co-curated by National Geographic grantee Ludovic Ferrière. Alternatively, travel to Bratislava. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 5 I MELK, AUSTRIA Glide into Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and dock

Stroll the storybook streets of Salzburg's Old Town, and visit Schloss Mirabell. Or venture to the historic salt mines outside Salzburg. Alternatively, tour Český Krumlov—a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets with medieval, baroque, and Renaissance houses. The next day, see Regensburg’s splendid Gothic cathedral, 12th-century stone bridge, and the Porta Praetoria—the ancient Roman city gate. Alternatively, tour the historic Kuchlbauer Brewery, or visit Weltenburg Abbey, home to the world’s oldest monastic brewery. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 8 I NUREMBERG Arrive in Nuremberg and transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a three-day post-trip extension to Prague from $600 per person. Visit our website or call for details. OT H E R R I V E R C RU I S E E X P E D I T I O N S DANUBE CHRISTMAS MARKETS BY RIVER 8 DAYS I DEC. 2–9, 2018; DEC. 9-16, 2019 Venture to Europe during the most enchanting season of the year. Cruise the Danube to visit magical towns from Nuremberg to Vienna, and witness the customs that are unique to each port of call. Take in choral music and the spice-scented air while browsing stalls. Explore charming towns like Regensburg and Melk, and see the halls of grand castles decked with tinsel and garlands. Visit our website for details.

Above: A spectacular beacon on the banks of the Danube, Budapest's neo-Gothic Parliament emits a golden glow at dusk.

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Activity Level: Light or Moderate

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Aug. 1–8

COST Standard Suite

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Balcony Suite

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Junior Balcony Suite

from $5,670

Royal Balcony Suite

from $6,795

See the Scenic Amber description, photo, and deck plan on our website. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, singlesupplement rates, and exact pricing, please call or visit our website. Airfare to Budapest and return from Nuremberg is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. National Geographic photographer Krista Rossow (pictured left) and author Teresa Fisher will join the August 2019 departure. This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class river ship featuring fine dining and butler service. Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range of activity levels, from short walking tours to options for extended hiking and biking. Maximum ship capacity: 169

SPECIAL OFFER Book by December 31, 2018 and receive round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe for $395 per person on the 2018 departure, and $495 per person in 2019. Visit our website or call for details.

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D U TC H S I G H TS A N D B E LG I A N D E L I G H TS RIVER CRUISE T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Immerse yourself in a sea of colorful blooms at Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens, and discover the 18th-century windmills of Kinderdijk. • Learn valuable tips and techniques from a National Geographic photographer as you capture the highlights of charming towns from Veere to Volendam. • Meander the cobblestoned streets of the World Heritage–listed historic center of Brugge, Belgium with a National Geographic expert.

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DAY 4 I ANTWERP, BELGIUM/BRUGGE Dock at Antwerp and continue to Brugge, known for its Gothic architecture and picturesque market squares linked by cobbled streets and canals. Alternatively, stay in Antwerp and explore this stylish city. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS In Arnhem, visit the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein,’ dedicated to the World War II Battle of Arnhem. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum, or go biking in nearby Hoge Veluwe National Park and hear about the local ecology from a park ranger. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I VOLENDAM/EDAM/HOORN

DAY 1 I AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Arrive in Amsterdam and board our ship. Scenic Opal for the entire voyage | Meals: D

DAY 2 I ROTTERDAM/DELFT Discover the busy port city of Rotterdam, or visit a pottery factory and museum in Delft. Alternatively, explore the World Heritage site of Kinderdijk-Elshout, where 19 windmills were built around 1740 to drain the polders—the marshy lowlands that were reclaimed through the use of dikes. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I VEERE Cruise into Holland’s Zeeland Province. Set out on a private tour of a portion of the “delta works,” dams and barriers built as part of an elaborate engineering project begun in the mid-20th century to prevent flooding in the region. Or explore the charming village of Veere on foot or by bicycle. Meals: B/L/D

Explore the fishing village of Volendam. Then head to Edam and sample the round cheese for which the city is famed. Alternatively, discover Hoorn on foot with a guide or by bike. If you wish, you may also opt to go biking to a nearby tulip farm, where we’ll learn about the flower production process, or visit a paprika farm. This evening, join local residents for a special dinner, enjoying traditional food, friendly conversation, and insights into life in the Netherlands. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 7 AND 8 I AMSTERDAM Immerse yourself in a riot of colors and fragrances at Amsterdam’s legendary Keukenhof Gardens, where more than seven million blossoms display their bright hues. Disembark our ship the next day, and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Day 7: B/L/D; Day 8: B

Above: Traditional Dutch windmills overlook a scenic canal in Holland.

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Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Apr. 17–24

Apr. 24–May 1

COST Standard Suite

from $3,995

Balcony Suite

from $4,995

Junior Balcony Suite

from $5,470

Royal Balcony Suite

from $6,595

See the Scenic Opal description, photo, and deck plan on our website. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call or visit our website. Airfare to/from Amsterdam is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Prolific National Geographic magazine photographer Sisse Brimberg (pictured left) and geographer and Dutch native Jan Nijman will join the April 24 departure. This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class river ship featuring fine dining and butler service. Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range of activity levels, from short walking tours to options for extended hiking and biking. Maximum ship capacity: 169

SPECIAL OFFER Book any departure by December 31, 2018 and receive round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe for $495 per person. Visit our website or call for details.


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BEAUTIFUL BORDEAUX RIVER CRUISE

Experience the cultural treasures and enchanting landscapes of five European countries as we cruise along some of the continent’s most scenic rivers: the Danube, Main, and Rhine. On board the elegant Scenic Ruby or Scenic Opal, glide from stately cities to medieval towns, and explore castle-crowned river valleys blanketed in grapevines. Encounter relics of Europe’s greatest empires—from the Romans and Austro-Hungarians to the Dutch—and delve into World War II history in fascinating cities like Nuremberg, Salzburg, and Budapest. Along the way, savor the continent’s culinary delights and rich musical heritage. DAYS 1 AND 2 I BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Discover the diverse treasures of the most famous wine region in the world as we ply the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers through the rolling hills of southwest France. Venture into ancient towns and villages where halftimbered houses and medieval churches meet Renaissance gems, and enjoy a warm welcome at some of the most prestigious wine estates in Bordeaux. Set out on walks and bike rides to explore a gentle countryside that—like its wines—begs to be savored, and sample award-winning vintages from world-class appellations like Saint-Émilion, Médoc, and Sauternes. Along the way, soak up the insights of a National Geographic expert and National Geographic photographer on excursions and onboard talks.

DAYS 3 AND 4 I VIENNA, AUSTRIA

DAYS 1 AND 2 I BORDEAUX, FRANCE/LIBOURNE

DAYS 5 AND 6 I MELK/SALZBURG

DAYS 3 AND 4 I LIBOURNE/PAUILLAC

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I REGENSBURG, GERMANY/NUREMBERG/BAMBERG

DAYS 5 AND 6 I PAUILLAC/CADILLAC

DAYS 10 AND 11 I WÜRZBURG/ON THE MAIN RIVER

DAYS 7 AND 8 I BORDEAUX/ARCACHON/BOURG

DAYS 12 AND 13 I RÜDESHEIM AM RHEIN/COLOGNE

DAYS 9 AND 10 I BOURG OR COGNAC/BLAYE

DAYS 14 AND 15 I AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

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2 0 1 9 : May 29–June 12

F R O M $ 7, 9 6 5 *

EXPEDITION TEAM A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany each departure of this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Author Mark Baker has written more than a dozen guidebooks on Eastern and Central Europe. Award-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 30 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler. Mark and Susan will join the September 2018 departure. This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. SPECIAL OFFER

2 0 1 8 : Sept. 15–25

C O S T:

2 0 1 9 : May 25–June 4

FROM $6,695*

EXPEDITION TEAM A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany each departure of this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Award-winning travel writer Don George has written many articles on France, including one for National Geographic Traveler magazine about how living in France after college changed his life. Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Bob Krist has shot several stories for National Geographic magazine and over 30 for National Geographic Traveler. Don and Bob will join the May 2019 departure. This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

Book by December 31, 2018 and receive round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe for $295 per person on any 2018 departure, and $395 per person in 2019. Visit our website or call for details. *Prices are per person, double occupancy, and do not include airfare. Above, left to right: The Scenic Ruby passes under Budapest's stately Chain Bridge; a pair of cyclists glide along the historic streets of Bordeaux.

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UNDER SAIL: G R E E C E TO T H E DA L M AT I A N C OA S T T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Sail aboard the legendary Sea Cloud, an elegant four-masted tall ship built by E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. • Venture to four fascinating countries with our team of experts, who offer insight into history and culture. • Explore numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Olympia, Greece and the seldom visited archaeological ruins of Butrint—an ancient Albanian city.

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DAY 6 I SARANDË AND BUTRINT, ALBANIA Cut off from the world for 50 years by its Stalinist dictator, Albania is a little-known place of gorgeous mountain landscapes and stunning coasts. Dock in Sarandë and discover the ancient city of Butrint, another World Heritage site. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I KRUJË Drop anchor in Durrës and drive to the medieval citadel of Krujë. Wander through the market to the Ethnographic Museum. Visit the museum devoted to Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg, and enjoy an Albanian folkloric show. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I PERAST AND KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./ATHENS, GREECE/ PIRAEUS Depart on an overnight flight to Athens, arriving the next morning. Visit the New Acropolis Museum, then transfer to Piraeus and set sail aboard our elegant tall ship. Sea Cloud for the entire voyage Meals: Day 2: L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I AT SEA/OLYMPIA Round the southern coast of the Peloponnes peninsula, enjoying a full day of sailing. Dock in Katákolo and travel to ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the legendary ruins of this World Heritage site, and see the Olympic Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 5 I ITHÁKI Discover gemlike villages along the coast of Itháki. View the sites that some claim link the island to Homer’s Ithaca, and swim in a secluded bay. Meals: B/L/D

Sail into Montenegro. Stop in Perast before taking a local boat to the islet of Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks. This tiny islet was created by anglers dropping rocks from their rowboats. Explore medieval Kotor this afternoon. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I DUBROVNIK, CROATIA Dubrovnik is regarded as one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world. Spend the day exploring the Old City, and enjoy a performance of traditional Croatian klapa music. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 10, 11, AND 12 I KORČULA/HVAR/ DUBROVNIK/U.S. Anchor at the island port of Korčula and see the house believed to be Marco Polo’s birthplace. Explore Hvar the next day, taking a tour inside the delightful walled city. Disembark the following morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Meals: Days 10 and 11: B/L/D Daily; Day 12:B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a two-day extension in Athens from $1,460 per person and/or a three-day extension in Mostar, Trogir, and Split from $2,290 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

Above: Medieval battlements encircle the terra-cotta roofs of Dubrovnik.

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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 31–June 11 Aug. 20–31

Aug. 30–Sept. 10*

*This departure follows the itinerary shown but in the reverse order. Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$12,940

Category 2

$14,640

Category 3

$17,700

Category 4

$18,630

Original Deluxe B

$20,270

Original Deluxe A

$21,930

Owner's Suite

$24,720

See the Sea Cloud description, photo, and deck plan on page 130. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $6,470 in Category 1. International airfare to Athens and return from Dubrovnik, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 58

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. Historian and linguist Grace Fielder will join the August 20 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

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


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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Spend a day in beautiful Santorini, and see the extraordinary site of Akrotiri, destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 1627 B.C. • Take to the seas aboard the Sea Cloud, a historic four-masted tall ship built by E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. • Delve into Greek culture and history with our team of experts during onboard presentations and guided tours.

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DAY 5 I DELOS Delos is the mythological birthplace of the ancient Greek twin gods Artemis and Apollo. Discover the island’s ruins, including the Terrace of the Lions and the Temple of Apollo. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I AMORGÓS Step ashore on the isle of Amorgós. Visit the main village, perched in the mountains, and see its beautiful domed churches and windmills. Explore the dazzling white monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, clinging to a cliff face above the sea. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I SANTORINI

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./ATHENS, GREECE/ PIRAEUS Arrive in Athens after an overnight flight and visit the New Acropolis Museum. Travel to Piraeus and settle into your cabin. Sea Cloud for the entire voyage | Meals: Day 2: L/D

Incomparable Santorini is an island archipelago formed from a single volcanic cone that erupted in the second millennium B.C., burying the island’s Minoan culture in ash. Sail into the caldera, and drive to the beautiful town of Oia, which affords unrivaled views of the volcanic island. After lunch, visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I SÍFNOS/AT SEA

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

Drop anchor at Sífnos, a rugged island featuring a harbor lined with waterfront tavernas and a beautiful upper chora (village). This afternoon, find a spot on deck to watch the crew hoist the Sea Cloud’s sails by hand as we return to Piraeus. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I TINOS

DAY 9 I PIRAEUS/ATHENS/U.S.

Dotted with green marble quarries and villages steeped in Venetian history, Tinos has long been a haven for artists. Explore the picturesque village of Pyrgos, and visit the church of Panagia Evangelistria, where thousands of pilgrims come every year to pray at one of Greece’s holiest shrines. Meals: B/L/D

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

DAY 3 I AT SEA

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a two-day extension in Athens from $1,460 per person and/or a three-day extension in Crete from $2,400 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Sept. 9–17 Sept. 16–24 Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$9,680

Category 2

$10,890

Category 3

$13,000

Category 4

$13,770

Original Deluxe B

$15,290

Original Deluxe A

$16,270

Owner's Suite

$18,620

See the Sea Cloud description, photo, and deck plan on page 130. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $4,370 in Category 1. International airfare to/from Athens is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 58

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

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G R E E K I S L E S P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Explore ancient Athenian ruins and Cape Soúnio’s Temple of Poseidon with private guides. • Stay in stunning cave dwellings at Kapari Natural Resort, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched high above Santorini’s caldera. • Alongside a private guide, visit the Palace of Knossos, the ancient capital of Minoan Crete.

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enjoy a day at leisure, or take part in an optional private cooking class. Then travel to Pláka and take a traditional fishing vessel to Spinalonga for a private tour of this tiny isle. A fortified stronghold of the Venetians and later of the Ottomans, the island served as a leper colony well into the 20th century. St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas Meals: B Daily

DAYS 6—9 I SANTORINI

DAYS 1 AND 2 I ATHENS, GREECE/ CAPE SOÚNION Arrive in Athens and take a private city tour, including stops at the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium. Climb to the Acropolis complex to discover the legendary Parthenon, then spend the rest of the day at the New Acropolis Museum, home to nearly 4,000 ancient works. After a morning at leisure, take a private excursion to Cape Soúnio—home to the Temple of Poseidon— and explore these ancient seaside ruins with your guide. Electra Palace Hotel Athens Meals: Day 2: B

Board a ferry to Santorini and settle into Kapari Natural Resort—a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched high atop the island’s volcanic ridgeline—and enjoy an exclusive outing to a local farm. The next day, trace the clifftop of Santorini on a guided tour. See one of Greece’s oldest lighthouses in Akrotiri, wander a labyrinth of narrow corridors and tunnels in Pyrgos, and savor lunch with a view in enchanting Oia. On your final day in Santorini, join a sailing excursion on the Aegean, stopping to swim and snorkel. Dine on deck as you watch one of the island’s famous sunsets. Kapari Natural Resort | Meals: Days 6 and 9: B; Day 7: B/L; Day 8: B/D

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S This is a private expedition, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you. This expedition is offered May through October.

COST 6+ people

$6,795

4 people

$6,995

2 people

$7,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to availability. Single traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Athens and return from Santorini and within Greece is not included in the expedition cost. The flight from Athens to Crete is $200 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

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Travelers should be comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, often on uneven surfaces, cobblestones, and up steep inclines. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as waterskiing, canoeing, and windsurfing.

DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I CRETE Fly to Crete and set out with a private guide to discover the Palace of Knossos. Next, take a private walking tour through the coastal capital of Heraklion, stopping at the Archaeological Museum to admire the world’s most impressive collection of Minoan art. Continue to your seaside resort and

At Kapari Natural Resort on Santorini, settle into an age-old cave dwelling built into the cliffs. During your three-night stay, experience fine Cycladic cuisine and hospitality with extraordinary views.

Above: A windmill tops a whitewashed village on the cliffs of Santorini.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • This expedition was inspired by the National Geographic Television series The Greeks, a July 2016 National Geographic magazine photo-essay, and the 2016 National Geographic Museum exhibition The "Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great." • In Athens, meet with a local expert to discuss the political and economic landscape of contemporary Greece. • Enjoy a festive dinner at a local family home.

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DAY 5 I OLYMPIA Discover the mountain villages of Arcadia on our way to Olympia. Explore this evocative collection of ancient temples, altars, and a stadium, and visit the archaeological museum. Olympion Asty Hotel Meals: B/L/D DAYS 6 AND 7 I DELPHI Visit an olive oil press and enjoy a tasting. Depart the Peloponnese for mainland Greece and arrive at the sanctuary of Delphi. Walk the sacred way to the Temple of Apollo and explore Delphi’s awe-inspiring ruins. Enjoy a weaving demonstration in Aráhova, and stop in at the 11th-century monastery of Hosios Loukas. Amalia Hotel Delphi | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 1 AND 2 I ATHENS, GREECE Arrive in Athens and transfer to our hotel. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner on the hotel's rooftop. Begin the following day at the New Acropolis Museum, then visit the Acropolis and explore the ancient Agora. Electra Palace Athens Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L DAY 3 I ATHENS/NÁFPLIO Visit the National Archaeological Museum. Travel south to see the Temple of Apollo and the Roman Forum. Continue to Náfplio and cap off the day with a walking tour. Amalia Hotel Nauplia Meals: B/L/D DAY 4 I MYCENAE/EPIDAURUS/NÁFPLIO At Mycenae, discover an ancient grave circle, the royal palace, and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Later, enjoy a wine tasting of local varietals, and stop at the theater of Epidaurus. Amalia Hotel Nauplia Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 8 AND 9 I KALAMBÁKA/METEORA/ ATHENS Journey to the mountain pass of Thermopylae and continue to Kalambáka, our base for exploring the extraordinary monasteries of Meteora. Venture into chapels and courtyards adorned with beautiful frescoes. In the evening return to Athens and meet with a local expert to discuss the political and economic landscape of contemporary Greece. Dellas Boutique Hotel; Electra Palace Athens | Meals: Day 8: B/D; Day 9: B/L DAYS 10 AND 11 I AEGINA/ATHENS Travel to Piraeus, stopping to view a mural by the Greek visual artist iNO, whose work was featured in the National Geographic series The Greeks. Take a ferry to Aegina island. Return to Athens, and gather in the home of a local family for a festive farewell dinner. Depart for the airport the next day. Electra Palace Athens Meals: Day 10: B/L/D; Day 11: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Sept. 23–Oct. 3* Oct. 14–24*

May 1–11 Sept. 25–Oct. 5 June 5–15 Oct. 16–26 Sept. 11–21 *These departures follow a slightly modified itinerary. Visit our website for details and pricing.

COST

$6,695

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,295. Airfare to/from Athens is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Archaeologist and National Geographic explorer William Saturno will join both 2018 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Extend your trip to the island of Santorini with a stay at Kapari Natural Resort, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time; walking up to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. Maximum Group Size: 25

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Above: Perched atop a sandstone pinnacle, the Roussanou Monastery of Meteora appears to float among the clouds.

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G R E E C E F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Delve into the history, mythology, and masterpieces of ancient Greece as we explore amazing Athens, the legendary sites of Mycenae and Delphi, and the whitewashed villages of Santorini. • Experience Greek culture through hands-on activities with dancers, chefs, and more. • Participate in Olympic-themed activities in Athens, and make new Greek friends during a sailing adventure in Santorini.

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to relax before our Greek cooking and dance lessons this evening. Europa Hotel Meals: B/L/D

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Family

DAYS 5 AND 6 I NÁFPLIO Travel to the seaport town of Náfplio and venture down its narrow lanes lined with medieval architecture. Later, visit the hilltop fortress-castle called Palamidi. The next day, discover Mycenae with a local archaeologist. Walk through the magnificent Lions Gate, and learn about a civilization once thought to be mythical. Later, head to the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, a World Heritage site, and take in its theater’s impressive proportions and acoustics. Amphytrion Hotel | Meals: Day 5: B/D; Day 6: B/L

DAY 7 I NÁFPLIO/ATHENS/SANTORINI DAYS 1 AND 2 I ATHENS Transfer to our hotel and join a guided storytelling walk before gathering for a welcome dinner. The next day, tour the Acropolis and visit the New Acropolis Museum. Athens Hilton Hotel Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L

DAY 3 I DELPHI Travel to Delphi on Mount Parnassos and explore the sanctuary ruins, including the fabled Castalian Spring and the Temple of Apollo. Discover a treasure trove of ancient artifacts at the Archaeological Museum. Amalia Delphi Hotel | Meals: B/L

DAY 4 I OLYMPIA Drive across the Rion-Antirion Bridge to explore the ruins of Olympia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the original site of the Olympic Games, and participate in Olympic-themed activities. Check in to our hotel and enjoy lunch and time

En route to Athens, stop to view the Corinth Canal. Then fly to Santorini. Explore Fira, famous for its whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches built into the cliffsides. Santorini Palace Hotel | Meals: B/L

DAY 8 I SANTORINI Visit a pottery studio to learn how to make ceramics by hand. Continue to the beach to meet up with island kids and set sail on the waters of the caldera in a catamaran. Santorini Palace Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I SANTORINI Learn about ongoing archaeological work at Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was buried by ash. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner. Santorini Palace Hotel Meals: B/D

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2019: June 15–24 July 6–15 July 27–Aug. 5

COST Adults

$6,995

Children (ages 7–17)

$6,795

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500. Airfare to/from Athens and within Greece is not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flight between Athens and Santorini is $500 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied by local guides.

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Meet up with local children and their families in Santorini for a sailing adventure. Enjoy the day with your new friends, playing games on the beach and swimming in the warm waters of the Aegean.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Many excursions will take place in historic buildings, temples, and outdoor archaeological sites where walking surfaces are uneven. Transfers by private coach are between two and three hours. Accommodations are family friendly and many have pools. Maximum group size: 25

DAY 10 I SANTORINI/ATHENS Fly to Athens and connect with your flight home. Meals: B FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/GREECE

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Glide down the Seine in a glass-enclosed boat, getting a unique perspective on Paris while enjoying a delicious dinner. • Meet a professional chef at a local bakery, and learn how to make traditional French pastries. • Stroll amid lavender fields on a visit to a family farm in Provence, and kayak under the soaring arches of the breathtaking Pont du Gard.

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DAYS 4 AND 5 I AIX-EN-PROVENCE/ AVIGNON Take the high-speed train to Aix-en-Provence, a charming Provençal town founded by the Romans around A.D. 123. After lunch, explore the city center with a guide. This afternoon, team up with new French friends and design your own delicious pastry with the guidance of the boulanger of a local bakery. The next day, drive to a family-run lavender farm and join the owners for a guided tour of the distillery, where we get a close-up look at how perfumes and oils are drawn from these vivid purple flowers. Then head into the fragrant fields to collect sprigs for your own lavender sachet keepsake. Later, tour Avignon’s spectacular Papal Palace. Hotel Le Cloitre Saint Louis Meals: Day 4: B/L; Day 5: B/L/D

DAYS 1 AND 2 I PARIS, FRANCE Enjoy a special welcome cruise along the river Seine in a glass-enclosed boat. The next day, delve into the medieval heart of Paris with a guide, stepping into Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame cathedral. Then visit the Louvre Museum on a tour designed for families, or explore the city on your own. Parc Saint Séverin | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L

DAY 3 I PARIS Enjoy a private tour of the Eiffel Tower this morning, then ride up this iconic monument for views over the city. After lunch, learn about masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Cézanne, and more during a guided tour of the Musée d'Orsay. Take advantage of the free afternoon and evening to soak up the sights and flavors of Paris on your own. Parc Saint Séverin | Meals: B/L

DAY 6 I LANGUEDOC/NÎMES/ AVIGNON Travel into the Languedoc region and explore one of the most magnificent ancient sites in southern France: the Roman aqueduct known as the Pont du Gard. Walk atop this architectural wonder, then kayak the calm waters beneath it. Explore nearby Nîmes, home to the Maison Carrée—one of world’s best preserved Roman temples. Celebrate our aventure française during a farewell dinner in Avignon tonight. Hotel Le Cloitre Saint Louis Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I MARSEILLE Transfer to the airport in Marseille to catch your flight home. Meals: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Family

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 16–22 June 23–29

July 28–Aug. 3

COST Adults

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Children (ages 7–17)

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Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,000. Airfare to Paris and return from Marseille is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied by local guides.

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and Gold Beach, then continue to the German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer. Hotel d’Argouges or La Ferme de la Rançonniere Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I SAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE/SAINTEMARIE-DU-MONT/UTAH BEACH

DAYS 1 AND 2 I LONDON, ENGLAND Arrive in London and visit the Churchill War Rooms, where we will enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. Explore the decks of the H.M.S. Belfast, now part of the Imperial War Museum, and visit Norfolk House, where much of the planning for D-Day took place. Kensington Hotel Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B

DAY 3 I PORTSMOUTH At Bletchley Park, discover the story behind the Enigma code breakers. Travel to Portsmouth to explore the D-Day Museum. Take a tour of Southwick House, former headquarters of the Allied commanders. Langstone Hotel Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I NORMANDY, FRANCE Cross the English Channel by ferry and visit the Pegasus Memorial Bridge and Museum. Trace the footsteps of thousands of soldiers at Juno Beach

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Explore the village of Sainte-Mère-Église, where paratroopers dropped from the sky in a hail of gunfire on the night of June 5. Visit a memorial established in memory of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division—known as E or Easy Company—then venture into the field where Easy Company Commander Thomas Meehan and his crew perished. Explore Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Utah Beach. Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la Ranconniere | Meals: B/L/D

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DAYS 6 AND 7 I D-DAY ANNIVERSARY/ POINTE DU HOC/COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1895 on the June 2 departures, and $1595 on the May, June 18, and September departures. Airfare to London and return from Paris are not included in the expedition cost.

On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, attend a commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach. The next day, explore the dramatic Pointe du Hoc and wander along Omaha Beach. Trace the history of the Vierville Draw and see remnants of German fortifications along the Atlantic Wall. Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la Ranconniere Meals: Day 6: B/L/D; Day 7: B/L

DAYS 8 AND 9 I BAYEUX/PARIS Visit the 11th-century Cathedral of Bayeux and see the Bayeux Tapestry before driving to Paris this afternoon. The following day, transfer to Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home. Hôtel Edouard 7 or Hôtel Royal Saint-Honoré Meals: Day 8: B/L/D; Day 9: B

Above: Remnants of the Mulberry Harbour known as Port Winston, built to transport supplies to Allied forces, can still be seen on the shores of Arromanches, Normandy.

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Sept. 3–10 Sept. 17–24

*There are two June 2 departures, which coincide with the anniversary of D-Day on June 6. The itinerary shown describes the June 2 departures, which are one day longer than the other departures in order to include special remembrance ceremonies on Day 6.

COST June 2*

$7,995

May, June 18, and September

$6,995

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Historian and archivist Timothy Mulligan will join the June 18 and September 17 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to battlegrounds and museums, and strolls along bluffs and beaches. Maximum group size: 25


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HUMAN ORIGINS: SOUTHWEST F R A N C E A N D N O RT H E R N S PA I N T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Alongside National Geographic grantee Dr. Ana Cristina Pinto-Llona, take a guided tour of Atapuerca, where Europe’s oldest known hominin fossils were unearthed. • Meet a local expert on the famed Lascaux cave on a specially arranged visit to the newly opened International Center for Cave Art. • Discover Castel-Merle’s complex of prehistoric stone shelters, and savor a “prehistoric” meal made with ingredients used by Neanderthals.

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DAYS 5 AND 6 I SAINT ÉMILION, FRANCE/ MONTIGNAC/VÉZÈRE VALLEY Cross into France en route to medieval Saint-Émilion, where we’ll tour the Monolithic Church and its catacombs. From our base camp in Montignac, set out with Christine Desdemaines-Hugon, an expert on Paleolithic art, for a guided tour of the National Museum of Prehistory. See the sculpted frieze of horses and bison carved into a cliff shelter at Cap Blanc, examine the polychrome paintings of Font-de-Gaume, and hear a talk given by our host. Hostellerie La Roseraie | Meals: B/D Daily

DAYS 7 AND 8 I PECH MERLE/LASCAUX IV/ CASTEL-MERLE

DAY 1 I MADRID, SPAIN Arrive in Madrid and take a walking tour of the city. Gran Melia Fenix Hotel | Meals: D

DAYS 2, 3, AND 4 I CANTABRIA CAVES/ SAN SEBASTIÁN Journey to the Cantabria region and meet archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Ana Cristina Pinto-Llona for an examination of the Atapuerca archaeological site, where the oldest known hominin fossil remains in Europe have been unearthed. Explore the Museum of Human Evolution in nearby Burgos, and see some of the oldest artistic representations in human history on a visit to the caves at Puente Viesgo. Explore Las Monedas Cave and Hornos de la Peña, then visit the Altamira Museum. Enjoy an evening at leisure in San Sebastián. Parador de Gil Blas; Silken Amara Plaza | Meals: Days 2 and 3: B/L/D Daily; Day 4: B

Venture to Pech Merle, an enormous cave system filled with prehistoric art and artifacts dating back 25,000 years. See rare representations of human figures, engraved animals, and a mammoth drawn using the contours of the rock. Later, stroll the charming streets of medieval Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Sarlat-la-Canéda. Meet a local expert for a specially arranged visit to the International Center for Cave Art, which houses Lascaux IV— the world’s most comprehensive re-creation of Lascaux and its famous paintings. Join archaeologist Isabelle Castanet at Castel-Merle, a complex of prehistoric stone shelters, then gather for a “prehistoric” meal made with ingredients once used by Neanderthals.Hostellerie La Roseraie | Meals: Day 7: B/D; Day 8: B/L/D

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

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Sept. 8–16* Sept. 22–30* Oct. 6–14*

Apr. 18–27 May 15–24 June 5–14

Sept. 11–20 Oct. 2–11 Oct. 9–18

*These departures are one day shorter and follow a slightly modified itinerary. Visit our website for details and pricing.

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Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,280. Airfare to Madrid and return from Bordeaux is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Archaeologist Magen O'Farrell will join the April, June, and October 9, 2019 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and navigating terrain that is at times uneven or not well lit. Some caves require crouching. Travelers can choose not to participate in some cave visits if they wish. Maximum group size: 25

DAYS 9 AND 10 I VÉZÈRE VALLEY/ BORDEAUX Explore Rouffignac Cave, known as the “cave of a hundred mammoths.” Continue to Bordeaux for a city tour and our farewell dinner. Fly home the next morning. Hotel de Normandie Meals: Day 9: B/L/D; Day 10: B

Above: At the Altamira Museum in northern Spain, visitors get an up-close view of the breathtaking images found at the Cave of Altamira.

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T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Alongside a National Geographic expert, explore eight World Heritage sites including the medieval city of Toledo, Seville’s Gothic cathedral and Alcázar, and the enchanting medina of Fez. • Enjoy an insider’s visit to an art restoration studio in Seville, and attend a traditional dinner and Sufi musical performance in Fez. • Sample local culinary specialties, from savory tapas to spice-scented tagines, and delve into Moroccan cuisine during a hands-on cooking class.

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DAY 2 I TOLEDO/MADRID Drive south to medieval Toledo. Set out on a tour of this World Heritage city brimming with churches, synagogues, mosques, and plazas. Venture inside the Gothic cathedral to see paintings by Goya and Caravaggio, and view El Greco's famed Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques | Meals: B/L

DAYS 3 AND 4 I CÓRDOBA/GRANADA

DAY 1 I MADRID, SPAIN Upon arrival in Madrid, transfer to our hotel, then set out on a tour of the city. Explore the grand Plaza de Oriente and stroll through the 17th-century Plaza Mayor. Visit the world-renowned Museo del Prado, which houses works by masters including Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya. Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques | Meals: D

In Córdoba, visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, or Mezquita, and the Jewish quarter. Later, journey to Granada and experience the Alhambra palace— a marvel of intricate stuccowork, archways, and courtyards. Visit the Nasrid palaces around the Court of the Lions and walk through the Generalife gardens. In the evening, stroll through the old Moorish quarter, the Albayzín. Hotel Alhambra Palace | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 5 I RONDA/ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA/ SEVILLE Walk along Ronda’s picturesque alleys and see Spain’s oldest bullring. Time permitting, take a quick detour to Zahara de la Sierra, a beautiful hilltop village. Arrive in Seville this afternoon. Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza Meals: B/L

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Bright flowerpots are set off by the blue-drenched alleys of Chefchaouene.

DAY 6 I SEVILLE Today, explore the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, and the medieval Jewish quarter. Visit one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world and see the tomb of Christopher Columbus within. Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza | Meals: B/L/D


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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Mar. 17–30 Apr. 7–20

Sept. 22–Oct. 5 Oct. 20–Nov. 2

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EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Geographer Alexander Murphy will join the September 22 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. The 16th-century Alcázar fortress dominates the skyline of Toledo.

DAY 7 I SEVILLE At the studio of two of Seville’s most renowned art restorers, learn about the techniques used to repair age-old art pieces. This evening, delve into the world of flamenco with local gypsy musicians and witness this soulful dance in an intimate setting. Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza Meals: B/D

DAYS 8 AND 9 I TARIFA/TANGIER, MOROCCO/CHEFCHAOUENE Travel to the town of Tarifa on the southernmost coast of Spain and board an early afternoon ferry to Tangier. Spend the next day exploring Tangier’s medina, Mendoubia Gardens, and the Jewish quarter. Continue to Chefchaouene. Grand Hotel Villa de France; Lina Ryad & Spa Meals: Day 8: B/L/D; Day 9: B/D

DAY 10 I CHEFCHAOUENE Nestled amid the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouene was founded in 1471. Visit the remains of the original fortress, or kasbah, and explore the old town, where the buildings are painted striking shades of blue. Later, take a hands-on cooking class, followed by an all-female Andalusian musical performance. Lina Ryad & Spa | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 11 I MEKNÈS AND VOLUBILIS/FEZ

the Roman ruins at Volubilis, which date back to the third century B.C. Afterwards, transfer to Fez. Riad Maison Bleue | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 12 I FEZ

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Spend a day exploring the highlights of Fez. Begin in the Fez el-Jdid, the “new city,” then venture into the labyrinthine alleyways of Fès el-bali, the old walled city. Discover the 14th-century Bou Inania Madrasa, an Islamic theological college known for its stunning architecture; the Nejjarine Fountain; and the ornate Bab Boujloud gate. This evening, enjoy a private dinner and Sufi musical performance at a family home. Riad Maison Bleue | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 13 AND 14 I RABAT/CASABLANCA Drive to Casablanca, stopping en route to explore Rabat. In Casablanca, visit the Hassan II Mosque. Enjoy a farewell dinner. The following morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche | Meals: Day 13: B/D; Day 14: B

A flamenco dancer extends her fan in the Spanish streets.

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DAY 1 I ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND/ ZERMATT Arrive in Zürich this morning and board a train to the charming Alpine village of Zermatt, off-limits to cars. Check in to our hotel and gather for a welcome dinner tonight. Hotel National Zermatt | Meals: D

DAY 2 I ZERMATT/ZMUTT VALLEY

DAY 4 I GLACIER EXPRESS/ST. MORITZ

Start the day with a walk through the village of Zermatt. This afternoon, ride the gondola up to Schwarzsee or Furi for a walk through the spectacular Zmutt Valley. Later, return to Zermatt by gondola. Ambitious hikers can also hike to Zmutt, a hamlet of weathered chalets, and continue to Zermatt on foot. Alternatively, take a gondola to Glacier Paradise for a fascinating walk through the inside of a glacier. Hotel National Zermatt | Meals: B

Take your first-class seat on the world-famous Glacier Express and set off on a breathtaking journey across three high-mountain passes, over 291 bridges, and through 91 tunnels. Enjoy the elegant atmosphere of the train as we soak up magnificent vistas of skyscraping, glacier-glazed peaks on our way to the Upper Engadin Valley. Disembark in St. Moritz and settle into our hotel for the evening. Crystal Hotel St. Moritz | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I ZERMATT/GORNER GLACIER

DAY 5 I ST. MORITZ

Climb aboard the Gornergrat Bahn cogwheel railway, the highest in Europe, and ascend to a summit far above Zermatt to experience one of the best viewpoints in the Alps. Admire a gorgeous vista that includes Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn, and the Gorner Glacier. Hike down past Alpine lakes to Riffelberg, where we will catch the train back to Zermatt. Pay a visit to the Matterhorn Museum, where a local mountaineer and Alpine historian will recount stories of early attempts to conquer the Matterhorn and other climbing adventures. Hotel National Zermatt | Meals: B/D

Set out on a walking tour of St. Moritz to learn local lore and history. Later this morning, visit the Segantini Museum, dedicated to the Alpine artist Giovanni Segantini. After lunch on your own, take the rest of the afternoon to independently explore the Alpine landscapes. Go for a leisurely stroll along the pristine waters of Lake St. Mortiz, or opt to take a short cable car ride up to Piz Naire to admire breath-taking views of the valley below. Alternatively, take a funicular to the top of Muottas Muragl, another mountain offering incredible scenic vistas. Crystal Hotel St. Moritz | Meals: B

Above: The Glacier Express rounds the curve of the Landwasser Viaduct, some 200 feet above the valley floor.

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DAT E S 2019: June 9–18 June 16–25 June 23–July 2 July 7–16 July 21–30

Aug. 4–13 Aug. 18–27 Sept. 1–10 Sept. 15–24

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Pastel-hued villages and fishing skiffs line the shores of Lake Como.

DAY 6 I BERNINA PASS/POSCHIAVO

DAY 8 I LAKE COMO

Today, board the legendary Bernina Express and travel along the highest mountain railway in the Alps to the heart of Italian-speaking Switzerland. Take in extraordinary views of the Morteratsch Glacier from the train’s panoramic windows as we climb to the highest point at Ospizio Bernina, 7,578 feet above sea level. Descend to the town of Poschiavo, where we meet a local guide for a tour of its charming historic center. Return to St. Moritz via the Bernina Express later this afternoon. Crystal Hotel St. Moritz | Meals: B/D

Spend the day exploring the treasures of Lake Como. Board a private ferry for a picturesque ride across the lake to Varenna. Behold a panorama of colorful waterside villages and elegant estates, fringed by palms and pines and backed by soaring mountains. Learn secrets of Italian cooking during a lesson with a local chef, followed by a lunch of the dishes you’ve made, washed down with local wine. Visit the grand gardens of Villa Monastero, first founded in the 12th century as a Cistercian monastery. Villa Flori | Meals: B/L

DAY 7 I ST. MORITZ/CERNOBBIO, ITALY

DAY 9 I LAKE COMO

A spectacular drive through Alpine valleys brings us into the Italian Lake District today. The countryside is dotted with villas in hues of terra-cotta, pink, ochre, and gold, and strewn with tropical vegetation and lush gardens. Our destination is the lovely village of Cernobbio, perched on the western shore of the vast and beautiful Lake Como. Settle into a historic 19th-century villa overlooking Lake Como. Villa Flori | Meals: B/L

Soak in the beauty of Lake Como’s lakeside towns. Discover Como’s historic center, its sunny piazzas, and the Como Cathedral on a private tour. Explore the delightful town of Bellagio at your leisure. Later, relax on the hotel’s terrace, taking in the view before we gather to celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner in the home of a local family. Villa Flori | Meals: B/D

A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Writer and broadcaster Tim Jepson will join the July 7 and 21 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time; walking up to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. We will be traveling at elevations ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 feet throughout the trip. Maximum group size: 25

DAY 10 I MILAN After breakfast, transfer to Milan’s Malpensa Airport for your flight home. Meals: B

The dramatic Matterhorn dwarfs the landscape near Zermatt.

A guest captures the mountain views from inside the Glacier Express in a photo by traveler James F.

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I TA LY: R E N A I S S A N C E C I T I E S AND TUSCAN LIFE T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Marvel at the works of Italian masters during after-hours visits to the Vatican museums and Venice’s Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and tour Florence’s iconic Uffizi Gallery with an art historian. • Explore the Roman Forum and the ruins underneath the Colosseum in the company of a renowned archaeologist. • Stay three nights in the Tuscan countryside at a family-owned and -operated 13th-century castello, and get to know members of the family.

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DAYS 5, 6, AND 7 I TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE/SIENA Travel into the Chianti region and stop at the renowned Badia a Coltibuono winery for lunch and a tasting, then head to the medieval hamlet of Gargonza. Settle into the 13th-century castello of the Guicciardini family, and opt to join the chef for a cooking lesson. Soak up the medieval flavor of Siena on a walking tour, and hike the scenic landscapes near Gargonza. Castello di Gargonza Days 5 and 7: B/L/D Daily; Day 6: B/D

DAYS 8 AND 9 I ROME/VATICAN CITY

DAYS 1 AND 2 I VENICE, ITALY Arrive in Venice and transfer by motorboat to our hotel overlooking the Grand Canal. On a guided walk, see Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Sansovino library, and the Rialto Bridge. Meet a local artisan to learn the science of traditional gondola construction, and access the private collections of Scuola Grande di San Rocco during an after hours visit. Venezia Palazzo Barocci Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L

DAYS 3 AND 4 I FLORENCE Board a train to Florence, and take a walking tour of its historic center. Stroll the medieval town and Piazza della Signoria, and see the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. Encounter Michelangelo’s “David” at the Accademia, then dine in the home of a Florentine family. The following day, journey to Pisa and Lucca and bike along the ancient city walls, or join an art historian at the famed Uffizi Gallery. Gallery Hotel Art | Meals: Day 3: B/L/D; Day 4: B

Continue to Rome. Venture into the Colosseum, stroll the Roman Forum, and enjoy a specially arranged visit inside the Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda. Here, meet archaeologist Dr. Valerie Higgins, an expert in Roman archaeology who recently appeared in the popular National Geographic documentary series The Story of God. The next day, take in the grandeur of Vatican City with an early morning visit to its museums and the Sistine Chapel before they open to the public, then visit St. Peter’s Square and its basilica. Take a walking tour that includes the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Toast our Italian sojourn at a farewell dinner. Meals: Day 8: B/L; Day 9: B/D

DAY 10 I ROME Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

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Above: A gondolier oars past the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute on Venice’s Grand Canal.

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Sept. 3–12 Oct. 15–24

May 24–June 2 June 14–23

Sept. 27–Oct. 6 Oct. 18–27

P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S The following departures are designated as photography expeditions. They are limited to 16 travelers, and will be accompanied by a National Geographic photographer. Visit our website for details and featured photographers. Dates: 2018: Sept. 17–26 2019: Apr. 12–21

Sept. 6–15

Cost: from $7,495 per person

COST

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$6,995 $7,495 Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,750 in 2018 and $1,950 in 2019. Airfare to Venice and return from Rome is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Writer and broadcaster Tim Jepson will join the October 2018, as well as the September 27 and October 2019 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Activities include city walking tours and motor coach transfers between two and five hours. Travelers should be comfortable navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and cobblestoned streets. Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Kids will have a chance to make new Italian friends during a treasure hunt in Venice. • Try your hand at making pasta at a family-run farm; and sample gelato, focaccia, and other local delicacies. • Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in the Colosseum, and visit a mask-making workshop in Venice.

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DAYS 4 AND 5 I SIENA/FLORENCE Explore Siena’s Piazza del Campo and 13thcentury Duomo, then hear a poet recount colorful tales of the past in hilltop Chiusdino. Once in Florence, gaze up at the iconic Duomo, watch a reenactment of Medici court life at Palazzo Vecchio, and view Michelangelo’s “David” at the Accademia. Palazzo Castri 1874 Meals: Day 4: B/L; Day 5: B/D

In Pisa, climb the leaning tower that has made the city famous, and take in amazing views from the top. Continue to Levanto, located on the Ligurian coast. Park Hotel Argento | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I CINQUE TERRE Benvenuti in Italia! Check in to our hotel and enjoy a snack at a local café. Later, gather for a welcome dinner. Hotel Della Conciliazione | Meals: D

DAY 2 I ROME Glimpse ancient Roman life at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Stadium of Domitian. After searching for ingredients in medieval Trastevere, head to a pizza-making party. Hotel Della Conciliazione | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I ROME Join an art historian on a tour of the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, and peer up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Hotel Della Conciliazione | Meals: B/L

Trip Type: Family

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 22–July 1 July 6–15

July 27–Aug. 5

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Take a short train ride to Riomaggiore, one of the villages of the Cinque Terre. Visit Manarola, then cruise to Vernazza. In Monterosso al Mare, savor gelato and focaccia. Park Hotel Argento | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I EMILIA ROMAGNA/VENICE Make pasta at a family farm near Parma. In Venice, enjoy a private visit to Scala Contarini del Bovolo with its spiral staircase and unique architecture. Venice Palazzo Giovanelli Meals: B/L

DAYS 9 AND 10 I VENICE Team up with new Italian friends for a city treasure hunt. Try mask-making at an artisan studio, and enjoy a gondola ride. Enjoy a farewell dinner. Transfer to the airport for your flight home the next day. Venice Palazzo GiovanelliMeals: Day 9: B/L/D; Day 10: B

Adults

$6,995

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Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,550. Airfare to Rome and return from Venice is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied by local guides.

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On this family expedition, kids will meet local children in Venice, where the city’s narrow lanes, canals, and bridges provide a backdrop for a fun treasure hunt through the city. Families will team up with their new friends and follow clues in Italian and English—learning about local legends, famous artists, and other historic highlights of the city.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time and navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. Some sites, such as St. Peter’s Basilica, have a modest dress code. While Italian hotel rooms tend to be on the smaller side, all lodgings are comfortable and conveniently located near each day’s activities. Maximum group size: 25

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TRANS-SIBERIAN RAIL EXPEDITION T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Join historian our naturalists George forMunro an interpretive aboard the walk luxurious among Golden tens of thousands Eagle Trans-Siberian of stately king Express penguins foron ana enlightening remote beachjourney in the South acrossGeorgia. one of the world’s most legendary railways. • Each departure of the National Geographic Explorer is accompanied • Attend by a National musical Geographic performances, photographer including awho choral offers concert insight given on by capturing Buryat’s Old theBelievers compelling at the stories Decembrist of the South House Atlantic. Museum in Irkutsk. • In Glide Moscow, in a kayak takeor anZodiac in-depth amid tour curious of thefur Kremlin, seals inand thelearn Falklands, about the and view history ofan Russian impressive spacecolony exploration of black-browed during a talk albatrosses. by a cosmonaut.

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DAYS 7 AND 8 I ULAN UDE, RUSSIA/ LAKE BAIKAL Stop in Ulan Ude to watch a choral performance by the Old Believers, descended from 17th-century religious exiles. Trace the shores of Lake Baikal and stop for lunch before joining a local family for tea in Listvyanka. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I IRKUTSK/ ON TRAIN/NOVOSIBIRSK Visit Irkutsk’s historic sights, and see Russian cottages at the Museum of Wooden Architecture. Hear a bell-ringing performance, then enjoy a private concert at the Decembrist House Museum. After a day on board, stop in Novosibirsk to see the opera house and Lenin Square. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 12 AND 13 I YEKATERINBURG/ KAZAN DAYS 1 AND 2 I VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA Arrive in Vladivostok. On a city tour, see Our Lady Grieving Orthodox Church, the Pacific Navy War Memorial, and the steamboat Krasny Vympel. Take in skyline views from the Eagle’s Nest observation platform, and stroll historic Vladivostok Naval Cemetery. Board our luxury train and set off on our rail journey. Hotel Hyundai;Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express through Day 13 Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3—6 I KHABAROVSK/ON TRAIN/ ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA Explore the Natural History Museum in Khabarovsk. Enjoy two days on board en route to Ulaanbaatar. Here, visit the National Museum, then head to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for a Mongolian horseback-riding demonstration and a visit to a traditional ger. Enjoy a Mongolian throat-singing performance. Meals: B/L/D Daily

Arrive in Yekaterinburg and visit the site of the infamous Romanov execution. The next day, explore Kazan, touring the city’s Kremlin, the Qol Sharif Mosque, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Enjoy a student concert at the Kazan Conservatory before taking a private cruise around the walls of the city’s Kremlin. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 14 AND 15 I MOSCOW Disembark in Moscow for a city tour and a guided nighttime stroll through Red Square. Discover the legendary Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Armory Museum, and the Conquerors of Space monument. Delve into the history of space exploration at the Memorial Museum of Astronautics, and enjoy a specially arranged talk by a Russian cosmonaut. Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow | Meals: B/L/D Daily

Trip Type: Train

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2019: Aug. 4–19 Aug. 31–Sept. 15

COST Silver Class

$20,995

Gold Class

$24,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $8,495 in Silver Class and $10,995 in Gold Class. Airfare to Vladivostok and return from Moscow is not included in the expedition cost. Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory for Russia is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Historian George Munro has lived and studied in the former Soviet Union and travels to Russia regularly to pursue his research. He will join both departures. Read his bio on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time, and walking over uneven terrain, narrow paths, and cobblestone streets. Daily activities include city walking tours, visits to sites, and motor coach transfers between two and five hours. Maximum group size: 32

DAY 16 I MOSCOW

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Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

Add a three-day post-trip extension to St. Petersburg from $2,995 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Meet a representative from the Irrawaddy Community Conservation Project to learn about efforts to protect the Irrawaddy dolphin. • Travel among the temples of the Bagan plain with a local archaeologist to hear about restoration efforts after the 2016 earthquake. • Visit the Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary, where a breeding program overseen by National Geographic grantee Kalyar Platt aims to protect the critically endangered Burmese star tortoise.

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dating back to the 14th century. The next day, visit artisan workshops in Yandabo. Continue to Bagan, and enjoy a talk by the director of Bagan’s Archaeological Department. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 6 I BAGAN After an optional morning hot-air balloon ride, choose from a variety of options. Visit the Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about a Burmese star tortoise breeding program overseen by a National Geographic grantee. Alternatively, venture to Mount Popa. Later, join an archaeologist on a horse-cart tour of the Bagan temples. Enjoy a string puppet show tonight. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I BAGAN/SALAY

DAY 1 I MANDALAY, MYANMAR (BURMA)/IRRAWADDY RIVER Arrive in Mandalay and board our ship. Scenic Aura for the entire voyage | Meals: D

DAY 2 I HSITHE/MINGUN Begin the day at the Irrawaddy Community Conservation Project in Hsithe, learning about local efforts to protect the Irrawaddy dolphin. Spot birdlife in Singu, and visit Mingun Pagoda and beautiful Hsinbyume Pagoda. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I SAGAING/AMARAPURA In the former capital of Sagaing, meet novice monks, and make a traditional donation at a nunnery. Cruise to Amarapura and float beneath U Bein Bridge at sunset. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 4 AND 5 I MYINMU/MONYWA/ YANDABO/BAGAN Venture into sandstone grottoes in Monywa and view spectacular mural paintings and statues

Trip Type: River Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Dec. 23, 2018– Jan. 2, 2019

Feb. 1–11

COST Balcony Suite

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Deluxe Balcony Suite

from $7,415

Grand Deluxe Balcony Suite

from $9,895

Royal Panorama Balcony Suite

Rise early for an almsgiving with monks. Visit Ananda Temple and see lacquerware artisans at work. Cruise to Salay and encounter a 20-foot golden Buddha. This afternoon, sit down to a traditional Burmese tea in a colonial villa. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 8 AND 9 I MAGWE/MINHLA/ PATHO Sail to Magwe and tour the town, taking in the view from a hilltop pagoda. The next day, explore the 13th-century Minhla Fort and go on a walking tour in the village of Patho. Then gather to witness a traditional dance performance. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 10 AND 11 I PYAY/YANGON Arrive in Pyay and explore the ancient stupas and temples of Sri Ksetra, Myanmar’s first World Heritage–listed site. Disembark the next day and drive to Yangon. Continue to the airport for your flight home. Meals: Day 10: B/L/D; Day 11: B/L

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a one-day pre-trip extension in Mandalay from $600 per person, or a two-day post-trip extension in Yangon from $1,200 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

Above: The setting sun silhouettes ancient temples on the Bagan plain.

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See the Scenic Aura description, photo, and deck plan on page 129. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call or visit our website. Airfare to Mandalay and return from Yangon is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Art historian Paula Swart will join the December 2018 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

W H AT T O E X P E C T This is an all-inclusive experience aboard a world-class river ship featuring fine dining and butler service. Choose from a variety of excursions suited to a range of activity levels, from short walking tours to options for extended hiking and biking. Maximum ship capacity: 44

SPECIAL OFFER Book by December 31, 2018 and receive round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Myanmar (Burma) for $295 per person on the 2018 departure, and $395 per person in 2019.

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V I E T N A M , L AO S, A N D C A M B O D I A A DV E N T U R E T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Spend the night onboard a traditional style wooden junk boat in stunning Ha Long Bay, and set out in kayaks to explore secluded lagoons and beaches. • Join a Laotian family at their home in Luang Prabang for a Buddhist Baci ceremony, followed by a dinner of local specialties. • See Angkor's spectacular temples by bicycle, and enjoy a picnic lunch among the ruins.

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DAYS 6 AND 7 I HA LONG BAY Drive to Ha Long Bay where our private, traditional-style junk awaits. Set sail into waters punctuated by fantastic karst formations. Venture out in kayaks to discover remote lagoons, sandy beaches, and the remains of a floating village. Indochina Sails Junk | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM/HUE Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Take a walking tour past the city's famous sites, including the old Saigon Post Office, Reunification Palace, and Chinatown. Then fly to Hue, former capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Bike along the Perfume River, and explore the Imperial City and citadel. Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon; La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D; Day 3: B/L

DAYS 4 AND 5 I HANOI Fly to Hanoi and explore the captivating Old Quarter by rickshaw. If you wish, attend an evening performance of traditional water puppetry. The next morning, trace the life of Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and his stilt house. Visit the Temple of Literature—Vietnam’s first university. InterContinental Westlake Hanoi Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/L

Return to Hanoi and fly to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang. Visit some of the city's many shrines, and join a local family for dinner and a Buddhist Baci ceremony. Spend a day exploring the Laotian countryside and visiting hilltribe communities. Travel to the village of Ban Nong Heo and join a local guide for a hike, passing through forests and plantations. Continue to Ban Thapene where we'll take an interpretive walk through the village and visit the butterfly garden. Kiridara Hotel | Meals: Days 8 and 9: B/L/D Daily; Day 10: B/L

DAYS 11, 12, AND 13 I LUANG PRABANG/ SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA Witness a Buddhist almsgiving and visit Wat Xieng Thong, harboring Buddhist and royal artifacts. Fly to Siem Reap and begin your exploration of the Angkor Archaeological Park with a bike ride around the Roluos temples. Later, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery and the Great City of Angkor Thom. On our final day, watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat and explore the Preak Khan Temple before transferring to the airport for your flight home. Shinta Mani Shack resort Meals: Days 11 and 12: B/L/D Daily; Day 13: B/L

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018: Oct. 19–31 Nov. 2–14

Nov. 16–28 Dec. 7–19

2019: Jan. 4–16 Jan. 18–30 Feb. 15–27

Mar. 1–13 Mar. 15–27 Oct. 18–30

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EXPEDITION TEA M One or two top adventure guides, often accompanied by local guides, will lead this trip.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking for extended periods of time over uneven terrain in villages and at temple sites. In Ha Long Bay, we will paddle two to four hours per day (two to six miles). On cycling excursions, we will bike one to two hours per day (four to eight miles). We will stay ten nights in comfortable hotels and two nights in a traditional wooden junk (sailboat). Maximum Group Size: 16

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The next day, see an eighth-century temple at Wat Hanchey, and meet the friendly residents of Angkor Ban on a village stroll. Jahan through Day 12 | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 8 I KAMPONG CHHNANG/ KAMPONG TRALACH Anchor at Kampong Chhnang and visit a village known for traditional pottery. Glimpse a unique way of life in the floating villages of Tonle Sap, and in Kampong Tralach, ride oxcarts to a welcoming community. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 9 AND 10 I PHNOM PENH/ THE MEKONG

DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I U.S./SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA Depart for Siem Reap, crossing the international date line and “losing” a day. Upon arrival on Day 3, settle into our riverside hotel. La Résidence d’Angkor

DAYS 4 AND 5 I ANGKOR Rise early to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, a 12th-century Khmer temple. Explore Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, and pay a visit to Les Artisans d’Angkor, a traditional arts school. Ride a tuk-tuk, or motorized rickshaw, to the walled city of Angkor Thom to see Bayon Temple and the Terrace of the Elephants. This evening, enjoy a private dinner and traditional Cambodian music and dance performance at one of Angkor’s temples. La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/D

DAYS 6 AND 7 I KAMPONG CHAM Travel to the Mekong River, and embark the Jahan to catch the sunset on deck before a welcome dinner.

During a full day in Phnom Penh, ride a cyclo to the Royal Palace. Browse Khmer sculpture at the National Museum, and learn about the Khmer Rouge at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Tonight, witness an Aspara dance performance. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 11 AND 12 I TAN CHAU OR CHAU DOC, VIETNAM/CAI BE Meander through the colorful markets of Tan Chau or Chau Doc and Cai Be, and visit nearby floating villages and river communities to learn about local enterprises. In the evening, gather for a gala dinner aboard the Jahan. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 13, 14, AND 15 I MY THO/ HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)/U.S. Disembark in My Tho and visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda before traveling to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Explore the city’s historic sites, including the Reunification Palace, seat of the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War. Have a private dinner at the former residence of U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Transfer to the airport for your return flight, arriving home the same day. Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: Day 13: B/L/D; Days 14 and 15: B

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Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Jan. 14–28 Jan. 22–Feb. 5* Feb. 11–25

Feb. 19–Mar. 5* Feb. 25–Mar. 11

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order. Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive any time on of Day 3.

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$11,190

Category 2

$12,030

Category 3

$14,130

Category 4

$16,910

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EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. Art historian Paula Swart will join the January 14 departure. Read her bio on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

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Above: Draped in bright saffron robes, two monks gaze at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

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BORNEO WILDLIFE ADVENTURE T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, and glide along jungle waterways in an electric boat. • Observe orangutans and Malayan sun bears up close at conservation centers in Sepilok. • Spend three days in the primary rain forests of Danum Valley Conservation Area, observing dazzling flora and fauna on hikes.

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primate species, three cat species, and some 220 species of birds. Hike to a bubbling mud volcano, which attracts many different animals, and learn about Sumatran rhino conservation efforts during a meeting with the executive director of the Borneo Rhino Alliance. Sukau Rainforest Lodge; Tabin Wildlife Resort | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA

DAYS 1 AND 2 I SANDAKAN, MALAYSIA/ SEPILOK Arrive in Sandakan on Malaysian Borneo’s eastern coast. Head to the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve and join scientists at an orangutan rehabilitation center to observe the primates and learn about on-site projects. Continue to the reserve's Rainforest Discovery Centre for an afternoon of jungle trekking, and take an evening canopy walk amid the treetops. Sepilok Nature Resort | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3—6 I KINABATANGAN RIVER/ TABIN WILDLIFE RESERVE Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre before continuing to Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World located on the Kinabatangan River. From here we set out on a variety of day and night hikes and river safaris, looking for orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and much more. Next, journey into the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, home to nine

Travel to the valley of the Danum River, known for its 169 square miles of virtually undisturbed primary rain forest. Spend three days exploring the many nature trails. Keep an eye out for rare species, including the reclusive clouded leopard, Bornean gibbon, and maroon langur. Birdlife here is incredibly diverse, with some 275 recorded species. Watch a dazzling sunrise over the valley from atop an observation tower. Hike to a nearby waterfall, go on a canopy walk in the treetops surrounding our lodge, and venture out on night safaris. Borneo Rainforest Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

Trip Type: Active

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Mar. 11–21 Apr. 1–11

Sept. 16–26 Oct. 7–17

COST

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EXPEDITION TEA M One or two top adventure guides, often accompanied by local guides, will lead this trip.

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DAYS 10 AND 11 I DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA/KOTA KINABALU Set out on a final wildlife walk through the forest. Then travel to Lahad Datu, where we catch a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy a farewell dinner, and depart for home the following day. Hyatt Regency Kinabalu | Meals: Day 10: B/L/D; Day 11: B

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Settle into Sukau Rainforest Lodge for two nights on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Cruise jungle waterways in search of rare orangutans, pygmy elephants, and proboscis monkeys and walk the elevated boardwalks that weave through the tropical landscapes of the property.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Hike to Bhutan's most famous pilgrimage site, Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger's Nest Temple), and participate in an intimate butter lamp ceremony with the monks of Gangtey Goemba. • Get a personal perspective on contemporary Bhutan while mingling with community leaders and government dignitaries at a special banquet. • Stay at the spectacular Zhiwa Ling Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge that exemplifies the artistry of Bhutanese architecture.

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annual Crane Festival.* Then set off on a half-day hike, and visit with a village family along the way. Dewachen Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

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DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I THIMPHU/PARO Travel to Thimphu via the scenic Dochu La pass. Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on Bhutan during a banquet with local dignitaries and professionals. Spend the next morning exploring the country’s modern side in Thimphu. Visit the National Textile Museum, then return to Paro and settle back into our hotel. The next day, hike to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan: Taktsang Lhakhang, or the Tiger’s Nest Temple. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner. Taj Tashi Hotel; Zhiwa Ling Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 10 AND 11 I BANGKOK, THAILAND DAYS 1 AND 2 I BANGKOK, THAILAND/ PARO, BHUTAN Spend a night in Bangkok, then fly to Bhutan’s Paro Valley and visit Ta Dzong, a 17th-century fortress. Explore our stunning hotel—a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World—before a welcome dinner. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel; Zhiwa Ling Hotel | Meals: Day 2: B/L/D

Fly home via Bangkok. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel | Meals: Days 10 and 11: B Daily

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After a special Buddhist blessing ceremony, journey to Punakha and visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple. Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, then explore the Punakha Dzong. RKPO Green Resort | Meals: B/L/D Daily

Travel to Phobjikha, one of the largest wintering sites for the endangered black-necked crane. Visit the Gangtey Goemba temple complex during the

DAT E S 2019: Mar. 11–21 Oct. 1–11

Nov. 6–16*

*The itinerary shown describes the November 2018 departure, which include the Crane Festival. Each departure follows a similar itinerary to the one shown but includes a different festival or celebration. Visit our website for detailed itineraries.

P H OTO D E PA RT U R E S The following departures are designated as photography expeditions, led by National Geographic photographers and are limited to 16 travelers. Visit our website for details and featured photographers. Dates: 2019: Feb. 12–22 Oct 18–28 Cost: from $7,895 per person

COST

$7, 395

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,795. Airfare to/from Bangkok and between Bangkok and Paro are not included in the expedition cost. The round-trip group flight between Bangkok and Paro is $900 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Anthropologist, author, and filmmaker Carroll Dunham will join the March departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

DAYS 3 AND 4 I PUNAKHA

DAYS 5 AND 6 I PHOBJIKHA

Activity Level: Moderate

W H AT T O E X P E C T Spend three nights at Zhiwa Ling Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World that was intricately built, painted, and carved by Bhutanese artisans. As a National Geographic guest, you’ll get a special invitation to participate in Mahayana Buddhist rituals with local monk.

Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and traveling at high elevations (up to 8,000 feet above sea level). Maximum group size: 24 (16 on photo departures)

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Above: The magnificent Taktsang Lhakhang, or Tiger’s Nest Temple, sits high above the lush Paro Valley.

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T I B E T A N D N E PA L : E X P E D I T I O N T O T H E H I G H E S T H I M A L AYA T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Mountaineer Peter Hillary, son of the late Sir Edmund Hillary, joins select departures, sharing insight gained from his climbing expeditions in the Himalaya. • Venture to the seldom visited Tibetan side of Mount Everest, and gaze up at its soaring crags from the storied North Face Base Camp. • Participate in a private butter lamp ceremony at Rongbuk Monastery, thought to be the highest monastery in the world.

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DAYS 7 AND 8 I GYANGZÊ/SHIGATSE After visiting the temples of Pelkor Chode, travel to Shigatse. Explore Tashilunpo Monastery and, if you wish, hike up to the Chak La pass. Tashi Choe Ta | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 9 AND 10 I XÊGAR Weather permitting, catch a glimpse of Mount Everest on the way to Xêgar, and take in majestic vistas of the peak from the 17,000-foot Pang La pass. Venture into Rongbuk Monastery on the way to the North Face Base Camp. Qomolangma Hotel | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 11 AND 12 I SHIGATSE/LHASA

DAY 1 I BEIJING, CHINA Arrive in Beijing this morning and check in to our hotel. Four Seasons Beijing

DAY 2 I LHASA, TIBET Take a scenic flight to the holy city of Lhasa and gather for a welcome dinner tonight. Shangri-La Lhasa | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I LHASA Listen for chanting monks at Drepung Monastery and explore the myriad halls and chambers of the magnificent Potala Palace. Visit Ganden Monastery and the Jokhang—Tibet’s holiest temple—and wander through the Barkhor market. Shangri-La Lhasa | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 6 I GYANGZÊ Drive over two spectacular mountain passes to Gyangzê, stopping to view a magnificent hanging glacier up close. Gyangzê Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

Drive to Shigatse, stopping in small villages and taking in rugged landscapes along the way. Continue the drive to Lhasa the following day. Enjoy a final evening in Tibet, with dinner overlooking the floodlit Potala Palace (weather permitting). Tashi Choe Ta; Shangri-La Lhasa Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 13, 14, AND 15 I KATHMANDU, NEPAL Fly to Nepal this morning. Walk through the heart of Kathmandu, and visit the 2,500-year-old shrine at Swayambhunath. The next day, explore the ancient temples and palaces of Bhaktapur, the enormous Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath, and the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. The following day, depart for your flight home. Hotel Yak & Yeti | Meals: Days 13 and 14: B/L/D Daily; Day 15: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a four-day post-trip extension to Angkor Wat in Cambodia from $2,195 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

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Activity Level: Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Apr. 20–May 4 Sept. 28–Oct. 12

Oct. 15–29

Please note: Access to Everest Base Camp is regulated by the Chinese government. We expect to operate this trip as planned but may need to alter the itinerary if access becomes restricted.

COST

$ 8 ,94 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,985. Airfare to Beijing and return from Kathmandu and within Asia is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights within Asia are $965 per person (subject to change).

P H O T O D E PA R T U R E The following departure is designated as a photography expedition, led by a National Geographic photographer and limited to 16 travelers. Visit our website for details and for the featured photographer. Date: 2019: Nov. 3–17 Cost: from $9,325 per person

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Mountaineer Peter Hillary will join the April, September, and October departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. We spend eleven nights at high elevations—up to 14,268 feet—and travel as high as 17,200 feet by motor vehicle, often on bumpy and dusty roads. Maximum group size: 30 (16 on photo departure)

Above: Perched on a hilltop in the Lhasa Valley, the immense Potala Palace was built as the winter palace of the Dalai Lama in the seventh century.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Experience the events of Naadam, a traditional sporting festival celebrated across Mongolia, and get up-close views of its wrestling, archery, and horse-racing competitions. • Spend four nights in a traditional ger at Three Camel Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in the Gobi. • Meet a senior government official in Ulaanbaatar for an inside perspective on Mongolia’s political and economic climate.

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days discovering the wildlife and landscapes of the desert. Travel to Eagle Valley and hike across this lush chasm that cuts through the foothills of the Altay Mountains. Then visit the local natural history museum. At Havtsgait Valley, hike to a hilltop site of ancient rock drawings. Witness the events of Naadam, Mongolia’s famous cultural sporting event where colorfully clad locals compete in archery, wrestling, and horseback racing. Drive to the Khongoryn Els, a 60-mile stretch of rippling sand dunes, and ride a camel at sunset. Listen to the low hum of the “singing sands,” then visit the camp of a camel-herding family. Look for fossils at Tugregiin Shiree, where paleontologists discovered the famous “fighting dinosaurs,” and hike along the Flaming Cliffs. Three Camel Lodge; Gobi Erdene Ger Camp | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 11 AND 12 I ULAANBAATAR DAYS 1 AND 2 I ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to our hotel. The next day, visit Gandan Monastery and the National Museum. Gather for a welcome dinner. Tuushin Hotel | Meals: Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I ULAANBAATAR/ GÜN-GALUUT NATURE RESERVE Meet a senior government official for an introduction to Mongolia’s current political and economic climate. Then drive to our traditional ger camp in Gün-Galuut, a nature reserve near the Khentii Mountains. Explore the area on hikes or an optional horseback ride, and visit with a nomadic family. Later, see a 131-foot-tall Genghis Khan statue and visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum. Ger Camp; Tuushin Hotel Meals: Days 3 and 4: B/L/D Daily; Day 5: B/L

DAYS 6–10 I GOBI DESERT Fly to the mystical Gobi desert and spend several

Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan. Enjoy traditional Mongolian khoomi, or throat singing. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Tuushin Hotel Meals: Day 11: B/L/D; Day 12: B

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 9–20 Aug. 4–15

$ 7,9 9 5

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Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,995. Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar and within Mongolia is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights within Mongolia are $350 per person (subject to chanage).

P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S The following departures are designated as a photography expeditions, led by National Geographic photographers and limited to 16 travelers. Visit our website for details and for the featured photographers. Dates: 2019: July 3–14 Aug. 25–Sept. 5 Cost: from $9,325 per person

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Anthropologist and writer Carroll Dunham will join the August 4 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T

Your home in the Gobi is a traditional ger at Three Camel Lodge. Spend your days exploring the wild geology of the desert, learning the culture of its nomads, or join the chef for a cooking class and take a night walk with an astronomy expert.

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Travel to Mongolia requires flexibility and a sense of adventure. Roads can be rough, and disruptions to the country’s infrastructures can result in changes to our itinerary. Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)

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CHINA: IMPERIAL TREASURES A N D N AT U R A L WO N D E R S T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Spend a day interacting with giant pandas at a research center outside Chengdu, helping caretakers feed and care for the animals and learning about efforts to protect them. • Meet National Geographic grantees across China, and learn about the latest research related to the environment, wildlife conservation, and geology. • Cruise two of China’s most legendary waterways, gliding through the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River and the karst landscapes of the Li River.

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before heading to a traditional hutong neighborhood for a rickshaw tour. Stroll the vast and historic Tiananmen Square, and then navigate the 900-some buildings and temples of the Forbidden City. Visit with Friends of Nature, China’s oldest environmental organization, and meet with National Geographic grant recipient Boju Zhang to hear about his latest efforts to conserve air and water quality in the capital city. Tonight, feast on Peking duck with your fellow travelers. The St. Regis Beijing | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I GREAT WALL/BEIJING

DAY 1 I BEIJING, CHINA Arrive in Beijing and transfer to our hotel in the heart of the capital. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. The St. Regis Beijing

DAY 2 I BEIJING, CHINA Delve into imperial Beijing at the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by gardens. Try tai chi with a master practitioner

Step back in time at the less visited Simatai section of the Great Wall, which retains the fortification’s original character. Glimpse old China in Gubei Water Town, where centuries-old houses line quartzite streets and waterways. The St. Regis Beijing | Meals: B/L

DAYS 4 AND 5 I XI’AN Ride first-class on the high-speed train to Xi’an, once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and the capital of China. On a special behind-thescenes visit to the Institute of Archaeology— normally closed to the public—learn about the latest excavations and see the terra-cotta warriors up close. After breakfast the next day, view the

Above: Against a misty backdrop of karst mountains, a farmer in Guilin directs his livestock.

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legendary terra-cotta army, composed of thousands of soldiers, chariots, and horses that were buried around 210 B.C. at the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Later, walk or ride a bike atop the massive city wall. During free time, browse the maze of markets and sites in the Muslim Quarter. Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5:B/L

DAY 6 I YICHANG/YANGTZE RIVER Fly to Yichang and set out on an afternoon city tour. Board our luxurious riverboat for a


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Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2019: Apr. 2–17 Apr. 23–May 8 May 14–29 Sept. 3–18

Sept. 24–Oct. 9 Oct. 1–16 Oct. 29–Nov. 13

COST Sunlight infuses the view of a restored section of the Great Wall.

four-night voyage on the Yangtze through the breathtaking Three Gorges region. Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I YANGTZE RIVER On daily excursions, visit the world's largest engineering project at the Three Gorges Dam; venture into narrow tributaries by local sampan boat, taking in gorgeous scenery; and visit Fuling and the 816 Underground Project, the world's largest artificial military cave. Back on the ship, learn about traditional healing and local crafts, enjoy morning tai chi, and gaze at the dramatic gorges. Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 10 AND 11 I CHONGQING/ CHENGDU Disembark in Chongqing and travel to Chengdu. Along the way, visit the Dazu Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site where centuries-old rock carvings depict Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist themes as well as scenes of ordinary life during the Tang Dynasty. Enjoy dinner in Chengdu tonight, savoring hot pot, a Sichuan favorite. Spend the next day at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base overseen by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. We’ll have the chance to prepare meals and feed the pandas, help clean the enclosures, and hear about conser-

The thousands of terra-cotta warriors at the first emperor's tomb each bear distinct features.

vation efforts. Return to Chengdu for dinner. The St. Regis Chengdu Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 12 AND 13 I GUILIN AND YANGSHUO Fly to Guilin and descend into the Reed Flute Cave, a subterranean spectacle of stalactites and stone pillars. Continue on to meet Dr. Zhang Hai at the Karst Institute to learn about a National Geographic–funded project that creates 3-D surveys and models of China’s caves, and go for a short walk through the scenic forest around the Institute. The following day, embark on a cruise down the Li River. Glide beneath limestone pinnacles and terraced rice fields that have inspired Chinese artists for generations, and stop to browse antique and craft markets. Return to Guilin for an evening on your own. Shangri-La Hotel Guilin | Meals: Day 12: B/L/D; Day 13: B/L

$ 7,9 9 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,400. Airfare to Beijing and return from Shanghai and within China is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights within China are $560 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Professor of Chinese cultural history Elvira Masson will join the May and October 1 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

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DAYS 14, 15, AND 16 I SHANGHAI Fly to bustling Shanghai and settle into our hotel. Begin the next day meandering among the pavilions, ponds, and zigzag bridges of Yu Garden, Shanghai’s celebrated classical Chinese garden, dating to 1559. Peruse an intriguing range of antiques and goods at the Old Bazaar. Over lunch, meet with conservationist and wildlife photographer Jing Li, a National Geographic grantee working to conserve critically endangered birds in the greater Shanghai area. After lunch, zoom up to the observation deck of China’s tallest building, Shanghai Tower, for a superlative view of the skyline. Stroll neon-lit Nanjing Road and the historic Bund waterfront. Tonight, toast your Chinese adventure at a local restaurant. The following day, transfer to the airport for your return flight. Fairmont Peace Hotel | Meals: Day 14: B/L; Day 15: B/L/D; Day 16: B

The Yangzi Explorer, our home for the three-day Yangtze voyage, is one of the few five-star ships on the Yangtze. The ship has a capacity of 124 passengers and features spacious cabins with private bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to private balconies. There are a limited number of suites available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Amenities include a panoramic-view restaurant, a bar, a theater, two lounges, a library, a fitness center, a business center with Internet access, a clinic, a sundeck, a salon, and a spa.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking up to two miles a day, navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. We will travel by motor coach, train, airplane, and boat. Maxiumum group size: 25

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I N S I D E JA PA N T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • This expedition was inspired by travel writer Don George’s article “Japan’s Past Perfect,” published in the January/February 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler. • By special permission, enjoy a visit to Kyoto’s Saihoji temple and stroll its otherworldly gardens, carpeted in more than 120 species of moss. • Immerse yourself in Shikoku’s timeless Iya Valley, dotted with thatched cottages, shrines, and vine bridges.

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UNESCO. Stroll the elegant Zen rock garden at Ryoanji and the iconic Kinkakuji, or “golden pavilion.” Enjoy a specially arranged visit to Saihoji, also known as Kokedera, or the moss temple, for the more than 120 species of moss that carpet its beautiful gardens. At tonight’s welcome dinner, meet a former geisha to learn about the geisha lifestyle, and enjoy a short performance. Kyoto Hotel Okura | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I KYOTO

DAY 1 I OSAKA, JAPAN/KYOTO Arrive in Osaka at any time. Transfer to Kyoto and check in to our hotel. Kyoto Hotel Okura

DAY 2 I KYOTO Kyoto served as an imperial capital for more than a thousand years, and many of the wooden temples and gardens from that era have been collectively designated a World Heritage site by

Wander through Arashiyama’s atmospheric bamboo grove. Continue to Nijo Castle, built in 1603 and designated a national treasure. Explore the castle’s Ninomaru Palace, known for its beautiful wall paintings and its “nightingale” floors, designed to squeak when stepped upon to warn of intruders. This afternoon, visit an artisanal ceramics workshop. Kyoto Hotel Okura Meals: B/L

DAY 4 I MOUNT KOYA Travel to Mount Koya, headquarters of the Shingon Buddhist sect. Meet a temple priest and wander through the evocative Okuno-in cemetery, where the tombs of more than 200,000 samurai warriors and other dignitaries fill a grove of age-old cedar trees. Venture into Kongobuji,

Above: The Zen temple of Kinkakuji is also known as the "golden pavilion."

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the chief temple of the Mount Koya Monastery, and see work by artists of the Kano school of painting. Settle into our simple lodgings and enjoy a traditional Buddhist vegetarian dinner. Eko-In Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I MOUNT KOYA/IYA VALLEY After attending an optional morning prayer ceremony, descend to the shores of the Inland Sea and ferry across to Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s main islands. In Tokushima, see costumes and floats from the city’s 400-year-old dance festival at the Awa Odori Kaikan museum. Our home for the next two nights in the Iya Valley is a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, where inviting, on-site hot spring baths offer a chance to relax and rejuvenate. Hotel Hikyonoyu | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I IYA VALLEY Travel along the steep slopes of the Iya ravine to a 300-year-old thatched farmhouse, home to the Chiiori Trust, a unique project that seeks to preserve age-old rural traditions in the valley. Continue to the Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi, twin suspension bridges made of intertwined vines, and hear the legends of their creation. Witness timeless scenes of village life in Ochiai, a


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OT H E R JA PA N E X P E D I T I O N S JA PA N : W I N T E R F E S T I VA L S A N D S N OW MO N K E YS 2 0 1 9 : Feb. 2–12 | Feb. 22–Mar. 4

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Photo Departures: Feb. 3–13 | Feb. 24–Mar. 6 Travel to Japan during the heart of winter when snow-blanked landscapes set the stage for an incredible wildlife spectacle. Explore Tokyo, and then fly to the wild island of Hokkaido to witness the splendid courtship displays of the endangered red-crowned crane. Search for red foxes and sika deer in Akan National Park, and learn about the traditions of the indigenous Ainu people. Marvel at snow- and ice-sculpted masterpieces at either the Sounkyo Hyobaku (Ice Waterfall) Festival or the Sapporo Snow Festival. Conclude the journey amid the hot springs of Kanbayashi Onsen, enjoying up-close encounters with Japan’s famous snow monkeys. Visit our website for itinerary details.

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Sept. 20–30*

Mar. 14–24 May 8–18

Sept. 19–29 Oct. 3–13

*The September 2018 departure follows a slightly modified itinerary. Visit our website for details and pricing.

COST

$ 9,7 9 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,995. Airfare to/from Osaka is not included in the expedition cost.

P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S community of traditional dwellings, some of which date from the Edo period (circa 1600–1870). Hotel Hikyonoyu | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I SHIKOKU/NAOSHIMA Travel north to Zentsuji, revered as the birthplace of the Buddhist priest Kobo Daishi and one of the important stops along Shikoku’s 750-mile and 88-temple pilgrimage route. In Takamatsu, stroll through the tranquil gardens of 17th-century Ritsurin Park. A ferry then brings us to the small island of Naoshima, which has recently emerged as a mecca of contemporary art and architecture. Get a new perspective on nature through inventive art installations at the Benesse House Museum this afternoon, and stay in the adjacent hotel, designed by acclaimed architect Tadao Ando. Benesse House | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I NAOSHIMA Wander past the works of Claude Monet and James Turrell at the innovative Chichu Art Museum, built underground but designed to capture natural light and shadow. Also visit

homes that are part of the Art House Project, which has transformed some of the island’s older structures into imaginative works of art. Benesse House | Meals: B/L/D

The following departures are designated as a photography expeditions, led by National Geographic photographers and limited to 16 travelers. Visit our website for details and for the featured photographers. Dates: 2019: Mar. 28–Apr. 7 Oct. 31–Nov. 10 Cost: from $10,795 per person

DAY 9 I HIROSHIMA Ferry back to Honshu and take the high-speed train to Hiroshima. Pay a visit to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and the Peace Memorial Museum, which documents the atomic explosion that ravaged the city. Go on an optional guided visit to Shukkei-en garden, or explore this thriving modern metropolis—a testament to Japanese resilience—on your own. Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or Sheraton Grand Hotel | Meals: B/L

DAY 10 I MIYAJIMA/HIROSHIMA Set off by ferry for a full-day excursion on Itsukushima Island, popularly called Miyajima. Venture into the 12th-century Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a World Heritage site built over the water, where a vermilion torii (wooden gateway) appears to float at high tide. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony, then take advantage of free time to go on a hike, visit temples, and stroll through the picturesque town. Gather for a farewell dinner back in Hiroshima this evening. Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or Sheraton Grand Hotel Hiroshima | Meals: B/D

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Travel writer and editorat-large for National Geographic Traveler magazine Don George will join the September 2018 and 2019 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. The Eko-in and Hotel Hikyonoyu are traditional Japanese accommodations featuring futons set atop tatami mats on the floor. The Eko-in is a typical temple inn, with simple rooms, rice-paper sliding doors, and traditional Japanese-style shared bathrooms. Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)

DAY 11 I OSAKA Take the high-speed train back to Osaka and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L

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J A P A N F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Explore the fabled geisha neighborhoods of Kyoto by bicycle or on foot, and meet local children during a taiko drumming lesson. • Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy and handicrafts, and don a kimono to take part in an authentic tea ceremony. • Stay at a traditional ryokan in Takayama, and visit Hida Folk Village to learn about life in the Japanese countryside.

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DAYS 4 AND 5 I TAKAYAMA Board one of Japan’s iconic bullet trains for the ride to the 17th-century town of Takayama. The next day, explore Takayama’s lively market, and meander through the narrow Edo-style streets of the historic district. Later, travel to Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum featuring traditional farmhouses and buildings from the region. Watch demonstrations of Japanese handicrafts, and make your own sarubobo, or monkey baby— Takayama’s mascot. Sit down to a traditional kaiseki dinner at our ryokan. Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 6 AND 7 I KYOTO/NARA

DAY 1 I TOKYO, JAPAN Arrive in Tokyo and gather for a welcome dinner. Hotel New Otani | Meals: D

DAY 2 I TOKYO Begin the day by exploring Meiji Jingu, a shrine dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. In Asakusa, explore the seventh-century Sensoji— the city’s oldest temple. Then make new Japanese friends during a taiko drumming lesson. Hotel New Otani | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I FUJI-HAKONE-IZU NATIONAL PARK/TOKYO Situated in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone is renowned for its views of nearby Mount Fuji. Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum and walk among the 120 masterpieces of modern and contemporary sculpture. Return to Tokyo for dinner this evening. Hotel New Otani | Meals: B/L

Ride the bullet train to Kyoto. Explore the temples of the Higashiyama district, then enjoy a festive evening of karaoke. Spend the next day discovering ancient Nara. Visit the Todai-ji temple, the world’s largest wooden building; and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. Wander amid the gardens of Nara Park, home to herds of freely roaming deer. Hotel Granvia Kyoto Meals: Day 6: B/L/D; Day 7: B/L

DAY 8 I KYOTO Explore Kyoto by bicycle or on a guided walk and visit two of its geisha districts. Visit the Imperial Palace Park and its gardens where nobles once strolled. Don a kimono for a Japanese tea ceremony, then take part in a calligraphy lesson with a local master. Enjoy some leisure time in the city, followed by a farewell dinner. Hotel Granvia Kyoto | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I KYOTO/OSAKA After breakfast, transfer to the Osaka airport for your flight home. Meals: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Family

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2019: Mar. 24–Apr. 1 June 23–July 1

July 6–14 Aug. 4–12

COST Adults

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Children (ages 7–17)

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Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,350. There is an additional $200 per person fee on the March departure due to the Cherry Blossom festival. Airfare to Tokyo and return from Osaka is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M A knowledgeable expedition guide and a young explorer leader will lead this trip, often accompanied by local guides.

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Make new friends during a taiko drumming lesson in Tokyo. Discover the ancient roots of taiko in Japanese religion and folklore, and watch a lively demonstration by expert percussionists. Then pick up a pair of bachi (drumsticks) to try your hand at drumming.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Pick out fresh tuna and wasabi and learn to roll sushi like a master chef at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market; then eat your way through Osaka on a gastronomy tour. • Bike around old Kyoto and learn about Zen Buddhism while taking part in an exclusive Japanese tea ceremony. • Take in the soaring sumit of Mt. Fuji on a private tour of FujiHakone-Izu National Park.

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wonderland of hot springs, lakes, volcanic islands, and soaring peaks. On a private tour of Hakone, ride a cable car up Mount Komagatake, cruise Lake Ashinoko on a replica pirate ship, and visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum and its sculpture garden. Aura Tachibana Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/D

DAYS 6, 7, AND 8 I KYOTO/NARA

DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I TOKYO, JAPAN/NIKKO Arrive in Tokyo. The following day, join your guide for a private tour of the old city. Enjoy an afternoon to explore at leisure; or for an additional cost, wield a samurai sword during a private lesson with a Japanese fight performer. Spend a full day on a private excursion to Nikko National Park in the sacred hills north of Tokyo. Visit Buddhist and Shinto shrines nestled in oldgrowth forest, and stop to see Yutaki Falls. Park Hotel | Meals: Days 2 and 3: B

DAYS 4 AND 5 I TOKYO/FUJIHAKONE-IZU NATIONAL PARK Visit Tsukiji, the world’s largest and busiest fish market, and head to its on-site cooking classroom to learn how to roll and prepare sushi. Then transfer to your Japanese inn, or ryokan, in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park—a vast natural

Hop on a bullet train for the ride to Kyoto, which served as Japan’s imperial capital for more than a thousand years. Join a private guide at Heian Jingu, a Shinto shrine, and participate in an exclusive Japanese tea ceremony at Korin-in temple. The next day, discover Kyoto by bicycle, visiting highlights such as the Nishi Honganji Temple; Nijo Castle; Kinkaku-ji, famously called the “golden pavilion;” and the otherworldly bamboo groves of Arashiyama. Spend a day with a private guide exploring nearby Nara, which reigned as Japan’s capital in the eighth century. Hotel Granvia | Meals: Days 6 and 8: B Daily; Day 7: B/L

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S This is a private expedition that is offered year-round, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.

COST 6+ people

from $6,995

4 people

from $8,995

2 people

from $10,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Tokyo and return from Osaka is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

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DAYS 9 AND 10 I OSAKA Transfer to Osaka, one of Japan’s culinary capitals. Visit the tiered Osaka castle, then eat your way down Dontonbori Street on a guided gastronomy tour. Stroll stone-paved Hozenji Alley, lined with traditional shops and restaurants, before returning to your hotel in the evening. Fly home the following day. Swissotel Nankai | Meals: B Daily

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. For two nights we stay in a traditional ryokan with futons atop tatami mats on the floor with private bathrooms. On Day 7, we have a biking tour of Kyoto that is approximately 12 miles with multiple stops. Please speak with your reservation specialist to change this to a driving tour if you wish (at additional cost).

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I N D I A ' S FA B L E D RA JA ST H A N BY RA I L T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Travel for five nights aboard the Palace on Wheels, a train that evokes the splendor of the maharajas and travels to places not easily accessible by road. • In the company of a National Geographic expert, explore six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Fatehpur Sikri and the hill forts of Rajasthan. • Experience the exquisite Taj Mahal at both sunrise and sunset, and photograph this iconic wonder under changing light.

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served as the capital of Muslim India between the 13th and 19th centuries. Explore Humayun’s Tomb, a milestone in the history of Mughal architecture; and Gandhi Smriti, a museum honoring Mahatma Gandhi. This evening, gather for a special welcome reception and dinner. Taj Mahal Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I JAIPUR Travel from Delhi to Jaipur in Rajasthan. Known as the “pink city” for its rose-colored buildings, Jaipur is protected by high fortifications and multiple gates. This afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. If you wish, join an excursion to a traditional fruit and flower market, or relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens at our hotel. Jai Mahal Palace | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 1 I DELHI, INDIA Arrive in Delhi at any time and check in to our hotel. Taj Mahal Hotel

DAY 2 I DELHI Set out on a tour of New Delhi, the capital of India, established by the British in 1911. Then delve into Old Delhi, a patchwork of eight different cities built by a succession of rulers, which

DAY 4 I JAIPUR This morning, visit Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, a stunning sandstone building with delicate latticework and honeycomb windows. Continue to the Amber Fort and explore its exquisite palaces, temples, gardens, and pavilions. After lunch, take a guided tour of the City Palace, a vast complex with a museum housing rare manuscripts, paintings, and an armory. Visit the 18th-century royal observatory known as the

Above: The magnificent Taj Mahal, built in the mid-17th century, blends Indian, Islamic, and Persian design elements.

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The soft folds of a bright sari frame the face of a Rajasthani woman.

Jantar Mantar, and examine a variety of precise astronomical tools. This evening, settle into your cabin on board the Palace on Wheels. Palace on Wheels through Day 8 Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK/CHITTAURGARH Set out on a game drive in Ranthambore National Park in search of hyenas, jackals, and foxes, as well as elusive tigers. After lunch back on the train, arrive in the city of Chittaurgarh. Trace a turbulent history of siege, valor, and sacrifice at


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Chittaurgarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Later this afternoon, meet villagers on a walk within the hilltop fortified walls, and stop for tea at sunset. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I UDAIPUR Known as the city of lakes, Udaipur is most celebrated for its fairy-tale marble palaces, which appear to emerge from the waters of Lake Pichola. Venture into a spectacular labyrinth of courtyards within the City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake’s edge. This palace complex, the largest in Rajasthan, blends medieval, European, and Chinese architecture and is richly decorated with inlaid mirrorwork, mosaics, and frescoes. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I JAISALMER Today the train carries us into the heart of the Thar Desert to magical Jaisalmer. Rising above the city, the imposing turrets and bastions of the golden sandstone fort conceal a lively town within. Discover the havelis, once the mansions of wealthy merchants, decorated with elaborate facades. Later, ride a camel across the sand dunes of the Thar Desert and stop for a traditional tea. Enjoy dinner off the train this evening while watching a performance by traditional folk dancers. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I JODHPUR Today is the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri, when devotees observe a day of fasting, sing hymns, and perform ritual worship in praise of Lord Shiva. After an early breakfast, disembark the train in Jodhpur and visit a temple to witness the religious fervor of Hindus celebrating this festival.* Jodhpur’s blue-hued old city lies at the foot of the massive Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a rocky outcrop some 120 meters high. Visit the 15th-century fort and learn about its colorful

history. Enjoy lunch in Jodhpur before returning to the Palace on Wheels for the final leg of our rail journey. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK/ AGRA Disembark the train in Bharatpur and head into the wetlands of Keoladeo National Park, a renowned bird sanctuary. Search for egrets, flamingos, and many other wildlife species. Then stop at a hotel near the park for a cooking demonstration and lunch. Take a guided walk around Bharatpur village before heading to Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1569 to 1585, where elegant carved sandstone palaces remain incredibly well preserved. Continue to Agra this evening. ITC Mughal | Meals: B/L/D

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Train

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E 2019: Feb. 4–14

Feb. 25–Mar. 7*

*The itinerary shown describes the February 2019 departure, which includes the Maha Shivaratri festival. Each departure follows a similar itinerary to the one shown but includes a different festival or celebration. Visit our website for detailed itineraries.

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$ 1 2 ,7 9 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,850. Airfare to/from Delhi is not included in the expedition cost.

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DAY 10 I AGRA Rise early this morning to see the Taj Mahal’s marble sparkle in the dawn light. Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is often described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. After lunch, explore Agra Fort’s courtyards, mosques, and private chambers. Stop in at a marble inlay workshop to see how the intricate stonework of the Taj Mahal was created. This evening, visit the iconic site once again at sunset before gathering for a festive farewell dinner. ITC Mughal | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 11 I AGRA/DELHI After breakfast, pay a visit to a local orphanage if you wish. Then drive to Delhi and relax in dayrooms at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L/D

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a five-day post-trip extension to Khajuraho and Varanasi from $3,450 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

The following departures are designated as photography expeditions and are limited to 16 travelers. You’ll learn tips and techniques while documenting this enchanting land on photo shoots in rural villages, at the Taj Mahal, and amid evocative dunes. Visit our website for details and for the featured National Geographic photographers leading each. Date: 2018: Oct. 15–25 2019: Mar. 18-28 Cost: from $13,190 per person

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Anthropologist, author, and filmmaker Carroll Dunham will join the February 25, 2019 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

A B O U T T H E PA L AC E O N W H E E L S The Palace on Wheels (pictured left) is a train built in the royal style of the maharajas. The train has 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons, each with three twinbed cabins, a mini-pantry, and a lounge. Each cabin has an en suite bathroom with a toilet, a sink, and a shower. Two restaurant cars serve continental, Indian, Rajasthani, and Chinese cuisine, and the bar offers a great place to wind down at the end of the day. Visit our website for additional photos of the train.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for expend periods of time; walking up to two miles a day; climbing stairs without handrails, and navigating crowded streets with uneven footing. This expedition is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. Maximum group size: 24 (16 on photo departures)

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T H E H O LY L A N D : P A S T, P R E S E N T, A N D F U T U R E T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Hear a unique dual narrative provided by our Israeli and Palestinian guides, trained in peace-building by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah. • Explore Caesarea Maritima with geoarchaeologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beverly Goodman. • Meet with an environmentalist from Friends of the Earth Middle East, whose efforts to foster Arab-Jewish cooperation through environmental stewardship were featured in the April 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine.

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Meet an imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque who will explain the importance of this holy site to Muslims. Then visit the Western Wall, touch the ancient stones, and meet with a rabbi to learn about the significance of this sacred place. A local pastor then joins us at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, home to six Christian sects and, according to tradition, the tomb of Jesus. In the afternoon, ascend to the top of the Mount of Olives, and take in a panoramic view of the domes, spires, and golden stones of Jerusalem’s Old City. American Colony Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I JERUSALEM

DAY 1 I TEL AVIV, ISRAEL/JERUSALEM Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem. Relax at the hotel before our reception and welcome dinner tonight. American Colony Hotel | Meals: D

DAY 2 I JERUSALEM Begin the day on the Temple Mount, capped by the shining cupola of the Dome of the Rock.

Just outside the Old City walls lies the City of David, thought to be the original capital established by King David some 3,000 years ago. Venture into the archaeological site and meet with its Israeli administrators; later, speak with residents of the nearby Palestinian neighborhood who oppose the excavations. Get an insider’s perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with an Israeli politician; then travel to Ramallah, where we are granted rare access to the offices of the Palestinian Authority to hear from a high-ranking politician. American Colony Hotel | Meals: B/L

Traced by his shadow, a Hasidic Jew prays at the Western Wall.

DAY 4 I JERUSALEM Today, trace the turbulent history of the birth of the state of Israel. At Yad Vashem, Israel’s moving memorial to the Holocaust, meet with a Holocaust survivor for a personal glimpse into one of history’s darkest moments. Then travel to Ein Kerem, where Christian tradition says John the Baptist was born. An Israeli and a Palestinian guide will each tell their divergent narrative of the village’s role in Israel’s 1948

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enjoying time on your own to float in the Dead Sea, wander through the hotel’s botanical garden, or enjoy an optional spa treatment. Ein Gedi Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

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Soar up the flank of Masada in a gondola and explore King Herod’s 2,000-year-old mountaintop refuge. Then follow the Jordan Valley north to the Roman city of Bet She’an to see its remarkably well preserved amphitheater, baths, and column-lined streets. Along the way, stop to dip your feet in the Jordan River, where Christian pilgrims come to be baptized. The Scots Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

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The seaside settlement of Caesarea Maritima was rebuilt by King Herod in the first century B.C.

War of Independence. Enjoy time to explore Jerusalem on your own. Tonight, gather for a discussion with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists from the Bereaved Families Forum. American Colony Hotel | Meals: B/D

DAY 5 I BETHLEHEM AND THE WEST BANK Travel to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc to hear the viewpoints of Israeli settlers. Continue to Bethlehem and visit Manger Square. Then, at the Church of the Nativity, descend into the cave revered by many as the birthplace of Jesus. Walk through a nearby Palestinian refugee camp, and learn how murals and graffiti have been used to depict the refugees’ struggles. Our final stop is Herodion, a volcano-shaped hill and fortress built by Herod the Great. Over dinner, take in a musical performance by a group of Israeli and Palestinian musicians. American Colony Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I JERUSALEM/JERICHO/ DEAD SEA This morning, meet with an environmentalist from Friends of the Earth Middle East, whose efforts to foster Arab-Jewish cooperation through environmental stewardship were featured in the special April 2010 “Water” issue of National Geographic magazine. View the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum, and then drive down through the Judean Desert to Jericho to visit the archaeological site of Tel Jericho. This afternoon, continue to our hotel, located in the Ein Gedi kibbutz on the shores of the Dead Sea. Learn about the kibbutz movement before

Visit Caesarea Philippi, a center of worship from the Hellenic age to the early Christian era. Explore the area as you wish this afternoon: follow a scenic trail to the Banias waterfall, or enjoy a short hike through Tel Dan National Park to the ancient city of Dan. Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached and where many Apostles, including Peter, made their home. The Scots Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I NAZARETH/JAFFA/TEL AVIV Hear the perspective of an Israeli Arab Christian on the way to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest churches in the Middle East. On an excursion to the mountaintop village of Beit Jann, discover the secretive traditions of the Druze people, and enjoy lunch with a Druze family in their home. Travel toward the Mediterranean coast this afternoon, and explore picturesque Jaffa, a strategic port town dating back to the Bronze Age. The bustling city of Tel Aviv is our home for tonight. Enjoy dinner here on your own. Dan Tel Aviv Hotel | Meals: B/L

Trip Type: Land

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2019:

Oct. 20–30 Nov. 3–13 Nov. 10–20 Dec. 29, 2018– Jan. 8, 2019

Mar. 16–26 Apr. 6–16 May 11–21 Sept. 14–24 Oct. 26–Nov. 5

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Nov. 9–19 Dec. 28, 2019– Jan. 7, 2020

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Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,395. Airfare to/from Tel Aviv is not included in the expedition cost. Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory for Israel and the West Bank is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as planned, but we will continue to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Educator and National Geographic Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah will join the November 10, 2018 and May 2019 departures. Read his bio on our website. Author Yuval Ben-Ami writes for the Hebrew edition of National Geographic magazine and has published two travel books about Israel. Yuval will join the remaining departures. Read his bio on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time; walking up to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. Days are full on this expedition: we have scheduled numerous activities with both Israelis and Palestinians in an effort to provide a comprehensive understanding of the region's complex narrative. Maximum group size: 25

DAYS 10 AND 11 I CAESAREA MARITIMA/ TEL AVIV Follow the coast north to Caesarea Maritima, Herod’s harbor city, and visit the ruins with geo-archaeologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beverly Goodman. Then enjoy a free afternoon in Tel Aviv before gathering for a farewell reception and dinner. After breakfast the next morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Dan Tel Aviv Hotel | Meals: Day 10: B/D; Day 11: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a four-day extension to Petra, Jordan from $2,495 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

The gold-covered cupola of the Dome of the Rock catches the sunlight in a photo by traveler Katrina H.

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MO RO C C O : L E G E N DA RY C I T I E S AND THE SAHARA T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Alongside a National Geographic expert, explore five UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou. • Delve into Berber culture during a stay at Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge built on a hilltop in the High Atlas Mountains. • Ride a camel across the Saharan dunes at sunset, and enjoy a special dinner and Sufi musical performance in a traditional home in Fez.

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the village and visit family homes and markets, and set off on a variety of hiking trails. Kasbah du Toubkal | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 6 AND 7 I AÏT BEN HADDOU/ OUARZAZATE/BOUMALNE DADES Cross the Tichka Pass en route to Aït Ben Haddou. Pay a visit to the adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou. Continue to Ouarzazate for the night, then follow the fabled Road of 1,000 Kasbahs to Boumalne Dades, where we'll take a walk in Dades Gorge. Ksar Ighnda; Xaluca Dades | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 8 I ERFOUD/RISSANI/MERZOUGA

DAY 1 I CASABLANCA, MOROCCO Arrive in Casablanca. Stroll through the city’s Habous district and the mechouar and gather for a welcome dinner. Kenzi Tower Hotel Meals: L/D

DAYS 2 AND 3 I MARRAKECH Drive to Marrakech. See the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, and visit Bahia Palace. Enjoy a dinner accompanied by traditional music. The next day, visit Majorelle Garden and the Berber Museum. Explore the medina, lined with market stalls and craftspeople; and soak up the colorful chaos of Djemma el Fna. Es Saadi Marrakech Resort; Meals: Day 2: B/L/D ; Day 3: B/L

Visit the souk in Rissani on the way to Erfound, then ride a camel into the Saharan dunes at sunset. Settle into our comfortable Berber tented camp for an evening of stargazing and an astronomy talk. Bivouac Tented Berber Camp | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 9–12 I MERZOUGA/FEZ/ VOLUBILIS AND MEKNÈS Travel north to Fez. Visit the Royal Palace and Fes el-Jdid, and venture into the labyrinthine old city to discover timeless souks and the exquisite 14th-century Bou Inania Madrasa. Spend a final day exploring Fez on your own, or take an optional excursion to the Roman ruins of Volubilis and Meknès. Gather for a farewell dinner with Sufi musical entertainment, and depart the next day. Riad Maison Bleue | Meals: Day 9: B/L/D; Day 10: B/L; Day 11: B/D; Day 12: B

DAYS 2 AND 3 I HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS Head for the mountains and settle into the Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World built atop a medieval casbah. Explore

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Oct. 6–17*

Mar. 16–27 Apr. 13–24

Oct. 5–16 Oct. 23–Nov. 6

*This departure follows a slightly modified itinerary. Visit our website for details.

COST

$ 7,9 9 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,200. Airfare to Casablanca and return from Fez is not included in the expedition cost.

P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S The following departures are designated as photography expeditions, led by National Geographic photographers and are limited to 16 travelers. Visit our website for details and for the featured photographers. Dates: 2018: Sept. 29-Oct. 10* 2019: Mar. 30–Apr. 10 Sept. 28–Oct. 9 Cost: from $8,595 per person

May 11–22 Oct. 12–23

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Archaeologist Chloé Chapel will join the Octover 2018 and October 5, 2019 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time; walking up to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. Travelers will need to ascend a steep hill to reach Kasbah du Toubkal. Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures) FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/MOROCCO

Above: A herder leads his caravan of camels across the undulating dunes.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites with a private guide, from the medina of Marrakech to the historic city of Meknès. • Stay in the Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World built from the ruins of a medieval Kasbah in the High Atlas Mountains; and sip mint tea in the home of a local Berber family. • On a private tour, discover Fez's ancient maze of colorful markets and mosques.

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village walk with a local staff member, followed by a traditional mint tea in his or her home. The next day, explore the surrounding slopes on a range of hikes, walks, and donkey rides. Meet a Berber family in the village, then settle into the lodge's traditional restarant to savor local specialties. Kasbah du Toubkal | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 6 I AÏT BEN HADDOU Visit Kasbah Telouet, a deserted fortification on an age-old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara. Continue to the ancient village of Aït Ben Haddou and explore its enchanting lanes and adobe buildings at your leisure. Ksar Ighnda Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 7 AND 8 I MARRAKECH DAYS 1 AND 2 I CASABLANCA/FEZ Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to Fez. The next day, take a private tour of the old walled city, a World Heritage site. Then explore the plazas and palaces of Fez el-Jdid, or “new Fez.” Admire the opulent entrance to the Royal Palace, and take a stroll atop the old town walls. Riad Maison Bleue | Day 2: B/D

DAY 3 I MEKNÈS/VOLUBILIS/RABAT Join a private guide to discover two World Heritage sites: the medieval walled city of Meknès, and the partially excavated Roman ruins of Volubilis. Continue to Rabat to see the oceanfront Kasbah of Ouadaya and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V. Villa Mandarine | Meals: B/L

DAYS 4 AND 5 I HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS Journey into the High Atlas Mountains to the Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. National Geographic guests have an exclusive invitation to enjoy a

Drive to ledgendary Marrakech, and venture into souks off the beaten path; then immerse yourself in the magic of Djemaa el Fna, the city's lively main square. The next day, take a private city tour, beginning at Koutoubia Mosque’s iconic minaret tower. Stroll the lavish colonnades of the Bahia Palace, and see the Saadian Tombs, the final resting place for the Saadian royal family. Pass through Bab Agnaou Gate, and end your day at the Majorelle Gardens, a collection of exotic plants set against a colorful art deco villa. Villa des Orangers | Meals: Day 7: B/L; Day 8: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S This is a private expedition, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you. This expedition is offered year-round, except in July and August.

COST 6+ people

$4,595

4 people

$4,895

2 people

$5,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Casablanca and return from Marrakech is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD

DAY 9 I MARRAKECH Transfer to the Marrakech airport and catch your flight home. Meals: B

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable standing for extended periods of time; walking up to two miles a day; and navigating uneven terrain, narrow paths, and stairs without handrails. Travelers will need to ascend a steep hill to reach Kasbah du Toubkal. The longest transfer on this trip is approximately six hours.

Immerse yourself in Berber culture during a stay at Kasbah du Toubkal, perched amid the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. Join a local resident for a tour of the village or a guided mountain hike.

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Above: The night market infuses Marrakech’s Djemma el Fna with light and life.

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• On a trip inspired by National Geographic–sponsored efforts to save Kenya's iconic wildlife, meet grantees working throughout the country to protect elephants, rhinos, and big cats.

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

• Set out on safari in three wildlife conservancies known for their high concentrations of African megafauna: Amboseli National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and Masai Mara National Reserve. • In Nairobi, interact with orphaned elephants at the renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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Kilimanjaro. These landscapes provide a habitat for hundreds of elephants, making the park one of the best places in Africa to spot these majestic pachyderms. Enjoy a safari en route to our sustainable safari lodge, set within view of Mount Kilimanjaro—the world’s highest freestanding peak. After lunch and time to settle into your tent, set out on an afternoon safari on the lookout for cheetahs, lions, zebras, and other creatures scattered across the endless savanna. Tortilis Camp | Meals: B/L/D

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DAY 1 I NAIROBI, KENYA Arrive at the airport in Nairobi, where our staff will be on hand to facilitate your transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Tamarind Tree Hotel

DAYS 2 I AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Fly to Amboseli National Park, a conservancy of far-reaching grass and marshlands irrigated by underground runoff streams from Mount

Go on safari in Amboseli and learn about elephant behavior while seeking out resident herds. As we travel across the grasslands, keep an eye out for the savanna’s smaller creatures, including some of the more than 400 bird species that have been identified here—from superb starlings to grey crowned cranes. Spend an afternoon at the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, home to the longest running study of wild elephants in the world. Its director, Cynthia Moss, has received support from the National Geographic Society for her work. Meet with project researchers to hear about their time in the field observing herd dynamics and collecting biological samples. Tortilis Camp | Meals: B/L/D

Above: The pointed lips of the black rhino are one of main differentiating features between this species and the white rhino.

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DAY 4 I LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY Fly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, 62,000 acres of golden savanna dotted with iconic umbrella thorn trees on the northern flanks of Mount Kenya. Considered a model in the conservation field, this healthy wildlife habitat is home to a number of rare species, including the reticulated giraffe, the dazzling Grevy’s zebra, and African wild dogs. Lewa and the neighboring Borana Conservancy also harbor roughly 15 percent of Kenya’s entire rhino population. Settle into your tented camp; then set out on safari to track these and countless other creatures, and cap off your day by sipping sundowners on the savanna. Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY If you wish, rise at daybreak for a birding walk, spotting avian species flitting and fluttering amid the grasses. Lewa is home to more than 350 bird species, including beauties like the lilac-breasted roller, Hartlaub’s turaco, and the variable sunbird. Or see Lewa from a different perspective on a thrilling bushwalk. Tread in the tracks of lions, rhinos, and leopards; spot tiny members of the ecosystem; and learn to identify local flora. Later, meet with members of Lewa’s award-winning security team, whose effective patrolling of the reserve has ensured that not a single rhino has been poached in the past three years (to date). Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B/L/D


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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2019: Mar. 24–Apr. 2 July 7–16 Aug. 19–28

Sept. 16–25 Oct. 15–24

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Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,900. Airfare to/from Nairobi and within Kenya is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights within Kenya are $1,320 per person (subject to change). Please note: We are currently monitoring travel alerts for Nairobi, Kenya. We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.

EXPEDITION TEA M A playful young elephant nudges his caretaker at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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After breakfast, choose an excursion: Venture into the Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve and traverse hanging bridges strung through the canopy for a chance to spot black-and-white colobus monkeys swinging among the trees; then take a refreshing swim beneath a waterfall. Or delve into Samburu culture during a village visit, and see how traditional dwellings are constructed. This evening, enjoy another safari, followed by a festive dinner in the bush. Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B/L/D

This morning we meet with researchers from the Anne K. Taylor Fund, an organization that works with local Maasai communities to conserve area wildlife by reducing human-animal conflict with support from National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. Learn about ongoing projects, like the effort to fortify bomas to prevent predators from attacking livestock, resulting in revenge poaching. Later, set off on one last safari, then toast our adventure during a farewell dinner under a starlit sky. andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY/ MASAI MARA Take a final safari through Lewa en route to the airstrip, then fly to the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve. Settle into our stunning safari camp, located on the edge of the Soit Ololol (or Oloololo) Escarpment in a private concession that shares an unfenced border with Masai Mara—but is free of the reserve’s crowds. After lunch, enjoy an open-vehicle wildlife drive. andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I MASAI MARA At first light, head out on safari to track the animals that traversed the area during the night. View plains game such as Thomson's and Grant's gazelles, topi and eland antelopes—as well as their stealthy predators—at one of their most active times of the day. This area is reputed to have one of the highest concentrations of predators in all of Africa. Glimpse large pods of hippos submerged up to their nostrils in the Mara River and crocodiles sunbathing on the shore. Then set out on an evening safari along the shores of the Mara River. andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp Meals: B/L/D

A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Naturalist, photographer, and National Geographic Explorer Washington Wachira will join the July, September, and October departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on dusty, bumpy roads. Maximum group size: 25

DAY 10 I NAIROBI Return to Nairobi to meet National Geographic grantee Washington Wachira and learn how he trains emerging conservationists through his Youth Conservation Awareness Programme. Visit the Giraffe Centre, where the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe is bred in captivity before being released into the wild. Continue to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, featured in the September 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine. The organization is the world’s most successful rescue and rehabilitation program for orphaned elephants. Enjoy the opportunity to shadow the center's caretakers and get up close to the elephants during their afternoon feeding. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L

A lilac-breasted roller finds a perch among brambles.

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O N S A FA R I : TA N Z A N I A ' S G R E AT M I G R AT I O N T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Meet Louise Leakey or Fidelis Masao for a private tour of Olduvai Gorge, where Homo habilis was discovered on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition. • A Maasai chief invites us to witness a traditional ceremony and learn firsthand about his culture. • Settle into a stunning canvas suite at Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World (July through October departures only).

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tree-climbing lions. Set out on our first safari to discover East Africa’s legendary wildlife amid the stunning Rift Valley landscape. Plantation Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK On a morning game drive, observe the wildlife that congregates on the shores of Lake Manyara. Enjoy a guided walk around the lodge’s grounds and gardens before hiking to a nearby coffee plantation. Plantation Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

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DAY 1 I ARUSHA, TANZANIA Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport this evening and transfer to our hotel. Arusha Coffee Lodge

DAY 2 I LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK Drive to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its elephants, hippos, giraffes, flamingos, and

After breakfast, travel to the Ngorongoro Highlands, where we will meet with Maasai community members. Far from the tourist circuit, enjoy a rare opportunity to view traditional singing and dancing, witness an initiation ritual, and learn about this fascinating culture from the village chief and his wives. After lunch, descend 2,000 feet to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, where volcanic slopes shelter almost 25,000 animals. Observe the interactions between predator and prey; spot colorful birdlife, from malachite sunbirds to marabou storks; and track elephants, rare black rhinos, cheetahs, and more. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

Above: Hundreds of zebras and wildebeests intermingle amid the golden grasses of the Serengeti.

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A lioness picks a precarious spot to rest in a photo by traveler @zwemmer1.

DAY 5 I NGORONGORO CRATER Return to the crater floor for breakfast and a morning safari. Enjoy an afternoon to relax and watch the sun set over the crater from the lodge. Tonight, National Geographic Explorerin-Residence Louise Leakey or Dr. Fidelis Masao, co-director of the Olduvai Landscape Paleoarchaeology Project, joins us for dinner and a discussion about the groundbreaking paleontological finds in the region. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Meals: B/L/D


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I N F O R M AT I O N M I G R AT I O N S E A S O N I N T H E S E R E N G E T I In order to provide travelers with the best opportunity to witness the wildebeest migration, the Serengeti portion of the itinerary differs by season. The itinerary shown describes the December through March departures, on which we will travel to the southern Serengeti, where the wildebeests migrate to calve. On the July through October departures, we’ll set out on Day 6 for the central Serengeti for one night before flying on Day 7 to the luxury tented Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World located in the northern Serengeti. During our two-night stay here, we hope to witness the dramatic river crossing of the wildebeest migration.

Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2018: Dec. 30, 2018–Jan 7, 2019 2019: Jan. 21–29 Feb. 18–26 July 8–16* July 22–30*

Aug. 5–13* Sept. 2–10* Oct. 7–15* Dec. 9–17

Dec. 30, 2019– Jan. 7, 2020

*The July through October departures follow a slightly modified itinerary to provide travelers with the best opportunity to witness the wildebeest migration. See the box at left.

COST DAY 6 I OLDUVAI GORGE/SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Drive to the Olduvai Gorge, where, on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition in 1960, Louis and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis, one of the earliest members of the human genus. This morning, Louise (the Leakeys’ granddaughter) or Dr. Masao will discuss the family’s legacy and ongoing work at Olduvai Gorge. Then take a private tour of the site, or accompany Dr. Masao on a walk through the area where much of his life’s research has been conducted. This afternoon, drive to our lodge in the southern Serengeti, looking for lions, giraffes, and leopards along the way. Lake Masek Tented Camp Meals: B/L/D

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plains game from above. Meet with a local lion researcher to learn about work being done to protect the lions of the Serengeti. On our last evening, gather for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner. Lake Masek Tented Camp Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 9 I SERENGETI/ARUSHA After a final early-morning safari, fly back to Arusha. Relax at our hotel before connecting with your flight home. Rivertrees Country Inn | Meals: B/L/D

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Add a six-day post-trip extension to track gorillas in Rwanda from $7,395 a person, or a four-day post-trip safari in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park from $3,295 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

$9,195

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Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,700. On the December departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $500 per person. The optional hot-air balloon ride on Day 7 is $600 per person. Airfare to/from Arusha and within Tanzania is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights within Tanzania are an additional $450 to $775 per person (subject to change), depending on the departure date.

P H O T O D E PA R T U R E S The following departures are designated as Tanzania Photo Safaris and are limited to 16 travelers. Visit our website for details and for the featured National Geographic photographers leading each. Date: 2018: Sept. 19–27* 2019: Mar. 4–12 Aug. 12–20*

Sept. 8–16*

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PARK Embark on an off-track safari in the Ndutu area in search of lion prides, giraffes, and bountiful herds of wildebeests, elephants, and zebras. On morning and afternoon game drives, witness magnificent birds, hippos, packs of hyenas, and pairs of jackals lurking around the surrounding marshlands and lakes. You may also choose to take an optional hot-air balloon ride to view the

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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 investigations into early human origins in the Laetoli area of Tanzania.

A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld will join the January and February 2019 departures. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on dusty, bumpy roads. Maximum group size: 25 (16 on photo departures)

Stay at the picturesque Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, on the July through October departures.

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TA N Z A N I A F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Experience the thrill of a wildlife safari during five days in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, and discover lions, leopards, elephants, zebras, and colorful birds. • Get immersed in Maasai culture on visits with warriors, artisans, and schoolchildren, and explore a traditional Maasai boma. • Examine fossils at Olduvai Gorge, where Homo habilis remains were discovered on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition.

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DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Enjoy three days on safari in the legendary Serengeti, observing a mind-boggling array of animals. Float over the savanna on an optional early-morning hot-air balloon ride, or spot wildlife on a dawn game drive. Visit a Maasai women’s collaborative, learn the game of bao, try Tanzanian cuisine, and identify animal prints with trackers. Serengeti Nyumba Camp Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 1 I ARUSHA, TANZANIA Karibu! Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania and transfer to our hotel in Arusha. Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

DAYS 2 AND 3 I EASTERN SERENGETI Take a short flight to the eastern Serengeti and continue to a private nature refuge nicknamed Giraffic Park. Explore on foot or by safari vehicle, and meet young Maasai warriors. Cap off the day with a thrilling nighttime safari. The next morning, take a bush walk with a wildlife expert and visit a Maasai village school. Kids will meet the schoolchildren and participate in a variety of fun activities. Venture into a typical boma settlement, and “jump” into a traditional Maasai dance. If you wish, hike into the wilderness with our rangers for a night of authentic bush camping under the stars. Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp Meals: B/L/D Daily

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Activity Level: Light

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Mar. 17–25 June 23–July 1 July 6–14 July 28–Aug. 5

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Examine fossils at Olduvai Gorge, where Louis and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis remains on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition. Then settle into a coffee estate on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Relax on the veranda, visit the farm animals, or ride a bike to the nearby village. Gibb’s Farm | Meals: B/L/D

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Descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor and spend a full day on safari surrounded by some 25,000 wild animals. Later, gather around a fire to hear tembo (elephant) folktales before our farewell dinner. Enjoy a rare chance to spot nocturnal bush babies tonight. Gibb’s Farm | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS/ ARUSHA Today, meet an Iraqw storyteller and his artisan wife at their home, visit an art center, and browse local handicrafts. Travel to Arusha and relax in dayrooms before heading to the airport for your flight home. Mount Meru Hotel | Meals: B/L

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $800 in 2018 and $900 in 2019. On the December departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $300 per person in 2018 and $400 per person in 2019. The optional bush camp accommodations on Day 3 are $300 per person. Airfare to/from Arusha and within Tanzania is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight from Arusha to the Serengeti is $300 per person in 2018 and $500 per person in 2019 (subject to change).

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Spend time in a Maasai village during our adventure, and meet children at a local school. Learn phrases in Swahili and Maa, the language of the Maasai; play a game of soccer; and teach our new friends some traditional American games.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on dusty, bumpy roads. Maximum group size: 24

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Pay a visit to Noloholo Environmental Center,* the brainchild of National Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld, and learn about the center’s conservation projects, run in partnership with the local Maasai. • Stay at the elegant Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and spot wildlife from your private veranda. • Picnic on the floor of the massive Ngorongoro Crater and seek out resident zebras, flamingos, lions, and more.

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by some 25,000 animals. The next day, descend into the crater for a picnic breakfast, then embark on a safari. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

Land at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Arusha. Arusha Coffee Lodge

DAYS 2 AND 3 I TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Drive to Tarangire National Park, and head out on safari to spot giraffes, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, and more. Stop in at the Noloholo Environmental Center, directed by National Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld. Hear about the center’s conservation programs, and visit a field project.* Oliver’s Camp | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 4 AND 5 I NGORONGORO CRATER Travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 12 miles in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest nonflooded caldera in the world and is inhabited

Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light

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Fly to the Serengeti and check in to Sayari Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World located near the Mara River. Go on safari, and take an optional hot-air balloon ride. National Geographic travelers are invited to a bush breakfast, followed by a private game drive. Sayari Camp | Meals: B/L/D Daily

This is a private expedition, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you. This expedition is offered year-round except in April and May.

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Fly to Arusha and relax in dayrooms at your hotel before catching your flight home this evening. Rivertrees Country Inn | Meals: B/L

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Extend your trip with a stay at Rubondo Island Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge located on an island in Lake Victoria. Visit our website or call for details.

COST 4+ people

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2 people

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Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to/from Arusha and within Tanzania is not included in the expedition cost. The flight from the Serengeti to Arusha is $640 per person (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on dusty, bumpy roads. We do our best to minimize long drives, but please note that the day of the Noloholo visit includes up to seven hours of driving. *The visit to Noloholo Environmental Center is offered from June to September. Travelers in other months will travel directly to Ngorongoro.

Spend three nights in a stunning tented suite at Sayari Camp near the Mara River (see page 95). In the Ngorongoro Crater, upgrade to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (pictured above), an elegant lodge perched on the crater’s rim. Please call for upgrade pricing. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/TANZANIA

Above: An elephant takes the beaten path in Tarangire National Park.

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T H E G R E AT A P E S O F U G A N DA A N D RWA N DA T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Join a National Geographic–funded primatologist on treks in search of chimpanzees, gorillas, and endangered golden monkeys. • Watch the antics of chimpanzees up close at a sanctuary established in association with the Jane Goodall Institute. • Meet with scientists at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center to learn about ongoing conservation projects, and get an in-depth perspective on Fossey's 18-year-long study.

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DAYS 5 AND 6 I KIBALE NATIONAL PARK/ QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK Spend a second morning tracking chimpanzees. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and go on safari to look for elephants, lions, and Ugandan kobs before an afternoon wildlife cruise. Kyambura Gorge Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 7 AND 8 I BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Head into the forest to sit among these gentle giants, observing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures up close. Bwindi Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 1 AND 2 I ENTEBBE, UGANDA/ NGAMBA ISLAND Arrive in Entebbe this evening and transfer to our hotel. The next day, visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island, established in association with the Jane Goodall Institute as a habitat for rescued and orphaned chimpanzees. Later, explore the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Lake Victoria Serena Resort Meals: Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I KIBALE NATIONAL PARK Travel to Kibale National Park and check in to our lodge. Meet with a local researcher and search for chimpanzees; black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, and blue monkeys; and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. Explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Kyaninga Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 9 AND 10 I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA Cross into Rwanda and settle into your private villa overlooking volcanoes and lakes. Meet experts at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center to learn about ongoing conservation efforts. Spend the next day tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, where National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey conducted research on gorillas for 18 years. Enjoy a traditional dance performance this evening. Virunga Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 11 I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK/KIGALI

This morning, search for endangered golden monkeys in the park. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B/L

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Extend your trip to Kenya with a stay at Mara Plains Camp or ol Donyo Lodge, both members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

Above: These endangered mountain gorillas are two of the roughly 880 that remain in the wilds of central Africa.

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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

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Feb. 12–22 June 25–July 5 July 16–26 Aug. 20–30

COST

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Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,500. All primate-tracking permits are included in the expedition cost. Airfare to Entebbe and return from Kigali and within Uganda is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight from Entebbe to Kasese is $330 per person (subject to change). Please note: US Department of State travel advisories for Rwanda and Uganda are currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Tara Stoinski, president, CEO, and chief scientific officer of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, will join the February 2019 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T While tracking primates, guests will trek through thick jungle at elevations ranging up to 10,000 feet for up to eight hours. This trip is not suitable for those who suffer from a cardiac, respiratory, or circulatory disorder, or a disability that limits mobility. Participants must be at least 15 years old. Maximum group size: 16


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for more than ten species of lemurs, as well as tenrecs and mongooses. Visit the Centre ValBio, founded by Pat, and hear about the latest studies that she and her team are conducting. Plumeria Hotel; Hotel Thermal Ranomafana | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 8 AND 9 I ISALO NATIONAL PARK Head west toward Isalo National Park, stopping en route at paper-making and weaving workshops. Spend the next day hiking Isalo’s dramatic landscape of sandstone canyons and unusual rock formations dotted with gem-colored natural pools, and catch the sunset at the sandstone “window of Isalo.” Isalo Rock Lodge Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 1, 2, AND 3 I ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR/ANDASIBE-MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK Arrive in Antananarivo and transfer to Vakona Private Park, where we’ll look for orchids, lemurs, and birds amid the lush lianas and ferns. Spend a day hiking in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Keep your eye out for some of the 14 lemur species that live here; and enjoy a guided night stroll, spotting brightly colored chameleons, frogs, and lizards. Le Louvre Hôtel & Spa; Vakona Forest Lodge Meals: Days 2 and 3: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 4–7 I ANALAMAZAOTRA/ RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK In Analamazaotra Reserve, track the indri, the largest lemur species. Then spend two full days exploring Ranomafana National Park. In 1986, National Geographic grantee and primatologist Patricia Wright discovered a new lemur species here—the golden bamboo lemur. On hikes, look

DAYS 10 AND 11 I TOLIARA/ANAKAO/ TSIMANAMPETSOTSA NATIONAL PARK Travel to the coastal town of Toliara and board a boat bound for our oceanfront lodge in Anakao. Take a day to explore Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, where National Geographic has funded research on giant lemurs. Wander among Dr. Seuss-like baobab trees; explore the grottos where blind fish swim; and spot some of the park’s 100-plus bird species, including greater and dwarf flamingos and the Madagascar plover. Anakao Ocean Lodge and Spa Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 12 AND 13 I TOLIARA/ ANTANANARIVO Fly from Toliara to Antananarivo. The next day, visit the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Relais des Plateaux Meals: Day 12: B/L/D; Day 13: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Moderate/Strenuous

DAT E S 2019: July 1–13 Aug. 5–17 Sept. 2–14

Sept. 16–28 Oct. 7–19

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EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Biologist, author, and National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor will join the August departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should by physically fit and prepared for a fast-paced expedition with early mornings to optimize wildlife viewing and hikes at times through dense vegetation or over steep terrain. Because tourism infrastructure in Madagascar is still developing, there will be several long driving days. Accommodations are best available, ranging from a luxury eco-lodge to a rustic, yet comfortable hotel in Antsirabe. Maximum group size: 16

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Extend your trip in Madagascar to Tsara Komba, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

Above: A ring-tailed lemur pup catches a ride on its mother’s back.

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S O U T H E R N A F R I C A S A FA R I B Y P R I VAT E A I R T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Enjoy exclusive safaris far from the crowds as we soar among game reserves in our own charter aircraft. • A National Geographic expert provides insight on ecosystems like the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. • Visit the Motloutse Ruins with an archaeologist, and examine pottery shards and trading beads that date back thousands of years.

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and take your first game drive before our welcome dinner tonight. MalaMala Main Camp or Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge | Meals: D

DAY 2 I MALAMALA GAME RESERVE Set off on an early-morning safari in open vehicles, and observe wildlife at one of its most active times with naturalist guides. Enjoy time to relax and take advantage of the camp’s amenities before lunch. During our late-afternoon game drive, stop for sundowners in the bush. Continue exploring as night falls, searching for nocturnal predators on the prowl. Gather for dinner around a large campfire in a reed-enclosed boma. MalaMala Main Camp or Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 1 I JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA/MALAMALA GAME RESERVE Arrive in Johannesburg and board our aircraft for a scenic flight to MalaMala Game Reserve, a private reserve in greater Kruger National Park. The distinctive habitat of the Lowveld region is full of big game, including lions, leopards, and white rhinos. Settle into our luxury safari lodge, situated on the leafy banks of the Sand River,

DAYS 3, 4, AND 5 I MASHATU GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA Our private aircraft flies us directly to Mashatu Game Reserve, an enormous private reserve located in the remote eastern corner of Botswana that comprises a diverse wilderness of savanna, riverine forests, marshlands, open plains, and sandstone outcrops. Take morning and evening game drives accompanied by expert guides, and choose two of the following activities: go on a bush walk, join a photographer in a hide to capture close-ups of wildlife (select departures), take a

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A bright carmine bee-eater stands in contrast to the stark stripes of its perch.

game drive, or mountain bike along elephant trails. Visit the Motloutse Ruins, a significant archaeological site, in the company of South African archaeologist Grant Hall. Mashatu Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 6 AND 7 I MOREMI GAME RESERVE, OKAVANGO DELTA Our next flight takes us soaring over the magnificent wetlands of the Okavango Delta to a tented camp in Moremi Game Reserve. Spend two days discovering this untamed habitat by land and water. Explore by open safari vehicle, and take a


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Activity Level: Light

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

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May 28–June 6 July 22–31 Aug. 23–Sept. 1

COST

Sept. 7–16 Dec. 27, 2019– Jan. 5, 2020

2018:

2019:

$16,995

$18,695

Prices are person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,750. All flights within Africa are included in the expedition cost. Transportation within Africa is by DC-3 (minimum of 16 guests). Airfare to/from Johannesburg is not included in the expedition cost.

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Natural light shows abound at Victoria Falls.

trip to Gadikwe Island by flat-bottom boat to see hippos and breeding colonies of herons, egrets, pelicans, storks, and cormorants. Camp Xakanaxa | Meals: B/L/D Daily

this afternoon, venturing into the mists along suspended walkways. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner. Royal Livingstone Hotel Meals: Day 8: B/L; Day 9: B/D

DAYS 8 AND 9 I CHOBE NATIONAL PARK/LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

DAY 10 I JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Board our aircraft for a flight to Chobe National Park, known for its many elephant families. On a wildlife river cruise, watch for elephants frolicking at the water’s edge and using their trunks like snorkels as they swim. Then fly along the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers to Livingstone, and check in to the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel, just steps from Victoria Falls. Design your morning according to your interests: visit a local village or the Livingstone Museum, or head into the Maramba market. Take a canoe safari, or experience the falls from a thrilling perspective on an optional flight-seeing excursion. Explore the falls with a local guide

Fly to Johannesburg and connect with your return flight home. Meals: B

A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes will join the May 2019 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Daily activities include safari drives and 4×4 vehicle transfers on dusty and bumpy roads. Maximum group size: 22

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a four-day pre- or post- trip extension in Cape Town from $3,150 per person. Or extend your trip to South Africa’s Kalahari with a stay at Tswalu Kalahari, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. Visit our website or call for details.

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 the Big Cats Initiative, which supports field research, conservation projects, and education programs to halt the decline of lions, cheetahs, and other big cats.

T H E U LT I M AT E SA FA R I E X P E R I E N C E On board our private DC-3, enjoy first-class service as we’re whisked from one game reserve to the next. We fly at a low altitude, allowing for rare aerial views of spectacular landscapes and wildlife. On several days, you can tailor the trip to your interests and choose from a variety of activities—including walking safaris, excursions by boat or mountain bike, and a wildlife photo shoot with a professional photographer (select departures).

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WO N D E R S O F AU ST RA L I A A N D N E W Z E A L A N D T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Meet with Dr. Adam Barnett, a National Geographic grantee who will discuss his latest research on sharks; then spot Australia’s diverse marine life while snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. • Encounter the unusual wildlife of Kangaroo Island during a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. • Spend time with Maori elders on a reservation in Murupara, and enjoy music and storytelling over a traditional hangi lunch.

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farm, hike and ride a jet boat through the glacial river valleys of Mount Aspiring National Park, and take an interpretive medicinal plant walk along Lake Wakatipu. Hotel St Moritz Queenstown Meals: Day 7: B/L; Days 8 and 9: B/L/D

DAYS 10 AND 11 I SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Fly to Sydney, and tour its historic Rocks district; then take a sunset dinner cruise across Sydney Harbour. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden, and go behind the scenes at Sydney Opera House. InterContinental Sydney | Meals: Day 10: B/D; Day 11: B

DAYS 12, 13, AND 14 I KANGAROO ISLAND/ADELAIDE

DAYS 1 AND 2 I AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND/TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND Arrive in Auckland and visit Tiritiri Matangi Island, where we’ll learn about conservation efforts while seeking out endangered species. Stamford Plaza Auckland | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L

DAYS 3–6 I WAITOMO CAVES/ ROTORUA/MILFORD SOUND Descend into a glowworm-lit cave system in Waitomo; then travel to Matamata for a private tour of the “Shire” film set from The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Delve into Maori culture at the Ngati Manawa tribal lands, and take a private tour of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave. Fly to Queenstown, and spend a day exploring magnificent Milford Sound. Princes Gate Boutique Hotel; Distinction Te Anau Hotel | Meals: Days 3 and 6: B/L/D Daily; Days 4 and 5: B/L

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I QUEENSTOWN/ MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a working sheep

Journey to Kangaroo Island—known as Australia’s Galapagos— and settle into Southern Ocean Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Choose from a variety of naturalist-led activities designed to immerse you in this wonderland of endemic species and unusual geology. Fly to Adelaide. Southern Ocean Lodge; Stamford Plaza Adelaide | Meals: Day 12: B/D; Day 13: B/L/D; Day 14: B/L

DAYS 15, 16, AND 17 I GREAT BARRIER REEF/DAINTREE RAINFOREST Travel to Cairns and check in to our National Geographic Unique Lodge. Visit James Cook University to meet National Geographic grantee and renowned shark researcher Dr. Adam Barnett. Spend a day discovering some of the 2,000 species that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. Join an indigenous guide for an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Thala Beach Natural Reserve Lodge | Meals: Day 15: B; Day 16: B/L; Day 17: B/L/D

DAY 18 I PORT DOUGLAS/CAIRNS Fly home from Cairns. Meals: B

Above: A koala in its habitual perch, a eucalyptus tree, spends most of its time napping and eating.

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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Land

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Dec. 2–19

Jan. 13–30 Feb. 17–Mar. 6

COST

$ 1 6 ,9 9 5

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EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and expedition leader will accompany this trip. Author and editor Kennedy Warne will join the December 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD

Spend two nights at Southern Ocean Lodge (pictured above), perched atop a cliff on Kangaroo Island and stay three nights at Thala Beach National Reserve Lodge on the Great Barrier Reef.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Stay in three spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: Lizard Island, Longitude 131°, and Southern Ocean Lodge. • Sip sundowners alongside grazing kangaroos and wallabies on Kangaroo Island, known as Australia’s Galápagos. • Discover the Great Barrier Reef’s underwater world of sea turtles and schooling fish while snorkeling, diving, or paddling a glassbottom kayak.

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enjoy an exclusive introduction to outback cuisine. Shangri-La Hotel; Longitude 131° | Meals: Day 6: B; Days 7 and 8: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 9–13 I KANGAROO ISLAND/ SYDNEY Fly to Kangaroo Island and check in to Southern Ocean Lodge, another National Geographic Unique Lodge. Walk coastal trails, visit Seal Bay, discover unique geology, and enjoy a private dinner in the wine cellar. Return to Sydney for a final night. Southern Ocean Lodge; Shangri-La Sydney | Meals: Day 9: B/D; Days 10 and 11: B/L/D Daily; Days 12 and 13: B Daily

OPTIONAL EXTENSION DAYS 1–5 I SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA/ LIZARD ISLAND Land in Sydney, explore the city with a private guide, and cruise the harbor. Fly to Lizard Island, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set on the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the reef by snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and glass-bottom kayak; and enjoy a private sunset cruise. Shangri-La Sydney; Lizard Island | Meals: Day 2: B/L; Day 3: B/D; Days 4 and 5: B/L/D Daily

Extend your trip in Australia with a stay at Capella Lodge, another member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection, located on idyllic Lord Howe Island. Visit our website or call for details.

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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S This is a private expedition that is offered year-round, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you.

COST

April 2018–March 2019

4+ people

$12,595

2 people

$13,595

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to/from Sydney and within Australia is not included in the expedition cost. Airfare within Australia is $1,800–$2,500 per person, depending on the departure date (subject to change).

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours or easy hikes with options for more challenging hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, and biking at the lodges.

DAYS 6, 7, AND 8 I CAIRNS/ULURU Spend one night in Cairns before flying to the outback in the morning. Settle into Longitude 131°, a National Geographic Unique Lodge that offers spectacular views of Uluru. In Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, circumnavigate Uluru, examining ancient rock paintings, and walk between soaring rock domes. National Geographic guests will

Stay in three National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World: discover marine life at Lizard Island, a protected island at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef; get an intimate perspective of Uluru from your luxurious outback tent at Longitude 131˚ (pictured above); then encounter the wildlife of Kangaroo Island with naturalists from Southern Ocean Lodge. FIND MORE TRIPS: NATGEOEXPEDITIONS.COM/AUSTR ALIA

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DAYS 5 AND 6 I ROTORUA/DUNEDIN/ OTAGO PENINSULA Travel to Rotorua and meet conservationists during an insider's tour of the kiwi hatchery at Rainbow Springs nature park. Continue to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, which brings ancient Maori culture to life with traditional songs, stories, and legends. Fly to Dunedin on the South Island, and enjoy a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula that includes stops at Larnach Castle, the Royal Albatross Centre, and the Maori settlement of Otakou Marae. Hotel St. Clair | Meals: Day 5: B/L; Day 6: B

DAYS 7 AND 8 I TE ANAU/ MILFORD SOUND

DAYS 1 AND 2 I AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND/ WAIHEKE ISLAND Land in Auckland and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. The next day, board a ferry to Waiheke Island, where you’ll join a private guide for a food and wine tour, including lunch at a vineyard. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbor | Meals: Day 2: B/L

DAYS 3 AND 4 I MATAMATA/TAUPO TONGRIRO NATIONAL PARK Drive to Matamata for a behind-the-scenes tour of the bucolic “ Shire” film set used in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Continue to the Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave for an interpretive geology walk. The next morning, tour the National Trout Centre in Turangi, where you can feed wild trout. In Taupo, join a high-speed jet boat excursion along the Waikato River to Huka Falls. Hilton Lake Taupo | Meals: Day 3: B/L; Day 4: B

Take a private tour of a working sheep farm, and spend time with the owners. Then transfer to Te Anau, and join a cruise through the glittering Te Anau glowworm caves. Spend the next day exploring the world-famous Milford Sound. Enjoy a boat cruise through the fjords, then visit the floating Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. Distinction Te Anau Hotel Meals: B/L Daily

DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I QUEENSTOWN Enjoy lunch with wine pairings at a vineyard on Lake Hayes, at the base of the snowcapped Southern Alps. Settle into your hotel in Queenstown, and spend the next morning on a guided interpretive nature walk, discovering the area’s native birds and distinctive flora. Fly home from Queenstown. Hotel St. Moritz | Meals: Day 9: B, L; Days 10 and 11: B Daily

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Private

Activity Level: Light

DAT E S This is a private expedition, so you may select any dates that are convenient for you. This expedition is offered October through April.

COST 6+ people

$6,995

4 people

$7,995

2 people

$9,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single traveler prices are available upon request. A holiday surcharge may apply to certain travel dates. Airfare to Auckland and return from Queenstown, and within New Zealand, is not included in the expedition cost. The flight within New Zealand is $300 per person.

EXPEDITION TEA M Top local guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and you will meet other local experts as described in the itinerary.

W H AT T O E X P E C T Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. The HukaFalls Jet Boat Tour includes sharp turns at high speeds, and the glowworm cave visit requires crouching at times.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Paddle a sea kayak among dolphins, fur seals, and little blue penguins on the coast of Abel Tasman National Park. • Hike the Southern Alps and explore the Franz Josef Glacier area by foot or on an optional helicopter ride, weather permitting. • Stargaze and watch for wildlife on an overnight cruise on glorious Milford Sound.

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Gorge. Overnight in Punakaiki, and then hike along the Pororari River into Paparoa National Park. Return to Punakaiki for a visit to the Pancake Rocks, then continue to Hokitika for a free afternoon. Punakaiki Resort; Beachfront Hotel Hokitika | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 6 AND 7 I OKARITO/FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER Hit the trail in Okarito, taking in a panorama of soaring, icy peaks. Continue into Westland Tai Poutini National Park, part of southwest New Zealand's World Heritage area. The next day, explore Franz Josef area by foot. Weather permitting, book an optional flightseeing helicopter ride for views of the glacier (at an additional cost). Te Waonui Forest Retreat | Meals: Day 6: B/L; Day 7: B/D

DAY 1 I NELSON, NEW ZEALAND Arrive in Nelson, and enjoy time at leisure before our welcome dinner tonight. Rutherford Hotel Nelson | Meals: D

DAYS 2 AND 3 I ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Travel to Abel Tasman National Park and hike the scenic Abel Tasman Coast Track. Spend the next day exploring Tonga Island Marine Reserve by sea kayak. Paddle into inlets and coves, keeping an eye out for dolphins, fur seals, and little blue penguins. From our take-out point on the beach at Onetahuti, hike the Coast Track back to our lodge. Awaroa Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 4 AND 5 I BULLER RIVER/ PAPAROA NATIONAL PARK Continue to Murchison and set out on an exhilarating white-water rafting trip through the Buller

DAYS 8 AND 9 I SOUTHERN ALPS/WANAKA Travel into the Southern Alps, crossing the Main Divide on our way to Wanaka. The next day, hike the Diamond lake and Rocky Mountain tracks, and take in stunning alpine views of Lake Wanaka. Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 10, 11, AND 12 I MILFORD SOUND/QUEENSTOWN Journey into Fiordland National Park and set sail on the magnificent Milford Sound, cruising the full length with a nature guide. Spend the night on board and transfer to Queenstown the next day for a final free day in the adventure capital of the world before catching your flight home. Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer; Scenic Suites Queenstown | Meals: Days 10 and 11: B/L/D Daily; Day 12: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Active

Activity Level: Moderate

DAT E S 2018:

2019:

Nov. 5–16 Nov. 19–30* Dec. 3–14 Dec. 21, 2018– Jan. 1, 2019*

Jan. 7–18 Jan. 21–Feb. 1* Feb. 4–15 Feb. 18–Mar. 1* Mar. 4–15 Mar. 18–29*

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order.

COST

$8,295

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500. On the December 21 departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $200 per person. Airfare to Nelson and return from Queenstown is not included in the expedition cost.

EXPEDITION TEA M One or two top adventure guides, often accompanied by local guides, will lead this trip.

W H AT T O E X P E C T On this multi-sport adventure, hikes range from one to six hours (one to six miles) on good trails with moderate elevation gain. When kayaking, we will paddle stable, two-person kayaks for four to five hours (four to five miles). We stay ten nights in comfortable eco-lodges and hotels, and one night on a traditional sailing boat in Milford Sound. Maximum group size: 16

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DAY 5 I HUAHINE Former home to Tahitian royalty, Huahine maintains the highest density of ancient marae in French Polynesia. Visit these sites with archaeologists, and then bike into the lush interior of the island. Explore the verdant shoreline by kayak, paddleboard, or Zodiac, and finish the day with a swim in the island’s crystal-clear lagoon. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 6 AND 7 I TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./PAPEETE, TAHITI Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Tahiti. Upon arrival, check in to dayrooms, and briefly tour Papeete before embarking our ship. National Geographic Orion for the entire voyage | Meals: Day 2: L/D

DAY 3 I BORA-BORA, SOCIETY ISLANDS Jutting out from an aquamarine lagoon ringed with tiny islets, Bora-Bora’s angular volcanic crags are a spectacular sight. Explore the island by 4x4, and then snorkel, dive, kayak, or paddleboard from one of the islets on the outer reef. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I RAIATEA/TAHAA Encircled by a single reef and sharing a common lagoon, Raiatea and Tahaa offer plenty to explore. Spend the morning at the recently named UNESCO World Heritage site, Marae Taputapuatea—the starting point for Polynesian seafarers heading for Easter Island, Hawaii, and New Zealand. On Tahaa, visit a family-run vanilla plantation. Meals: B/L/D Above: A snorkeler swims amid tropical fish in Tahiti.

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

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Apr. 18–27*

May 9–18

May 16–25*

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but in the reverse order. Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$7,960

Category 2

$9,690

Category 3

$11,370

Category 4

$12,390

Category 5

$14,990

DAY 8 I RANGIROA

Category 6

$17,420

The atoll of Rangiroa is known for some of the best diving and snorkeling in French Polynesia. Our ship anchors near the village of Tiputa, where local musicians greet us. Spend time with villagers, and then kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive in the lagoon—home to manta rays, dolphins, and sea turtles. Meals: B/L/D

Category 1 Solo

$11,940

Category 3 Solo

$17,050

DAYS 9 AND 10 I PAPEETE/U.S. Disembark and fly to Papeete to connect with your overnight flight home. Meals: Day 9: B/L

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier will join the April departure. Read her bio on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

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See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on pages 124–125. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Papeete and within French Polynesia is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Rangiroa and Papeete is $290 per person (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: 102

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Los Angeles and Papeete. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Book two or more South Pacific voyages aboard the National Geographic Orion and save 10% on each expedition.

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T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Aboard the National Geographic Orion, trace the legend of the ill-fated H.M.S. Bounty to seldom visited Pitcairn Island, where descendants of its mutineers still live today. • Join archaeologists on Easter Island to delve into an intriguing lost culture and examine ancient burial sites and towering moai. • Dive or snorkel the pristine reefs of Fakarava, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and explore the unusual geology of Henderson Island.

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wonders. Continue to Pitcairn Island, where about 50 descendants of the 18th-century H.M.S. Bounty mutineers still live. Meet residents and hear a few words of their unusual Pitkern dialect. National Geographic Orion through Day 19 | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 11 AND 12 I AT SEA/MANGAREVA, FRENCH POLYNESIA Spend a day at sea before arriving at Mangareva, the largest of the Gambier Islands and famous for its black pearls. Venture underwater to snorkel or dive, and meet islanders to learn about their culture. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 13–18 I AT SEA/TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO DAYS 1–5 I U.S./SANTIAGO, CHILE/ EASTER ISLAND Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Santiago. This evening, meet fellow travelers and staff for a welcome reception. Early the next morning, fly to Easter Island, where we will spend two nights. Explore volcanic calderas and join archaeologists to examine the island’s colossal moai statues. The Ritz Carlton, Santiago; Hanga Roa Eco-Resort | Meals: Day 2: B; Days 3, 4, and 5: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 6–10 I AT SEA/PITCAIRN ISLANDS On the two-day journey west from Easter Island, listen to informative talks by our experts. Once at Ducie Island, watch for frigatebirds and boobies, and snorkel or dive among spectacular reefs. Continue to pristine Henderson Island, an uplifted atoll and UNESCO World Heritage site. On hikes and Zodiac excursions, discover the island’s four endemic bird species and natural

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

DAYS 19 AND 20 I PAPEETE/U.S. Arrive in Papeete, Tahiti, and take a tour of the island before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight home. Meals: Day 19: B/L

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Mar. 25–Apr. 13

Oct. 9–27*

*This departure follows the itinerary shown but in the reverse order, and spends one less day in Santiago. Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

COST Category 1

$18,590

Category 2

$21,990

Category 3

$26,250

Category 4

$28,450

Category 5

$33,970

Category 6

$39,300

Category 1 Solo

$27,890

Category 3 Solo

$39,390

See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on pages 124–125. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to Santiago and return from Papeete, and between Santiago and Easter Island, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Santiago and Easter Island is $950 per person (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: 102

SPECIAL OFFERS

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez will join the March 25 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles to Santiago and return from Papeete, or vice versa. We will also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Book two or more South Pacific voyages aboard the National Geographic Orion and save 10% on each expedition.

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

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J O U R N E Y TO A N TA RC T I C A T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • The state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion are each equipped with top exploration tools, including a remotely operated vehicle that captures footage of the ocean floor. • Learn from a team of biologists, geologists, and undersea specialists who offer insights and in-depth presentations throughout trip. • Get up close to icebergs, wildlife, and hard-to-reach places by using our fleets of kayaks and Zodiacs.

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DAY 3 I USHUAIA, ARGENTINA Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking our ship. National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion for the entire voyage Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I AT SEA/DRAKE PASSAGE While crossing the legendary Drake Passage, watch for whales and seabirds that glide alongside the ship. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 5–10 I EXPLORING ANTARCTICA

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA OR SANTIAGO, CHILE Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer departures) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures). Settle into our hotel before heading out on an afternoon tour of the city. Gather tonight for a welcome reception. Alvear Art Hotel (Buenos Aires) or Mandarin Oriental (Santiago) | Meals: Day 2: L

With long daylight hours at this time of year, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected— veering off course to watch killer whales perform off the bow or enjoying an after-dinner Zodiac cruise. We anticipate opportunities to hike, explore by Zodiac or kayak, and experience close encounters with wildlife every day. Our stops will be adapted to the conditions and the ever-changing ice, and may include some of the locations indicated on the map shown here. One day, we may take Zodiacs out to see towering icebergs at close range, walk a beach covered with bickering seals and penguins, or hike to a summit for a breath-

Above: Wings aloft, an Adélie penguin catches air over the Antarctic ice.

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The National Geographic Explorer attracts a cast of curious penguins.

taking view. The next, we may be kayaking amid glittering brash ice or along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, we might experience the thrill of the ship crunching through the pack ice or slipping between the soaring rock walls of the Lemaire Channel.


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Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2018/2019 Season: Nov. 25–Dec. 8* Nov. 26–Dec. 9 Dec. 5–18* Dec. 6–19 Dec. 15–28†* Dec. 16–29†

Dec. 25, 2018– Jan. 7, 2019*† Dec. 26, 2018– Jan. 8, 2019† Jan. 4–17* Jan. 5–18

Jan. 14–27* Jan. 15–28 Jan. 24–Feb. 6* Jan. 25–Feb. 7 Feb. 3–16* Feb. 4–17

2019/2020 Season: Nov. 27–Dec. 10 Dec. 7–20 Dec. 9–22* Dec. 17–30† Dec. 19, 2019– Jan. 1, 2020*†

DAYS 11 AND 12 I AT SEA Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the Antarctic coast disappears from view. Round the southernmost tip of South America, and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board. Meals: B/L/D Daily

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 assessing the effect of global warming on female leopard seals as well as exploratory climbing expeditions in Antarctica.

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. Wildlife photographer and ornithologist Tim Laman will join the December 26, 2018 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

†Visit our website for special holiday pricing on these departures. Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

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ORION

Category 1

$13,890

$14,170

Category 2

$14,940

$15,230

Category 3

$15,280

$16,960

Category 4

$16,550

$20,500

Category 5

$19,990

$23,440

Category 6

$22,800

$27,290

Category 7

$26,600

Category A Solo

$18,680

$21,250

Category B Solo

$19,220

$25,440

2018/2019 Season:

N/A

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion on pages 122–125. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Please visit our website for 2019/2020 season pricing. International airfare to/from Buenos Aires or Santiago and to/ from Ushuaia is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight to/from Ushuaia is $890–$1,240 per person depending on the departure date (subject to change).

DAYS 13 AND 14 I USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES OR SANTIAGO, CHILE/U.S. Disembark in Ushuaia. After lunch, fly to Buenos Aires (National Geographic Explorer departures) or Santiago (National Geographic Orion departures) by private charter and connect with your overnight flight home. Meals: Day 13: B/L

Maximum ship capacity: National Geographic Explorer: 148 National Geographic Orion: 102

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires or Santiago on the November 25 and 26, and December 5 and 6, 2018 departures. We will also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew on all departures.

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

Jan. 16–29 Jan. 26–Feb. 8 Jan. 28–Feb. 10* Feb. 5–18 Feb. 7–20*

*These departures are aboard the National Geographic Orion. All other departures are aboard the National Geographic Explorer.

Hikers trek up a snowy rise in Neko Harbor, Antarctica.

As we encounter the volcanic isles and pristine bays of the peninsula, our team of experts will bring depth and insight to the experience, explaining the behaviors and interactions of different species, the geological and climatic forces that still shape Antarctica, the anatomy of a glacier, and how to make beautiful photographs of the places we visit. Our undersea specialists capture images from the deep—revealing the hardy marine life beneath the ice, and our expedition leader is always on the lookout for the best way to experience everything Antarctica has to offer. Meals: B/L/D Daily

Dec. 27, 2019– Jan. 9, 2020† Dec. 29, 2019– Jan. 11, 2020*† Jan. 6–19 Jan. 8–21*

Guests enjoy an up-close encounter with a crabeater seal.

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S O U T H G E O RG I A A N D T H E FA L K L A N D S T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E • Encounter the natural splendor of South Georgia aboard the National Geographic Explorer, and capture images of landscapes and wildlife with the help of a National Geographic photographer. • Join our naturalists for an interpretive walk among tens of thousands of stately king penguins on a remote beach in South Georgia. • Glide in a kayak or Zodiac amid curious fur seals in the Falklands, and view an impressive colony of black-browed albatrosses.

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Explore these enchanting islands before two days at sea. Meals: B/L/D Daily

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

DAYS 9–15 I SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND Arrive in South Georgia, renowned for its beauty and wildlife—and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final resting place. Look out for young Antarctic fur seals, elephant seals, and nesting albatrosses as we explore the island. Hike through breathtaking landscapes, and cruise into a remote bay where thousands of king penguins await. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires and set out on a guided city tour. Alvear Art Hotel (or similar) | Meals: Day 2: L

DAYS 3 AND 4 I USHUAIA/AT SEA Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch during a scenic catamaran cruise on the Beagle Channel. Later, embark the ship and begin our voyage across the South Atlantic. National Geographic Explorer for the remainder of the trip | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 5–8 I FALKLAND ISLANDS/AT SEA Each island in the Falklands is distinctive in its beauty. The archipelago boasts the largest albatross colony in the world; thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins; as well as fur and elephant seals.

DAT E S 2018/2019 Season:

2019/2020 Season:

Oct. 22–Nov. 9 Mar. 6–24

Oct. 23–Nov. 10 Mar. 6–24

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

COST

2018/19:

2019/20:

DAYS 16 AND 17 I AT SEA/ FALKLAND ISLANDS

Category 1

$16,990

$17,840

Category 2

$18,130

$18,990

After time at sea, we return once more to the stunning shores of the Falklands. Wander through the remote town of Stanley, visit an Anglican Cathedral decorated with an archway constructed of blue whale jawbones, and raise a glass with locals at a pub. Meals: B/L/D Daily

Category 3

$19,130

$19,990

Category 4

$20,350

$21,350

Category 5

$24,580

$25,800

Category 6

$28,350

$29,770

Category 7

$32,880

$34,520

Category A Solo

$22,660

$23,740

Category B Solo

$23,910

$24,990

DAY 18 AND 19 I STANLEY, FALKLANDS/ SANTIAGO, CHILE/U.S. After breakfast, disembark in Stanley and transfer to the airport. Take a charter flight to Santiago, and then catch your overnight flight home. Meals: Days 18: B/L

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Bertie Gregory will join the October 23, 2019 departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

Above: King penguins soak up the first rays of the rising sun in South Georgia.

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See the description, photos, and deck plan for the National Geographic Explorer on pages 122–123. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. International airfare to Buenos Aires and return from Santiago, and to Ushuaia and from the Falklands, is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights are $960–$1,240 per person depending on the departure date (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: 148

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by October 31, 2018 and receive complimentary international round-trip airfare from Miami to Buenos Aires, and return from Santiago, plus free round-trip charter airfare from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and from the Falklands to Santiago, on all departures. We will also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.


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each day to hike, kayak, and experience close encounters with wildlife. See pages 108–109 for more details. Meals: B/L/D Daily

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

DAYS 11 –17 I AT SEA/SOUTH GEORGIA Arrive in South Georgia and visit Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final resting place. Glide in Zodiacs and go on hikes amid dramatic landscapes, on the lookout for elephant seals and macaroni penguins. Cruise into a remote bay where tens of thousands of king penguins crowd the shore. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 18–22 I AT SEA/FALKLANDS

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA OR SANTIAGO, CHILE Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires or Santiago.* Settle into our hotel before heading out on an afternoon tour of the city. Gather tonight for a welcome reception. Alvear Art Hotel (Buenos Aires) or Mandarin Oriental (Santiago) | Meals: Day 2: L

DAY 3 I USHUAIA, ARGENTINA Fly to Ushuaia and enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel. Then board our ship. National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion for the entire voyage Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 4–10 I AT SEA/EXPLORING ANTARCTICA Settle into life aboard the ship as we cross the Drake Passage, keeping an eye out for seabirds and whales. Our schedule in Antarctica is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We anticipate making several landings

After two days at sea, arrive in the Falklands to hike and kayak along rocky coasts, spotting Magellanic penguins, albatrosses, and more. In Stanley, visit the cathedral and the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust before a final day at sea. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 23 AND 24 I USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/BUENOS AIRES OR SANTIAGO, CHILE/U.S. Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires or Santiago,* and connect with your overnight flight home. Meals: Day 23: B/L

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will join the February 14, 2019 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by October 31, 2018 receive complimentary international airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires or Santiago on all November 2018 and 2019 departures. We also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.

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

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2018/2019 Season:

2019/2020 Season:

Nov. 5–28*

Nov. 7–30††

Nov. 6–29††

Feb. 15–Mar. 9

Feb. 13–Mar. 8*

Feb. 17–Mar. 11* Feb. 14–Mar. 9 *These departures are aboard the National Geographic Orion and begin and end in Santiago. All other departures are aboard the National Geographic Explorer and begin and end in Buenos Aires. ††On these departures, guests spend an additional day in South Georgia and fly directly from Santiago to Port Stanley. Visit our website for the detailed itinerary. Please note: If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive on the morning of Day 2.

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2018/2019 Season: Category 1

$23,990

$24,620

Category 2

$25,740

$26,380

Category 3

$26,950

$28,450

Category 4

$28,220

$35,660

Category 5

$34,750

$41,150

Category 6

$39,990

$47,720

Category 7

$46,450

N/A

Category A Solo

$32,180

$36,930

Category B Solo

$33,690

$42,670

See descriptions, photos, and deck plans for the National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion on pages 122–125. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Please visit our website for 2019/2020 season pricing. International airfare to/from Buenos Aires or Santiago and to/from Ushuaia or the Falklands is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights are $890–$1,240 per person depending on the departure date (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: National Geographic Explorer: 148 National Geographic Orion: 102

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LAND OF THE POLAR BEARS T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • The National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class vessel that allows us to probe the floes in search of wildlife, including walruses, seals, and the majestic polar bear—the very symbol of the Arctic. • Discover unusual Arctic flora and tidewater glaciers on walks with naturalists, and spot huge walruses, bearded and ringed seals, arctic foxes, and reindeer. • Learn tips and techniques on wildlife and landscape photography from the National Geographic photographer who accompanies the trip.

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that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This evening, join your fellow travelers for welcome cocktails and dinner. Clarion Hotel The Hub | Meals: Day 2: B/D

DAY 3 I LONGYEARBYEN Depart Oslo on a private charter flight to Longyearbyen, enjoying views of the southern fjords en route. On arrival, visit the Svalbard Museum, then tour the Gallery Svalbard to view the permanent art and cultural collections, as well as studios of local artists. Embark our ship, your base for the next six days. National Geographic Explorer through Day 9 | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 4–9 I EXPLORING SVALBARD

DAYS 1 AND 2 I U.S./OSLO, NORWAY Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo. Upon arrival, check in to our hotel. On an afternoon tour of this charming city, stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in a terraced parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, showcasing the polar ship Fram and dedicated to the explorers and wooden vessels

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

Above: A polar bear meets its reflection in Svalbard.

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Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 2–12 June 9–19

June 16–26 June 23–July 3

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

COST

A massive iceberg glows blue beyond a passing Zodiac.

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

DAY 10 I LONGYEARBYEN/OSLO Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, meet a local guide and take a short bus ride to Camp Barentz in the nearby Advent Valley for a taste of local Arctic culture. Here, you’ll discover a unique collection of buildings, including an authentic gamme, a

traditional round building with an open fire in the center; and a lavvo, the traditional tent of the Sami people. Enjoy refreshments before meeting some the friendly sled dogs that reside at camp. Fly back to Oslo this afternoon. Radisson Blu Airport Hotel | Meals: B/L

DAY 11 I OSLO/U.S. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Add a five-day pre-trip extension to the breathtaking fjords of Norway from $4,590 per person or a four-day post-trip extension to Iceland that includes Reykjavík, the Golden Circle, Akureyri, and Lake Mývatn from $4,910 per person. Visit our website or call for details.

Category 1

$10,740

Category 2

$11,480

Category 3

$11,980

Category 4

$12,690

Category 5

$16,100

Category 6

$17,600

Category 7

$20,100

Category A Solo

$14,350

Category B Solo

$14,970

See the description, photos, and deck plan for the National Geographic Explorer on pages 122–123. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Oslo and within Norway is not included in the expedition cost. The group flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen are $800 per person (subject to change). Maximum ship capacity: 148

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Nick Cobbing will join the June 2 and 9 departures. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

MO R E WAYS TO D I S C OV E R SVA L B A R D Trace Norway’s fjord-carved coast, exploring on foot, by kayak, or by Zodiac; then head north to seek out Arctic wildlife on our 17-day Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard expedition. Date: May 20–June 5, 2019 Or, explore three quintessential northern destinations on a 17-day voyage to Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland’s East Coast. Encounter big ice, myriad birdlife, stunning landscapes, and authentic Arctic culture. Date: June 30–July 16, 2019

An Arctic fox pup begins to grow its winter coat.

SPECIAL OFFERS Travel on the National Geographic Explorer and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

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permission, disembark on the uninhabited isles of Kiska and Attu, both occupied by Japanese forces during World War II. See rusty war relics, shipwrecks, and craters left by Allied bombs. These islands are also home to large seabird colonies. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 11–14 I PETROPAVLOVSKKAMCHATSKIY, RUSSIA/ZHUPANOVA RIVER/COMMANDER ISLANDS

DAY 1 I ANCHORAGE, ALASKA/SEWARD Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to Seward to embark our ship. National Geographic Orion for the entire voyage | Meals: D

DAYS 2 AND 3 I KATMAI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Explore the shores of Katmai National Park and Preserve, home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of brown bears. Watch bears digging on the beaches for clams, and board a kayak or Zodiac to discover wildlife-rich inlets. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 4–10 I AT SEA/ALEUTIAN ISLANDS After a day at sea, anchor off the island of Unalaska, an important fishing port for crabs and salmon. Spend several days discovering the Aleutian Islands, a superchain of volcanic isles. Cruise past smoking cones along the Ring of Fire, and seek out marine life, including northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. By special

Sail to the town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula. Board Zodiacs and cruise the Zhupanova River in search of massive Steller’s sea eagles and spotted seals. Continue to the Commander Islands—a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As we sail the archipelago, watch for Russian sea otters and a variety of whale species. Go ashore at Bering Island to visit the gravesite of Danish explorer Vitus Bering, and seek out arctic foxes as well as horned and tufted puffins. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 15–19 I COASTAL KAMCHATKA AND CHUKOTKA Sail up the seldom visited Bering Sea coasts of Kamchatka and Chukotka. Explore ashore between secluded bays surrounded by volcanic mountains and tundra flora. Photograph brown bears fishing, Pacific walruses feeding, and seals in onshore rookeries. Learn about the local Koryak reindeer-herding culture during a village visit. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 20, 21, AND 22 I PROVIDENIYA/ BERING STRAIT/NOME/ANCHORAGE In Provideniya, “the gateway to the Arctic,” visit the local museum and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. Cross the legendary Bering Strait en route to Nome. Disembark and fly to Anchorage, where you’ll catch your flight home. Meals: Days 20 and 21: B/L/D Daily; Day 22: B

Above: Sunset darkens the volcanic cones of Kamchatka, Russia.

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I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 18–July 9

July 21–Aug. 11

COST Category 1

$25,850

Category 2

$27,700

Category 3

$29,870

Category 4

$37,440

Category 5

$43,200

Category 6

$49,990

Category 1 Solo

$38,780

Category 3 Solo

$44,790

See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on pages 124–125. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Anchorage and from Nome to Anchorage is not included in the expedition cost. Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory for Russia is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary. Maximum ship capacity: 102

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen will join the June 18 departure. Read her bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFERS Travel on the National Geographic Orion and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.


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DAYS 7–10 I UNALASKA/SHUMAGIN ISLANDS/KATMAI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Cruise into Dutch Harbor on the island of Unalaska. Continue to the Baby Islands, where we’ll watch for wildlife on deck and aboard Zodiacs. Discover the scattered remains of a petrified forest of sequoia trees on Unga Island. Explore Katmai National Park and Preserve, known for its robust brown bear population. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 11 I KODIAK ISLAND

DAYS 1 AND 2 I ANCHORAGE, ALASKA/ NOME/BERING STRAIT Arrive in Anchorage and fly to Nome to embark the National Geographic Orion. Cross the Bering Strait en route to Provideniya, known as "the gateway to the Arctic." Conditions permitting, stop at Little Diomede Island, located in the strait and home to a tiny Inupiat community. National Geographic Orion for the entire voyage Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3–6 I PROVIDENIYA, RUSSIA/ PRIBILOF ISLANDS, ALASKA Disembark in Provideniya and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. By special permission, spend the next several days exploring Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Go ashore on St. Paul, home to a huge colony of northern fur seals. See the cliffs of St. George from below, exploring on Zodiacs. Crowded with millions of birds, these outcrops are home to some of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Hemisphere. Meals: B/L/D Daily

The second largest island in the U.S., Kodiak has a unique cultural heritage that blends Russian, indigenous Alutiiq, and traditional Alaskan influences. Join our undersea specialist to learn about the many marine species that can be found among the fishing boats in the inner harbor. Then take a photo walk or browse the Alutiiq Museum. Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 12 AND 13 I KENAI PENINSULA/ SEWARD/ANCHORAGE Spend our last full day cruising the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Take in views of the Harding Icefield—the source of nearly 40 glaciers— and search for wildlife along rocky coastal cliffs. Arrive in Seward the following morning, and drive to Anchorage to connect with your flight home. Meals: Day 12: B/L/D; Day 13: B

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Expedition Cruise

Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: July 9–21

Sept. 4–16

COST Category 1

$16,230

Category 2

$17,440

Category 3

$19,430

Category 4

$23,480

Category 5

$26,850

Category 6

$31,250

Category 1 Solo

$24,340

Category 3 Solo

$29,140

See the National Geographic Orion description, photos, and deck plan on pages 124–125. Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy. Airfare to/from Anchorage and from Anchorage to Nome is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 102 Please note: A US Department of State travel advisory for Russia is currently in effect (travel.state.gov). We expect to operate this trip as planned, but will continue to closely monitor events in the region and will alter the itinerary if necessary.

EXPEDITION TEA M A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, and local naturalists, will accompany this trip. National Geographic photographer Corey Arnold will join the September departure. Read his bio and find more experts on our website. This trip is operated in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

SPECIAL OFFERS Travel on the National Geographic Orion and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

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Above: Cubs follow the leader in Katmai National Park.

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A R O U N D T H E W O R L D B Y P R I VAT E J E T T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Alongside a team of National Geographic experts, explore 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites. • Attend a demonstration of traditional Andean weaving techniques by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa in Cusco, and then travel to Machu Picchu by privately chartered train. • Meet with National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Meave or Louise Leakey in Tanzania, and get a firsthand account of the family’s groundbreaking fossil discoveries.

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Depart for Samoa and lose a day crossing the international date line. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I APIA, SAMOA Trace the coast 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 Beach Resort Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 9 AND 10 I GREAT BARRIER REEF OR DAINTREE RAINFOREST, AUSTRALIA DAY 1 I WASHINGTON, D.C.* We begin this extraordinary adventure with a welcome reception at National Geographic headquarters, followed by dinner at our hotel. The Hay-Adams | Meals: D

DAYS 2, 3, AND 4 I CUSCO/ MACHU PICCHU, PERU Arrive by private jet in Lima, Peru, then travel to Cusco by local flight. Explore Machu Picchu, an ancient citadel abandoned by the Inca and rediscovered in 1911. Excavated by Hiram Bingham with funding from National Geographic, it is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites.

Continue to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas and the Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking the city. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas or Belmond Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 5 AND 6 I EASTER ISLAND, CHILE † 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 Cassanova, and Claudio Cristino. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa Meals: B/L/D Daily

Above: The enormous moai statues on Easter Island cast long shadows in the evening light.

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Explore the Great Barrier Reef, the largest known coral reef in the world and home to a rich variety of marine life. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming in this legendary marine ecosystem. Or discover the natural wonders of the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide. Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 11 AND 12 I ANGKOR, CAMBODIA Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to Angkor. Survey Angkor Wat’s massive temple complex, and encounter the royal city of Angkor Thom and the extraordinary Bayon Temple. Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor | Meals: B/L/D Daily


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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Dec. 28, 2019– Jan. 20, 2020*†

Mar. 24–Apr. 16*† Oct. 3–26 Oct. 31–Nov. 23

*These departures follow the itinerary shown but begin and end in Orlando, Florida, with accommodations on Day 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The architectural splendor of India’s Taj Mahal is mirrored in a reflecting pool.

DAY 13 I KATHMANDU, NEPAL Travel to Kathmandu, and visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, once a royal capital whose stunning pagodas, palaces, and squares still captivate today. Stay overnight before flying to Tibet. Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 14 AND 15 I LHASA, TIBET OR CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, NEPAL Depart by local flight to Lhasa. Visit the Jokhang Temple, the region’s oldest and most revered temple, and explore colorful Tibetan markets. The next day, venture into the fabled Potala Palace and the nearly 600-year-old Sera Monastery. Alternatively, you may choose to stay in Nepal and visit Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s premier wildlife reserves. St. Regis Lhasa Resort or Taj Meghauli Serai Lodge Meals: B/L/D Daily

†These departures will spend four nights in Peru and one night in Eastern Island. Visit our website for details.

buildings carved into red sandstone cliffs was founded more than 2,000 years ago. Gather for a lively Bedouin dinner this evening. Mövenpick Resort Petra | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 22 AND 23 I MARRAKECH, MOROCCO 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 Djemaa el Fna, or take a stroll in the stunning Majorelle Garden. Tonight, toast our extraordinary adventure at a festive farewell banquet with traditional entertainment. La Mamounia | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 24 I MARRAKECH/ WASHINGTON, D.C.* Fly by private jet to Washington, D.C. and connect with your flight home. Meals: B/L

DAYS 16 AND 17 I AGRA, INDIA Return to Kathmandu by local flight and continue on our private jet to Agra. See the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the world’s greatest monuments to love. The Oberoi Amarvilas Meals: B/L/D Daily

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD

COST March and October

$86,945

December

$89,945

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $8,695 on the March and October departures and $8,995 on the December departure. Transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary, is included in the expedition cost. Airfare to/from Washington, D.C. or Orlando is not included. Please note: There is a $5,000 per-person deposit for this trip. See our website for specific terms and conditions. Maximum group size: 75

EXPEDITION TEA M A team of National Geographic experts will accompany this trip. Biologist and filmmaker Tierney Thys (pictured), National Geographic photographer Jay Dickman, and art historian Jack Daulton will join the October 3, 2019 departure. Read their bios and find more experts on our website.

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DAYS 18 AND 19 I TANZANIA Fly to Kilimanjaro 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 Explorers-in-Residence Meave Leakey or Louise Leakey joins us to discuss the family’s historic fossil finds. Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti or andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 20 AND 21 I PETRA, JORDAN Experience Petra, the lost city of the Nabataeans. Hidden in Jordan’s deep canyons south of the Dead Sea, this remarkable city of elaborate

Right on the rim of the Earth’s largest intact caldera, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a crossroads of African architecture and old world elegance, perched high above one of the greatest wildlife habitats in the world. Go on game drives and view the crater from a variety of angles.

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 response of the Great Barrier Reef to environmental stress.

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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 Explorers-in-Residence Meave Leakey or Louise Leakey will join us to discuss the family's historic fossil finds. Arusha Coffee Lodge; Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti or andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 5, 6, AND 7 I THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE OF MADAGASCAR

DAY 1 I LISBON, PORTUGAL Arrive in Lisbon and meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Pestana Pousada de Lisboa | Meals: D

DAYS 2, 3, AND 4 I SERENGETI PLAIN OR NGORONGORO CRATER,TANZANIA Following an overnight stay in Arusha, choose from two options: venture deep into the

Thanks to its isolation from the African mainland, more than 80 percent of species in Madagascar are endemic. After a visit to the capital of Antananarivo, set out to explore Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, home to the largest species of lemur, the endangered indri. During morning and nighttime walks, discover even more life among the thick undergrowth. Alternatively, take a local flight to the unspoiled Anjajavy Peninsula.* Observe the antics of the Coquerel's sifaka lemur, and choose from a variety of water activities. Relais des Plateaux; Andasibe Hotel, Anjajavy L'Hotel, or Isalo Rock Lodge Meals: B/L/D Daily

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DAYS 8, 9, AND 10 I CAPE TOWN, THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, AND THE CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA Ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), and hike along wooden walkways to encounter the mountain ablaze with endemic flowers and plants. 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 Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 11 I JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA AND THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND From Johannesburg, travel by road to 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 excavation and analysis of Homo naledi, as this new species of human ancestor has been


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(water level dependent), 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, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and endangered wild dogs, as well as all manner of birdlife. Later, head back into the wilderness on a nighttime safari. Duba Plains Camp, Little Mombo Camp, Mombo Camp, Vumbura Plains Camp, or Zarafa Camp Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 15, 16, AND 17 I KIGALI AND VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA

A Maasai woman displays a traditional crimson shuka topped by an elaborate beaded collar.

named, was supported by National Geographic and featured in the October 2015 National Geographic magazine cover story. Learn about the significance of these finds, as well as Lee's 2008 discovery of Australopithecus sediba, a species of ape-like creatures that may have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. Later this afternoon, fly to Namibia. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 12 I SWAKOPMUND, WALVIS BAY, AND THE NAMIB DESERT, NAMIBIA From Swakopmund, take a flightseeing tour over Namibia's Skeleton Coast. Then choose from several options. Journey through the ancient canyons of the Moon Valley in the Namib Desert and see the famous Welwitschia mirabilis, a rare and curious plant that is several hundred years old. With luck, we may see animals that gather along the linear oases of desert riverbeds that crisscross the Namib. Or, travel in 4x4s through the stark landscape to search for the fascinating creatures that live here—fish moths, white lady spiders, web-footed geckos, sand diving lizards, sidewinders, and more. Cruise the avian paradise of the Walvis Bay lagoon to see flamingos, penguins, and pelicans. Look to the water as well for bottlenose and Heaviside’s dolphins and Cape fur seals, which are known to cavort around boats. Strand Hotel Swakopmund | Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 13 AND 14 I OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA The Okavango Delta is a breathtaking wetland oasis in the midst of an arid landscape. Choose to explore by open safari vehicle or by mokoro canoe

Our private jet takes us to Rwanda, a land of rolling green hills; majestic volcanoes; and lush, grassy lowlands. The bamboo forests of the Virunga volcanic mountain range are home to roughly half of the approximately 880 mountain gorillas left in the wild. Upon arrival in the capital of Kigali, travel overland to Volcanoes National Park, where the late Dian Fossey famously studied these majestic animals with support from National Geographic. Hike through bamboo forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe gorilla families up close in their natural habitat. In Kigali, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a 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 Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 18 AND 19 I LISBON, PORTUGAL Return to Lisbon where we celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner. The next morning, transfer to the airport to connect with your commercial flight home. Pestana Pousada de Lisboa Meals: Day 18: B/L/D; Day 19: B

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 the Big Cats Initiative, which supports field research, conservation projects, and education programs to halt the decline of lions, cheetahs, and other big cats.

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Private Jet

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2018: Dec. 27, 2018–Jan. 14, 2019*

2018: Aug. 26–Sept. 13

*The December 2018 departure will visit Isalo National Park instead of the Anjayjavy Peninsula on Days 6 and 7. Visit our website for details.

COST 2018

$89,945

2019

$94,945

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $8,945 in 2018 and $9,495 in 2019. Transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary, is included in the expedition cost. Airfare to/from Lisbon is not included in the expedition cost. Please note: There is a $5,000 per-person deposit for this trip. See our website for specific terms and conditions. Maximum group size: 49

EXPEDITION TEA M A team of National Geographic experts will accompany this trip. Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to preserving Africa’s wilderness areas and the species that depend on them. Conservationist and wildlife biologist Luke Dollar 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. Photographer, filmmaker, and author Sandesh Kadur uses images, both still and video, to expose the need for conservation and encourage protection of the world’s biodiversity. His documentary films have appeared worldwide on National Geographic, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel. These experts will join the December 2018 departure. Read their bios and find more experts on our website.

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DAY 1 I DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES We begin our journey in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city with a futuristic skyline that stands in contrast to the vast Arabian Desert that surrounds it. Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray | Meals: D

DAYS 2, 3, AND 4 I KATHMANDU, NEPAL/PARO AND THIMPHU, BHUTAN Fly by private jet to Kathmandu, Nepal, and visit

the medieval city of Bhaktapur, a former royal capital whose stunning pagodas, palaces, and squares still captivate today. The next morning, take a local flight to Bhutan, the last remaining Buddhist kingdom of the Himalaya. Arrive in Paro, situated deep in a valley dotted with hilltop Buddhist monasteries and brightly decorated fortresses, or dzongs. Venture into the great Paro Dzong, one of the oldest in the country and still home to a large monastic community. At the Choeding Temple, witness a Buddhist prayer ceremony. Then enjoy lunch accompanied by traditional dancing. In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Royal Textile Academy and Museum, and Dechen Phodrang Monastery, part of the larger Tashichho Dzong. Or, weather permitting, you may choose to set out on a vigorous hike to Taktsang Lhakhang, also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Dwarika’s Hotel; Zhiwa Ling Hotel or COMO Uma Paro Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 5 AND 6 I HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM Continue to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam’s pulsating urban hub. This afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, left unchanged since the fall of Saigon in 1975. Explore the building’s ornate

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reception rooms, presidential living quarters, and the underground compound of fortified communication rooms linked by a series of tunnels. See the grand 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral, where faithful Vietnamese Catholics still flock to see its statue of the Virgin Mary. Directly across the street sits the ornate Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century. In the heart of the city, discover the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre, a bastion of the arts and a shining example of French colonial architecture. Cap off your explorations with an exciting ride through bustling streets in a traditional cyclo. Park Hyatt Saigon | Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 7 AND 8 I LUANG PRABANG, LAOS Travel to Luang Prabang, a stunning city nestled in a dramatic mountain setting at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Due to its historical significance, as well as its intricate Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture, UNESCO has designated the entire town a World Heritage site. Explore the Royal Palace and its fascinating museum housing the golden Phra Bang Buddha statue, for which the town is named. Visit the area’s most revered temples, including Wat Xieng Thong, layered with gold leaf and featuring an elaborate mosaic depicting the fabled Tree of Life. Then browse the central market, where members


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A vendor husks corn on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

of the local hill tribes offer their wares. In the afternoon, cruise the Mekong River to the cave temples of Pak Ou, home to thousands of Buddha figures. Before departing Laos, you may witness the ancient tradition of almsgiving. Leaving their temples to the sound of drums, saffron-robed monks walk single file through the city to receive food that they will eat that day. Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao or Amantaka Resort Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I BAGAN AND INLE LAKE, MYANMAR (BURMA) Once a key part of the historic overland trade route between India and China, Myanmar is home to mist-shrouded lakes, Buddhist temples, and rural villages that remain largely unspoiled by the modern world. Upon arrival in Yangon, take a private local flight to the ancient capital of Bagan. On this vast plain east of the Irrawaddy River, devotees built more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, stupas, and monasteries in the centuries before Kublai Khan conquered the region. Visit the Ananda Temple, considered the complex’s holiest site. Then fly to remote Inle Lake to discover the traditions of the Intha people. Explore Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, set on stilts and teak planks in the lake, and learn about silk weaving from the craftswomen at Inn Paw Khone village. The next day, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and in the evening, enjoy a private poolside dinner with traditional entertainment and dishes inspired by local cuisine. Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan; Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Meals: B/L/D Daily

Board our private jet and fly to the Indian state of Rajasthan, the “land of kings,” where aristocratic Rajputs channeled their wealth from overland trade into sumptuous palaces and majestic gardens. Land in Udaipur, known as the “city of lakes,” and admire the grand palaces that appear to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Venture into a spectacular labyrinth of courtyards within the City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake’s edge. This palace complex blends Rajasthani, Mughal, European, and Chinese architecture, and is richly decorated with inlaid mirror work, mosaics, and frescoes. Later, wind your way through Udaipur’s old town and its bustling bazaars, and visit the local folk art museum, which boasts an impressive collection of traditional toys, musical instruments, puppets, and other regional curiosities. On our final evening in Udaipur, celebrate our journey with a festive farewell dinner overlooking the city’s shimmering palaces. Oberoi Udaivilas Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 14 AND 15 I DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Return to Dubai for your final night of the journey. Enjoy an evening on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah with stunning views of the city’s impressive skyline. Following breakfast the next morning, transfer to the airport to connect with your commercial flight home. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Meals: Day 14: B/L/D; Day 15: B

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE OF THE WORLD

I N F O R M AT I O N Trip Type: Private Jet

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Feb. 12–26

COST

$ 6 4 ,94 5

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $6,495. Transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary, is included in the expedition cost. Airfare to/from Dubai is not included in the expedition cost. Please note: There is a $5,000 per-person deposit for this trip. See our website for specific terms and conditions. Maximum group size: 72

EXPEDITION TEA M A team of National Geographic experts will accompany this trip. Geographer Jan Nijman chaired the Society’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe. He has traveled the globe in support of National Geographic– funded projects in research, conservation, and exploration. Art historian Jack Daulton is a popular lecturer on the cultural history of non-Western civilizations. His research has focused on the art and architecture of Asia and Africa as well as the study of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.

Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 40 years, covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Read our experts full bios on our website.

F LY BY P R I VAT E J E T

Spend two nights at Zhiwa Ling Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World that was intricately built, painted, and carved by Bhutanese artisans. As a National Geographic guest, you’ll receive a special invitation to participate in Mahayana Buddhist rituals with a local monk.

Our specially outfitted Boeing 757 is ideally suited for this extraordinary expedition. Its 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. Instead of the standard 239 seats, the jet’s interior has been customized and refitted to accommodate just 72 guests in two-by-two, VIP-style leather seating. Visit our website for more information and photos of the jet.

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 an analysis of Bhutan's tiger populations and photo-documentation of clouded leopards in northeastern India.

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NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC E XPLORER The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-theart, fully stabilized, ice-class expedition ship with a reinforced forward hull that enables it to navigate polar environments while providing exceptional comfort. Our open bridge provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and learn about navigation. CAPACITY: 148 guests in 81 outside cabins REGISTRY: Bahamas OVERALL LENGTH: 367 feet PUBLIC AREAS : A bistro bar, a chart room, a gift

shop, a library, a restaurant, a lounge with a bar and audiovisual facilities, an observation lounge, and a mudroom. Wi-Fi is available in select areas.

MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. All dining venues on board offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or

portholes, en suite bathrooms, climate controls, a flat-screen TV, Ethernet, and USB ports. Some have balconies.

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, double kayaks,

a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), a hydrophone, a splash cam, an underwater video camera, a crow’s-nest remote-controlled camera, and a video microscope

SPECIAL FEATURES: An undersea specialist, a National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photography instructor, a video chronicler, a full-time doctor, an elevator, an Internet café, a fitness center, a spa treatment room, a sauna, and laundry service. A National Geographic photographer accompanies every departure. Onboard Wi-Fi can be purchased upon embarkation. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness

specialist and features a fitness center with a panoramic view of the sea, an outdoor stretching area, a spa treatment room, and a sauna.

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NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC ORION The National Geographic Orion is a state-of-the-art ship in the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet. Fully stabilized, it is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer a panoramic view of the passing landscape. Guests are welcome on the open bridge to meet the captain and officers and learn about navigation. The National Geographic Orion is friendly and informal, fostering a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment. CAPACITY: 102 guests in 53 outside cabins REGISTRY: Bahamas OVERALL LENGTH: 338 feet PUBLIC AREAS: An outdoor café, a lounge with a bar and audiovisual facilities, a restaurant, a sundeck with a hot tub, a reception desk, an observation lounge and library, a global gallery, and a marina platform. MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Exceptional cuisine features flavors of the regions we visit.

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiac landing craft,

a fleet of 24 double kayaks, a hydrophone, underwater video cameras, a video microscope, a crow’s-nest camera, and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). For South Pacific voyages, there is snorkel gear for all guests, 10 stand-up paddleboards, scuba gear for 24 guests*, a glassbottom Zodiac, and a splash cam.

SPECIAL FEATURES: An undersea specialist, a National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photography instructor, a video chronicler, a full-time doctor, an elevator, a fitness center, a spa treatment room, a sauna, and laundry service. Wi-Fi is available in cabins and public spaces. A National Geographic photographer accompanies every departure. Two dive masters accompany the South Pacific voyages. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness

specialist and features a fitness center with Life Fitness equipment, a spa treatment room, and a sauna.

CABINS: All cabins offer ocean views, private facilities, climate controls, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections, USB ports, and a flat-screen TV. Some have balconies.

*Diving is available on all South Pacific itineraries at an additional cost. Scuba divers must be certified by an internationally recognized dive association prior to the voyage, and certification cards and logbooks must be shown on board. Divers must have logged 25 dives in total and made a dive within the 12 months preceding the voyage. If you have not made an open-water dive within the past year, please contact us about a dive refresher course in Tahiti prior to your voyage. Above: The dining room serves locally inspired cuisine; the observation lounge features charts and a library for guest use.

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NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC SE A B IRD/SE A LION

NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC Q UEST/ VENTURE The state-of-the-art National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture are the latest additions to the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet. The twin sister ships are specially designed for our expeditions and built in the U.S. CAPACITY: 100 guests in 50 outside cabins REGISTRY: United States

Our nimble sister ships the National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion have been recently restyled and refreshed. A fleet of kayaks and expedition landing craft provides easy access to places of interest, and plenty of public spaces allow guests to relax in comfort after a day of exploring. Our captain and officers welcome guests to the open bridge. CAPACITY: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins

OVERALL LENGTH: 238 feet

REGISTRY: United States

PUBLIC AREAS: Each ship features a partially covered observation deck with

chairs, tables, and an outdoor bar; a fitness center; a lounge with full-service bar and audiovisual facilities; a spa; a mudroom for storage of expedition gear; a global gallery; public restrooms on all decks; and an elevator. The open bridge provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and captains and learn about navigation.

MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. Breakfast and lunch are

wide-selection buffets with chef action stations, while dinners are primarily served plated.

CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes and offer Wi-Fi access,

private facilities, and climate controls. Category 4 cabins have balconies and sliding glass doors. Connecting cabins are also available in Categories 1, 2, and 3.

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: A fleet of eight Zodiacs, 24 kayaks, snorkeling gear, a hydrophone, an underwater video camera, a video microscope, stand-up paddleboards, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and a splash cam SPECIAL FEATURES: Exercise equipment, a spa, and an elevator. A National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photo instructor, a video chronicler, an undersea specialist, and a wellness specialist are also on board. 108

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MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu features

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CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows, private facilities, reading lights,

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EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: A bow camera; a hydrophone; kayaks; snorkeling gear; expedition landing craft; a splash cam; stand-up paddleboards; an underwater video camera; a video microscope; and, in Baja, wet suits SPECIAL FEATURES: Wi-Fi access, exercise equipment, a spa, a wellness specialist, a National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photo instructor, and a video chronicler. A doctor is on board in Baja and Costa Rica/Panama, and an undersea specialist is on board in Baja and Alaska. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features exercise equipment, a spa, and an outdoor stretching area.

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NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC ENDE AVOUR II

NATIONAL GEOGR APHIC I SL ANDER

The state-of-the-art National Geographic Endeavour II is one of the latest additions Designed for just 48 guests, the intimate National Geographic Islander offers comto the National Geographic–Lindblad fleet. Our Ecuadorian captain and officers fortable public spaces and a variety of exploration tools. Our Ecuadorian captain welcome guests to the open bridge. and officers welcome guests to the open bridge. CAPACITY: 96 guests in 52 outside cabins

CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins

REGISTRY: Ecuador

REGISTRY: Ecuador

OVERALL LENGTH: 236 feet

OVERALL LENGTH: 164 feet

PUBLIC AREAS: Forward lounge and bar accommodating all guests for presenta-

PUBLIC AREAS: An open-air observation deck and a second covered outside deck

MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair.

MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu is international

tions and gatherings, a restaurant, a large library with Mac® kiosks, an open-air observation deck, and an area for underwater gear

CABINS : All face outside and feature large windows, Wi-Fi access, private facilities,

with hammocks, tables, and chairs; a lounge and bar accommodating all guests for presentations and gatherings; a dining room; a library; Mac® kiosks; and Wi-Fi access

with an Ecuadorian flair.

and climate controls. Beds can be configured as two twins or as a single queen. Seven sets of cabins feature a connecting door and can be booked together for families.

CABINS: All have a window with an outside view and feature private facilities,

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, a glass-bottom boat, kayaks and stand-up

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, a fleet of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards,

SPECIAL FEATURES: A shipboard doctor, a National Geographic–Lindbladcertified photo instructor, a video chronicler, National Geographic Global Explorers program for kids and teens, snorkel instruction, laundry service, and a global gallery

SPECIAL FEATURES: A shipboard doctor, a National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photo instructor, a video chronicler, National Geographic Global Explorers program for kids and teens, snorkel instruction, Wi-Fi access, laundry service, and a global gallery WELLNESS: A spa, exercise classes, and a wellness specialist

WELLNESS: A spa, exercise classes, and a wellness specialist

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JAHAN

LORD OF THE GLEN S

Designed in the style of colonial cruise liners of old, the elegant RV Jahan is one of the fi rst modern boutique-style riverboats to sail the Mekong. The ship’s cabins are beautifully furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. The restaurant features Western and regional cuisine served in single seatings with unassigned tables. CAPACITY: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins

The MV Lord of the Glens is the only deluxe passenger vessel able to navigate both the Caledonian Canal and the open sea. With teak decks, hardwoodfi nished interiors, and fi ne fabrics, this motorized yacht offers a stylish and relaxing ambience.

REGISTRY: Vietnam

REGISTRY: Great Britain

OVERALL LENGTH: 230 feet PUBLIC AREAS: Outdoor areas include the Terrace Deck, with both covered and

CAPACITY: 48 guests in 26 outside cabinss

OVERALL LENGTH: 150 feet

open-air spaces, a small swimming pool, and a full-service bar. The lounge, located on the Upper Deck, has a library and facilities for films, slide shows, and presentations. The ship is fully air-conditioned.

PUBLIC AREAS: The two lounges and two open-air viewing areas are social hubs aboard ship. There is a bar, and space to read books from the well-stocked library.

MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. The menu features

atmosphere and easy mingling, meals focus on healthy cuisine including fresh Scottish poultry, trout, and other options.

CABINS: Every cabin is exceptionally spacious and comfortable. All face outside, and all have glass doors and private balconies for enjoying the scenery along the Mekong River and its tributaries. There is a mix of cabins with twin and queen-size beds. Each has private facilities and a hair dryer, individual climate control, a music entertainment system, and a mini-bar. A choice of pillows is provided on request.

CABINS: Cabins are tasteful, comfortable, and amply sized, with outside views.

regional fare.

SPECIAL FEATURES: There is a spa that offers a choice of massage treatments,

and a fitness room with a steam bath and a treadmill, a stationary bicycle, and an elliptical trainer. The boutique has a fine selection of local artwork and textiles. Morning tai chi classes are offered on the Terrace Deck. DVD and iPod® players are available on request.

MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal

Most cabins have picture windows (three have two large portholes high in the cabin). Facilities include a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, a television, a music system, a hair dryer, a telephone, a safety deposit box, bathrobes, and toiletries.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Bicycles are available. There is complimentary Internet access at a computer in the reception area. The Lord of the Glens is the only ship of its kind able to both navigate the locks of the Caledonian Canal and sail among the islands of the Inner Hebrides. She offers us the unique ability to explore both the Highlands and the fabled Scottish isles.

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Launched in 2016 and custom built to sail Portugal’s sinuous Douro River, the Scenic Azure joins luxury with cutting-edge technology. The ship is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art amenities and a variety of casual and upscale dining options, and a one-to-two staff-to-guest ratio ensures the highest level of service.

Launched in 2016, the Scenic Aura was designed in the style and luxury of a five-star hotel. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and a variety of casual and upscale dining options, and a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio ensures the highest level of service. Each outward-facing cabin features a private balcony that can be converted into a glass-enclosed sun lounge for all-weather sightseeing.

CAPACITY: 96 guests in 48 outward-facing suites

CAPACITY: 44 guests in 22 balcony suites

REGISTRY: Portugal

REGISTRY: Myanmar 46 OVERALL LENGTH: 213 feet

OVERALL LENGTH: 265 feet

Luxury South East Asia River Cruises

PUBLIC AREAS: The vessel is outfitted with four decks, including a spacious all- Scenic PUBLIC AREAS: A spacious rooftop sundeck and an outdoor lounge feature Aura

weather sundeck with comfortable lounge furniture for relaxation and al fresco comfortable patio furniture for relaxation and al fresco dining. The ship Passengers 44 | Suites 22 | Crew 41 | Length 213 Europe River Cruises plans areas, all 230 Scenic°The ship also features three Luxury dining. elegant dining areas as well as indoor bar Built 2016 also| off ers an elegant dining room as well asfeet indoor bar and Deck lounge Diamond Deck windows. Jewel Deck Sapphire Deck Gem Deck and lounge areas, all surrounded by expansive panoramic windows. surrounded by expansive panoramic

MEALS: Fare served on board is inspired by Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. TheScenic main Azure dining area offers buffet and à la carte options three times daily, and

Built 2016 | Length 80 metres | Passengers 96 | Cabins 48 | Crew 36 | Gross tonnage 1,780 exquisite multi-course meals with wine pairings are served in two intimate dining rooms. The more casual café offers light meals and snacks, and a bar and Riverview Terrace Vitality lounge has a robust menu of wine, beer, and spirits. Table d’Or Pool Sapphire Deck

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private balconies that can be converted into all-weather sun lounges. Select suites offer spacious lounge areas and large bathrooms. All accommodations are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi.

SPECIAL FEATURES: A plunge pool, a wellness center, a fitness center, and a gift shop. A National Geographic expert and photographer accompany each voyage. Sun Deck

MEALS: Fare served on board is inspired by regional cuisine from the Mandalay Lounge Bamar DiningRuby & Pearl Scenic destinations visited along your journey. The main dining area offers buffet and

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The Delfin II is an intimate riverboat with luxurious suites that offer expansive Amazon views. Skiffs and kayaks allow guests to venture down narrow jungle waterways on day and night excursions. CAPACITY: 28 guests in 14 outside suites REGISTRY: Peru OVERALL LENGTH: 120 feet PUBLIC AREAS: An enclosed air-conditioned lounge and lecture room; an observation deck with sofas, chairs, and a bar; a reference library; and an open bridge where guests are welcome to meet the captain and officers MEALS: Served in a single seating with unassigned tables. The menu features

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SUITES: Elegant, air-conditioned guest suites feature large windows and private

facilities. Four are master suites with 90-degree panoramic windows, and four suites can be interconnected to accommodate families.

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Ten-person skiffs with individual seat cushions and plenty of leg room, a fleet of kayaks, rain ponchos, and rubber boots SPECIAL FEATURES: A National Geographic–Lindblad-certified photography

instructor and wellness specialist will be on board all departures.

The Sea Cloud, a four-masted square-rigger, was built in 1931 by Wall Street businessman E. F. Hutton for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Cabins and common areas are beautifully appointed with antiques and period-style furniture. The Sea Cloud carries 30 sails measuring a total of 32,000 square feet. They are raised by hand by a spirited crew, and guests have the chance to learn about their design and function during the voyage. Guests are welcome on the open bridge to learn how the Sea Cloud is navigated and sailed. While the ship is elegant, the atmosphere on board is relaxed and casual. A National Geographic– Lindblad-certified photography instructor will be on board on all departures. CAPACITY: 58 guests in 30 cabins, including two owner’s suites REGISTRY: Malta OVERALL LENGTH: 360 feet PUBLIC AREAS: An outdoor lido bar, two sundecks, a first-class restaurant, an

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24 7

30

21

7

18

8, 22

12

27

19

25

28

16

15

2

7

16

20

3

1

5

2, 16

22

23

7

7

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EXPEDITIONS CALENDAR # OF DAYS

TRIP TYPE

PAGE

2018 DEPA RTU RE DAT E S

OCT.

NOV.

2 0 19 D E PA R T U R E DAT E S

DEC.

JAN.

FEB.

2

13

17

3, 21

7, 21

4, 18

MAR.

APR.

MAY

18

9, 16

JUNE

JULY

AUG.

SEPT.

OCT.

AU S T R A L I A & T H E PAC I F I C WONDERS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

102 L

18

NEW ZEALAND: SOUTH ISLAND ADVENTURE

105 A

12

FRENCH POLYNESIA: BEYOND THE POSTCARD

106 EC 10

EASTER ISLAND TO TAHITI: TALES OF THE PACIFIC

107 EC 20

5, 19

4, 18

25

9

6

23

POLAR REGIONS JOURNEY TO ANTARCTICA*

108 EC 14

SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE FALKLANDS*

110 EC 19

ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA, AND THE FALKLANDS*

111 EC 24

LAND OF THE POLAR BEARS

112 EC

11

NORWAY'S FJORDS AND ARCTIC SVALBARD

113 EC

17

SVALBARD, ICELAND, AND GREENLAND'S EAST COAST

113 EC

17

BERING SEA WILDERNESS: PRIBILOFS, KATMAI, AND KODIAK N E W

115 EC

13

ACROSS THE BERING SEA: FROM KATMAI TO KAMCHATKA N E W

114 EC 22

25, 26

5, 6, 15, 16, 25, 26

4, 5, 14, 15, 24, 25

3, 4

22 5, 6

13, 14 2, 9, 16, 23 20 30 9 18

4

21

P R I VAT E J E T AROUND THE WORLD BY PRIVATE JET

116

J

24

AFRICA BY PRIVATE JET

118

J

19

ASIA BY PRIVATE JET

120 J

15

24

3, 31

27 12

PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITIONS GALÁPAGOS

13 PH 10

UPPER AMAZON

19 PH 10

EPIC ALASKA: MISTY FIORDS TO THE LYNN CANAL

38 PH

11

WINTER IN YELLOWSTONE PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

43 PH

6

ITALY PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

70 PH 10

BHUTAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

77 PH

17

8, 15, 22

5, 12, 19

2, 9, 16, 2, 9, 16, 6, 13, 20 23 23

19, 26

9, 16

25

1, 8, 15, 6, 13, 20 3, 10, 17 22

14, 24 22

13, 25

24

3

19 12

11

6

2

18

TIBET AND NEPAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION*

78 PH 15

MONGOLIA PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

79 PH 12

INSIDE JAPAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

83 PH

11

JAPAN: WINTER FESTIVALS AND SNOW MONKEYS PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

83 PH

11

INDIA BY RAIL PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

87 PH

11

MOROCCO PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

90 PH 12

30

TANZANIA PHOTO SAFARI

95 PH

4

3

25

28

31

3, 24 15

18

9

11

28 19

16

BIRDING EXPEDITIONS WINGS OVER COSTA RICA

WEB

L

11

PERU: BIRDS OF THE ANDES AND AMAZON

WEB

L

12

ECUADOR AVIAN PRIVATE EXPEDITION

WEB PR

10

9, 30 12

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TRIP TYPE

PAGE

2018 DEPA RTU RE DAT E S

OCT.

NOV.

2 0 19 D E PA R T U R E DAT E S

DEC.

JAN.

FEB.

MAR.

APR.

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG.

SEPT.

OCT.

P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N S PERU PRIVATE EXPEDITION

17 PR

9

PATAGONIA PRIVATE EXPEDITION

21 PR 10

ECUADOR PRIVATE EXPEDITION

24 PR

11

COSTA RICA PRIVATE EXPEDITION

25 PR

9

GREEK ISLES PRIVATE EXPEDITION

60 PR

9

JAPAN PRIVATE EXPEDITION

85 PR 10

MOROCCO PRIVATE EXPEDITION

91 PR

9

TANZANIA PRIVATE EXPEDITION

97 PR

9

AUSTRALIA PRIVATE EXPEDITION

103 PR 13

NEW ZEALAND PRIVATE EXPEDITION

104 PR

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F A M I LY E X P E D I T I O N S 17

ISLANDER

GALÁPAGOS †

13

EC 10 19, 26

ENDEAVOUR II

8, 15, 22

2, 9, 16, 7, 14, 21 23, 30

PERU FAMILY EXPEDITION*

18

F

7

22, 27

COSTA RICA FAMILY EXPEDITION*

26

F

7

22, 27

ALASKA: DENALI TO KENAI FJORDS FAMILY EXPEDITION

33

F

8

ALASKA'S INSIDE PASSAGE†

5, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16, 2, 9, 16, 6, 13, 20 26 23 23, 30 4, 11, 18, 1, 8, 15, 25 22

16, 23

SEA LION

36 EC

TREASURES OF THE INSIDE PASSAGE: ALASKA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA†

37 EC 14

YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON FAMILY EXPEDITION

42

F

8

WINTER WILDLIFE IN YELLOWSTONE FAMILY EXPEDITION*

43

F

6

GRAND CANYON, BRYCE CANYON, AND ZION NATIONAL PARKS FAMILY EXPEDITION

45

F

ICELAND FAMILY EXPEDITION

47

6

22

13

3

22

6

3

19

17

14

19, 26

2, 9, 16, 7, 14, 21 4, 11, 18 23

18, 25

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

25, 30

4, 9

8

WILD ALASKA ESCAPE †

1, 8, 22, 6, 13, 20, 3, 10, 17 29 27

1, 8, 15, 5, 12, 19, 3, 10, 17, 7, 14, 21, 5, 12, 19, 2, 9, 16, 22, 29 26 24, 31 28 26 23, 30

QUEST/VENTURE

35 EC

25

4, 9, 14, 19

6, 12

13, 18, 23, 28 31

6, 20

8

29

13, 27

F

8

22

6, 27

3

51

F

9

29

20

3

GREECE FAMILY EXPEDITION

62

F

10

15

6, 27

FRANCE FAMILY EXPEDITION

63

F

7

16, 23

28

ITALY FAMILY EXPEDITION

71

F

10

JAPAN FAMILY EXPEDITION

84

F

9

TANZANIA FAMILY EXPEDITION*

96

F

9

A = ACTIVE

|

NEW

EC = EXPEDITION CRUISE

|

F= FAMILY

|

J = PRIVATE JET

22, 27 |

L = LAND

|

PH = PHOTO

|

22

6, 27

24

23

6

17

23

6, 28

PR = PRIVATE

|

RC = RIVER CRUISE

|

4, 11, 18 25

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

22

IRELAND FAMILY EXPEDITION

19, 26

8

4

T = TRAIN

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Our trips are designed to immerse you in fascinating cultures and draw out the uniqueness of each destination through enriching and authenti...

2019 National Geographic Expeditions Catalog  

Our trips are designed to immerse you in fascinating cultures and draw out the uniqueness of each destination through enriching and authenti...