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Front cover: Travelers share a moment on the enchanting Greek isle of Santorini. This page: Eroded sandstone marks the path of an ancient waterway through Antelope Canyon in the American Southwest.


SOUTH AMERICA 8 Colombia N E W 10 Peru 11 Ecuador 12 Patagonia 13 Chile and Easter Island AFRICA 14 Namibia

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16 Morocco 17 Madagascar 18 Tanzania 20 South Africa ASIA 21 Bhutan 22 Vietnam and Cambodia

O N U N I Q U E E X P E D I T I O N S C U R AT E D B Y N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C

24 Japan 25 China 26 Borneo 27 Thailand 28 Western China and Tibet

Our private expeditions are unique itineraries designed to bring you and the traveling companions you choose—

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whether it’s one, two, or ten—to extraordinary places all

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over the world. Throughout your trip, you’ll explore with private guides, enjoy specially arranged visits with local cruise. And you’ll stay in top accommodations, including National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Simply select one of our captivating destinations and decide

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MORE TRIPS 44 Additional Trips RESOURCES AND MORE 4 The National Geographic Difference 46 More Ways to Travel With

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EXPLORATION HAPPENS BECAUSE OF YOU

You gain knowledge when you travel with National Geographic—

When you travel with us, you help further the work of our scientists,

whether you’re examining newly excavated dinosaur fossils

explorers, and educators around the world. Every year, we distribute

alongside a paleontologist in Mongolia, or sailing the Galápagos

a portion of our proceeds to the National Geographic Society,

aboard an intimate yacht while listening to a naturalist interpret

creating more opportunities to work toward a planet in balance.

animal behavior. From the local guides who lead our trips to the

To learn more, visit natgeo.com/giveback.

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.

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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.

CLOSER THAN YOU'VE EVER IMAGINED National Geographic opens doors around the globe: our relationships with scientists, explorers, scholars, and storytellers allow us special access to places and people. Traveling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of work that’s helping to illuminate and protect the world’s cultural and natural treasures, from the revival of ancient weaving practices in the Peruvian Andes to wildlife conservation efforts run in partnership with the Maasai of Tanzania.

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CUSTOM TRIPS LET US DESIGN YOUR DREAM TRIP Everyone’s idea of a dream trip is a little different—and we’re happy to design yours. You can modify one of the private expeditions in this catalog by including a destination that isn’t in the original itinerary. You might extend your Italy expedition in Sicily, for example, or tack a visit to Laos onto the Thailand itinerary. Or you can pick a place on your bucket list and let us craft a trip tailor-made for you. France? Jordan? South Korea? You name it and we'll plan it. Call 1-888-966-8687 or visit natgeoexpeditions.com/custom to start crafting the trip of your dreams.

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National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a collection of handpicked properties across the globe that invite guests to experience treasured places, while helping to protect them for generations to come. These lodges serve as inspiration when we design our trips, and you can stay at one or more of them on most of our private expeditions. You’ll enjoy unparalleled access to unspoiled wildernesses, genuine interactions with local people, and peace of mind. After all, by staying at our lodges, you are contributing to tourism’s positive impact and helping to safeguard our planet for the future. To learn more, visit natgeolodges.com.

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COLOMBIA

1 0 D AY S F R O MLand $ 4 ,9 9Small 5 Ship

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• Meet a local artist in Medellín’s once notorious Comuna 13 neighborhood, now a vibrant creative enclave. • Visit San Basilio de Palenque, believed to be the first settlement for liberated slaves in the Americas. • Explore the Alto de San Miguel nature reserve, home to 16 percent of Colombia’s biodiversity.

view of Bogotá, then stroll past the graceful plazas and Spanish colonial architecture of the La Candelaria neighborhood. Bask in the glow of more than 30,000 pre-Columbian artifacts at the extraordinary Gold Museum, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Colón Theater, and examine the works of one of Colombia's most famous artists at the Botero Museum. Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia | Meals: B/L/D

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discover the rich biodiversity of the region. or Moderate Stretch your legs beneathLight swaying Quindío wax palms, an endangered species and the national tree of Colombia; and look out for exotic birds and tropical flowers. Enjoy a picnic in this delightful setting, then visit the colorful colonial town of Salento. Hotel Estrella del Monte | Meals: B/L/D (Lindblad and Scenic Expeditions Only)

DAY 5 I MEDELLÍN/ALTO DE SAN MIGUEL DAY 3 I ARMENIA/COFFEE TRIANGLE

DAY 1 I BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA Arrive in Bogotá and transfer to our hotel in the stylish Zona Rosa neighborhood. Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia DAY 2 I BOGOTÁ Join your private guide for a full-day tour of the city, beginning at the traditional Plaza de Paloquemao market. Ride a gondola to the summit of Monserrate for a panoramic

Take a scenic flight over the Andes to Armenia, a city in Colombia’s coffee triangle. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape in 2011, this small region of lush valleys produces some of the best coffee in the world. Sip on an award-winning blend at Café San Alberto, then witness the coffee production process from bean to brew at a local farm. After learning about the processes of coffee cultivation, harvesting, drying, and roasting, sample a cup while taking in your stunning surroundings. Settle into our hotel, nestled amid the Andean foothills. Hotel Estrella del Monte | Meals: B/D DAY 4 I LA CARBONERA/SALENTO Set out with your private guide on a hike through breathtaking La Carbonera and

Catch a flight to Medellín and travel to Alto de San Miguel, a nature reserve harboring 16 percent of Colombia’s biodiversity. Join a private guide for a hike through cloud forests intersected by crystalline rivers; and visit the AIUNAU wildlife rehabilitation center to learn about their conservation work and observe rescued armadillos, sloths, and anteaters. Continue to your hotel in the El Poblado neighborhood of Medellín. Patio del Mundo | Meals: B/L/D DAY 6 I MEDELLÍN Surrounded by emerald mountains and flower farms, the City of Eternal Spring is experiencing a resurgence after a turbulent late 20th century, when Medellín was ruled by notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. After a private tour of the city highlights, join a local

Above: Adorned in vibrant clothing, a woman sells fruit outside Cartagena's Torre del Reloj (clock tower).

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artist to explore Comuna 13, a neighborhood that embodies the renaissance. Here, government- and NGO-sponsored art and music programs have transformed this one time epicenter of drug violence into a safe and vibrant community where creative outlets have inspired healing and growth. Enjoy the afternoon to explore Medellín at your leisure. Patio del Mundo | Meals: B/L DAY 7 I CARTAGENA Fly to the lively Caribbean port city of Cartagena. Surrounded by the most extensive fortifications in South America and brimming with beautiful colonial architecture, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Set out with your private guide to explore the historic center, strolling past colorful facades, balconies overflowing with bougainvillea, and bronze Botero sculptures. This afternoon, see sites that inspired Colombian author and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez on a private tour. Casa San Agustín | Meals: B/D DAY 8 I SAN BASILIO DE PALENQUE Travel southeast into the foothills of the

María Mountains for a visit to San Basilio de Palenque. The small Afro-Colombian community was established by runaway slaves in the 17th century as one of several area palenques, or sanctuary settlements. San Basilio, which has been a home to the descendants of its original founders for the past four centuries, is the only palenque still in existence today. Spend time meeting with residents to learn about the community’s unique multicultural traditions. Casa San Agustín | Meals: B/L DAY 9 I ISLA MAJAGUA Board the ferry to Isla Majagua, an idyllic Caribbean isle in Colombia’s Rosario archipelago. Paddle Encantada Lagoon on a canoe tour, then explore the island by foot or bike. This afternoon, step to the rhythm of vallenato music while learning a traditional Colombian dance from a local teacher. Enjoy time to relax on Isla Majagua’s sugar-white sands before returning to Cartagena.

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This is a private expedition that is offered year-round, so you may request any dates that are convenient for you. COST

Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

2 people $5,995 4 people $5,295 6 people $4,995 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $600 per person (subject to change).

Casa San Agustín | Meals: B/L/D DAY 10 I CARTAGENA After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. Meals: B

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Above: Cartagena's historic center is an enchanting jumble of colorful colonial architecture.

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PERU

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• Stay in three spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. • Unlock the secrets of Machu Picchu while exploring with a private guide. • Attend a private demonstration of traditional Andean weaving, and learn how to brew chicha beer.

DAYS 3–5 I SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA Spend three days exploring the Sacred Valley from your base at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a National Geographic Unique Lodge. Join a lodge naturalist for a lesson in brewing chicha, a popular local drink. Get immersed in traditional Andean culture as you stroll Pisac’s market; greet llamas in Awanacancha; visit the mountain village of Patacancha; and attend a demonstration of Andean wool-dying and weaving—practices revived in the region by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez. See ancient Inca agricultural systems at Chinchero and Moray; visit the mountainside salt mines of Maras; and explore Ollantaytambo. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba | Meals: B/L Daily DAYS 1–2 I CUSCO, PERU

DAYS 6–9 I MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO/LIMA

Settle into Inkaterra La Casona—a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection—and enjoy an exclusive architectural tour of this 16th-century manor, once home to Simón Bolívar. Set out to explore Cusco with a private guide. Inkaterra La Casona Meals: Day 2: B

Take the train to Aguas Calientes, or disembark early for a guided trek on the Inca Trail. Settle into Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge, and visit the on-site spectacled bear rehabilitation program. Tour Machu Picchu at sunrise with a private guide. Enjoy a free night in Cusco before flying home via Lima. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel; Inkaterra La Casona | Meals: Days 6–7: B/D Daily; Days 8–9: B Daily

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Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

2 people $5,995 4 people $5,195 6 people $4,895 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES

Spend every night of your trip at a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World: Inkaterra La Casona, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (pictured above), and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

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

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ECUAD OR

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• Stay at two National Geographic Unique Lodges: Mashpi Lodge and Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. •  Sail the Galápagos aboard an intimate yacht to encounter penguins, sea lions, giant tortoises, and more. •  Ride an aerial bike or gondola through the treetops of the Chocó rain forest.

Arrive in the Galápagos and settle into Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World on Santa Cruz Island. As a National Geographic guest, you’re exclusively invited to a private ceviche-making class with a lodge chef. Enjoy three days to explore the wild wonders of this famed archipelago with lodge naturalists. Sail aboard

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Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $600 per person (subject to change).

DAYS 8–11 I MASHPI RESERVE/QUITO Visit the archaeological site of Tulipe en route to Mashpi Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set in a cloud forest reserve. Set out on interpretive day and nighttime walks through the forest, seeking out howler monkeys, kaleidoscopic birds, neon frogs, and more. Join a biologist at the Life Centre—the lodge’s research station—for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. Survey the canopy from the observation tower, and ride an aerial bicycle or gondola through the treetops. Visit the Equatorial Monument on your return trip to the Quito airport. Mashpi Lodge | Meals: Days 8–10: B/L/D Daily; Day 11: B

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an intimate yacht, disembarking to seek out blue-footed boobies and frigate birds on North Seymour Island, spot Sally Lightfoot crabs and land iguanas on Plaza Sur Island, snorkel with sea lions and penguins, and much more. Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel; Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel | Meals: Day 2–5: B/L/D Daily

Take a private tour of Quito’s old town to discover its grand colonial buildings, plazas, and churches. Casa Gangotena | Meals: Day 6: B; Day 7: B/L

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES

Spend four days exploring the Galápagos Archipelago from your base at Finch Bay Galapagos 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—a National Geographic exclusive experience. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

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

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P ATA G O N I A

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• Stay at stunning Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. •  Join a private guide for a hike beneath Patagonia's iconic Fitz Roy massif. •  Witness the powerful calving of the Perito Moreno Glacier on a boat cruise to its base.

Fitz Roy massif. Your destination is Lagoon de los Tres, a turquoise lake framed by iconic Mount Fitz Roy, and the perfect spot for your picnic lunch. Hosteria Senderos | Meals: B/L Daily DAY 5 I PERITO MORENO GLACIER Set out from El Calafate to discover the magnificent natural displays of the advancing Perito Moreno Glacier. View the glacier’s calving face from nearby walkways, then join a cruise on the surrounding waters for a different perspective. Hotel Posada Los Álamos | Meals: B/L DAYS 6–10 I TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, CHILE

DAYS 1–2 I BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires’s stylish Recoleta district, or take an optional private city tour. Mio Buenos Aires | Meals: Day 2: B/L DAYS 3–4 I LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK Journey to El Chaltén, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Join a private guide for a trek beneath the dramatic ice-clad spires of the Above: The craggy peaks of Torres del Paine National Park

Drive to Torres del Paine National Park, where you’ll settle into Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique Lodge at the edge of Lake Sarmiento. National Geographic guests will be treated to an architecture tour of this awardwinning property. Spend three days exploring Torres del Paine, choosing from a variety of excursions by foot, horseback, and 4x4 vehicle. Encounter sapphire lakes and rushing waterfalls, twisting peaks and karst cornices. Ride horseback alongside local gauchos across glacial valleys, or visit a working estancia, or ranch. Fly home from Punta Arenas. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa Meals: Days 6–9: B/L/D Daily; Day 10: B

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Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $465 per person (subject to change). NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

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-the-scenes tour. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

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CHILE AND EASTER ISLAND

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• Stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge located amid the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert. • Discover the mysterious moai statues of Easter Island and the ancient culture of the Rapa Nui. •  Explore the vibrant cities of Santiago and Valparaíso with a private guide.

DAYS 1–2 I SANTIAGO, CHILE/ VALPARAÍSO/CASABLANCA VALLEY Set out on a private tour of Santiago, Chile’s capital. Discover colorful Valparaíso on a day trip along the coast, then sample local vintages in the Casablanca Valley wine region. The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: Day 2: B/L DAYS 3–6 I EASTER ISLAND/SANTIAGO Fly to Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage

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site famous for its colossal moai statues. Spend three days exploring on a variety of excursions. Venture to the volcanic quarry where the statues originated, and walk along the path the ancient Rapa Nui people took to transport the stone behemoths. Visit Mahatua Ovahe, where restored moai stand sentinel with their backs to the ocean, and step into a lava cave to see the only statue with its white coral eyes still in place. Explora Rapa Nui; Holiday Inn SantiagoAirport Terminal | Meals: Days 3–5: B/L/D Daily; Day 6: B/L

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Travel to the Atacama Desert and settle into Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa—a National Geographic Unique Lodge. Choose from several guided activities over the next three days. Visit shimmering salt flats dotted with pink flamingos, or explore the wind-sculpted Moon Valley before bathing in a nearby hot spring. Encounter the steaming El Tatio geysers, watch for native wildlife, and discover the desert on horseback or mountain bike. Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa | Meals: Day 7: B/D; Days 8–9: B/L/D Daily; Day 10: B

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Spend three nights at Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, and set out by foot, mountain bike, 4x4, or on horseback to discover the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert. As a National Geographic guest, you’re invited to go behind the scenes at this cutting-edge property, crafted from the natural materials of the Atacama. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: Enormous moai statues stand guard on Easter Island.

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NAMIBIA

1 2 D AY S F R O M Land $ 1 0 , 6 9Small 5 Ship

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• Set out on safari in Etosha National Park in search of rare, desert-adapted wildlife. • Join a local tracker in rugged Damaraland to seek out the critically endangered black rhino. • Go behind the scenes at the AfriCat Foundation and assist on-site veterinarians with conservation projects.

dunes of Sossusvlei. This afternoon, set off on a safari drive across the spectacular open plains of the private Kulala Nature Reserve, on the lookout for desert wildlife, including gemsboks, ostriches, bat-eared foxes, brown hyenas, and birdlife such as dune larks. Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: B/L/D DAY 3 I SOSSUSVLEI Spend the day immersed in the austere wonders of the desert clay pan. Head out on a nature drive or walking safari. Or choose to visit the stunning, scorched tree skeletons of Deadvlei (dead marsh) or the natural gorge of millennia-old Sesriem Canyon. Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 1 I WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA Arrive in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy dinner at your leisure, perhaps dining al fresco on the hotel’s outdoor terrace with views of the encircling mountains. Olive Exclusive DAY 2 I SOSSUSVLEI Fly to the Geluk airstrip and transfer to your desert lodge at the foot of the towering red

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Spend the next two days on private safari drives with a local tracker, seeking out Damaraland’s desert-adapted wildlife— including giraffes, oryx, springboks, lions, and much more. Explore the region’s incredible landscapes on nature drives or walks; and learn about your lodge's partnership with the Save the Rhino Trust, which helps to protect the critically endangered black rhino. Huab Under Canvas | Meals: B/L/D Daily DAY 7 I ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Visit a remote Himba village en route to your lodge, located along the southern boundary Take a scenic flight over the spectacular of Etosha National Park—considered Skeleton Coast. Enjoy aerial views of the Namibia’s greatest wildlife sanctuary. If you’d Namib Desert's undulating dunes skirted like, unwind with a swim in an outdoor pool, by the Atlantic Ocean, and spot washed-up or enjoy a drink in the lounge overlooking a shipwrecks and whale bones in the sand. Arrive watering hole frequented by local wildlife. at the Doro Nawas airstrip and transfer to a Ongava Lodge or Andersson's at Ongava remote corner of Damaraland, far from the Meals: B/L/D safari crowds. Settle into your comfortable Meru tent, situated on a raised platform along DAY 8 I ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK the banks of the Huab River in the private Set out with your private guide on a morning Huab Conservancy. DAY 4 I SWAKOPMUND/DAMARALAND

Above: A traveler takes in a sunset from the Namib Desert's otherworldly dunes.

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safari in the southern part of Etosha National Park, watching for elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, and more. This afternoon, enjoy an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Ongava Game Reserve research center. You might spend time with research scientists at the forefront of pioneering rhino genetics, learn about local conservation efforts, or meet security personnel who protect rhinos from poachers. Ongava Lodge or Andersson's at Ongava Meals: B/L/D DAY 9 I OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE Transfer to the Okonjima Nature Reserve and settle into your secluded accommodations at the foot of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains. Sit down to lunch on the veranda of your private villa overlooking the acacia-dotted savanna, then discover the surrounding wilderness during an afternoon excursion with a lodge guide. Okonjima Villa | Meals: B/L/D DAY 10 I OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE Set out on the excursion of your choice today: go bird-watching, join a guided walking safari, or search for leopards on a safari drive.

After sunset, when wildlife activity picks up, join the lodge’s knowledgeable guides on a nocturnal game drive. Keep an eye out for roaming bat-eared foxes, leopards, and brown hyenas on the hunt. Okonjima Villa | Meals: B/L/D DAY 11 I OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE Go behind the scenes at the headquarters for the AfriCat Foundation, an organization dedicated to conserving Namibia’s large carnivores. Meet the local vet and take an in-depth tour of the clinic. Then join staff in their day-to-day responsibilities: help inoculate and transport animals, monitor the health and well-being of carnivores on the reserve and in captivity, or check box traps for captured carnivores that need collars. Okonjima Villa | Meals: B/L/D

DATES

This is a private expedition that is offered May through November. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you. COST

May 1–Nov. 30, 2019

2 people $13,695 4 people $11,695 6 people $10,695 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $2,295 per person (subject to change).

DAY 12 I WINDHOEK Transfer to the Windhoek airport and connect to your flight home. Meals: B/L

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Above: Elephants gather at the local watering hole in Etosha National Park.

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MOROCCO

9 D AY S F R O M Land $ 4 , 5 9 Small 5 Ship

Family

• Stay at Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. •  Visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites with a private guide, from Meknès to the Marrakech medina. •  Sip traditional mint tea at the home of a Berber family in the High Atlas Mountains.

Rabat, see the oceanfront Kasbah Oudaya and the marble Mausoleum of Mohamed V. Villa Mandarine | Meals: B/L DAYS 4–5 I HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS Journey into the High Atlas Mountains to Kasbah du Toubkal—a National Geographic Unique Lodge built from the ruins of a medieval kasbah— and set out on a range of hikes and donkey rides to discover vast plateaus carved by deep ravines. National Geographic guests are exclusively invited on a village walk with a local staff member, followed by traditional mint tea in his or her home. Kasbah du Toubkal | Meals: B/L/D Daily

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(Lindblad and Scenic Expeditions Only) round, This is a private expedition that is offered year except for the months of July and August. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you. Jan. 1–June 30, 2019 Sept. 1–Dec. 31, 2019 COST

2 people $5,595 $5,595 4 people $4,895 $4,895 6 people $4,595 $4,595 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

DAY 6 I AÏT BEN HADDOU

DAYS 1–2 I CASABLANCA, MOROCCO/FEZ Set out from your enchanting riad—a traditional Moroccan guesthouse—to discover the charms of old and new Fez on a full-day city tour with a private guide. Riad Maison Bleue Meals: Day 2: B/D DAY 3 I MEKNÈS/VOLUBILIS/RABAT Join your private guide to explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites: medieval Meknès and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. In

Discover the opulent interiors of Kasbah Telouet, a deserted fortification on an age-old caravan route. Wander the enchanting adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou at your own pace. Ksar Ighnda Meals: B/L/D DAYS 7–9 I MARRAKECH In legendary Marrakech, listen to storytellers, warm up to fire-eaters, and delight in the music of snake charmers of Djemaa el Fna, the city’s main square. See the highlights of the city on a full-day tour. La Villa des Orangers Hôtel | Meals: Day 7: B/L; Days 8–9: B Daily

Immerse yourself in Berber culture during a two-night stay at Kasbah du Toubkal, perched amid the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. Hike through beautiful alpine scenery, soak up the rhythms of rural life, and join a local resident for a tour of the village and tea in a family home—an outing arranged exclusively for National Geographic guests. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: A traveler pauses under the intricate tiled arch of an old madrasa in Marrakech.

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M A DAGA S C A R

1 2 D AY S F R O MLand $ 5 , 4 9Small 5 Ship

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• Stay at Tsara Komba Beach & Forest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. • Discover otherworldly tsingy rock needles on a private excursion through Ankarana Special Reserve. • Delve into Madagascar’s rich culture on private tours of traditional farms and French colonial cities.

Fly from Antananarivo to Antsiranana on the northern coast and take a private tour of the town’s colonial center. Delve into Madagascar’s mind-blowing biodiversity while hiking with a private guide in Amber Mountain National Park, home to leaping lemurs and camouflaged chameleons. Relais des Plateaux; The Litchi Tree Meals: Days 2–3: B/L/D Daily

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In Ankarana Special Reserve, discover an otherworldly landscape of limestone karst spikes called tsingy, and seek out 11 lemur species. Over the next two days, walk through sacred Mandresy Cave, tackle a challenging trek among the tsingy, or take a guided bike ride to nearby villages. Iharana Bush Camp Meals: B/L/D Daily

(Lindbladis andoffered Scenic Expeditions April Only) This is a private expedition that through early December. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you.

Cruise to Tsara Komba Luxury Beach & Forest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge on Nosy Komba (Lemur Island). Set out from your thatched oceanfront bungalow to explore its tropical treasures of the Nosy Be archipelago. Snorkel waters harboring humpbacks and dolphins, hike coastal rain forests, and relax on golden sands. As a National Geographic guest, you’ll receive an exclusive invitation to spend time with the chief and community members of a nearby village. Tsara Komba Beach & Forest Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily DAYS 11–12 I ANTANANARIVO Return to Antananarivo for a private tour of the city, including the 15th-century Royal Hill of Ambohimanga. Palissandre Hôtel & Spa; Relais des Plateaux | Meals: Day 11: B/L/D; Day 12: B/L

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DAYS 4–6 I ANTSARAVIBE

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Apr. 1–Dec. 9, 2019

2 people $5,995 4+ people $5,495 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Internal flights are an additional $665 per person (subject to change). NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

Spend four nights in a thatched waterfront bungalow at Tsara Komba Luxury Beach & Forest Lodge—a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World on secluded Nosy Komba island. Hike coastal rain forests with a private guide, snorkel waters teeming with manta rays and whale sharks, and meet the chief of a nearby village on an excursion reserved exclusively for National Geographic guests. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: A chameleon sports a rainbow of colors.

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TA N Z A N I A

9 D AY S F R O M $ 8 , 7 9 5

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• Set out on safari far from the crowds in three spectacular Tanzanian wildlife reserves. • Visit the Noloholo Environmental Center, brainchild of National Geographic grantee Laly Lichtenfeld.* • Picnic on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, and enjoy a private breakfast on the Serengeti Plain.

located just beyond the borders of Tarangire.* Directed by National Geographic grantee Laly Lichtenfeld, Noloholo runs educational programs for local Maasai people in wildlife conservation and natural resource management. Attend a presentation on these initiatives and enjoy a rare opportunity to visit one of the projects in the field. After settling into your bungalow tent in the heart of the park, enjoy sundowner cocktails while taking in views over the savanna. Oliver’s Camp | Meals: B/L/D DAY 3 I TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

DAY 1 I ARUSHA, TANZANIA Land at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Arusha. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your lodge, located on the leafy grounds of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation. Arusha Coffee Lodge DAY 2 I TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Travel to Tarangire National Park. If your trip is between June and September, stop for a visit to the Noloholo Environmental Center,

Spend the day exploring Tarangire National Park on game drives. Tarangire’s grassy plains are dotted with massive baobab trees and are home to a high concentration of wildlife. Elephants are especially abundant here, with some herds numbering up to 300 strong. Due to its low volume of visitors, the reserve offers a serene and intimate wildlife-viewing experience. Seek out large herds of zebras, giraffes, and wildebeests, as well as the skulking leopards and cheetahs that prey on them. The park is also home to around 550 species of birds, including dazzling yellow-collared lovebirds and the world’s largest avian species, the stockingthighed ostrich. Oliver’s Camp | Meals: B/L/D

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DAYS 4–5 I NGORONGORO CRATER Travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Light or Moderate Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 12 miles in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest non-flooded caldera in the world and is inhabited by some 25,000 animals. Descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor for an unforgettable picnic breakfast amid a backdrop of soaring volcanic slopes. Then embark on a safari through this green-walled wildlife paradise. Ride past herds of zebras grazing next to flamingos and crowned cranes, look for lionesses stalking their prey, and try to spot the rare black rhino. Return to the lodge for an afternoon at leisure and catch a dazzling sunset over the caldera. This afternoon, settle into your lodge, perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge Meals: B/L/D Daily

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Alternative lodging option: You may upgrade to the elegant andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection, at an additional cost. The property has 30 suites spread over three intimate lodges, each with sweeping views of the crater.

Above: A safari vehicle pauses amid a herd of plains game.

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Fly to the vast plains of the Serengeti and check in to your luxurious tented camp. The lodge is located a short distance from the Mara River, which runs directly through the path of the great wildebeest migration (July to October). Here, it’s not uncommon to see an elephant or lion saunter past your bedroom window. This afternoon, set out on safari and take in the sunset on the savanna. Sayari Camp | Meals: B/L/D

Rise early this morning for a special treat: an elegant catered breakfast in the bush, followed by a private game drive. After time at leisure, head out on a final afternoon safari, on the lookout for jackals, wildebeests, zebras, and big cats. Sayari Camp | Meals: B/L/D

This is a private expedition that is offered year round except April and May. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you.

DAY 7 I SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Watch the Serengeti spring to life on an early morning game drive. Or see the majesty of the plains from the sky on an optional hot-air balloon ride. As the sun breaks over the horizon, spot wildlife on the sweeping landscapes of the Serengeti before touching down for breakfast under the shade of an acacia tree. On an afternoon safari, delve even deeper into this remote wilderness as you travel along the banks of the Mara in search of crocodiles and hippos peeking above the water’s surface. Sayari Camp | Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I ARUSHA Fly to Arusha and relax at your hotel before catching your flight home this evening. Rivertrees Country Inn | Meals: B/L

COST

Jan. 6– July–Oct., Nov. 1– Dec. 20–31, June 30, 2019 2019 Dec. 19, 2019 2019

2 people $9,295 $11,295 $9,295 $11,295 4+ people $8,795 $10,795 $8,795 $10,795 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $690 per person (subject to change).

*The visit to the Noloholo Environment Center is only available from June through September. Travelers in all other months will transfer directly to Tarangire National Park and enjoy an additional safari drive.

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SOUTH AFRICA

1 0 D AY S F R O M $ 8 , 2 9 5

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• Stay at two spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. • Discover the enchanting milkwood forests and flowering fynbos of the Western Cape. • Join expert guides to track lions, leopards, and more through a private game reserve.

Arrive in Cape Town, and take a guided trip along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most scenic roads in the world. Explore the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and spot hundreds of African penguins at Boulders Beach. Ferry across to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years; and tour vibrant, multicultural Cape Town. Cape Grace Hotel | Meals: Day 2: B/L; Day 3: B

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Travel to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a National Geographic Unique Lodge nestled in an ancient milkwood forest on the Western Cape. Spend two days discovering the reserve’s natural wonders: ride horseback along the Atlantic coast, hike through fields of flowering fynbos with naturalist guides, descend into ancient seaside caves where early human fossils have been found, and more. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve | Meals: B/L/D Daily

and Scenic Expeditions Only) This is a private expedition that is offered year(Lindblad round, so you may request any dates that are convenient for you.

DAYS 7–10 I SABI SAND RESERVE/ JOHANNESBURG

DAYS 1–3 I CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

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Settle into a National Geographic Unique Lodge at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with world-renowned Kruger National Park. Join rangers on morning and evening game drives in search of elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards, rhinos, and more. You may also set out on foot with a tracker, learning about the smaller flora and fauna of the bush. Fly to Johannesburg to connect with your flight home. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Meals: Days 7–9: B/L/D Daily; Day 10: B

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COST 2 people 4 people 6 people

Jan. 1– Apr. 30, 2019

May 1– June 30, 2019

July 1– Dec. 31, 2019

$9,695 $8,995 $8,695

$9,195 $8,495 $8,295

$9,695 $8,995 $8,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $1,095 per person (subject to change). NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES

Stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on the Western Cape (pictured above) and Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve.

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Above: Travelers track a pride of lionesses in the Sabi Sand Reserve.

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B H U TA N

9 D AY S F R O M Land $ 5 , 8 9 5Small Ship

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• Stay at the Zhiwa Ling Heritage, a National Geographic Unique Lodge that celebrates Bhutanese culture. •  Learn about rural Bhutanese life at a farmstead in the Paro Valley. •  Decorate ritual cakes for deities, and participate in a butter-lamp offering with monks.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport; Taj Tashi Meals: Days 2–3: B/L/D Daily DAYS 4–5 I THIMPHU/PUNAKHA Admire intricate Bhutanese weavings at Thimphu’s Royal Textile Academy. Then travel to Punakha, the kingdom’s old capital, by way of the awe-inspiring Dochu La pass. Hike to the colorful Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten temple, overlooking the Punakha Valley, and explore the elaborately designed fortress of Punakha Dzong. Later, receive a blessing from the nuns at the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery. Zhingkham Resort or RKPO Green Resort | Meals: B/L/D Daily

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Travel through the picturesque Paro Valley and settle into Zhiwa Ling Heritage, a National Geographic Unique Lodge that embodies Bhutanese architecture and spirituality. Visit the National Museum of Bhutan and the impressive Paro Dzong. Later, learn to bake and decorate ritual cakes to offer the deities, and participate in a butter-lamp offering with monks. Your journey culminates at Bhutan’s most iconic site: Taktsang Lhakhang, or Tiger’s Nest Temple. Zhiwa Ling Heritage | Meals: Days 6–8: B/L/D Daily; Day 9: B

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(Lindbladis andoffered Scenic Expeditions September Only) This is a private expedition that through May. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you.

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Jan. 1–May 31, 2019

Sept. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

2 people $5,895 $5,895 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $970 per person (subject to change). NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

DAYS 6–9 I PARO/BANGKOK, THAILAND DAYS 1–3 I BANGKOK, THAILAND/ THIMPHU, BHUTAN After a night in Bangkok, travel to the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. On a private tour of the city, visit the Folk Heritage Museum, a replica of a traditional farmhouse. Observe artists creating handmade paper at the Jungshi Paper Factory, and walk alongside local families to a 12th-century temple where newborn babies are brought for blessings. Novotel

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Spend three nights at Zhiwa Ling Heritage, intricately constructed by artisans and set amid lush gardens near Paro. As a National Geographic guest, you’ll receive a special invitation to participate in Mahayana Buddhist rituals with local monks.

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Above: The iconic Taktstang Lhakhang, or Tiger's Nest Temple

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VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA

1 0 D AY S F R O MLand $ 4 ,9 9Small 5 Ship

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• Get an insider's view of magnificent Angkor Wat during a private tour with a Khmer scholar. • Practice tai chi on the deck of a traditional-style junk as the sun rises over Ha Long Bay. • Explore the farming villages of the Mekong Delta via xe loi, a Vietnamese bicycle rickshaw.

DAY 1 I HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM Land in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam’s pulsating urban hub. Upon arrival, transfer to your five-star hotel in the city center. Caravelle Saigon DAY 2 I HO CHI MINH CITY Travel through the diverse eras of Ho Chi Minh City’s recent history on a private tour. Uncover traces of the nearly hundred-year-long French colonial period on visits to buildings like the

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Opera House, City Hall, and the ornate Central Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel. Then time warp to the 1960s at the Reunification Palace, the one-time presidential residence of South Vietnam, left untouched since the city fell to the North. Caravelle Saigon | Meals: B/L

Settle into your colonial-era hotel and discover Light or Moderateon your the leafy lanes of the French Quarter own tonight. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: B

Venture into the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a network of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The tunnels connected schools, residents, and hospitals, creating an intricate subterranean city. After emerging from the bunkers, transfer to the airport and catch a flight to Hanoi.

UNESCO World Heritage site for its spectacular karst geology. Settle into your deluxe cabin aboard an intimate traditional-style junk and set sail on blue-green waters. Marvel at the bay’s magnificent limestone islands as you enjoy lunch on deck. Navigate the stalactiteand stalagmite-decorated hollows of Tien

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DAY 5 I HANOI

Stroll tree-lined boulevards past serene lakes and charming pagodas, as you discover DAY 3 I MEKONG DELTA atmospheric Hanoi. See the final resting place Spend a day in the Mekong Delta, a fertile region of Ho Chi Minh on a visit to the imposing of rice paddies and fruit orchards known as mausoleum erected in his honor, and stop the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. Cruise from Cai Lay at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first deep into the countryside, and disembark in a university. Set out on a private walking tour farming village to explore the tropical landscape of the lively old quarter, where vendors hawk by xe loi, or bicycle rickshaw. Float along the garments and trinkets and cooks dish up exotic area waterways on a traditional wooden sampan street fare as motorbikes whiz by. This evening, boat before visiting a family home for a lunch of head to the theater for a captivating watertraditional Mekong specialties. Return to Ho Chi puppetry performance. Minh City later this afternoon. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: B/L Caravelle Saigon | Meals: B/L/D DAY 6 I HA LONG BAY DAY 4 I HO CHI MINH CITY/HANOI Drive to mystical Ha Long Bay, named a

Above: Buddhist monks pause inside a temple in Angkor Archaeological Park.

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Ong Cave, and visit the fishermen of Cua Van, a floating village on the bay. As the sun goes down, cook up local specialties during a class given by the boat’s chef. Halong Violet | Meals: B/L/D

afternoon, wander the narrow passageways that weave through the immense walled city of Angkor Thom. Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor Meals: B/L

DAY 7 I HA LONG BAY/SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

Join a Khmer scholar for a private tour of spectacular Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most iconic temple and one of the largest religious buildings ever constructed. Examine the architecture, artistry, and symbolism of this extraordinary 12th-century Khmer site, gaining insights into the civilization that created it. Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: B/D

Rise early to catch a dazzling sunrise and soak up the bay’s serenity during a tai chi session on deck. On sandy Ti Top Island, relax on the beach or climb to a scenic vista overlooking the bay. Later, catch a flight to charming Siem Reap, located at the gates of the famous Angkor temple complex. Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: B DAY 8 I ANGKOR Explore the immense Angkor Archaeological Park, a World Heritage site spanning nearly 100,000 acres and once home to several capitals of the Khmer Empire. Visit the haunting, tree-root-shrouded temple of Ta Prohm, a largely unaltered 12th-century stone structure that is slowly becoming one with the Cambodian jungle. Travel beyond the main complex to the intricately carved, pink-sandstone temple of Banteay Srei. In the

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This is a private expedition that is offered January through March and October through December. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you. COST

Jan. 1–Mar. 31, 2019

Oct. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

2 people $5,495 $5,495 4 people $5,295 $5,295 6 people $4,995 $4,995 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $550 per person (subject to change).

DAY 10 I SIEM REAP This morning, head to Artisans Angkor and observe craftsmen practicing age-old Khmer arts and crafts techniques. Browse the on-site market for traditional stone carvings, silks, and other handicrafts. Transfer to the Siem Reap airport and catch your flight home. Meals: B

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Above: Traditional wooden junks float beneath the towering karst peaks of Vietnam's Ha Long Bay.

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JA PA N

1 0 D AY S F R O M $ 6 ,9 9 5

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• Pick out fresh ingredients and learn to roll sushi like a master chef at a Tokyo fish market. • Bike around old Kyoto, and learn about Zen Buddhism while taking part in an exclusive Japanese tea ceremony. • Take in the soaring summit of Mount Fuji on a private tour of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

DAYS 4–5 I TOKYO/FUJI-HAKONE-IZU NATIONAL PARK Pick out fresh tuna and wasabi and learn to roll sushi like a master chef at a Tokyo fish market. Settle into a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and set out with a private guide to explore this sprawling natural wonderland—home to majestic Mount Fuji. Cap off your experience at the Hakone Open Air Museum and its impressive modern sculpture garden. Aura Tachibana | Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/D DAYS 6–8 I KYOTO/NARA

DAYS 1–3 I TOKYO, JAPAN/NIKKO NATIONAL PARK Join your guide for a private tour of old Tokyo, and discover Nikko National Park in the sacred hills north of the city. You’ll also have the opportunity to wield a samurai sword during a private lesson with the Japanese fight performer who choreographed Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill (additional cost). Park Hotel Tokyo | Meals: Days 2–3: B Daily Above: Cherry blossoms frame Mount Fuji in the springtime.

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Jan.–Feb. 2019

Mar.–May June– Sept.–Nov. Dec. 2019 2019 Aug. 2019 2019

2 people $10,995 $11,495 $10,995 $11,495 $10,295 4 people $8,995 $9,495 $8,995 $9,495 $8,995 6 people $6,995 $7,495 $6,995 $7,495 $6,995 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price.

Hop on a bullet train for the ride to Kyoto and discover this former imperial capital by bicycle. Participate in an exclusive Japanese tea ceremony at Korin-in temple and learn about the beverage’s connection to Zen Buddhism. Join a private guide on a daylong exploration of ancient Nara, which reigned as Japan’s capital in the eighth century. Hotel Granvia Kyoto Meals: Day 6: B; Day 7: B/L; Day 8: B DAYS 9–10 I OSAKA Eat your way through Osaka on a guided gastronomy tour, tasting regional specialties such as takoyaki, an octopus snack, and okonomiyaki—savory pancakes. Osaka Marriott Miyako | Meals: B Daily

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1 0 D AY S F R O M $ 3 ,9 9 5

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Family

• Climb the watchtowers on the secluded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. • Work alongside local masters to learn traditional Chinese cooking, tai chi, and calligraphy.

DAYS 1–3 I BEIJING, CHINA Explore the cultural heart of Beijing on a private tour of the old city. Visit with a family in a traditional hutong neighborhood, and try kite-making alongside a local artisan. Conquer the legendary Great Wall as you trek across the less visited Mutianyu section. Enjoy an evening of acrobatics and kung fu at the Red Theatre. The St. Regis Beijing | Meals: Day 2: B/L/D; Day 3: B/L

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Light/Moderate

DAYS 4–5 I BEIJING/XI’AN

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Greet the day with a private tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven. Fly to Xi’an and encounter the legendary terra-cotta warriors, then wander calligraphy-etched tablets in the Beilin Museum and practice this ancient art form with a calligraphy expert. Prepare Chinese dumplings in the home of a local family. Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square | Meals: B/D Daily

(Lindblad and Scenic Expeditions Only) This is a private expedition that is offered year round. You may request any dates that are convenient for you.

Survey Xi’an from atop its ancient walls, then ride the high-speed train to Chengdu. Meet the city’s most famous residents: the giant pandas that roam the bamboo-covered grounds of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Learn the age-old game of mah-jongg in lush Wangjianglou Park. The St. Regis Chengdu | Meals: Day 6: B/D; Day 7: B

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Activity Level: Light

• Observe giant pandas and their cuddly young at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

DAYS 6–7 I XI’AN/CHENGDU

Small

Light or Moderate

COST

Jan. 1– Mar. 15, 2019

Mar. 16– Nov. 15, 2019

Nov. 16– Dec. 31, 2019

Jan. 1– Feb. 29, 2020

2 people $4,995 $5,395 $4,995 $4,995 4 people $4,595 $4,995 $4,595 $4,595 6 people $3,995 $4,295 $3,995 $3,995 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $700 per person (subject to change).

DAYS 8–10 I SHANGHAI Delve into Shanghai on private tours of its vibrant neighborhoods and intriguing museums. Ride the exhilarating Shanghai Maglev (magnetic levitation) train to the airport on your final day. The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: Days 8: B; Day 9: B/L; Day 10: B Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: The millenia-old Great Wall was built to protect the Chinese empire against invaders from the north.

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BORNEO

1 0 D AY S F R O MLand$ 7,9 9Small 5 Ship

Family

• Stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge nestled in a riverine rain forest. •  Encounter orangutans and Malayan sun bears at jungle conservation centers. •  Search for clouded leopards and langurs in the primary forests of Danum Valley

DAYS 1–2 I SANDAKAN, MALAYSIA/ SEPILOK Arrive in Sandakan and transfer to your lodge, located at the edge of Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Set out on a nocturnal jungle excursion, and seek out brilliantly colored birds amid the reserve's aerial walkways the next morning. Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Sepilok Nature Resort Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D Above: A male orangutan shows the faintest hint of a smile.

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Then travel along the Kinabatangan River to Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge. Discover the rain forest’s diverse fauna by boat, encountering orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, and more. Meet the lodge's in-house orangutan expert, and venture into the Gomantong Caves, home to thousands of bats. Sukau Rainforest Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

(Lindblad Scenic Expeditionsyear Only) This is a private expedition that isandoffered round. You may request any dates that are convenient for you.

Light or Moderate

COST

Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

2 people $9,995 4 people $8,995 6 people $7,995 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $100 per person (subject to change).

Journey to the Danum Valley, known for its 169 square miles of primary rain forest. Explore the nature trails and canopy bridges around the lodge on your own or with a guide, and keep an eye out for rare species including the Bornean gibbon, clouded leopard, and maroon langur. Borneo Rainforest Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

DAYS 8–10 I GAYA ISLAND/KOTA KINABALU

Settle into Sukau Rainforest Lodge for two nights on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Cruise jungle waterways in search of rare wildlife. Walk the elevated boardwalks that weave through the lodge property, and meet one-on-one with the in-house orangutan expert—an experience specially arranged for National Geographic guests.

Travel to pristine Gaya Island and hear about local conservation programs from your resort's resident marine biologist. Then dive into the Bornean undersea to help out with coral restoration. Relax at your hotel and depart from Kota Kinabalu. Gaya Island Resort | Meals: Days 8–9: B/L/D Daily; Day 10: B

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAYS 3–4 I KINABATANGAN RIVER

DAYS 5–7 I DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA

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THAILAND

1 1 D AY S F R O M Land $ 4 , 4 9Small 5 Ship

Family

• Navigate the floating markets of Don Wai with a Thai chef and visit her restaurant for a cooking lesson. • Get a firsthand look at daily life in the hill tribe communities near Chiang Mai. • Track wild elephants in Kui Buri National Park, then interact with rescued pachyderms at a conservation center. Light

and hidden treasures of Bangkok's historic Rattanakosin district. The Siam Hotel | Meals: Days 2–4: B/L Daily DAYS 5–7 I DON WAI/PRAN BURI Join a local chef at the floating markets of Don Wai, then learn to prepare some of her favorite Thai dishes. Continue to coastal Pran Buri and venture into Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, a dramatic landscape of limestone peaks and white-sand beaches. Track wild elephants at Kui Buri National Park, and interact with rescued elephants, gibbons, and sun bears at a wildlife refuge. Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa Meals: B/L Daily

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Set out with a private guide to explore the vibrant Thai capital. Navigate city canals by long boat, and visit the Wat Arun and Wat Champa pagodas. Tour the 17th-century Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, and delve into UNESCO World Heritage–listed Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Discover the iconic sites

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Moderate

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Light or Moderate

(Lindbladis andoffered Scenic Expeditions November Only) This is a private expedition that through April. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you.

COST

Jan. 1– Feb. 28, 2019

Mar. 1– Apr. 30, 2019

Nov. 1– Dec. 31, 2019

Jan. 1– Apr. 30, 2020

2 people $5,495 $5,995 $6,495 $6,495 4 people $4,995 $5,495 $5,995 $5,995 6 people $4,495 $4,995 $5,495 $5,495 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $195 per person (subject to change).

DAYS 8–11 I CHIANG MAI DAYS 1–4 I BANGKOK, THAILAND/ AYUTTHAYA

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Fly to Chiang Mai, the cultural heart of Thailand. Glimpse centuries-old Thai traditions on a visit to a hill tribe family, and walk to one of the country’s most sacred temples. Immerse yourself in bustling Chiang Mai Gate Market, tour the old city on a rickshaw, and ride a horse cart through Wiang Kum Kam—considered the earliest settlement in the region. 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai | Meals: Day 8: B/D; Days 9–10: B/L Daily; Day 11: B Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: Bangkok’s Wat Arun gives off a golden glow at twilight.

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WESTERN CHINA AND TIBET

1 3 D AY S F R O MLand $ 5 , 3 9Small 5 Ship

Family

• Explore enchanting Lijiang and the fortified old town of Dali with a private guide. • Visit the high-altitude home of National Geographic explorer Joseph Rock on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. • Get immersed in Tibetan culture in fabled Shangri-La and sky-high Lhasa. Light

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DATES

View ancient artifacts with pictographic script at the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture in Lijiang. Ride a cable car to the summit of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and visit the high-altitude home of the late National Geographic explorer Joseph Rock. The Bivou Lijiang | Meals: B/L Daily

(Lindblad Scenic ExpeditionsMarch Only) This is a private expedition that isandoffered through November. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you.

Explore the village of Stone Drum and hike into Tiger Leaping Gorge. In fabled Shangri-La, visit Songzanlin Monastery and Pudacuo National Park. Participate in a Tibetan ritual at the white stupa, and meet local weavers. Banyan Tree Ringha | Meals: B/L Daily

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Activity Level: Light/Moderate

DAYS 5–6 I LIJIANG

DAYS 7–8 I SHANGRI-LA

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Light or Moderate

COST 2 people 4 people 6 people

Mar. 1–Nov. 30, 2019

$6,395 $5,995 $5,395

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $1,295 per person (subject to change).

DAYS 9–11 I LHASA, TIBET DAYS 1–4 I SHANGHAI, CHINA/DALI After an evening at leisure in Shanghai, travel to Dali in the Yunnan province. Visit the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, and stroll Dali’s fortified old town. Cruise Erhai Lake to a Bai fishing village on Jinsuo Island. Take in views from the summit of Cangshan Mountain, and learn about unique Bai tie-dyeing methods in Zhoucheng village. Fairmont Peace Hotel; Linden Centre | Meals: Day 2: B; Days 3–4: B/L Daily

Fly to Lhasa and explore the Potala Palace— former home of the Dalai Lama. Visit Jokhang Temple and a traditional market. Wander Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's former summer residence, and witness philosophical debates at the Sera Monastery. The St. Regis Lhasa Resort Day 9: B; Days 10–11: B/L Daily DAYS 12–13 I BEIJING, CHINA Fly home via Beijing. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport | Meals: B Daily

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Above: The setting sun lights up Erhai Lake.

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ICELAND

7 D AY S F R O M Land $ 7,9 9 5Small Ship

Family

• Stay at the Nordic chic Hotel Húsafell, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.  •  Step into a glistening glacial tunnel, and soak in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon.

DAY 4 I HVALFJÖRÐUR/HÚSAFELL Visit Thingvellir National Park, then continue to Deildartunguhver hot spring and the Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls. Drive on the Langjökull Glacier and step into a blue glacial cave. At Hotel Húsafell, a National Geographic Unique Lodge, unwind in the on-site hot springs. Hotel Húsafell | Meals: B/L

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Light/Moderate

Moderate

DATES

Tour the Reykjanes Peninsula, home to the geothermal wonders of Gunnuhver. Soak in the Blue Lagoon, visit the presidential residence, and explore Álftanes before settling into your hotel in Reykjavík. Apotek Hotel DAYS 2–3 I GOLDEN CIRCLE/SOUTH SHORE Tour Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, and enjoy a

Venture to the volcanic Eldborg Crater and stop at natural mineral springs en route to the lava fields of Búðir. Explore the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, from the fishing village of Arnarstapi to Djúpalónssandur—or Black Lava Pearl Beach. Hotel Húsafell | Meals: B DAYS 6–7 I HVALFJÖRÐUR/REYKJAVÍK Drive to Reykjavík, where you'll have the option to go on a walking tour. Fly home the following day. Apotek Hotel | Meals: B Daily

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Light or Moderate

(Lindbladis andoffered Scenic Expeditions year Only) This is a private expedition that round. You may request any dates that are convenient for you.

COST 2 people 4 people 6 people

Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

$13,795 $8,995 $7,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

DAY 5 I SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA DAY 1 I REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Active

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

• Discover rugged fjords and a glacier-capped volcano on the remote Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

private driving tour of the Golden Circle before continuing to Hella near Iceland’s south shore. Hike with professional mountain guides on the Sólheimajökull glacial tongue, and soak up the majesty of the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Hotel Rangá | Meals: B/L Daily

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Hotel Húsafell is a hub of Nordic design within easy reach of the island's geological drama: volcanoes, enormous glaciers, lava caves, and the gorgeous Snæfellsnes Peninsula. During a two-night stay, get an in-depth look at these wonders, setting out on a range of active and immersive excursions, including a behindthe-scenes walk across the property. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: The Strokkur geyser spouts water nearly 200 feet in the air.

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P O RT U GA L

9 D AY S F R O M Land $ 5 , 4 9 5Small Ship

Family

• Explore the stunning towns of Sintra and Évora—both UNESCO World Heritage sites—with a private guide. • Examine the fascinating prehistoric rock art of Foz Côa on a private night tour. • Sip on wood-aged and vintage ports at a historic wine estate in the Douro Valley.

the city’s seven hills. Rumble down narrow, decadent streets and soak up the atmosphere of Lisbon’s diverse neighborhoods, from dreamy old Alfama to elegant Chiado. Walk among the hilltop ramparts of São Jorge Castle, a Moorish fortress that dates to the sixth century, and take in breathtaking views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. H10 Duque de Loulé | Meals: Day 2: B DAY 3 I SINTRA

DAYS 1–2 I LISBON, PORTUGAL Arrive in Lisbon and spend the rest of the day at leisure in the Portuguese capital. The next day, take a walking tour of the historic Belém district and the ornate Jerónimos Monastery, and learn about the golden age of Portuguese exploration. Hop on an iconic Lisbon tram, carefully restored to its original style, and take a private afternoon ride across

Venture west to the cosmopolitan Estoril coast, and join your private guide for a stroll through the fairytale-like old town of Sintra— where the entire landscape has been named a World Heritage site. Unlock the mysteries of the Quinta da Regaleira—an enchanting estate riddled with Freemason symbols and mythological motifs throughout its chapel, gardens, and underground tunnels. Before returning to Lisbon, drive along the sheer seaside cliffs of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park to Cape Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. H10 Duque de Loulé | Meals: B DAY 4 I ÉVORA Travel to the medieval city of Évora, capital of the Alentejo region and a World Heritage

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site. Wander the old town with a private Light or Moderate guide, stopping at the fortress-like cathedral and the 16th-century São Francisco Church, which features nautical motifs celebrating the Age of Discovery and a chapel decorated with human bones and skulls. Continue to the University of Évora, founded as a Jesuit seminary in the 16th century, then see the first-century remains of the Roman Temple. Enjoy the rest of day at leisure, choosing to relax at the hotel or continue your exploration of the city. M’AR de AR Aqueduto | Meals: B (Lindblad and Scenic Expeditions Only)

DAY 5 I MARVÃO/SORTELHA/MARIALVA After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to postcard-perfect Marvão. Perched atop a craggy granite peak in the São Mamede Range with sweeping views of the Alentejo plains, Marvão—named for a Moorish chieftain—was historically used as a defensive fortress. Explore the charming, white-washed village on your own and climb up to its towering 13th-century castle. Continue to Sortelha, one of Portugal’s best preserved medieval villages, en route to Marialva. Casas de Côro | Meals: B/D DAY 6 I MARIALVA/CÔA VALLEY This morning, discover the hilltop village

Above: Colorful buildings line the river in Porto’s old town.

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of Castelo Rodrigo and the majestic city of Trancoso, rife with history since the Middle Ages. Return to your hotel in Marialva this afternoon, then venture out to the World Heritage–listed Côa Valley, home to some of the world’s most important prehistoric rock art. Enjoy a private night tour of the valley’s greatest concentration of Paleolithic engravings with a local expert and observe how layers of art appear in the shifting shadows. Casas de Côro | Meals: B/D DAY 7 I PINHÃO/PORTO Today, travel through the lush terraced landscapes of the Douro Valley on your way to Porto. Stop in the picturesque village of Pinhão before continuing to the Quinta do Crasto wine estate. Tour the sun-soaked vineyards and enjoy lunch and a wine tasting overlooking the Douro River. Then transfer to the city of Porto, known for its production of port wine. Spend the rest of the day on your own, strolling Porto’s colorful waterfront or stepping into its baroque churches. Or visit Livraria Lello, the beautiful bookshop said to have inspired author J. K. Rowling’s description of the Hogwarts library. Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel | Meals: B/L

DAYS 8–9 I PORTO

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Set out on a private walking tour of Porto’s World Heritage—listed historic center—a network of cobblestone streets, antique storefronts, and charming squares. Visit the São Francisco Church, a Gothic landmark harboring a lavishly gilded interior, and the Bolsa (or Stock Exchange) Palace, notable for its granite work and opulent Arabian hall. This afternoon, explore Porto at your own pace. Delve into Serralves Park, an exquisitely landscaped green space sheltering tranquil ponds, fountains, and modern sculptures. Or stop by the futuristic Casa da Música, one of the city’s leading concert halls, and wander its labyrinth of stairs, corridors, and eclectic rooms. Transfer to the airport the next day for your flight back home. Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel | Meals: B Daily

This is a private expedition that is offered year round. You may request any dates that are convenient for you. COST 2 people 4 people 6 people

Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

$7,995 $6,495 $5,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price.

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GREEK ISLES

9 D AY S F R O M $ 6 , 4 9 5

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• Stay in a stunning cave dwelling at Kapari Natural Resort, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

Activity Level: Light

• Explore the Acropolis, Temple of Poseidon, and the Minoan Palace of Knossos with private guides. •  Set sail on the Aegean and see one of Santorini's famous sunsets from the water.

DAYS 3–5 I CRETE Alongside a private guide, visit the Palace of Knossos, the ancient capital of Minoan Crete; and peruse the Minoan art on display at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Sail in a traditional fishing vessel to the isle of Spinalonga, once a stronghold of the Venetians and later the Ottomans. Prepare Cretan specialties during an optional cooking class in a local village. St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas Meals: B Daily DAYS 6–9 I SANTORINI

DAYS 1–2 I ATHENS, GREECE Take a private tour of timeless Athens, and see some of the 4,000 ancient works on display in the Acropolis Museum. Join your private guide for a scenic drive along the coast to Cape Sóunio, where the Temple of Poseidon presides over the sparkling Aegean Sea. Electra Metropolis Athens | Meals: Day 2: B

Settle into Kapari Natural Resort—part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges collection— where beautiful white-washed cave rooms offer unobstructed views of Santorini’s indigo caldera. Trace the ridgeline of the island on a guided tour from the southern to the northern tip of the crescent. Join a sailing excursion on the Aegean, stopping to snorkel and swim in inviting waters. Kapari Natural Resort | Meals: Day 6: B; Day 7: B/L; Day 8: B/D; Day 9: B

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Light

Light/Moderate

DATES Light or Moderate

This is a private expedition that is offered May(Lindblad and Scenic Expeditions Only) through October. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you. COST 2 people 4 people 6+ people

May 1– June 30, 2019

July 1– Sept. 30, 2019

Oct. 1–31, 2019

$7,495 $6,995 $6,495

$8,495 $7,995 $7,495

$7,495 $6,995 $6,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $270 per person (subject to change). NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

At Kapari Natural Resort on Santorini, settle into an age-old cave dwelling with extraordinary views. During your three-night stay, enjoy a specially arranged visit to a local farm. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: Brilliant blue domes cap the white-washed buildings of Oia on Santorini.

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GREECE

9 D AY S F R O M Land $ 5 , 6 9 5Small Ship

Family

• Stay at Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, a National Geographic Unique Lodge overlooking the sweeping Vikos Gorge.

Travel to Vergína, site of the first capital of the kingdom of Macedonia. Settle into Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World nestled amid the Pindus Mountains. Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas | Meals: B/L DAYS 4–5 I ZAGÓRI/ZITSA Explore the enchanting stone-and-slate villages of the Zagóri region, and take an exclusive tour of a 16th-century monastery. Visit a wine estate in Zitsa for a tasting and private tour. Alternatively, join a guided trek and rafting excursion along the Voidomatis River (additional cost). Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas | Meals: Day 4: B/L; Day 5: B/D

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Taste your way through Thessaloníki on a food tour. Stroll a centuries-old market, and sample fresh edibles before continuing to a nearby restaurant for a lunch of local specialties. Electra Palace Thessaloniki | Meals: Day 2: B/L

Light or Moderate

COST 2 people 4+ people

Jan. 1– June 30, 2019

July 1– Aug. 31, 2019

Sept. 1– Oct. 31, 2019

$7,995 $5,995

$7,595 $5,695

$7,995 $5,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

DAY 3 I THESSALONÍKI/VERGÍNA/ZAGÓRI Take a private tour of Thessaloníki's landmarks, then peruse the Archaeological Museum.

Explore the incredible clifftop monasteries and cave chapels of Meteora with your private guide. Grand Meteora Hotel | Meals: B/L DAYS 7–9 I DELPHI/ATHENS Visit the Monastery of the Prophet Elias, then enjoy private tours of the Delphi archaeological site and the ruins of Eleusis before heading to Athens for an afternoon at leisure. Fly home the next day. Elafivolia Arahova Suites; Electra Palace Athens | Meals: Day 7: B/L; Days 8–9: B Daily

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DAY 6 I METEORA DAYS 1–2 I THESSALONÍKI, GREECE

Active

Activity Level: Light/Moderate

• Taste your way through the tavernas and centuries-old markets of Thessaloníki, Greece's culinary capital.  •  Enjoy private tours of the Meteora monasteries and the ruins of ancient Delphi and Eleusis.

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During three nights at Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, discover the enchanting peaks and villages of Zagóri, one of Greece's best-kept secrets. Trace the legacy of the Ottoman traders across ancient mountain footpaths, explore the dramatic cliffs and chasms of the world's deepest gorge, and savor the region's distinctive seasonal cuisine. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: Perched atop sandstone pinnacles, the monasteries of Meteora rise with the surrounding mountain peaks.

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IRELAND

9 D AY S F R O M Land $ 5 , 6 9 5Small Ship

Family

• Wake up amid the regal splendor of Ashford Castle, a National Geographic Unique Lodge.  •  Explore the Irish countryside on private, in-depth tours of The Burren, Connemara, and County Kerry.  •  Watch a sheep-herding demonstration and meet a breeder of championship racing stallions. 

for a stroll along the “Medieval Mile” and a tour of Kilkenny Castle. Pembroke Kilkenny | Meals: B DAY 4 I WATERFORD/BLARNEY CASTLE/ KILLARNEY Opt to start the day at the House of Waterford Crystal and continue to Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Or begin at Blarney Castle, then explore Killarney National Park in County Kerry. Great Southern Killarney | Meals: B DAY 5 I RING OF KERRY OR DINGLE PENINSULA Today, choose between two of Ireland’s most scenic driving routes: the Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula. Great Southern Killarney | Meals: B

DAYS 1–2 I DUBLIN, IRELAND On a private tour of Dublin, see the illuminated Book of Kells at the Trinity College library, then visit the National Museum of Ireland's archaeology branch to view Celtic antiquities and Viking artifacts. Dylan Hotel | Meals: Day 2: B DAY 3 I KILKENNY Meet a breeder of championship racehorses at the Irish National Stud, then continue to Kilkenny

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COST 2 People 4 People 6 People

Jan. 1– Apr. 1–30, May 1– Oct. 1–31, Nov. 1– Mar. 31, 2019 2019 Sept. 30, 2019 2019 Dec. 31, 2019

$7,995 $5,995 $8,695 $8,295 $7,995 $5,995 $6,295 $6,695 $6,295 $5,995 $5,695 $8,295 $6,395 $5,995 $5,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGE

DAY 6 I THE BURREN NATIONAL PARK/ CLIFFS OF MOHER Explore the limestone karst landscapes of The Burren National Park en route to the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Greg's Castle Hotel | Meals: B/D DAYS 7–9 I GALWAY/COUNTY MAYO/SHANNON Discover festive Galway, then settle into Ashford Castle—a National Geographic Unique Lodge. Experience Connemara farm life at the Dan O’Hara Homestead, and watch a sheep-herding demonstration. Ashford Castle | Meals: B Daily

Revel in the regal splendor of historic Ashford Castle during a two-night stay in County Mayo. Practice falconry in the surrounding woodlands, sample wines with the sommelier in a secret passageway, and shoot pool in the lavish billiards room. National Geographic guests are invited to stroll the castle corridors with a historian. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: The Cliffs of Moher soar more than 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

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• Explore five UNESCO World Heritage–listed cities with a private guide. • In Florence, explore the site of a National Geographic–funded search for a lost da Vinci painting. • Visit a Venetian boatyard to learn about the art of gondola construction.

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Discover exquisite Florence on a guided tour, pausing at Palazzo Vecchio, the epicenter of a National Geographic–funded search for Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Battle of Anghiari." Later, select ingredients at a local market for your private cooking class with a Florentine chef. Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1 Meals: Day 3: B/L/D; Day 4: B/L

(Lindbladis andoffered Scenic Expeditions April Only) This is a private expedition that through October. You may request any dates during those months that are convenient for you.

Explore the walled hilltop gem of San Gimignano en route to your 14th-century castello in the Tuscan countryside. Dine in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, and take a day trip to romantic Siena. Castello di Spaltenna | Meals: Day 5: B/D; Day 6: B DAYS 1–2 I VENICE, ITALY

DAYS 7–9 I ROME/VATICAN CITY

Get your first look at Venice on a water taxi ride from the airport to the famous Grand Canal, then take a walking tour of this enchanting city. Visit a boatyard to learn about traditional gondola construction, and enjoy after-hours access to the opulent galleries of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci | Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B

Visit stunning Orvieto, perched atop a volcanic rock, before heading to Rome. Delve into the city’s iconic sights—the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps, among others—and marvel at the spectacular frescos and Renaissance artwork housed in the Vatican Museums. Hotel Splendide Royal | Meals: Day 7: B/L/D; Days 8–9: B Daily

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$7,995 $6,995 $6,195

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AMERICAN SOUTHWEST N AT I O N A L PA R K S

7 D AY S F R O M Land $ 5 , 4 9 5Small Ship

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• Explore Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks with a naturalist guide. • Raft down the Colorado River, through Glen Canyon and iconic Horseshoe Bend. • Venture into world-famous slot canyons, including Zion’s Narrows and Antelope Canyon.

unforgettable sunset from a unique viewpoint. Thunderbird or Kachina Lodge | Meals: Day 2: B/L/D; Day 3: B/L DAYS 4–5 I GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK/GLEN CANYON/LAKE POWELL Watch the sun rise over the canyon; then head to the Cameron Trading Post, where Navajo people trade wool, livestock, and crafts. Raft along a calm stretch of the Colorado River, then take in views of the waterway from the iconic Horseshoe Bend viewpoint. Settle into your hotel on the shores of Lake Powell. Lake Powell Resort | Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/L

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COST 2 people 4 people 6 people

Mar. 1–Oct. 31, 2019

$8,495 $5,995 $5,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price.

DAY 6 I ANTELOPE CANYON/SPRINGDALE, UTAH/ZION NATIONAL PARK DAY 1 I PHOENIX, ARIZONA Arrive in Phoenix and explore Old Town Scottsdale at your leisure. Hotel Valley Ho DAYS 2–3 I RED ROCK STATE PARK/ SEDONA/GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Hike through Red Rock State Park and explore Sedona's vibrant downtown. Check in to your hotel perched on the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Choose from a range of hikes, and catch an

Trek into Antelope Canyon and choose from several excursions offering excellent photographic opportunities. Transfer to Springdale and settle into your lodge near Zion National Park's vermillion cliffs. Take your pick of trails to iconic sites, from the Emerald Pools to the world-renowned Narrows. Desert Pearl Inn Meals: B/L/D DAY 7 I ZION NATIONAL PARK Take a sunrise hike on Zion’s Watchman Trail. Fly home from St. George or Las Vegas. Meals: B

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Above: The Grand Canyon provides an incomparable backdrop for the setting sun.

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YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS

8 D AY S F R O M Land $ 5 ,9 9 5Small Ship

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• Settle into cozy Bentwood Inn, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.  •  Seek out bison, grizzlies, and wolves with an expert on a wildlife safari in the Lamar Valley. •  Raft the Snake River or float through Grand Teton National Park.

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Enjoy a day at leisure in the lively mountain town of Bozeman. Hilton Garden Inn Bozeman DAYS 2–3 I YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING Explore Yellowstone National Park, passing through Paradise Valley en route to Mammoth Hot Springs. Settle into your glamping tepee,

Depart for Grand Teton National Park, stopping at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Colter Bay Village. Ride a tram to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain for some high-altitude hiking. Settle into Bentwood Inn, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. The next day, choose between two rafting trips along the Snake River: a leisurely float through Grand Teton National Park, or a thrilling ride across rapids. Fly home from Jackson Hole. Bentwood Inn | Meals: Days 6–7: B/L/D Daily: Day 8: B

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May 15–Sept. 30, 2019

$9,295 $6,995 $5,995

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outfitted with a fireplace. Rise early the next day for a wildlife safari in the Lamar Valley. After lunch in Cooke City, return to the park for a guided hike. Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel | Meals: Day 2: B/L/D; Day 3: B/L

Visit the Norris and Upper Geyser Basins and take in the clockwork eruption of Old Faithful, then continue to our historic hotel on Yellowstone Lake. Travel to Hayden Valley and hike to the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins Meals: Day 4: B/L/D; Day 5: B/L

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Spend two nights at the intimate Bentwood Inn, situated between the town of Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, and surrounded by wilderness trails and pristine rivers. Savor locally sourced gourmet meals, and take an exclusive interpretive walk with a naturalist guide. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: A rainbow ring encircles Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring.

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C O S TA R I C A

9 D AY S F R O M Land $ 4 , 6 9 Small 5 Ship

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• Stay at two National Geographic Unique Lodges tucked into Costa Rican rain forest. •  Trek into the jungle with a private guide to meet with a family of Cabécar indians. •  Explore the unsurpassed biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula with naturalist guides.

Geographic Unique Lodge that can only be reached via the resort’s namesake river. Conquer the Pacuare’s rapids with fellow guests on a rafting trip through dramatic black-rock canyons blanketed in emerald-green ferns and mosses. Or ride in a 4x4 vehicle to the river’s edge, cross via hanging gondola, and hike to your palmthatched bungalow. Unwind and unplug in a true jungle sanctuary, where dinners are lit by candle and travel is done by boat, foot, or zip line. Pacuare Lodge | Meals: B/L/D DAY 3 I PACUARE RIVER

DAY 1 I SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA Arrive in San José and spend the evening at leisure, perhaps choosing to visit the old town for a look at the city’s colonial architecture. Hotel Grano de Oro DAY 2 I PACUARE RIVER Venture into the Costa Rican jungle on your way to the secluded Pacuare Lodge, a National

Join an early morning birding walk in the rain forest to spot toucans, hummingbirds, and many other species in the leafy forest canopy. This afternoon, choose one of two options: go on a rain forest hike to a typical Cabécar thatched house, meet with the son of a tribe shaman, and gain rare insights into the ancient traditions of Costa Rica’s largest and most isolated indigenous tribe. Or embark on a canopy adventure—rated easy to intermediate—that will send you soaring along a series of zip lines strung through the treetops surrounding your lodge. Pacuare Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

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This morning, head out on one last whitewater rafting adventure. Or depart for the northern highlands after breakfast, allowing for an evening at leisure in Arenal Volcano National Park. While the park’s main attraction is the mighty Arenal Volcano, its network of hiking trails, rivers, and hanging bridges create a jungle playground for nature lovers. Settle into your lodge and soak in its private hot springs, naturally heated by the very volcano that rises up before you. Lost Iguana Resort & Spa | Meals: B DAY 5 I ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK Get a monkey's-eye view of the rain forest on a guided two-mile walk through the treetops. Traverse a series of hanging bridges, getting close-up views of the unique ecosystem of the jungle canopy. Then head to La Fortuna Waterfall, which tumbles some 200 feet into a gem-colored natural pool. Take a refreshing dip before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Lost Iguana Resort & Spa | Meals: B/L

Above: A sloth hangs languidly from a tree at Lapa Rios Lodge.

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DAY 6 I OSA PENINSULA Catch a flight to the Osa Peninsula and settle into your home for the next three nights: Lapa Rios Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge celebrated for its wildlife conservation efforts in the surrounding region. From your bungalow perched on a ridgeline in a private nature reserve, enjoy spectacular views of the shimmering waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Gulf of Dulce. Lapa Rios Lodge | Meals: B/L/D DAY 7 I OSA PENINSULA Explore the unmatched biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula’s rain forests, beaches, and waters on a variety of naturalist-led group excursions. Swim beneath rushing waterfalls, learn about the medicinal uses of local plants, discover marine life in one of the world’s only tropical fjords, or follow the sounds of nocturnal wildlife through the nighttime jungle. Spot white-faced capuchin monkeys, poison dart frogs, sloths, and the occasional coati. Lapa Rios Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

lodge’s innovative sustainability efforts with naturalists, or visit a local school built with lodge funding. Plant a seedling in an area of secondary rain forest growth, or simply relax with a book in a hammock on your terrace. Join a naturalist on a private hike along a forest stream to a stunning waterfall. Swim in the fall’s crystal-clear natural pool and then enjoy a memorable lunch in the forest canopy, overlooking the waterfall from high above. You may also choose to take an optional day trip to nearby Corcovado National Park. Lapa Rios Lodge | Meals: B/L/D

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Jan. 1– Apr. 30, 2019

May 1– Oct. 31, 2019

Nov. 1– Dec. 31, 2019

$5,695 $5,395

$4,995 $4,695

$5,695 $5,395

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DAY 9 I OSA PENINSULA/SAN JOSÉ Rise with the sun to catch a vivid display of bird activity in the budding light of dawn. The endemic black-cheeked ant-tanager and the scarlet macaw are but two of the rare birds among the area’s 300-plus avian species. Later, drive to Puerto Jiménez and fly to San José, where you will catch your flight home. Meals: B

DAY 8 I OSA PENINSULA

Raft into the jungle to Pacuare Lodge and spend two nights in a thatched bungalow. Explore with top guides and enjoy an exclusive visit with members of an isolated indigenous culture. On the Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios Lodge (pictured above) offers access to pristine rain forest and remote beaches. During a three-night stay, you’ll be treated to a private waterfall hike and lunch among the treetops.

Enjoy a full day to explore the area on a variety of excursions. Learn about the

Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: The Arenal Volcano towers above the rain forest canopy.

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BELIZE AND TIKAL

9 D AY S F R O M Land $ 3 ,9 9 5Small Ship

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• Delve into Maya culture at Copal Tree Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. • Tour the ancient ruins of Tikal, and canoe Barton Creek Cave, a gateway to the Maya underworld. • Snorkel among sharks and sea turtles on the world's second largest reef system.

the colorful Snake Cayes. Visit with a family at a Kek’chi Maya village, then prepare and share a traditional Maya meal. Copal Tree Lodge | Meals: Days 2–3: B/L Daily

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Fly to Belize City and visit the Belize Zoo—a rehabilitation sanctuary—before continuing to your jungle lodge in the Cayo District. Cross the border into Guatemala for a private tour of the ancient Maya ruins at Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Chaa Creek | Meals: B/L Daily DAYS 6–9 I CAYO DISTRICT, BELIZE/ AMBERGRIS CAYE/BELIZE CITY

DAYS 1–3 I BELIZE CITY, BELIZE/ PUNA GORDA From Belize City, fly to Copal Tree Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge nestled in the lush coastal jungles of southern Belize. National Geographic guests are invited to take part in an exclusive chocolate-making class and an in-depth coffee tasting. Watch for the endangered West Indian manatee at the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, and snorkel

Canoe the passageways of Barton Creek Cave, a gateway to the underworld for the ancient Maya. Travel to Ambergris Caye and check in to your hotel overlooking the Belize Barrier Reef. Snorkel and swim among sea turtles, sharks, and sting rays at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Relax at the beach and explore the town of San Pedro, or book an optional excursion. Connect to your flight home from Belize City. Victoria House Resort & Spa | Meals: Day 6: B/L: Days 7–9: B Daily PLEASE NOTE: A US Department of State travel advisory for Guatemala is currently in effect (travel.state.gov).

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2 people 4 people 6 people

Jan. 1–Aug. 31 Nov. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

$4,795 $4,295 $3,995

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Spend three nights at Copal Tree Lodge among coastal rain forests. Explore the Rio Grande by kayak, canoe, or on a guided fishing excursion. National Geographic guests are invited to participate in a chocolate-making class and coffee tasting at the lodge, which specializes in sustainable agritourism. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: A snorkeler swims behind a sea turtle.

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ALASKA

9 D AY S F R O M Land $8,695 Small Ship

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• Aboard the Denali Star, wind through the scenic valleys of the Alaska Range. • Stay at Winterlake Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge set along the historic Iditarod Trail. • Hike or bike through Denali National Park and Preserve with a naturalist guide.

your journey. Spend two days exploring the park on a variety of excursions, choosing between naturalist-led hikes, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and panning for gold. Kantishna Roadhouse or Denali Backcountry Lodge | Meals: Day 2: B/D; Days 3–4: B/L/D Daily DAY 5 I DENALI STAR/TALKEETNA Board the Denali Star for a scenic train ride through the Alaska wilderness. Disembark in Talkeetna and transfer to your hotel, offering views of Denali’s lofty peak. Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge | Meals: B/L DAYS 6–7 I WINTERLAKE LODGE: SOUTH-CENTRAL ALASKA WILDERNESS

DAY 1 I FAIRBANKS, ALASKA Pay a visit to the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, featuring exhibitions on Alaska's biodiversity and cultural traditions. Pike's Waterfront Lodge DAYS 2–4 I DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE Travel to your lodge deep within Denali, seeking out bears, moose, and caribou along Above: Denali, the highest peak in North America

Board a floatplane to Winterlake Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge. On the Iditarod Trail, meet huskies from the lodge’s dog-mushing school. Hike to Red Lake for a flyfishing lesson, forage for wild edibles, or climb Wolverine Ridge for views of Denali. Opt to travel by helicopter to a remote patch of wilderness for alpine hiking, glacier trekking, or white-water rafting. Winterlake Lodge | Meals: B/L/D Daily DAYS 8–9 I ANCHORAGE Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, and fly home the following day. Hotel Captain Cook | Meals: B Daily

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COST 2 people 4 people

June 1–Sept. 10, 2019

$9,495 $8,695

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $1,095 per person (subject to change).

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At the edge of a lake along the historic Iditarod Trail, enjoy an authentic Alaskan backcountry experience during two nights at Winterlake Lodge. The hand-built wood cabins of Winterlake offer a beautiful base for fishing, hiking, or dogsledding. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

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AUSTRALIA

1 3 D AY S F R O M Land $ 1 3 , 4 9Small 5 Ship

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• Stay in three spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. • Wake up to views of the sunrise over Uluru, and examine ancient carvings with a guide. • Sip cocktails alongside grazing kangaroos and wallabies on Kangaroo Island.

motorized dinghy, and stand-up paddleboard. National Geographic travelers are invited to embark on a sunset cruise. Lizard Island Resort Meals: Day 3: B/D; Days 4–5: B/L/D Daily DAYS 6–8 I CAIRNS/ULURU Travel via Cairns to Longitude 131°, a National Geographic Unique Lodge with views of sacred Uluru. In Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, examine Uluru’s ancient rock paintings and walk between the soaring rock domes of Walpa Gorge. National Geographic guests enjoy an exclusive introduction to outback cuisine in the lodge kitchen. Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns; Longitude 131° | Meals: Day 6: B; Days 7–8: B/L/D Daily

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Jan. 1–Sept. 30, 2019 Oct. 1, 2019–Mar. 31, 2020

2 people $13,995 $14,495 4+ people $13,495 $13,995 Prices are per person, double occupancy, and subject to availability. Single-traveler prices are available upon request. A surcharge may apply to certain travel dates based on holidays and local events. Airfare is not included in the price. Internal flights are an additional $2,100–$2,600 per person, depending on the departure date (subject to change). NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES

DAYS 9–13 I KANGAROO ISLAND/SYDNEY DAY 1 I SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Tour the Sydney Opera House with a private guide, and join a cruise across Sydney Harbour. Shangri-La Hotel Sydney | Meals: Day 2: B/L DAYS 3–5 I LIZARD ISLAND Settle into Lizard Island Resort, a National Geographic Unique Lodge bordering the Great Barrier Reef. Delve into the reef’s brilliant underwater world, exploring by scuba, snorkel,

Spend three nights at the elegant Southern Ocean Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge perched atop the coastal cliffs of Kangaroo Island. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the property, followed by a private dinner in the wine cellar. Join lodge naturalists to walk coastal trails, observe sea lions, and discover unique geology; and sip sundowners alongside grazing kangaroos and wallabies. Fly home via Sydney. Southern Ocean Lodge | Meals: Day 9: B/D; Days 10–11: B/L/D Daily; Days 12–13: B Daily

Stay in three National Geographic Unique Lodges: Lizard Island, Longitude 131° (pictured above), and Southern Ocean Lodge. Call or visit our website for full itineraries, inclusions, and more.

Above: Two snorkelers explore the Great Barrier Reef near Lizard Island.

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NEW ZEALAND

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• Cruise through Milford Sound and the glittering Te Anau caves. • Visit the sheep farm that transformed into the Shire for The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. • Take a private food and wine tour of Waiheke Island.

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Explore Auckland at your own pace, then ferry to picturesque Waiheke Island for a food and wine tour. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Meals: Day 1: B; Day 2: B/L DAYS 3–4 I MATAMATA/TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

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Jan. 1–Apr. 30, 2019

$9,495 $7,795 $6,995

Oct. 1–Dec. 31, 2019

$9,495 $7,795 $6,995

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Tour the sheep farm that served as the setting for the Shire in The Lord of the Rings. Explore

Cruise the glittering glowworm caves of Te Anau, and explore the world-famous Milford Sound by boat. Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas | Meals: B/L Daily DAYS 9–11 I QUEENSTOWN Discover the flora of the Southern Alps on an interpretive walk, and enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Queenstown, the “adventure capital of the world.” Hotel St. Moritz | Meals: Day 9: B/L; Days 10–11: B Daily

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the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park and stop at Turangi, known as the “trout fishing capital of the world.” Then venture to Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hilton Lake Taupo | Meals: Day 3: B/L; Day 4: B

Visit a kiwi hatchery to learn how these endangered birds are reintroduced into the wild, and delve into Maori culture at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. Fly to the South Island, and encounter wild royal albatross and little blue penguins at the Royal Albatross Centre. Distinction Dunedin Hotel Meals: Day 5: B/L; Day 6: B

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ADDITIONAL TRIPS E C U A D O R AV I A N 1 1 D AY S F R O M $ 5 ,9 9 5 Set out on an avian adventure in Ecuador, home to more than 1,600 species of birds. Venture into Yasuní National Park in the Amazon headwaters to look for colorful parrots, parakeets, and macaws—exploring by foot and dugout canoe. In the hot springs town of Papallacta, search for the majestic Andean condor. This expedition is available year round.

B O T S WA N A 1 0 D AY S F R O M $ 7, 2 9 5 Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the ideal wildlife sanctuary: a far-reaching network of flood plains and glistening lagoons nearly devoid of human presence. Discover the region on open-vehicle game drives and canoe safaris, seeking out rare and endangered species, including African wild dogs and blue wildebeests. This expedition is available year round.

K E N YA 8 D AY S F R O M $ 6 ,9 9 5 The rolling plains of Kenya are the essence of East Africa, teeming with herds of zebra and wildebeest, dotted with acacia trees, and inhabited by the intriguing Maasai people. In two protected areas—Chyulu Hills and the Olare Motorogi Conservancy—discover a breathtaking array of animals. This expedition is available year round.

ZAMBIA 1 0 D AY S F R O M $ 7,9 9 5 The untamed wilderness of Zambia is one of Africa’s lesser known treasures, home to a stunning array of creatures and habitats. Venture deep into South Luangwa National Park and feel the thrill of tracking wildlife on foot. Then journey to Lower Zambezi National Park to explore by canoe and riverboat. This expedition is available April through mid-November.

MONGOLIA 1 0 D AY S F R O M $ 7, 6 9 5 Embrace the intriguing way of life of Mongolia’s nomads as you explore the soaring Altay Mountains, spot wild horses on the steppe, and traverse the Gobi’s undulating dunes. In Ulaanbaatar, go behind the scenes at a paleontology lab, and visit museums and monasteries with a private guide. This expedition is available mid-May through September 30th.

Prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability, and do not include airfare. For the detailed itinerary, meals included, and additional information, please visit our website.

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INDIA 9 D AY S F R O M $ 4 ,9 9 5 Celebrate the rich heritage of India on a journey through the cultural heart of the country. Explore exquisitely carved fortresses and temples, and watch the sun rise over the magnificent Taj Mahal. Delve into the colorful bustle of everyday life in Delhi and Jaipur, meet with local artisans, and venture out on safari. This expedition is available October through April.

C R O AT I A 1 0 D AY S F R O M $ 4 ,9 9 5 Discover Croatia’s enchanting mix of imperial influences, where conquests by Roman emperors and Venetian doges, Ottomans and Austro-Hungarians have left their mark on land and culture. Cruise to picturesque islands just off the coast and meander along gem-like pools in Plitvice Lakes National Park. This expedition is available May through October.

RUSSIA 1 1 D AY S F R O M $ 7,9 9 5 Step into a riveting history of tsars and Bolsheviks, architects and spies on a journey through Russia. Alongside private guides, discover the urban treasure troves of Moscow and St. Petersburg, home to world-class museums like the incomparable State Hermitage. Then explore the Golden Ring. This expedition is available April through October.

SWITZERLAND 8 D AY S F R O M $ 5 ,9 9 5 Amid Switzerland’s emerald meadows and majestic mountains, awe-inspiring backdrops frame nearly every scene. Take in breathtaking landscapes from Gruyères to Zermatt, zip through the Alps on the legendary Glacier Express, and explore alpine villages and historic towns with a private guide. This expedition is available June through October.

Y O S E M I T E N AT I O N A L P A R K 7 D AY S F R O M $ 4 , 6 9 5 Explore Yosemite National Park, a geological wonderland endowed with a rich history and staggering beauty. Explore magnificent sequoia groves and hike through glacially carved valleys and alpine meadows, searching for wildlife along the way. This expedition is available April through October.

S PA I N TO P R OV E N C E 1 1 D AY S F R O M $ 9,9 9 5 Trace the evolution of the 20th century's great artistic pioneers in Spain and the South of France. From the otherworldly creations of Gaudí and Dalí to the sun-dappled canvases of Matisse and Bonnard, delve into one of art’s most innovative periods. This expedition is available year round.

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MO R E WAYS TO T R AV E L WITH NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC Our range of travel experiences is truly panoramic. In addition to National Geographic Private Expeditions, we offer many different ways to see the world— from wildlife safaris and active trips to expedition cruises and much more. No matter how you travel with us, you’ll delve into local traditions, learn about habitats, and meet fascinating people—exploring in the tradition of National Geographic. Learn more at natgeoexpeditions.com.

LAND

EXPEDITION CRUISES

Immerse youself in fascinating destinations through enriching experiences, whether you’re exploring an archaeological site or anational park. Led by a National Geographic expert, these trips celebrate the history, culture, and natural heritage of a destination.

Take to the sea aboard one of the nine ships of the National Geographic– Lindblad fleet, and explore wild places from the Galápagos to Antarctica with an expedition team of naturalists, historians, photographers, and more.

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RIVER CRUISES

Step back in time on a rail journey, experiencing fabled landscapes from the intimate perspective of a classic train. With a National Geographic expert on board, the places you pass through take on a whole new depth and meaning.

Introduce your family to the magic of travel on trips designed for adventurers of all ages. Expedition leaders and local experts enrich your experience, and on many trips, a young explorer leader organizes fun learning activities for kids.

Improve your photography skills with the guidance of a National Geographic photographer—whether you’re traveling through Japan or framing wildlife on the Galapágos Islands.

Ply the fabled rivers of Europe and Egypt aboard spacious, world-class riverboats on all-inclusive voyages operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. A National Geographic expert and photographer accompany each voyage.

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JOURNEYS

Explore by foot, by kayak, or even by dogsled on an active expedition. Led by dynamic adventure guides, these trips combine spectacular places, physical challenge, and cultural interaction.

Experience wonders as far-flung as Easter Island and Marrakech on one epic journey, traveling with a team of National Geographic experts, including a National Geographic photographer, in the comfort of a VIP-configured private jet.

Send your high school or middle school student on assignment with National Geographic to explore inspiring destinations in depth alongside our National Geographic experts and trip leaders.

We’ve partnered with G Adventures to offer small-group trips that combine knowledgeable local guides, meaningful encounters with people and places, and more free time and choices—all at an incredible value.

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS All Please Note: The applicable Terms and Conditions may vary from those listed below based upon the specific Expedition selected by the participant. A copy of the final Terms and Conditions applicable to each participant will be sent in pre-Expedition communications. If a court of competent jurisdiction or an arbitrator holds that any provision is invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity will not affect the validity or operation of any other provision and such invalid provision will be deemed to be severed from this Agreement. Basis of Pricing: All prices are (i) per person based on two persons sharing a room, unless otherwise noted, (ii) quoted in U.S. dollars, (iii) estimates based on tariffs, currency values, airfares and third-party charges, and (iv) subject to change prior to booking. Notification of the current price relevant to the Private Expedition will be provided to the Participant at the time of booking. After booking, if it is necessary to levy an additional surcharge, National Geographic reserves the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing. Eligibility: Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire Private Expedition. Some itineraries have minimum age requirements—call for more information. Included in Private Expedition Cost: Accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner); educational materials; pre-departure information; entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary; ground transportation during the Private Expedition; transfers; services of guides and any other staff; and taxes and service charges. Please note: the “B/L/D” notations apply to the period during the Private Expedition portion of the itinerary only and do not include any meals on flights to/from the Private Expedition. Not Included in Private Expedition Cost: Air transportation and related fees (except as indicated in the itinerary); activities noted as optional in the itinerary; gratuities (tipping guidelines vary by destination and will be provided in pre-expedition materials); passport and visa expenses; medical expenses and immunizations; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, and alcoholic beverages; and any other items not specifically noted as included. Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds: To reserve space on a Private Expedition, a $1,000 per-person non-refundable deposit is required (a $1,500 per-person non-refundable deposit is required for the Chile and Easter Island Private Expedition). For some Private Expeditions, there may be additional non-refundable payments required at the time of reservation to secure permits or internal airfare. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Payments must be made by credit card. A participant’s reservation may be canceled if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 90 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. Per-person charges for cancellations that occur less than 90 days prior to departure (“Cancellation Period”) are as follows: 45-90 days prior to departure: 50% of the Private Expedition cost; 44 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the Private Expedition cost. This policy also applies to pre- and post-Private Expedition extensions and extra arrangements confirmed on any participant’s behalf. Any revisions made within the Cancellation Period, such as a change in departure date or choice of Expedition, are subject to this cancellation policy. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Arriving late or leaving a Private Expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a Private Expedition. National Geographic Expeditions reserves the right to cancel any Private Expedition because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a Private Expedition is canceled prior to departure, the tour operator will provide the participants with a full refund of monies paid to the tour operator; except in the event that the cancellation is due to a significant event

National Geographic Partners, LLC, its parent, subsidiaries, and assigns and their respective employees, affiliates, officers, directors, successors, representatives, agents and assigns (collectively “National Geographic”) and the Tour Operator will not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any Other Provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such Other Provider; and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against National Geographic and/or the Tour Operator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

that makes it infeasible to operate the Private Expedition as planned, in which case the tour operator will provide the participants with a refund and/or credit toward a future Private Expedition equivalent to the amount paid to the tour operator. If National Geographic Expeditions or the tour operator cancels the Private Expedition in progress, the participants will receive a prorated refund based on the number of days not completed on the Private Expedition. If a participant elects to leave a Private Expedition in progress of their own volition, the participant will not receive any type of refund. If National Geographic Expeditions or the tour operator cancels the Private Expedition in progress and the participant elects not to immediately return to his/her original point of departure for the Private Expedition, or if the participant elects to leave a Private Expedition in progress of their own volition, the participant acknowledges and agrees that (i) the participant shall be solely responsible for his/her travel plans once he/she departs the Private Expedition, (ii) neither National Geographic nor the Tour Operator shall have any responsibility for or control over the participant’s safety or activities once he/she departs the Private Expedition, and (iii) the participant releases and holds harmless National Geographic and the Tour Operator from any and all costs, liability, loss, damage, injury, or death that may arise out of the participant's decision to not return to his/ her original point of departure from the cancelled Private Expedition in progress. Except as outlined above when National Geographic Expeditions cancels a Private Expedition, National Geographic and the Tour Operator have no responsibility for any expenses, including any non-refundable expenses, incurred by the participants in preparing for a cancelled Private Expedition or for any additional arrangements should the participants embark prior to the scheduled departure date. Optional Excursions: If a participant elects to participate in any additional activity or excursion that is not arranged or led by National Geographic Expeditions or the Tour Operator, neither National Geographic nor the Tour Operator shall have any responsibility for or control over the participant’s safety or well-being, and the participant releases and holds harmless National Geographic and the Tour Operator from any and all costs, liability, loss, damage, injury, or death arising from the participant’s decision to participate in such activity or excursion. Trip-cancellation insurance is available at an additional cost and is strongly recommended. For more information about and to enroll in an option available through Travel Insurance Services, visit the “Travel Insurance” section of our website at natgeoexpeditions.com. Itinerary Changes: The itineraries, accommodations, and staff presented in the Private Expedition documentation are subject to modification and change by National Geographic Expeditions or the tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate Private Expeditions as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. Documentation: Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the Private Expedition such as a valid passport, all visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents. Failure to obtain documents does not negate the terms and conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting due to travel without the necessary documents will be the participant’s responsibility. Health Requirements: National Geographic reasonably accommodates travelers with disabilities on all of its trips, but not all trips may be suitable for all travelers. Any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. Walking and climbing stairs are required in many hotels and airports to board an aircraft and for many excursions. If the participant requires a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements may be made for private touring at each destination, if necessary, at the discretion of our Private Expedition staff. Depending upon the nature of the arrangements, extra costs for such arrangements may be the responsibility of the participant. If the participant would like to forgo some of the scheduled sightseeing to rejuvenate and relax, he/she may feel free to do so at any time. Please call National Geographic Expeditions for further details if you require special accommodation to participate on this Private Expedition. National

By registering for a Private Expedition, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for himself or herself or other participants. National Geographic Expeditions and the tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Private Expedition. National Geographic Expeditions and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants. Neither National Geographic, nor the Tour Operator, will be liable for any air carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket to or from the participant's Private Expedition departure city. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant. the participants.

Geographic Expeditions encourages participants to consult a doctor for specific medical advice about any activities or destinations. Medical Authorization and Coverage: In the event the participant becomes sufficiently incapacitated as to be unable to direct his or her own care, there is no one on the Private Expedition who can direct the participant’s care, and National Geographic Expeditions is unable or does not have time to contact the participant’s emergency contact, the participant, by registering and paying a deposit for a Private Expedition, authorizes any medical treatment deemed necessary in the event of any injury or illness while participating in the activity including, but not limited to, X-ray, examination, anesthetic, medical or surgical diagnosis, or treatment and hospital care which is deemed advisable by, and is to be rendered under the general or specific supervision of, any physician and/or surgeon licensed in the United States, or, if in a foreign country and no physician licensed to practice in the United States is reasonably available, by a duly licensed physician deemed competent to render the necessary care. In addition, the participant certifies that they have medical insurance which will cover personal accidents, medical expenses, medical evacuation, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the participant, or that in the absence of this medical insurance coverage, the participant agrees to pay all costs of rescue and/or medical services as may be incurred on the participant’s behalf. Photography: National Geographic Expeditions, the tour operator, and the Private Expedition leader reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any Private Expedition or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. By making a reservation on a Private Expedition, the participant agrees to allow his/her likeness to be used by National Geographic, National Geographic-authorized third parties, and the tour operator without compensation to the participant. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not be used, he/she must notify National Geographic Expeditions and/or the tour operator in writing prior to departure of the Private Expedition. Copyright in all photographs, video, and related materials created by the participant (“Expedition Materials”) will belong to the participant upon creation. The participant grants to National Geographic a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any Expedition Materials provided to National Geographic and/ or the tour operator in any media for the following limited purposes: editorial use, promotion of this editorial use, promotion of National Geographic’s travel programs, or promotion of the mission of National Geographic. Assumption of Risk: By registering for a Private Expedition, the participant acknowledges that he/she is aware that travel such as the Private Expedition he/she is undertaking involves potentially dangerous activities, some in remote areas of the world, with a risk of illness, injury or death which may be caused by forces of nature, illness, or by willful or criminal conduct of third parties or by terrorism. The participant further acknowledges that weather conditions may be severe, adverse and/ or unpleasant and that medical services or facilities may not be readily available or accessible or consistent with standards in the United States during some or all of the time during which he/she is participating on the Private Expedition and that when available may not be of the quality which exists in the United States. Arbitration Agreement: Arbitration Agreement policy and process is available at natgeoexpeditions.com/terms. Privacy Policy: Our privacy policy can be found at nationalgeographic.com/ community/privacy/. Mailing List: If you are receiving duplicate catalogs, have address updates, or would like to be removed from future National Geographic Expeditions mailings, please call toll-free 1-888-732-2379. Complete Terms: For the most complete and up-to-date Terms and Conditions, please see natgeoexpeditions.com/terms.

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