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Above: The Scenic Azure cruises past the red-roofed center of Porto; Cover: A vessel sails the Garonne past Bordeaux, France.


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Introducing National Geographic River Cruises

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An Enriching Experience

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The National Geographic Difference

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Our Experts

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The Onboard Experience

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Rhine River Cruise: Amsterdam to Basel

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Danube River Cruise: Budapest to Nuremberg

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Danube Christmas Markets River Cruise

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Cruising The Legendary Rivers of Europe

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Holland and Belgium in Springtime River Cruise

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Douro River Cruise: Into the Heart of Portugal

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Bordeaux River Cruise: Culture, Cuisine, and Châteaux

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Irrawaddy River Cruise

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Deck Plans

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Terms and Conditions

These trips are offered in partnership with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

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INTRODUCING N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C The Rhine, the Douro, the Danube—the world’s great rivers evoke a sense of romance and timelessness, linking grand cities and medieval gems, forgotten villages and rolling vineyards, and revealing something of a country’s soul. We invite you to explore these historic waterways with our experts on a new series of National Geographic River Cruises, offered in partnership with the award-winning operator, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

Background image: Guests take in spectacular views of Reichsburg Castle from the Scenic Jewel sundeck.

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RIVER CRUISES

AN ENRICHING EXPERIENCE Sailing the world’s waterways with National Geographic means charting a course less taken. Traveling aboard a world-class cruise ship, you’ll dock at intriguing ports of call, discovering destinations both storied and secret; and you’ll return to a sumptuous home base after each day’s activities. Whether we’re visiting a medieval hamlet or a legendary city, you’ll have the freedom to choose from among several available excursions. Tour a town or museum with your National Geographic expert, enjoy a wine tasting at a secluded vineyard, or set out on an active hike or bike ride—each day is yours to design. As we cruise between destinations, your National Geographic expert will give talks on board to provide context for the places we visit; and on European sailings, a National Geographic photographer is also on hand for photo talks. Evenings on the river are for enjoying incredible sunsets from the ship’s rooftop deck, or perhaps taking in a performance by local musicians and dancers who join us on board. On select nights, we’ll gather in a special spot—like a wine estate or baroque palace—for an elegant concert, meal, or party reserved exclusively for our guests. NATGEOEX PEDITIONS.COM | 1- 8 4 4 - 827-13 3 0  5


CLOSER THAN YOU’VE EVER IMAGINED

LET OUR EXPERTS GUIDE YOU

National Geographic opens doors around the globe. Our

You deepen your understanding of the world when you travel with

relationships with scientists, storytellers, museums, and active

us—whether you’re examining Paleolithic rock art with a historian in

research sites allow us special access to places and people—

Portugal or documenting Europe’s centuries-old Christmas markets

including our own grantees, whose work we often feature on our

alongside a National Geographic photographer. From the explorers,

trips. Traveling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up

storytellers, and photographers who accompany our trips to the local

view of work that’s helping illuminate and protect the world’s

guides and experts we meet in the field, you’ll be surrounded by people

cultural and natural treasures, from research on meteorites in

who are steeped in knowledge and insights about the places we go.

Austria to efforts to conserve Myanmar’s marine life.

And they’re passionate about sharing that knowledge with you.

Above: The Scenic Aura sails past a temple-dotted hillside along the Irrawaddy River.

Above: National Geographic photographer Sisse Brimberg wields her camera while on assignment.

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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 to the highest mountains, in an effort to better understand our planet. National Geographic Expeditions grew from this legacy as a way to invite others to explore—to encounter the wonders of the world up close, in depth, right at the source—and to be transformed by the experience.

WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH US, YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE When you travel with us, you support the National Geographic Society’s researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance our understanding of the planet and its people. Every year, the Society awards more than 575 grants to scientists, educators, innovators, and storytellers around the world. They are changing how we understand and interact with our planet—and helping to protect it for future generations. To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info. Above: An archaeologist interprets the prehistoric rock carvings at Foz Côa in Portugal.

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T R AV E L W I T H O U R E X P E R T S One of the great advantages of traveling on a National Geographic River Cruise is the team that accompanies each expedition: passionate adventurers whose expertise gives context and depth to our experiences on the ground and on the water. Each trip is appointed a National Geographic expert—such as a historian, author, or archaeologist—who gives talks on board and accompanies daily outings; and a National Geographic photographer joins all European sailings, offering professional tips on technique and artistry to help you capture the incredible moments from your trip on camera. Below, meet some of the inspiring people who will travel with us in 2019.

SISSE BRIMBERG N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C P H O T O G R A P H E R

Born in Denmark, award-winning photographer Sisse Brimberg has produced and photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine over the past 40 years, covering a wide range of subjects, from the Hanseatic League and the Vikings to the global flower trade and the prehistoric cave art of southwestern France. Sisse will be sharing photography tips with travelers on the December 9, 2019 departure of our Danube Christmas Markets River Cruise and the April 24, 2019 departure of our Holland and Belgium in Springtime River Cruise. See pages 15 and 18 for the itineraries.

DON GEORGE AUTHOR

Don George is an editor at large and columnist for National Geographic Traveler magazine, as well as host of the National Geographic Live series of conversations with notable authors. Don is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing; has edited eight literary travel anthologies, including Better Than Fiction, The Kindness of Strangers, and By the Seat of My Pants; and received dozens of writing awards, including the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year award. He joins our Danube Christmas Markets River Cruise on December 9, 2019 and our Bordeaux River Cruise: Culture, Cuisine, and Châteaux on May 25, 2019. See pages 15 and 22 for the itineraries.

JASPER DOEST N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C P H O T O G R A P H E R

Dutch photographer Jasper Doest specializes in travel and wildlife photography. His work has received multiple awards and has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine. He is a regular contributor to the Dutch editions of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler. Through his photography, Jasper strives to shed light on environmental issues that emphasize the beauty and fragility of our planet. He will share his knowledge and perspective with guests on the April 17, 2019 departure of our Holland and Belgium in Springtime River Cruise. See page 18 for the itinerary.

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A N I N T E R V I E W W I T H A U T H O R TERESA FISHER Teresa Fisher launched her travel writing career in Bavaria more than three decades ago, and has since penned more than 30 guidebooks, including National Geographic Traveler: Switzerland. Teresa will join the June 12, 2019 departure of our Rhine River Cruise: Amsterdam to Basel (page 12) and the August 1, 2019 departure of our Danube River Cruise: Budapest to Nuremberg (page 14). Read the full interview on our website.

For you, what are some of the highlights of the upcoming river trips you’re joining? On the Danube, it has to be Vienna. Like a catchy waltz tune, the city always makes my heart beat faster, with its extraordinary musical legacy, grand baroque architecture, and world-class museums. The Rhine cruise is a truly epic journey. I’m always struck by the picture-perfect villages, the number of castles and fortresses along the riverfront, and the sheer scale of the Gothic cathedral in Cologne.

What do you enjoy most about traveling by ship? All my life I’ve been messing about on boats—sailing, windsurfing, and holidaying on our family houseboat—so I always feel very at home on the water. Despite being a travel writer for the past thirty years, I’ve never quite mastered the art of packing light, so this mode of transport really suits me, as my hotel room simply comes along with me.

What fuels your passion for travel? Some of my greatest experiences in life have happened when I’ve gone out of my comfort zone while traveling—backpacking around Japan, dogsledding through Russia in the winter, and powerboat racing in the South Pacific all spring to mind as highlights. One thing is for certain: the more I travel, the greater my wanderlust.

A N I N T E R V I E W W I T H N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C P H O T O G R A P H E R D AV E Y O D E R As a contributing photographer for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, Dave Yoder has documented stories across the globe, from the high-tech search for a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting in Florence to the discovery of a forgotten city in the jungles of Honduras. Dave joins the May 29, 2019 departure of Cruising The Legendary Rivers of Europe. See page 16 for the itinerary, and read the full interview with Dave on our website.

Tell us about your favorite National Geographic assignment. One remarkable project that eventually became the August 2015 cover story for National Geographic magazine involved photographing Pope Francis and the Vatican. I spent months shooting nearly 70,000 photos for the project. Editing them down to around two dozen frames was a challenge. I was often working right beside the pontiff. It was at times otherworldly, surreal.

Why are the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers inspiring places for photographers? Cruising these rivers is like taking a trip through history, and the surrounding landscapes are easily romanticized, photographically speaking. Sunlit eddies border leafy shorelines, the people you meet along the way are friendly, and there are myriad things to explore at each stop. Or you can just sit back and take in the scenery, because exploring doesn’t always require extraordinary effort.

How will you encourage travelers to approach photography during this trip? I will encourage guests to take time between photographs to ask themselves what they want to capture—but not at the expense of missing a moment, of course! It should be fun, but it’s even more fun when you end your trip with a handful of photos that you’re proud of. There is no secret trick. And it doesn’t take years of practice to make a good, or even great, photograph.

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The Scenic Diamond’s rooftop pool offers picturesque views of passing street scenes.

A Balcony Suite on the Scenic Amber

A N E L E G A N T B A S E F O R E X P L O R AT I O N Traveling aboard our state-of-the-art vessels, you’ll discover spectacular destinations without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with luxurious amenities, personalized butler service, and a vibrant onboard experience. Public spaces include plush lounges, a rooftop sundeck outfitted with comfortable patio furniture, and a range of wellness facilities—including a walking track, fitness room, and on some vessels, a swimming pool. Guests can also choose from up to five dining venues, from a casual café or bar to an elegant open restaurant. To ensure an intimate experience, ship capacity ranges from just 44 to 165 guests, depending on the vessel. We offer a range of spacious suites, and most are outfitted with a private balcony that transitions into an open-air sun lounge, allowing you to take in scenes along the shoreline in the comfort of your stylish accommodations.

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Gourmet fare served on board is inspired by local cuisine.

A ship butler serves sparkling wine in a guest suite.

A L L- I N C LU S I V E A M E N I T I E S From the moment you step aboard our world-class river cruise ships, your every need is attended to, with nearly all of our luxury services and amenities included in your expedition. Our ship butlers are on hand around the clock to serve guest suites, as well as the ship’s shared common areas; and perks like minibar selections, alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, laundry services, and all gratuities are complimentary throughout the duration of your trip. You’ll enjoy access to a range of meal options, from convenient café fare and room service, to elegant sit-down meals—including an intimate multi-course chef’s table experience, available by reservation. And when we dock at a port of call, e-bikes and GPS-driven tours are provided for travelers who wish to set out on a self-guided experience.

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R H I N E R I V E R C RU I S E : A M ST E R DA M TO B A S E L T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • I n the company of a National Geographic expert, discover historical treasures along the Rhine, from the architectural marvels of Cologne to Strasbourg’s enchanting half-timbered old town. •E  njoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann; and explore Grube Messel, the famed fossil site of a National Geographic magazine feature. •W  ith the spectacular Rhine Gorge as your backdrop, hone your camera skills alongside a National Geographic photographer on the ship’s sundeck.

A L L- I N C L U S I V E A M E N I T I E S Your expedition includes: • Transfers upon arrival and departure • Delectable meals served in a variety of venues • Alcoholic drinks and a complimentary minibar • Gratuities, butler service, Wi-Fi, and more

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DAY 1 I AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to the ship this afternoon. Settle into your spacious suite, or head to the sundeck for your first al fresco cocktail hour overlooking the river. This evening, set sail on the Rhine. Scenic Opal for the entire voyage Meals: D

DAY 2 I AMSTERDAM/VOLENDAM/ EDAM Set out to explore timeless Amsterdam, known as the Venice of the North for its picturesque canals. Here, you can see the city from water level during a canal cruise, or take a guided visit through the renowned Rijksmuseum. There are also opportunities to explore the Dutch countryside by bike or on a visit to the fishing village of Volendam and the town of Edam, famous for its round cheese. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I COLOGNE, GERMANY/ METTMANN

As we sail this storied waterway, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—from guided tours of iconic sites to culinary experiences and active adventures.

Dock in Cologne and venture north to Mettmann, a town located in a valley where Neanderthal fossils were first found. The Neanderthal Museum is a tribute to human evolution, and we are invited on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of its fossil exhibits. There is also the option to explore

Above: The medieval town of Cochem, Germany and its stately castle command the riverbanks of the Moselle.

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Gabled row houses line an Amsterdam canal.

Cologne, including its iconic Gothic cathedral. Or head south and board Germany’s oldest cog railway for the ride up to Schloss Drachenburg (Dragon Castle), offering sweeping views over the Rhine Valley. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I KOBLENZ/COCHEM Today there are several options for exploring in or around Koblenz, an ancient Roman city straddling the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. A guided tour


I N F O R M AT I O N Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: June 12–19

COST Diamond Deck Balcony Suite (A)

$5,695

Balcony Suite (PP)

$5,795

Deluxe Balcony Suite (PD)

$6,095

Sapphire Deck

An amalgam of medieval and modern, the Cologne cityscape lights up at sundown.

Balcony Suite (BA)

$5,645

Balcony Suite (BB)

$5,745

Deluxe Balcony Suite (BD)

$5,795

Jewel Deck

through our port of call features stops at the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) which dates back to the 5th century, and the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall). Available excursions beyond the city limits include a guided visit through the fairy tale town of Cochem, a bike ride along the riverfront, or wine tasting at a nearby vineyard. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I R  ÜDESHEIM AM RHEIN/ RHINE GORGE In Rüdesheim am Rhein, board the Winzerexpress mini train for a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, home to a collection of elaborate self-playing musical instruments. Then ride a cable car to the Niederwald Monument, built to commemorate the unification of Germany. Or set out on a hike through the vineyards surrounding town. This afternoon, we’ll glide past the many medieval towns and castles that dot the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, or Rhine Gorge—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Head to the ship’s sundeck and practice landscape photography alongside our National Geographic photographer, capturing the perfect angle on this stunning scenery. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 6 I HEIDELBERG/GRUBE MESSEL Go ashore in Heidelberg and travel north to Grube Messel, a fossil pit that has revealed discoveries critical to our understanding of mammalian evolution. Explore this World Heritage site, featured in a February 2000 National Geographic magazine article. It was here that “Ida,” the world’s most complete primate fossil, was found in 1983. Or stay back in Heidelberg, a baroque beauty that inspired authors and composers from the 19th-century

German Romantic movement. Stroll the old town and visit its sandstone castle; or take a funicular up the hill, enjoying spectacular views as you hike back down to town. Tonight we’ll gather at an intimate theater in Schwetzingen Palace for a private concert. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I STRASBOURG, FRANCE/ MITTELBERGHEIM, FRANCE OR BLACK FOREST, GERMANY Having switched allegiances between France and Germany several times, Strasbourg is a fascinating cultural amalgam. Today you’ll have the option to explore the city on a guided tour of its half-timbered old town, or to venture beyond the riverbank, deeper into either France or Germany. Travelers who fancy a day in the French countryside will visit charming Mittelbergheim to sip Alsatian wines at a local winstub, while the excursion to Germany features a hike through the coniferous Black Forest of Brothers Grimm fame. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I BASEL, SWITZERLAND/ZÜRICH After breakfast, disembark in Basel and transfer to the Zürich airport for your flight home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Standard Suite (E)

$4,495

Standard Suite (D)

$4,710

See the Scenic Opal descriptions, photo, and deck plans on page 25. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single- supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call. Airfare to Amsterdam and return from Basel or Zürich is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 165

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. National Geographic author and travel writer Teresa Fisher has penned more than 30 guidebooks and covered destinations from Switzerland to Guyana. She specializes in European cities, adventure travel, and all things Alpine. Read her interview on page 9. Award-winning photographer Bob Krist has shot over 30 stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine, including a piece on France’s gardians—caretakers of the Carmargue region’s famed wild horses. Teresa and Bob will join the June 12, 2019 departure.

Post-Trip, 5 Days—Switzerland Graced with sparkling lakes, rolling meadows, and the majestic Alps, Switzerland abounds with breathtaking scenery. Spend time exploring Zürich, the country’s pleasant and posh financial hub; then venture to the picturesque lakeside towns of Lucerne and Montreux. Enjoy visits to charming Alpine hamlets, and take in views of Switzerland’s incomparable mountain peaks on a scenic train ride across the countryside. Visit our website or call for details.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free roundtrip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe or take $1,000 per person off the expedition cost on the 2019 departure.

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D A N U B E R I V E R C R U I S E : B U DA P E ST TO N U R E M B E RG T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • J oin a National Geographic expert to explore fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Austria’s Wachau Valley, the Bavarian town of Regensburg, and the medieval Czech gem of Český Krumlov. • Tour Vienna’s renowned Museum of Natural History, and get an inside look at its meteorite exhibition, co-curated by a National Geographic grantee. •G  et guidance on technique and artistry from a National Geographic photographer, and capture iconic cityscapes from Budapest to Salzburg.

A L L- I N C L U S I V E A M E N I T I E S Your expedition includes: • Transfers upon arrival and departure • Delectable meals served in a variety of venues • Alcoholic drinks and a complimentary minibar • Gratuities, butler service, Wi-Fi, and more

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DAY 1 I BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Arrive in Budapest and embark the Scenic Amber. After settling into your spacious suite, enjoy a welcome dinner on board, complete with views of the city glittering under the night sky. Scenic Amber for the entire voyage | Meals: D

DAY 2 I BUDAPEST OR SZENTENDRE Discover two distinct sides of the Hungarian capital—the cobbled hills of Buda and the grand boulevards of Pest, linked by eight stately bridges that span the Danube. Climb historic Castle Hill to see the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, the stunning setting for the coronations and weddings of Habsburg royalty. Alternatively, you may wish to hike the Buda Hills that rise beyond the city center; explore Budapest through the lens of its Jewish history; or venture to the charming riverfront town of Szentendre, home to a thriving artist colony. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I VIENNA, AUSTRIA

As we sail this storied waterway, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—from guided tours of iconic sites to culinary experiences and active adventures.

Cruise the Danube toward Vienna, tracing the border of Hungary and Slovakia before crossing into Austria. Relax in the lounge, taking in views of colorful waterfront towns and hilltop fortifications; or join our National Geographic photographer on deck to learn techniques for

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

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Sherbert-shaded buildings line the streets of old town Regensburg.

capturing the splendid scenery on camera. This evening, arrive in Vienna for a private concert in the gilded halls of the Palais Liechtenstein, featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I V  IENNA OR BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA Choose from among several available excursions today. Take a special behind-the-scenes tour of Vienna’s Museum of Natural History led by Ludovic Ferrière, a National Geographic grantee and co-curator of the museum’s meteorite exhibit.


For a glimpse at the city’s more opulent side, visit Schönbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence of the imperial family; or peruse the ornate galleries of the Belvedere Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings, including “The Kiss.” Or cross the Slovakian border and take a guided tour through Bratislava’s old town. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I MELK, AUSTRIA Glide into Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and dock at Melk for a tour of its Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most magnificent baroque buildings. Or take a more active excursion, cycling along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein, or hiking to the hilltop ruins of a medieval castle. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour of the cellars and vines, followed by a tasting of the region’s celebrated Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings. This evening, enjoy cocktail hour in a beautiful location in the Wachau Valley. Meals: B/L/D

with medieval, baroque, and Renaissance houses; lively cafés; and hidden squares. Alternatively, venture to the historic salt mines outside of Salzburg and learn about the life and work of the miners. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I REGENSBURG, GERMANY Set at the confluence of the Danube, Naab, and Regen Rivers, Regensburg once served as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. On a guided visit, see the town’s splendid Gothic cathedral, 12th-century stone bridge, and the Porta Praetoria—the ancient Roman city gate. Or explore Bavaria’s long tradition of brewing beer on one of two excursions: a tour of the historic Kuchlbauer Brewery; or a visit to Weltenburg Abbey, home to the world’s oldest monastic brewery. Meals: B/L/D

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

DAY 6 I SALZBURG OR ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, CZECHIA (CZECH REPUBLIC)

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Today, choose between two excursions to World Heritage–listed cities. Explore Salzburg, strolling the storybook streets of the old town and visiting the Schloss Mirabell and its stunning manicured gardens. Or head to the Czech town of Český Krumlov—a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets

Having survived throughout the centuries with much of its architecture intact, Prague is considered one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Gain firsthand insights into the city’s turbulent history as you explore the cobbled streets that wind beneath the baroque domes and Gothic spires that grace the stunning skyline. Visit our website or call for details.

Post-Trip, 4 Days—Prague, Czechia

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I N F O R M AT I O N Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Aug. 1–8

COST Diamond Deck Balcony Suite (A)

$5,945

Balcony Suite (PP)

$6,045

Deluxe Balcony Suite (PD)

$6,345

Sapphire Deck Balcony Suite (BA)

$5,895

Balcony Suite (BB)

$5,995

Deluxe Balcony Suite (BD)

$6,045

Jewel Deck Standard Suite (E)

$4,745

Standard Suite (D)

$4,960

See the Scenic Amber description, photo, and deck plan on page 25. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call. Airfare to Budapest and return from Nuremberg is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum Ship Capacity: 165

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Krista Rossow began her career as a photo editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and has worked for more than a decade as a photographer, photo editor, and educator with National Geographic.

C O S T: F ROM $ 3 ,7 3 0 P E R P E R S O N

National Geographic author and travel writer Teresa Fisher has penned more than 30 guidebooks and covered destinations from Switzerland to Guyana. She specializes in European cities, adventure travel, and all things Alpine. Read her interview on page 9. Krista and Teresa will join the August 1, 2019 departure.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe or take $1,000 per person off the expedition cost on the 2019 departure. Venture to Europe during the most enchanting season of the year. Cruise the Danube to visit magical towns from Nuremberg to Vienna, and witness the customs that are unique to each port of call. Take in choral music and the spice-scented air while browsing stalls. Explore charming towns like Regensburg and Melk, and see the halls of grand castles decked with tinsel and garlands. Visit our website or call for details.

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C RU I S I N G T H E L EG E N DA RY R I V E R S OF EUROPE T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Alongside a National Geographic expert, explore 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including medieval Bamberg, the Würzburg Residenze, and the Gothic cityscape of Budapest. • Meet National Geographic grantee Ludovic Ferrière at Vienna’s Museum of Natural History for a behind-thescenes look at the meteorite exhibit he co-curated. • Enjoy a private concert in the opulent halls of Vienna’s Palais Lichtenstein and a medieval feast at enchanting Marksburg Castle, perched high above the Rhine.

A L L- I N C L U S I V E A M E N I T I E S Your expedition includes: • Transfers upon arrival and departure • Delectable meals served in a variety of venues • Alcoholic drinks and a complimentary minibar • Gratuities, butler service, Wi-Fi, and more

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DAYS 1 AND 2 I BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Arrive in Budapest and embark the Scenic Opal. The next day brings several options for discovering Budapest. Take a guided hike to Lion’s Rock in the Buda Hills; set out on a walking tour of the city; soak in a traditional bathhouse; or descend into the Hospital in the Rock, a subterranean military hospital used during World War II. Scenic Opal for the entire voyage Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I VIENNA, AUSTRIA Cruise to Vienna, arriving in time for a private evening concert in the gilded halls of the Palais Liechtenstein. Sip sparkling wine as you take in the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Choose from among several excursions the following day. Meet National Geographic grantee Ludovic Ferrière at Vienna’s Museum of Natural History for a behind-the-scenes tour of the meteorite exhibit he co-curated. Or opt to take a bicycle tour of Vienna, explore Schönbrunn Palace with a guide, or cross into Slovakia for a visit to Bratislava. Meals: B/L/D Daily As we sail these storied waterways, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—from guided tours of iconic sites to culinary experiences and active adventures.

Medieval strongholds like Marksburg Castle stand as a testament to the historical significance of the Rhine.

DAYS 5 AND 6 I MELK/SALZBURG Glide into Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and dock at Melk for a tour of its Benedictine abbey. Or take a more active excursion, cycling along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein, or hiking to the hilltop ruins of a medieval castle. There is also the option for a tour and tasting at a local winery. Spend the next day in Salzburg, featured prominently in The Sound of Music. We’ll see the film come to life during an exclusive music and dance performance amid the hills surrounding town. Meals: B/L/D Daily

Above: Medieval Regensburg sits at the confluence of the Danube, Naab, and Regen Rivers in the German state of Bavaria.

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I N F O R M AT I O N Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 29–June 12

COST Diamond Deck Balcony Suite (A)

$10,390

Balcony Suite (PP)

$10,590

Deluxe Balcony Suite (PD)

$11,190

Sapphire Deck

Enchanting Rothenburg ob der Tauber sits along Germany’s Romantic Road.

DAYS 7, 8, AND 9 I REGENSBURG, GERMANY/NUREMBERG/BAMBERG Cross into the German state of Bavaria and sample the region’s celebrated beers on one of two excursions: a tour of the historic Kuchlbauer Brewery or a visit to Weltenburg Abbey, home to the world’s oldest monastic brewery. Today’s active options include a walk through Regensburg’s charming medieval center or a bike ride to the Walhalla memorial. In Nuremberg, tour the city’s World War II sites, bicycle along Ludwig Canal, or try your hand at baking traditional ginger bread. Take a guided walk along Bamberg’s enchanting medieval streets. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 10 AND 11 I WÜRZBURG/ ON THE MAIN Enjoy a guided tour of Würzburg’s 18th-century Residenze—one of Germany’s most magnificent baroque buildings. Or choose to ride along the Romantic Road to the postcard-perfect town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Spend the next day soaking in spectacular scenery along the Main River as we drift to our next destination. Attend talks given by our National Geographic expert, and head to the sundeck to practice landscape shots with our National Geographic photographer. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 12 AND 13 I R  ÜDESHEIM AM RHEIN/COLOGNE Ride into Rüdesheim am Rhein on the Winzerexpress mini-train, then enjoy a guided visit through Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet before hiking or riding a cable car to the Niederwald Monument. Feast on medieval fare at enchanting

Marksburg Castle, perched above the Rhine. The next day, disembark in Cologne. Tour the city and its twin-towered cathedral, enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Neanderthal Museum in nearby Mettmann, or stay on board for a tasting experience featuring western German cuisine. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAYS 14 AND 15 I A  MSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS See timeless Amsterdam from the water during a canal cruise, and hear from our guide about its history as a center for art and seafaring trade. Alternatively, enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum, opt for a bike ride through the outskirts of the city, or head to Zaanse Schans in the countryside to see rural houses and iconic Dutch windmills. Depart for home on our final day. Meals: Day 14: B/L/D; Day 15: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Pre-Trip, 4 Days—Prague, Czechia (Czech Republic) Having survived throughout the centuries with much of its architecture intact, Prague is considered one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Gain firsthand insights into the city’s turbulent history as you explore the cobbled streets that wind beneath the baroque domes and Gothic spires that grace the stunning skyline. Post-Trip, 4 Days—Paris, France From the iconic monuments rising above the Seine to the labyrinthine lanes winding through its medieval quarters, Paris is a city of timeless treasures. Settle into a luxurious hotel in the heart of the city, and enjoy an introduction to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, paired with plenty of free time to seek out your personal Parisian dream. Visit our website or call for details on these extensions.

Balcony Suite (BA)

$10,290

Balcony Suite (BB)

$10,490

Deluxe Balcony Suite (BD)

$10,590

Jewel Deck Standard Suite (E)

$7,995

Standard Suite (D)

$8,420

See the Scenic Opal description, photo, and deck plan on page 25. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, singlesupplement rates, and exact pricing, please call. Airfare to Budapest and return from Amsterdam is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 165

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. National Geographic contributor Mark Baker has written more than a dozen guidebooks on Eastern and Central Europe. When he’s not traveling, Mark teaches journalism and Central European history at Anglo-American University in Prague. Photographer Dave Yoder has documented stories across the globe, including the August 2015 National Geographic magazine cover story on Pope Francis and the Vatican. Read our interview with Dave on page 9. Mark and Dave will join the May 29, 2019 departure.

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe or take $1,000 per person off the expedition cost on the 2019 departure. Book any suite on the Diamond Deck and receive free round-trip premium economy airfare or take $1,500 per person off the expedition cost on the 2019 departure.

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HOLLAND AND BELGIUM IN SPRINGTIME RIVER CRUISE T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • I mmerse yourself in a sea of colorful blooms at Holland’s Keukenhof gardens, and discover the 18th-century windmills of Kinderdijk. •L  earn valuable tips and techniques from a National Geographic photographer as you document charming towns from Veere to Volendam. • Alongside our National Geographic expert, explore historic cities, such as the UNESCO World Heritage–listed center of Brugge or medieval Antwerp.

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DAY 1 I AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Arrive in Amsterdam and board the Scenic Opal. Toast the journey ahead at this evening’s welcome reception and dinner. Scenic Opal for the entire voyage | Meals: D

DAY 2 I ROTTERDAM/DELFT Sail to the busy port of Rotterdam. Set out on a walk through the city, viewing the striking contemporary architecture that stands in contrast to older neighborhoods. Or choose to explore Delft, where world-famous blue-and-white pottery has been produced since the 17th century. Here, we’ll visit a pottery factory and a museum to learn about the city’s celebrated ceramics. Alternatively, discover the World Heritage site of Kinderdijk-Elshout, where 19 windmills were built around 1740 to drain the Netherlands’ marshy lowlands. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I ZEELAND/VEERE

As we sail these storied waterways, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—from guided tours of iconic sites to culinary experiences and active adventures.

This morning, cruise into Holland’s Zeeland province. Set out on a private tour of a portion of the “Delta Works”—dams and barriers built as part of an elaborate engineering project begun in the mid-20th century to prevent flooding in the region. Or visit the charming village of Veere— once an important seaport—to stroll along the

Above: Traditional Dutch windmills preside over a scenic canal in Holland.

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Brabo Fountain, framed by the elegant gabled houses of Antwerp’s main square

bustling harbor and admire elegant, gabled architecture. Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour of Veere and its surroundings. This evening, unwind with cocktails on deck while taking in splendid views of the Dutch countryside. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4 I ANTWERP, BELGIUM/BRUGGE Dock at the medieval port city of Antwerp and continue to Brugge, known for its Gothic archi-


I N F O R M AT I O N Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Apr. 17–24

Apr. 24–May 1

COST Diamond Deck Balcony Suite (A)

$5,195

Balcony Suite (PP)

$5,295

Deluxe Balcony Suite (PD)

$5,595

Sapphire Deck Balcony Suite (BA)

$5,145

Balcony Suite (BB)

$5,245

Deluxe Balcony Suite (BD)

$5,295

Jewel Deck Dazzling blooms turn Keukenhof gardens into a patchwork of color.

tecture and picturesque market squares linked by cobbled streets and serene canals. Set out on a tour of its World Heritage–listed old town, then step into one of Europe’s largest surviving medieval town halls and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Alternatively, stay in Antwerp, located on the banks of the Schelde River and known as the diamond capital of the world. Venture into the Cathedral of Our Lady, a Gothic gem that harbors four masterpieces by artist Peter Paul Rubens. Also see the Stadhuis (town hall), a fine example of Flemish architecture, and the Grote Markt, Antwerp’s lovely main square. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 5 I ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS Cruise to Arnhem, once an important trading center in the Hanseatic League—and later the site of a historic Allied assault during World War II. Visit the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein,’ dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, and view weapons, videos, and photos that bring this famed battle to life. Alternatively, visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum, encompassing acres of historic houses, farms, and windmills where travelers can witness authentic Dutch customs and traditions. Or go biking in nearby De Hoge Veluwe National Park, one of the largest nature reserves in Holland, and hear about the local ecology from a park ranger. Meals: B/L/D

house to sample the local round cheese. Alternatively, discover the charming town of Hoorn with a guide, and taste some of the local delicacies. If you wish, bike to a nearby tulip farm, where we’ll learn about the flower production process from bulb to auction market. This evening, join local residents for a special dinner, enjoying traditional food, friendly conversation, and insights into life in the Netherlands. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 7 I A  MSTERDAM/ KEUKENHOF GARDENS Our trip culminates on the outskirts of Amsterdam at the legendary Keukenhof gardens, named by National Geographic Travel as one of the world’s “Top Ten Magnificent Gardens.” During our springtime visit, more than seven million blossoms blanket the landscape in a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues. Immerse yourself in a riot of colors and fragrances, and document the neat rows and mesmerizing swirls of tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils with guidance from our National Geographic photographer. Meals: B/L/D

Standard Suite (E)

$3,995

Standard Suite (D)

$4,210

See the Scenic Opal description, photo, and deck plan on page 25. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call. Airfare to and from Amsterdam is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 165

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Award-winning photographer Sisse Brimberg has produced and photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine over the past 40 years, covering subjects ranging from the Hanseatic League and the Vikings to the global flower trade. Geographer Jan Nijman specializes in urban and regional development. As chairman of the Society’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe, Jan has traveled the globe in support of National Geographic–funded research, conservation, and exploration projects. Sisse and Jan will join the April 24, 2019 departure.

DAY 8 I AMSTERDAM After breakfast, disembark our ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B

SPECIAL OFFER Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free roundtrip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe or take $1,000 per person off the expedition cost on 2019 departures.

DAY 6 I VOLENDAM/EDAM/HOORN Explore the fishing village of Volendam and the town of Edam, where we’ll visit a cheese ware-

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

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DAYS 1 AND 2 I PORTO, PORTUGAL Arrive in Porto, a World Heritage–listed city straddling the Douro River. Embark the Scenic Azure and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. On a walking tour of Porto’s historic old town, explore medieval treasures, examine azulejo tiles, and visit the Palácio da Bolsa—the city’s old stock exchange. Later, we begin our cruise along the Douro. Scenic Azure for the entire voyage Meals: Day 1: D; Day 2: B/L/D

DAYS 3 AND 4 I G  UIMARÃES/DOURO VALLEY

As we sail this storied waterway, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—from guided tours of iconic sites to culinary experiences and active adventures.

Delve into Portuguese history at the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança in Guimarães, the country’s first capital; or venture to the stunning Quinta da Aveleda winery and gardens in the Vinho Verde wine region, where we’ll sip on sparkling whites. Glide into the stunning Douro Valley this afternoon and get an introduction to the area at the Douro Museum in Peso da Régua. The next day, visit the 12th-century Mosteiro de São João de Tarouca, Portugal’s first Cistercian monastery; tour the elegant town of Lamego; or join a guide to explore the opulent Mateus Palace, famously featured on bottles of Mateus rosé. Meals: B/L/D Daily

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

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Vibrant azulejo tiles adorn the stairway to the Senhora dos Remédios in Lamego.

DAY 5 I O N THE DOURO Take in scenes of the Douro Valley from the comfort of the ship lounge as we wind our way past the charming terra-cotta-roofed towns and vine-striped hillsides that earned the region its World Heritage designation. Enjoy the amenities on board, including a plunge pool, fitness center, and expansive sundeck; and spend time with our National Geographic photographer documenting scenes along the Douro’s picturesque shoreline. Meals: B/L/D


I N F O R M AT I O N Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 25–June 4

Sept. 23–Oct. 3

COST Diamond Deck Baclony Suite (PA)

from $9,640

Balcony Suite (P)

from $9,740

Sapphire Deck Balcony Suite (C)

DAY 6 I SALAMANCA, SPAIN

DAYS 9, 10, AND 11 I PORTO

Cross into Spain for a visit to Salamanca. Take in the city’s Renaissance splendor on a guided city tour, then enjoy some time to explore on your own. Have lunch in town with live entertainment from flamenco dancers, and visit the historic university in the afternoon. Meals: B/L/D

Relax on board and enjoy a tasting of Douro Valley wines as we sail back toward Porto. Upon arrival, head to Igreja de São Francisco for a private concert in this baroque church’s spectacular gilded nave. Tour the Douro Estuary on foot, spotting birdlife amid the salt marshes; and meet fishermen returning with the day’s catch. There are also options to visit Porto’s oldest canning factory, or go for a tasting in one of the city’s most celebrated port cellars. Disembark on our final morning and depart for home. Meals: Days 9 and 10: B/L/D Daily; Day 11: B

Venture into the Côa Valley and visit the Côa Museum to learn about the prehistoric rock art at the World Heritage–listed Foz Côa. Opt to ride a 4x4 vehicle to the archaeological site and then hike to these fascinating carvings. You may instead choose to paddle a canoe along the pristine Sabor River, a rugged tributary of the Douro. Or set out on a culinary excursion to the Casa Painova estate and taste their delicious almond and olive products. Tonight, local musicians join us on board to perform traditional Portuguese songs. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I PROVESENDE Drive into the hills of the Douro Valley to the time-locked town of Provesende. Wander this quaint village and get a glimpse into daily life here while meeting with local residents. Pop into the town bakery, enjoy a special recital in the church, and sip on wine at the charming Morgadio da Calçada manor house. Later, visit the Quinta da Roêda estate to try their famous ports and, if you wish, walk among the vines for a special al fresco tasting. Meals: B/L/D

Balcony Suite (BB)

from $9,340

Balcony Suite (B)

from $9,440

Junior Bacony Suite (BJ)

from $9,640

Jewel Deck

Terraced vineyards wind across the Douro Valley.

DAY 7 I CÔA VALLEY, PORTUGAL

from $9,240

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Pre-Trip, 4 Days—Lisbon, Portugal Set out to explore the seven hills of Lisbon—the stunning and storied Portuguese capital. Discover centuries of nautical history, and venture to beautiful Sintra, once a royal resort town. Enjoy plenty of time to lose yourself amid the cobbled slopes and sundrenched squares of this enchanting city. Post-Trip, 4 Days—Madrid, Spain Madrid has much to savor, with its elegant architecture and world-class restaurants, its celebrated art museums and colorful markets. Explore the city’s historic center, visit the world-renowned Prado museum, and enjoy time to explore the city’s elegant squares and leafy boulevards at your own pace. Visit our website or call for details on these extensions.

Standard Suite ( E)

from $7,545

Standard Suite (D)

from $8,040

See the Scenic Azure description, photo, and deck plan on page 26. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call. Airfare to and from Porto is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 96

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Historian Franklin Knight is the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor Emeritus of History and Academy Professor at Johns Hopkins University, and served as an academic consultant to the television series Columbus and the Age of Discovery. Krista Rossow began her career as a photo editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and has worked for more than a decade as a photographer, photo editor, and educator with National Geographic. Franklin and Krista will join the May 25, 2019 departure.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free roundtrip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe or take $1,000 per person off the expedition cost on 2019 departures.

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B O R D E A U X R I V E R C R U I S E : C U LT U R E , C U I S I N E , A N D C H ÂT E A U X T H E N AT I O N A L GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCE • Join a local historian for a guided tour of the Musée d’Aquitaine, home to treasures from prehistory to the 20th century. • Head out with a conservationist on a bird-watching hike at the Teich Bird Reserve, where water birds, eagles, and all manner of migratory species have been spotted. • Venture into the Grotte de Pairnon-Pair to see prehistoric cave art with a private guide, and meet with a researcher to learn about other significant finds here.

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DAY 1 I BORDEAUX, FRANCE Arrive in Bordeaux and settle into your suite aboard the Scenic Diamond. Scenic Diamond for the entire voyage | Meals: D

DAY 2 I LIBOURNE/SAINT-ÉMILION Cruise to the port town of Libourne, and perhaps enjoy a cooking class along the way. In Saint-Émilion, tour the 12th-century monolithic church and catacombs, carved out of a limestone hill. This evening, attend a private party at the glorious Château Siaurac, where we’ll enjoy special access to the estate’s art collection, play lawn games, and watch a local artist live paint the event. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3 I LIBOURNE/BERGERAC/PAUILLAC

As we sail these storied waterways, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—from guided tours of iconic sites to culinary experiences and active adventures.

Choose from the following excursions today: visit the Château Franc Mayne to taste its grand cru classé, or journey to historic Bergerac and sample local specialties at a nearby farm. Alternatively, bike past vineyards to historic wine estates, including a châteaux owned by relatives of National Geographic Explorer Jacques Cousteau, who was born in this region. Meals: B/L/D

Above: A pair of cyclists glide along the historic streets of Bordeaux

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A town market brims with locally produced cheese.

DAY 4 I PAUILLAC/MÉDOC Travel the scenic Médoc wine route today, gaining insights from our expert and capturing images alongside our National Geographic photographer. Opt to explore the region on foot, walking from one historic wine estate to the next and sampling local vintages along the way. Or cycle to Château


I N F O R M AT I O N Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: May 25–June 4

COST Diamond Deck

DAYS 5 AND 6 I PAUILLAC/CADILLAC/ SAUTERNES Glide along the Garonne River, and enjoy a performance by local entertainers on board the ship this evening. The next morning, discover the Sauternes region, known for its dessert wines. Cycle to Château de Myrat for a tasting of grand cru classé wines, or visit the Château Guiraud to try its prestigious vintages. Enjoy a master class in French cuisine aboard the ship, or hike to the village of Loupiac. Alternatively, visit the historic Château de Roquetaillade with the family that has owned it for centuries, or stroll the medieval village of Saint-Macaire. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 7 I BORDEAUX Immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythms of Bordeaux today. Join a chef at the market to select produce and then cook it up during a culinary class on board. Or take a guided tour—by vehicle or by bicycle—of the city. Then join a local historian for an exclusive private visit to the Musée d’Aquitaine, which traces the tumultuous history of the region. This evening, attend a performance given by a classical musician on board our ship. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 8 I BORDEAUX/ARCACHON Enjoy a day on the Arcachon Bay, edged by nature reserves and long sandy beaches. Join a local conservationist for a bird-watching hike in

$8,790

Balcony Suite (PP)

$9,090

Balcony Suite (P)

$9,190

Sapphire Deck

The sun rises over a Bordeaux vineyard.

Lagrange, featured on Napoleon III’s Official Classification of Bordeaux wines in 1855. This evening, enjoy an exclusive classic musical performance at the medieval Château d’Agassac, one of the oldest wine estates in the region. Meals: B/L/D

Balcony Suite (A)

the Teich Bird Reserve. Alternatively, stroll the town of Arcachon, climb the highest sand dune in Europe, or take the tram to the new Cité du Vin museum. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 9 I BOURG OR COGNAC/BLAYE Tour the Château de la Citadelle in Bourg, then visit the Grotte de Pair-non-Pair with a site researcher on an excursion specially arranged by National Geographic. Discovered in 1881, the cave has yielded thousands of ancient artifacts and wall paintings. Alternatively, enjoy a brandy tasting at the Rémy Martin property in Cognac. Relax on the sundeck as we sail into the historic port of Blaye this evening. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 10 I BLAYE/BORDEAUX Tour Blaye and its historic citadel; or go biking along the Captain’s Road, named after World War I captains who purchased homes along the waterway. Join a final cooking class, or just relax on board as we make our way back to Bordeaux. Gather for a farewell dinner tonight. Meals: B/L/D

DAY 11 I BORDEAUX Transfer to the airport or train station in Bordeaux for your journey home. Meals: B

OPTIONAL EXTENSION Pre-Trip, 2 Days—Paris, France From the iconic monuments rising above the Seine to the labyrinthine lanes winding through its medieval quarters, Paris is a city of timeless treasures. Settle into a luxurious hotel in the heart of the city, and introduce yourself to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Visit our website or call for details.

Balcony Suite (BA)

$8,790

Balcony Suite (BB)

$8,890

Balcony Suite (B)

$8,990

Jewel Deck Standard Suite ( E)

$7,095

Standard Suite (D)

$7,520

See the Scenic Diamond description, photo, and deck plan on page 25. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call. Airfare to and from Bordeaux is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 151

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert and photographer will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. Don George is an editor at large and columnist for National Geographic Traveler magazine, as well as host of the National Geographic Live series of conversations with notable authors. Don has edited eight literary travel anthologies.

Award-winning photographer Bob Krist has shot over 30 stories for National Geographic Traveler magazine, including a piece on France’s gardians—caretakers of the Camargue region’s famed wild horses. Don and Bob will join the May 25, 2019 departure.

SPECIAL OFFERS Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free roundtrip economy airfare between the U.S. and Europe or take $1,000 per person off the expedition cost on the 2019 departure. Book any suite on the Diamond Deck and receive free round-trip premium economy airfare or take $1,500 per person off the expedition cost on the 2019 departure.

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I R R AWA D DY R I V E R C R U I S E T H E N AT I O N A L G E O G R A P H I C D I F F E R E N C E •A  longside a National Geographic expert, venture into the historic Minhla Fort, and then spend time in the traditional village of Patho, getting acquainted with everyday life in Myanmar (Burma). •T  ravel across the Bagan plain by horse cart with a local archaeologist to see Bagan’s temples up close and hear about efforts to restore them. •M  eet National Geographic grantee Kalyar Platt, and learn about a breeding program that aims to protect the critically endangered Burmese star tortoise.

A L L- I N C L U S I V E A M E N I T I E S Your expedition includes: • Transfers upon arrival and departure • Delectable meals served in a variety of venues • Alcoholic drinks and a complimentary minibar • Gratuities, butler service, Wi-Fi, and more

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

DAYS 4, 5, AND 6 I M  YINMU/MONYWA YANDABO/BAGAN Venture into sandstone grottoes in Monywa, and visit artisan workshops in Yandabo. Continue to Bagan for a talk by the director of Bagan’s Archaeological Department. Visit the Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about a Burmese star tortoise breeding program overseen by a National Geographic grantee, or go to Mount Popa. Join an archaeologist on a horse-cart tour of the Bagan temples, and enjoy a string puppet show. Meals: B/L/D Daily

DAY 7 I BAGAN/SALAY Rise early for an almsgiving with the monks. Visit Ananda Temple and see lacquerware artisans at work. Cruise to Salay and encounter a 20-foot golden Buddha. Sit down to a traditional Burmese tea in a colonial villa. Meals: B/L/D

As we sail this storied waterway, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests, choosing from a variety of available excursions at each port of call—from guided tours of iconic sites to culinary experiences and active adventures.

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

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

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

DAYS 10 AND 11 I PYAY/YANGON Arrive in Pyay and explore the ancient temples of Sri Ksetra. Disembark the next day and drive to Yangon for your flight home. Meals: Day 10: B/L/D; Day 11: B/L

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Extend your trip with an extra day in Mandalay prior to the start of our trip, or two days in Yangon following the conclusion of the voyage. Visit our website for more details.

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

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I N F O R M AT I O N Activity Level: Light or Moderate

DAT E S 2019: Feb. 1–11

COST Diamond Deck Deluxe Suite (A)

$9,345

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$10,195

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$10,995

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$8,145

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$8,595

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$6,895

Deluxe Suite (C)

$7,715

See the Scenic Aura description, photo, and deck plan on page 26. Prices are person, double occupancy. For additional cabin categories, single-supplement rates, and exact pricing, please call. Airfare to Mandalay and return from Yangon is not included in the expedition cost. Maximum ship capacity: 44

EXPEDITION TEA M A National Geographic expert will accompany this trip, and we will meet local guides along the way. A professor at New Mexico State University, Ken Hammond, directs a Chinese-American university exchange program. He has produced a documentary on the revival of Confucian rituals and recorded a lecture series on Chinese history for The Great Courses. He will join the February 1, 2019 departure.

SPECIAL OFFER Book by December 31, 2018 and receive discounted round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Myanmar (Burma) for $295 per person or take $1,500 per person off the expedition cost on the 2019 departure.


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However, due to the nature of travel, it may not always be possible for National Geographic Expeditions and Scenic Tours to adhere strictly to the itinerary, and the ship operator may need to make alterations to the Expedition or itinerary, before or after the commencement of the Expedition. Where, due to circumstances outside of National Geographic Expeditions’, Scenic Tours’, or Other Providers’ control, these parties are unable to provide the Expedition in accordance with the itinerary, these parties will use reasonable efforts to: (i) provide reasonable notice of any alterations, though there may be circumstances beyond National Geographic Expeditions’ or Scenic Tours’ control in which alterations will be required with little, or no, advance notice; and (ii) provide or arrange appropriate alternative activities, transport, and accommodation as required. The circumstances in which the itinerary or the Expedition may be altered include: (i) high or low water levels in any river or canal; (ii) lock closures, unscheduled vessel maintenance, or other operational reasons; (iii) road, river, or weather conditions; (iv) national or local holidays affecting the closure of public buildings or attractions; (v) force majeure/acts of God; (vi) emergency events, accidents, injuries, or other incidents involving the participant or other participants; and (vii) any other event beyond National Geographic Expeditions’ or Scenic Tours’ control. Alterations to the itinerary or the Expedition may include: (i) substitution of vessels for part or the whole of an Expedition; (ii) cabin changes on a vessel; (iii) additional embarkations and disembarkations; (iv) substitution of alternate transportation, including the use of motor coaches; (v) substitution of hotel accommodation for accommodation on a vessel; (vi) alterations to arrival and departure times; (vii) alterations to sightseeing activities; and (viii) reductions or increases in the time spent at a location. If the ship operator substitutes any vessel, motor coach, or accommodation under this section, they will use reasonable efforts to provide participants with a substitution of equivalent specification or quality, though some services and facilities may not be available for all substitute arrangements. DOCUMENTATION: Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the Expedition such as a valid passport (valid for at least six months after the participant’s return date), 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. Participants shall indemnify National Geographic Expeditions and Scenic Tours for all penalties, fines, charges, losses, or expenses incurred or imposed upon National Geographic or Scenic Tours by virtue of an act or violation of law by the participant. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Participants must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. National Geographic Expeditions encourages participants to consult a doctor for specific medical advice about any activities or destinations. Certain Expeditions may require that the participant obtain medical consent prior to departure as a condition of participation. Immunization requirements vary from country to country. Required inoculations, if any, must be recorded by the participant’s health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate which the participant must carry for proof of inoculation where required. 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 Expedition who can direct participant’s care, and National Geographic Expeditions or Scenic Tours is unable or does not have time to contact participant’s emergency contact, the participant, by registering and paying a deposit for an 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.

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ASSUMPTION OF RISK: By registering for an Expedition, the participant acknowledges that he/she is aware that travel such as the 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 Expedition, and that when available may not be of the quality which exists in the United States. Cruising aboard a vessel used in an Expedition is provided solely by the ship operator of the relevant vessel pursuant to Scenic Tours’ or such Other Providers’ contract of carriage. The participant acknowledges that he/she will be subject to terms of any such contract(s) of carriage. CRUISE ENVIRONMENT, LOGISTICS, AND AMENITIES: Noise, Vibration, and Odor. While the operator will take reasonable steps to minimize noise, vibrations, and odors on the ships, each participant acknowledges and accepts that some noise, vibration, and intermittent odors may be experienced on ships and that none of National Geographic, Scenic Tours, or Other Providers will be liable to any participants for claims in relation to any such noise, vibration, or odors. Docking Position. During port stops, ships may dock side-by-side, obstructing views and requiring participants to pass through other ships to embark and disembark. Service of Alcoholic Beverages. Responsible service of alcohol is adhered to by all staff on board the ships, and ship staff reserves the right to refuse service. The all-inclusive beverages policy does not apply to any third party suppliers or Other Providers. Internet Service. Internet facilities are available on board each Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ or Scenic Aura cruise at no additional charge. Complimentary internet service does not apply to any third party suppliers or Other Providers. Internet availability and quality may vary from country to country and can also be affected by technical issues, weather, or unfavorable terrains and other factors outside of National Geographic Expeditions’ or Scenic Tours’ control. Scenic Tours does not guarantee the availability or quality of internet connections. Scenic Tailormade. Personal devices are provided in all suites on board a Scenic Space-Ship for use both on board and on shore. They are not available in Portugal or Myanmar. Entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation while using Scenic Tailormade are not included in the price of the Expedition. Scenic Tailormade Tour/Journeys and their content cannot be guaranteed in all locations. Scenic Sundowner. Scenic Sundowner is a seasonal highlight and is included for sailings departing from April 1 to September 30. Depending on sailing date, the event may not be held during sunset. Scenic Culinaire. Scenic Culinaire is offered on board Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire Space-Ships only while sailing in France. Scenic Culinaire cooking school has limited capacity and may not be able to accommodate every participant on every Expedition. Cooking classes held in Scenic Culinaire will be hosted by the on board culinary team. Itinerary may vary on location and inclusion of the cooking school. Registrations are made on board. Scenic Freechoice. All Scenic Freechoice activities can be booked while on Expedition with the Cruise Director or Expedition Director (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability, and seasonal and operational factors. Some activities require a minimum and maximum number of participants to operate. Scenic Enrich. It may not always be possible to offer every Scenic Enrich activity in the itinerary, brochure, or catalog. Wherever possible, suitable alternatives will be provided without liability to the participant. 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 1-888-966-8687, and for Scenic Tours mailings, please call 1-857-201-0063. OTHER: The applicable Terms and Conditions may vary from those listed above based upon the specific Expedition selected by the participant. A copy of the final Terms and Conditions applicable to each participant will be provided when completing Scenic Tours’ trip personalizer. Additionally, Scenic Tours will subsequently deliver a contract of carriage. PHOTO CREDITS Key: t=top, c=center, b=bottom, l=left, r=right: Photo Credits: Michael S. Nolan (6R); Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours (cover, 2, 4, 6L, 10L, 10R, 11L, 11R, 20TL, 22TL, 25L, 25R, 26L, 26R, back cover); Babak Tafreshi (7)

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2019 National Geographic River Cruise Catalog  

On an all-inclusive National Geographic River Cruise, operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury River Cruises & Tours, a world-class riverb...

2019 National Geographic River Cruise Catalog  

On an all-inclusive National Geographic River Cruise, operated in partnership with Scenic Luxury River Cruises & Tours, a world-class riverb...