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Travels That Add Context and Understanding of the World 2017 Departures

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Contents AFRICA

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Culture, History and Progress in Morocco

EUROPE

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History & Context

Activities & Sports

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ASIA

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Cherry Blossom Time in Japan Arts & Culture

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Elements of Japanese Cuisine: The Food and Producers of Central Japan Food & Wine

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Bhutan and Nepal: A Hidden Gem and the Rebuilding of a Jewel

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Iran: Tales From Persia

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Saudi Arabia and the Emirates: The Past and Future of Oil

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Kashmir: The Religious Melting Pot of India

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Myanmar: Behind the Headlines

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The ’Stans of Asia: Follow the Silk Route

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Unlocking the Mysteries of Indochina History & Context

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The Pacific Theater: World War II in Hawaii and Japan History & Context

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conundrum Politics & Perspectives

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The Women of Jordan Women in Focus

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Women and Society in India Women in Focus

On the Trail of Jewish Cooking in France With Joan Nathan Food & Wine

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Andalusia: Confluence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam History & Context

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Chernobyl, 30 Years Later History & Context

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For the Love of Cars: The 2017 International Geneva Motor Show History & Context

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Sailing & Cruises

Flavors of Provence Food & Wine

Cruising the Treasures of Southeast Asia Idyllic Sri Lanka, India and Arabia

Cooking With the Sicilians Food & Wine

Sailing & Cruises

The World’s Finest Orchestras at the Salzburg Festival Arts & Culture

History & Context

Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Art and Architecture in Italy Arts & Culture

History & Context

In the Footsteps of Galileo Arts & Culture

History & Context

Inside the Edinburgh International Festival Arts & Culture

History & Context

A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens’s London and Paris Arts & Culture

History & Context

Hiking the Pilgrims’ Footsteps at El Camino de Santiago Activities & Sports

History & Context

A Hike Around Mont Blanc

Georgia and Armenia: At the Cusp of Europe and Asia History & Context

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Reindeer People of Lapland History & Context


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Remembering The Great War (1914-1918) 

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History & Context

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Russia: Milestones of the Revolution

Politics & Perspectives

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History & Context

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Cruising the History and Beauty of the Baltics 

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Tulip Time in Holland by Barge

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Women in Focus

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Science & Nature

OCEANIA

Greenland Is Melting

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The Canyons of The Southwest, in Deep and in Depth

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Behind the Scenes of New York Theater Arts & Culture

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Cuba. The Time Is Now: A People-to-People Experience Arts & Culture

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SOUTH AMERICA

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The Passions of Argentina: Tango, Food and Politics History & Context

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Cruise Darwin’s World Aboard the Silver Galapagos Sailing & Cruises

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The Amazon and Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil Sailing & Cruises

Opera in San Francisco Arts & Culture

Wild Australia Science & Nature

Activities & Sports

The 2016 Presidential Election: Looking Back and Forward Politics & Perspectives

NORTH AMERICA 90

Women and Women’s Rights in Cuba

Accelerating Science: Particle Physics at CERN 

Science & Nature

Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons Science & Nature

Sailing & Cruises

Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2 ® Sailing & Cruises

Sailing & Cruises

Cuba: History, Culture and Contemporary Life Sailing & Cruises

The Splintered Pasts of Bosnia and Herzegovina Politics & Perspectives

Florence, Venice and Rome: The Religious Complexity of Italy  History & Context

Cruising Alaska’s Beauty, History and Culture Sailing & Cruises

The Greek Debt Crisis History & Context

Across the Border: U.S. and Mexican Politics

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The American Table: The Hudson Valley

Galápagos: Evolution in Action Science & Nature

Food & Wine

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Legacies of Spanish and Native American Heritages in New Mexico History & Context

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The New York Times Times Journeys creates bespoke itineraries traveling to destinations that tell a story, accompanied by experts on the subject matter. That is why we invite our journalists to join you and handpick other experts so they can help you discover more.

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Travel has always been an important aspect of the newspaper, and one look into the archives clearly portrays this. As early as 1852, travel articles were already being published. However, a dedicated travel section didn’t fully emerge until 1923, under the guidance of Lester Markel, the man behind the Sunday editions from 1923 to 1964.

The Times still regards the Travel section as a pivotal part of the publication. A natural progression in our approach to travel is integrating hard-hitting world news with compelling journeys that delve into such topics as the roots of Japanese cuisine or the plight of the planet in Greenland, to bring the world closer to you — Times readers and those with similar values.

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Why Travel With The New York Times Times-selected experts A journalist or subject matter specialist joins every departure, from Pulitzer Prize winners to politicians, depending on the tour. You will enjoy a mix of lectures, Q. and A.’s and informal conversations during meals.

Destinations that tell a story Visit locations as diverse as Kashmir, Saudi Arabia and Chernobyl, exploring everything from their politics and history to their cultures and natural wonders.

Exclusive access Escape the crowds with tours that include after-hours entrance to museums and access to attractions normally closed to the public.

Choose from four distinct tour types Small group tours or cruises From our collection of land-based journeys, limited to no more than 26 guests, to our specialist sailings on world-renowned cruise lines, you’ll travel with like-minded individuals.

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36 Hours + Short breaks inspired by The New York Times’s travel feature. Designed for both independent travelers, as well as those wanting a more guided travel experience, these four-day, three-night journeys are suitable for all. Each offers a choice of accommodations to suit your budget, private airport transfers and two local tours with English-speaking guides. Optional activities are suggested to let you customize your trip for greater cultural insights.

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Times Journeys Experts When you travel with Times Journeys, you will be in good company: Not only will you be traveling with like-minded individuals, but with New York Times journalists and Times-selected experts too. Unless stated otherwise our experts travel with the group for the entire journey. In addition to formal talks and Q&A sessions, your experts are usually available at meals and during the tour for casual, more intimate chats. Depending on the tour, expect to be joined by experts in history, world affairs, politics and the arts. Their informative lectures are specifically designed to bring to life the remarkable civilizations and cultures of the regions you visit. Each one of our experts will educate and inspire you. Your Times Journeys experts are so much more than ordinary tour guides: They are there to give you the kind of perspective you’ve come to expect from The New York Times. Here are just a few of the experts confirmed for our 2017 program.

Ken Belson Times Sports Reporter Elements of Japanese Cuisine: The Food and Producers of Central Japan

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley Author, Broadcaster, Lecturer and Travel Writer A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens's London and Paris

Annalisa Berta Evolutionary Biologist and Professor

Celestine Bohlen Former Times Foreign Correspondent

Cruise Darwin’s World Aboard the Silver Galapagos

Russia: Milestones of the Revolution

Rachel Donadio Times European Culture Correspondent Inside the Edinburgh International Festival

William deBuys Writer and Conservationist

Anthony DePalma Former Times Foreign Correspondent

Legacies of Spanish and Native American Heritages in New Mexico

Cuba. The Time Is Now: A People to People Experience

Justin Gillis Times Science Reporter

James Gorman Times Science Reporter

Clyde Haberman Former Times Columnist

Wild Australia

The Amazon and Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil

The Pacific Theater: World War II in Hawaii and Japan

Richard Cohen Author and Publisher

Holland Cotter Times Art Critic

Remembering The Great War (1914–1918)

Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Art and Architecture in Italy

Georgia and Armenia: At the Cusp of Europe and Asia

Jim Dwyer Times Journalist Hiking the Pilgrims Footsteps at El Camino de Santiago

Carlotta Gall Times Foreign Correspondent Culture, History and Progress in Morocco

Cuba: History, Culture and Contemporary Life

The Women of Jordan

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The Passions of Argentina: Tango, Food and Politics

Andalusia: Confluence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Elisabetta Povoledo Times Foreign Correspondent

Andrew Revkin Times Science Reporter and Author

Alan Riding Former Foreign Correspondent

Florence, Venice and Rome: The Religious Complexity of Italy

Greenland Is Melting

Across the Border: U.S. and Mexican Politics

Raymond Sokolov Former Times Food Editor

Raymond Wilkinson Former U.P.I. Foreign Correspondent

Marjorie Williams Author and Photographer

Christopher Wren Former Times Foreign Correspondent

Cooking With the Sicilians

Unlocking the Mysteries of Indochina

Flavors of Provence

Kashmir: The Religious Melting Pot of India

Chernobyl, 30 Years Later

Dennis Overbye Times Science Reporter

Fred Plotkin Opera Expert

Accelerating Science: Particle Physics at CERN

Opera in San Francisco

Ron Nixon Times Washington Correspondent

In the Footsteps of Galileo

Galapagos: Evolution in Action

Elaine Sciolino Former Paris Bureau Chief

Marlise Simons Times Foreign Correspondent

Iran: Tales from Persia

Tulip Time in Holland by Barge

Flavors of Provence

Reindeer People of Lapland

Cuba. The Time is Now: A People to People Experience

Behind the Scenes of New York Theater

Myanmar: Behind the Headlines

Raphael Minder Times Contributor

Sarah Lyall Times Foreign Correspondent

George Johnson Times Science Reporter

Harleen Singh Professor and Chair of the South Asian Studies Program at Brandeis Women and Society in India

Joan Nathan Cookbook Author and Times Contributor

Nell McShane Wulfhart Travel Journalist

Luisita Lopez Torregrosa Former Times Journalist

Patrick Healy Former Times Theater News and Feature reporter

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On the Trail of Jewish Cooking in France With Joan Nathan

Jim Robbins Freelance Science Writer Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons The Canyons of Southwest, in Deep and in Depth

A Hike Around Mont Blanc

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Expert-Led Tours With a Focus On‌

All Times Journeys have a tale to tell, one that will satisfy sophisticated curiosities. Whether it be unlocking the secrets of the Persian Empire or exploring the legacy of World War II in the Pacific theater, each Times Journey will help unravel some of the world’s ecological, political, historical or sociological enigmas. Each tour has been placed into one of eight categories. With over 55 journeys traveling to over 35 countries, find your next vacation with Times Journeys.

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Activities & Sports Designed for those who prefer to take part and not sit on the sidelines of life. Take a hike around Mont Blanc or along the pilgrims’ trail at El Camino de Santiago.

Arts & Culture Browse a selection of expert-led trips on themes ranging from art and architecture to film. Focus on New York theater, opera in Italy or San Francisco, the arts in Cuba or the Edinburgh International Festival.

Science & Nature Experience new climates, or get closer to wildlife and geographical wonders. Visit the melting glaciers of Greenland, the wetlands of Brazil, the reindeer herders of Lapland, the biodiversity of Australia or the supercollidor at CERN.

History & Context Discover the great events that have shaped and influenced our world, whether in the radioactive fields of Chernobyl, in Galileo’s old haunts or along the Silk Road of the ’Stans of Asia.

Politics & Perspectives In trips designed for those who have an interest in foreign affairs, visit Iran, Saudi Arabia or Israel and Palestine, or go deeper into U.S.-Mexican relations from the Mexican perspective.

Food & Wine Whether you are interested in the food of Provence, Sicily or central Japan, or the secrets of Jewish cooking, discover great tastes from around the world.

Women in Focus Gain in-depth knowledge of the status of women around the world, good and bad, on specially designed journeys to such international destinations as Jordan, Cuba and India.

Sailing & Cruises For those who think there’s no vacation better than one on board a ship, Times Journeys can take you along rivers in Holland, to the nations of the Baltic Sea, to the exotic Galápagos, or around Cuba on a luxury yacht.

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Insight Cruises, founded in 1999, believes that education and travel foster growth and wholeness. Sensing that travel connects us and that the real journey is within, we create educational travel experiences for guests who value learning for its own sake. Insight Cruises welcomes you to a vital, engaging community for whom curiosity and discovery are second nature.

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Around the World by Private Jet Cultures in Transformation Circle the globe on an inspiring and informative journey by private jet, created by The New York Times in collaboration with luxury travel pioneers Abercrombie & Kent. This 26-day itinerary takes you beneath the surface of some of the world’s most compelling destinations, illuminating them through the expertise of veteran Times journalists. Discover the true stories behind today’s most compelling headlines as you experience destinations ranging from emerging Cuba and Colombia to cutting-edge Iceland and enigmatic Iran. Travel in a group of just 50 guests, joined by some of The Times’s most noteworthy journalists and local contributors, who offer firsthand perspectives on the people and places that shape our world. Join a dedicated flight crew aboard an exclusively chartered Boeing 757 with first-class, fully lie-flat seats, accompanied by A&K’s top-notch Tour Directors and local experts, for an around-the-world adventure like no other.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Return to New York

Marrakesh, Morocco

Isfahan, Iran

Yangon, Myanmar

Politics & Perspectives Science & Nature Travelers 50 Itinerary 26 days, 25 nights

Itinerary DAY 1 DAYS 2–4 DAYS 5–7 DAYS 8–9 DAYS 10–11 DAYS 12–14 DAYS 15–16 DAYS 17–19 DAYS 20–23 DAYS 24–25 DAY 26

United States | The Lights of New York Cuba | Cuba, the Enigmatic Island Colombia | Exploring Bogotá Chile | The Statues of Easter Island Samoa | Touchdown in Samoa Australia | Down Under in Australia Myanmar | Burmese Life in Myanmar Iran | Mysterious Iran Morocco | The Road to Marrakesh Iceland | The Changing Face of Iceland United States | Completing the Circle

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Journey Highlights

New York, United States

Havana, Cuba

Bogotá, Colombia Apia, Samoa

• Go behind the scenes at The New York Times on an exclusive visit, and dine with its publisher. • Discover emerging Cuba through comprehensive people-topeople encounters. • In Colombia, dine in Bogotá’s cathedral, and hear insights from a veteran journalist. • Visit Easter Island’s Orongo ceremonial village and learn how this island struggles with climate change. • Experience authentic Australian cuisine and culture in Sydney and the Australian bush. • In Myanmar, attend an exclusive cocktail party with Ma Thanegi, former personal assistant to the Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. • Explore the Iranian city of Isfahan and visit the Friday Mosque. • Camp in luxury in the desert in Morocco and explore a bustling souk in Marrakesh. • Discover Iceland’s geothermal pools and learn how climate change is affecting the land of fire and ice.

Easter Island, Chile Sydney, Australia

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Around the World by Private Jet Cultures in Transformation

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Featured Experts: Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. February 8, New York Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. was named chairman of The New York Times Company in 1997 and became publisher in 1992. Over the past decade, he has shaped and implemented innovative print and online initiatives that are enabling The Times to compete in the 21st century marketplace. During his tenure as publisher, The Times has earned 53 Pulitzer Prizes.

Alan Riding February 8 – 15, Cuba and Colombia Alan Riding spent 30 years as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. Riding covered dictatorships, drug wars and revolutions, first from a base in Mexico City, then from Rio de Janeiro. He was once chased out of Medellín by the infamous drug baron Pablo Escobar.

Nicholas Kristof February 15 – 21, Easter Island, Samoa and Australia Nicholas Kristof, a Times Op-Ed columnist, has won two Pultizer Prizes. He has confronted warlords, borne witness to massacres and ridden on top of a bus in Pakistan to sneak through military checkpoints. Kristof is often called the “reporter’s reporter” for his efforts to document human rights abuses.

Elaine Sciolino February 22 – 27, Myanmar, Iran and Morocco A writer for The New York Times, she has, during her career, held a number of positions including Paris bureau chief, United Nations bureau chief and chief diplomatic correspondent. Author of the award-winning book “Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran”.

Cornelia Dean February 27 – March 5, Morocco and Iceland Cornelia Dean is a science writer and former Science editor of The Times, where she was responsible for coverage of science, engineering, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section.

The Experts Travel With You As well as enjoying brunch with Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The New York Times, your unique journey also puts you in the company of four stellar New York Times journalists, a different one for each segment of the tour. With Alan Riding, a veteran Central American correspondent; Nicholas Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer winner; Elaine Sciolino, an expert on Iran and the Middle East; and Cornelia Dean, a nationally recognized science journalist, you will have so much more than tour guides. These Times experts will provide formal talks and casual chats to give you the kind of perspective you have come to expect from The New York Times.

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FEB 8 – MAR 5, 2018

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Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., Alan Riding, Nicholas Kristof, Elaine Sciolino, Cornelia Dean

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Culture, History and Progress in Morocco A land of legend and intrigue, Morocco lies close to Europe, yet its place on the African continent has made it a multicultural crossroads for goods, ideas and people. On this 12-day journey, discover the rich, artistic influences of Moorish and European cultures, meeting with locals and experts to delve deep into this colorful nation. History & Context Travelers 25 Places visited Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, Marrakesh, Essaouira Itinerary 12 days, 11 nights

Journey Highlights • Explore the imperial cities of Meknes, Fez, Rabat and Marrakesh, all Unesco World Heritage sites. • Discover Morocco’s diverse architecture, including visits to Volubilis — the ruins of a Roman city — and the ancient fortified city of Aït Benhaddou. • Meet with cultural experts to discuss Morocco’s current issues and the effects of recent reforms. • Visit cooperatives that provide locals with the necessary skills to thrive in modern-day Morocco. • See firsthand Europe’s influence on the country with visits to the coastal cities of Essaouira and El Jadida.

Atlantic Ocean

5 DAY 1, 12

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Fez

Casablanca 11

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MOROCCO

Marrakesh 8

Africa

Tour operated by Academic Travel Abroad

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Featured Expert: Carlotta Gall April 23, Oct. 15 Departures Carlotta Gall is senior correspondent for North Africa. A British national, she joined The Times in 1999, reporting from Kosovo and Serbia, and for over a decade from Afghanistan and Pakistan. She is author of “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001–2014,” and co-author of "Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus.”

DAY 3

The Medina and Madrasas of Fez

Explore Fez. Visit the ancient medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities, and explore streets lined with merchants. See two madrasas, traditional Islamic universities built in the 14th century, and the Ibn Danan Synagogue in the old Jewish Quarter. Meet with an expert to discuss Morocco’s culture and education system. A  ccommodations: Hotel Sahrai. Meals: B, L DAY 4

The Palace and Souks

Visit the royal palace in Fez to see its ornate gate, the tannery souk where workers use centuries-old methods, and the spice and textile souks. The afternoon is free to continue your exploration of Fez, or take an optional excursion to a women’s art cooperative of carpenters in Azrou. A  ccommodations: Hotel Sahrai. Meals: B, L

Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Morocco

Arrive in Casablanca. After lunch, tour this thriving economic capital of Morocco, including the Hassan II Mosque, the tallest religious structure in the world, and the Habous Quarter, built by the French in an attempt to solve the city’s housing shortage. Gather later for a welcome reception and dinner. A  ccommodations: Sofitel Tour Blanche. Meals: L, R, D DAY 2

Roman Ruins in Volubilis

Head to the archaeological site of Volubilis to explore the remains of this ancient Roman city, a Unesco World Heritage site. Continue to Meknes, one of Morocco’s four imperial capitals, fortified by ancient walls and commanding gates, before continuing to Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city. A  ccommodations: Hotel Sahrai. Meals: B, L, D

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Culture, History and Progress in Morocco

DAY 5

Regal Rabat

Travel to Rabat, Morocco’s current capital, on the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the royal palace, the unfinished Hassan Tower and other sites, enjoying palm-lined boulevards, colonial architecture and tranquil streets. This afternoon, discuss health care in Morocco with a local expert. Dinner will be aboard a docked 17th-century ship. A  ccommodations: Sofitel Jardins des Roses. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

The Road to Marrakesh

Travel to Marrakesh, the most important of the Four Imperial Cities. Visit the Mellah, or Jewish Quarter, the souks and handicrafts quarter, and the Jemaa el Fna, a square filled with snake charmers and entertainers. Have a traditional Moroccan dinner in the old medina, accompanied by traditional Gnaoua music. A  ccommodations: Sofitel Marrakesh. Meals: B, L, D

Africa

DAY 7

The Majorelle Gardens and Women’s Rights

Visit the Majorelle Gardens, built over 40 years by the painter Jacques Majorelle and saved from destruction by Yves Saint-Laurent. Then, visit the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Bahia Palace and garden and the Koutoubia Mosque. This afternoon, discuss women’s rights in Morocco with a cultural expert. The evening is yours to explore. A  ccommodations: Sofitel Marrakesh. Meals: B, L DAY 8

The Clay City

In Aït Benhaddou, a fortified city on the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh, have lunch on a terrace overlooking the city before exploring its clay architecture. Tonight, stay in a nearby riad, a traditional Moroccan courtyard house, and enjoy a home-cooked dinner of tagines and pastillas. A  ccommodations: Ksar Ighnda. Meals: B, L, D DAY 9

Back to the Sea

After a morning at leisure, head to Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast. Its name means “little fortress,” and its medina is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts. After a traditional seafood lunch, explore this idyllic fishing town, formerly a Portuguese stronghold called Mogador, famous for its cabinetry and woodcarving handcrafts. Accommodations: Atlas Essaouira & Spa. Meals: B, L, D

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DAY 10

Craftsmanship and Argan Oil

Spend the morning wandering the stores and galleries displaying Essaouiran craftsmanship. This afternoon, visit a Berber women’s cooperative that produces argan oil, a lightweight oil derived from the nut kernels of argan trees, and speak with workers about the social and economic impact the cooperative has. Dinner is on your own. Accommodations: Atlas Essaouira & Spa. Meals: B, L

DAY 11

Pottery, Another Fortified City and Casablanca

Travel to Safi, famous for its pottery, and visit a pottery production cooperative. Continue toward Casablanca, stopping at El Jadida, a fortified port city designated a Unesco World Heritage site for its interchange of European and Moroccan culture. In Casablanca, gather as a group for a farewell reception and dinner. Accommodations: Sofitel Tour Blanche. Meals: B, L, R, D DAY 12

Homeword Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for individual flights home.Meal: B

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$6,095

$1,695

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Carlotta Gall

OCT 15 – OCT 26, 2017

$6,095

$1,695

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Carlotta Gall

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Cherry Blossom Time in Japan Hanami, literally “flower viewing” in Japanese, is the custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms. On this eightday journey, timed to expectations of the height of blooming, immerse yourself in the delicacy and serenity of cherry blossom season in Tokyo, Kyoto and other areas as you delve deep into the tradition and cultures of Japan. Arts & Culture Travelers 18 Places visited Tokyo, Kitakami, Morioka, Kyoto, Nara Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights

Journey Highlights • Revel in stunning vistas of cherry blossoms from Tokyo to Kyoto. • Experience the wonder of Kitakami Tenshochi’s 10,000 cherry trees and soak in the refreshing waters of the hot springs of Tsunagi Onsen. • Explore the bustling capital of Toyko, from its colorful Harajuku district to the opulent Meiji Shrine. • Learn how to make traditional sushi during a private lesson and lunch and delve into the traditions of Japanese omotenashi hospitality culture. • Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at the stunning Kodaiji Temple and meet one of the temple’s monks. • Get a personal glimpse into the atomic bombings of 1945 from a survivor.

Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Japan

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Cherry Blossoms and Sushi

Get your first view of cherry blossoms at the Ushijima Shrine. Visit the luxury Ginza shopping district. Sushi chefs will help you make your own lunch, and a professional photographer will tell you how to capture the images of cherry blossoms. At sunset, the Tokyo City View observation deck offers a stunning vista. Accommodations: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo. Meals: B, L, D

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Yoyogi Park and Current Events

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Visit the busy Shibuya and Harajuku neighborhoods on the way to Yoyogi Park, with about 600 cherry trees, and the nearby Meiji Shrine. After lunch, meet a journalist for an in-depth discussion on current events in Japan. The rest of the day is on your own. A  ccommodations: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo. Meals: B, L DAY 4

An Ancient Tree and Hot Springs

Take a high-speed train to Kitakami, home of more than 10,000 cherry trees. Continue to Morioka to see Ishiwari-sakura, an approximately 380-year-old cherry tree, a national natural monument. End the day in Tsunagi Onsen, a hot springs resort with a history of 900 years, near Lake Gosho. A  ccommodations: Yumori Hotel Taikan. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

Zen, Food and Tea

Visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. Wander through Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer and 1,700 cherry trees. View Mount Yoshino, with 30,000 cherry trees. Continue to the eighth-century Todai-ji, with the largest bronze Buddha in Japan, and Kasuga Shrine. This evening, attend a farewell dinner with geisha entertainment. A  ccommodations: Kyoto Hotel Okura. Meals: B, L DAY 7

April 20 Departure Howard W. French was a senior writer and correspondent for The New York Times for two decades, serving as bureau chief in many countries, including China and Japan. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and the winner of two awards from the Overseas Press Club for his international reporting. During his years in East Asia he was also author of the weekly column for the International Herald Tribune. French has produced three books on the region.

Kyoto, Land of Cherry Blossoms and Geishas

Hear from a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombings. Fly to Osaka, then continue to Kyoto, filled with cherry trees. Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, dedicated to the god of rice, sake and prosperity. In the Gion District, look for the geishas that populate its streets. Learn about Japanese Omotenashi, the art of selfless hospitality. Accommodations: Kyoto Hotel Okura. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Howard W. French

Norimitsu Onishi April 23 Departure Norimitsu Onishi has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Times in Japan. Mr. Onishi covered Japan as The Times’s Tokyo bureau chief. He returned to Japan to report on the tsunami and to write investigative articles unearthing the causes of the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. Mr. Onishi and his colleagues were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for their coverage of Fukushima and the tsunami. Born in Japan, Mr. Onishi grew is fluent in Japanese and French.

Thousands of Deer and Cherries

Visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. Wander through Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer and 1,700 cherry trees. View Mount Yoshino, with 30,000 cherry trees. Continue to the eighth-century Todai-ji, with the largest bronze Buddha in Japan, and Kasuga Shrine. This evening, attend a farewell dinner with geisha entertainment. A  ccommodations: Kyoto Hotel Okura. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport, just outside Osaka, for your flight home. M  eal: B

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Elements of Japanese Cuisine: The Food and Producers of Central Japan

Discover the building blocks of Japanese cuisine — soy, fish and rice — and the interplay of food and ritual on this 12-day culinary discovery of Japan. Staying at traditional Japanese hot springs inns and city hotels, see where miso and wasabi are produced, visit fishing villages and farms, and learn how lacquerware for bento boxes and bowls is created. Food & Wine Travelers 20 Places visited Tokyo, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Wajima, Kyoto, Asuka, Nara Prefecture, Osaka Itinerary 12 days, 11 nights

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Journey Highlights • Stay in hot springs ryokan, traditional Japanese-style inns with tatami mats and futons, as well as Western-style hotels in cities. • Visit local producers and farms, sample new and interesting foods, and gain appreciation for ones you know. • From casual dining to carefully orchestrated meals and tea ceremonies, experience a wide range of Japanese cuisines. • With expert guidance, take a once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic tour of Japan.

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Welcome to Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, and transfer to your hotel. After some time to freshen up or explore on your own, depending on arrival, meet your fellow Times travelers at a welcome reception, followed by dinner. A  ccommodations: Park Hotel. Meal: D DAY 2

Tokyo’s Food, Real and Fake

Visit the Tokyo Central Metropolitan Wholesale Market, where nearly 3,000 tons of fish and seafood are processed daily. Tour an old quarter of Tokyo, with narrow streets and a large Buddhist temple. Visit Kappabashi, famous for its kitchenware and plastic fake food, displayed by many restaurants. Dine in a yakitori-ya under the tracks. A  ccommodations: Park Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 3

Ken Belson May 8 Departure Ken Belson joined The Times in the Tokyo bureau, where he covered business in Japan. Before that, he wrote for Bloomberg, Reuters and BusinessWeek, all in Tokyo, where he worked for 12 years. He returned to Japan to join a team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for international reporting for its coverage of the tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Miso, Soba and a Castle

Travel to Matsumoto in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture, famous for buckwheat soba noodles and sweet apples. Visit a historic area of thick-walled commercial buildings. Visit a miso producer established in 1868, discovering how the fermented bean paste is made. Visit the centuries-old Matsumoto Castle. Dine on mountain specialties at the ryokan. A  ccommodations: Kikunoyu ryokan. Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

The Wasabi Farm

Travel north of Matsumoto to visit a wasabi farm that has been cultivating this fiery root since 1915. Wasabi is notoriously difficult to grow, requiring flowing clean water and cool growing conditions. Try Nagano’s soba garnished with wasabi, or even wasabi-flavored ice cream. Continue to the hot springs ryokan in Yuwaku Onsen. A  ccommodations: Kanaya ryokan. Meals: B, D DAY 5

Kanazawa Gardens and Teahouses

Travel to Kanazawa, the seat of the Maeda clan, one of the most powerful in feudal times. Visit the traditional Kenrokuen garden and walk the Higashi Chaya, a well-preserved teahouse district. At Omicho market, known for seafood and produce, choose a restaurant for lunch, then head to the remote Noto Peninsula. Accommodations: Notonosho inn. Meals: B, D DAY 6

Lacquerware and Buddhist Cuisine

Visit the ancient market in Wajima, where fish, local produce and the area’s famous lacquerware are sold. Travel along the coast to Iwakura temple and lunch on Buddhist vegetarian cuisine: shojin-ryori. Return to Wajima and visit one of the town’s many lacquerware makers to learn more about this traditional craft. Accommodations: Notonosho inn. Meals: B, L, D

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Kyoto and Kyo-yori Cuisine

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In Kyoto, Japan’s old capital, discover the back lanes of Gion, the district of geisha (called geiko here) and learn about obanzai-ryori, homey but multicourse cooking. Enjoy a dinner of Kyo-ryori, traditional Kyoto specialties that appeal to all the senses. Hear a talk about Kyo-ryori and its distinctive characteristics. Accommodations: Westin Miyako, Kyoto (hotel not confirmed yet, but likely). Meals: B, D DAY 8

Homeward Bound

After your last breakfast in Japan, transfer to Osaka Airport for your trip home or onward.Meal: B

Tofu and Tea

Learn the way of tea and the tea ceremony, including ritual preparation and drinking of green tea, reflecting the aesthetic concepts of ichi-go ichi-e, treasuring a moment of connection. Visit a tofu maker to discover how to transform soybeans into many forms of tofu. The rest of the day is free. A  ccommodations: Westin Miyako, Kyoto (hotel not confirmed yet, but likely). Meals: B, L DAY 9

Rice Terraces and Mountain Vegetables

Visit the ancient capital of Asuka, which has a beautiful landscape of terraced rice fields. During planting or harvesting season, learn about the cultivation of rice in Japan while lunching on onigiri, or rice balls. Forage for mountain vegetables and participate in a community-hosted meal made of local produce. Accommodations: Marriott Miyako Osaka. Meals: B, L, D DAY 10

Osaka’s Fish Market and Castle

Visit the Osaka Central Municipal Market and enjoy an incredibly fresh sushi breakfast. Visit Osaka Castle, once a key defense point in feudal Japan. Continue to the northeastern Osaka neighborhood of Temma, and nearby Tenjimbashisuji, one of the longest shopping streets in Japan. Dine in one of the many small restaurants. A  ccommodations: Marriott Miyako Osaka. Meals: B, D DAY 11

First Temple and Last Meals

Visit the 1,400-year-old Shitennoji Temple. Dine on okonomiyaki, a savory pancake, before visiting the Kuromon Ichiba market. Hear about Osaka food culture and “B-grade” cuisine, the food of the common people, raised to an elevated standard of preparation by passionate chefs. This evening, enjoy a final dinner together. A  ccommodations: Marriott Miyako Osaka. Meals: B, D

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Bhutan and Nepal: A Hidden Gem and the Rebuilding of a Jewel The April 2015 earthquake caused major damage in Nepal, but, as it has done for hundreds of years, the nation is rebuilding. In this 11day high-altitude journey to Nepal and neighboring Bhutan, see the transformations and get expert insight into these two breathtaking nations, both new to the world beyond absolute monarchies and adjusting to an influx of outsiders. History & Context Travelers 24 Places visited Bhutan: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bungamati and Patan Itinerary 11 days,10 nights 1 Arrive in Bangkok 2 Off to Bhutan and the Himalayas 3 Over Dochula Pass to Punakha 4 The Fortress on a Heap of Jewels 5 A Hike to the Tiger’s Nest 6 Up to the Mountains and Kathmandu 7 Inner Peace Amid Earthquake Damage 8 Mountains and Tibetan Refugees 9 A Day in the Countryside of Pokhara 10 Swayambhunath and Nepal’s Future 11 Homeward Bound

Journey Highlights • Hear a local expert discuss Bhutan’s history and society and stroll through a village, meeting locals and monks. • Experience Nepalese hospitality when you dine with a local family in their home. • Meet a senior monk for a talk about Buddhism and the different types of meditation techniques. • Visit Bungamati, which suffered severe damage during the 2015 Nepal earthquake, and visit other sites damaged or still standing. • Join a heritage expert and architect for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of rebuilding Unesco World Heritage sites in Patan, Nepal. • Meet a Nepali journalist and Bhutanese author for deep insight into these nations’ pasts and future.

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Arrive in Bangkok. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel to relax and adjust to the time change. Tomorrow, you’ll head to Bhutan, a tiny kingdom sandwiched between India and China, which began welcoming outsiders less than 50 years ago. Bhutan became a parliamentary democracy in 2008. Accommodations: Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel.

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Off to Bhutan and the Himalayas

Fly to Paro in Bhutan and drive to Thimphu, about 8,000 feet up and your first view of the Himalayas. Visit Simtokha Dzong (fortress), built in 1629, and the National Memorial Chorten (stupa), a monument of world peace built in 1974. Later, attend a lecture about Bhutan’s history, politics and society. Accommodations: Le Méridien Thimphu. Meals: B, L, D

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Depart for Punakha, capital of Bhutan until 1955. Climb into the Himalayas to Dochula Pass and its 108 chortens honoring Bhutanese soldiers who died fighting Indian rebels in 2003. In Punakha, visit the Punakha Dzong, constructed in 1637. Visit a local village and interact with monks and local residents. A  ccommodations: Le Méridien Thimphu. Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

The Fortress on a Heap of Jewels

Drive back to Paro and visit Paro Dzong, built in the 17th century on the foundation of an older monastery. Visit the National Museum of Bhutan, inside the revamped circular Ta-Dzong building, an ancient watchtower above the Paro Dzong. In the evening, spend time with a famous Bhutanese author. Accommodations: Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

A Hike to the Tiger’s Nest

Hike to Taktsang (“Tiger’s Nest”) Monastery, clinging to a cliff almost 10,000 feet high. You can hike the whole way or stop halfway. Spend the day with monks at this sacred pilgrimage site, where the great tantric mystic Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress. A  ccommodations: Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Up to the Mountains and Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu, with stunning views of the Himalayas on the way, including Mount Everest. Visit Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples. Lunch is at the home of a Nepali family. Later, visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist sites outside Tibet, which was damaged in the quake. Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. Meals: B, L

Inner Peace Amid Earthquake Damage

At Kopan Monastery, learn about Buddhism and meditation techniques. Tour Bungamati, a village damaged by the earthquake and meet the committee tasked with the reconstruction of the village. Explore Patan, whose Durbar Square, site of many monuments, was all but destroyed. Visit Patan Museum and its metalwork sculptures of deities. Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. Meals: B, L DAY 8

Mountains and Tibetan Refugees

Fly to Pokhara, gateway for trekkers to the nearby Annapurna Range. Visit the International Mountain Museum, dedicated to the mountains of Nepal and their climbers. Then, visit a Tibetan refugee camp to learn about their struggles and sustainability efforts. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the views or hiking. A  ccommodations: The Pavilions Himalayas. Meals: B, L, D DAY 9

A Day in the Countryside of Pokhara

Take an easy trek through the farmland and gentle countryside around Pokhara, or observe the working farm surrounding the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the members of a local charity organization that contributes to development works for the community. A  ccommodations: The Pavilions Himalayas. Meals: B, L, D DAY 10

A Holy Temple and Nepal’s Future

Fly back to Kathmandu and visit Swayambhunath, a temple established more than 2,500 years ago and holy to Buddhists and Hindus. This evening, meet with a renowned Nepali journalist to discuss Nepal’s reconstruction efforts and get a glimpse of its future. Gather for a farewell dinner. Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. Meals: B, L, D DAY 11

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your international departure flight. M  eal: B

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NOV 5 – NOV 15, 2017

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Iran: Tales From Persia Persia. Iran. For 2,500 years, this powerful country has entranced, mystified and threatened the world. Discover the ancient secrets and modern complexities of this influential land on a 13-day itinerary, visiting some of the world’s oldest archaeological sites and the family home of the religious leader who engineered Iran’s transition to an Islamic republic. Welcome to the once-forbidden land of Iran.

History & Context Travelers 20 Places visited Tehran, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis Itinerary 13 days, 12 nights

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• Learn about Iran’s power and influence tracing back centuries, to its controversial actions today. • Explore such historical sites as Persepolis and Pasargadae, which date to the fifth century B.C. • Visit Yazd, the center of Zoroastrian culture in Iran. • The cities of Isfahan and Shiraz form the crux of your journey, featuring the greatest architectural and intellectual achievements of Persian culture. • Follow ancient trade routes and see how they shaped the region. • With the guidance of a Times journalist, gain unparalleled insight into Iran.

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Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Tehran

Tehran is a fascinating fusion of old traditions and young people seeking to break many of them. Explore the Golestan Palace complex, dating from the Qajar rulers, the labyrinthine Tehran bazaar and Jameh mosque. Visit the Jewelry Museum, which houses the Crown Jewels, dating to the Safavid dynasty (1501–1736). Accommodations: Laleh Hotel. Meals: L, D DAY 2

A Birthplace of Culture

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Kermanshah, in Iran’s Kurdish northwest. After lunch, the afternoon will be filled with ancient sites and visits to the colorful bazaar. Kermanshah, considered one of the birthplaces of prehistoric culture, is also the birthplace of the author Doris Lessing. Accommodations: Parsian Kermanshah Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 3

Along the Trade Route

Journey over the 7,000-foot-high Asadabad pass and visit the remains of the Anahita Temple (247 B.C.–224 A.D.) in Kangavar before arriving in Bisotun to view the largest inscription from the first Persian Empire ever found. Explore what Judeo-Persians believe to be the tomb of Queen Esther and Mordechai. Accommodations: Zagros Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

The Bridges of Isfahan

Drive to Isfahan. In the afternoon, visit the 17th-century Sio Se Pol and Khaju bridges, two of many bridges in Isfahan, then stroll the enchanted gardens of the 17th-century Hasht Behesht Palace, the Eight Paradises Palace, one of the last of many great mansions that once graced this city. A  ccommodations: Kowsar Hotel or Abbasi Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

February 14 Departure Former London and Baghdad Bureau Chief for The New York Times, John F. Burns was the longest-serving foreign correspondent in the Times’ history. For more than 30 years he was a fearless representative in embattled regions — from South Africa during apartheid to Iraq before and after the war. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Martin Cohn June 14 Departure Martin Regg Cohn is a political columnist and longtime foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star. He was chief of the Star’s Middle East bureau, and then its Asia bureau. He has reported from more than 40 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, India, Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, China and North Korea.

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The Home of an Ayatollah

In the Zagros Mountains, stop at the 1,800-year-old castle Falak-ol-Aflak in Khorramabad. In Khomein, visit the family residence of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the cleric who engineered the fall of the Shah of Iran. Drive to the Googad Citadel for a night in a 400-year-old fortress. Accommodations: Googad Citadel Hotel or Khansar Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

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The Art of Isfahan

Isfahan is filled with Islamic art and architecture. Tour the Vank Cathedral, belonging to Armenian Christians, the Royal Square and Iman Square, one of the largest in the world. See the female-only Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Visit a traditional teahouse and view the art and culture of Persian carpets at a gallery. Accommodations: Kowsar Hotel or Abbasi Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

October 17 Departure A writer for The New York Times, during her career she has held a number of positions including Paris bureau chief, United Nations bureau chief and chief diplomatic correspondent. Author of the award-winning book “Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran”.

Carol Giacomo November 9 Departure Carol Giacomo is an editorial board member of The New York Times covering foreign and defense policy, a position she has held since August 2007. In her career, she has reported on and analyzed the U.S. angle on all major foreign policy stories, including the Afghan and Iraq wars, the fall of communism, the Gulf War and the Middle East peace process.

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Iran: Tales From Persia

DAY 7

Palaces, Mosques and a Hebrew Settlement

Visit Chehel-Sotoun Palace and its large frescoes depicting court life and its miniature paintings of the 17th-century Safavid dynasty, and the 1,000-year-old Jameh mosque. Drive to Yazd, stopping at a 10th-century mosque and the remnants of Narenj Citadel, both in Nain, a Hebrew settlement dating to the sixth century B.C. Accommodations: Moshir al-Mamalek Hotel or Safaiyeh Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

The Center of Zoroastrian Culture

Yazd is the center of Zoroastrian culture in Iran. Visit Dakhmeh, a circular, raised structure used to expose the dead, and the Zoroastrian fire temple, where a fire has been kept alight since 470 A.D. Explore Mirchakhmaq Square, the 14th-century mosque and the Dowlat Abad garden and its lofty wind tower. Accommodations: Moshir al-Mamalek Hotel or Safaiyeh Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 9

On the Road to Shiraz

En route to Shiraz, visit an ancient ice house in Abarqu and the tomb of Cyrus the Great at the Unesco World Heritage site of Pasargadae. This sixth century B.C. site was the capital of the Persian Empire until the Macedonians, led by Alexander the Great, conquered it in 330 B.C. A  ccommodations: Shiraz Hotel or Chamran Grand Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 10

The Arts in Shiraz

Shiraz has long been synonymous with the arts: Genghis Khan spared it from destruction in the 13th century, and it was the Iranian capital in the 18th century. Visit the peaceful Eram Garden, the colorful bazaar of Haji and the 19th-century Pink Mosque. Visit the tomb of the noted poet Hafez. A  ccommodations: Shiraz Hotel or Chamran Grand Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 11

Persepolis, Rediscovered

Persepolis was looted by Alexander around 330 B.C. and lost under the desert. Modern excavation began in the 1930s, around the time Persia became Iran. Visit the remains of the Gate of all Nations, the Palace of 100 Columns and the Palace of Darius. Proceed to the royal necropolis in Naqsh-e Rostam. A  ccommodations: Shiraz Hotel or Chamran Grand Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 12

Return to Tehran

Fly to Tehran, then visit the 19th-century Golestan Palace complex, the residence of Qajar kings, and the Coronation and Marriage Palace of the Pahlavi dynasty, with its art galleries and mirrored palaces. Check in to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Later, gather for a festive farewell dinner. A  ccommodations: Laleh Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 13

Homeward Bound

This morning, transfer to Tehran International Airport for your flights home or onward. Meal: B

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$7,395

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JUN 14 – JUN 26, 2017

$7,395

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$7,395

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Elaine Sciolino

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Saudi Arabia and the Emirates: The Past and Future of Oil Oil transformed the Arabian Peninsula, bringing wealth into a region steeped in tradition and heightening tensions with oil-dependent Western nations. Learn more on this 10-day journey accompanied by New York Times journalists and selected experts. Explore the conservatism that grips Saudi Arabia (women, bring a head scarf), then see the modern architectural gem that is Abu Dhabi.

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History & Context Travelers 24 Places visited Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights

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• Visit pre-Islamic structures and modern architectural marvels. • See an island in Abu Dhabi built just for museums. • Learn about the birth of Islam, Wahhabism and the nation of Saudi Arabia. • Understand how oil transformed the region, and what the future holds. • See the center of Saudi oil production on the Persian Gulf. • With expert guidance, go where few are allowed to go and experience Saudi Arabia firsthand.

DAY 1

Welcome to Saudi Arabia

Arrive in Jeddah and transfer to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax and adjust to the change of time, climate and culture. Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, Jeddah is considered among the least conservative and most open to tourism of the major Saudi cities. A  ccommodations: InterContinental Hotel Jeddah. Meal: none DAY 2

The Old City and the New City

Visit Al-Balad, the old town, to see the old houses constructed from coral and reinforced with wood beams, and Nasif House, a museum and cultural center. See the Corniche, a 68-mile modern commercial area, and Abdul Raouf Khalil, a private art museum. Hear from an expert about the transformative history of oil in the region. Accommodations: InterContinental Hotel Jeddah. Meals: B, L, D DAY 3

Into the Desert

Transfer to the airport and board a flight to Medina and then drive through stunning desert landscapes to Al-Ula. This ancient oasis, founded in the sixth century B.C., is surrounded by palm trees and mountains, which beautifully set off the ancient rock formations. A  ccommodations: Al-Ula ARAC Resort. Meals: B, L, D

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Cliffside Tombs

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Explore the old city of Al-Ula, then head to Mada’in Saleh, Saudi Arabia’s first Unesco World Heritage site. The Nabateans carved more than 100 tombs in the cliff faces, decorating many with inscriptions and images. The most iconic is Qasr al-Farid, the “lonely castle,” a huge tomb carved from a single rock standing alone. Accommodations: Al-Ula ARAC Resort. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

On to Riyadh

Drive to Hail, seeing the mud and clay A’arif Fort, built at the end of the 11th century, and Al-Qishlah, built in the 1940s as a palace but now displaying military artifacts. Hail, more open to tourism than many other Saudi cities, holds an annual car rally and desert life festival. Then, fly to Riyadh. A  ccommodations: InterContinental Hotel Riyadh. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Sewell Chan October 24 Departure Sewell Chan is the international news editor in the London bureau of The New York Times, focusing on coverage of breaking news in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has helped to lead the organization’s coverage of major news stories, including the migration wave triggered by turmoil in the Middle East; terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Nice, and Britain’s referendum decision to leave the European Union.

Castles and Palaces

Explore the old city of Riyadh, including Musmak Castle, whose capture in 1902 by Abdul Aziz bin al-Saud was a watershed for Saudi control. Visit the National Museum and Murraba Palace, built by Abdul Aziz as his private residence after vacating Musmak Castle. Later, meet with a Saudi journalist to discuss the challenges facing the region. A  ccommodations: InterContinental Hotel Riyadh. Meals: B, L DAY 7

The Roots of Wahhabism

Explore the old city of Diriyah, where the ancestors of the Saudi royal family first allied with the doctrine of Wahhabism, the rigid form of Islam practiced here. Visit one of the Middle East’s largest camel markets, learning how camels went from transportation to thoroughbred racers. Fly to Dammam. A  ccommodations: Sheraton Dammam Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

The Center of the Oil World

In Dammam, now Saudi Arabia’s largest Persian Gulf port, visit the Saudi Aramco Exhibit, presented by the state-owned company that is the world’s top oil producer. Continue to the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, built by Saudi Aramco to advance culture and knowledge. After lunch, fly to Abu Dhabi. Accommodations: Millennium Corniche Hotel Abu Dhabi or Shangri-La Abu Dhabi. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9

A City Built on Culture (and Oil)

Abu Dhabi is an architecturally stunning city with a focus on culture. Visit the Grand Mosque and the Cultural Foundation. Explore life before oil at al-Hosn Palace. On Saadiyat Island, built solely for museums, visit the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. Hear a speaker’s vision for a less-oil-reliant future, then gather for farewell drinks and dinner. Accommodations: Millennium Corniche Hotel Abu Dhabi or Shangri-La Abu Dhabi. Meals: B, L, D DAY 10

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights home. Meal: B

Dates & Pricing DATES

PRICE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

INTERNAL AIR (FROM)

EXPERT

OCT 24 – NOV 2, 2017

$10,995

$1,595

$645

Sewell Chan

NOV 7 – NOV 16, 2017

$11,295

$1,595

$645

To be announced

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The ’Stans of Asia: Follow the Silk Route Though they were ruled by Russia or the Soviet Union for more than 100 years, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have remained far more connected to their earlier histories. This 11-day journey, with insight and guidance from Times-selected experts, will take you deep into the heart of these Silk Road nations. History & Context Travelers 20 Places visited Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Ashgabat, Khiva Itinerary 11 days, 10 nights

Journey Highlights • Visit many legendary Silk Road cities including Samarkand and Bukhara. • Soak up the history of this region from Alexander the Great to Tamerlane to the Soviets. • Shop for famous carpets, handicrafts and spices in bustling, colorful markets. • Climb the Kalyan Minaret in Bukhara, known as the “The Tower of Death.” • Gain insight into the turmoils past and present in Central Asia.

Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to the ’Stans

Upon arrival in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, (usually in the middle of the night), you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. In the morning, explore Tashkent, including the Khast Imam complex, the Chorsu Bazaar, Independence Square, Amir Timur Museum and Alisher Navoi Theater. A  ccommodations: Tashkent International Hotel. Meals: L, D

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On the Road to Samarkand

Take a high-speed train to Samarkand, a Unesco World Heritage site, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia and a major stop on the Silk Road. Visit Registan Square, with its intricate designs and the vibrant colors of the blue-tiled mosques and madrasas. Dinner is in a Unesco-recognized old house. A  ccommodations: Registan Plaza Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

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Featured Experts: Jeanne Pinder April 16 Departure Jeanne Pinder was an expert on Soviet and East European affairs for The New York Times in the 1980s and 1990s. A Russian major with graduate work in Slavic linguistics, she lived and traveled extensively in the Soviet Union and Russia. She now runs a web start-up, clearhealthcosts.com, bringing transparency to health care costs.

James Brooke May 22 Departure James Brooke reported from 100 countries during his career with The New York Times. He lived in Moscow working as former Soviet Union bureau chief for Bloomberg. During this time, Jim reported from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and currently lives in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he is the founding C.E.O. and editor in chief of the Ukraine Business Journal.

DAY 3

A City of Mosques and Shrines

In Samarkand, visit Guri Emir, the mausoleum where Amir Timur and his family were buried. Visit the mausoleums of Shah-i-Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the massive mosque of Bibi Khanum, and the adjacent colorful market. A  ccommodations: Registan Plaza Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

Master Ceramists

Drive to Gijduvan and visit the ceramist family Narzullaevs, who have made beautiful pieces for six generations. Watch the ceramic-making process; a master class is available. After lunch with the Narzullaevs, drive to Bukhara, the former capital of the once-powerful Emirate of Bukhara and now a Unesco World Heritage site. A  ccommodations: Asia Bukhara Hotel. Meals: B, L

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The ’Stans of Asia: Follow the Silk Route

DAY 5

Bukhara’s Old Quarter

Explore the old quarter, including Kalyan Minaret, one of Central Asia’s tallest, nicknamed “The Tower of Death.” Visit the Ark, the massive fortress that was the home of the royal court for centuries. Have a dinner of plov, a local rice dish, and see a folklore and national dress show. Accommodations: Asia Bukhara Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

On to Turkmenistan

Drive to the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border and, after border formalities, have lunch in a local cafe. Continue to Mary (Merv). Bordering the Caspian Sea and largely desert, Turkmenistan has large natural gas reserves. In recent years, its veil of isolation has lifted some, though it is still often criticized for authoritarian practices. A  ccommodations: Mary Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 7

Ancient Merv

Visit ancient Merv, for about 300 years the biggest city in Central Asia. Merv was built and destroyed numerous times over the centuries, though its importance to the Silk Road gave it most prominence. Return to the more modern Mary and explore the history museum. Fly to Ashgabat. Accommodations: Oguzkent Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

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A New City in an Old Land

Ashgabat, the capital, is new by Turkmen standards. All but destroyed in a 1948 earthquake, it is a mix of Soviet-style buildings and grandiose monuments. See the biggest mausoleum complex in Central Asia, containing “Turkmenbashi,” Saparmurat Niyazov, the former president for life. Visit Old Nissa, the sanctuary of Parthian kings. A  ccommodations: Oguzkent Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 9

Last Stop in Turkmenistan

Fly to Dashoguz, an important stop on the Silk Road. The Russians called it Tashauz. Drive back into Uzbekistan, then continue to Khiva. Part of the afternoon is free to explore Khiva and its many historic monuments; the city is divided into old and new sectors. A  ccommodations: Asia Khiva Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 10

Back to Tashkent

Khiva was another Silk Road stop, known for its slave trading. Set off to explore Khiva on foot, including Kunya-Ark Fortress and several mosques, madrasas and minarets, most of them restored by the Soviets. After lunch at a local family’s house, continue sightseeing, then fly back to Tashkent. A  ccommodations: Tashkent International Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 11

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. M  eal: B

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Dates & Pricing DATES

PRICE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

INTERNAL AIR (FROM)

EXPERT

APR 16 – APR 26, 2017

$6,395

$900

$275

Jeanne Pinder

MAY 22 – JUN 1, 2017

$6,395

$900

$275

James Brooke

SEP 10 – SEP 20, 2017

$6,395

$900

$275

To be announced

OCT 1 – OCT 11, 2017

$6,395

$900

$275

To be announced

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Unlocking the Mysteries of Indochina Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on the Indochina Peninsula had centuries of history before French colonization and the Vietnam War. On this 12-day journey, visit the modern yet traditional Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and the ancient sacred temples of Luang Prabang and Angkor Wat. Meet with local artisans and experts to go deeper than most tourists go. History & Context Travelers 20 Places visited Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Halong Bay (Vietnam), Luang Prabang (Laos), Angkor Wat (Cambodia) Itinerary 12 days, 11 nights

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• Tour the old and new quarters of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, meeting local merchants and sampling local specialties. • Visit ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples in Luang Prabang and Angkor Wat. • Meet Chuck Searcy, a U.S. veteran who is working actively in Vietnam to help clean up bombs left from the Vietnam War. • Visit a waterfall outside Luang Prabang and take a hands-on cooking class for a home-cooked Lao meal with ingredients from the chef’s garden. • Explore gorgeous Halong Bay, Vietnam, on a traditional junk, and the mysterious Pak Ou caves of Laos, with its hundreds of Buddha statuettes. • See how silk is made, visit the home of Saa paper and visit musicians in their homes.

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Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Indochina

On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for settling in or beginning your exploration of Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. This evening, meet your fellow Times travelers at a welcome dinner. A  ccommodations: Renaissance Riverside Hotel. Meal: D DAY 2

Colonial Saigon

Explore landmarks of Saigon and its colonial past, including the Reunification Palace, the former City Hall and the Central Post Office, inspired by Gustave Eiffel. After lunch, visit two musicians whose love of Vietnamese music is shown in their extensive collection of instruments. Visit Ben Thanh Market. Accommodations: Renaissance Riverside Hotel. Meals: B, L

DAY 3

The Capital of the North

Relax for most of the morning before catching a flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. With your guide, explore the diverse architecture of old Hanoi and its small, less-visited streets. Dinner is at the venerated Cha Ca La Vong restaurant, which serves only the cha ca fish dish. Accommodations: The InterContinental Westlake. Meals: B, D DAY 4

The Legacies of War

Visit the mausoleum and traditional stilt home of Ho Chi Minh, the Communist revolutionary. See the One Pillar Pagoda, a reconstruction of an 11th-century Buddhist temple. Meet with a coffee expert to learn about the Vietnamese coffee culture, and Chuck Searcy, an American activist who settled in Vietnam in the 1990s. A  ccommodations: The InterContinental Westlake. Meals: B, L

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Unlocking the Mysteries of Indochina

DAY 5

Cruising Halong Bay

Travel to Halong Bay, a stunning Unesco World Heritage site with 3,000 islands of towering limestone dotting the bay and Gulf of Tonkin. Board a private junk and set off on a cruise of Halong Bay with your own captain, chef and waiter. Enjoy a meal of fresh seafood on deck. Accommodations: Private traditional junk. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

On to Laos

After breakfast on board the junk, return to Hanoi (lunch will be en route) and take an evening flight to Luang Prabang. The former capital of Laos, Luang Prabang is a Unesco World Heritage town, surrounded by mountains and home to numerous colorful Buddhist temples or “wats.” Accommodations: Kiridara Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7

Temples and Statues

Visit Wat Xieng Thong, a vast collection of sacred buildings, and Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in the city. Then cruise in a traditional boat up the Mekong River and visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, which shelter hundreds of Buddha statuettes. Cruise back to Luang Prabang. A  ccommodations: Kiridara Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 8

Waterfalls, Paper and a Cooking Lesson

After breakfast, head to Kuang Si Waterfalls, a three-tiered waterfall tumbling into turquoise pools. Stop at a local house to join a Lao cooking class and lunch. On the way back, stop in some local villages where traditional Saa paper and woven textiles are made. Dinner is on your own. A  ccommodations: Kiridara Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 9

The Monks’ Procession and Cambodia

For early risers, watch monks in saffron robes walking in long silent processions searching for offerings left to them by the faithful. Respect them, watch silently and refrain from disturbing them. The morning and early afternoon are free, then fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and have dinner at the hotel. A  ccommodations: Shinta Mani Resort. Meals: B, D DAY 10

The Magnificence of Angkor Wat

Discover the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat, a Unesco World Heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas-reliefs. Transfer to a remote, untouched temple for a private picnic lunch and a soothing foot massage. Visit Ta Prohm Monastery, where immense trees have taken root in the stones. Accommodations: Shinta Mani Resort. Meals: B, L DAY 11

Angkor Thom, the Citadel of Women and a Silk Farm

Visit Angkor Thom, the Elephant Terrace and the raised Leper King Terrace. After lunch on your own, travel to Banteay Srei to see the small, pink temple known as the Citadel of Women. Stop at a golden silk farm to see the steps of traditional silk production. Gather for a farewell dinner. A  ccommodations: Shinta Mani Resort. Meals: B, D DAY 12

Homeward Bound

Spend your last few hours by the hotel pool, or wander around Siem Reap until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Your room in Siem Reap is at your disposal until noon.Meal: B

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Featured Experts: James Brooke February 20 Departure James Brooke’s career with The New York Times took him to roughly 100 countries, including Cambodia. From 2014 to 2016, Jim worked in Phnom Penh, first as editor in chief of The Cambodia Daily, then of its rival, The Khmer Times. He directed coverage of the U.N. Khmer Rouge genocide trials, Cambodia’s economic boom, the impact of tourism on Angkor Wat and on the growing influence of China.

Raymond Wilkinson November 6 Departure Raymond Wilkinson has led a boundary-defying career as an international journalist and aid worker, reporting and serving in parts of Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In addition to his years spent reporting on conflict, he has also worked in communications for the United Nations Refugee Agency. Recently he assisted the agency with its response to the cross-border refugee crisis stemming from the civil war in Syria.

Dates & Pricing DATES

PRICE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

INTERNAL AIR (FROM)

EXPERT

FEB 20 – MAR 3, 2017

$6,895

$1,100

$575

James Brooke

NOV 6 – NOV 17, 2017

$6,895

$1,100

$575

Raymond Wilkinson

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The Pacific Theater: World War II in Hawaii and Japan The attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, brought World War II close to home and turned the nation’s attention to the Pacific. On this 10-day journey, visit seminal sites of the war, including Hawaii, Hiroshima and Tokyo, seeing its impact and remnants and hearing from experts on both sides on how the Pacific war changed the world. History & Context Travelers 25 Places visited Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Tokyo Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights

Journey Highlights • Visit the Valor in the Pacific National memorials at Pearl Harbor with the education director of the Pacific Historic Parks. • Attend the 76th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony and visit Ford Island, to see World War II airplanes. • Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, ground zero for the first atomic bomb, dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. • Explore Yasukuni Shrine, founded in 1869, commemorating Japan’s war dead, as well as the Tokyo War Damages museum and a museum dedicated to Japan’s militarism. • With special access and expert guidance, explore in depth the causes and effects of World War II.

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Pacific Ocean

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DAY 1

Welcome to Hawaii

Arrive in Honolulu and transfer to the hotel, on Waikiki Beach. After some time to settle in, gather for a welcome dinner at the hotel, attended by Paul Heintz, who has directed and produced education programs at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument for Pacific Historic Parks.Accommodations: Hilton Waikiki Beach. Meals: R, D DAY 2

Pearl Harbor and the Pacific Aviation Museum

With Paul Heintz, visit the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor, seeing artifacts and footage of the attack. The Arizona lost most of its crew — more than half of the total Pearl Harbor casualties. Board the U.S.S. Bowfin and get a sense of life aboard a World War II-era sub.Accommodations: Hilton Waikiki Beach. Meals: B, L DAY 3

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A Day of Remembrance

Attend the 76th Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony, a solemn occasion attended by a dwindling number of survivors of the attack. Visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as “Punchbowl,” where a pathway is lined with a memorials donated by organizations and foreign governments to honor America’s veterans.Accommodations: Hilton Waikiki Beach. Meals: B, L

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DAY 4

The Ships and Planes of the War

Visit Ford Island with Paul Heintz and see the U.S.S. Missouri, the last American battleship ever built: The Japanese surrendered on its decks. Visit the Pacific Aviation Museum and stroll among World War II-era planes, including a Japanese Zero. Gather for dinner and entertainment by a 1940s-era band.  Accommodations: Hilton Waikiki Beach. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

On to the Japanese Perspective

Depart Honolulu this morning for the all-day trip to Fukuoka, Japan, on Kyushu, the third-largest island in Japan.Meals: B, meals in air DAY 6

To Hiroshima

Crossing the international date line, arrive in Fukuoka in the evening and transfer to Hiroshima, about 130 miles away, on the island of Honshu, the largest in Japan. Have dinner before checking into your hotel.Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hiroshima. Meals in air, D DAY 7

The Atomic Bomb

Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, ground zero for the bomb dropped by the United States on Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb killed more than 80,000 people, about a third of Hiroshima’s population. Visit the Peace Memorial Museum and the iconic A-Bomb Dome, whose skeletal outline remains as a reminder of the horror.Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hiroshima. Meals: B, L DAY 8

Featured Expert: Clyde Haberman Clyde Haberman's 13 years as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times included five years as Tokyo Bureau Chief. He covered such major events as Japan's trade battles with the U.S., Japan's wrestling with how much of a military power it wished to be and Japan's ascension then as a dominant economic power. He also covered many aspects of Japanese social issues. His travels led him to key sites in the War in the Pacific, including reports in Japan from Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kokura.

DAY 10

Homeward Bound

Your day is free until your private coach transfer to Narita Airport and your flight home. M  eal: B

A Respite for Beauty

Visit Miyajima Island, a small sacred island designated as one of Japan’s “Three Most Beautiful Views.” See the most-photographed site in Japan, the great floating torii gate. Explore the picturesque island including its lone town, kept in traditional Edo period style, before boarding the Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo. Accommodations: Keio Plaza. Meals: B, L DAY 9

War in Tokyo

Visit Yasukuni Shrine, honoring those who died for war and peace, and Yushukan, documenting Japan’s wars from a militaristic perspective. The Center of the Tokyo Raid and War Damages museum focuses on the U.S. firebombing in 1945. See the Imperial Palace and the stone bridge that bears traces of American air raids. Accommodations: Keio Plaza. Meals: B, L, D

Dates & Pricing DATES

PRICE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

INTERNAL AIR (FROM)

EXPERT

DEC 5 – DEC 14, 2017

$9,895

$1,605

$1,495 (Subject to surcharge)

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Cruising the Treasures of Southeast Asia From Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Yangon in Myanmar, cruise the waters of Southeast Asia on this 13-day journey aboard the 264 passenger megayacht L’Austral. Visit multiethnic, multireligious and multicultural sites including Singapore, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. With expert guidance and the accessibility a smaller ship offers, immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful regions of the world.

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Journey Highlights • See the legacies of the Vietnam War and colonialism in Ho Chi Minh City. • Visit the bustling city-state of Singapore. • Cruise the beautiful Strait of Malacca along the Malay Peninsula and see the famous vertical islands of Phang Nga Bay. • Understand the changes a new government will be bringing to Myanmar. • With the luxury of a small ship and the guidance of Times-selected experts, learn more about the history, present and future of this important region of the world. • On board, enjoy lectures, Q&A sessions and panel discussion with Timesselected experts.

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Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Southeast Asia

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, and embark on L’Austral. Meet your fellow Times travelers and attend a welcome briefing and introduction to life aboard ship. L’Austral.Meals: R, D aboard ship DAY 2

The Legacies of Colonialism

Ho Chi Minh City still displays its long French colonial identity. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace. In the afternoon, visit the Saigon Opera House; the former Hotel de Ville, now the city hall; and the Museum of History, formerly the Gia Long Palace. L’Austral.Meals: B, L, D aboard ship

DAY 3

Down to the South China Sea

Depart Ho Chi Minh City and cruise 60 miles of the Saigon River, passing some beautiful Vietnamese countryside, giving you a sense of how life is lived in villages along the river. About midafternoon, L’Austral will reach the mouth of the river and sail into the South China Sea. L’Austral.Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 4

A Day at Sea

Spend the day attending lectures and enjoying the many amenities of L’Austral as it cruises toward Singapore. L’Austral. Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 5

Singapore’s Multicultural History

Arrive in Singapore in the early afternoon and get an overview of this bustling multicultural city. With a long British colonial history and now mostly ethnic Chinese, Singapore is fiercely independent, as well as politically conservative. Visit Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street, as well as the historic Singapore River District. L’Austral.Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 6

Gardens and Asian Heritage

Travel to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Founded in the 19th century as a research station to develop useful plants, one of the earliest and most successful of its programs was Pará rubber, which became a major trading crop. Now a Unesco World Heritage site, the garden is also known for its orchid hybridization program. Later, explore the Asian Civilisations Museum, focusing on the Peranakan collections in preparation for your later calls in Malacca and Penang. The afternoon is yours to further explore Singapore. L’Austral.Meals: B, L, D aboard ship

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Cruising the Treasures of Southeast Asia

DAY 7

Malacca

A short cruise up the Strait of Malacca brings you to the city of Malacca itself. Once a sultanate, then colonized in turns by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British East India Company and the British Crown, the city is a charming mix of architecture and a Unesco World Heritage site. L’Austral.  Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 8

A Day in Kuala Lumpur

Featured Experts: Gretchen Morgenson Gretchen Morgenson is assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at The Times. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Wall Street. She has previously worked for Money Magazine and Forbes, where she became national press secretary to Steve Forbes when he ran for president. She has won two Gerald Loeb Awards and has served on two Pulitzer Prize juries.

Spend the day in Kuala Lumpur, the strikingly modern capital of Malaysia. Visit the National Museum, with representations of Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim cultures, and Merdeka Square, also known as Independence Square. See the Batu Caves, a sacred Hindu site of temples and shrines built into a series of limestone caves. L’Austral.Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 9

Vertical Islands

Cruise through Phang Nga Bay, off southern Thailand, and see the incredible limestone islands that jut in starkly vertical lines out of the water. This area was devastated in the 2004 tsunami, which killed thousands of people onshore, but its scenery remains spectacular. L’Austral.  Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 11

Richard C. Paddock reports on Southeast Asia as a contributor to The New York Times based in Bangkok. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for more than a dozen years and reported from nearly 50 countries on five continents, including wartime Bosnia and Iraq.

The Multiethnicity of Penang

Travel further up the Malay Peninsula to Penang. This marvelously eclectic city still reflects the imprint of the Peranakan, the descendants of mixed Chinese and indigenous marriages in Malaysia. See Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, built by a Chinese merchant, the Kapitan Keling Mosque, gold-domed Buddhist temples and Dutch and British fortresses. L’Austral.Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 10

Richard Paddock

Roger Cohen Roger Cohen has worked for The New York Times for 25 years as a foreign correspondent, foreign editor and now columnist. He has taught at Harvard and Princeton and has received a lifetime achievement award from Britain’s Next Century Foundation and a prize from the Overseas Press Club of New York. All guests on board will have access to the lectures and seminars delivered by three Times-selected experts who are scheduled to speak during our cruise.

DAY 13

Homeward Bound

Disembark L’Austral this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flights home.Meal: B

A Day at Sea

Spend the day attending lectures and enjoying the many amenities of L’Austral as it cruises toward Myanmar. L’Austral. Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 12

Onshore in Myanmar

This nation (formerly Burma) is an ancient place in transition. In its capital, Yangon, explore the Sule Pagoda, said to go back to the time of Buddha himself. Continue to the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, housing the giant reclining Buddha. Later, visit Myanmar’s most sacred and historic center, the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. L’Austral.Meals: B, L, D

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SINGLE RATE

EXPERT

OCT 28 – NOV 9, 2017

Superior Stateroom Deluxe Stateroom Prestige Stateroom Deluxe Suite Prestige Suite Owner’s Suite

$15,290 $15,990 $16,690 N/A N/A N/A

Gretchen Morgenson, Richard Paddock, Roger Cohen

$9,990 $10,390 $10,790 $14,390 $17,090 $18,390

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The Women of Jordan Discover the beautiful country of Jordan through the eyes of its women. Considered to be one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East for women’s rights, Jordan has established a legacy focused on the positive future of gender equality. Meet with top female leaders throughout Jordan to understand how the country, with the help of the royal family, is working to eliminate gender inequality through all aspects of society. Women in Focus Travelers 25 Places visited Ammam, Iraq al Amir, Karak, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Petra Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights

DAY 1–3, 8–10

Journey Highlights • Meet with a female C.E.O. of a marketing firm to learn about the role of Jordanian women in social media. • Attend a private lecture and dinner with a Jordanian senator. • Learn about women’s cooperatives throughout Jordan and the importance of tourism and handicrafts to the Jordanian economy. • Spend a night under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert, staying in a Bedouin-style camp. • Meet directors from the Noor Al-Hussein Foundation to discuss projects focused on gender equality and female development in Jordanian society. • Meet with members of a collective of women artists, educators and activists who believe in the importance of self-expression in the empowerment and well-being of women.

Amman

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Asia

Welcome to Jordan

Arrive at the Queen Alia International Airport and transfer to your Amman hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. A  ccommodations: Marriott Amman Hotel. Meals: R, D

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Jordan’s Capital City

Tour Amman, including the Amman Citadel, Roman theater and the Jordan Archaeological Museum. Meet with the mayor of Amman to learn about the initiatives to foster women in professional industries. Dine with the female C.E.O. and co-founder of a Jordanian marketing firm, and learn of the challenges she faces. Accommodations: Marriott Amman Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

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DAY 3

Featured Expert:

Female Cooperatives in Jordan

Visit the Iraq al Amir Women’s Cooperative, which since 1994 has employed women in the production of handicrafts and food processing. Meet with the directors and women there and have a traditional lunch. This evening, attend a lecture, meeting and dinner with a Jordanian senator, who will discuss the changes for women in Jordan since the Arab Spring. A  ccommodations: Marriott Amman Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

Female Inheritance and Ownership

Stop in Karak and learn about the General Federation for Jordanian Women’s campaign to educate women on their rights to inheritance and ownership. After lunch, continue to Aqaba, the coastal city at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea. The rest of the day and dinner are on your own. A  ccommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 5

Aqaba and the Red Sea

Spend the morning at leisure, enjoying the beautiful city of Aqaba. After lunch, meet with members of the Aqaba Committee for Women’s Affairs to discuss the issues facing women in this area of Jordan and their goals for the future. The rest of the evening and dinner are at leisure. A  ccommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 6

A Night in the Valley of the Moon

Visit the Noor Al-Hussein Foundation Aqaba Center for Women to learn about the projects to train unemployed secondary school graduates and disadvantaged women. Drive north to Wadi Rum, known as “the Valley of the Moon,” a Bedouin enclave. Settle into your Bedouin camp before a sunset drive through the desert and dinner under the stars. A  ccommodations: Wadi Rum, Sun City Camp. Meals: B, L, D DAY 7

The Ancient City of Petra

Carlotta Gall Carlotta Gall is senior correspondent for North Africa. She joined The Times in 1999, reporting from Kosovo and Serbia, and for over a decade from Afghanistan and Pakistan. She is author of “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001–2014,” and co-author of “Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucases.”

DAY 8

After breakfast, meet with women from the Taybeh Ladies Cooperative Pottery workshop to learn about the traditional Nabatean pottery techniques used at the cooperative, adhering to thousands of years of artisanship. Continue to Amman, stopping in Madaba to learn about the growing Jordanian wine industry and to taste some of Jordan’s finest wines. Accommodations: Jordan Valley Marriott. Meals: B, L DAY 9

Women in Politics and the Arts

Meet with members of the Jordanian National Forum for Women and learn about its success in promoting women’s participation in politics. After lunch, meet with artists from the new Aat Network, a collective of women artists, educators, activists and supporting men. Tonight, enjoy a special reception and farewell dinner in Amman. A  ccommodations: Marriott Amman Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 10

After a traditional Arabic breakfast, drive to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, walking through the entrance of the Old City, Al Siq. Visit its greatest monument, the majestic Al Khazneh, carved into the mountainside. Prepare an evening meal alongside local women at the Petra Kitchen. A  ccommodations: Petra Marriott Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

Return to Amman

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the Queen Alia International Airport for your flight home.Meal: B

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$6,795

$1,400

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Carlotta Gall

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Women and Society in India Women have held the highest political positions in India and are major players in finance, business and entrepreneurship. But headlines still depict a culture of abuse, lack of property rights and lower female literacy rates. On this 10-day journey, discover India’s past and present through the part of its population that increasingly refuses to be overlooked. Women in Focus Travelers 25 Places visited Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights

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Itinerary Journey Highlights

DAY 1

• Visit a community service project organized by an affiliate of the Clinton Global Initiative. • Explore highlights of Old and New Delhi such as India Gate, the Red Fort and Rajpath. • Attend a high-profile women’s panel in Delhi that covers education, health, family, politics, business and law. • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal and the imposing Agra Fort, both Unesco World Heritage sites. • Experience Diwali, the festival of lights. • Meet women in Jaipur and Mumbai who have founded N.G.O.s, or are leaders in the financial sector or Bollywood.

Welcome to India

Arrive in Delhi, India’s capital, which has been continually inhabited from as early as the sixth century. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.Accommodations: The Lalit New Delhi. Meal: None DAY 2

The Old and New City

Explore Old Delhi by rickshaw, seeing the mosques, forts and monuments that defined the city for centuries. Continue to New Delhi, and explore the Rajpath, India Gate and Parliament House. Enjoy an evening performance by Deepalaya, a group supporting girls’ education.Accommodations: The Lalit New Delhi. Meals: B, D DAY 3

Women of Delhi

Meet with women working in India’s Parliament. Attend a discussion with women representing law, politics, journalism, education and health. Attend an evening hosted by the women’s division of the Federation of the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. A  ccommodations: The Lalit New Delhi, Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

To Agra

Travel to Agra and the Taj Mahal, the most recognizable structure in India. The ornate mausoleum was built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal.Accommodations: Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate, Meals: B, L

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DAY 5

The Pink City

Featured Expert:

Visit the Agra Fort, a Unesco World Heritage site constructed by the Mughals in the 16th century. The red sandstone fortress forms the shape of a crescent and took several generations to complete. In the afternoon continue to Jaipur, often called “the Pink City.”Accommodations: ITC Rajputana, Meals: B, L DAY 6

Festival Day

Begin the day with a visit to Akshaya Patra. In the evening, celebrate Diwali — also known as the festival of lights — with a local family.Accommodations: ITC Rajputana, Meals: B, L, D

Harleen Singh Harleen Singh is the author of “The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India — a study of female heroism in the 19th century.” Born and brought up in India, she now teaches women's studies and South Asian literature at Brandeis University. Her current work is on women, violence and modern lives in India.

DAY 7

A Day in Jaipur

Ascend the hill to Jaipur’s Amber Fort. Later visit the Hawa Mahal, which means “Palace of the Breeze.” Continue to the 18th century Jantar Mantar Observatory and the City Palace, which holds an impressive collection of traditional Rajasthani costumes and weapons.Accommodations: ITC Rajputana, Meals: B, D DAY 8

Exploring Mumbai

Fly to Mumbai, the financial capital of India and the heart of Bollywood. Take a city tour and see the Gateway of India, the Mani Bhavan museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the Hanging Gardens, and the Prince of Wales Museum. Accommodations: Trident, Nariman Point, Meals: B, D DAY 9

Bollywood and Banking in Mumbai

Learn how women gained prominence in the financial sector, and where advances still need to be made. Meet with women involved in the business of Bollywood, Mumbai’s most high-profile export. Conclude the trip this evening with a festive farewell dinner.Accommodations: Trident, Nariman Point, Meals: B, D DAY 10

Homeward Bound

Depart the hotel this morning for individual flights home.  Meal: B

Dates & Pricing DATES

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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OCT 14, 2017 – OCT 23, 2017

$6,895

$1,680

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Harleen Singh

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Kashmir: The Religious Melting Pot of India

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One of the most populous nations on earth, India also has some of the most varied religions on earth, though the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Muslims have not always peacefully coexisted. On this 13-day journey, explore this nation’s colorful religious history, from Delhi to Kashmir, with expert guidance and unparalleled access to remote regions. History & Context Travelers 20 Places visited Delhi, Dharamsala, Amritsar, Srinagar Itinerary 13 days, 12 nights Price From $7,795 Departures March 25, April 9, Oct. 6, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek Journey Highlights • Tour Delhi with a historian for insight into its multilayered

religious past. • Visit the home of the sister-in-law of the Dalai Lama, and learn

about the challenges and cause of the Tibetan nuns. • In the Punjab, see the main temple of the Sikh religion and a

volunteer kitchen that serves up to 100,000 free meals a day. • In Kashmir, understand how the only Muslim majority state in

India has struggled with its geography and religion. • Visit villages trying to maintain their customs, see incredible

craftsmanship, and enjoy mountainous scenery.

Featured Expert: Christopher Wren Christopher Wren has covered the political and territorial impasse over Kashmir from the perspectives of the Moscow, Beijing and United Nations bureaus of The New York Times. He has climbed in the Himalayas and other mountains around the world. A Times foreign correspondent, reporter and editor for nearly 29 years, he also served as its bureau chief in Cairo, Johannesburg and Ottawa. He joins our March departure.

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Myanmar: Behind the Headlines

AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE DEPARTURE

Myanmar has eased its 15-year restrictions on tourism. With insight from The New York Times and local experts, look into the heart of what was once called Burma on this 10-day journey. See golden pagodas, bountiful paddies and take an unvarnished look at Myanmar’s beauty and blemishes. History & Context Travelers 24 Places visited Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Bagan Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights Price From $5,395 Departures March 15, Sept. 20, 2017 Operator Abercrombie & Kent Journey Highlights • Get exclusive insight into Myanmar’s troubled past from a Times journalist and local experts. • Visit the Five-Day Market, where local hill tribes come to buy and sell their goods. • Meet Ma Thanegi, former personal assistant of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate and leader of the National League for Democracy. • Chat with a monk in a monastery in Mandalay. • Visit the last Jewish synagogue in Myanmar. • Join a chef on a visit to a local market to buy ingredients for a Burmese dish followed by a cooking lesson.

Featured Expert: Ron Nixon Ron Nixon is a Washington correspondent for The New York Times. He has reported extensively on issues affecting Southeast Asia, including trade disputes, the illegal sales of wildlife products, corruption, drug trafficking and the Myanmar government hiring of Washington public relations firms to help ease some of the sanctions imposed by the United States. He joins our March departure.

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conundrum

Idyllic Sri Lanka, India and Arabia

AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE DEPARTURE

Travel behind the media lens to explore the spectrum of the IsraeliPalestinian experience on a nine-day journey through 3,000 years of history, politics and religion. Have extraordinary opportunities to hear from opinion makers, scholars, religious leaders, grassroots activists and media experts. Visit the highlights of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Caesarea. Politics & Perspectives Travelers 25 Places visited Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Rawabi Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights Price From $6,450 Departures March 17, Sept. 8, 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad Journey Highlights • Visit border crossings, West Bank settlements, kibbutzim,

Take a kaleidoscopic voyage from Thailand’s lush landscape to India’s beaches and urban scene, and the Arabian Peninsula’s ancient deserts and 21st-century skylines. Voyage from Singapore to the United Arab Emirates on the Celebrity Constellation. On board, hear from four New York Times journalists and a world historian on topics ranging from Congress, politics, business and current events to international diplomacy and South Asian and Persian Gulf history.

Sailing & Cruises Vessel name Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Places visited Singapore; Phuket, Thailand; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cochin, New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai (Bombay), India; Muscat, Oman; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Itinerary 16 days, 15 nights Price From $4,427 Departures April 2, 2017 Operator Insight Cruises

cultural centers and organizations involved in the peace process. • Tour many of the Holy Land’s most famous sights, including

Journey Highlights

Nazareth, Jericho, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Olives and the Western Wall. • Meet with local people intimately affected by regional issues and gain an understanding of daily life in Israel and the Palestinian territories. • Visit the Palestinian Museum, which opened in May 2016 in Birzeit, dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history and culture of modern Palestine.

• Mingle with award-winning Times journalists and experts.

Featured Highlight Throughout the program you will be joined by a variety of local experts from both Israeli and Palestinian backgrounds, which will be confirmed closer to departure.

• Learn about politics, international and regional affairs, business

and Asian history in exclusive settings. • Visit historic and exotic cities in ancient lands. • Expand your knowledge and experience of many different

cultures, and still have plenty of time to relax.

Featured Expert: Maureen Dowd Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and author of two New York Times best sellers, became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995, covering seven presidential campaigns, served as the Times’s White House correspondent, and wrote On Washington, a column for The New York Times Magazine.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens’s London and Paris Charles Dickens roamed the streets of Paris and London, night and day, absorbing their sights, smells, ambience and characters. He then included them in his many novels and short stories. In this eight-day journey, explore the 19th-century cities that so inspired Dickens, and gain a deeper understanding of one of the most popular and beloved personalities of the Victorian age. Arts & Culture Travelers 25 Places visited London, Paris Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights

Journey Highlights • Explore East London through the eyes of Charles Dickens. • Stay on the Rue du Courcelles, where Dickens brought his family to live when they first moved to Paris. • Have lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a favorite Dickens haunt, which inspired some of his shadier characters. • Explore the Dickens Museum on a private guided tour. • Enjoy a Dickens lecture with reception and readings from Dickens’s novels. • Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the magnificent Palais Garnier, home to the Paris Opéra.

ENGLAND

DAY 1–3

London

Itinerary DAY 1

Arrive in London in the morning. In the afternoon, visit Southwark, where Dickens lived in poverty. On these same streets, see places mentioned in or used in Dickens’s works, like Borough Market (“The Pickwick Papers”) and the George Inn (“Little Dorrit”). Visit Southwark Cathedral. End with a reception and dinner. Accommodations: The Bloomsbury Hotel. Meals: R, D DAY 2

English Channel

FRANCE

Europe

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Welcome to Dickens’s World

A Day in Highgate

In Highgate, much as it was when Dickens knew it, visit where the Dickens family lodged in 1832, as well as Church House, believed to have been the “old brick house” from “David Copperfield.” After lunch in a pub, visit Highgate Cemetery, where several members of Dickens’s family are buried.  Accommodations: The Bloomsbury Hotel. Meals: B, L, R

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DAY 3

Dickensian London

Featured Expert:

Immerse yourself in Dickens’s East End, visiting Victorian markets, Gray’s Inn (“David Copperfield” and “Great Expectations”) and Lincoln’s Inn (“Bleak House”). Lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese from “A Tale of Two Cities.” Take a private tour of the Charles Dickens Museum in Dickens’s home from March 1837 to December 1839. A  ccommodations: The Bloomsbury Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 4

Across the Channel to Dickens’s Paris

For Dickens, Paris was the closest city to London for inspiration, the streets teeming with brilliance, bawdiness and light, incorporated into “A Tale of Two Cities.” Take the Eurostar to Paris and a guided tour in his footsteps along and around the Rue du Courcelles, the Champs-Élysées and the Trocadéro. Accommodations: Hotel du Collectionneur. Meal: B DAY 5

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley March 25 Departure Lucinda Hawksley is an author, broadcaster, lecturer and an award-winning travel writer. Her biographies include “Charles Dickens: A Bicentenary Celebration.” She is a regular speaker at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She is a great-greatgreat granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens.

The Best of Times

Discover 19th-century Paris and see how wealthy Parisians lived in the Belle Époque. See the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Paris stock exchange, La Bourse and the Gare Saint-Lazare. Explore atmospheric covered passages such as the Galeries Vivienne and Colbert, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the opulent Palais Garnier. A  ccommodations: Hotel du Collectionneur. Meals: B, L DAY 6

The Worst of Times

Explore darker Paris with an expert providing context about the French Revolution, central to “A Tale of Two Cities.” See La Conciergerie, a palace where the aristocracy was imprisoned during the revolution, the Place de la Bastille — the flash point of the revolution — the Place des Vosges and the Marais quarter. A  ccommodations: Hotel du Collectionneur. Meal: B DAY 7

The Street Life of Jacquemart and Montmartre

With a curator, tour the opulent Jacquemart-André Museum and its period-decorated State Apartments and extraordinary Picture Gallery. Head to Montmartre, whose streets, houses and cafes still evoke the colorful and bawdy street life of Dickens’s experience. Toast a fond au revoir to Paris with a reception and dinner in Montmartre. A  ccommodations: Hotel du Collectionneur. Meals: B, R, D

DAY 8

Au Revoir to Paris

After breakfast, transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for individual flights back to the United States. M  eal: B

Dates & Pricing DATES

PRICE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

INTERNAL AIR (FROM)

EXPERT

MAR 25 – APR 1, 2017

$7,795

$2,200

Included

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

SEP 30 – OCT 7, 2017

$7,995

$2,250

Included

To be announced

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Inside the Edinburgh International Festival For three weeks every August, the Edinburgh International Festival and the parallel Edinburgh Festival Fringe present the world’s largest display of opera, theater, dance and music, from the familiar to the avant-garde. On this unforgettable seven-day journey, immerse yourself in the Edinburgh Festival, unparalleled both for its scale and its variety, celebrating artists and media from around the world. Arts & Culture Travelers 25 Places visited Edinburgh, Scotland Itinerary 7 days, 6 nights

Journey Highlights • Delight in the finest festival offerings from prime seats. • Tour the Unesco World Heritage city of Edinburgh with an expert guide. • Attend events on your own as well as ones selected by your Times expert. • Join festival organizers for a private reception and learn about the inner workings of the festival. • Spend time exploring festival offerings like daytime recitals and Fringe performances. • Experience dimensions of the festival available only through Times Journeys.

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Featured Expert: Rachel Donadio Rachel Donadio is the European culture correspondent for The New York Times based in Paris. She has reported from throughout Europe; interviewed novelists and film directors; written on censorship and covered the attacks on the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

DAY 4

Enjoy a morning concert selected by your Times Journeys expert, followed by an expert-led discussion. Later, attend a private evening reception with organizers of the Edinburgh International Festival, exclusively for Times Journeys travelers, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the festival. Accommodations: The Balmoral Hotel. Meals: B, R

Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Scotland

DAY 5

Arrive in Edinburgh in the morning and meet your fellow Times travelers and local guide. Then take a guided walking tour of Edinburgh, including the Old Town, Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle. This evening, gather for a private welcome reception and dinner. A  ccommodations: The Balmoral Hotel. Meals: R, D DAY 2

Majestic Edinburgh

Embark on a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, taking in the grand vistas of this Unesco World Heritage city. Visit Carlton Hill, Arthur’s Seat, New Town and the Royal Botanic Garden. This evening, attend a highlight concert in the festival calendar at the Festival Theatre. A  ccommodations: The Balmoral Hotel. Meals: B, Tea DAY 3

An Insider’s Moment

The Fringe and Military Tattoo

Immerse yourself in a day at the Fringe, with your choice of myriad offerings. This evening, delight in best seats for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an incredible display of military bands from around the Commonwealth and the world. The evening concludes with a fireworks display over Edinburgh Castle. Accommodations: The Balmoral Hotel. Meal: B

A Day of Culture

Begin with a morning festival offering, such as a recital or Fringe performance, selected by your Times Journeys expert. Enjoy the day exploring the many festival events and performances. This evening, attend a theatrical performance at the King’s Theatre in prime seats. (2015 example: Sophocles’ “Antigone” starring Juliette Binoche). A  ccommodations: The Balmoral Hotel. Meal: B DAY 6

The Finale

Spend a last day delighting in the offerings of the festival or exploring the charm of Edinburgh. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner and toast the 2017 festival. Cap the evening with a highlight of the festival calendar at Usher Hall. (2015 example: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra). A  ccommodations: The Balmoral Hotel. Meals: B, D DAY 7

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or onward, basking in the memories of the festival.Meal: B

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PRICE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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AUG 13 – AUG 19, 2017

$8,995

$3,800

N/A

Rachel Donadio

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In the Footsteps of Galileo Galileo Galilei’s discoveries shook the foundations of science during the later years of Europe’s Renaissance and opened new doors to scientific understanding. On this specially arranged tour, discover Italy’s most important Galilean landmarks, including Pisa, his birthplace; Padua, where he discovered Jupiter’s moons; and Arcetri, where Galileo spent his last years under house arrest and wrote his most seminal work. Arts & Culture Travelers 28 Places visited Venice, Padua, Florence, Pisa Itinerary 7 days, 6 nights

Itinerary DAY 1

Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel. Relax and settle in before meeting your fellow Times travelers for an evening welcome reception and dinner. A  ccommodations: The Hotel Saturnia. Meals: R, D DAY 2

• Tour a Murano glass factory and learn how glassmaking techniques in making lenses were involved in Galileo’s telescopes. • View some of Galileo’s personal instruments at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence. • Explore the university where Galileo delivered lectures, and see the courtyard where Galileo first discovered the moons of Jupiter. • Learn about Galileo’s life during fascinating lectures that chronicle his discoveries and challenges. • Visit some of the places Galileo once lived and gain unparalleled insight into his world. • Spend an evening stargazing at the Arcetri Observatory, outside Florence.

Galileo’s Padua

Head to Padua. Visit La Specola Museum’s models of human anatomy, and the 800-year-old Padua University, where Galileo taught. After lunch, take a guided walking tour of Galileo’s Padua. Return to the hotel for a lecture with your Times Journeys expert. The evening is at leisure. Accommodations: The Hotel Saturnia. Meals: B, L DAY 3

Journey Highlights

Welcome to Venice

The Telescope and Glassmaking

From the iconic campanile (bell tower) of St. Mark's, replicate Galileo’s demonstration of the telescope. Board a water taxi to Murano to learn about the art of glassmaking at the Seguso studio. After lunch, journey to Florence. Gather for a lecture, followed by the evening at leisure. Accommodations: Hotel Pierre. Meals: B, L DAY 4

Pisa and Its Tower

Travel to Galileo’s hometown, Pisa, and visit the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. Tour the Duomo, Baptistery, Camposanto (cemetery) and, of course, the legendary Tower of Pisa. Explore other sites on your own before gathering to return to Florence and the hotel. Your evening is on your own. Accommodations: Hotel Pierre. Meal: B

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Featured Expert: George Johnson George Johnson has written about science and religion and the dispute between Galileo and the Catholic Church for The New York Times and other publications. In 2005 he was a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion at Cambridge University. His nine books include “The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments,” whose first chapter is about Galileo. His column, “Raw Data,” appears monthly in Science Times. A two-time winner of the AAAS Science Journalism Award, he has been writing about science for The New York Times for more than 25 years.

DAY 5

A Day of Art and Science

Explore the exquisite Uffizi Gallery. Take an exclusive tour of Villa il Gioiello, where Galileo spent his final years under house arrest and where he dictated his “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems,” one Earthcentered and one Sun-centered. View the Tuscan night sky in an exclusive visit to the Arcetri Observatory. Accommodations: Hotel Pierre. Meals: B, D DAY 6

Galileo’s Florence

View some of the places Galileo once lived, now private residences. See where his theories were first attacked from the pulpit and visit his tomb. At the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, view Galileo’s compass, telescope and microscope. Gather for a farewell reception and dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodations: Hotel Pierre. Meals: B, R, D DAY 7

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for individual flights home.Meal: B

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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APR 3 – APR 9, 2017

$5,990

$1,150

N/A

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On the Trail of Jewish Cooking in France With Joan Nathan Travel with the award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan and retrace her journey to uncover the Jewish roots of French cuisine. This nine-day program leads from Paris out into the French countryside to some of the earliest Jewish sites in France. With hands-on market visits, homecooked meals and historical tours, learn how to define Jewish cooking in France. Food & Wine Travelers 25 Places visited Paris, Avignon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Arles, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights

Journey Highlights • Explore the history of Jewish food and cooking in France through guided tours of some of the finest food markets in France. • Enjoy a private cooking class and dinner with a top Parisian gourmet chef. • Take in the sights, tastes and smells of Provençal cuisine during a guided tour of the famous Saturday food market in Arles. • Join members of the Jewish community of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence as you eat a home-cooked Jewish Provençal Sabbath meal prepared by Jocylene Akoun, a North African cook. • Decipher the complex system that governs French winemaking in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a wine tasting of both regular and kosher wine. • Dine with a culinary historian who will prepare and decipher a medieval Jewish Provençal meal in Venasque.

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Paris

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DAY 2

From Market to Table

Featured Expert:

Tour one of Paris’s finest food markets, the Marché de Belleville. Visit the Musée Nissim de Camondo, dedicated to French furniture and objets d’art from the 18th century. Accommodations: Jardin du Marais. Meals: B DAY 3

The Pletzl, the Heart of Jewish Paris

Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, then the heart of Jewish Paris: the Pletzl, Yiddish for “little place.” Walk along Rue des Rosiers and see the Jewish bookstores, small synagogues and prayer rooms among the boutiques and art galleries. Later, Tour the Jewish Museum Paris. Tonight, take a private cooking class and have dinner with a Parisian gourmet chef. A  ccommodations: Jardin du Marais. Meal: B, D DAY 4

The Papal Jews of Avignon

Quintessential Provençal

Visit a bakery that has adapted Nostradamus’s recipes. (He was born here and yes, he cooked.) Visit the Jewish cemetery and see the asylum where van Gogh was from 1889 to 1890. Tonight, enjoy a home-cooked Jewish Provencal Sabbath meal. Accommodations: Hôtel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Joan Nathan considers food through the lenses of history, culture and tradition. She regularly contributes to The New York Times and is the author of 10 award-winning cookbooks. Her most recent book is “Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France,” which was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit magazines.

DAY 8

In Avignon, visit the Popes’ Palace, the seat of Western Christianity in the 14th century. While most of France’s Jews were expelled, the Avignon Papacy welcomed them. See the remains of the famous medieval bridge Pont Saint-Bénézet and the Avignon Synagogue. Travel to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and have dinner at the hotel. A  ccommodations: Hôtel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

Joan Nathan

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Stop at the Pont du Gard aqueduct, built in the first century A.D. Continue to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the most famous winemaking villages of the Rhône Valley. Taste some of the region’s famous wines with a light tasting. This evening, gather for a farewell reception and dinner. A  ccommodations: Hôtel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa. Meals: B, R, D DAY 9

Au Revoir

After breakfast, depart the hotel for the Marseille Provence Airport and your flights back to the U.S. Meal: B

The Food Market of Arles

Explore the Saturday food market of Arles, tasting local Provençal specialties like olives, wine and cheese. Visit the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, dedicated to the time he spent in Arles. In Camargue, visit the Musée de la Camargue, and learn the history of rice growing in the area. A  ccommodations: Hôtel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa. Meals: B, L DAY 7

A Synagogue and Venasque

Tour L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, one of the four towns open to Jews under the Avignon Papacy. Learn about the history of the Jewish cuisine of Provence with a specially cooked meal by the Mediterranean chef Christian Soehlke in Venasque. Visit Carpentras Synagogue, built in 1367 by Jews fleeing persecution in France. Accommodations: Hôtel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa. Meals: B, L

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$7,995

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Chernobyl, 30 Years Later In 1986, the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, U.S.S.R., experienced a cataclysmic disaster, a cautionary tale of science gone awry. In this eight-day journey with a New York Times expert and a range of specialists, explore the postapocalyptic Chernobyl zone. Expand your understanding of how the disaster came to be and how Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, dealt with the aftermath. History & Context Travelers 25 Places visited Kiev, Chernobyl, Slavutych Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights

4–7 DAY 1–3, 8

Kiev UKRAINE

Journey Highlights • Explore the restricted Chernobyl exclusion zone, staying overnight in the Pripyat Hotel, the only one in the town of Chernobyl. • See the sarcophagus surrounding the reactor, and the New Safe Confinement structure currently under construction. • Learn what became of the many plants and animals in the Chernobyl area following the disaster, and how nature has managed an impressive comeback. • Visit Slavutych, home of the Center for Radioecology, which coordinates environmental research in the exclusion zone to study the long-term biological and ecological effects. • In Kiev, learn the wider historical context of Ukraine and the Chernobyl disaster, and visit the city’s cultural highlights, including the Golden Gate of Kiev and St. Sophia’s Cathedral.

Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Kiev

Arrive in Kiev, Ukraine, and meet your fellow Times travelers and local guide for a welcome cocktail followed by dinner and a Ukrainian performance. Accommodations: Premier Palace Hotel. Meals: R, D DAY 2

Kiev’s Treasures

Visit the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, also known as the Monastery of the Caves, the Kiev Fortress, the Motherland Monument and the Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II. Attend a talk by your expert about his previous visit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Dinner is on your own. A  ccommodations: Premier Palace Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 3

Zeroing In on Chernobyl

Visit the Golden Gate of Kiev and St. Sophia and St. Michael churches. At the Kiev Institute for Nuclear Research, learn about the work being done today and the history of nuclear research in Ukraine, and visit the Chernobyl Museum, dedicated to the disaster and its aftermath. Dinner is on your own. A  ccommodations: Premier Palace Hotel. Meals: B, L

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Featured Expert: George Johnson George Johnson has written extensively about radiation and public health for The New York Times and in his most recent book, “The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery.” “The Nuclear Tourist,” his account of a visit to Chernobyl in 2014, was published in National Geographic Magazine. He is the author of nine books, including “The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments.” His column, “Raw Data,” appears monthly in Science Times. A two-time winner of the AAAS Science Journalism Award, he has been writing about science for The New York Times for more than 25 years.

DAY 6

Nature, and People, Triumphant

Nature has returned to the exclusion zone. Visit an experimental science base that examines the impact of radiation on wildlife. In Paryshiv, meet returned settlers determined to live out their days in the place they were born. Board a train for Slavutych, built by the Soviet Union for the evacuees from Chernobyl. Accommodations: Slavutich Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 4

DAY 7

The Exclusion Zone

Drive to the Chernobyl exclusion zone, seeing abandoned towns and a decontaminated area of what is now called the Red Forest. At the Chernobyl plant, see the dome hastily poured over Reactor No. 4, and its billion-dollar replacement. Drive to Pripyat, built with the reactor to support the workers and their families. Accommodations: Pripyat Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

The Russian Woodpecker and Pripyat

Tour Slavutych, visiting the city’s Chernobyl Museum and meeting with former citizens of Pripyat and workers at the nuclear power plant. At the Center for Radioecology, learn about the work to manage the lasting effects of the disaster. Return to Kiev for a final night and farewell dinner. Accommodations: Premier Palace Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

Visit the secretive and powerful Duga-1 Soviet radar system, nicknamed the Russian Woodpecker for the repetitive tapping it made over shortwave radios. Return to Pripyat and visit the remains of the hospital, a never-completed amusement park and other strange sights. Learn from your experts how to separate radiation myth from fact. A  ccommodations: Pripyat Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

Managing the Disaster

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for individual flights home. Meal: B

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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MAY 27 – JUN 3, 2017

$5,495

$725

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George Johnson

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For the Love of Cars: The 2017 International Geneva Motor Show Porsche. BMW. Mercedes-Benz. In this eight-day journey, immerse yourself in the world of the world’s best cars, classic and modern, culminating in a visit to the 2017 International Geneva Motor Show, one of the premier stops on the auto show circuit. Visit museums, factories and displays showcasing the history of the automobile, as you take in some of the classic cities of Germany, Switzerland and France. History & Context Travelers 18 Places visited Munich, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Germany; Mulhouse, France; Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights

Journey Highlights • • • • •

Tour the BMW and Porsche museums. Spend a full day at the International Geneva Motor Show. Explore the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Travel to the Black Forest and see medieval churches. Visit Lausanne, Switzerland, built on tiers rising from the shore of Lake Geneva. • With expert insight from Times-selected experts and local guides, immerse yourself in the world of cars.

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Start Your Engines

Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be met by a Times Journeys representative and escorted to your transfer into the city. Reconvene later in the evening for welcome cocktails with your fellow Times Journeys motor enthusiasts, followed by dinner at the hotel. A  ccommodations: Le Méridien Hotel. Meal: D DAY 2

The Bavarian Motor Works

In Munich, take a private tour of the BMW Welt, BMW Museum and BMW factory, in beautiful futuristic buildings. View the history of the iconic Bavarian Motor Works, and see how its cars are produced today. After lunch, take a walking tour of the city. The evening is on your own. A  ccommodations: Le Méridien Hotel. Meals: B, L

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DAY 3

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche

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Drive to Stuttgart and the Mercedes-Benz Museum, displaying 130 years of automobile history. After lunch on your own, take a private architectural tour of the Porsche Museum where more than 80 cars are on display. Spend some time exploring the museum on your own before dining in a restaurant close to the hotel. Accommodations: Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin. Meals: B, D DAY 4

France and the Black Forest

Travel to Strasbourg, France, for a tour that includes the Gothic cathedral and the neo-Classical Rohan Palace. Continue to Freiburg, Germany, capital of the Black Forest. Founded in the 12th century, it was extensively damaged in World War II but has been restored. Dine this evening in the hotel. A  ccommodations: Colombi Hotel. Meals: B, D DAY 5

James Schembari James Schembari is a business-news editor at The New York Times, where he has long specialized in automotive stories and runs the Automobiles website. Schembari, who has covered numerous auto shows, joined The Times in 1993 from The Chicago Sun-Times, where he was business and automotive editor.

The World’s Largest Car Museum

Cross back into France and tour Colmar, home to a fine arts museum. After lunch, visit the largest car museum in the world, the Cité de l’Automobile, in Mulhouse. It displays 400 classic, prestige and racing cars that trace the history of the automobile. Return to Freiburg for an evening at leisure. Accommodations: Colombi Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 6

Lausanne, a City of Tiers

Stop in Lausanne, Switzerland, rising in tiers from Lake Geneva. Tour the Old Town, including the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, Switzerland’s largest church and among its finest, and the painted medieval Fontaine de la Justice, a favorite place to lounge. Continue to Geneva, where your evening is at leisure. Accommodations: Mandarin Oriental. Meals: B, L, D DAY 7

The International Motor Show

Spend the day at the International Geneva Motor Show, where you have time to explore. The show, first held in 1905, is the place to see new concept cars, prototypes and technological breakthroughs, as well as the latest production models. This evening, gather for farewell drinks and dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodations: Mandarin Oriental. Meal: B DAY 8

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. M  eal: B

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

INTERNAL AIR (FROM)

EX PERT

MAR 6 – MAR 13, 2017

$8,295

$1,895

N/A

James Schembari

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Georgia and Armenia: At the Cusp of Europe and Asia Georgia and Armenia have complicated pasts, ridden with violence and conflicts with neighbors outside and within. At the cusp of Europe and Asia, both sprang from centuries of tumultuous interactions with Persians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Russians, yet each has unique languages and traditions. On this 10-day journey, explore the culture, history and cuisine of these two fascinating countries. History & Context Travelers 26 Places visited Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Sighnaghi, Georgia; Sevan, Yerevan, Geghard, Armenia Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights

Journey Highlights

Caspian Sea

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Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Georgia

Arrive in the early morning and transfer to the hotel. After lunch as a group, venture into Tbilisi Old Town to see its multihued balconied houses and explore sites including the Sioni Cathedral, the sixth-century Anchiskhati Basilica and the Metekhi Church. This evening, attend a welcome reception and dinner. A  ccommodations: Tbilisi Marriott. Meals: L, R, D DAY 2

• Meet with local political experts and politicians to discuss the impact of the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 on both countries and the current political and economic situation. • Explore some of the world’s oldest standing churches with visits to Etchmiadzin and Svetitskhoveli Cathedrals. • Learn how the location of these nations has made them so prone to violence and attack. • Taste the highlights of Georgian and Armenian cuisine with cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. • Cross the dramatic Lesser Caucasus Mountains on a drive to Lake Sevan.

GEORGIA

Black Sea

The National Treasures of Tbilisi

Take a guided tour of the Georgian National Museum and view an extensive prehistoric jewelry collection. Visit the Soviet Occupation exhibit, and learn from an expert about the dissolution of the Soviet empire. After lunch, visit the Elene Akhvlediani House Museum and its eclectic collection from one of Georgia’s most important artists. Accommodations: Tbilisi Marriott. Meals: B, L, D DAY 3

The Heart of the Orthodox Church

In Mtskheta, the center of the Georgian Orthodox Church since the fourth century, visit Jvari, a sixth-century crossshaped monastery, and Svetitskhoveli, an 11th-century fortified cathedral, both Unesco World Heritage sites. At the nearby castle complex of Ananuri’s famous 17th-century churches, explore amazing frescoes. Return to Tbilisi for dinner. Accommodations: Tbilisi Marriott. Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

The Wines of Georgia

Explore Kakheti, known as a birthplace of viticulture and winemaking. Visit the Tsinandali family estate and wine cellar, once the home of the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze, and taste the wine made here. Visit a local baker to learn how to make some Georgian delicacies. Continue to Sighnaghi. A  ccommodations: Hotel Kabadoni. Meals: B, L, D

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The Walled Town of Sighnaghi

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On foot, explore Sighnaghi, a walled town famous for its wine and carpet-making culture. See breathtaking views of the nearby Greater Caucasus Mountains and the charm of the town’s richly decorated wooden balconies. Return to Tbilisi after lunch and check in to the hotel before dinner as a group. A  ccommodations: Tbilisi Marriott. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

On to Armenia

Travel across the Lesser Caucasus Mountains to Armenia, which considers itself to be the first Christian nation. Visit the Haghpat, Sanahin and Haghartsin Monasteries, dating from the 10th to 13th centuries. Continue to Lake Sevan, and explore this high-altitude lake before reaching Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, in time for a group dinner. A  ccommodations: Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan. Meals: B, L, D DAY 7

Celestine Bohlen Celestine Bohlen, a former Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post and The New York Times, made many trips to Georgia and Armenia, writing about their transition to independence from the former Soviet Union, and has returned to Georgia several times since. Now based in Paris, she writes a regular column for the International New York Times, and teaches journalism at the Institute of Political Studies.

Soviet and Medieval Remnants

Explore Yerevan, where medieval shrines are hidden behind imposing Soviet-style facades. After lunch, visit the Matenadaran ancient manuscripts museum, and its rich collections of medieval books and manuscripts. Before dinner, attend a discussion with an Armenian politician to learn about the present and future of this nation. A  ccommodations: Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

Religion and Genocide

Visit the Temple of Garni, dating to the first century. Continue to Geghard Monastery, a seventh-century Unesco World Heritage site built into the cliffs. Taste and learn about traditional Armenian lavash. Visit the Armenian Genocide Museum and learn about the controversy surrounding Turkey’s refusal to recognize the 1915 genocide. A  ccommodations: Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan. Meals: B, L, D DAY 9

The Cathedral at Etchmiadzin

Drive to Etchmiadzin, the early Christian capital of Armenia. Visit the Saint Hripsime Church and the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, considered to be the oldest in the world. At an Armenian winery taste a variety of local wines. Enjoy a traditional farewell dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a private folk dance performance. Accommodations: Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan. Meals: B, L, D DAY 10

Homeward Bound

Depart this morning for flights back home. M  eal: B

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EXPERT

MAY 7 – MAY 16, 2017

$6,395

$1,650

N/A

Celestine Bohlen

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The Reindeer People of Lapland The Sami people of Lapland, which covers parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, have been herding reindeer for centuries. Resisting modernization, many still use the traditional methods today. On this nine-day tour across three countries, visit with some of these resilient people, and see how they have survived above the Arctic Circle for so long.

9 8 6–7 3–5 Norwegian Sea

SWEDEN

History & Context Travelers 15 Places visited Sweden: Stockholm, Kiruna Norway: Kautokeino, Alta Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights

FINLAND NORWAY

DAY 1–2

Journey Highlights

Itinerary

• Visit a Sami family in Sweden and learn about the reindeer husbandry of today. • Visit a legendary Sami hunter in his home by the Lainio River. • Have dinner with a reindeer herder at Lodge Väkkäräjärvi. • See Kiruna, which has to move itself away from its nearby mines, and stay in the IceHotel (the warm part). • With expert and local guides, learn how a people that spans four nations has survived for centuries.

DAY 1

Europe

Kiruna

Welcome to Scandinavia

Arrive at Arlanda International Airport in Stockholm and transfer to the hotel. This cosmopolitan city, spread across 14 islands, was formed in the 13th century, but the area was settled in the Stone Age. Later, meet your fellow Times travelers for a reception, discussion of the trip ahead and dinner. Accommodations: First Hotel Reisen. Meals: R, D

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Stockholm Up Close

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Tour the Old Town, Gamla stan. Take a ferry to the Royal Djurgården, home to many historical buildings, monuments and museums, and tour the grand Nordic Museum, with the world’s largest collection of artifacts of the indigenous Sami. Walk back to the hotel along the scenic quays. A  ccommodations: First Hotel Reisen. Meals: B, L, D DAY 3

Reindeer Husbandry

Fly to Kiruna, about 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, and drive to Reindeer Lake to meet a Sami family and learn about reindeer husbandry. Only Sami are allowed to herd reindeer. Have lunch with the family. Drive to Jukkasjärvi, a marketplace for Sami traders for more than 400 years. A  ccommodations: The IceHotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

Keeping Traditions, but Moving the Town

Tour the wooden church, built in 1607, with a triptych depicting the preacher who saved the Sami from the dangers of alcohol, a tradition kept by many Sami today. Drive back to Kiruna, which is being dismantled and moved because of mining subsidence. Dine with a Sami reindeer herder, Nils-Anders Blind. Accommodations: The IceHotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

The IceHotel and Sled Dogs

Tour the complex of the IceHotel, built from Torne River water in the winter. Its artisans now travel the world to create ice objects. Take an ice sculpturing class, and a traditional wooden riverboat excursion, stopping at a sled dog kennel. Have dinner over a fire at a wilderness camp. A  ccommodations: The IceHotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Through Finland to Norway

Travel to the Swedish village of Övre Soppero and visit with a legendary Sami hunter, Per-Nils Paivio, and have lunch with him. Drive to Idivuoma and visit Tomas Marakatt, a young entrepreneur who creates knives, leather and jewelry based on his own reindeer. Drive through Finland to Kautokeino in Norway. Accommodations: Thon Hotel Kautokeino. Meals: B, L, D

Sarah Lyall June 12 Departure Sarah Lyall, a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times for 25 years, spent 15 years based in London, a post that often took her to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries, where she wrote about culture, lifestyle, literature and history. A specialist in subjects where the offbeat and the topical converge, she is the author of “The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British.”

DAY 7

Women and Reindeer

Meet with Ellen-Anne Siri and learn how a young woman manages traditional reindeer husbandry in a modern way. Take a light hike along the tundra to an outdoor lunch. Visit the Juhls Silver Gallery, founded in the 1950s, before oil drilling began to interrupt the life of the Sami. Accommodations: Thon Hotel Kautokeino. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

The Struggle for Indigenous Rights

Drive to Karasjok, the seat of the Sami Parliament. Tour the Sami National Museum, containing traditional clothing, tools and contemporary arts, with representatives of the ongoing struggle for recognition and rights. Norway, in particular, tried to eliminate much of the Sami culture in the early 20th century. Drive to Alta. A  ccommodations: Hotel Scandic Alta. Meals: B, L, D DAY 9

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Alta for the beginning of your trip home.Meal: B

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

INTERNAL AIR (FROM)

EXPERT

MAY 31 – JUN 8, 2017

$8,995

$1,200

$800

To be announced

JUN 12 – JUN 20, 2017

$8,995

$1,200

$800

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The Greek Debt Crisis Democracy is believed to have arisen in Greece, where each island in effect had its own government. But in the 21st century, Greece has faced a financial crisis that has threatened its very existence. On this eight-day journey, meet economists, politicians and Greek citizens and gain insight into this crisis.

Aegean Sea

History & Context Travelers 25 Places visited Athens, Nafplio, Mycenae, Perama Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights

GREECE

DAY 1–3, 7–8 4

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Europe

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Journey Highlights • Examine the financial crisis with local businesspeople, economists and members of the start-up world. • Explore the hallowed grounds of the Acropolis and the old city of Athens. • Sail to the island of Aegina for lunch at a private home and meet with pistachio farmers about how the crisis has affected them. • Visit some of the best-preserved temples and sites dating back centuries. • Meet with members of the Ministry of Finance to discuss the successes and challenges of investment in Greece.

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Itinerary DAY 1

Featured Expert:

Welcome to Athens

Anemona Hartocollis

Upon arrival in Athens, transfer to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow Times travelers for a welcome dinner and reception with members of the Athens business community. A  ccommodations: Hotel St. George Lycabettus. Meals: R, D DAY 2

Start-Ups and Starting Over

Visit the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis itself, exploring the Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea, Parthenon and Erechtheum. After lunch, visit with a start-up cluster for a discussion providing the framework for exploring Greece’s past and present identities. The remainder of the evening is on your own. Accommodations: Hotel St. George Lycabettus. Meals: B, L DAY 3

A Good Investment?

Representatives at the Ministry of Finance and Development will discuss initiatives and projects and examine the challenges of investments in Greece. Meet with representatives of the banking and financial industry over lunch at the Benaki Museum and explore the museum. The remainder of the evening is at leisure. Accommodations: Hotel St. George Lycabettus. Meals: B, L DAY 4

The Road to Nafplio

DAY 6

The Local Farming Community

Visit with the mayor of Nafplio and members of the business community to discuss the impact of the crisis on the local farming community, primarily known for its citrus production. Journey to the Mycenae, an ancient center of civilization. This evening, take part in a festive dinner and Greek dancing. Accommodations: Hotel Amalia Nafplio. Meals: B, D

The Shipyards

Head back toward Athens, and visit Eleusis, the seat of administration of West Attica regional unit and home to the largest oil refinery in Greece. After lunch, visit the shipbuilding area of Perama and meet with members of this industry. Continue to Athens; the rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodations: Hotel St. George Lycabettus. Meals: B, L DAY 7

In the coastal town of Corinth, meet with a Greek-American archaeologist and visit the Temple of Apollo. Visit Epidaurus, a famous healing center, and the Medical Center of Aesculapius. Continue to Nafplio, the first modern capital of Greece. At dinner, talk with professionals in medicine, law or education. Accommodations: Hotel Amalia Nafplio. Meals: B, D DAY 5

Anemona Hartocollis is a first-generation American from Greece. She has maintained close ties to Greece through family and friends. She covered the Greek economic crisis as Greece was engaged in intense negotiations with the Eurozone over bailout funds and austerity measures. She then joined the river of refugees crossing Europe and chronicled their journey.

The Feeling of Home

On Aegina, where many Athenians and members of Parliament live, meet with a local pistachio farmer and representatives of local businesses. Visit the Temple of Aphaea and have lunch with local citizens, who will give you firsthand insight on the financial situation. Return to Athens for a farewell dinner. A  ccommodations: Hotel St. George Lycabettus. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for individual flights home. Meal: B

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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APR 23 – APR 30, 2017

$4,995

$835

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Cruising the History and Beauty of the Baltics Spend 15 days immersing yourself in the international affairs of the Baltics as you visit its iconic cities. Call on Cold War hotspots and put the Iron Curtain in context through discussions with Times journalists and selected experts. Travel aboard the Holland America Line’s M.S. Koningsdam, a 2,600-passenger ship offering 21st-century casual comfort and excellent service to sophisticated contemporary travelers.

Sailing & Cruises Vessel name M.S. Koningsdam, Holland America Line Places visited Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemünde (Berlin), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Kiel (Hamburg), Germany; Aarhus, Denmark. Itinerary 15 days, 14 nights

Journey Highlights • Journey to the culturally rich cities of the Baltic region, gaining perspective on history and taking in their beauty. • Choose from a variety of optional shore excursions, from city tours to visits to the countryside. • Frequent discussions with your Times-selected experts provide great context and depth to your cruise. • Combine your love of travel with your love of learning. • Onboard, enjoy lectures, Q&A sessions and a panel discussions with Timesselected experts.

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DAY 2

Across the Noordzee

Sail the North Sea, called the Noordzee in Dutch, on the way to Denmark. This wild body of water touches Europe, Great Britain and Scandinavia, and is rich in fish, oil and other natural resources. As you travel, spend the day absorbed in sessions with Times journalists and Times-selected experts. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D DAY 3

History and Modernism, Together in Copenhagen

Arrive in the morning in Copenhagen. Built on a series of islands, the city balances tradition and kinetic energy. Optional shore excursions are available before your afternoon departure, or walk Copenhagen’s streets and take in the sights and experiences. Return in time for an evening talk as the ship departs. M.S. Koningsdam, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 4

The Simple Seaside, or Berlin

The Koningsdam arrives early in Warnemünde, Germany, a small seaside town. You can take optional shore excursions to nearby towns like Wismar. Maybe you’ll take the three-hour trip to Berlin and see the iconic sites of Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Jewish Museum, or explore the city’s museums, cafes and arts. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 5

Cruising the Baltic

Take a day for informed discussion with Times journalists, a historian and fellow Times Journeys travelers as the Koningsdam cruises in the Baltic Sea past Sweden, Poland and Lithuania on the way to Estonia. The Baltic became the graveyard of hundreds of ships and planes during the Crimean War and World War II. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D DAY 6

Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome Aboard the Koningsdam

Arrive in Amsterdam and board the Koningsdam. The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam has a rich history, and calibrated openness and pragmatism, making it a beacon for travelers for centuries. Striking architecture and canals, deep cultural traditions, wonderful museums and Dutch hospitality make Amsterdam a complex, cosmopolitan city. A  ccommodations: Built in 2016 for Holland America’s Pinnacle-class cruising, the 2,600-passenger M.S. Koningsdam blends contemporary style and traditional elegance, and has a ratio of almost one crew member per passenger. Meals: L, D aboard ship

Tallinn, Land of Song and Food

Arrive in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, formerly a Soviet republic. Tallinn shows its past as a trade hub for (and ruled by) Sweden, Russia, Germany and Denmark. Visit its medieval-walled old town, explore lively arts and food in its modern downtown, or head to the Song Festival Grounds. Reboard in time for a Times Journeys discussion. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 7

St. Petersburg: Cultural Capital of Russia

Dock early in St. Petersburg for a two-day adventure. As a onetime imperial capital, St. Petersburg, formerly called Leningrad, is the embodiment of Russia’s history and vast resources. Among optional excursions is a trip to the Hermitage, one of the world’s great museums in one of the world’s great buildings, the Winter Palace. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 8

On the Banks of the Neva

Saint Petersburg offers other adventures as well. You can cruise the canals, experiencing the city as its founders intended, from the Neva River. Or ride the Metro, visiting the markets of the city. Other excursions include a trip to Catherine’s Palace. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship

Call our travel experts at 855 698 1456 or visit nytimes.com/timesjourneys

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Cruising the History and Beauty of the Baltics

DAY 9

Islands and Architecture in Finland

Your next stop is Helsinki, Finland, a city of islands and ocean views. One optional excursion explores the largest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in northern Europe. Or perhaps you’d rather visit the harborside farmers’ market, or shop. Back on the Koningsdam, attend an evening discussion. M.S. Koningsdam, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 10

Stockholm: Modernity Meets Tranquillity

The Scandinavian elements of central Stockholm’s appeal are obvious, with dignified buildings and bridges, art and welcoming cafes. Consider heading to the neighborhoods of Stockholm where contemporary art, New Nordic cuisine and breweries flourish. Or visit the Abba Museum, part of the Swedish Hall of Music Fame, or tour the old town. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 11

Sailing Along the Swedish Shore

Sail south between the Swedish mainland and Gotland, Sweden’s largest island, retracing some of your earlier route as you discuss regional affairs and relax. M.S. Koningsdam, Meals: B, L, D DAY 12

Maritime Influences in Germany

Kiel is Germany’s largest passenger port. Strike out on a bike tour, or visit Lübeck, a Unesco World Heritage medieval city famed for its marzipan. Hamburg, Germany’s largest commercial port, offers several tour possibilities. A more somber excursion visits the Neuengamme concentration camp. Return to the ship for an evening discussion. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 13

Denmark’s Hidden Treasures

The old town of Aarhus is a living history museum, but you can also visit any of its museums or gardens, or see the beautiful regional countryside of forests and lakes. Choose carefully for your last shore excursion, which you can discuss at this evening’s meeting. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 14

Through the Skagerrak Strait

As the ship threads its way through Denmark’s islands and back through the Skagerrak Strait, your last full day aboard the Koningsdam is devoted to seminars with New York Times journalists and experts. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eals: B, L, D DAY 15

Ashore and Homeward Bound

The Koningsdam arrives back in Amsterdam this morning. After breakfast, disembark and begin your trip home. M.S. Koningsdam, M  eal: B aboard ship

Europe

Featured Experts: Vikas Bajaj Vikas Bajaj is a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. He writes many of the newspaper’s editorials about international economics. He contributed to a series of editorials about gun violence that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

Frank Bruni Frank Bruni is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, author and former White House correspondent. His Op-Ed columns reflect on topics including American politics, higher education and gay rights. He has twice won Glaad’s award.

Heather A. Conley Heather A. Conley is the director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Conley is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic.

René Nyberg René Nyberg has served for more than four decades as a Finnish diplomat and C.E.O. He worked at the Finnish Embassy in Moscow. Nyberg was head of Finland’s Commission on Security and Cooperation in the European delegation.

Thom Shanker Thom Shanker spent nearly a decade reporting from the Baltic States and Central Europe before becoming Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times. Shanker covered the Pentagon, the military and national security.

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8 ft. to stern from Staterooms 4194 & 4221.

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17 ft. to stern from Staterooms 7194 & 7195.

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Tulip Time in Holland by Barge Travel as they did in Holland’s 17th-century golden age: by private barge through the beautiful countryside. Visit great Dutch cities with their historic architecture and famous museums. The highlight of this nine-day journey is a visit to the famous Keukenhof tulip garden, where millions of tulips of every description and color will be in bloom.

Sailing & Cruises Travelers 28 Vessel name M.S. Magnifique II, Holland America Line Places visited Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Delft, Gouda, Oude Wetering Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights

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• Chartered exclusively for Times Journeys, sail through Holland during the tulip festival, when thousands of acres of flowers are in bloom. • Visit museums to see works of Dutch master painters. • Explore the famous Keukenhof tulip garden. • Visit a delftware factory, where the delicate blue-and-white pottery is made. • See centuries-old windmills and learn how the Dutch keep the sea at bay.

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Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Holland

Arrive in Amsterdam, where you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel. Relax, perhaps taking a walk along the canals, before meeting your New York Times guide and shipmates at a welcome reception and dinner. Accommodations: The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. Meals: R, D DAY 2

Amsterdam

Take an in-depth tour of the newly renovated Rijksmuseum, which holds paintings of great masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, and treasures of medieval sculpture, prints and Dutch silver. After lunch on your own, transfer to the M.S. Magnifique II. The captain and crew will greet you, followed by dinner. Accommodations: M.S. Magnifique II. Chartered exclusively for Times Journeys, this intimate barge is the perfect base during your tour. Meals: B, D DAY 3

Featured Expert: Marlise Simons Marlise Simons is a Dutch-born foreign correspondent for The New York Times based in Paris since 1989. She reports on European economics, politics, diplomacy, the environment and cultural matters and writes frequently about her homeland, in particular the work of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Amsterdam to Haarlem

Relax on deck as you cruise to Haarlem. After lunch on your own, take a walking tour. Pass by the town hall, in use since 1100, and the Grote Kerk (Great Church), home to Holland’s largest pipe organ, used by Beethoven. Visit the Frans Hals Museum. Dinner is back on board. A  ccommodations: M.S. Magnifique II. Meals: B, D DAY 4

Haarlem to Leiden

Every spring, the Keukenhof tulip garden attracts visitors from across the world for a beautiful and flower-packed extravaganza. After enjoying the flowers, take a bus to Leiden, Rembrandt’s birthplace. Walk through the old city and visit the Windmill de Valk Museum before returning to the M.S. Magnifique II for dinner. Accommodations: M.S. Magnifique II. M  eals: B, D DAY 5

The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam

In The Hague, visit the newly renovated Mauritshuis Museum, whose collection includes works by Vermeer, Rembrandt and other old masters. At Gemeentemuseum, view its collection of Mondrian paintings. Continue to Delft, its canals lined by Gothic and Renaissance houses. Visit a delftware factory. Rejoin the M.S. Magnifique II in Rotterdam. A  ccommodations: M.S. Magnifique II. Meals: B, D DAY 6

Kinderdijk to Gouda

Sail to Kinderdijk, a Unesco World Heritage site, with the nation’s largest remaining concentration of traditional 18th-century windmills. In Gouda, view the Gothic city hall, completed in 1450, and Sint Janskerk (St. John’s Church), with its world-famous 16th-century stained-glass windows. After some free time, return to the M.S. Magnifique II. A  ccommodations: M.S. Magnifique II. Meals: B, L, D

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Tulip Time in Holland by Barge

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Gouda to Oude Wetering

Sample Gouda and other cheeses in the cheese weighing house. Then continue along the canals toward Gouwsluis. After lunch, you can join the ship’s chef for a Dutch-specialties cooking class or take a bike ride through the nearby countryside. After dinner, attend a presentation and tasting of Dutch beer. Accommodations: M.S. Magnifique II. M  eals: B, L, D DAY 8

Oude Wetering to Amsterdam

Travel early to Aalsmeer and FloraHolland, the largest flower auction market in the world, where millions of flowers are sold before being shipped worldwide. Sail back to Amsterdam. After lunch on board, the afternoon is free to explore this great city before a farewell dinner on the M.S. Magnifique II. A  ccommodations: M.S. Magnifique II. Meals: B, L, D DAY 9

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport for your flights home. Meal: B

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Deck Plans

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Greenland Is Melting Climate change is an important topic of discussion all over the world. Increasing global temperatures have already had a dramatic impact on Greenland, one of the largest reservoirs of ice in the world. On this seven-day journey, see the effects for yourself. With expert guidance to put things into perspective, this could change your view of the world. Science & Nature Travelers 22 Places visited Reykjavik, Iceland; Ilulissat, Greenland; Eqi Glacier, Greenland; Blue Lagoon, Iceland Itinerary 7 days, 6 nights (optional extension of 4 days, 3 nights)

Journey Highlights • Spend the night in an Inuit settlement and learn how climate change has affected their lives and livelihood. • See the magnificent spectacle of calving: huge chunks of ice falling from glaciers. • Observe and learn how climate change endangers not just Greenland, but the world. • Stay on the edge of a mammoth icefjord. • With New York Times-selected experts, gain unparalleled insight into this important topic.

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Arrive in Iceland and settle in at the hotel. Later, your guide will show you the top attractions of Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, known for its cosmopolitan vibe and its eco-friendliness. There will be some free time in the afternoon to explore it more before a welcome dinner. A  ccommodations: Fosshotel Reykjavik (or the like). Meals: L, D DAY 2

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Walk to the Ilulissat Iceberg, fed by the massive Jakobshavn Glacier, whose frequent calving makes it one of the most active glaciers in the world. Hear about flora, fauna, geology and the story behind the retreating glaciers. In the afternoon, take an optional sightseeing flight over the icefjord. A  ccommodations: Hotel Arctic. Meals: B, L

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Fly to Ilulissat, Greenland, at the Ilulissat Iceberg (Jakobshavn), and take a guided walk. This is where, in 2008, major nations agreed to keep the Arctic Ocean accessible, especially in an era of climate change. Later, take a midnight sailing between beautiful icebergs colored by the low evening sun. A  ccommodations: Hotel Arctic. Meals: B, L, D DAY 3

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Calving Glaciers in Global Warming

Take a boat to Eqip Sermia, or Eqi Glacier, also affected by climate change. The boat will sit for a couple of hours in front of the glacier and wait for the ice to calve. Then venture to an old whaling village, Ilimanaq, and spend the night in rustic huts. A  ccommodations: Comfort huts in Ilimanaq. Meals: B, L, D

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Featured Expert: Andrew Revkin July 14 Departure Andrew Revkin writes the award-winning Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. He has covered subjects ranging from the warming Arctic, and the troubled relationship of climate science and politics to the environmental impacts of rising human populations. His quarter century of coverage of global warming has earned most of the major awards for science journalism along with the John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence.

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Life in an Inuit Settlement

Ilimanaq is typical of the 60 or so small settlements that still exist in Greenland: Many have been wrestling with the effects of climate change for years. Learn from villagers how the settlement of Ilimanaq is affected and what everyday life in an Inuit village is like. Return to Ilulissat. A  ccommodations: Hotel Arctic. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Back to Reykjavik

The morning is yours to explore more of Ilulissat, buy souvenirs or just enjoy the silence and the view over the icefjord. In the early afternoon, take the flight back to Reykjavik. Attend a farewell dinner at the hotel in Reykjavik in the evening. Accommodations: Fosshotel Reykjavik (or the like). Meals: B, L, D

The Blue Lagoon and Home

After breakfast, go to the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique geothermal spa. Sit in the 100-degree seawater surrounded by a magical lava field and black sandy beaches, letting the lagoon prepare you for your departure from Iceland in the late afternoon. A four-day optional extension is available.Meal: B OPTIONAL ICELAND EXTENSION

On a four-day optional extension in Iceland, visit waterfalls streaming from a lava field and Europe’s most powerful hot springs. In the area called the Golden Circle visit the Geysir geothermal area to watch a geyser shoot water nearly 100 feet into the air, and falls plunging more than 100 feet. Stand on the tectonic plates where Europe and North America meet, and see one of the most active volcanic systems in the world.

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Florence, Venice and Rome: The Religious Complexity of Italy Officially, Italy is a Catholic nation, but it has significant populations of Jews, Muslims and Greek Orthodox as well, which coexist, sometimes precariously. On this nine-day journey, visit major religious sites in Florence, Venice and Rome, learning about the sometimes fraught past and present of other religions. Along the way, view exquisite and historic sites with exclusive access and expert guidance.

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History & Context Travelers 24 Places visited Venice, Florence, Rome Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights

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Journey Highlights

DAY 1 • Take a private, after-hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica to marvel at the intricate mosaics. • Meet a member of the community in Venice’s Jewish Quarter for an in-depth look at this historic neighborhood. • Visit the unique islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, take a hands-on pizza-making class, and sip Chianti in the winemaker’s osteria. • Discover the secret Pope’s Gardens, only recently opened to the public by Pope Francis. • Join a Muslim religious leader for a tour of the Grand Mosque of Rome. • Experience the Vatican Museums after hours during a privately guided visit with special access to the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel.

Welcome to Italy

Arrive at the Venice airport and transfer by private motor launch to your hotel. Later, take an after-hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica to marvel at the rich blue and gold mosaics, lit up especially for you. Return to the hotel for a welcome cocktail and dinner. A  ccommodations: Starhotels Splendid Venice. Meal: D DAY 2

Jews, Catholics and Greeks in Venice

Explore Venice’s Jewish Ghetto, where all Jews were forced to live for centuries. Visit the Marcianum Foundation, promoting the cultural and religious heritage of the Catholic Patriarchate, and the Greek Orthodox church of San Giorgio dei Greci, built in 1539. End the day with a gondola ride and dinner on your own. A  ccommodations: Starhotels Splendid Venice. Meals: B, L DAY 3

The Islands and Lagoons

Embark by private boat to explore the Lagoon Islands. On Murano, see the 700-year-old glassblowing techniques. On Torcello, see the breathtaking mosaics in the Basilica di Santa Maria dell’Assunta, the oldest building on the lagoon, and then discover Burano, a quaint and colorful fishermen’s isle famous for its lace production and architecture. Accommodations: Starhotels Splendid Venice. Meal: B

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Take the train to Florence, and tour the most important religious area of Florence, Il Duomo di Firenze. You have exclusive access to the north terrace, with stunning views of the Brunelleschi dome. Explore the baptistery, Giotto’s campanile (bell tower) and crypt, and see the beautiful Byzantine mosaics in the Women’s Gallery. A  ccommodations: Hotel Balestri Florence. Meal: B DAY 5

The Chianti Wines of Tuscany

In the Chianti wine region, often considered the most beautiful in Tuscany, visit the historic main square of Greve in Chianti, then drive through the stunning countryside to the hilltop town of Castellina. At the Villa Le Corti, taste the Corsini family’s Chianti Classico. Return to Florence for dinner on your own. Accommodations: Hotel Balestri Florence. Meals: B, L DAY 6

Islamic Rome

Take the train to Rome, and begin with an exploration of the Mosque of Rome. Italy’s Muslim population has been growing. Continue with a tour that includes Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona (with Bernini’s Quattro Fiumi fountain), the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Accommodations: FortySeven Hotel Rome. Meal: B DAY 7

May 15 Departure Elisabetta Povoledo has been reporting for The New York Times from Italy for nearly 25 years, covering social issues, culture, politics and the Roman Catholic Church. She has reported on papal synods and encyclicals, along with major Vatican events.

Joseph Luzzi August 1 Departure Joseph Luzzi holds a doctorate in Italian from Yale and is professor of comparative literature at Bard, where he has taught courses on Italy and its culture for over a decade. An active critic, his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement. The first American-born child in his Italian immigrant family, Luzzi has lived, taught and studied throughout Italy, especially Florence.

Pizza, Your Way

Laurie Goodstein

Visit a popular Roman pizzeria for a private, hands-on cooking lesson. Prepare the dough, learn various techniques for selecting flour and toppings, and walk through each step of the cooking process to make the perfect pizza. Your pizzaiolo, or pizza maker, will also share insight into running a restaurant business in Rome. After your lesson, savor the fruits of your labor at lunch. The rest of the day is yours to explore Rome on your own. A  ccommodations: FortySeven Hotel Rome. Meals: B, L DAY 8

Elisabetta Povoledo

September 5 Departure Laurie Goodstein is the national religion correspondent for The New York Times. She joined The Times in 1997 after working as a correspondent at The Washington Post. She has received many awards including from the Religion Newswriters Association.

The Pope’s Garden and Museum, in Private

Visit the Pope’s Gardens at Castel Gandolfo, opened by Pope Francis after centuries. Take a private tour of the Vatican Museum, including the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Raphael Rooms. Finish in the Sistine Chapel, with the majesty of Michelangelo’s masterpiece ceiling. Have dinner in a restaurant frequented by cardinals. Accommodations: FortySeven Hotel Rome. Meals: B, L, D

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Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport for your flight home. M  eal: B

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$10,395

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$9,695

$1,695

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SEP 5 – SEP 13, 2017

$10,395

$2,295

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Laurie Goodstein

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A Hike Around Mont Blanc

Hiking the Pilgrims’ Footsteps at El Camino de Santiago

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Spanning three countries and sitting at 15,770 feet, Mont Blanc beckons thousands of visitors each year. The Mont Blanc massif features soaring peaks and magnificent valleys stretching into France, Italy and Switzerland. Hike Western Europe’s highest range, accompanied by local experts.

Each year, thousands of pilgrims travel the Camino de Santiago, St. James’s Way, to the shrine of the apostle St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Many just want to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pyrenees and Basque country. In this 11-day trek, hike the route so many have followed for centuries.

Activities & Sports Travelers 18 Places visited Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi, Vallée des Glaciers, Bourg St. Maurice, Courmayeur, Champex, Argentière Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights Price From $6,295 Departures June 15, Aug. 31, Sept. 14, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek

Activities & Sports Travelers 20 Places visited Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Burgos, León, O Cebreiro, Santiago de Compostela Itinerary 11 days, 10 nights Price From $6,595 Departures May 29, June 22, Oct. 2, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek

Journey Highlights • Hike the classic circuit of the Mont Blanc massif — a “must-do” for every hiker. • Learn about local history and geography from local French experts. • Hike through and over Alpine forests in the Rhône Valley. • See mountain wildlife and wildflowers.

• Experience one of the world’s most epic pilgrimages via the

Featured Expert: Christopher Wren Christopher Wren was a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor for The New York Times. He climbed and hiked throughout the world, reporting stories from Mt. Everest and Tibet, Mt. Kenya in Africa and the Pamirs of Central Asia, where he summited to 23,400 feet without bottled oxygen. A member of the American Alpine Club, Wren is returning to Mont Blanc, where he has climbed rock-and-ice on the Aiguille du Midi. He joins our June departure.

Featured Expert: Jim Dwyer Jim Dwyer joined The New York Times where he wrote about topics such as the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war. He writes the About New York column. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a member of a team at New York Newsday that won the Pulitzer for breaking news. He has made three journeys along different stretches of the Camino Santiago. He joins our May departure.

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famed Camino Francès route. • Explore the town of Pamplona, famous for the running of the

bulls; the medieval city of Burgos, home of the 11th-century hero El Cid; and the ancient Christian capital of León. • Enjoy guided visits to historic towns, including Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre. • Hike gorgeous mountain and Basque scenery, with nights in luxury accommodation.

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Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Art and Architecture in Italy

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Few places on earth have as much art and architecture from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, viewable where it was created, as Italy does. On this 10-day journey, view the works of masters such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo, in art and in buildings, and hear from experts how each left his mark on this amazing place. Arts & Culture Travelers 23 Places visited Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Rome Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights Price From $9,595 Departures April 29, June 3, Aug. 26, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek Journey Highlights • Take a guided tour of the Uffizi Galleries with a private lecture by

an expert on Renaissance art. • Enjoy a private tour and reception at the American Academy in

Rome for some behind-the-scenes glances. • Visit medieval towns and walk the walls that protected them for

centuries. • Attend a private opening of the Villa Farnesina, its interior richly

decorated by Raphael and others. • Gain unparalleled insight into these important periods of Italian

(and art) history. Featured Expert: Holland Cotter Holland Cotter, co-chief art critic of The New York Times, has written often about Italian art, from Leonardo da Vinci to the latest contemporary work at the Venice Biennale. In 2009, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of the Religion and the Arts Award from the American Academy of Religion. He joins our April departure.

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The World’s Finest Orchestras Cooking With the Sicilians at the Salzburg Festival

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For almost 100 years, the Salzburg Festival has been synonymous with an unrivaled scale and quality of music and drama. On this eight-day journey, immerse yourself in classical music as you hear the world’s finest orchestras in idyllic surroundings and explore the birthplace of Mozart. Register now to express your interest before the schedule is announced. Arts & Culture Travelers 25 Places Visited Salzburg, Austria Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights Price TBA Departures August 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

This exclusive nine-day journey with the respected food writer Raymond Sokolov delves into the history and cuisine of Sicily. Meet with artisans and chefs to explore Sicilian cooking, from olive farmers and cheese makers to Michelin-starred chefs. Soak in the long history of the region from Italian Baroque architecture to ancient Greek and Roman ruins. Food & Wine Travelers 25 Places visited Ragusa, Modica, Noto, Catania, Taormina, Mount Etna Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights Price From $7,650 Departures April 18, Sept. 19, 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

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• Participate in a private reception with Festival organizers.

• Learn about traditional cheese, chocolate, wine, and the

• Explore the city of Mozart and delve into his far-reaching influence on music. • Experience the pulse of creativity as you explore festival performances and activities. • Attend a lecture with a professor from the Mozarteum and a private concert with students from the university.

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Featured Highlight Hear concerts from some of the world’s finest orchestras from prime seats and enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Festival.

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process of making olive oil from local artisans using centuriesold techniques. Take private cooking lessons with professional chefs featuring regional ingredients. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheater in Syracuse. Admire Italian architecture from a range of eras. Get up close to Mount Etna, an active volcano that has erupted as recently as 2014, providing fertile soil for the vineyards on its flanks.

Featured Expert: Raymond Sokolov Raymond Sokolov worked as a foreign correspondent in Paris and cultural reporter and critic in New York for Newsweek, was food and restaurant editor of The New York Times, food columnist for Natural History magazine and edited the leisure and arts page of The Wall Street Journal. He joins both departures.

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Flavors of Provence

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Andalusia: Confluence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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In a week that celebrates the world-renown gastronomy of Provence, go behind the scenes and have access to unique experiences. From a Michelin-starred restaurant to a home-cooked meal, this journey is packed with the flavors of Provence. With a little walking to literally take you off the beaten path, this is a trip you won’t find in any guidebook.

Andalusia is one of the most remarkable places in the world. The second most populated and the second-largest area of all the autonomous communities in Spain, it is also a melting pot of cultures, races and religions. On this eight-day journey, learn more about a place rich with Jewish, Muslim and Christian influences, where sites of all three major religions coexist side by side.

Food & Wine Travelers 15 Places visited Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, Saint Rémy de Provence, Arles Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights Price From $6,995 Departures June 11, Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek

History & Context Travelers 25 Places visited Toledo, Córdoba, Seville, Granada Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights Price From $7,095 Departures Oct. 4, 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

Journey Highlights • Walk through vineyards, past fields of thyme and lavender, and in the mountains. • Visit the famous Les Halles market, where a chef will buy and prepare lunch for you. • Learn to cook specialties of Provence. • Visit farms and local producers, and taste their wares. • With expert guidance and private access, experience a Provence few can.

• Explore the city of Toledo, known as “the City of Three Cultures,”

Featured Expert: Marjorie Williams Marjorie Williams is the author and photographer of “Markets of Provence,” and co-author and photographer of “Markets of Paris.” She also blogs on travel, food and markets around the world. Marjorie travels extensively and believes that exploring markets is one of the most rewarding ways of immersing oneself in the local culture. She joins our June departure.

Featured Expert: Raphael Minder Raphael Minder, who is based in Madrid for the International New York Times, has written about Andalusia for years, focusing not only on politics but on social issues and traditions, like the Semana Santa celebrations in Seville. He has written about current debates as well as Andalusia’s rich historical inheritance.

Journey Highlights and a Unesco World Heritage site. • Hear a private Sefardi concert at Casa de Sefarad. • Dine at a private neo-Baroque palace with unparalleled views of

the Seville Cathedral. • Tour the newly discovered medieval Synagogue El Agua led by

the director of the museum. • Explore the Alhambra and the magnificent gardens and water

features of Generalife Gardens, summer palace of the Granada emirate and a Unesco World Heritage site.

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Remembering The Great War (1914–1918)

Russia: Milestones of the Revolution

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The centennial of the Great War has attracted abundant attention, and 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the war. On this nine-day journey, join experts, traveling to many of the most important sites, from Flanders Fields to Paris, and gaining insight into this terrible time. History & Context Travelers 25 Places visited Ypres, The Somme, Reims, Verdun, SaintMihiel, Paris Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights Price From $6,795 Departures April 13, Sept. 14, 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

Through history, the United States and Russia have been on the same side, the opposite side, and somewhere in between. On this eight-day journey to Moscow and St. Petersburg with exclusive access to some of the most historic Russian sites and in-the-know experts, delve deep into Russia’s turbulent past since 1917, and gain new insight on this giant, complicated nation. History & Context Travelers 20 Places visited Moscow, St. Petersburg Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights Price From $6,395 Departures May 11, July 20, Aug. 17, 2017 Operator Abercrombie & Kent

Journey Highlights

Journey Highlights

• Remember the Great War during a centenary year, when extra

• Visit parts of the Kremlin before regular hours and beat the

commemorations and exhibitions will be taking place. • Walk the most famous and bloodiest battlefields of World

War I, from the Somme to the Marne to Verdun, with a military historian. • Stay in Ypres and Reims, two cities whose great medieval architectural treasures were badly damaged during the war but have been restored to their earlier splendor. • With the expert insight of your Times-selected guide, learn the lessons of the War to End All Wars.

crowds. • Discuss politics with Gorbachev’s interpreter and the

Romanovs with an expert on the family. • Gain insight into the Revolution, the Cold War and the fall of

the Soviet Union as you visit many of their important sites. • Visit the Hermitage, Pushkin and Peterhof museums, seeing the

legacies and riches amassed by Peter and Catherine the Great. • See pre-Revolution treasures and the remnants of Soviet statues. • Gain perspective from The New York Times and its unparalleled

tradition of deep coverage of Russia. Featured Expert: Richard Cohen Author of the acclaimed books “By the Sword” and “Chasing the Sun,” Richard Cohen was the first editor of Sebastian Faulks’s “Birdsong," the most successful World War I novel of the last 20 years. He has also commissioned and edited biographies for the war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke. He joins our September departure.

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Featured Expert: Celestine Bohlen Celestine Bohlen has been a Moscow correspondent three times, twice for The New York Times. She covered the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the first faltering steps of Russia's democracy and the emergence of Vladimir Putin. Now based in Paris, she teaches journalism at the Institute of Political Studies. She joins our July departure.

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The Splintered Pasts of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Accelerating Science: Particle Physics at CERN

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Bosnia and Herzegovina has been part of a tug-of-war for centuries, the very symbol of the term “Balkanization.” In this 10-day journey, travel to medieval villages, war-scarred but modern cities, and a land where Croats, Serbs and Bosnian Muslims coexist, at times uneasily. Politics & Perspectives Travelers 24 Places visited Sarajevo, Bosnian Alps, Srebrenica, Mostar, Trebinje Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights Price From $5,595 Departures June 11, Sept. 3, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek

Travel to the CERN supercollider facilities in Geneva on this six-day tour, learning about the search for the elusive Higgs boson particle. Take in the highlights of Geneva, the Observatoire de Genève, and the wine-producing region of Lavaux. Combine Swiss science, heritage and cuisine into one unforgettable trip. Science & Nature Travelers 25 Places visited Geneva, Switzerland Itinerary 6 days, 5 nights Price From $6,895 Departures Feb. 19, Nov. 12, 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

Journey Highlights

Journey Highlights

• See architecture from the Middle Ages, the Ottoman Empire

• Enjoy repeat entry to the CERN facilities, meeting with high-

and beyond. • Learn the complicated and bloody history of the region. • See mountain villages maintaining medieval customs.

• Visit monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques. • See the ancient and modern arts and crafts of a diverse people.

• With expert guidance and insight, see how Bosnia fits in the

worlds of yesterday and today.

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Featured Expert: Chuck Sudetic Chuck Sudetic covered the violent collapse of the former Yugoslavia for The New York Times. His book, “Blood and Vengeance” (Norton, 1998), chronicled the experiences of Muslim and Serb families from the 1800s to the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Sudetic has investigated war crimes in Bosnia and Syria. He joins our June departure.

profile research scientists, to learn about the Large Hadron Collider and other projects. Tour Geneva’s highlights including the Flower Clock, Jet d’Eau and Palais des Nations complex. Visit the Observatoire de Genève, where the first exoplanet was discovered in 1995. Explore the historic vineyard of Lavaux with a Unesco World Heritage guide. Enjoy traditional Swiss chocolate, fondue and wine and learn about the history of Swiss cuisine.

Featured Expert: Kenneth Chang Kenneth Chang is a science reporter for The New York Times. With a background in physics, he specializes in writing about NASA and the physical sciences. His articles have included the mysteries of ghostly elementary particles known as neutrinos and how the American Museum of Natural History in New York demoted Pluto years before the rest of the world. He joins our February departure.

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The Canyons of the Southwest, in Deep and in Depth Go far beyond sightseeing and go deep into the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and other national parks. Spend an active eight days and seven nights learning about the geology, flora and fauna of these diverse landscapes with naturalist guides. Instead of lectures and slides, hike to the sites to see and hear the incredible stories where they began. Activities & Sports Travelers 16 Places visited Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument, Antelope Canyon Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights

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• Hike with local geology experts to hear how these beautiful landscapes were carved by water and wind. • Gaze at the stars with a local expert and high-powered instruments, taking you from the land to the heavens. • Take an exclusive tour with the Grand Canyon Field Institute to see this natural wonder through the eyes of a professional instructor. • Examine current environmental and political concerns that threaten some of these beautiful areas. • From vividly colored rocks to deep gorges, see America’s wonderlands through new eyes.

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Arrive by 5 p.m. in Las Vegas, Nev., gateway to your national parks adventure. Meet your fellow Times travelers at the hotel, and gather for a welcome reception and dinner in the bustle of North America’s City of Lights. A  ccommodations: The Venetian Las Vegas. Meal: D DAY 2

The Red Walls of Zion

Journey through the Mojave Desert to Zion National Park and spend the day walking along its vibrant and towering red walls. Expert guides explain how nature carved this wondrous canyon. If you prefer, you may explore the streets and shops of charming Springdale, Utah. (Activity: 6–8 miles of hiking.) Accommodations: Desert Pearl Inn. Meals: B, L, DAY 3

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The Hoodoos of Bryce

Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park. The hike begins with sweeping views at the rim of Bryce’s amphitheater. Hike down and through surreal mazes of pink and yellow hoodoos, spires and rock windows. Later, see and learn about the stars and planets from an expert. (Activity: 3–4 miles of hiking.) A  ccommodations: Bryce Lodge or Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand. Meals: B, L, D

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, midpoint of the rise of the land between the Grand Canyon and Bryce, was created in 1996 and has been the center of much controversy, with timber and oil companies ranged against environmentalists. Take a scenic walk, watching for ancient petroglyphs. (Activity: 3–7 miles of hiking.) A  ccommodations: Bryce Lodge or Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

The Canyon Carved by Flash Floods

Head south into the desert country of Arizona and take an exceptional guided tour of Upper Antelope Canyon, located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. Flash floods in monsoon seasons have carved the sandstone passageways into a slot canyon of astounding beauty. (Activity: 1 mile of hiking.) Accommodations: Lake Powell Resort or Best Western View of Lake Powell. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Jim Robbins May 28 Departure Jim Robbins has written for The New York Times for more than 35 years, primarily on science and environmental issues. He has also written five books. His first, about Yellowstone National Park and the West, was “Last Refuge: Environmental Showdown in the American West.” He has just completed a sixth book about the future of birds in a changing world. He has lived in Helena, Mont., for 40 years.

Of Canyons and Horseshoes

Begin with a scenic hike along the Lake Powell shoreline. Then stop at Horseshoe Bend, where the Colorado River makes a sharp turn around a sandstone escarpment. End with your first views of the mighty Grand Canyon as the setting sun highlights its geologic layers. (Activity: 3 miles of hiking.) A  ccommodations: Thunderbird Lodge or Kachina Lodge. Meals: B, L, D DAY 7

Hiking the Grand Canyon

Descend the steep switchbacks of the South Kaibab Trail into the canyon, or take the easier West Rim Trail. Learn from your Grand Canyon Field Institute expert about the ecosystems and geology of the park. The late afternoon is open before a celebratory final dinner. (Activity: 3–6 miles of hiking.) A  ccommodations: Thunderbird Lodge or Kachina Lodge. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

The Beautiful Path to Home

Rise early for a Grand Canyon sunrise: The ever-changing light illuminates the canyon walls from the top down. Stop for lunch amid the majestic red rocks of Sedona. You’ll be dropped at a hotel or the Phoenix airport for a late flight. (Activity: 2 miles of hiking, optional.) M  eals: B, L, D

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MAY 28 – JUN 4, 2017

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SEP 17 – SEP 24, 2017

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Behind the Scenes of New York Theater When you go to the theater, you probably don’t think about all of the hours, conversations and details that went into that production. On this six-day backstage journey, meet with the creators of New York theater, visit some Broadway hangouts and learn about the inner workings that come together only when the curtain rises.

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Arts & Culture Travelers 25 Places visited New York, N.Y. Itinerary 6 days, 5 nights

Arrive in New York in the afternoon and meet your fellow Times travelers for an evening welcome reception and dinner. You will be joined by a theater insider who will share stories of experiences in New York theater. A  ccommodations: The InterContinental Times Square. Meals: R, D

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• Immerse yourself in some of New York’s finest theatrical offerings from prime seats. • Participate in exclusive discussions and seminars with theater insiders like a director, producer, casting director, actor, dramaturge, choreographer, designer or stage manager. • Experience stages of the theatrical process by attending a reading, workshop or invited dress rehearsal (subject to availability). • Get a glimpse into the after-show world of theater-makers at their favorite haunts. • Dine pre-theater in some of New York’s premier restaurants. • Details on people and places will be available closer to the journey dates.

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Give Your Regards to Broadway

The Play’s the Thing

This morning will set the stage for the rest of your journey. Meet with Jerry Patch, Manhattan Theatre Club’s artistic development consultant and revered dramaturge to delve into the genesis of play development, and the process of how a play goes from page to stage. This afternoon, explore the Drama Bookshop, the go-to store for the industry’s play needs for 100 years. Meet with a staff member to discuss the importance of the bookshop to American playwrights and industry insiders. After dinner as a group, experience an invitation-only play reading. A  ccommodations: The InterContinental Times Square. Meal: D

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Featured Expert: Scott Heller January 8 Departure Scott Heller is the deputy editor of Arts & Leisure and the theater editor of The New York Times. He joined The Times in 2010 from The Boston Globe, where he had served as arts editor. Heller, a Brooklyn native, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan, where he also earned an M.A. in American studies.

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Break a Leg! (Not Really)

Begin with a trip to a professional rehearsal space. Surrounded by the harmonious cacophony, meet a choreographer and dancer. Perhaps it will be Derick K. Grant, who tap-danced his way through “Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk” and has been a choreographer for stage and for “So You Think You Can Dance.” This will be your chance to rehearse as you participate in a private tap class (no experience required). After some time resting your feet, enjoy a preshow dinner with a casting director or theatrical agent. Following dinner, take your newfound knowledge of how a play is put together and experience an Off Broadway play. Accommodations: The InterContinental Times Square. Meal: D DAY 4

Life Is a Cabaret

Gather for lunch, perhaps at Bond 45, a favorite among Broadway producers. Enjoy prime seats to a Broadway matinee and an exclusive backstage tour. Meet at a supper club for cocktails, dessert and a show featuring some of Broadway’s finest performers in a cabaret atmosphere. A  ccommodations: The InterContinental Times Square. Meal: L

March 5 Departure Patrick Healy was the theater news and features reporter for The Times, covering arts and business stories about Broadway, Off Broadway, and the national and international theater scene. He wrote about the development of new musicals like “Hamilton” and “SpiderMan: Turn Off the Dark” and wrote profiles and features on theater artists and performers. Patrick was one of two finalists for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting.

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Triple Threat

Meet with a veteran director or designer to discuss the creative process. Later, meet with a Broadway actor for a private master class. After a farewell dinner, take prime seats to a Broadway musical. Enjoy a post-show reception at a favorite hangout for theater insiders, like Joe Allen. A  ccommodations: The InterContinental Times Square. Meals: R, D DAY 6

Homeward Bound

At your leisure, depart for individual transportation home.

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JAN 8 – JAN 13, 2017

$4,995

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Scott Heller

MAR 5 – MAR 10, 2017

$5,795

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NOV 12 – NOV 17, 2017

$5,795

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Cuba. The Time Is Now: A People-to-People Experience Frozen in time and poised for change, Cuba has intrigued Americans even as they were threatened by its Soviet partner. As it opens more to outsiders, Cuba remains an enigma. On this eight-day journey, through a Peopleto-People license for The New York Times, focus on Cuba’s colonial past, the challenges of its economic present, and plans for its uncertain future. Arts & Culture Travelers 25 Places visited Miami (Fla.), Havana (Cuba), Las Terrazas (Cuba) Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights

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Journey Highlights • Tour the timeless city of Havana accompanied by local experts in the fields of art and economics. • Visit Las Terrazas, a sustainable community in the mountains of Sierra del Rosario, a Unesco-designated Biosphere Reserve. • Discuss evolving U.S.-Cuba relations with Cuban citizens at the first English-language bookstore. • Talk with journalists and ordinary citizens about the huge economic and social changes Cuba faces. • Learn about social issues such as gender equality and gay rights at meetings with social advocates in Havana.

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Arrive in Miami and check into the Miami airport-area hotel. This evening, begin your understanding of Cuba with a welcome reception and a lively, thought-provoking panel discussion on the most vital issues facing Cuba today. Accommodations: Pullman Hotel Miami. Meals: R, D DAY 2

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The Crumbling Beauty of Habana Vieja

Meet with an urban planner and architect to discuss the challenges of restoring Havana’s colonial architecture. Walk through Habana Vieja, “Old Havana,” and hear locals’ take on Cuba’s economic changes. After lunch, take a walking tour of the city’s Prado, and meet with the city’s cuentapropistas (self-employed). Accommodations: Hotel Parque Central. Meals: B, L, D DAY 4

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Board your group flight from Miami to Havana. After passing through customs and having lunch, visit Ernest Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigía. Relax in the afternoon, and meet for an informational briefing, followed by a welcome dinner.* Accommodations: Hotel Parque Central. Meals: B, L, D * This day’s itinerary may vary according to the charter flight schedule. 

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Cuba’s Lush Countryside: Las Terrazas

A representative of the U.S. Interests Section will discuss the complexities of U.S.Cuba relations. Head to Las Terrazas, a sustainable community in the mountains of Sierra del Rosario, and walk through the village center. At lunch, experience the Cuban “farm-to-table” movement. Meet some locals and visit a former coffee plantation. Accommodations: Hotel La Moka. Meals: B, L, D

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Cuba’s Lush Countryside: Pinar del Río

Explore Pinar del Río, known for its surrounding tobacco growing region. Visit an operating tobacco farm and meet with campesinos along the way. After lunch, tour the local newspaper of Viñales, Guerrillero, then discuss the role of media in Cuba with local journalists. Return for dinner as a group. Accommodations: Hotel La Moka. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Featured Experts: Anthony DePalma Jan. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8 Departures Anthony DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, focusing most of his attention toward Mexico and Cuba. His book “The Man Who Invented Fidel,” about U.S.-Cuba relations, was published in 2006.

Reese Erlich

Return to Havana

February 17 Departure His articles have appeared in USA Today, GlobalPost and Foreign Policy, among others. Erlich has written five books on foreign affairs, including “The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis.”

Return to Havana and meet with a Cuban expert to discuss race and ethnicity in Cuba. Then, stop in seaside Jaimanitas and visit the studio and neighborhood of the artist José Fuster and his mosaic-covered whimsical structures. After lunch, visit Cuba’s first English-language bookstore. The evening is free. A  ccommodations: Hotel Parque Central. Meals: B, L DAY 7

A Land of Changes

See a private performance of an Afro-Cuban dance group, and meet them. Visit the National Center for Sexual Education, where a representative will discuss its work in shaping social reform and advocacy for gender equality and gay rights. Then meet with editors and journalists at Granma, Cuba’s national daily newspaper. A  ccommodations: Hotel Parque Central. Meals: B, L, D DAY 8

Homeward Bound

This morning, check in for your flight back to Miami. This day’s itinerary may vary according to the charter flight schedule. Meal: B

Maria Newman March 17 Departure Maria Newman, a reporter and editor for The New York Times, first traveled to Cuba in the 1980s. She went to Cuba as a reporter in 1994 to write about the mass exodus and spent days talking to people in Cuba about why they were leaving, and others about why they stayed.

Luisita Lopez Torregrosa April 14 Departure Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, the journalist, writer and former editor for The New York Times, has reported from all over the world, including Havana, Manila and Miami. Torregrosa is the author of two books, including “Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love & Revolution,” and is a member of the faculty of communication & media studies at Fordham University.

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PRICE

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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EXPERT

JAN 13 – JAN 20, 2017

$6,995

$880

$525

Anthony DePalma

FEB 17 – FEB 24, 2017

$6,995

$880

$525

Reese Erlich

MAR 17 – MAR 24, 2017

$6,995

$880

$525

Maria Newman

APR 14 – APL 21, 2017

$6,995

$880

$525

Lusita Lopez Torregrosa

NOV 10 – NOV 17, 2017

$6,995

$880

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Anthony DePalma

DEC 8 – DEC 15, 2017

$6,995

$880

$525

Anthony DePalma

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The American Table: The Hudson Valley Explore what defines American cuisine with a six-day program in the heart of the Lower Hudson Valley. During peak harvest season, and with the food writer Laura Shaine Cunningham, taste, drink and discover the foundation of American cuisine. Visit the renowned Stone Barns Agriculture Center, dine at the world-class Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant, and tour the country’s top culinary college. Food & Wine Travelers 25 Places visited Saugerties, Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Tarrytown Itinerary 5 days, 4 nights

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• Explore the wild plants of the Hudson Valley region, with author and herbalist Dina Falconi, as you discover the art of foraging. • Visit the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture for a behind-the-scenes tour of the farm as you learn about the nonprofit center’s educational initiatives and sustainable mission. • Enjoy a private lunch at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, considered one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the country. • Tour a hop farm and brewery in the Hudson River Valley and learn about the growth of microbreweries across the country. • At the Culinary Institute of America, take a private tour to see the school in action before enjoying a “Taste of the Hudson Valley” demonstration and tasting by a professional chef. • Visit the Hudson River Valley during peak season for its spectacular fall foliage. • With the guidance of the food writer Laura Shaine Cunningham, learn about one of the most beautiful and legendary food-producing regions in the country.

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Welcome to the Hudson Valley

Laura Shaine Cunningham

Meet at the Albany International Airport and transfer to the Diamond Mills Hotel, located in Saugerties, NY. After settling in, meet the group for a welcome reception and dinner. Accommodations: Diamond Mills Hotel. Meals: R, D DAY 2

Training Future Farmers

Visit the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and learn of its efforts to provide community food security and train future farmers. Then, visit the farm, Hortus Conclusus, to learn about the art of edible landscaping. The evening and dinner are at leisure. This evening, join regional food experts at Laura Shaine Cunningham’s home for a private dinner. A  ccommodations: Diamond Mills Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 3

Laura Shaine Cunningham, a journalist, playwright and the author of nine books, has written widely about food for The New York Times. Her well-received memoir “A Place in the Country” relates the joys and travails of life on a Hudson Valley farm. She studied under the late master chef Michael Field.

The C.I.A. (It’s No Secret)

Tour the main campus of the premier Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.) before enjoying a chef-led private talk, demonstration and light tasting of the “Taste of the Hudson Valley.” Later, at Sprout Creek Farm, watch a cheese making demonstration and take a guided tasting. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodations: Diamond Mills Hotel. Meals: B, Tasting DAY 4

Foraging and Feasting

Explore the wild plants of the Hudson Valley with herbalist and author Dina Falconi, learning hands-on how to forage for food and medicine. For lunch, visit Arrowood Farms, a small specialty hop and duck farm located nearby in Accord. This evening, enjoy a private tour, tasting and picnic dinner at Whitecliff Vineyard. Accommodations: Diamond Mills Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

Focus on Sustainable Food

Tour the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture, a farm and education center focused on the environment and community. Then, enjoy a private lunch at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, one of the top farm-to-table restaurants in the country. End the trip at La Guardia Airport. M  eals: B, L

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$4,795

$850

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Laura Shaine Cunningham

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Cruising Alaska’s Beauty, History and Culture Explore the splendors of Alaska on this 15day journey on Holland America Line’s M.S. Amsterdam. Cruise past glaciers and majestic bays as you hear from four Times journalists and experts on topics including foreign policy, slavery and the Constitution, and journalism. Optional shore excursions enhance your understanding of Alaska.

Sailing & Cruises Vessel name M.S. Amsterdam, Holland America Line Places visited Seattle, Wash.; Ketchikan, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; Anchorage, Alaska; Homer, Alaska; Kodiak, Alaska; Victoria, British Columbia Itinerary 15 days, 14 nights

Journey Highlights • See the whales, bears, eagles and other wildlife of Alaska, and watch the magnificence of calving glaciers. • Attend seminars, lectures and discussions with Times journalists and other experts. • Learn about politics, international and regional affairs, business and history in exclusive settings. • Visit Alaska’s great outdoors in the contemporary comfort of Holland America Line’s M.S. Amsterdam. • Combine your love of travel with your love of learning. • Onboard, enjoy lectures, Q&A sessions and a panel discussion with Times-selected experts.

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Ketchikan: Land of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian

Arrive in Ketchikan, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. Its totem poles reflect its indigenous peoples, the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. Take a city tour, hike, kayak, shop for art or take a floatplane to look for bears in the Tongass National Forest. Return to the ship for evening Times Journeys discussions. The M.S. Amsterdam, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 4

A Fjord and Calving Glaciers

In the scenic Tracy Arm, visit Sawyer Glacier, which is really two glaciers, and see big chunks of ice break off into the sea in a process called calving. Watch for the area’s bears, seals and mountain goats. Later, attend more discussions on national and world affairs with Times journalists and experts. The M.S. Amsterdam, Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

Juneau, Alaska’s Glacier Capital

Spend the day in Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Its isolated location (the only access is by plane or sea) means virtually unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities. Visit Mendenhall Glacier, flightsee, dogsled, fish, hike or enjoy Juneau’s prime whale-watching opportunities. Take advantage of the long days; the Amsterdam does not depart until late evening. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 6

Immersed in Wilderness at Icy Strait Point

Icy Strait Point is operated by and for the Tlingit, so you can spend the day immersed in native culture. Scout for bears or eagles, and see the salmon’s importance to the native people. Whale watch, zip line, fish or relax in the village of Hoonah. Return to the ship for stimulating discussions. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 7

Itinerary DAY 1

Seattle and Welcome Aboard

Arrive in Seattle and board the M.S. Amsterdam, which departs at 4 p.m. Attend a cocktail party with your fellow Times Journeys travelers and experts, gathering for the first time as a group as the Amsterdam heads into Puget Sound. A  ccommodations: The M.S. Amsterdam. Meals: L, D aboard ship DAY 2

The Inside Passage

Sail northwest along the western shore of Vancouver Island, Canada. Though this is called the Inside Passage, you’re actually in the Pacific Ocean for most of the way. Be sure to look for orca and other whales, dolphins and bald eagles. In the afternoon and evening, attend your first Times Journeys discussions. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D

Across the Gulf of Alaska

Spend the day at sea sailing northwest across the Gulf of Alaska toward Cook Inlet. Relax or explore more of the M.S. Amsterdam. In the afternoon, engage in discussions of timely and timeless issues and informal opportunities to ask speakers questions or just chat. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D DAY 8

Anchorage: City of the Midnight Sun

Anchorage is a commercial and military hub in a place of natural beauty and culture. Appreciate Anchorage’s duality of wilderness beauty and global hustle in your full day under the midnight sun. Take a flightseeing safari, visit some of Anchorage’s cultural treasures, or take a wildlife and glacier cruise. The M.S. Amsterdam, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 9

The Natural Beauty of Homer and Kachemak Bay

Homer sits on Kachemak Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. Spend a day in Kachemak Bay State Park, the only wilderness park in Alaska, take an interpretive glacier hike, taste some of Homer’s microbrews and wines, or visit the backcountry Alaska Cooking School at Tutka Bay. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship

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Cruising Alaska’s Beauty, History and Culture

Featured Experts: Paul Finkelman Paul Finkelman is a specialist in American legal history and the First Amendment. He is an expert on the law of slavery, constitutional law, religious liberty, African American history, the American Civil War and legal issues surrounding baseball. His Op-Eds have appeared in The New York Times. He was the expert witness in the lawsuit over the famous Alabama Ten Commandments Monument.

DAY 10

Kodiak and Bear Central

Kodiak’s indigenous Alutiiq people have a 7,500-year history on Kodiak Island, the second-largest in the United States. Learn about Kodiak’s history at the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository. Take a walking or driving tour of the town, go deep-sea fishing, or spend a memorable day looking for Kodiak bears. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 11

Hubbard Glacier

Head back across the Gulf of Alaska to the massive Hubbard Glacier and witness the glacier calving icebergs. Unlike most other glaciers in the world, Hubbard is advancing. The icebergs it calves can be as high as a 10-story building. This evening, attend more seminars with New York Times journalists and experts. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D DAY 12

Tlingit Roots and Russian Echoes in Sitka

Sitka has Tlingit roots and Russian history: It was the capital of Russian America before the Seward purchase. Walk to Sitka National Historical Park to learn about totems, or explore Sitka’s ethnographic museum. Linger at Old Harbor Books and the adjacent Backdoor Cafe, or spend the day in the wilderness. The M.S. Amsterdam, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 13

At Sea in the North Pacific Ocean

Head south in the North Pacific Ocean as the ship steams toward British Columbia. Spend the afternoon and evening in seminars with New York Times journalists and experts and begin to reflect on your incredible Times Journeys adventure. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D DAY 14

The Gardens of Victoria

Adam Nagourney Adam Nagourney was appointed Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the New York Times in August 2010, after serving as the chief national political reporter at The Times.He covered his first the presidential campaign in 1996, reporting on Senator Bob Dole's bid for the office. He since covered the campaigns of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton (for Senate and president). Nagourney is co-author with Dudley Clendinen of "Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America."

Steven Lee Myers Steven Lee Myers is a correspondent in The Times Washington bureau. He returned recently from Moscow, where he was bureau chief. He was correspondent and bureau chief in Iraq and also covered the White House during the presidency of George W. Bush. He has written on the State Department during the tenures of five different secretaries of state, most recently Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry.

DAY 15

Seattle: Homeward Bound

The M.S. Amsterdam docks in the morning back in Seattle. After breakfast, it’s time for farewells and disembarking. Meal: B aboard ship

Victoria, British Columbia, is a genteel, old-school town on the surface that prizes its rambunctious past and lively contemporary food and arts scenes. Visit the world renown Butchart Gardens, or tour downtown and the Empress Hotel. Go whale-watching for orcas, or linger at dinner in any of Victoria’s cafes and restaurants. The M.S. Amsterdam, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship

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Deck Plans

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Interior Oceanview Verandah Neptune Suite Pinnacle Suite

$4,743 $5,044 $6,984 $9,984 $33,367

$6,865 $7,489 $9,278

Paul Finkelman, Adam Nagourney Steven Lee Myers

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Cuba: History, Culture and Contemporary Life Cuba’s new relationship with the United States has opened ways of exploring its complex history and culture. None is quite as intimate as meeting the locals on a People-to-People tour as you cruise from Havana to culturally diverse Santiago de Cuba aboard a private charter of the 64 passenger sailing yacht Le Ponant including a two-night stay in Havana. Return from this 11-day adventure with a new appreciation of Cuba. Sailing & Cruises Vessel name Le Ponant, PONANT Travelers 58 Places visited Havana, Trinidad de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba Itinerary 11 days, 10 nights

Journey Highlights • Visit marine conservation areas and meet the people who are trying to preserve the natural environment and fragile ecosystem of the island. • Get the Cuban perspective on the Bay of Pigs invasion where it happened. • With the guidance of New York Times-selected experts, get a unique perspective on a land long inaccessible to Americans. • Enjoy the amenities of the three-masted sailing vessel Le Ponant in a unique and private charter. • Enjoy a two-night stay in the timeless city of Havana, including guided tours and private cocktail parties in artists’ studios and galleries.

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Welcome to Havana

Fly from Miami to Havana, and transfer to the port to embark on Le Ponant. This 290-foot schooner has two restaurants, two lounges, a vast sundeck and a spa. Get to know the ship and the other guests on this exclusive charter for Times Journeys. Attend a briefing, including the program schedule. L  e Ponant, Meals: R, D aboard ship

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Featured Experts: Anthony DePalma Anthony DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, focusing most of his attention toward Mexico and Cuba. His book “The Man Who Invented Fidel,” about United States-Cuba relations, was published in 2006.

Erica Goode Erica Goode is a Science writer at large at The New York Times, covering environmental science, biology, human behavior and other topics. Ms. Goode joined The Times in 1998, was appointed assistant Science editor in 2005 and Environment editor in 2009. She served as a foreign correspondent in Baghdad, covering the war in Iraq.

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DAY 2

Around the Western Coast

Today you will be at sea, enjoying this wonderful sailing vessel as it cruises west from Havana along the northern coast and around Cape San Antonio. L  e Ponant, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 3

Preserving the Environment

Visit Punta Francés, on the Isla de la Juventud, part of a marine conservation area established in 1978. Take some time to swim or snorkel in these clear waters, and meet with Cubans concerned with preserving the natural environment and fragile ecosystem of the island. Le Ponant, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 4

Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo has white sand, teeming coral reefs, turtles, iguanas, cranes, flamingoes — and tourists. Learn about tourism’s role in the Cuban economy. Hear from locals about life here. Visit a sea turtle breeding center and an endangered species protection program, and meet fishermen to discuss local conservation efforts. Le Ponant, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship

The Bay of Pigs

Visit Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), where U.S.-backed Cuban rebels failed to overthrow Fidel Castro. Visit the Korimacao Community Arts and Cultural Project. Learn more about conservation in Gran Parque Natural Montemar, Cuba’s largest wilderness. In Cienfuegos, visit the Benny More Art School and meet with students and teachers. Le Ponant, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 6

Colonial Cuba

The center of Cuba’s sugar and slave trades in the 18th and 19th centuries, Trinidad is now a Unesco World Heritage site. Tour the city with local representatives and talk with residents. Meet with an owner of a “casa particular” (bedand-breakfast) and learn about this relatively new form of independent business. L  e Ponant, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 7

Santería and Pottery

Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, including Santería and other Afro-Cuban religions. This morning, explore these belief systems with practitioners. Later, visit the Santander Family Ceramics Workshop/Studio to meet with local artisans who use techniques descended from Muslim Spanish pottery making. Return to the ship for lunch and sail for Santiago. Le Ponant, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship

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Cuba: History, Culture and Contemporary Life

DAY 8

Santiago de Cuba

After a morning at sea, arrive in Santiago de Cuba in late afternoon. This port city, the second largest in Cuba, is known for its music, dance and other cultural activities. This evening, gather at a local paladar for a festive farewell dinner. Le Ponant, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 9

Back on Land, to Havana

Say farewell to Le Ponant and fly to Havana. Visit Plaza de la Revolución, dominated by the memorial to the Cuban hero José Martí, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Attend a private cocktail party at a collector and curator’s home. Dinner will be at a popular paladar. H  otel Parque Central, Meals: B, L, R, D DAY 10

Hemingway and Arts

Visit Ernest Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia, and Morro Castle. Tour the Miramar and Cubanacán neighborhoods and Jaimanitas, transformed by the artist José Fuster’s mosaics. Drive back in old American convertibles, followed by a reception in an artist’s home and dinner in a restaurant. H  otel Parque Central, Meals: B, L, R, D DAY 11

Homeward Bound

Before departing Havana, learn about the Revolution by visiting the Museum of the Revolution in the former Presidential Palace. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Miami and home. Meal: B

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Deck Plans

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Marie Galante Marie Galante Premium (Sold Out) Antigua Stateroom (Sold Out)

$21,950 $22,580 $23,400

Anthony DePalma, Erica Goode

MAR 2018

2018 details are being finalized. Call 855 698 1456 to be placed on a waitlist or to be notified as soon as details are confirmed.

$10,975  $11,290  $11,700

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Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2 Immerse yourself in luxury and your mind in intellectual pursuits on this eight-night Atlantic crossing aboard Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2®. Five stellar New York Times journalists will accompany you on The New York Times Insights Cruise, offering eye-opening takes on topics from aging to sports, from labor and economics to social change.

Sailing & Cruises Vessel name Queen Mary 2, Cunard Places visited New York, N.Y.; Southampton, England Itinerary 9 days, 8 nights

Journey Highlights • Enjoy a one-night pre-cruise stay in New York City. • Visit The New York Times Building for both an exclusive brunch and a tour of the newsroom, including a panel with Times journalists. • On board ship, enjoy a range of Times Journeys exclusives: including eight private lectures, two private speakers panels, Q&A sessions, two cocktail parties and a dinner at Verandah, hosted by Times journalists. • Mingle with award-winning Times journalists and experts, and gain insight into current events.

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Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to The New York Times

Arrive in New York City and spend the night at the chic and luxurious hotel in Times Square, InterContinental New York Times Square Hotel. Meal: None DAY 2

Visit to The New York Times Newsroom and Brunch

Spend the morning at The New York Times going behind the scenes with a visit to the newsroom guided by journalists who will join you on the cruise. Enjoy brunch on the 15th floor of The New York Times Building, overlooking the Hudson River and just feet away from Pulitzer Hall, where you can peruse the 119 Pulitzer Prizes The Times has won since 1918. Later in the afternoon, meet your fellow Times travelers for a private Welcome Aboard reception. Queen Mary 2, Meals: B, L, R, D aboard ship DAY 3-8

At Sea

Spend your days at sea attending talks by five New York Times journalists and enjoy the range of events offered exclusively to Times Journeys guests: two private speakers panels, eight private lectures, two cocktail parties, a dinner hosted by the Times journalists, and other informal gatherings. Explore Queen Mary 2 and uncover her secrets — with six bars and lounges, five specialty dining options, a 10,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch Spa, the only planetarium at sea, and world-class musical productions — the entertainment opportunities are endless. Queen Mary 2, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 9

Disembarkation

Arrive in Southampton, England, the entry point to Europe for hundreds of years. As you leave the Queen Mary 2, reflect on the depth and breadth of knowledge you have gained. From here, you may travel home or continue to London and further adventures. Queen Mary 2, Meals: B aboard ship To view deckplan, visit nytimes.com/timesjourneys

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Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2

Sam Roberts

Featured Experts: January 2 departure

Fred Brock Fred Brock was a business editor and columnist at The New York Times. He worked as an editor and reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he spent five years in Brussels as chief of special correspondents. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

Steven Eder Steve Eder is an investigative reporter for The New York Times, covering the 2016 presidential campaign. He was previously in the Sports department where he examined doping in baseball and domestic violence in the N.F.L. He was as finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for uncovering widespread corruption in Ohio government.

Sam Roberts has been a reporter, columnist and editor in New York, most recently as urban affairs correspondent and an obituary writer. He is also the host of the “The New York Times Close Up” television interview program each weekend on NY1 News. He is the author or editor of 10 books.

Phil Shenon Philip Shenon was a reporter for The New York Times for more than 20 years. As a Washington correspondent for The Times, he covered the Pentagon, the Justice Department, the State Department and Congress. As a foreign correspondent, he reported from more than 60 countries. All guests on board will have access to the lectures and seminars delivered by the five Times-selected experts who are scheduled to speak during our cruise.

Katie Hafner Katie Hafner has been writing for The New York Times since 1991, starting as a freelancer from Berlin. She now writes about health care for the Science section, with a focus on the aging population. Ms. Hafner has also worked at Newsweek and Businessweek.

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Inside Oceanview Balcony Club Balcony Princess Grill Queens Grill

$2,069 $2,245 $2,296 $3,631 $4,832 $5,350

$3,313 $3,620 $3,712 $6,045 $9,078 $10,113

Fred Brock, Steve Eder, Katie Hafner, Sam Roberts, Philip Shenon

JUL 5, 2017 – JUL 13, 2017

Inside Oceanview Balcony Club Balcony Princess Grill Queens Grill

$2,945 $3,436 $3,633 $4,616 $6,007 $7,694

$4,480 $5,341 $5,685 $7,405 $10,960 $14,334

Wendell Jamieson, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Richard Samson, Scott Shane, John Vinocur

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Opera in San Francisco

Legacies of Spanish and Native American Heritages in New Mexico

AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE DEPARTURE

One of the world’s best opera companies is in a city everyone loves. On this six-day journey with the opera expert Fred Plotkin, attend four of the most beloved operas performed by some of opera’s greatest stars and conducted by music’s maestros. With food and architectural tours, this trip makes for a cultural bonanza.

After thousands of years of Native American settlement, the land that is now New Mexico was claimed for the Spanish Crown in 1540 and Spanish settlers flooded in. On this eight-day journey, travel many of the same trails as the Spanish, and see how the Native and Spanish peoples worked together, or in opposition, to create new civilizations on top of old.

Arts & Culture Travelers 25 Places visited San Francisco Itinerary 6 days, 5 nights Price From $6,450 Departures June 27, 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

History & Context Travelers 16 Places visited Albuquerque, Bandelier National Monument, Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe, Taos Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights Price From $4,595 Departures Aug. 20, Oct. 1, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek

Journey Highlights • Enjoy a privately guided San Francisco architecture tour

Journey Highlights

• Attend Puccini’s “La Bohème,” conducted by Carlos

• Behold the beautiful and stark landscapes that inspired many

Montenegro, and with an award-winning cast • See a performance of “Roméo et Juliette” by Berlioz at the San

of Georgia O’Keeffe’s finest paintings. • Learn how newly arrived Spanish settlers/conquerors and the

Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas • Explore the acclaimed Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in the

magnificent Ferry Building on the Embarcadero

• Take a cooking class with a James Beard Award-winning chef

and enjoy dinner, paired with a wine tasting

• • •

Featured Expert: Fred Plotkin Fred Plotkin is one of the world’s foremost opera experts, and the author of “Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera” the best-selling standard text in America for opera education. He has lectured, taught, consulted and held managerial or artistic roles at some of the top opera companies, including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Native tribes that had inhabited the land for millennia created a unique part of America. Understand historic battles, including a seminal Civil War fight, and examine the legacies of Coronado, Kit Carson and others. See ancient housing still in use, and learn about traditional crafts still practiced. With expert guidance, delve into a little-known part of history. Special departures coinciding with the Santa Fe Opera season and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival allow additional options.

Featured Expert: William deBuys William deBuys is an award-winning writer, eight of whose nine books concern the land and culture of the North American Southwest. He has explored the Southwest through the genres of both history and memoir. His conservation work over many years has included land acquisition, river protection and grassland restoration. He joins both departures.

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Across the Border: U.S. and Mexican Politics

AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE DEPARTURE

The United States and Mexico have much in common, and yet many differences. Always a fascinating source of food and culture, as well as controversy, Mexico presents a unique challenge to the new American president. On this eight-day journey, explore not just the history and culture, but also the politics that affect Mexicans, from the Mexican perspective. Politics & Perspectives Travelers 20 Places visited Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Puebla City, Oaxaca, Monte Albán, Teotitlán del Valle Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights Price From $6,995 Departures Feb. 10, April 21, Nov. 10, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek

Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons

AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE DEPARTURE

Winter is magical in Yellowstone, when visitors are few and wildlife viewing is outstanding. In the chilled air, see bubbling mud pots and gushing geysers eerily veiled in steam. With expert guidance, this seven-day journey puts one of our greatest ecosystems on full display. Science & Nature Travelers 25 Places visited Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Wyo. Itinerary 7 days, 6 nights Price From $4,495 Departures Jan. 3, 9 and 29, 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

Journey Highlights

Journey Highlights

• Explore Mexico City and tour the Zócalo, an important

• View wildlife in their habitat as few see them.

gathering place for the Aztecs. • Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral (the largest in the Americas)

with a private visit of the bell towers, built over the Aztec temple — a sign that the Spanish were in power. • On a private, exclusive visit, see the world-class Museo Nacional de Antropología with its Aztec, Teotihuacan and Maya rooms. • In Oaxaca, explore textiles, food and archaeology as well as local politics. • With expert guides, lectures and discussions, explore the complex issues of U.S.-Mexico relations, from the Mexican side.

Featured Expert: Alan Riding Alan Riding was a longtime correspondent for The Times who lived in Mexico for 13 years and is author of the best-selling book, “Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans.” After later postings in Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Paris, he became The Times’s European cultural correspondent. He joins our February departure.

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• Hike the geysers, springs and mud pools of Yellowstone.

• Take a horse-drawn sleigh through the National Elk Refuge, where over 7,500 elk spend their winter. • With expert guidance and Times-selected specialists, get unique insight. • Hike the boardwalks and trails of the Upper Geyser Basin, which contains the largest concentration of geysers in the world.

Featured Expert: Jim Robbins Jim Robbins has written for The New York Times for more than 35 years, primarily on science and environmental issues. He has also written five books. His first, about Yellowstone National Park and the West, was “Last Refuge, Environmental Showdown in the American West.” He has just completed a sixth book about the future of birds in a changing world. He has lived in Helena, Mont., for 40 years. He joins all departures.

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Women and Women’s Rights in Cuba

The 2016 Presidential Election: Looking Back and Forward

Explore Cuba through the eyes of its women in this eight-day journey. Learn about the effects of the Revolution on gender equality, through multiple aspects of Cuban society. Visit with female leaders and visionaries to discuss how Cuba is leading the charge in women’s rights, while still confronting many of the same challenges women are facing in the United States.

The 2016 presidential election season has been one of the most historic and contentious in history. In this five-day journey, travel to Washington, D.C., before the inauguration to learn about the dynamics the new president faces. Gain exclusive insight and perspective into the world of politics with the guidance of Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times.

Women in Focus Travelers 25 Places visited Miami (Fla.), Havana (Cuba) Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights Price From $6,995 Departures Mar 3, 2017 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

Politics & Perspectives Travelers 25 Few Seats Left Places visited Washington, D.C. Itinerary 5 days, 4 nights Price From $4,995 Departures Dec 5, 2016 Operator Academic Travel Abroad

Journey Highlights

Journey Highlights

• Discuss the impact of the U.S. embargo on Cuban women with

• Attend a welcome reception at the Army Navy Club, hosted by

members of the Federation of Cuban Women. • Enjoy a performance by Cuba’s female-only string orchestra. • Discuss Cuba in the greater context of Latin America in terms of female reproductive rights. • Interact with female athletes and coaches to learn about various projects throughout Cuba focused on supporting women in sports. • Meet with a representative from the National Center for Sexual Education (Cenesex) to discuss L.G.B.T. rights in Cuba. • Visit a female art collective to learn about the rise of Cuban female artists.

The New York Times Washington bureau. • Take a private guided tour of the Capitol, followed by a private

luncheon. • Tour the Diplomatic Rooms at the State Department,

followed by a briefing to discuss the effect of the election on international affairs. • During panel discussions, meet with experts in the field of politics, including Times journalists and political strategists.

Featured Higlight Attend a panel discussion at the Federation of Cuban Women. Learn about their extension mission and fight to promote gender equality throughout all spheres of Cuban society. Discuss the impact of the U.S. embargo on Cuban women and children and the federation’s goal to advance gender equality on a global scale.

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Featured Expert: Carl Hulse Carl Hulse is chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times and managing editor of First Draft, a political news stream and morning email newsletter. He has worked for The Times and its newspapers for nearly three decades.

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Wild Australia Australia is one of the 17 “megadiversity” countries in the world, home to a stunning array of plants and animals, many found nowhere else on earth. This ambitious 12-day itinerary explores Australia’s key ecosystems, from desert to rain forest to coral reefs. Only here can you see kangaroos, koalas, Woma pythons, dingoes and green sea turtles all in such a short time. Science & Nature Travelers 25 Places visited Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Uluru/Ayers Rock, Lamington National Park, Heron Island/Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane Itinerary 12 days, 11 nights

Journey Highlights • Explore the diverse ecosystems of Australia on an intensive trip that spans the country’s islands, deserts, rain forests and coral reefs. • Visit Kangaroo Island, home to roving herds of kangaroos and rare species found nowhere else on earth. • Experience the vibrant cities of Adelaide and Brisbane. • Travel to Uluru (Ayers Rock) to learn the history of the area and the cultural heritage of the aborigines. • Stay in Lamington National Park, Australia’s largest preserved subtropical rain forest. • Spend several days on Heron Island, at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

8–10 4–5

AUSTRALIA

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Uluru

Great Australian Bight

DAY 1 2–3 Adelaide

Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to Australia

Arrive in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and a vibrant, multicultural city. Depending on when you arrive, spend the day exploring the city’s historic buildings, churches, quirky shops and culinary scene before meeting your fellow Times travelers for a welcome reception and dinner. Accommodations: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. Meals: R, D DAY 2

Kangaroo Island

Fly to Kangaroo Island, known for its thriving animal and bird populations. Take a guided walk of the Australian sea lion colony at Seal Bay, and continue through different habitats to watch for kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and the rare Kangaroo Island glossy black cockatoo. Stay overnight on the island. A  ccommodations: Aurora Ozone Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 3

Wild Kangaroos and Wild Arches

In Flinders Chase National Park and the Kelly Hill Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island, see herds of wild kangaroos graze. Goannas (monitor lizards) and echidnas also thrive here. On the coast, see the dramatic Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks, and the lovely beaches of Vivonne Bay. Accommodations: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. Meals: B, L DAY 4

The Red Center

Fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Red Center, home to Uluru, or Ayers Rock. Rising more than 1,100 feet, it’s sacred to the Anangu aborigines. In the Sounds of Silence dining experience, you might see the Southern Cross and the Milky Way, since there is little ambient light. Accommodations: Emu Walk Apartments. Meals: B, D

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Featured Expert: Justin Gillis Justin Gillis is the paper’s lead writer on the science of climate change. He has done extensive reporting across the world on the destruction of forests and the loss of biological diversity. He was one of the lead Times writers at the conference in Paris where all the world’s nations committed to trying to save the planet from the worst effects of climate change.

DAY 5

Uluru and Kata Tjuta

DAY 9

See Uluru change color as the sun rises. Take a guided walking tour of the base of Uluru, learning about the natural and aboriginal history of this sacred space, and meet native Anangu artists. Drive to the Olgas, massive stone domes known locally as Kata Tjuta, and walk through Walpa Gorge. A  ccommodations: Emu Walk Apartments. Meal: B DAY 6

From the Desert to the Rain Forest

DAY 7

Into the Forest

The Great Barrier Reef

Brisbane

Depart Heron Island by boat, then fly to Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city. Depending on your arrival, take a few hours to explore this cosmopolitan place. Gather as a group one last time for a farewell dinner at a restaurant a short walk from the hotel. Accommodations: Stamford Plaza Brisbane. Meals: B, D DAY 12

After a short flight and longer ferry ride, arrive on Heron Island, off the coast of Queensland. This large coral cay is at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, and supports nearly 75 percent of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral species. Accommodations: Heron Island Resort. Meal: B

Now, Try Something Else

Do something else today, or repeat. If you snorkel or dive, you might see one of the giant sea clams, its iridescent blue-green lips sparkling, or a stingray gliding past. You can also stay on shore and relax on a beach, or indulge in a range of spa treatments. Accommodations: Heron Island Resort. Meal: B DAY 11

You can choose a forest walk today, from easy strolls to challenging treks through the bush. Resident guides will share their knowledge of Lamington’s flora and fauna. Maybe you’ll see a regent bowerbird, a striking black and yellow male that sometimes uses leaves to “paint” its bower with saliva. A  ccommodations: Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. Meals: B, D DAY 8

Decide what you want to do: Walk around the island to admire the contrast of turquoise sea, white sand and green plants, go on the water in a kayak, or go in the water, snorkeling or scuba diving, to see some of the colorful fish and sea creatures found only here. Accommodations: Heron Island Resort. Meal: B DAY 10

Fly to Brisbane, then continue to Lamington National Park, Australia’s largest preserved subtropical rain forest. Lamington, a Unesco World Heritage site, includes some species found nowhere else on earth, and is home to the rare Albert’s lyrebird, the large-eared pied bat, underground orchids and platypus. Accommodations: Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. Meals: B, D

Kaleidoscopic Colors

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for individual flights home. Meal: B

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$8,575

$1,820

$700

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Cruise Darwin’s World Aboard the Silver Galapagos The Western Galápagos Islands have inspired visitors since Darwin first visited in the 1830s. On this seven-day journey aboard Silversea’s luxury ship Silver Galapagos, and two nights in Quito, visit the only active volcanoes in the archipelago and see unique species of birds, plants, reptiles and animals that appear only here. With a New York Times expert, learn about the Galápagos’s human history as well. Sailing & Cruises Vessel name Silver Galapagos, Silversea Travelers 100 Places visited Quito (Ecuador), Santiago Island, Fernandina Island, Isabela Island, Floreana Island, San Cristóbal Island Itinerary 10 days, 9 nights

Journey Highlights

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

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Pacific Ocean

4 DAY 3, 10 9

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• Enjoy New York Times exclusives such as lectures, Q&A sessions and panel discussions with Times-selected experts and other onboard experts. • All excursions are accompanied by a Times-selected expert. • Sail the seas and walk the land of Charles Darwin and see many of his discoveries, learning of the unique ecosystem on each island and the conservation challenges each one faces. • Visit one of the most volcanically active places on Earth and walk across spectacular lava fields. • Snorkel with playful penguins and sea lions, and see eagle rays and colorful tropical fish found nowhere else. • See the giant tortoises, hunted almost to extinction, which gave the Galápagos its name, and the largest colony of marine iguanas. • With naturalists and a New York Times journalist to guide you, leave with an unparalleled understanding of this incredible place.

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Featured Experts: Allison Amend July 20 Departure Allison Amend’s latest novel is “Enchanted Islands,” about spies in pre-World War II Galápagos. She is the author of the Independent Publisher’s Award-winning short story collection “Things That Pass for Love,” and a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award. She teaches creative writing.

Annalisa Berta November 9 Departure Annalisa Berta is an evolutionary biologist studying the anatomy and evolution of fossil and marine mammals. She is professor emerita in the department of biology at San Diego State University and a research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian Institution and has published 100 scientific papers and several books. All guests on board will have access to the lectures and seminars delivered by the Times-selected experts who are scheduled to speak during our cruise.

Itinerary DAY 1

Welcome to South America

Arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, about 9,300 feet up and just south of the Equator. In fact, the Spanish word for “equator” is “ecuador.” This city, built on the flanks of a volcano, was founded in the 16th century. Accommodations: JW Marriott Hotel Quito, Meal: None DAY 2

A View of Quito

Explore the historic center of Quito, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the least-altered colonial towns in Latin America. See fine examples of the Baroque school, a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. Accommodations: JW Marriott Hotel Quito, Meal: B

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Cruise Darwin’s World Aboard the Silver Galapagos

DAY 3

Welcome to the Galápagos

Embark the Silver Galapagos at San Cristóbal, meet your expedition team and Times-selected expert, and set sail. In the afternoon, circumnavigate Kicker Rock, the remains of a lava cone, jutting 500 feet from the sea, looking for frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and Nazca boobies. Conditions permitting, observe one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Galápagos. A  ccommodations: Silversea's Silver Galapagos. Meal: D DAY 4

Playful Penguins and Pirates

Explore around Santiago, the fourth-largest island. Off the coast is Bartolomé with its famous Pinnacle Rock; watch for the playful Galápagos penguins on the rocks. On Santiago, walk along Espumilla Beach or, if Espumilla can’t be reached because of weather, visit Buccaneer’s Cove, once a safe harbor for pirates. Accommodations: Silversea's Silver Galapagos. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

Into the Volcano

Isabela is home to five shield volcanoes and one collapsed caldera, where you can snorkel in the cold water. On Fernandina, the youngest island, see the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galápagos, sunning themselves on a black sand beach, and look for the rare, flightless cormorant. Silversea’s Silver Galapagos, Meals: L, R, D aboard ship DAY 6

Mockingbirds and Mangroves

At Tagus Cove on Isabela Island, take a hike, watching for yellow warblers and Galápagos mockingbirds. Snorkel or kayak to see cormorants or the brown noddy. Head to Elizabeth Bay in a Zodiac, seeing the tallest red mangrove trees in the Galápagos. Watch for sea turtles, pelicans, herons, sea lions and penguins. Silversea’s Silver Galapagos, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 7

The Old Post Office and a Green Beach

On Floreana Island, follow the whaler tradition and drop a letter in the barrel at the Old Post Office. At Punta Cormorant, the beach is green-tinged from olivine (a great contrast with the nearby pink flamingos), and at Flour Beach, the white sand is from eroded coral. Silversea’s Silver Galapagos, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 8

Here Be Dragons (and Turtles)

Hike inland on Santa Cruz to Cerro Dragón to see a large population of land iguanas, whose numbers have rebounded thanks to conservation efforts. At Las Bachas, you can swim, see white-cheeked pintail ducks and flamingos at a lagoon behind the beach and look for green turtles — Las Bachas is a major nesting site. Silversea’s Silver Galapagos, M  eals: B, L, D aboard ship

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Saving the Tortoises

Santa Cruz has the largest human settlement and the second-largest wild tortoise population. Visit Los Gemelos, two pit craters in a forest of tall scalesia trees that look like giant daisies. At the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, see the domed tortoises and iconic saddleback tortoises after which the islands were named. Silversea’s Silver Galapagos, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 10

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, disembark Silver Galapagos for your return flight to Guayaquil from Baltra Airport. M  eal: B aboard ship

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Deck Plans

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Dates & Pricing DATES

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JUL 20 – JUL 29, 2017

Explorer Suite Terrace Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Silver Suite

$7,350 $9,150 $9,350 $9,950 $12,050

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Allison Amenda

NOV 9 – NOV 18, 2017

Explorer Suite Terrace Suite Veranda Suite Deluxe Veranda Suite Silver Suite

$7,350 $9,150 $9,350 $9,950 $12,050

$9,188 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Annalisa Berta

Prices listed are per person, double occupancy. Total does not include internal or international air where required. Total includes air to San Cristobal and to Guayaquil from Baltra. $1,000 per person deposit (50% refundable from the time of booking, until 90 days prior). Non-refundable final payment due 120 days prior (non-refundable within 90 days)

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The Amazon and Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil The Pantanal, the largest wetland on the planet and a Unesco World Heritage site, is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. About the size of Georgia, it contains elements of the Amazon rain forest, the Caatinga, the Brazilian savanna, the Atlantic rain forest and the Paraguayan Chaco. On this 11-day active journey, experience the fantastic diversity of this amazing region. Science & Nature Travelers 22 Places visited Transpantaneira Highway, North Pantanal, Southern Amazon Itinerary 11 days, 10 nights

Journey Highlights • Drive the famed Transpantaneira Highway, a game drive in itself. • Stay on a river amid the largest concentration of jaguars in the region. • Travel by boat, car and on foot to see a stunning array of wildlife and plants. • Experience the diverse ecosystems of the North Pantanal and the Southern Amazon. • Stay in eco-conscious lodges with sustainable practices in a delicate balance between tourism and preservation.

Itinerary DAY 1

Arrive in Cuiabá, almost exactly the geographic center of the continent and the jumping-off point for the Pantanal. The capital of Mato Grosso state, Cuiabá is one of the fastest-growing cities in Brazil. A  ccommodations: Hotel Deville. Meal: None

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On the Road in the Pantanal

Drive along the Transpantaneira Highway, crossing more than 100 wooden bridges, to the heart of the Pantanal. This is also a great game drive: Look for caimans, capybaras, giant anteaters, anacondas, jabiru storks, macaws, spoonbills and maybe even jaguars. A  ccommodations: Pantanal Norte Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 3

The Search for Jaguars

Board a boat and, with your naturalist guide, travel the Rio Cuiabá searching for jaguars. Your chances are excellent: The region has the highest density of jaguars in the Pantanal. You also might spot ocelots or giant river otters. If you’re a bird lover, you will be in heaven. A  ccommodations: Pantanal Norte Hotel. Meals: B, L, D

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Cruising the Rio Cuiabá

For a second day, cruise the Rio Cuiabá and its tributaries. Jaguars, the largest of the South American cats, have excellent camouflage in the bush, but love to fish as well, sometimes using their tail as a lure, so the beaches are the best place to spot them. Accommodations: Pantanal Norte Hotel. Meals: B, L, D DAY 5

The North Pantanal

Drive along the Transpantaneira as it awakes. The North Pantanal is slightly higher and drier than farther south, so some of the flora and fauna are different. After dinner, take a night walk or game drive, experiencing the sights and sounds of nocturnal creatures. A  ccommodations: Araras Eco Lodge. Meals: B, L, D DAY 6

Exploring Nature

Set off by Jeep, horse, canoe or walking (depending on the weather) to get close to the diverse flora and fauna of this complex ecosystem. Climb the 82-foot-high Monkey’s Tower at sunset to watch the nightfall and the animal life change, possibly amid the howler monkeys that often come to visit. A  ccommodations: Araras Eco Lodge. Meals: B, L, D DAY 7

Into the Amazon

James Gorman June 1 Departure James Gorman writes about animal behavior, evolution and conservation, and writes and narrates the ScienceTake video series. He has been at the paper as a deputy science editor, outdoors columnist, science columnist and editor of Science Times. He has written seven books.

Mario Cohn-Haft July 31 Departure Mario Cohn-Haft visited Amazonia for the first time at 25, he has lived in Manaus, Brazil, ever since. Mario’s master’s and doctorate degrees and all subsequent studies have focused on Amazonian birds. He is now staff scientist, curator of birds, and member of the graduate faculty in ecology at the Brazilian National Institute for Amazonian Research.

After a sunrise walk and breakfast, drive to Cuiabá, fly to Alta Floresta and take a boat to Cristalino Lodge in the Southern Amazon. The exceptional number of species in this area, even by Amazonian standards, makes this an incredible place to observe birds, DAY 10 Highlands and Orchids mammals, butterflies and orchids. A  ccommodations: Cristalino Lodge. Meals: B, L, D Take a boat to the Serra Trail, beginning in a forest of tall trees and moving to the top of the highlands. Look DAY 8 Into the Canopy for orchids here. Hike Ariosto Island on the River Teles Climb a 150-foot tower into the canopy to look for macaws, parakeets, parrots, Pires, home to parrots, macaws and nesting wood storks. tanagers and monkeys. Hike the easy Taboca Trail through a variety of different Accommodations: Cristalino Lodge. Meals: B, L, D habitats, and the Figueira Trail, where you can see the spectacular roots of a giant fig tree, in a terra firma forest. A  ccommodation Cristalino Lodge. Meals: B, L, D DAY 11 Out of the Forest and Home DAY 9

After breakfast and an early hike, transfer to Alta Floresta Airport and your connecting flights home. M  eals: B, L

A Tree House and Brazil Nuts

Hike to Saleiro House, a rustic tree house in the middle of the reserve. Take a boat upriver and hike the Brazil Nut Trail, where the largest tree is around 500 years old. Canoe your way back downriver, or take the boat. A  ccommodations: Cristalino Lodge. Meals: B, L, D

Dates & Pricing DATES

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$7,995*

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$350

James Gorman

JUL 31 – AUG 10, 2017

$7,995*

$1,300

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Mario Cohn-Haft

Prices listed are per person, double occupancy. Total does not include internal or international air where required. * Including preservation surcharge. If you are interested in a private departure, please contact our call center at 855 698 1456.

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The Galápagos: Evolution in Action Charles Darwin called the Galápagos Islands “a little world within itself.” With just 15 travelers, this intimate 11-day journey lets you explore the world’s most fascinating wildlife destinations while cruising in air-conditioned comfort. Daily nature walks bring you close to dancing bluefooted boobies and prehistoric-looking iguanas; experience creation in progress while walking across bizarre lavascapes created recently. Science & Nature Travelers 15 Vessel name Galaxy Yacht Places visited Quito, Ecuador, Galápagos Islands: Fernandina, Isabela, Rabida, Santa Cruz, Santiago Island, Sombrero Chino Itinerary 11 days, 10 nights

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Welcome to South America

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador, and transfer to the hotel. Meet your fellow passengers and expert and have dinner. Swissôtel, Meal: D DAY 2

See giant tortoises, sea lions, seabirds and iguana that exist nowhere else. Stroll beaches of black or red sand, and on volcanic flows. Snorkel and swim in pristine lagoons and see multicolored fish. On a small ship, experience the islands in ways most visitors cannot. With interpretation from Times experts, gain unique insight into a unique place.

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Historic Quito

Explore the historic center of Quito, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the least-altered colonial towns in Latin America. See fine examples of the Baroque school, a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. Visit Independence Plaza, the government palace, the archbishop’s palace, the cathedral, churches and monasteries. The afternoon is free. Swissôtel, Meals: B, L, D

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Puerto Ayora and Santa Cruz

Fly to Baltra Island, also known as the highlands of South Seymour Island, and your entry to Galápagos National Park. Meet your naturalist guide and transfer to the island of Santa Cruz, the second-largest and most populous island. After lunch, hike the lush highlands, looking for your first glance of giant tortoises. Then, stroll along the main street to Puerto Ayora, the largest settlement in the Galápagos, to the harbor, where you will board the Galaxy. Galaxy Yacht, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 4

Turquoise Water and Giant Tortoises

Featured Expert: Dennis Overbye October 5 Departure Dennis Overbye is the cosmic affairs correspondent for the New York Times, writing about subjects ranging from outer space wedding dresses to the travails of Pluto and the nature of black holes. He is an author and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.

Board pangas, small fishing boats, to explore the turquoise waters of the small bay of Tintoreras on Isabela Island, the largest and youngest in the Galápagos. It’s a perfect spot for snorkeling with sea lions, turtles and iguanas. Later, visit a giant tortoise breeding center with more than 330 tortoises. Galaxy Yacht, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 5

Lava and Penguins

Walk through a series of lagoons on Isabela and see Darwin’s finches and many other birds. Snorkel at Punta Moreno, and see ropelike lava flows. Take a panga to Elizabeth Bay, home to the largest concentration of Galápagos penguins. In a red mangrove lagoon, look for green turtles, rays, pelicans and sharks. Galaxy Yacht, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 6

Iguanas and Pirates

On Fernandina Island, walk on massive slabs of lava at Punta Espinosa, which has the largest concentration of marine iguanas in the archipelago. Sperm whales and dolphins are sometimes spotted nearby. Later, visit Tagus Cove on Isabela and look for the inscriptions left by pirates. Admire the nearly circular Darwin Lake. Galaxy Yacht, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 7

Fur Seals and Giant Trees

On Santiago Island, walk on the black volcanic beach of Puerto Egas (South James Bay), and snorkel among the incredible species, including the fur seals. Later, land at Espumilla Beach, an important nesting site for the East Pacific green sea turtle, and see giant palo santo (holy wood) trees. Galaxy Yacht, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 8

Here Be Dragons

On Santa Cruz Island, visit Cerro Dragon, whose name comes from the large population of land iguanas here. After lunch, take a panga to Black Turtle Cove, a red mangrove lagoon. You can’t walk or snorkel here, but you’re likely to see golden rays, hammerhead and black-tip sharks. Galaxy Yacht, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship

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The Galápagos: Evolution in Action

DAY 9

Deck Plans

Two Small Islands

Visit Rabida, a small, red island near Santiago. The island has some of the archipelago’s rarest bird species in abundance. After lunch, visit Sombrero Chino, a tiny, rarely visited island. Its name, Chinese Hat, describes the island’s shape. Walk along the fragile lava paths to spectacular views of the waves crashing below. Galaxy Yacht, Meals: B, L, D aboard ship DAY 10

Frigates and Boobies

On your last day in the Enchanted Islands, head to North Seymour Island, where you can observe a colony of magnificent frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies. Maybe you’ll spot a huge land iguana, the largest of the Galápagos species. Return to the Galaxy and transfer to the Baltra airport for your commercial flight back to Quito. Swissôtel, Meal: B DAY 11

Homeward Bound

Transfer to the airport for your flights home or onward. Meal: B

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Dates & Pricing DATES

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$6,595 (11-15 guests) $7,095 (8-10 guests)

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OCT 5, 2017 – OCT 15, 2017

$6,595 (11-15 guests) $7,095 (8-10 guests)

$3,000

$545

Dennis Overbye

Upon arrival, $100 must be paid for the Galápagos National Park fee. Quoted tour prices are per person, double occupancy except where indicated and subject to availability. Excludes international air. If you are interested in a private departure, please contact our call center at 855 698 1456.

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The Passions of Argentina: Tango, Food, Politics

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The land of Juan and Eva Perón is one of contrasts: ancient Inca civilizations and sophisticated cities, traditional crafts and foods and modern tango, all along the beautiful Andes range. On this 11-day journey, taste them all, traveling from urban Buenos Aires to a rural working farm. Along the way, learn what makes Argentines so passionate about their nation. History & Context Travelers 20 Places visited Buenos Aires, Cafayate, Cachi, Salta, Itinerary 11 days, 10 nights Price From $7,495 Departures April 9, May 14, Oct. 15, 2017 Operator Mountain Travel Sobek Journey Highlights • Immerse yourself in the lights and shadows of Buenos Aires and

the lives and impact of Juan and Evita Perón. • Take a tango class at a local academy and visit the haunts of the tango king. • See where Argentina’s grapes are grown and taste its wines. • Visit the High Altitude Archaeology Museum, which exhibits the remains of three Inca children sacrificed about 500 years ago. • Stay at a traditional estancia, El Bordo de las Lanzas, still a working ranch. • See the multicolored landscape at the Huamahuaca Canyon, including peaceful villages, old chapels and native markets. Featured Expert: Nell McShane Wulfhart Nell McShane Wulfhart is a journalist based in South America. She travels frequently in Argentina to report on local culture, history, travel highlights, and food and wine. Currently living just across the river in Uruguay, she writes the Carry-On column for The New York Times Travel section and contributes regularly to other national and international publications. She joins our April and May departures.

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Children: Unless otherwise indicated in the Tour description, all Tour passengers must be at least ten (10) years of age. However, some activities contained within an Itinerary may have a different age restriction than the overall minimum age requirement, in which case details will be provided at the time of booking. We reserve the right to marginally exceed the published maximum group size on family Tours to accommodate a family. Suppliers Acts or Omissions: The Operator acts only as an independent contractor to supply or arrange for the travel services named in your Itinerary or otherwise to procure services or goods from third parties such as airlines, hotels and other lodging providers, local hosts, guides, bus lines, car rental companies, driving services, restaurants and providers of entertainment (the “Suppliers”). The Operator and Times Journeys assume no responsibility for any personal injury, property damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission of any of the Suppliers. Conduct During the Tour: You are responsible for respecting the authority and following the directions of the Tour guide and the laws of the countries in your Itinerary during a Tour. We may exclude you from participating in all or any part of the Tour if, in our sole discretion, your condition or behavior renders you unfit for the Tour or unfit for continuation once the Tour has begun. Unfitness may include, without limitation, any behavior that, regardless of its cause, is inappropriate or offensive or interferes with the delivery of Tour services or may constitute a hazard or embarrassment. In such case, our liability shall be strictly limited to refund of the recoverable cost of any unused portion of the Tour. Should you decide for any reason not to participate in certain parts of the Tour or use certain goods included in the Tour, no refunds will be made for those unused parts of the Tour or goods. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from and against any costs, damages, losses or liabilities arising out of (a) the actions or omissions of any minors traveling with you and (b) if you checked the box indicating that you are signing on behalf of yourself and your traveling companions, your companions’ claims that you were not authorized to agree to this Participant Agreement on their behalf. Limitation of Liability and Damages: In no event will we be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damage or any special, punitive, exemplary, direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages of any kind, whether based in contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, that arise out of or are in any way connected with the Tour, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Travel Advisories and Warnings: It is your responsibility to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov or by phone at 888-407-4747. Force Majeure: We assume no responsibility for any personal injury, property damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of any matter beyond our exclusive control, including, but not limited to, a delay or cancellation that causes you to miss all or any portion of the Tour; acts of God, acts of government, war, terrorist acts, riots, disaster, weather extremes or strikes. We have no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of the Suppliers, unsafe conditions, health hazards, weather hazards or climate extremes at locations to which you may travel. You understand that health care standards, facilities and services abroad may be different or even inadequate for treating health conditions. For information concerning possible dangers at foreign destinations, we recommend contacting the Travel Warnings Section of the U.S. State Department at 202-647-5225 or www.travel.state.gov, and click on “Travel Warnings.” For medical information, we recommend contacting the Centers for Disease Control at 877-FYI-TRIP or www.cdc.gov/travel. Assumption of Risks and Release: If you participate in activities during your Tour, certain risks and dangers may arise, including, but not limited to, the risk of accidents in remote places without access to medical facilities, transportation or means of rapid evacuation and assistance; the hazards of traveling in unsafe or politically unstable areas or under unsafe conditions; the dangers of civil disturbances, war, extortion, kidnapping and terrorist activities; dangers and risks inherent in activities in underdeveloped countries; and dangers of local law enforcement activity. You hereby expressly assume all of these risks and dangers, and you hereby expressly agree to forever release, discharge and hold us and our agents, employees, officers and directors harmless against any and all liability, actions, causes of

actions, suits, claims and demands of any and every kind and nature whatsoever, which you now have or which may hereafter arise out of or in connection with your Tour or participation in any activities in which you participate. Arbitration and Waiver of Trial by Jury: You agree to present any claims against us within ninety (90) days after the Tour ends and to file any suit within one (1) year of the incident, and you acknowledge that this expressly limits the applicable statute of limitations to one (1) year. In lieu of litigation and jury trials, each of which is expressly waived, any dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Participation Agreement, the brochure or any other literature concerning your trip or the Tour shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in New York City, New York, according to the then-existing commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceeding will be governed by the substantive law of the State of New York. The arbitrator(s) and not any federal, state or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability or formation of this Participant Agreement, including, but not limited to, any claim that all or any part of this Participant Agreement is void or voidable. General: You hereby consent to our use of pictures or video of you in our marketing materials without compensation. Facsimile or scanned transmission of any signed document shall be deemed delivery of an original. If there are any conflicts between this Participant Agreement and the Itinerary, this Participant Agreement shall apply. We reserve the right to decline to do business with anyone on a nondiscriminatory basis. Active Elements, Medical Conditions and Special Assistance: Some of our Tours incorporate active elements such as hiking, climbing or canoeing; you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the level of activity that will be involved in your Tour. You must disclose in your Participant Information Form (or at such later time when you become aware of such a condition) any existing physical or mental illness, disability, pregnancy or any other condition which may create a health hazard for yourself or others during the Tour, or for which you may require medical attention or special accommodation during the Tour. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but you must notify us at the time of booking for a determination of what assistance we can reasonably provide. We regret that we cannot accommodate you if you have special needs for ordinary daily activities, such as walking and dining. In no instance will our Suppliers or we physically lift or assist you on to or off any vehicles. If we cannot accommodate your special needs, you must be accompanied by a companion who will be responsible for independently providing the needed assistance. We reserve the right to decline acceptance of anyone we consider unsuitable due to fitness level. We also reserve the right to remove you from the Tour, at your own expense, if your condition is such that it could create a hazard to you or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers. Quoted tour prices are per person double occupancy except where indicated and subject to availability. Excludes internal and international air. Programs subject to change. All terms and conditions can be found at nytimes.com/timesjourneys or you can call 855-NYT-7979 and request a copy be sent to you. Abercrombie & Kent CST#2007274-20, Mountain Travel CST#2014882-10, Academic Travel Abroad CST#2059002-40, Insight Cruises CST#206538-40, Judy Perl Worldwide Travel LLC CST# 2122227-40. SUPPLEMENTAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS Binding Arbitration Clause (for Mountain Travel only): I agree that any dispute with Mountain Travel concerning, relating or referring to this contract, the brochure, or any other literature concerning my trip, or the trip itself shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in San Francisco, California, according to the then existing commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceeding will be governed by substantive California law without regard to the California Arbitration Act. The arbitrator(s) and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including, but not limited to, any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable. Times Journeys’ trips to Cuba are permitted under the People-to-People general license category.

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Culture, History and Progress in Morocco

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Cherry Blossom Time in Japan

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22

Elements of Japanese Cuisine: The Food and Producers of Central Japan

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26

Bhutan and Nepal: A Hidden Gem and the Rebuilding of a Jewel

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28

Iran: Tales From Persia

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Saudi Arabia and the Emirates: The Past and Future of Oil

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Kashmir: The Religious Melting Pot of India

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Myanmar: Behind the Headlines

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The ’Stans of Asia: Follow the Silk Route

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Unlocking the Mysteries of Indochina

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The Pacific Theater: World War II in Hawaii and Japan

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conundrum Cruising the Treasures of Southeast Asia

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Idyllic Sri Lanka, India and Arabia

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The Women of Jordan

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Women and Society in India

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A Hike Around Mont Blanc Hiking the Pilgrims’ Footsteps at El Camino de Santiago A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens's London and Paris

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Inside the Edinburgh International Festival

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58

In the Footsteps of Galileo

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85

Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Art and Architecture in Italy

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86

The World’s Finest Orchestras at the Salzburg Festival

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86

Cooking With the Sicilians

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87

Flavors of Provence

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60

On the Trail of Jewish Cooking in France With Joan Nathan

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Andalusia: Confluence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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Chernobyl, 30 Years Later

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64

For the Love of Cars: The 2017 International Geneva Motor Show

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Georgia and Armenia: At the Cusp of Europe and Asia

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Reindeer People of Lapland

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Remembering The Great War (1914–1918)

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88

Russia: Milestones of the Revolution

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70

The Greek Debt Crisis

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HISTORY & CONTEXT POLITICS & PERSPECTIVES

82

Florence, Venice and Rome: The Religious Complexity of Italy

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89 72

The Splintered Pasts of Bosnia and Herzegovina Cruising the History and Beauty of the Baltics

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76

Tulip Time in Holland by Barge

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89

Accelerating Science: Particle Physics at CERN

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80

Greenland Is Melting

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The Canyons of Southwest, in Deep and in Depth Behind the Scenes of New York Theater

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Cuba. The Time Is Now: A People-to-People Experience

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Opera in San Francisco

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109

FOOD & WINE

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96

The American Table: The Hudson Valley

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Legacies of Spanish and Native American Heritages in New Mexico

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Across the Border: U.S. and Mexican Politics The 2016 Presidential Election: Looking Back and Forward Cruising Alaska’s Beauty, History and Culture

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Cuba: History, Culture and Contemporary Life

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106

Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2®

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110

Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons

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Women and Women’s Rights in Cuba

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112

Wild Australia

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OCEANIA

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The Passions of Argentina: Tango, Food and Politics

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Cruise Darwin’s World Aboard the Silver Galapagos

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The Amazon and Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil

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Galápagos: Evolution in Action

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Ken Belson

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Jeanne Pinder, James Brooke

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Harleen Singh

Christopher Wren Jim Dwyer Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

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Rachel Donadio

George Johnson

Holland Cotter, Roberta Smith

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Ray Sokolov

Marjorie Williams, Elaine Sciolino, Helene Cooper

Joan Nathan

George Johnson

James Schembari

Celestine Bohlen

Sarah Lyall

Richard Cohen, Mitchell Yockelson

Celestine Bohlen

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Anemona Hartocollis

Elisabetta Povoledo, Joseph Luzzi, Laurie Goodstein

Chuck Sudetic, Alex Crevar Frank Bruni, Heather Conley, Rene Nyberg, Thom Shanker, Vikas Bajaj

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Marlise Simons

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Andrew Revkin

Jim Robbins Patrick Healy, Scott Heller

Anthony DePalma, Reese Erlich, Maria Newman, Luisita Lopez Torregrosa

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Fred Plotkin

Laura Shaine Cunningham

William deBuys

Alan Riding Carl Hulse Paul Finkelman, Adam Nagourney Steven Lee Myers

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Anthony DePalma, Erica Goode

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Justin Gillis

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Allison Amend, Annalisa Berta

James Gorman, Mario Cohn-Haft Dennis Overbye

Dennis Overbye, Kenneth Chang

Nell McShane Wulfhart

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Raphael Minder

Katie Hafner, Phil Shenon, Fred Brock, Steve Eder, Sam Roberts, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Wendell Jamieson, Scott Shane, Richard Samson, John Vinocur Jim Robbins

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Raymond Wilkinson, James Brooke

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Sewell Chan Christopher Wren, Harleen Singh

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A Hike Around Mont Blanc Hiking the Pilgrims’ Footsteps at El Camino de Santiago The Canyons of Southwest, in Deep and in Depth

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Cherry Blossom Time in Japan A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens's London and Paris Inside the Edinburgh International Festival In the Footsteps of Galileo Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Art and Architecture in Italy The World’s Finest Orchestras at the Salzburg Festival Behind the Scenes of New York Theater Cuba. The Time Is Now: A People-to-People Experience Opera in San Francisco

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Elements of Japanese Cuisine: The Food and Producers of Central Japan Cooking With the Sicilians Flavors of Provence On the Trail of Jewish Cooking in France with Joan Nathan The American Table: The Hudson Valley

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Culture, History and Progress in Morocco Bhutan and Nepal: A Hidden Gem and the Rebuilding of a Jewel Iran: Tales From Persia Saudi Arabia and the Emirates: The Past and Future of Oil Kashmir: The Religious Melting Pot of India Myanmar: Behind the Headlines The ’Stans of Asia: Follow the Silk Route Unlocking the Mysteries of Indochina The Pacific Theater: World War II in Hawaii and Japan Andalusia: Confluence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam Chernobyl, 30 Years Later For the Love of Cars: The 2017 International Geneva Motor Show Georgia and Armenia: At the Cusp of Europe and Asia Reindeer People of Lapland Remembering The Great War (1914–1918) Russia: Milestones of the Revolution The Greek Debt Crisis Florence, Venice and Rome: The Religious Complexity of Italy Legacies of Spanish and Native American Heritages in New Mexico The Passions of Argentina: Tango, Food and Politics

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conundrum The Splintered Pasts of Bosnia and Herzegovina Across the Border: U.S. and Mexican Politics The 2016 Presidential Election: Looking Back and Forward

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Cruising the Treasures of Southeast Asia Idyllic Sri Lanka, India and Arabia

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Cruising the History and Beauty of the Baltics Tulip Time in Holland by Barge Cruising Alaska’s Beauty, History and Culture Cuba: History, Culture & Contemporary Life Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2®

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Cruise Darwin’s World Aboard the Silver Galapagos

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Accelerating Science: Particle Physics at CERN Greenland Is Melting Winter in Yellowstone and the Tetons

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OCEANIA SOUTH AMERICA SOUTH AMERICA

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Wild Australia The Amazon and Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil Galápagos: Evolution in Action

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The Women of Jordan Women and Society in India Women and Women’s Rights in Cuba

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MAR

APR

Christopher Wren Jim Dwyer Jim Robbins Howard French, Norimitsu Onishi Lucinda Dickens Hawksley Rachel Donadio George Johnson Holland Cotter, Roberta Smith To be announced Patrick Healy, Scott Heller Anthony DePalma, Reese Erlich, Maria Newman, Luisita Lopez Torregrosa Fred Plotkin

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Carlotta Gall To be announced Elaine Sciolino, Martin Cohn, Carol Giacomo, John Burns Sewell Chan Christopher Wren, Harleen Singh Ron Nixon Jeanne Pinder, James Brooke Raymond Wilkinson, James Brooke Clyde Haberman Raphael Minder George Johnson James Schembari Celestine Bohlen Sarah Lyall Richard Cohen, Mitchell Yockelson Celestine Bohlen Anemona Hartocollis Elisabetta Povoledo, Joseph Luzzi, Laurie Goodstein William deBuys Nell McShane Wulfhart

Dennis Overbye, Kenneth Chang Andrew Revkin Jim Robbins

JUN

Ken Belson Ray Sokolov Marjorie Williams, Elaine Sciolino, Helene Cooper Joan Nathan Laura Shaine Cunningham

Roger Cohen, Richard Paddock, Gretchen Morgenson Carl Hulse, Warren Hoge, Craig Benjamin, Maureen Dowd, Elisabeth Bumiller Frank Bruni, Heather Conley, Rene Nyberg, Thom Shanker, Vikas Bajaj Marlise Simons Paul Finkelman, Adam Nagourney Steven Lee Myers Anthony DePalma, Erica Goode Katie Hafner, Phil Shenon, Fred Brock, Steve Eder, Sam Roberts, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Wendell Jamieson, Scott Shane, Richard Samson, John Vinocur Allison Amend, Annalisa Berta

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