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TRAVEL CATALOG 2011
16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 92 93 Inside Italy Sailing the Greek Isles Greece to the Dalmatian Coast Turkey: Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast Spain’s Northern Coast by Private Rail Land of the Polar Bears European Odyssey Scotland’s Highlands and Islands Exploring the Baltic’s Historic Waterways Island Odyssey: Azores, Madeira, Canary, and Channel Islands NEW Sicily’s Ancient Treasures
38 40 42 92 92 93 Inside China Mongolia: Land of the Nomad Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds* Journey Through India Tibet and Nepal: Journey to the Highest Himalaya Vietnam and Angkor Wat
58 60 61 62 63 64 Alaska’s Inside Passage Alaska Wildlife Adventure Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks Wildlife of Yellowstone and the Tetons Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks NEW Costa Rica and the Panama Canal*
44 46 48 50 52 54 56 92 93 Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Moroccan Odyssey* On Safari in Tanzania Kenya Photo Safari NEW On Safari in Southern Africa by Private Air Human Origins: South Africa to Tanzania Africa’s Big Cats by Private Air NEW Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda Private Safaris
66 68 70 72 92 Galápagos* Peru: Land of the Inca Amazon River Exploring Patagonia Brazil: Iguaçu Falls and the Pantanal
34 36 Trans-Siberian Rail Journey: Beijing to Moscow NEW Russian River Journey: The Caspian Sea to Moscow NEW
74 76 Journey to Antarctica Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands
* Special photography departures are also available for these expeditions.
Cover: Majestic even in a dusty wind, one of Africa’s threatened big cats strides through the desert scrub.
One of the advantages of traveling with National Geographic is the opportunity to meet our grantees in the field and see firsthand how their work is helping preserve cultures, habitats, and wildlife. This year, we’ve developed an entire itinerary based on one of National Geographic’s most groundbreaking projects yet: the Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a comprehensive program to protect the world’s endangered felines through the support of conservation projects and education. On our new expedition, Africa’s Big Cats by Private Air, travel deep into the African bush to meet with our grantees and learn about their efforts to protect lions, leopards, and cheetahs. Stay at stunning properties at the forefront of the local conservation movement, and head out on daily safaris and bush walks with local guides. It promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the pages of this catalog, you’ll find all sorts of opportunities for meaningful travel experiences such as this. Witness the majesty of Yosemite, join a National Geographic photographer on our new Kenya Photo Safari, or ply Russia’s waterways from the Caspian Sea to Moscow. Head out on a family adventure to Ireland, Greece, or the Galápagos. Board the National Geographic Explorer or one of our other expedition ships, and get up close to remote wildernesses and wildlife from Arctic Norway to Alaska.
78 92 Cruising New Zealand’s North and South Islands New Zealand Adventure
80 82 Around the World by Private Jet Places of a Lifetime by Private Jet
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Alaska Galápagos Tanzania Ireland NEW Tuscany Greece Switzerland Provence
In 2011, we’re thrilled to introduce National Geographic Adventures—a new line of active expeditions that includes climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, hiking to Machu Picchu, and trekking in Bhutan’s Himalaya. See pages 94–95 for more details. Turn to the calendar on page 98 for a full listing of our trips. To reserve your space, call toll-free 1-888-966-8687 or visit our website, www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com. Sincerely,
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who has spent much of her life in the Himalaya. of a puja. His is a rare and intimate view of this fascinating place—a view that all of our travelers to Bhutan have experienced. and until very recently. Boyd tells of a country that treats its cultural heritage as one of its greatest natural resources. capturing images of a lively Moroccan medina alongside a National Geographic photographer. through unparalleled access to monks.Discover the National Geographic Difference In the July 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler. He wrote of monks walking miles to visit our travelers. and villagers. . and explorers. Right: Shadows accentuate the colors and curves of one of Namibia’s spectacular dunes. This is what makes a National Geographic Expedition: a blend of in-depth cultural experiences. veteran explorer and National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson described his recent trip to Bhutan with National Geographic Expeditions. through the insights of our much loved expert Carroll Dunham. or swimming with penguins off of volcanic islands in the Galápagos. and the insights of our scientists. has fended off the advances of the modern world. photographers. Our travelers were invited into farmhouses and introduced to the many generations living inside. treated to yak butter tea by local farmers. we bring you to the heart and soul of a place with people who have studied and lived it— and truly love it. and touched by their time spent with children at a rural school. adventures in incredible lands. in which the group was wished a safe and rich journey and offered prayer flags for the road ahead. An acrobatic sea lion swims in the waters of the Galápagos Islands. Whether you’re ensconced in a Maasai village after a thrilling day on safari. or blessing ceremony. and through an itinerary that balances the natural wonders of the country with its rich cultural heritage and the simple beauty of everyday life. dignitaries. artisans. 4 Above: Young Bhutanese monks spin a prayer wheel.
We take care of the logistics and the details so that you can immerse yourself in the places you are exploring. you’ll qualify for enrollment in our Lifelong Explorer program. Our Loyalty Program Once you’ve traveled on three National Geographic Expeditions. The result: you experience a place through the eyes of someone who knows it intimately. though I cannot imagine how it could top this one!” —Kate Tillery. comfortably Our accommodations are selected for their excellent quality.An expert touch Our experts’ fingerprints are all over our expeditions. Lifelong Explorers are entitled to a host of benefits: • Discounts on all future National Geographic Expeditions • Advance notice of upcoming new trips • Invitations to special expeditions not available to the public • Special offers on select expeditions • Invitations to select National Geographic events and lectures around the country • Special email newsletters exclusively for Lifelong Explorers “The trip to Bhutan was spectacular in every way. 5 . traveler Bhutan expedition To learn more about the Lifelong Explorer program. and I cannot recommend it highly enough to any well-seasoned pilgrim.shopng. or maps about your destination.com—and a free one-year subscription to a National Geographic magazine of your choice.com/lifelongexplorer. So that you can savor these instants and enjoy a place in a way that’s meaningful to you. a classic-train buff. I look forward to my next National Geographic Expedition. visit www. Travel in good company Travel that’s tailored to your interests Our trips span the gamut: whether you’re a budding photographer. Explore the world. articles. an avid birder. Lasting friendships often begin on a National Geographic Expedition. And—best of all—they travel with us. We visit them in the field. and character. Your traveling companions are Society members like you—active. and curious about the world. you’ll find an array of opportunities that fit your passion and interests. We consult them when crafting our itineraries. we’ll send you National Geographic books. engaged. or a parent looking for a great family adventure. location. The beauty of happenstance Some of the best moments in travel occur when you least expect them. You’ll also receive a 20 percent discount on any purchase from our gift catalog or online store—www. Exceptional resources at your fingertips To help you prepare for your trip. we offer options and build free time into our itineraries wherever we can.nationalgeographic expeditions.
We attend a mesmerizing performance by whirling dervishes—and then sit down with one of the dervishes for a conversation about his faith and practice. and know its natural life. and enjoy their insights on their country. Staying in intimate tented camps run in partnership with the local Maasai community. The scientific and educational opportunities were without parallel. We’ll set out on safari away from the crowds.” —Christopher Tam. this expedition has to be ranked one of the best we had. and an economist. and returned to excavate the site with funding from National Geographic. the researchers. Like the National Geographic explorers who have gone before us. And whether it’s tasting wines in Italy. Without a doubt. meeting storytellers. The amenities were first-class. or an artisan at work. for instance. who rediscovered Machu Picchu 100 years ago.Authentic experiences around the world Since our earliest days. we’re bound to pull to a stop when we see something interesting: a family making molasses in their front yard. or enjoying a 16-course feast of dumplings in China. photographers. immerse themselves in a place. visiting age-old villages. We spend time with an archaeologist. we’ll get to know the Maasai and have a rare chance to visit their homes and families. we seek an authentic experience. sampling cheese and chocolate in Switzerland. And at any point in our travels through Turkey. delve into the fabulous wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park. and get immersed in the rollicking Irish culture. In Patagonia. capturing images of wildlife with the guidance of veteran National Geographic photographer Jay Dickman. live its culture. and writers of National Geographic have always gone to great lengths to explore the unknown. We seek new perspectives on legendary sites. “The scenery and wildlife were spectacular. our group is small and agile—limited to just 12 photographers. Take Hiram Bingham. who has lived in the Himalaya for some 25 years. On our family expedition to Ireland. spending three full days exploring on foot and horseback with naturalists. or medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham. we enjoyed the incredibly warm companionship throughout the trip. experiencing the flavors of a place is an integral part of every expedition. Above all. and enjoying the local music and traditional Irish dance. Our expedition to Turkey is a great example. On our new Kenya Photo Safari. settle into beautiful Adare Castle. The same philosophy inspires our trips. traveler Patagonia expedition 6 . an imam. working on projects supported by National Geographic. accommodations that reflect the character of a place. and meaningful encounters with the local people.
In providing authentic travel experiences. 7 . and heritage. and the well-being of its residents. We recognize that travel contributes to the overall human footprint that affects the Earth’s climate.The National Geographic Mission Inspiring People to Care About the Planet National Geographic is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit—its environment. culture. we strive to support local economies in our choice of services. We are identifying ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our travel programs and in many instances are offsetting carbon emissions we cannot eliminate. we believe that the powerful positive effects of sustainable travel go beyond the long-term economic benefits. inspiring passionate stewards committed to protecting the places we visit. At the same time. We have established an advisory board to guide our reduction efforts and our investments in high-quality offset programs—such as those that develop new renewable energy sources.
and indigenous medicinal plants. Now. Carroll is the founder of Wild Earth. and author of three books. archaeologist. His pure enthusiasm infused us. and a photographer who has lived in Alaska for 25 years. pilgrimage. with help from the National Geographic Conservation Trust. a nonprofit publisher devoted to supporting Mongolia’s diverse system of parks and protected areas. Carroll will accompany the March 15 and November 6 departures of Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds. and Russia. and a former member of National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration. When not shooting for National Geographic. Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography.Explore with our experts National Geographic researchers. an organization that works with rural Asian women who create handcrafted products to generate income. and the Falklands with Michael in February 2012. He is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University. he co-founded Conservation Ink. He has lived with Navajo Indians in the American Southwest as well as the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic. most recently An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks. Bryce. PBS. Kim Heacox is an awardwinning writer.” Jeremy will accompany the July 1 departure of Mongolia: Land of the Nomad. She has written four books and produced films for National Geographic. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau set out on her first exploration at the age of four months. she is passionate about sacred geography. and photographer Jeremy Schmidt has developed a strong relationship with Mongolia since 1993 when an assignment took him to the Sayan Mountains in search of the last reindeer nomads. a naturalist. Granddaughter of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. and the BBC. Kim will lead the July 10 and 17 departures of Alaska’s Inside Passage. An anthropologist. Conservation biologist Stuart Pimm is a member of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative Grant Committee. writers. Said one traveler. We’d like to introduce you to a few of them. he has worked throughout Africa. Scott received a Society grant to search for and document Native American cave paintings. Stuart researches how to prevent species extinction and spends several months in Africa each year. Photograph Antarctica. explorers. focusing on indigenous healing traditions. including National Geographic magazine. Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has covered events as diverse as the war in El Salvador and the Olympics for numerous publications. and Forbes. and photographers have brought the world to our members for more than a hundred years. She spent two years in Central America working with local environmental groups on marine resource management with a focus on shark fisheries. 8 . His assignments have taken him to Greece. Scott Thybony has written widely about the Southwest. He has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler. Life. and wilderness guide. biologist. An expert in Himalayan cultures. and sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of the digital medium. winner of the 2006 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences. He has written four books for National Geographic. photographing everything from witch doctors in South Africa to the dunes and wildlife of Namibia. Scott will accompany the June 18 and September 10 departures of the Grand Canyon. Alexandra’s specialty as a conservationist is engaging local populations in preserving their natural resources. and Zion National Parks expeditions. our experts bring you to the planet’s most intriguing places to share their passion and their insiders’ perspectives. “It was an honor to just spend time with him and learn from his expertise. Medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for the past 25 years. including eight covers. Kim is also the author of Alaska Light and the memoir The Only Kayak: A Journey Into the Heart of Alaska. He will join the August 14 departure of Africa’s Big Cats by Private Air. South Georgia. Head out on a photo safari with Jay on our July 21 and August 1 departures to Kenya. and from North America’s parklands to the ice floes of Antarctica. National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced eight National Geographic books and more than 30 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. including the National Geographic book Canyon Country Parklands: Treasures of the Great Plateau. Discover the marine life of the Galápagos Islands with her on the June 3 and 10 departures. A popular instructor and expedition leader. Writer. Condé Nast Traveler. His photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine. In 2000. Israel. Time. Growing up traveling the globe fed her passion for adventure and taught her firsthand the value of conservation. In 2002.
and Zion expedition 9 .Jeremy Schmidt Stuart Pimm Alexandra Cousteau Scott Thybony Michael Melford Jay Dickman Kim Heacox Carroll Dunham “Scott Thybony’s knowledge of the area was immense and his stories really added dimension to our trip. travelers Grand Canyon. Bryce. We could listen to his stories and talks about the area for hours.” —– George and Susan Then.
Travel with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions aboard the National Geographic fleet. marine biologists. National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions share a passion for adventure. discovery. and travel by Zodiac to remote islands. you travel in the company of National Geographic and Lindblad experts— photographers. we bring you to the planet’s most fascinating places on board our fleet of small expedition ships. Zodiac. And we use cutting-edge technology such as underwater cameras to bring you closer to wildlife and the wild places you explore by kayak. There’s a reason why adventures on our small ships are expeditions and not cruises. and snorkel. Together. historians. and archaeologists— who are passionate about the places you encounter. As pioneers in exploration and travel. Our nimble ships can navigate Norway’s narrow fjords and slip into small harbors from the Greek Isles to Alaska. venture into pristine wildernesses. and conservation. 10 . When you board one of our ships. You discover places you can’t reach by road.
sea lions. Here are a few of the videos currently on our website: Alaska’s Inside Passage Whales breach and glaciers calve with a gigantic splash next to ecstatic guests. and my wife as well. On my recent expedition to the islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. 11 . you’re standing mere inches from blue-footed boobies. joined our Galápagos expedition in October. and penguins. and explore remote bays by Zodiac. To give you a taste of what it’s like to travel on the National Geographic fleet. and walruses surface alongside Zodiacs in the Arctic. and sea lions. we snorkeled at the foot of soaring cliffs on the north end of Isla Isabela. and kayak through the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. and dozens and dozens of sea turtles. The Galápagos Islands are one of those rare places where you encounter magic every day. Journey to Antarctica Kayak among icebergs and penguins. we hiked to Pinnacle Beach on Isla Bartolomé. From kayaking among glaciers in Antarctica to swimming with twirling sea lions in the Galápagos. watching them flap those turquoise feet in the air in hopes of drawing a mate. Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Journey to tropical rain forests teeming with wildlife including sloths and colorful birds. he shared some of his favorite moments with us. We were suddenly snorkeling with large schools of fish. with these large turtles acting like we weren’t even there. We donned our snorkeling gear and swam straight from the beach into an unbelievable world of wildlife. we have posted short video clips from recent voyages on our new video page at www. It was incredible to get in the water in such a beautiful setting with so many different creatures. Chairman and CEO of the National Geographic Society.nationalgeographicexpeditions. Baja California and the Sea of Cortez Spot gray whales. Just back from his trip. marine iguanas paddling along the rocks in search of algae. At one point. you’re walking among dozens of massive. On our next to last day. just two meters directly below me. They look intimidating. Galápagos Watch sea lions loop around snorkelers and blue-footed boobies strut down the beach.nationalgeographicexpeditions. dolphins. Catch a glimpse of life on expedition on our new video page. was a white-tipped reef shark. Check out www. One day. You couldn’t get out of their way! I have always loved being in the water. the next. There were penguins darting around in the water with us. It’s a spectacularly beautiful spot—a pristine curve of sand accentuated by a boulder so tall and sharp it looks like a natural obelisk. these videos will pull you into a world where incredible wildlife encounters and rare cultural experiences happen every day. some of the greatest moments of all took place in the water. but you don’t have to worry about them. See page 66 for our Galápagos expedition itinerary.com/video. Land of the Polar Bears Polar bears lumber up to the side of the ship. going about their business and letting us go about ours. prehistoric-looking wild tortoises. snorkeling in the Galápagos was one of the best experiences of our lives.com/video for a clip about John Fahey’s experience on board. Our naturalists said it was one of the best days they’d had for sea turtle sightings. There we were in their home. A few days earlier. and for me.Field Notes John Fahey.
National Geographic Explorer:
A world-class expedition ship
The word “expedition” invokes images and sounds of places that are rarely experienced: the crackle of ice in the Arctic as a polar bear stretches out on an aqua-colored iceberg, the splash of a waterfall through a lush valley in the Azores, or the chorus of more than 100,000 king penguins marching along the beaches of South Georgia under a golden sunrise.
The National Geographic Explorer is one of the only expedition ships that can bring you to each of these places—and many more—on a wide array of voyages spanning the globe. Zodiacs, underwater cameras, and a remotely operated vehicle that can explore and film the ocean at depths up to 1,000 feet, are just a few of the features that make this ship one of a kind. After a day of discovery, unwind with a massage in the onboard spa, and enjoy a good night’s rest in one of our comfortable cabins, some with balconies and each fitted with feather duvets and flat-screen TVs. All meals are made from fresh, local ingredients and while dinner is served in the dining room surrounded by windows that capture the ever changing landscapes, breakfast and lunch are buffet-style and you can choose to dine in the more intimate Bistro Bar. You’ll discover some of the planet’s most remote treasures while enjoying a first-rate experience on board. We invite you to join us as we explore the world in style.
Meet global luminaries on the
National Geographic Explorer
In addition to our signature team of experts and a National Geographic photographer on each departure, we have arranged for world-renowned journalists, explorers, and political leaders to join many of our expeditions. Traveling on the National Geographic Explorer in 2011 you may find yourself discussing the day’s encounters with these luminaries while sipping a cup of coffee on the sundeck or over dinner in the dining room.
Visit our website to see more luminaries and experts traveling on the National Geographic Explorer as well as on other voyages aboard the National Geographic fleet.
A senior host of NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered, Robert Siegel has reported from all over Western and Eastern Europe. He has also anchored Talk of the Nation, NPR’s nationwide live call-in program. During his tenure as director of the News and Information department, NPR launched its popular Saturday and Sunday newsmagazine Weekend Edition. Robert will join our European Odyssey expedition on September 19.
Modern-day explorer and expedition guide Eric Larsen and his team recently embarked on the Save the Poles expedition, traveling to the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Everest—all in one year—in an attempt to document the effects of climate change and promote global awareness of the issue. Eric is now one of only a few Americans to have skied to both the North and South Poles. He will join the July 7 and 14 Land of the Polar Bears departures.
When Peter Hillary first climbed Mount Everest in 1990, he and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary—who made the first ascent in 1953— became the first father and son to reach the summit. He reached the summit again in 2002 on a National Geographic–sponsored ascent later featured in the film Surviving Everest. Peter has completed 40 mountaineering expeditions. He will join the February 4, 2012 departure of Journey to Antarctica.
Gilbert M. Grosvenor
Gil Grosvenor has served National Geographic since 1954, first as a writer and photographer, then as the editor of National Geographic magazine, president of the Society, and, until 2010, as chairman of the board. Gil was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. He was the fifth generation of his family to serve as National Geographic president—his great-grandfather, Alexander Graham Bell, was the Society’s second president. Gil will join the June 9 Land of the Polar Bears voyage. Lech Walesa, former President of Poland, and Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union, will join us for specially arranged visits on the August 28 and September 5 departures of Exploring the Baltic’s Historic Waterways.
Special offers on our small ship expeditions
Book one of the small ship expeditions listed below by March 31, 2011 and receive savings ranging from complimentary airfare* to as much as $2,000 per person off the expedition cost. Offers are for new bookings, vary based on destination and departure date, and are subject to availability. Please refer to the indicated itinerary pages or our website for details.
Land of the Polar Bears (See page 26.) European Odyssey (See page 28.) Exploring the Baltic’s Historic Waterways (See page 32.) Alaska’s Inside Passage (See page 58.) Costa Rica and the Panama Canal (See page 64.)
* Complimentary airfare is subject to availability and must be booked through Lindblad Expeditions.
Galápagos (See page 66.) Journey to Antarctica (See page 74.) Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands (See page 76.) Island Odyssey: Azores, Madeira, Canary, and Channel Islands (See website.)
Travel with some of the
best photographers in the world.
For more than a century, readers have thumbed through the pages of our magazines and felt inspired by some of the best photography in the world. Now, we invite you into the field to hone your skills alongside our top photographers.
Whether you join a photography workshop, head out on the road on a photography expedition, or learn from a photo instructor aboard our fleet, you’ll improve your photography techniques as you experience extraordinary places.
Our workshops offer in-depth photography instruction with guidance, critique sessions, and photo assignments in the field built into each day’s schedule. Our weekend workshops are based in photogenic places such as New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, Miami, and Washington, D.C., and are led by renowned photographers such as Bob Sacha and Catherine Karnow. For a listing of all of our workshops, see pages 84–85.
below for more information on these photography expeditions: • Bhutan, page 43 • Morocco, page 47 • Kenya, page 50 • Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, page 65 • Galápagos, page 67 • Alaska and the San Juan Islands; see our website
On our photography expeditions, you’ll take your camera on the road, experiencing fantastic spots through your viewfinder alongside a National Geographic photographer. Designed for photographers of all levels, these trips adapt the itineraries of our regular trips to make the most of photographic opportunities so that you can capture images of the place we’re visiting in the best light. As you travel, you’ll learn tips and techniques from photographers who are passionate about travel and their trade. See the pages indicated
Photo experts on board our small ships
Beginning this year, on all of our small ship journeys aboard the National Geographic fleet, you’ll be joined by a photo instructor who has completed a training program developed by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. The instructor will be on hand to help you improve your photography skills, and to provide assistance in using your camera equipment. In addition to the photo instructor, a veteran National Geographic photographer accompanies every departure on board the National Geographic Explorer.
Richard Renn Albuquerque. 15 2011 Call for Entries . GRAND PRIZE Bird’s Eye View This blue-footed booby was spotted sleeping on the trail on Isla Española. We’re now accepting entries for our 2011 contest—see details below. 2011. For contest rules and more information or to enter. From the deserts of India to the ice floes of Antarctica. NM Galápagos expedition HONORABLE MENTION Early morning at the Pushkar Camel Fair (left) Fred Littooy Chicago. visit www.com. 2010. MD Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds expedition Announcing our 2011 Photography Contest Grand Prize: A trip for two on our Bhutan Photography Expedition Send us your favorite shots from a National Geographic Expedition or a National Geographic/Lindblad Expedition you have registered for or traveled on before December 31. The grand-prize winner received a trip for two on our Land of the Polar Bears expedition. our travelers captured the spirit and magnificence of the places they explored on expedition with us. All entries must be received by July 1. IL India Photography Expedition HONORABLE MENTION Let Innocence Flow (right) Eric Kruszewski Reisterstown. and once again we were thrilled by the scope and quality of the photos we received. and read the stories behind the shots on our blog. the bird opened its eye for a great shot. When I approached to take the picture.nationalgeographicexpeditions.2010 Photography Contest Winners Our 2010 Expedition Moments Photo Contest drew hundreds of entries. Take a look at all the finalists on our website. while two honorable mentions each received a $500 credit toward a future National Geographic Expedition.
Right: Charming courtyards and leafy parklands lie within the walls of Castello di Gargonza. Follow the trail as it winds along the hillside to Riomaggiore. vinecovered hills to Manarolo. and enjoy an evening on your own. and settle into a restored medieval castle to discover traditional Tuscany. he has spent many years living in and writing about the country. two articles for National Geographic Traveler. . Travel through steep. • Gaze at Michelangelo’s astonishing Sistine Chapel frescoes on an after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums. • Discover the town of Lucca on foot or ride a bike atop its medieval city walls. Enjoy lunch on your own in Vernazza—a village open to pedestrians only. Delve into the cultural centers of Florence and Siena. In Riomaggiore. explore the Carrara quarries where Michelangelo chose his marble. Arrive in Florence. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Walk through terraced vineyards and charming seaside villages tucked into the dramatic slopes of Cinque Terre. and learn about the history and geologic features of this region from our guide. including 15 books. Here. and set out along a coastal walking path that links the villages. 11 days • 2011: April 19–29 • May 11–21 • August 31–September 10 September 14–24 • October 12–22 Expert TIM JEPSON ITINERARY Days 1 and 2 U. Walk between the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre.S. walls of shining white marble soar skyward. Italy/Portovenere Writer Tim Jepson is a passionate and lifelong devotee of Italy. take an optional vigorous hike or return to Portovenere for time at leisure. art. and culture of the region. board a local Begin the day in Carrara. A keen hiker.EUROPE Inside Italy Immerse yourself in the lively rhythms of life in Italy on an unforgettable journey to some of its lesser known treasures. D) Day 4 Carrara/Lucca/Florence Nestled in the folds of a rugged coastline. the five pastel-hued villages of Cinque Terre tumble picturesquely from the rocky cliffs to the sea. Grand Hotel Portovenere (D) Day 3 Cinque Terre ferry and cruise north to Vernazza to take in the stunning coastline from a different perspective. home to the marble quarries where Michelangelo selected the massive blocks that he transformed into masterpieces. Tim has also worked on programs about Italy for the BBC and commercial television. Tim also takes pleasure in studying the food. Ride a bicycle atop the city walls or take advantage of free time to explore the town. wine. Hotel Brunelleschi (B) 16 Above: Tucked into a cove along the Cinque Terre coastline. Since graduating from Oxford. This afternoon. Drive to the charming town of Portovenere on Italy’s Ligurian coast and check into our hotel. Continue to the lovely walled city of Lucca and set out on a walking tour highlighting its Romanesque churches. (B. and step behind the scenes on an insider’s tour of Rome. Tim will accompany all departures. offering incomparable views. • Stay in a private 13th-century castle in Tuscany while exploring the surrounding towns. Take a stroll through town before our welcome reception and dinner. and five National Geographic guidebooks to Italy’s cities and regions./Pisa. Depart for Pisa and arrive the next morning. cut out of the mountains and accessible only by narrow switchbacks. the hamlet of Vernazza embraces a tiny harbor.
and enjoy the swimming pool. D) Day 6 Florence/Gargonza A short drive brings us to the Tuscan gem of Siena. the parish church of the Medici family—Michelangelo’s patrons—to view the Medici Tombs and the Chapel of the Princes. the Palazzo Pubblico.Visit the renowned Badia a Coltibuono vineyard and fortified former abbey for a wine tasting and lunch. See our website for a detailed itinerary. D) Day 9 Pienza/Rome Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums after hours and examine the masterpieces without the crowds.995 Price is per person. marble-clad cathedral. Peter’s Basilica. you may join the castle’s chef for a cooking lesson and a tasting of several fine local vintages. Stroll through narrow streets past the fortified houses and towers that marked the medieval town. a medieval hamlet superbly situated in the Tuscan countryside. including Raphael.com 17 . Drive through gorgeous scenery on the way to Pienza. the political center of the city since the Middle Ages. (B. settle into the private 13th-century castle of Count and Countess Guicciardini —our home for the next three nights.S. and the colorful. Day 5 Florence Take a morning walking tour of the historic center of Florence. and the Trevi Fountain. an architectural treasure trove. L. or try your hand at a game of bocce. Take the rest of the day to read. Optional Rome and Venice Extension: $1. (B. For a single room.nationalgeographicexpeditions. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Venture into the Tuscan countryside on a morning hike through the scenic landscape around the castle. Our specially arranged visit culminates in the breathtaking. Reserve online at www. During a free afternoon at the castle. arriving in the afternoon. stopping to explore one of its charming villages. stroll through the ancient Forum and the Colosseum.490. Soak up the medieval flavor of the city on a walking tour that includes the Piazza del Campo. and Bernini. relax. and emerge onto the open Piazza della Signoria. Grand Hotel de la Minerve (B. This afternoon. tucked into an olive grove with a glorious view. add $1. Then travel by high-speed train to Venice. Stop for lunch on your own in one of Siena’s many trattorias. Then encounter Michelangelo’s peerless “David” and the evocative “Prisoners” at the Accademia. Toast your journey at a grand Roman farewell dinner tonight. take a cruise along the famed canals. discover the city’s beginnings as a Roman settlement. and spend the afternoon exploring at leisure. the Pantheon. Continue to Rome. INFORMATION Travel south into the Chianti region. stroll the gardens. Economy airfare from New York to Pisa and return from Rome is $935 (subject to change). double occupancy. Examine masterpieces in an exquisite setting at the private estate of the Villa Borghese. fully restored Sistine Chapel. add $590. (B. Michelangelo. and explore the city’s stunning sights on a walking tour. the Baroque Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most majestic. Then continue to Gargonza. (B) OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION Rome and Venice 2011: April 29–May 2 • May 21–24 September 10–13 • September 24–27 October 22–25 Spend an additional night in Rome and delve into the city’s artistic treasures. Within its walls are the priceless works of Renaissance and Baroque masters. relax by the pool. Visit a gondola workshop. Stroll through the heart of the town before sampling local specialties such as pici (hand-rolled pasta) and fresh pecorino cheese. Later. L) Expedition Cost: $5. After lunch on your own. In Piazza della Repubblica. visit the Piazza Navona. D) Day 7 Siena The centerpiece of a small piazza. Visit San Lorenzo. Head into Vatican City to visit massive St. Castello di Gargonza (B.990 Price is per person. L. For a single room. D) Day 11 Rome/U. D) Day 8 Tuscan Countryside Day 10 Rome On a morning walking tour. Immerse yourself in the world of Michelangelo this afternoon. double occupancy.
She has traveled extensively in Greece and studied its fascinating sites. burying what might have been the civilization of Atlantis. Ride a donkey or a cable car down the cliff side back to the Panorama. D) Incomparable Santoríni is an island archipelago formed from a single volcanic cone that erupted in the second millennium B. D) 18 Above: Cobalt domes set off the bright whitewash of a hilltop church in Santoríni.EUROPE Sailing the Greek Isles Sprinkled across the Aegean Sea and steeped in ancient mythology. Sífnos features lovely Cycladic harbor villages tucked within its rocky coast. Here. After lunch. fishing boats cast colorful reflections in azure waters. Spend the afternoon exploring the island or relaxing on the beach. Distinguished for its pottery and rugged beauty. Board the intimate S. ITINERARY Day 4 At Sea/Folégandros Along with a diverse team of experts. Greece/ Piraeus/Cape Soúnion Depart on an overnight flight to Athens. birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Catch the sunset on the Temple of Poseidon. L. Stella is a scholar of the history and culture of Greece. the Cyclades are the essence of the Greek Isles. Stella Galani will join the June 1 and 8 departures. sail to lovely Folégandros and dock for the night.. L. Panorama and voyage to Santoríni and Míkonos.V. (B. L. (B. Here. Sail into the caldera. the more rugged Náxos. Ía affords unrivaled views of the caldera below. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the city before transferring to Piraeus and settling into the Panorama.C. . Stella looks forward to bringing the ancient ruins and civilizations of her country— as well as its modern culture—to life. stopping for a swim before we dock at Sífnos. (B. Expedition Team STELLA GALANI 9 days • 2011: May 5–13 • June 1–9 • June 8–16 • June 15–23 September 1–9 • September 28–October 6 See page 90 for our Greece Family Adventure. Panorama (L. Days 1 and 2 U. After lunch. whitewashed villages cascade down lavender-dusted slopes. S. perched high above on cliffs overlooking the cape. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. explore the main town of Thíra. D) Day 3 At Sea/Sífnos Cruise by the seldom visited island group around Mílos.V. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the magnificent ruins in the ancient sanctuary of Delos. Set high on a cliff. • Delve into the classical wonders of Athens on an optional pre-trip extension. stopping for a late morning swim at an isolated beach. set out for the Cyclades./Athens. • Ride a donkey or cable car down a cliffside to the harbor on beautiful Santoríni. A native of Athens. and the mystical isle of Delos. After a few hours at sea.S. • Soak up the lively contemporary culture of age-old Cycladic villages on the jewel-like isle of Sífnos. D) Day 5 Santoríni This morning. See our website for experts on other departures. and drive through windswept vineyards to the beautiful town of Ía. She earned a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from SUNY Albany and is completing her PhD at University College in London. and craggy headlands are punctuated by ancient ruins. drop anchor in Cape Soúnion and take a late afternoon swim. relax at a waterfront taverna or stroll through the whitewashed cliff-top town of Hora.
Spend the morning exploring the islet’s incredible ruins. Small landing craft provide the opportunity to access remote ports of call and isolated beaches. finding isolated coves and hidden seaside hamlets.S.290 $6. Return to the main port for lunch on board or in town. (B) Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $6. explore the sites of the ancient Minoans. god of healing. renowned in mythology as the island where Theseus abandoned Ariadne after she told him the secrets of the Cretan labyrinth. D) Day 9 Piraeus/Athens/U. D) Day 8 Delos/At Sea Sept.000 years ago. and take a swim at the The tiny archaeological gem of Delos is the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis. three-masted Panorama. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 19 . one of the island’s oldest villages. Náxos was also a center of Cycladic art.920 Price is per person. For a single room. which blossomed 5. Marten Deck About the S. 9–12 On a four-day post-trip extension to the island of Crete. add $260. 2011: May 3–6 • May 30–June 2 • June 6–9 June 13–16 • August 30–Sept. The flight between Athens and Crete is not included and is estimated at $290. and individually controlled air-conditioning. a radio.OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXTENSION Athens. Newly updated in 2010. double occupancy. (B. We will primarily use motor power to cruise. and we explore the islands. For a single cabin. and guests may swim directly from the yacht’s stern when the weather permits. Prices are per person. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Athens is $850 (subject to change). (B. a library. reason. a mini-refrigerator. where houses are built of local stone and narrow. stay in the heart of the picturesque Plaka district. Explore the Acropolis. double occupancy. Panorama (pictured left) accommodates just 44 guests. sloping streets are paved in marble and lined with charming tavernas. Optional Athens Extension: $1. Optional Crete Extension: $1. Drive to Apíranthos. L. (B. Marten Deck CATEGORY 2 Located on the St. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost.600 in Category 1 and $1.V.V. and enjoy a traditional meal in a local home. Greece 2011: June 9–12 • June 23–26 • Sept. INFORMATION Fertile Náxos is the largest of the Cyclades. but we have built in several opportunities to sail. The Panorama is furnished with inflatable kayaks and snorkeling gear. and teakwood decks. double occupancy. 2 Day 6 Exploring the Cyclades Today we adapt to the wind and sea conditions and follow our sense of curiosity and adventure. add $1. and light. L. stroll through picturesque seaside villages. For a single room. and the outstanding new Acropolis Museum.950 Located on the St. add $160. the Panorama’s public areas include a lounge. Cabins are small (125–145 square feet) and include a private bathroom.390 Price is per person. a bar. These are home waters for the Panorama and her crew.490 $7. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary. Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary. 26–29 On a three-day pre-trip extension to Athens. Enjoy a final afternoon at sea as we make our way back to Athens. D) Day 7 Náxos/Míkonos adjacent beach. CATEGORY 3 Located on the Santoríni Deck CATEGORY 4 Located on the Riviera Deck See deck plan on page 96. Greece Take to the blue waters of the Aegean aboard the intimate. including the Avenue of the Lions and the exquisite Sanctuary of Apollo. the Parthenon. and visit the ancient Agora. multiple exterior sitting areas. L. goddess of animals and the hunt. visit the palaces of King Minos and his successors. Cruise north to Míkonos and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to wander amid windmills and whitewashed architecture. Panorama The three-masted motor yacht S.740 in Category 2.950 $7. and Apollo. OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION Crete. or soak up the atmosphere along the lively waterfront.
and languages of the Dalmatian coast. D) Cut off from the world for 50 years by its Stalinist dictator. cultures. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Encounter ancient ruins at Delphi and charming Ionian villages on the Greek isle of Ithaca. Byzantines. cruise into one of Ithaca’s delightful bays for a swim. dating from the fourth century B.EUROPE Greece to the Dalmatian Coast Romans. (B. Her courses on Balkan history focus on the emergence of distinct national identities following a century of ethnic and political conflict. Drive around the island to view the sights that some claim link the island to Homer’s Ithaca. a tiny islet formed from sunken fishing boats. Expedition Team GRACE FIELDER 12 days • 2011: May 12–23 • May 22–June 2* • September 8–19 September 18–29* ITINERARY Day 4 Ithaca Days 1 and 2 U. D) Day 5 Sarandë and Butrint. In the afternoon. Grace has studied the local lore. stopping along the way for a swim. Venetians. Panorama will be our home as we explore ancient ruins and medieval cities from Delphi to Dubrovnik and discover the remarkable sights of Albania. • Explore Albania’s historic town of Butrint. D) * These departures follow the itinerary shown above but in the reverse order. and landscapes.000seat amphitheater.S. L. and its treasures are still little known.C. L. medieval battlements still encircle Dubrovnik. culture. 20 . • Spend a day meandering along the marble-paved lanes and ramparts of glorious Dubrovnik. (B. cut off from the modern world for decades. music. and 20th-century armies have left enduring imprints on the beautiful shores of the Adriatic Sea. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. Venture into the ancient city of Butrint. Panorama (D) Day 3 Delphi/At Sea Discover gemlike Ionian villages nestled along the coast of Ithaca today. arriving the next morning. a UNESCO World Heritage site long off-limits to the outside world. and has even moonlighted as a lavender harvester on the island of Hvar.V. With its Hellenic theater. L. Albania is now feeling its way into the 21st century. a UNESCO World Heritage site. • Skim across Montenegro’s stunning Gulf of Kotor to Our Lady of the Rocks. S./Athens. pass between dramatically lit cliffs on the narrow Corinth Canal. and Venetian towers. After dinner. Sail west this afternoon. Greece/Piraeus Along with a diverse team of experts. Then visit the Sanctuaries of Athena Pronaia and Apollo. Goths. Return to Sarandë and experience its intriguing blend of religions. Depart on an overnight flight to Athens. historian Grace Fielder will accompany all departures. Above: Built to defend against enemies approaching by water. Enjoy time to explore the city on your own before transferring to Piraeus to board the Panorama. and cuisine of this region.V. (B. home of the sacred Delphic oracle. and stroll along the Sacred Way to the Treasury of the Athenians and the 5. Grace is an expert on the history. this lovely lakeside city tells the tale of the many civilizations that have passed through it. Albania Explore the incredible ruins of Delphi. Byzantine basilica. The three-masted S. She holds a PhD from UCLA and is a professor of Balkan and South Slavic linguistics at the University of Arizona. Ottomans.
730 $11.nationalgeographicexpeditions. D) ˘ Day 10 Sibenik/Krka National Park Day 6 Tirana Dock in the port of Durrës. On a morning walk.200 (subject to change). This afternoon. the islet was created by fishermen sinking their rowboats with rocks. and see the house believed by some to be Marco Polo’s birthplace. with visits to Split. D) Day 9 Kor˘ cula The elegant Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia graces the rugged landscape at Delphi. in the heart of the city. enjoy dinner on board the Panorama.390 $9. Continue to the contemporary capital. hike up to the citadel. and drive to the old capital of Krujë for a visit to the Ethnographic Museum and market street. (B) Note: Add a three-day extension in Athens (see page 19) or a three-day extension exploring more of Croatia. L. Then head into the countryside to explore the pristine waterfalls and wildflower-strewn trails of Krka National Park. L. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. and Mostar. Take a morning walking tour inside the delightful walled city to the 15th-century Franciscan monastery. Tirana.” Regarded as one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world. wander along Kor˘ cula’s lovely waterfront. double occupancy. one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the Balkans. Tonight. (B. Anchor just outside its walls and step into the heart of the old town. Steeped in lore despite its tiny size. a UNESCO World Heritage site.190 Located on the St. Visit the 14th-century Franciscan monastery and the Rector’s Palace. D) Day 12 Dubrovnik/U. For a single cabin. or Our Lady of the islet of Gospa od S the Rocks. Hvar was the region’s most prosperous center.S.com 21 . add $2. James. Marten Deck CATEGORY 2 Located on the St. Visit the town’s sights. Stroll through Skanderbeg Square. During an afternoon at leisure. Then enjoy a traditional Albanian lunch accompanied by music and dancing before returning to the ship. or you may opt to try out a restaurant onshore. Spend today in the city Lord Byron called the “pearl of the Adriatic. L. (B. (B. Skiffs float in the shallows off a harbor in Montenegro. and stroll through marble-paved squares.410 in Category 2. watch a traditional More˘ ska sword dance. L.UNESCO World Heritage site.840 $10. (B.430 in Category 1 and $2. L. Visit our website or call for details. Prices are per person. D) Day 7 Perast and Kotor. Enjoy time at leisure to get to know the town on your own. Dock along the 13th-century walls of the island port of Kor˘ cula. Trogir. a narrow waterway backed by soaring mountains. (B. walk the ramparts and explore magical Dubrovnik at your own pace. D) Day 11 Hvar Sail into Montenegro via the magnificent Gulf of Kotor. Dubrovnik’s entire old city is now a Reserve online at www. Located on the Riviera Deck See Panorama photo and description on page 19 and deck plan on page 96. Marten Deck CATEGORY 3 Located on the Santoríni Deck CATEGORY 4 Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight. This afternoon. stop at the Cathedral of St. Croatia At the height of Venetian rule. to see its remarkable frieze sculpted with 71 faces. (B. Later. and if you choose. Visit the arsenal and Croatia’s oldest active theater. Montenegro The Panorama slips through a narrow passage to reach the port town of ˘ Sibenik. walk along the cobblestoned streets of medieval Kotor. Stop in at the historic town of Perast before taking a local boat to ˘krpjela. scattered with the vestiges of one of the longest dictatorships in Eastern Europe. Economy airfare from New York to Athens and return from Dubrovnik is $1. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $8. L. D) Day 8 Dubrovnik.
After lunch at a local restaurant. also known as the Sunken Palace. After time to get settled this afternoon. filmmaker. picturesque villages. beneath the minarets and buttresses added by the Ottomans. an important water source during the Byzantine era. Our journey begins in enchanting Istanbul. Continue to the Hippodrome. L. the opulent residence of Ottoman sultans for four centuries. • Sail the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea aboard a private gulet. Byzantine. the site of coronations and chariot races. (B.S. and a unique cultural legacy shaped by the Roman. stroll through ancient Ephesus. Here./Istanbul. . and Ottoman empires. Explore Rüstem Pasha Mosque. Later. known as the Blue Mosque for the blue Iznik tiles that line Set out for the Topkapı Palace. providing invaluable access and interpreting his country’s rich culture and history. and native Turk—serves as a consultant to National Geographic magazine photographers and writers on assignment in Turkey. Right: Boats float on the still. the capital of three empires: Roman. Aydin’s photography has been exhibited in multiple cities. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Cappadocia’s surreal “fairy chimneys” and the mazelike underground city of Kaymakli.EUROPE Turkey: Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast Poised at the crossroads between East and West. He has accompanied National Geographic television crews as well as scientists working on Society-funded archaeological expeditions. Turkey is graced with a stunning coastline. D) Day 5 Kayseri/Cappadocia Fly to Kayseri this morning and continue overland to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cappadocia. Visit the iconic Hagia Sofia. and then soak up the rhythms of everyday life as you explore the Aegean coast from Izmir to Bodrum. from the temples of Ephesus to the underwater treasures of the Aegean. Experience the otherworldly moonscape of Cappadocia. meander through the Grand Bazaar. built as a church by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century and converted to a mosque some 900 years later. Examine a vast array of textiles and artifacts at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art. Then venture into the ancient Underground Cistern. Richmond Hotel (D) Day 3 Istanbul its interior. Byzantine. a treasure trove of exquisite Iznik tiles. Depart on an overnight flight to Istanbul. Turkey Aydin Kudu—photographer. discover the hidden mosaics of the original Byzantine structure. L) Day 4 Istanbul Delve into this fabulous city today. • Enjoy an insider’s perspective on the historic sights and lively markets of Istanbul. enjoy an afternoon Bosporus cruise. one of the largest covered marketplaces in the world. a traditional wooden yacht. teal waters of Bodrum’s harbor. 11 days • 2011: May 5–15 • May 19–29 • September 8–18 September 22–October 2 • October 6–16 Expert AYDIN KUDU ITINERARY Days 1 and 2 U. and Ottoman. Aydin will accompany all departures. and his films documenting Turkish life have won two documentary film awards. (B. Visit the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I. • Examine incredible archaeological finds. gather for a welcome dinner. This surreal volcanic 22 Above: Whirling dervishes spin themselves into a spiritual trance.
double occupancy. Peter’s Castle. Tonight. Here. wild poppies fringe the Celsus Library at Ephesus. ancient world. Sail back to Bodrum in the late afternoon. Following the performance. The Marmara Bodrum (B. stopping in at wineries own at one of Istanbul’s fine restaurants.000. a traditional wooden sailing yacht. Day 9 Bodrum (B) Enjoy a day on the water gliding along the spectacular Aegean coast in a privately chartered gulet. once home to the Temple of Artemis. Then transfer back to Kayseri for a flight to Izmir. L. Swissôtel Grand Efes (B. Visit the house where the Virgin meet the museum director who will lead a Mary is believed to have lived during her private tour of the museum’s impressive final years. moonscape. continue to Sirince. L) Day 8 Ephesus/Sirince/Bodrum Spend the day in Ephesus. For a single room. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Istanbul is $800 and flights within Turkey are $550 (subject to change). INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $4. whimsical fairy chimneys dot the surreal landone of the seven wonders of the scape of Cappadocia. Travel to the Richmond Hotel (B) charming port town of Bodrum and settle into our hotel. L) Day 7 Cappadocia/Izmir Spots of scarlet against the ancient stone. Hotel CaveDeluxe (B. is characterized by clusters of natural stone pillars and cones known as fairy chimneys. add $2. gather for a festive farewell dinner along the waterfront promenade. whittled into unique formations by wind and rain over millions of years. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 23 .S. set out on an easy hike through Cappadocia’s Red Valley. from its Great Theater to crusader fortress that now houses the its elaborate water systems and beautiful Museum of Underwater Archaeology. visit the eight-story-deep underground city of Kaymakli. enjoy a rare opportunity to sit down with one of the dervishes for a conversation about his faith and practice. Wander the flight back to Istanbul. Following a specially arranged lunch in a private home. dating back to the era of the Hittites. Later. taking in the stunning views. a 15th-century cities. In the third century. a vast monastic complex of frescoed medieval cave churches cut into the tufa. take in a performance of whirling dervishes—mystical Sufi dancers who spin themselves into a spiritual trance. (B. Jordan. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water or simply relax on deck. Christians fleeing Roman persecution carved churches and entire villages into niches in the soft tufa stone. Then tour the Göreme Open Air Museum. D) Visit a local pottery studio this morning. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. (B. collection of items excavated from ancient a lovely hillside village where Ottoman shipwrecks found along the Turkish coast. to sample local vintages. houses are nestled against a backdrop of Transfer to the airport for an afternoon vineyards and olive groves. mosaics. D) Note: Add a five-day extension to Petra. Explore one of the Day 10 Bodrum/Istanbul best preserved Greco-Roman Discover St. This afternoon. Sculpted by the elements. Enjoy dinner on your cobblestoned lanes. Settle into our hotel overlooking the spectacular Kordon promenade on the Aegean Sea.995 Price is per person. Return to the hotel for time at leisure. D) Transfer to the airport for your flight home. L. L. Day 11 Istanbul/U. Visit our website or call for details.Day 6 Cappadocia Rise before dawn for an optional hot-air balloon ride over this unique landscape. Later.
the train traces the fertile tract between the Cantabrian Mountains and the scalloped beaches on the Bay of Biscay. . • Admire diverse architectural styles. (B. and Santa María del Naranco. D) Today our train makes its way to Oviedo. Discover the old town. explore Santiago’s historic city center. collectively declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. a stately seaside town. and settle in for the night. a five-star hotel on wheels. Explore the Basque country and charming seaside ports. Then board the train for the whitewashed fishing village of Luarca and spend the night. and North Africa. where we board the Transcantábrico.S. enjoy dinner. a tradition dating to medieval times. Mexico. Spain Travel writer Fiona Dunlop has explored northern Spain extensively./Santiago de Compostela. from the pre-Romanesque gems of Oviedo to Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy lunch at the historic Parador de Ribadeo. San Miguel de Lillo. James pilgrimage route. Venture 24 * On this departure. Above: A rocky ridge of the Cantabrian Mountains rises behind a sun-gilded harbor. Arrive in Santiago de Compostela. • Stroll through the remarkably preserved medieval village of Santillana del Mar. 11 days • 2011: April 14–24* • April 28–May 8 • September 8–18 September 22–October 2 Expert FIONA DUNLOP ITINERARY Day 4 Ribadeo/Luarca Days 1 and 2 U.EUROPE Spain’s Northern Coast by Private Rail Climb aboard the luxury Transcantábrico near Santiago de Compostela and set off on a rail journey along Spain’s splendid northern coast. the capital of Galicia and the ending point of the historic Way of St. which explores Spain’s evolving food culture. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner tonight. In the middle of the city sits the majestic cathedral. See some of the most stunning examples of this style: the churches of San Julián de los Prados. allegedly the burial place of St. a UNESCO World Heritage site. witness parades in honor of Holy Week. Fiona and Spanish photographer Tino Soriano (see box at right) will accompany all departures. L. a traditional Galician country home. and savor the region’s cuisine and fine wines. Enjoy a lunch of regional specialities before continuing to the port city of Gijón. Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos (D) Day 3 Santiago de Compostela/Ferrol Our first stop this morning is Ribadeo. Central America. James pilgrimage route. L. She is the author of the National Geographic Traveler guidebooks for Spain and Portugal as well as Spain Chic and the critically acclaimed book New Tapas. Wander beneath soaring rock formations at a magnificent beach aptly named Las Catedrales. and take a stroll along lovely San Lorenzo beach. Depart on an overnight flight.000 years. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Spend seven nights traveling in refurbished 1920s British Pullman cars on the elegant Transcantábrico. Fiona has written more than a dozen books covering destinations in Asia. and cap off the trip in lively León. El Transcantábrico (B. drive to Ferrol. Check into the beautiful Parador dos Reis Católicos. Passing through medieval hamlets and historic towns. a city known for its unique pre-Romanesque Asturian architecture. D) Day 5 Oviedo/Gijón This morning. Right: El Transcantábrico glides across an ancient viaduct. follow the legendary St. writing numerous articles about its culture and cuisine. James and the destination of many thousands of pilgrims for the past 1. After lunch. • Stay in historic paradores in Santiago de Compostela and León.
nationalgeographicexpeditions. another important stop along the Way of St. continue by train to Cabezón de la Sal for the night. D) Day 9 Mataporquera/La Olmeda/Cistierna Disembark in León. Drive to Donostia-San Sebastián. D) Tino Soriano will also join all departures. INFORMATION Travel to Mataporquera this morning. Have lunch at the into the Cimadevilla. a shipbuilding center and the largest city in the Basque region. L. Enjoy dinner and then spend the night here. Tonight. He looks forward to helping travelers improve their photography skills throughout the journey. Stop in Arriondas for an excursion into Picos de Europa National Park. Tonight.000. Venture into cathedrals and villas in the villages of Villalcázar de Sirga. (B. In the afternoon. (B) Note: Add a three-day pre-trip extension to Barcelona or a three-day post-trip extension to Madrid. transfer to the airport for your return flight. About our train. Reserve online at www.Day 7 Santillana del Mar/Santander After breakfast. which houses works by Picasso and Warhol. Sheets of twisting titanium cloak the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. tracing the coast as the Cantabrian Mountains rise along the southern horizon. and then protrudes into the bay. visit the Altamira Museum and learn about the prehistoric cave paintings found here. James. D) Pull into Bilbao. L.com 25 . After lunch. Venture into the village of Covadonga. add $3. Continue by train to El Mercadillo. an important pilgrimage site. gather explore this enchanting village. Four lounge cars cater to a variety of interests. After breakfast. just 12 miles from the French border. from dancing and live music to reading or taking in the views. For a single room. a stunning ancestral home buildings clustered on a tiny spit that dating back to the 8th century.995 Price is per person. Parador Hostal San Marcos (B. the seaside capital of (B. one of Europe’s best preserved medieval villages. and steam bath. Stroll along the narrow lanes of the picturesque old town. a labyrinth of historic Parador Gil Blas. L. or cider bar. Reboard the for dinner at a local sidrería. L. After lunch in Cangas de Onís. snow-dusted peaks jut into the sky. double occupancy. site of the first victory of the Spanish Reconquest. D) Day 11 León/U. return to Bilbao and enjoy a city tour that includes the Guggenheim Museum. A buffet-style breakfast is served daily. originally a monastery built in the 12th century for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Tino was born and raised in Spain and is a frequent contributor to National Geographic publications. El Transcantábrico El Transcantábrico (pictured left) is a narrow-gauge train with original British Pullman coaches that have been elegantly refurbished. Visit our website or call for details. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. where stony. allowing passengers to take in the scenery along our route. Day 6 Picos de Europa National Park/ Covadonga/Cabezón de la Sal Day 8 Bilbao/Donostia-San Sebastián/ El Mercadillo de los Condes. L. (B. (B. Compartments are cozy and feature a European double bed (a limited number have the option of an additional single upper berth). National Geographic has reserved all 26 cabins on these departures. (B. toast our Spanish rail adventure at a farewell dinner. Economy airfare from New York to Santiago de Compostela and return from León is from $750 (subject to change). and visit its basilica. and Frómista. visit the Roman village of La Olmeda and continue by train to Cistierna for the night. and then sleep in quiet and comfort while the train is parked at night. and a private bathroom with a shower. large windows. D) Cantabria.S. Check into our splendid parador. D) Day 10 León Continue east in the Asturias region. dine at fine restaurants in the towns we visit. Set out on an excursion to the Románico Palentino—an area with one of the highest concentrations of Romanesque monuments in Europe. hydro sauna. train for Santander. Stretched out along narrow spits and scalloped beaches. Continue to Santillana del Mar. Santander was a royal Award-winning photographer retreat in the early 20th century. Visit León’s old quarter and the magnificent Santa María de León Cathedral. but is better known for its cutting-edge design by Frank Gehry. The train travels during daylight hours. Carrión Expedition Cost: $6. the lively culinary capital of Basque country.
and enjoy breathtaking vistas en route to Longyearbyen. venture to the foot of vast tidewater glaciers. massive sheets of ice. and cruise among beautiful passing icebergs in a Zodiac or a kayak. Hotel Continental Day 3 Oslo/Longyearbyen This voyage is undertaken in the spirit of discovery.EUROPE Land of the Polar Bears A high Arctic archipelago situated between Norway and the North Pole. (B. depending on local ice and weather conditions. and a National Geographic photographer. Travel under the midnight sun aboard the National Geographic Explorer and experience nature in its purest form. will accompany each expedition. arctic foxes. 26 . Gil Grosvenor will join the June 9 departure. and reindeer. when the sun never sets. See their bios on page 13. and our travel in the archipelago is exploratory by design. a polar bear navigates a luminescent iceberg. Visit the Fram Museum. we will be joined by Kent Kobersteen. and our exact day-to-day itinerary remains flexible./Oslo. D) Above: Choosing its footing carefully. former director of photography and senior editor of National Geographic magazine. Zodiacs and kayaks take us closer to experience the region’s geologic features and wildlife and the wildflowers that teem during the summer months. L. showcasing the polar ship Fram and dedicated to the explorers and wooden vessels that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s and early 1900s. • Watch for huge walruses. Upon arrival. Svalbard lies north of the Arctic Circle. we are able to probe the ice in search of wildlife. Embark the National Geographic Explorer. kayak Depart Oslo on a private charter flight. undersea specialists. Eric Larsen will also join the July 7 and 14 departures. we let nature guide our course. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. • Experience the legendary midnight sun: the ethereal light of the northern summer. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Search for the very symbol of the Arctic— the polar bear—and observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. check into our hotel. • Take naturalist-led shore walks. stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures— hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced parkland. snowcapped mountains. where the summer midnight sun never sets. In a region ruled not by humans but by polar bears.S. Svalbard is a place of deep fjords. This evening is free to explore Oslo on your own. On an afternoon tour of this charming city. With our fully stabilized ice-class expedition ship. Expedition Team A diverse team of experts. including naturalists. Kent has taught photography workshops worldwide and has traveled extensively in Norway and the Canadian Arctic. Norway Depart on an overnight flight to Oslo. With our National Geographic photographer and a seasoned naturalist staff. and magnificent polar bears. 11 days • 2011: June 9–19 • June 16–26 • June 23–July 3 • June 30–July 10 July 7–17 • July 14–24 ITINERARY Days 4–9 Exploring Svalbard Days 1 and 2 U. On the July 7 and 14 departures. bearded and ringed seals. your base for the next six days.
After breakfast. Round-trip economy airfare between Newark and Oslo is $1. 2011 and receive complimentary airfare between Newark and Longyearbyen (a $1. a fitness center. Founded by an American coal executive in 1906. each with outside views.000 in Category 2 and $2.490 $7. a wellness specialist.850 Located on Upper Deck with balcony CATEGORY 6 Located on Upper and Veranda Decks–suite CATEGORY 7 Located on Upper Deck–suite with balcony See National Geographic Explorer deck plan on page 97. and search the edge of the pack ice for polar bears. L) Day 11 Oslo/U. A state-of-the-art. reindeer.120 $13. and a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh. Fly back to Oslo this afternoon. and an Internet café. private bathrooms.S. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. modern furnishings. Nowhere can the polar bear be seen more reliably in its natural environment than here. add $2.070 in Category 3. a spa. as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. D daily) Day 10 Longyearbyen/Oslo Note: Add a five-day pre-trip extension to the breathtaking fjords of Norway or a five-day post-trip extension to Iceland that includes Reykjavík and the Golden Circle. transfer to the airport for the return flight home. double occupancy. Public areas include an elegant lounge and bar. (B) National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen spent many months camped out on Svalbard on assignment for National Geographic magazine. In Longyearbyen. Visit our website to view a short video about this expedition.990 $8. ice-class expedition ship. About the National Geographic Explorer The National Geographic Explorer (pictured left) is the newest ship in our fleet and arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas.A Zodiac pauses among a swarm of kittiwakes in Svalbard. Hike through miniature gardens blooming on the tundra. Prices are per person. a library. this is one of the northernmost human settlements on Earth. the largest settlement in Svalbard. among sparkling icebergs. When our ship passed by. The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft. and sleek. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 27 .790 Located on Upper and Veranda Decks with window CATEGORY 5 $10. L. disembark and enjoy time to explore. seals. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $7. and arctic foxes. and explore fjords that split the coastline.390 $12. (B. Visit our website or call for details. a sauna. walruses. Services include a full-time doctor.195 and between Oslo and Longyearbyen is $725 (subject to change). For a single cabin. local ingredients. SPECIAL OFFER Book by March 31. he would step on board to meet our guests and resupply.290 Located on Main Deck with porthole CATEGORY 2 Located on Main Deck with window CATEGORY 3 Located on Main Deck with window CATEGORY 4 $8.920 value) on the June 16 and 23 departures. The April 2009 issue of the magazine features his stunning photographs and an article by Bruce Barcott about the wildlife of Arctic Norway that you encounter on this expedition. the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins. Radisson Blu Hotel (B.
E xperience the rich cultures of seven
distinctly different European countries as you trace the coast from the Hanseatic town of Lübeck, Germany to the lively seaside city of Oporto, Portugal. Along the way, venture into medieval towns and fortresses, admire legendary art and architecture, hike on little-known islands, and savor delightful local specialties.
• Glide along the canals of Lübeck, Brugge, and Amsterdam by Zodiac or barge. • Visit Mont-Saint-Michel, the D-Day beaches at Normandy, and the Guggenheim Museum at Bilbao. • Discover places accessible only by Zodiac, such as Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Île d’Aix in France, and Islas Cíes in Spain. • Explore the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela and visit its spectacular cathedral.
17 days • 2011: September 19–October 5
A diverse team of experts, including naturalists, undersea specialists, and National Geographic photographer Bob Krist, will join this expedition. Bob has shot several articles for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 articles for National Geographic Traveler. His assignments have taken him to all seven continents and have won numerous photographic awards. Bob will be on hand to help you photograph the stunning scenery and vibrant cultures we will encounter throughout the expedition.
This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
September 23 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 19 and 20 U.S./Copenhagen, Denmark
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight. Arrive in Copenhagen and embark our ship, the National Geographic Explorer.
September 21 Lub ̈ eck, Germany
Stroll along the legendary canals of Amsterdam, past cafés and narrow, gabled houses, taking in the cheerful and lively atmosphere of the town. Stop in at one of the city’s fine museums, cruise the canals, or explore the city by bike. (B, L, D)
September 24 Oostende, Belgium/Brugge
A walking tour takes us through an ensemble of step-gabled merchants’ houses, redbrick warehouses, and the narrow alleys of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the waterways by Zodiac or visit Buddenbrookhaus, home to authors Heinrich and Thomas Mann. (B, L, D)
September 22 At Sea/Kiel Canal
From Oostende, drive to the medieval town of Brugge. Board small boats to view the eyecatching architecture from canal level. Later, stop at a café and indulge in regional specialties like Belgian waffles, chocolate, or beer. (B, L, D)
September 25 Bayeux, France
Spend a relaxing day at sea, browsing the library, taking advantage of the spa, or gazing at the scenery from the observation deck as we transit the Kiel Canal. (B, L, D)
View the medieval Bayeux Tapestry, which illustrates the story of the invasion of England by Norman king William the Conqueror. (B, L, D)
Above: The 12th-century monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel is reflected in the waters that surround it.
Travelers stroll along a path on the tiny French island of Île d’Aix.
September 26 Normandy D-Day Beaches/ Cherbourg
Wander along Utah and Omaha Beaches, sites of the historic D-Day invasion. Pay homage to fallen troops at the American Cemetery. Continue to Sainte-Mère-Église. Reboard in Cherbourg. (B, L, D) Robert Siegel, senior host of NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered, joins this voyage.
September 27 Saint-Malo and Mont-SaintMichel
Port at La Rochelle, where lively cafés line the waterfront. (B, L, D)
September 30 La Côte Basque
architecture, marked by the 12th-century church of São Francisco and the grand cathedral perched above the city’s seven bridges. In the afternoon, sip port in one of the famed riverside porthouses. (B, L, D)
October 5 Lisbon/U.S.
Zodiacs take us ashore at charming Saint-Jean-de-Luz to visit Église Saint-Jean Baptiste, where Louis XIV married Maria Theresa of Spain. Stroll the harbor of this photogenic fishing village or the whitesand Grand Plage. (B, L, D)
October 1 Bilbao, Spain
Following a panoramic tour of the city, head to the airport for your return flight. (B, L, D)
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Explore Frank Gehry’s futuristic Guggenheim Museum, with its distinctive titanium wave. (B, L, D)
October 2 Santiago de Compostela
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Moor beneath the gateway to medieval Saint-Malo and drive to the breathtaking fortified abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, a pilgrimage site since the eighth century. Later, return to Saint-Malo and take in stunning views on a walk around the ramparts of this island fortress. (B, L, D)
September 28 At Sea
Visit the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela and witness the swinging of the extraordinary botafumerio, or incense burner. A musical performance is followed by a Galician lunch served in the elegant Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos. (B, L, D)
October 3 Islas Cíes and Baiona
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Located on Upper Deck–suite with balcony See National Geographic Explorer description and photo on page 27 and deck plan on page 97. Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,360 in Category 2 and $3,520 in Category 3. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Economy airfare from Newark to Copenhagen and return from Lisbon is $1,250 (subject to change).
As the ship continues south toward Spain, enjoy a relaxing day on board. (B, L, D)
September 29 Île d’Aix and La Rochelle
Stroll the paths of Islas Cíes National Park or meander along its lovely beach. Later, explore the picturesque port of Baiona. (B, L, D)
October 4 Oporto, Portugal
Tiny and tranquil Île d’Aix is famous as Napoleon’s last place of residence on French soil before his exile. Wander along the Vieux
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Famous for its port wine, Oporto is a UNESCO World Heritage site with stately
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Scotland’s Highlands and Islands
On a voyage through Scotland’s famed
lochs and inland waterways aboard the M.V. Lord of the Glens, experience mystical landscapes dotted with medieval castles and churches. Trace Scotland’s compelling history on visits to battlefields, fortresses, and ancient tombs. Cruise Loch Ness; descend through the intricate lock system of Neptune’s Staircase; and explore serene hills and harbor villages on the picturesque islands of Mull, Iona, Eigg, and Skye.
• Kayak on Loch Ness, and wander through the charming seaside town of Tobermory. • Stroll across the battlefields at Culloden where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie was dramatically defeated. • Hike through stunning scenery on the Isle of Skye, and learn about the tiny community on the remote island of Eigg. • Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.*
9 days • 2011: June 10–18** • June 17–25 • August 12–20** • August 19–27
Days 1 and 2 U.S./Inverness, Scotland
Along with a diverse team of experts, historian and archaeologist Iris Barry will accompany all departures. Iris specializes in the Celtic and Germanic Dark Ages of Great Britain. She received her masters in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Cambridge and her doctorate from the University of London. A resident of Fife, Scotland, her work has taken her around the world. Iris is a popular expert and has introduced travelers to the history and ancient cultures of Great Britain since 1985.
This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
Depart for Inverness, arriving the next morning. Board the Lord of the Glens to the strains of a highland piper and settle into your cabin—your home for the next seven nights. Gather for a reception and dinner on board while docked in Inverness. M.V. Lord of the Glens (D)
Day 3 Culloden/Clava Cairns/Loch Ness
the legendary monster said to inhabit the loch. Moor this afternoon at Fort Augustus and set out on a kayak excursion or a hike. Enjoy a whisky tasting aboard the Lord of the Glens this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Laggan Locks/Banavie/Glenfinnan
After a morning walk, visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746. See the prehistoric standing stones and passage tombs of Clava Cairns. This afternoon, set sail on the Caledonian Canal, built in the early 19th century to create a route between western and eastern Scotland. Enter Loch Ness, cruise past the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and learn about
Ascend an impressive flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Glide down the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue, or hike or bike along the towpath and rejoin the ship at the first lock. Sail into Loch Lochy and follow the canal to the town of Banavie, set in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain. Take the West Highland Railway over a viaduct to the village of Glenfinnan, nestled within the mountains, and enjoy an afternoon walk. Return to the ship and welcome local musicians on board for a lively evening of music and song. (B, L, D)
* The Military Tattoo is part of the optional extension in Edinburgh on the August departures only. ** These departures follow the itinerary shown above but in the reverse order.
Above: The nimble Lord of the Glens glides by the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.
150 Price is per person. set dramatically on a bluff jutting into the Sound of Mull. Giles Cathedral in the footsteps of kings and queens. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 31 . and Highland dancers. Prices are per person. L. fiddlers.990 Located on the A.V. The ship’s two observation lounges are ideal for enjoying the extraordinary passing scenery. Optional Edinburgh Extension: $1. L) Note: Add a six-day post-trip extension to the Orkney Islands. sail north to the isle of Eigg this morning. renowned for the spectacular Kinloch Castle. D) About the M. double occupancy.300-year-old Clan Donald.V.290 Located on the James Watt Deck CATEGORY 2 $6. and stroll the Royal Mile to St. Lord of the Glens The M. D) Day 8 Isle of Skye Day 9 Kyle of Lochalsh/Inverness/U.700 in Category 2. OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXTENSION Edinburgh 2011: June 8–11 • June 15–18 August 10–13 • August 17–20 Immerse yourself in enchanting Edinburgh. Visit our website or call for details. Visit the medieval abbey ruins and the rebuilt abbey church. Lord of the Glens (shown on the opposite page) is the only deluxe passenger vessel able to navigate both the inland waterways of the Caledonian Canal and the open sea. a set of eight interconnected locks. add $430. L.S. Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh and drive through the Highlands to Inverness. (B. Hike in the hills beneath the striking An Sgurr ridge and learn about the community that thrives on this remote isle. L. Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $6. Bell and David Roberts Decks See deck plan on page 96. staff from the Wings Over Mull Birds of Prey Continue north to the Isle of Skye. Then transfer to the airport for your return flight home.400 in Category 1 and $1. Continue to the Inner Hebrides and dock at Craignure on the Isle of Mull. L. and learn about the ecumenical movement based there. D) Day 6 Iona/Tobermory Cross to Iona by ferry for a morning exploring this picturesque island. At the Museum of the Isles. INFORMATION Day 5 Loch Linnhe/Isle of Mull/Duart Castle/Tobermory Today. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary. and take a walk through the woodlands of Armadale. Explore Edinburgh Castle. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills (weather permitting) amid some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. catching glimpses of the Inner Hebrides along the way. the Lord of the Glens descends Neptune’s Staircase. Oran’s Chapel and the royal graveyard where generations of Scottish kings are buried. Here. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Inverness is $1. (B.040 (subject to change). (B. Weather permitting. experience the pageantry of the Military Tattoo. who once ruled the west coast of Scotland. add $1. a spectacle of bands. Continue to the town of Tobermory and explore the lively quayside. On the August extensions. trace the legacy of the 1. Later. an isolated town inaccessible by road. airconditioning. Visit stunning Duart Castle this afternoon. and satellite television. This recently reconstructed 150-foot. Or explore Eilean Donan Castle and the quaint village of Plockton. teak-lined motor yacht accommodates 48 guests. Stroll through St. D) Day 7 Eigg/Isle of Rum/Inverie Colorful houses cast long reflections on the harbor at Tobermory. a picture window (except for two cabins).and Conservation Centre visit us aboard the ship. sail to Inverie. Atlantic seals can often be found sunbathing on the rocks amid myriad seabirds. Celebrate your voyage at a festive farewell dinner on board. G. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. double occupancy. Explore the keep and dungeon of this fortress. (B. Or head to the Isle of Rum. After dinner. examine Scotland’s crown jewels and the legendary Stone of Destiny. (B. Each tastefully appointed cabin features a private bathroom. For a single room. For a single cabin. Experience Edinburgh’s spectacular Military Tattoo on an optional pre-trip extension (August departures only). Return to Tobermory in the afternoon.
National Geographic Explorer (L. D) Day 4 Christiansø and Bornholm Islands. Riga is renowned for its architectural diversity—a 32 * This departure follows the itinerary shown above but in the reverse order. (B. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. D) Day 6 Klaipeda. and stay at St. Lithuania Arrive in the port city of Klaipeda. as well as their love of photography. Embark the National Geographic Explorer and gather for a welcome dinner on board tonight. Then. D) Day 7 Riga. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Venture into the medieval Old Towns of Lübeck. visit the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers and a museum detailing the history of the fall of communism in Poland. then set off for the National Museum. Poland Our ship heads toward the northern coast of Germany and makes its way into the canals of Lübeck. a magnificent 15th-century guildhall. Petersburg. Travel north to the seaside town of Palanga. (B. L. Denmark Depart on an overnight flight to Copenhagen. Sisse and Cotton will share their insights into the culture and wildlife of the Baltic region. and spend three days in stunning St. Today. 16 days • 2011: August 28–September 12 • September 5–20* Expedition Team Along with a diverse team of experts. by special arrangement. L.S. Sisse and Cotton have collectively photographed over 50 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Continue to the larger island of Bornholm to explore the ruins of Denmark’s largest fortress. and Tallinn. examining the town’s Hanseatic and Renaissance architecture. L. Denmark Poland’s Solidarity movement was born in the Gda´ nsk shipyards. (B. discover the magnificent cities of the Baltic Sea. and take a walking tour after lunch. Based in Denmark. housed in an 18th-century mansion. Riga. They have spent most of their careers working in Europe shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia. In Gda´ nsk’s charming Old Town. D) Day 5 Gda´ nsk. Germany century castle. to Italy and France. Meet former President Lech Walesa and see the historic shipyards in Gda´ nsk. (B. National Geographic photographers Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson will join both departures. Gather for lunch in town. Poland./Copenhagen. stopping at a 19th-century estate that houses the celebrated Amber Museum. tour Artus Court.EUROPE Exploring the Baltic’s Historic Waterways Traveling aboard the National Geographic Explorer. • View one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Hermitage Museum. Latvia Travel by Zodiac to the small island of Christiansø and wander through an artists’ village that occupies the site of an 18thAbove: Sailboats teem along Stockholm’s broad quay. • Explore the tiny islands of the Stockholm Archipelago by kayak or on nature walks. A member of the Hanseatic League. visit the great maritime capital of Stockholm. D) Day 3 Lübeck. L. Petersburg’s five-star Grand Hotel Europe. the medieval capital of the Hanseatic League. stroll through medieval towns. meet with the former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa. Glide along the canals on a boat ride. . • Meet with former Presidents Lech Walesa of Poland and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union. ITINERARY Days 1 and 2 U.
nationalgeographicexpeditions. If you wish. (B. Nicholas. former President of the Soviet Union. enjoy a special opportunity to meet with the former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.490 Located on Upper and Veranda Decks with window CATEGORY 5 The ship navigates the stunning islands of the Stockholm Archipelago today. Finland Situated between Finland and Sweden. Petersburg/Copenhagen (a $995 value) on the September 5 departure. and kayak today. D) Day 9 Stockholm Archipelago As the Explorer noses into the port of St.370 $19. For a single cabin. Lech Walesa. On a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Åland Islands.com 33 . Located on Upper and Veranda Decks–suite CATEGORY 7 $21. Visit our website or call for details. and wander through a display of local flora at the botanical gardens.990 $12. L. Tallinn’s Hanseatic Old Town is one of the Baltics’ best preserved medieval cities. and attend an optional musical performance in Catherine the Great’s private theater at the Hermitage this evening. (B) Reserve online at www. D) Day 13 St. (B.500 islands.370 Located on Main Deck with porthole CATEGORY 2 Located on Main Deck with window CATEGORY 3 Located on Main Deck with window CATEGORY 4 $14. (B. Gotland. the summer palace of Peter the Great. the burial place of most modern tsars.340 in Category 3. double occupancy. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $11. have dinner ashore and explore the city by night. Prices are per person. (B. Sweden Enclosed by walls and turrets. Zodiac. Stockholm’s pastel-hued Old Town dating back to the 13th century. D) Day 11 Mariehamn. neo-Gothic.Adolphus’s navy that sank on its maiden voyage. L. SPECIAL OFFER Book by March 31. joins us for a specially arranged visit in Gda´ nsk. D) Day 12 Tallinn. Here. gaze at a skyline that bristles with pointed gables and spires. combination of romantic. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. D) Day 10 Stockholm $16. L) Days 14 and 15 St. D) Day 8 Visby. (B. 2011 and receive complimentary airfare between New York and St. From the top of Dome Hill. D daily) Day 16 St. Browse an impressive collection of Viking artifacts at the Fornsal Museum. Spend the day discovering the charming city of Stockholm. neo-Baroque. Venture into its 14th-century castle. Petersburg/U. and take a walk around the Great Guild Hall Square in the heart of the old city. L. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Visit the Vasa Museum to see its notorious 17th-century warship—the prize of King Gustavus Experience Peter the Great’s spectacular “window to the West” during the next two days. Russia Known as the “city of ruins and roses. Then stroll the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan.S. Petersburg. enjoy an opportunity to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev. stroll past the bustling cafés and galleries of the Town Hall Square and visit the Church of St. L.170 Located on Upper Deck with balcony CATEGORY 6 A young Swedish girl in traditional dress gathers wildflowers. Estonia Note: Add a four-day extension to Moscow. and ultramodern styles. add $3. Soak up the idyllic Swedish landscape on a walk along the islands’ pristine shores. Step into the Peter and Paul Fortress. the autonomous Åland archipelago includes more than 6. Explore them by foot.830 Located on Upper Deck–suite with balcony See National Geographic Explorer description on page 27 and photo and deck plan on page 97. and visit the golden-domed St.” Visby was once an important Viking trading post and has been inhabited for more than 5. Grand Hotel Europe (B. explore the walled old city. Gilt statues overlook the elaborate fountains at Petrodvorets.000 years. take in views of this glorious city.690 $13. former President of Poland. art nouveau. Petersburg. Isaac’s Cathedral. L. (B. Petersburg In St. L. (B. Petersburg.170 in Category 2 and $3. Visit the opulent Catherine Palace in Pushkin. Economy airfare from New York to Copenhagen and return from St. Admire the treasures of the Hermitage Museum and explore the cascading fountains of the summer palace at Petrodvorets. L. Petersburg is $995 (subject to change).
L. Petersburg in the Reign of Catherine the Great. has lectured widely. This evening. • Cruise on beautiful Lake Baikal and along the Volga River. Spend the night at our centrally located hotel. and if you wish. • Enjoy traditional musical performances. venture into the legendary steppe. from Beijing’s Olympic sites to the wooden cottages of Siberia. from imperial Beijing to the heart of Moscow along the famous Trans-Siberian Railway. D) Day 4 Erenhot/Gobi Desert.EURASIA Trans-Siberian Rail Journey: Beijing to Moscow Set out on an epic train journey that crosses one-third of the world. Enjoy the comforts of a private train. Meander through the beautiful Gandan Monastery. Regent Beijing (D) Day 3 Beijing/Inner Mongolia rail tracks change to the wider Soviet gauge. Gather for a welcome dinner. This evening. trace the history of Genghis Khan. Private Train (B./Beijing. D) Day 5 Ulaanbaatar Spend the day discovering Beijing’s historic and modern icons. including a private concert at the Decembrist Museum in Irkutsk. • Descend beneath the streets of Moscow to Stalin’s secret bunker. and continue to the Forbidden City. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Watch a horseback riding demonstration in the grasslands of Mongolia’s steppe. and has received numerous fellowships and distinguished service awards. and take an in-depth tour of the Kremlin. Begin in Tiananmen Square. take a guided walking tour afterward to see Tiananmen Square at night. George is the author of five books. Track the footsteps of Genghis Khan deep into Russia. Depart on an overnight flight to Beijing. Stop in at the colorful town market before settling into your cabin. and explore the culture of the steppe nomad. our private train for the remainder of our journey. Take in the ever changing landscapes of the Gobi as the train heads toward Ulaanbaatar. elaborately decorated wooden houses of Siberia reflect a distinctive architectural style. D) Day 6 Ulaanbaatar Pull into Erenhot. Ulaanbaatar Hotel (B. a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. 16 days • 2011: September 5–20 • September 12–27 ITINERARY Expert GEORGE MUNRO Days 1 and 2 U. He has written more than 200 articles about the region. enjoy a performance of Mongolian throat singing and traditional dance. The Tsar’s Gold. seat of the Ming and Qing emperors. including The Most Intentional City: St. L. Visit the recently unveiled enormous 34 Above: The picturesque. See our website for the expert on the September 5 departure. visit the stunning symbols of the 2008 Olympics. Right: The Tsar’s Gold snakes along the shoreline of scenic Lake Baikal. Tsar’s Gold (B. has lived and studied in the former Soviet Union and travels to Russia regularly to pursue his research. the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube. . Mongolia Visit the National Museum of Mongolian History. which narrowly escaped total destruction during the Soviet era. A Fulbright fellow.S. L. begin the first leg of our journey to the Chinese/Mongolian border aboard a private train. awaits us here. and examine marvelous architecture. Hop into a pedicab for a tour of the city’s ancient hutong neighborhoods. a border town where the Today. China George Munro. and journey through the wilds of the Gobi to Lake Baikal’s remote shores. George will accompany the September 12 departure. and later.
See the original wooden Siberian houses of the merchant quarter. Each sleeping car has two attendants. (B. Watch a demonstration of Mongolian horseback riding before boarding the Tsar’s Gold for the journey to Russia tonight. and the Peter and Paul Cathedral.295 in Nostalgic Comfort.595 $12. a private train that accommodates 200 passengers. Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Beijing and return from Moscow is $1. and enjoy a private concert and champagne reception. Tsar’s Gold (B. called the “sacred sea” by locals and named a World Heritage site by UNESCO. L. dinner at a local restaurant. and gaze at the sweeping vistas from atop the statue. Baikal Business Center (B. D) Days 10 and 11 On Train/Novosibirsk kremlin. and an overnight stay at our hotel. (B) Note: Add a three-day pre-trip extension in Beijing or a four-day post-trip extension to St. Nicholas II. officers. descend into Stalin’s secret bunker. In the early 19th century. Visit the Romanov execution site.450 (subject to change). the Qol Sharif Mosque. which flows into Lake Baikal. (B. Our train route hugs the rocky shores and passes through 33 tunnels. L. The lake basin holds about 20 percent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water. all cars have shared bathrooms at the end of each car (no shower facilities). End the day with a boat ride on Lake Baikal. D) Arrive in Yekaterinburg.795 in Standard Plus New and $5. D) Days 14 and 15 Moscow The train rolls through the valley of the Selenge River. Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora (B. Tsar’s Gold (B. Take in spectacular views from the train and stop for a barbecue on the shore. an important Siberian outpost established in 1652. Visit the city’s historic sights. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 35 . and stop by a monument marking the border between Europe and Asia. take a guided stroll through Red Square at night.S. Set off on a short cruise on the Volga before our train departs on the final leg of our journey. perched on the banks of the Volga River. L. Arrive at beautiful Lake Baikal. (B. the capital of the Buryat Republic and once a major trading post between China and Irkutsk. where Russia’s last tsar. taking in stunning scenery as the vast Siberian taiga unfurls. add $2. Russia Today. equestrian statue of Genghis Khan. or lassos. After lunch. The deluxe Bolshoi Class and Bolshoi Platinum Class cabins have private facilities. and watch a performance of Buryat music and dance. and view court regalia from the Romanov dynasty at the Armory Museum. view the city’s ornately decorated wooden houses. For a single cabin. stop in Novosibirsk.Day 9 Irkutsk Three horsemen ride through Inner Mongolia’s famous grasslands holding uurgas. L. Visit St.595 About the Tsar’s Gold The journey from Erenhot to Moscow is aboard the Tsar’s Gold (pictured left). L. and nobles were exiled here for their involvement in the Decembrist revolt. Basil’s Cathedral. Then wander through a delightful collection of authentic Russian and Siberian cottages at the outdoor Museum of Wooden Architecture. INFORMATION Spend the day in Kazan. D daily) Day 12 Yekaterinburg Disembark in Moscow and check into our hotel. L. If you wish. sample traditional Russian vodka during a tasting onboard. The following day. L. The overnight journey from Beijing to Erenhot is aboard a different private train. The comfortable Standard Plus New and Nostalgic Comfort cabins have shared facilities. explore Irkutsk. Visit our website or call for details. D) Day 7 Ulan Ude. Russia. Stop in Ulan Ude. Toast our adventure at a farewell dinner tonight. Siberia’s largest city. just across from the Kremlin.095 $15. L. Four dining cars feature traditional Russian cuisine and convert to bar/lounge facilities after dinner. Petersburg. Tour the city’s Expedition Cost: STANDARD PLUS NEW $10. D daily) Day 16 Moscow/U. Two lower berths NOSTALGIC COMFORT Upper/lower berths BOLSHOI CLASS Upper/lower berths BOLSHOI PLATINUM CLASS Upper/lower berths Prices are per person. and after dinner at a local restaurant. National Geographic has reserved 20 cabins on the September 5 departure and 35 cabins on the September 12 departure. D) Day 13 Kazan After breakfast. built deep under the city in the 1930s. (B. to see the opera house and Lenin Square. See our website for additional train details and photos. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. See our website or call for single prices in other categories.895 $18. D) Day 8 Lake Baikal Embark the train again this morning and enjoy a day to relax on board. Head out on a city tour. many Russian artists. and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Spend the following morning at the legendary Kremlin. transfer to the airport for your flight home. double occupancy.
lectured widely. palaces. Depart on an overnight flight to Moscow. Moscow (D) October 3 Moscow Fly from Moscow to Astrakhan.S. L. set at the mouth of the Volga. or take in views of the passing countryside from the sundeck. and view magnificent St. The Ritz-Carlton. has lived and studied in the former Soviet Union and travels to Russia regularly to pursue his research. Petersburg in the Reign of Catherine the Great. including The Most Intentional City: St. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner at our hotel this evening. or attend an organ concert at the Conservatory. Moscow’s most famous square. D) October 4 Moscow Spend the morning in the Volga River Delta. (B. . the Volga’s oldest city. to view its priceless collection. residence of Russia’s presidents. and the famous Amber Room. and meet a veteran of the Battle of Stalingrad.S. Volga Dream (B. Petersburg and explore magnificent cathedrals. D) October 8 Volgograd (Stalingrad) Originally called Tsaritsyn. world-class collection of Russian art. one of Russia’s most diverse ecological regions. Discover iconic onion-domed churches. Return to Astrakhan to tour a fortress built in the reign of Ivan the Terrible. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Examine the collection at the Kremlin’s State Armory before opening hours. Basil’s Cathedral rise above Moscow’s Red Square. Take an exclusive tour of the Grand Kremlin Palace. the scenic cities of Russia’s grand Volga River have been witness to some of the most significant events in Russian history. where it flows into the Caspian Sea. L) Enjoy a day to relax on board.S. Listen to live music in the lounge./Moscow. the Hermitage. • Join our extension to St. D) October 7 Volga River Sailing Today. L. this remarkable city has had three name changes in its 36 Above: The whimsical spires of St. • Explore Volgograd. Russia George Munro. including legendary stones from the State Diamond Fund. (B. then explore historic cathedrals and the ornate Moscow Metro. Board the M. and received numerous fellowships and distinguished service awards. a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. discover the State Tretyakov Gallery’s unrivaled. 16 days • 2011: October 1–16 ITINERARY October 5 Moscow/Astrakhan Expert GEORGE MUNRO October 1 and 2 U. Russia. L. treat yourself to a massage.EURASIA Russian River Journey: The Caspian Sea to Moscow From the Golden Horde to the Soviet era. and join a naturalist to learn about the local flora and fauna. our home for the river journey. stroll through gems such as medieval Nizhniy Novgorod. D) October 6 Volga River Delta Enjoy early admittance to the State Armory. one of Russia’s oldest museums. • Experience Russia’s diverse musical traditions at private classical concerts and lively folk music performances. arriving the following day. L. the site of the decisive battle of World War II’s eastern front. He has written more than 200 articles about the region.S. Volga Dream. M. Volga Dream. cruise from the Volga River Delta on the Caspian Sea to Moscow. Basil’s Cathedral. On a journey aboard the deluxe M. Stroll across Red Square. A Fulbright fellow. and explore the treasures of Yaroslavl’. (B. (B. George is the author of five books.
L. and a sauna/massage room. Yuri Gagarin. today Saratov is known for its connection to Russia’s first cosmonaut.Paul Cathedral. Volga Dream The luxurious river cruiser M. Amenities include a library with Internet access. including the Cathedral of the Transfiguration with its sublime wall of beautifully rendered icons. Tour Cosmic Samara.500. D) October 12 Nizhniy Novgorod Nizhniy Novgorod. and famous leaning tower of Tsarina Suumbike. became a closed city due to military activity during the tumultuous history. each featuring a flat-screen television. a 24-hour coffee bar. (B. Expedition Cost: STANDARD $6. Tonight. for a single Deluxe cabin. Take a city tour. take advantage of free time to talk with our expert. a safety deposit box.995 $12.S. (B.995 Located on Cabin Deck SUPERIOR Located on Main Deck DELUXE Located on Promenade Deck SUPERIOR Located on Sun Deck JUNIOR SUITE Located on Promenade Deck SUPERIOR JUNIOR SUITE Located on Sun Deck OWNER’S SUITE Located on Promenade Deck See Volga Dream deck plan on page 97. Attend a traditional concert by a Tatar folk ensemble this evening. D) October 14 Yaroslavl’ Enter the scenic Moscow-Volga Canal. add $2. L. L.495 $9. attend a concert of classical music. East. View the renowned Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery. read a book in the library. enjoy a concert by a local folk Stalingrad. Petersburg. and visit elaborately painted churchwith a World War II veteran of the Battle of es. (B.495 $10. (B. who lived and studied here. (B. once a wealthy commercial center poised on the trade routes to the A raft of ducks glides past a forgotten church near Nizhniy Novgorod. L. and a private bathroom.S. add $2. Meet views. INFORMATION In Samara. and at the Church of Elijah the Prophet. D) October 13 Volga River Sailing October 9 Saratov October 15 Uglich Take a walking tour of this Golden Ring city.795 $14. visit Stalin’s Bunker. Reserve online at www. a hair salon. D) October 11 Kazan Explore Kazan. D) Mamayev Hill. For a single Superior cabin on the Main Deck. it was Nizhniy Novgorod University and learn known as Stalingrad from 1925 until 1961.com 37 . Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Once home to a large German community. D) About the M.800. about the city’s history as a place of exile for The city’s heroic defense by the Russian political prisoners.nationalgeographicexpeditions. or stroll along the Volga esplanade. The flight within Russia is included in the expedition cost. (B. Walk the ramparts of the people during World War II became the 16th-century kremlin with its spectacular decisive battle of the eastern front. the Volga Dream’s common areas include a wood-paneled lounge with live piano music. Volga Dream (pictured left) accommodates 109 guests in 56 outside cabins. The only five-star ship to navigate the Volga River. a fitness center. L. D) October 10 Samara As the Volga Dream makes its way west toward the historic Golden Ring region.S. The oldest city on the Volga. Prices are per person. a telephone. beautiful Peter and Discover Yaroslavl’. L. the space museum. or enjoy views of the passing countryside from the sundeck. Meet with a professor from during the Russian Revolution. examine frescoes depicting unusual scenes of 17th-century domestic life. L. Later. (B) Note: Add a four-day pre-trip extension to St.995 $8. an 11th-century Golden Ring city and UNESCO World Heritage site. where the struggle saw its bloodiest fighting. ornate mosques and minarets. The site of epic battles Soviet era. National Geographic has reserved 26 cabins on this departure. preserved exactly as it was at the end of World War II. double occupancy. L. with its white-walled kremlin (citadel). and a spacious sundeck providing panoramic views and barbecues al fresco. (B. and visit the memorial on group. an architectural treasure trove of Russian churches. it escaped the destruction of World War II. (B. capital of Tatarstan. and linger over the fresh fare at a traditional farmers market. Russia. Visit our website or call for details. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Moscow is not included and is estimated at $980. adorned with magnificent murals.695 $11. D) October 16 Moscow/U.
Immerse yourself in Chinese culture through discussions with local experts. • Glide on canals lined with beautifully preserved Ming dynasty buildings in the water village of Xitang. experience the timeless beauty of a changing China. The Peninsula Beijing Day 3 Beijing China. Gather for a welcome dinner at an elegant restaurant overlooking Beihai Park. a traditional pavilion looks out on the mystical blue shadows of Wu Gorge. one of China’s famous Three Gorges. Tonight. Here. home to the Ming and Qing emperors and some of the finest imperial architecture in Visit an organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the hutong. cruise the Yangtze on the deluxe Yangzi Explorer. He has produced a documentary on the revival of Confucian ritual and recorded a lecture series covering 5. Continue to the Forbidden City. View a collection of royal treasures and meander through the Imperial Gardens. (B. savor Peking duck at a popular restaurant. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Meet a leading archaeologist and enjoy VIP access to Xi’an’s astonishing terracotta warrior dig on a private tour. A professor at New Mexico State University. and catch a glimpse of old China in traditional neighborhoods off the beaten track. China Historian Ken Hammond first traveled to China in 1982 to study the language and stayed for five years. Ken will accompany the September departure. Stroll along the top of the wall. Then stroll across Tiananmen Square. . Begin at the Temple of Heaven./Beijing. a Ming dynasty temple complex where emperors held their prayer ceremonies. D) Day 4 Beijing Spend the day exploring the imperial monuments of the city. and arrive the evening of Day 2. he directs a Chinese-American university exchange program. (B. or go 38 Above: From its perch high above the Yangtze. crossing the international date line.000 years of Chinese history. Then follow an expert into hidden alleyways to see courtyard-style homes and learn about the principles of feng shui.S. venture to the ancient capital of Xi’an. the stage for many turning points in modern Chinese history— from the start of the Cultural Revolution to the demonstrations of 1989. Ken served as president of the Society for Ming Studies and as a visiting scholar at the History Institute of the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences. D) Day 5 Beijing Set off on an excursion to a section of the Great Wall not seen by many visitors. See our website for experts on other departures. Fly to Beijing. Explore the Lama Temple. Beijing’s traditional neighborhoods. one of the largest centers of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. L. providing excellent views of the surrounding countryside. the wall follows the hillcrest. Left: A terra-cotta archer from the tomb of Qin Shi Huang. • Hike along an isolated section of the Great Wall. Beginning in Beijing.ASIA Inside China From the winding Great Wall to the dramatic landscapes of the Three Gorges. L. 14 days • 2011: May 26–June 8 • September 15–28 • October 13–26 October 27–November 9 Expert KEN HAMMOND ITINERARY Days 1 and 2 U. • Witness the new landscapes created by the Three Gorges Dam and attend a talk by a head engineer from the project. and discover cosmopolitan Shanghai.
passing terraced hillsides and traditional fishing boats. arrive at the Three Gorges Dam and enter its intricate locks system. arriving home the same day. firstserve basis.S. (B.S. M. This evening. Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Beijing and return from Shanghai is from $900 (subject to change) and flights within China are $480. Check into our historic hotel and enjoy an evening discovering one of the city’s great restaurants on your own. At the Chongqing Zoo. meander through Xi’an’s lively Muslim quarter and enjoy an insider’s perspective on a tour of the Great Mosque. Enjoy time on your own to explore Shanghai this evening. L. China’s capital for more than 1. Tonight. Amenities include a panoramic restaurant. After lunch overlooking the lively streets of Old About the M. Garden Hotel (B. two lounges. (B) Note: Add a four-day extension to Hong Kong or additional nights in Shanghai. a library. L) Day 12 Shanghai Stop at the tomb of the Han emperor Jing Di Browse stunning collections of bronze. (B. our home for the three-day Yangtze journey. return to Beijing by way of the Olympic Park. After lunch. awaken early to witness our approach to the first of the spectacular Three Gorges. This evening. L) Day 6 Beijing/Xi’an Days 9 and 10 Yangtze River Fly to Xi’an. This afternoon. jades. a clinic.890. view beautifully preserved homes dating to the Ming dynasty. There are a limited number of suites available on a first-come. double occupancy. a theater. Dock in the town of Fengdu. The next day. On a boat ride. and a spa. the ship features spacious cabins with private bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to private balconies. L) Day 13 Xitang/Shanghai Take an excursion to the water village of Xitang. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 39 . and meet some of its residents. Later. L) Day 7 Xi’an Cruise past reconstructed villages and modern cities. Gather this evening for a festive farewell dinner. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $6. One of the few five-star ships on the Yangtze. Fly to Chongqing. The Great Wall winds its way through China’s rugged landscape.S. gather for a 16-course dumpling feast. (B. and ceramics at the Shanghai Museum. fly to Shanghai. After a lunch of local specialties. add $2. After lunch. Disembark in Yichang and meet an engineer from the Three Gorges Dam project for a talk on the construction of the world’s largest hydroelectric dam. a salon. L. Visit our website or call for details. D) Day 8 Xi’an/Chongqing Transfer to the airport for your return flight. board the ship and glide down the river toward the Three Gorges. built on a web of canals linked by 100 bridges. D daily) Day 11 Yichang/Shanghai Shanghai. was newly renovated in 2008 and has a capacity of 124 passengers. National Geographic has reserved 25 cabins on each of these departures. stroll along the winding paths of Yu Yuan. a business center with Internet access. to view thousands of funerary figurines. the most populous city in the world. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Enjoy special access to the VIP platform at the site. D) Day 14 Shanghai/U. a 16th-century classical garden in the heart of the city. Yangzi Explorer (B. For a single room. The statues depict all walks of life—a contrast to the martial figures of Qin Shi Huang’s tomb. L.000 years and once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. D) on an invigorating hike along an unrestored section. (B. witnessing life along the Yangtze— and the ways that the new dam has changed it. a bar. experience Xi’an from a unique perspective on a bike or golf cart ride atop the massive Ming Dynasty city wall. Meet a leading archaeologist to learn about the excavation of one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century: the life-size terra-cotta army that stands guard at the tomb of China’s First Emperor. (B. Yangzi Explorer The Yangzi Explorer (pictured left). Or you may choose to spend today exploring Shanghai on your own. check into our hotel. Board smaller boats to travel up a narrow tributary.Richly painted latticework frames visitors at Beijing’s Lama Temple. Hyatt Regency (B. observe pandas and learn about efforts to conserve them. a sundeck. a fitness center. Qin Shi Huang.895 Price is per person.
Mongolia Writer. Tonight. and biologist Jeremy Schmidt first traveled to Mongolia in 1993 when an assignment took him to the Sayan Mountains in search of the last reindeer nomads. whose customs pre-date the age of Genghis Khan. Ulaanbaatar Hotel Day 3 Ulaanbaatar Museum. (B./Ulaanbaatar. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Experience Naadam. Embassy official for an introduction to the current political and economic climate. Then drive east to Gün-Galuut. and city folk of this fascinating country. join a senior U. visit the remodeled National History Museum to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. • Explore the site of one of the world’s most prolific dinosaur fossil quarries at the Flaming Cliffs. The July 9 departure follows the same itinerary but features the Naadam Festival and the visit to Hustain Nuruu National Park at the beginning of the expedition. Gather tonight for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. D) Day 4 Gün-Galuut Nature Reserve Spend the morning at the Gandan Monastery. At the Natural History This morning. Ger Camp (B. See our website for Chris’ bio. L. and visit the adjoining Megjid Janraisig and Kalachakra Temples. • Attend a performance of traditional Mongolian throat singing. observe the monks’ daily rituals. National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier will join the July 9 departure. Above: A horseman in traditional dress drives the herd on the expansive grasslands of Mongolia. In 2002.S. examine the fossilized dinosaur bones and eggs found in the Gobi. Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery—one of very few to survive Stalin’s crackdown on religion during the purges of the 1930s.S. with help from the National Geographic Conservation Trust. Listen to the horns calling lamas to temple. Take the rest of the day to explore the area on a hike or an optional horseback ride. or felt-lined yurt. he has lived with and written about the eagle hunters. hike in a dramatic oasis. L. 40 . he co-founded Conservation Ink. 13 days • 2011: July 1–13 • July 9–21* ITINERARY Expert JEREMY SCHMIDT Days 1 and 2 U. • Spot wildlife in the wetlands of the Gün-Galuut Nature Reserve. photographer. Mongolia’s most celebrated festival. On a journey from the steppe to the remote dunes of the Gobi desert. a nature reserve near the Khentii Mountains where the steppe converges with stunning wetlands. Jeremy will accompany the July 1 departure. ride horseback across wetlands. stay in a traditional ger. shamans. Depart on an overnight flight to Ulaanbaatar and check into our centrally located hotel upon arrival. Visit our website for the detailed itinerary. D) * The itinerary above describes the July 1 departure. a nonprofit publisher devoted to supporting Mongolia’s system of parks and protected areas. where local scientists prepare recently discovered fossils. rather than at the end. This afternoon.ASIA Mongolia: Land of the Nomad Amid the stark beauty of Mongolia’s varied landscapes lives one of the world’s last surviving nomadic cultures. Since then. and watch the sun set on the Flaming Cliffs. and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the paleontology lab. steppe nomads. Stay in traditional ger camps and witness the thrilling contests of the Naadam Festival. and see wrestling and horse racing competitions.
Argali mountain sheep. L. D) Day 8 Gegeet Valley/Khongoryn Els Attend the opening ceremony of Naadam. travel to our ger camp in Hustain Nuruu National Park. For a single room. visit the local natural history museum. Late this afternoon. Depart on an overnight excursion. arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. The gers (felt-lined canvas tents) at Gün-Galuut. and spend the night in a nearby ger camp. with traditional Mongolian beds (twin size) and toilet and shower facilities in a separate bathhouse. Settle into your deluxe ger at Three Camel Lodge. L) Day 11 Naadam Festival/Hustain Nuruu National Park After breakfast. or Eagle Valley. home of Mongolia’s last theocrat. Head back to the Three Camel Lodge after lunch. and activities necessitate that travelers must be in good health and have no limitations on physical mobility. Tonight.com 41 . L. In the evening.the Gegeet Valley. Ulaanbaatar Hotel (B. which displays one of the world’s best collections of Buddhist art and artifacts. Learn about conservation efforts from a park ranger and then set out into the park in search of these beautiful creatures. Day 9 Khongoryn Els/Gobi Desert Day 5 Ulaanbaatar Return to Ulaanbaatar. where brilliant red sandstone harbors a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils and eggs. transfer to the airport for your return flight home. stopping en route at the new. Ger Camp (B. Travel to Yolyn Am. add $895.nationalgeographicexpeditions. D) Day 13 Ulaanbaatar/U. Witness wrestling and archery competitions. ibex. L) Day 6 Gobi Desert/Flaming Cliffs Soar over the vast steppe on a flight to the mystical Gobi desert. (B) Note: Add a five-day post-trip extension to the Hövsgöl Lake region. L. Travel to the legendary Flaming Cliffs. nearly 400 horses roam re-introduction sites Reserve online at www. or throat singing. en route to the Khongoryn Els. before heading into the countryside to watch the traditional horse race. Over the next four days. Ulaanbaatar Hotel (B. Three Camel Lodge (B. visiting Considered the last remaining species of truly wild horse. D) Day 12 Hustain Nuruu National Park/ Ulaanbaatar Price is per person. Take in the sunset on this stunning and remote desert landscape. and gazelles. as well as rare species such as snow leopards and Gobi bears. L. keeping your eye out for native vultures called lammergeiers.” dunes known for the uncanny. Ulaanbaatar Hotel (B. a 60-mile stretch of rippling sand dunes that soar up to 600 feet and trace the edge of the Altai range.395 Awaken early to watch the rising sun infuse the desert with glowing hues of orange and gold. take in a performance of traditional Mongolian dance and khoomi. and disruptions to the country’s infrastructure can necessitate changes to our itinerary.050. L. D) A young lama feeds pigeons at the Gandan Monastery. 40-foot-tall monument of Genghis Khan on horseback. Later. (B. Three Camel Lodge (B. a dramatic chasm that cuts a narrow path through the foothills of the arid Altai Mountains. and Hustain Nuruu are basic and comfortable.S. D) Day 10 Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and China. encounter the “Singing Sands. All flights within Mongolia are included in the expedition cost. A limited number of gers are available for singles. Khongoryn Els. Take a ride on a Bactrian camel if you wish. Stop in at the camp of a camel herding family and experience traditional Mongolian hospitality. the habitat of the elusive snow leopard. gather for a festive farewell dinner at the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum. Road conditions can be very rough. D) Day 7 Yolyn Am After breakfast. Ger Camp (B. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Ulaanbaatar is not included and is estimated at $2. Deluxe gers at Three Camel Lodge include a private toilet and sink. originally built in the 18th century and rebuilt in the 20th century. the takhi was extinct in the wild until a small population was reintroduced into Hustain Nuruu in 1994. L. double occupancy. Then venture into the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan. Service is not always up to Western standards. Set out on a hike through this lush spot. deep groan the sand emits when the dunes’ surface is disturbed. Now. home to Bactrian camels. discover the wildlife and varying landscapes of the desert. site of some of the most important paleontological discoveries of the 20th century. Fly to Ulaanbaatar this morning. and saker falcons. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $5. Return to Ulaanbaatar after lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. What to Expect: Travel to Mongolia requires flexibility and a sense of adventure. Visit our website or call for details.
She has written four books and produced films for National Geographic.000 feet) and stop for tea and a view of 200 miles of Himalayan Today is the fourth king’s birthday. one of the oldest private monasteries in Bhutan. gather for a welcome dinner. or Tiger’s Nest Temple.S.S. • Mingle with community leaders and government dignitaries at a banquet dinner and gain insight into modern Bhutan. See our website for his bio.. wander through serene monasteries. L. D) Day 6 Punakha/Phobjika This morning. fly to the Paro Valley (7. and villages unchanged by time. (B. an impressive fortress guarding the southern end of the valley at the confluence of the Pho (male) and Mo (female) Rivers. discover unique artistic traditions. an organization that works with rural Nepalese women who create handcrafted products to generate income. be rewarded for your efforts with incredible views of the valley below.* Also known as Children’s Day. Hike to ancient dzongs. Then visit the Punakha Dzong. Bill Jones will join the October departure. dazzling rice fields. which is celebrated with small ceremonies throughout the country. journey to Punakha. • Witness colorful parades and magnificent processions at spectacular local festivals. Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest Temple). pilgrimage. Tonight. and indigenous medicinal plants. PBS.ASIA Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds Within the folds of Bhutan’s mountains lie sacred temples./Bangkok.300 feet) in Bhutan. experience the wonders of the last Mahayana Buddhist kingdom of the Himalaya. 12 days • 2011: March 15–26* • October 4–15* • November 6–17 See our Bhutan Photography Expedition on the opposite page. and the BBC. a spectacularly situated temple. Carroll is the director of Wild Earth. On this magical journey. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Hike to Bhutan’s most famous pilgrimage site. L. Depart the U.* • Explore Gangtey Gonpa. Punatsangchhu Hotel (B. sits high above the lush Paro Valley. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy time to relax. An expert in Himalayan cultures. Bhutan summits (weather permitting). L. we have the opportunity to witness * The itinerary above describes the November departure which includes a celebration of the former king’s birthday and the Crane Festival. and arrive in Bangkok the next night. or visit the seventhcentury Kyichu Lhakhang. Expert CARROLL DUNHAM ITINERARY Days 1 and 2 U. cross the international date line. Thailand Medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for the past 25 years and is currently based in Nepal. D) Day 4 Punakha After an invigorating hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. she is passionate about sacred geography. Carroll will accompany the March and November departures. The other departures follow a similar itinerary but include different celebrations: the March departure includes the Paro Tsechu festival on Day 4 and the October departure includes the Thimphu Tsechu festival on Day 4. Above: The magnificent Taktsang Lhakhang. Bhutan’s ancient capital. D) Day 5 Punakha From Bangkok. Travel over the Dochu La pass (10. Zhiwa Ling Hotel (B. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel Day 3 Paro. and witness one of Bhutan’s spectacular local festivals. Visit our website for detailed itineraries. meet local families. Settle into our hotel in the golden Punakha Valley and enjoy dinner together. 42 .
this festival was created by the community to raise awareness for the rare cranes that winter in the valley. For a single room. Round-trip economy airfare between Los Angeles and Bangkok is $1. It is also the largest wintering site for the endangered black-necked crane.* a charming mix of traditional masked and folk dances. This evening. D) Day 8 Thimphu airport for your return flight. D) Day 10 Paro Pilgrims spin large prayer wheels. What to Expect: This is an active exploration with optional hikes that range from one to five miles and excursions that involve stairs and uneven footing.or post-trip extension to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.Young Buddhist monks peek through an ornate gateway. Travel to the alpine valley of Phobjika (10. Zhiwa Ling Hotel (B. The following morning. Dewachen Lodge (B. Against a backdrop of forest-clad mountains. D) Day 9 Thimphu/Paro After a morning exploring the country’s more modern side in Thimphu.S. B) Note: Add a four-day pre. L.000 feet above sea level. the capital of Bhutan and home to the royal family. Tonight. local dignitaries. Price is per person. and at a rustic lodge (with limited electricity) in Phobjika. and painters. Held in the courtyard of the Gonpa. L.995.000 and between Bangkok and Paro is $910 (subject to change). Thailand/U. respiratory. (B. L. a decision by the Bhutanese government is pending. double occupancy. and Thimphu. which Himalayan Buddhists believe spread spiritual blessings. which arrives in November and stays through March. This trip is not suitable for those who suffer from cardiac. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. arriving home the same day. stopping to meet a family at a local farmhouse along the way. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel (B. Visible from afar. delve into the colorful bustle of the weekend market. Visit our website or call for details. sculptors. Gangtey Gonpa has recently been restored. D) Day 7 Phobjika half-day hike. Then set off on a BHUTAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION 12 DAYS • 2011: SEPTEMBER 10–21 Travel to Thimphu (7. get a behind-thescenes perspective on contemporary Bhutan during a lively Bhutanese banquet with members of the government.300 feet). Paro. Our journey in the kingdom culminates with a hike to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan: Taktsang Lhakhang. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $6. Our visit coincides with the annual Crane Festival. and respected professionals.900 feet). We will stay at firstclass hotels in Bangkok. This photography expedition follows the same itinerary as described on these pages—with some adjustments to maximize photographic opportunities—and the same pricing. All departures may be subject to an additional Bhutan tourism tariff of $400 per person. or mani wheels.000 feet). D) Days 11 and 12 Paro/Bangkok. Bhutan’s weavings and brocades are considered spiritual expressions and are admired for their diversity and sophistication. Visit the National Textile Museum and browse its exhibitions. Participants should be physically fit. some of the festivities. allowing us to examine the fine workmanship of Bhutan’s best woodcarvers. L. (B. transfer to the CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 43 . add $1. Return to Paro Valley in the late afternoon. The average elevation in Bhutan is 8. One of the oldest Nyingma monasteries in Bhutan. or circulatory disorders or a disability that limits mobility.000 feet above the valley floor. set out into the mountains of Bhutan to shoot exquisite temples and villages untouched by time. at a simple Bhutanese-style hotel in the Punakha Valley. Taj Tashi Thimphu (B. Fly to Bangkok and check into our hotel. L.295 In the company of National Geographic photographer Thomas Kelly. this stunning monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 2. L. considered one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. or the Tiger’s Nest Temple (9. the Gangtey Gonpa temple complex rises dramatically from a cluster of hilltop cottages. celebrate your Bhutanese adventure at a festive farewell dinner.
After lunch. Explore legendary monuments from the Pyramids at Gîza to the colossal statues of Abu Simbel.AFRICA Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Step into a world of mighty pharaohs and deities on a journey dedicated to the wonders of ancient Egypt. and see the reassembled funerary boat of King Khufu (or Cheops) at the Solar Boat Museum. Sun Boat IV. ITINERARY Days 1 and 2 U.S. Its collection of artifacts dates back to 4000 B. Depart on an overnight flight and arrive in Cairo the next evening. • Learn about recent discoveries at a private lecture by the director of Luxor’s antiquities. . stop at the Step Pyramid. Then set sail on the elegant M. he received a university degree with a specialty in ancient Egyptian history. D) Day 4 Cairo/Gîza of the world’s most spectacular sights: the pyramids. gain access to some of Egypt’s recent archaeological finds and ongoing excavations. • Sail down the Nile on board a traditional felucca. Aki will accompany all departures. D) Day 6 Abu Simbel/Aswân Enjoy a full day in Gîza discovering one 44 Fly to Abu Simbel to encounter the breathtaking Temple of Ramses II and the Temple Above: Bedecked with bright saddle blankets. “Aki” Allam has been a licensed Egyptologist for more than 30 years. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Delve into the history and mythology behind celebrated temples and monuments with our expert Egyptologist.C. Then discover the graceful architecture of Islamic Cairo’s historic mosques. and the lesser known Pyramids of Dahshûr. Tonight. gain special access to the excavations currently underway at the workmen’s tombs. explore the bazaar of Khan El Khalili./Cairo. Just outside the city. (B. Born in Cairo. (B. and includes the treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamun and the Royal Mummies Room. On a private tour of the latest discoveries. L. • By special arrangement. alive with the timeless sounds and excitement of bargaining and trade. and discover bustling Cairo. (B.C. Expert AKRAM ALLAM 11 days • 2011: March 20–30 • October 9–19 • October 23–November 2 November 6–16 • November 20–30 • December 18–28 See our Egypt Family Adventure on the opposite page.. Egypt Recognized as a leading scholar of ancient Egyptian history.S. Ride a camel past Gîza’s ancient monuments before returning to Cairo for an evening at leisure. Left: Statue of the Egyptian goddess Hathor (Luxor Museum). Conrad Cairo Hotel Day 3 Cairo Spend the morning at the Egyptian Museum. gather for a welcome dinner at the hotel. built by King Djoser in 2700 B. camels are led past the great Pyramids at Gîza. Face the imposing Sphinx. L. and view the magnificent temples and traditional villages that line the banks of the Nile. L) Day 5 Memphis/Dahshûr Travel to the ancient capital of Memphis to see the superb statue of Ramses II. Aki is an entertaining and enthusiastic teacher who has guided National Geographic travelers through Egypt for many years and enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge of and insights on his native land.
George Hotel (B.nationalgeographicexpeditions. Aswân.595. L. (B. Reserve online at www. National Geographic has reserved 10 to 14 cabins on the Sun Boat IV on each of these departures. a small swimming pool. Return to the Sun Boat IV for dinner. D) Day 9 Luxor experience true Egyptian hospitality at a farewell dinner at a private Egyptian home. and as dusk falls. 2012 On a nine-day adventure designed for families. Egypt’s first female pharaoh. All cabins have windows with a Nile view. Tonight. dedicated to Ramses II’s favorite wife. visit the Temple of Luxor.S. where we embark the Sun Boat IV. and Abu Simbel with an Egyptologist. visit the evocative Temple of Horus in Idfu. wander among the massive pillars of the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Conrad Cairo Hotel (B. At the Valley of the Kings. of Hathor. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Cairo on your own. and individually controlled air-conditioning. Discover the sights of the west bank of the Nile today. Then head to the Luxor Museum and examine its beautifully presented artifacts. double occupancy. Jordan 2011: March 16–21 • October 5–10 October 19–24 • November 2–7 November 16–21 • December 14–19 Experience Jordan on a five-day pre-trip extension. visit the “unfinished obelisk” and learn about the fascinating engineering feats the ancient Egyptians accomplished in creating these huge monuments. L) Day 10 Luxor/Cairo After breakfast. Attend a private talk by the director of Luxor’s antiquities about new discoveries. and enjoy an opportunity to snorkel in the Red Sea on an optional post-trip extension to the Sinai peninsula. a boutique.395 Price is per person. On excursions to Jarash and Wadi Rum. (B) OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXTENSION Petra. (B. L. Weather permitting. step from a sundrenched landscape into the dark silence of the tombs. L. check into our hotel. See our website for a detailed itinerary. Upon arrival. Facilities include a comfortable lounge. our home for the next three nights. Take a short motorboat ride to the island of Agilika this morning to explore the majestic EGYPT FAMILY ADVENTURE 9 DAYS • 2011: JULY 22–30 DECEMBER 27. a gymnasium. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Cairo is not included and is from $850 (subject to change). and a library. Luxor. Sonesta St. About the M.S. Airfare is not included in the extension cost. Luxor is often called the world’s greatest open-air museum.595 for adults and $3. D) Day 11 Cairo/U.S.795 for children. Sun Boat IV (B. After lunch onboard. Sun Boat IV The 80-passenger M. transfer to Cairo International Airport for your return flight. There is a holiday surcharge of $650 per person on the December departure. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary. Optional Petra Extension: $2. Per-person price starts at $5. explore the Ramesseum.com 45 . a private bathroom. board a felucca. Return to the boat and journey north.090 Price is per person. After breakfast. a restaurant.S. taking in scenes of everyday life along the banks of the Nile River. Nefertari. Stop at the fabled Colossi of Memnon and the Temple of Hatshepsut. This morning. 2011–JANUARY 4. add $1. Cruise to Kôm Ombo and venture into the beautiful GrecoRoman temple dedicated to Sobek.Philae Temple. Afterward. For a single room. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $6. Sun Boat IV (pictured left) offers one of the most intimate cruising experiences on the Nile. All flights within Egypt are included in the expedition cost. L. spend a full day exploring the ancient site of Petra. the crocodile god. transfer to the airport for the flight to Aswân. Following lunch. add $930. discover incredible Roman ruins and the iconic desert made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. D) Day 8 Luxor Traditional feluccas glide along the Nile. for a sail along the Nile. M. Ramses II’s mortuary temple. Later. double occupancy. two sundecks. For a single room. transfer to the airport for our flight to Cairo. Economy airfare from Cairo to Amman is $400 (subject to change). Then. explore Cairo. a traditional Egyptian sailboat. D) Day 7 Aswân/Kôm Ombo/Idfu With its vast array of ancient temples and monuments.
Land. Discover the enchanting cities of Marrakech and Fez.AFRICA Moroccan Odyssey Morocco’s mystique can be found in medinas that brim with color. lined with market stalls and craftspeople. David Scott Silverberg will join the April departure. a professor of anthropology at Northwestern University. gather for a rooftop reception and dinner accompanied by traditional Gnaoua music in the heart of the old medina. the ceremonial meeting place outside the Royal Palace. where snake charmers and magicians captivate the passersby. gather for a festive welcome dinner overlooking the sea. Katherine has consulted on numerous media and film projects. Depart on an overnight flight to Casablanca. After lunch. Le Méridien N’Fis (B. and French. Katherine will accompany the October departures. Meander through the stunning Majorelle Garden. See the splendid Koutoubia Mosque and the Saadian Tombs. soaring mountains that give way to endless desert. D) Day 4 Marrakech Drive through the elegant Anfa neighborhood on the way to Marrakech. Expert KATHERINE E. Explore historic Moroccan architecture with visits to the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrassa and the Museum of Marrakech. and visit little-known mountain villages. • Learn about Berber culture while sipping mint tea and eating hearth-baked bread in a traditional mountain village. Tonight. and watch the sun rise over the Sahara.” She is the author of We Share Walls: Language. oases thick with palms. and stunning Moorish architecture. Explore the labyrinthine streets of the medina. and Gender in Berber Morocco as well as many articles.S. HOFFMAN ITINERARY Days 1 and 2 U. and speaks Arabic. Morocco Katherine Hoffman. once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent. and stay at the glorious Palais Jamai in Fez. L. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ancient adobe village of Aït Benhaddou. both UNESCO World Heritage sites. • Ride a camel at sunset to a tented camp nestled among the sculpted dunes. Berber. whose 689-foot minaret is the world’s tallest. Continue exploring the sites of Marrakech today. (B. and soak up the colorful chaos of Djemma el Fna Square. located in the Dar Menebhi Palace. venture back to the lively medina with our local guide or explore on your own. Morocco’s legendary “pearl of the south. • Observe artisans plying their timeless crafts in the workshops of Fez. visit the extraordinary Hassan II Mosque. Tonight./Casablanca. 11 days • 2011: April 15–25 • October 7–17 • October 21–31 See our Morocco Photography Expedition on the opposite page. 46 . venture into rose-colored kasbahs. After time to relax the following morning. A specialist in Berber culture. Enjoy lunch before taking a stroll through the city’s Habous district and the mechouar. Katherine consulted on National Geographic’s January 2005 story “Among the Berbers. Sheraton Casablanca Hotel & Towers (L. an improbable stretch of rainwater captures a camel caravan. D) Day 3 Casablanca/Marrakech and visit Bahia Palace.” Enjoy a poolside lunch at the hotel before exploring the city of Marrakech. lived in Morocco for several years. Listen to the strains of Berber music around a campfire in the Sahara. See our website for his bio. L) Above: Shimmering with the Sahara’s rich colors.
double occupancy. well-located properties that reflect the character of each region. Palais Jamai (B. stopping for mint tea at a performance at the Palais Jamai. Economy airfare from New York to Casablanca and return from Fez is $1. passing spectacular rock formations. snap portraits of traditional Berber families in their mountain villages. toast our Moroccan advenwatch the sun set on the Sahara. Visit the Royal Palace and Fes Jdid. See the Nejjarine Fountain. arches. and Fez. D) under the star-studded sky and enjoy an traditional Berber village.000 Kasbahs. your nestled amid the crags and plateaus of the home for the next three nights. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. now known for its movie Awaken early for a walk across the studios where films like Gladiator and sandscape as the rising sun paints Lawrence of Arabia were shot. and the Kairaouine Mosque. head out A cluster of hand-painted tagines displays a variety of colorful designs. D) to the camp for a hearty breakfast. Today you may choose to explore Fez at Visit the well known your own pace or take an excursion to the suq in Rissani. Return Le Berbère Palace (B. Arrive in Fez late this afterout on the fabled Road of 1. About our Accommodations: Our hotels are first-class.080.000 Kasbahs to Erfoud. Morocco’s 17th-century Day 5 Aït Benhaddou/Ouarzazate Later. L. site. This photography expedition follows the same itinerary as described on these pages (and is the same price). the dunes orange and gold. L. and rose plantations. Tonight. covered in exquisite mosaics. Return Cross the High Atlas Mountains over ture at a farewell dinner and belly-dancing to our deluxe Berber tented camp to dine the Tichka Pass. camel caravan stop. and Meknes. Then set forest. transfer to the airport for Bivouac Tented Berber Camp (B. noon. (B. D) into its warren of twisting lanes and shops. ride into the dunes on a camel to capital. a World Heritage The setting sun casts a rosy glow on a crenellated wall in Marrakech. semidesert landscape. ancient fortified village before venturing This morning. Delve into the lively medina.995 Price is per person. Our camp in Merzouga features deluxe Berber-style tents with en suite bathrooms and generator-powered electricity. a former colonial Day 8 Merzouga/Fez trading post.on a hike in the dramatic Dades Gorge and visit nearby villages. For a single room. Xaluca Dades (B. and photograph the ancient adobe village of Aït Benhaddou in the late afternoon light. a historic Roman ruins of Volubilis. (B. D) MOROCCO PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION 11 DAYS • 2011: MAY 6–16 • NOVEMBER 11–21 Day 9 Fez In the company of a National Geographic photographer. L. Day 6 Ouarzazate/Boumalne Dades Then head north into the highmountain plains on your way to Fez. each hotel has a lovely pool and stunning tropical gardens. Proceed to Aït Day 11 Fez/U. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 47 . and settle into your room at Arrive in Boumalne Dades. D) Day 7 Erfoud/Rissani/ Merzouga Continue along the Road of 1. your return flight.S. home to the historic Jewish quarter.200 (subject to change). In Marrakech. Spend the day exploring this magnificent imperial city. Ouarzazate. Discover the 14th-century Bou Inania madrassa. evening of Berber folk music and tales Benhaddou for lunch overlooking this around the campfire. After lunch. characterized by its intricately carved stucco walls. Learn about traditional adobe architecture stopping for a walk in a lush cedar in Taourirt Kasbah this morning. L. (B) Continue to Ouarzazate. oases. In Erfoud. a small town the legendary Palais Jamai. L) INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $5. climb into 4x4s for the Day 10 Fez/Volubilis and Meknes drive into the desert. and cornices. with some adjustments to each day’s timing to take advantage of the best light. add $1. where merchants preside over colorful mounds of spices and tanners soak skins in vats of dye.
• Witness the great annual wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park. and tree-climbing lions. Take in extraordinary vistas of the Great Rift Valley and the rolling savanna. a herd of zebras canters through the savanna grass. wildebeests. Serena Mountain Village Day 3 Arusha/Lake Manyara tented camp. and meet renowned anthropologist Meave or Louise Leakey on a visit to Olduvai Gorge. venture into a Maasai village. Enjoy traditional singing and dancing. January. L. flamingos. 48 . ** The annual wildebeest migration coincides with the December. See our website for experts on other departures. Far from the tourist circuit. enjoy a morning safari around Lake Manyara. a unique habitat sheltering almost 30. Days 1 and 2 U.000 feet to the base of the crater. giraffes. encounter wildlife in its natural habitat. witness a traditional ceremony.000 animals.AFRICA On Safari in Tanzania Set out on a wildlife safari amid the incredible diversity of landscapes in Tanzania’s most famous national parks. This afternoon. co-director of research at Olduvai Gorge. Fidelis Masao. buffalo. Expert DAVID BYGOTT 10 days • 2011: July 13–22 • September 12–21 December 26. This afternoon. and much more of East Africa’s spectacular wildlife. famous for its elephants.** • Meet Meave or Louise Leakey—both National Geographic Explorers-inResidence—at Olduvai Gorge. and February departures. We may see elephants. set out on our first wildlife safari. ITINERARY Biologist and artist David Bygott first came to Tanzania in 1969 to work on Jane Goodall’s National Geographic–funded team studying wild chimpanzees. and learn about this fascinating culture from the village chief. rhinos.000 animals./Arusha. meet Dr. Later. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (B. D) Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater Drive to Lake Manyara National Park. we have the opportunity to get * The Leakeys are not able to join the July departure. and has contributed illustrations to numerous East African guidebooks and National Geographic magazine. David worked with Dian Fossey sketching gorillas. He later taught zoology to future wildlife managers at the University of Dar es Salaam. Instead. David will accompany the July and December departures. L. and arrive the following evening. and learn firsthand about Maasai culture. lions. cheetahs. members of a Maasai community join us at our camp. hippos. 2011–January 4. where volcanic slopes shelter almost 30. Above: A vision of dazzling stripes. where their family discovered fossils that have shaped our understanding of human origins. David spent four years working as a biologist for the Serengeti Lion Project. researching lion behavior in northern Tanzania. hyenas. 2012 2012: January 29–February 7 • February 12–21 See page 88 for our Tanzania Family Safari.S. hippos. Right: Sunlight illuminates the mane of a majestic lion. a nearby Maasai community welcomes us into their village on a very special visit. D) Day 4 Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast. Msigiyo Camp (B.* • Join a Maasai elder on a visit to his native village.* EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Spot spectacular wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania Depart on an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport via Amsterdam. Then continue to the Ngorongoro Crater and settle into our Descend 2. witness an initiation ritual.
Expedition Cost: 2011 2012 $7. The internal flight within Tanzania is included in the expedition cost. and stop in at the school. arriving the next day.400 in 2012.OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS Rwanda The signature red garb of three Maasai stands out vividly against the subtler shades of the savanna. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Arusha is not included and is from $1. Kirawira Camp Western Serengeti (B. Visit our website for additional pricing details.S. double occupancy. Continue to the Serengeti.495 from $3. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Meave Leakey or her daughter Louise joins us for dinner and a discussion about the Leakey family’s research. D) Day 6 Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti us on our visit here. there is an additional holiday surcharge of $500 per person. on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition in 1960. add $2. white-sand beaches. (B. Meave and Louise unearthed a 3. D) Day 7 Serengeti Add an optional seven-day extension to Rwanda for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. Then observe the fascinating interplay of the Serengeti’s legendary wildlife on an afternoon game drive. After lunch. Prices are per person. L.com 49 . Tonight. track gorillas and hike to the original site of National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Center. and on an afternoon safari.5-million-year-old skull and partial jaw believed to belong to a new branch of early hominid.nationalgeographicexpeditions. a UNESCO World Heritage site.* (B. walk through jungles and spice plantations. enjoy a talk by a local wildlife researcher. Stay in a luxury tented camp in the largest protected wilderness reserve on the continent and observe the full array of East African wildlife. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis. double occupancy. INFORMATION Drive to Olduvai Gorge where. L. catch a glimpse of the wildebeest migration. explore Stone Town.695 $7. L. Selous Game Reserve Add an optional five-day post-trip extension to the Selous Game Reserve in southwestern Tanzania.450 (subject to change). acquainted with craftswomen and elders. head out on safari.* In 1999. L. Visit our website or call for details. fly back to Kilimanjaro airport and connect with your evening flight home. Then watch for wildlife as we travel through beautiful scenery to our tented camp in the western Serengeti. Look for herds of zebra or wildebeest eyeing a predator warily. From our base at the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Visit our website for detailed itineraries for the above extensions. For a single room.995 Prices are per person. Meave or Louise Leakey joins This morning.300 in 2011 and $2. and relax on palm-lined. and spot crocodiles as their snouts surface in the Grumeti River.995 After an early morning safari. Optional Extension Costs: Rwanda Selous Zanzibar from $4. (B. one of the earliest members of the human genus.900 from $1. D) Days 9 and 10 Serengeti/Arusha/U. Zanzibar On an optional five-day post-trip extension on the island of Zanzibar. L) Note: Add a pre-trip Mount Kilimanjaro climb. D) Day 8 Serengeti Embark on a sunrise game drive and return to the lodge for breakfast and some time at leisure. On the December 26 departure.** Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (B. Reserve online at www.
Jay will accompany the July and August 1 departures. L. a stunning ecolodge operated in conjunction with the local Maasai community. . Hike up to a hilltop for a sundowner. The conservancy is home to a number of rare species. photographing everything from witch doctors in South Africa to the dunes and wildlife of Namibia. Venture into the spectacular cloud forest atop the Chyulu Hills to photograph unusual trees. he has worked throughout Africa. flat-topped thorn trees on the northern flanks of Mount Kenya. visible in the distance. giraffes. 11 days • 2011: July 21–31 • August 1–11 • August 24–September 3 September 3–13 Expert JAY DICKMAN ITINERARY Days 1 and 2 U. Upon arrival. Kenya is an ideal setting for a photo safari. transfer to our boutique hotel. set amid gardens in a quiet neighborhood. See our website for the photographer joining the other departures. Get to know the traditions—and the families—of our Maasai hosts and trackers. Time. and lakes on guided walks and game drives. forests. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Photograph a vast array of wildlife.000 acres of golden savanna dotted with iconic. and Forbes. Kenya night. Life. • Enjoy a rare chance to shoot portraits of the Maasai people and photograph their traditional way of life. fly to the verdant Chyulu Hills. a luxury tent at Campi ya Kanzi affords sweeping views of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills. lions. and an array of fascinating wild creatures. Sweeping plains unroll from here to the foot of Tanzania’s majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. and capture the golden afternoon light on the plains. plants. and kudus to buffaloes. gather for a talk by our expert—and get tips for photographing wildlife. Palacina Suites Days 3 and 4 Chyulu Hills After breakfast. explore hills. from lolling lions to migrating wildebeests./Nairobi. • Stay in three exclusive tented camps. Campi ya Kanzi (B.AFRICA Kenya Photo Safari Brimming with vibrant cultures. including National Geographic magazine. dedicated to the preservation of local wildlife and culture. On the first Fly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. With our Maasai trackers. including 50 Above: Wary wildebeests stand at attention as a cheetah slinks by. Depart on an overnight flight to Europe and connect with your flight to Kenya. 62. learn the behavior of the creatures we may see—from zebras. D daily) Days 5 and 6 Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman has covered events as diverse as the war in El Salvador and the Olympics for numerous publications. and brilliant birds. • Head out on safaris designed to maximize photographic opportunities. A popular instructor and expedition leader. nestled between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. Jay has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler. train your lens on the wildlife that comes to graze against a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. The lodge itself provides some great photographic opportunities—from the terrace of the main house. Settle into your luxurious tent at Campi ya Kanzi. Set out with a National Geographic photographer and a maximum of just 12 travelers to capture this picturesque country and its rich wildlife from all angles. During our stay here. Condé Nast Traveler. and the Maasai people carry on their traditions. and cheetahs.S. iconic landscapes. Rolling grasslands teem with dazzling herds of zebra. Right: Decorated in a rustic safari style. giraffes canter against the silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lewa Safari Camp is an intimate property featuring deluxe tents with en suite bathrooms and a lovely pool and patio area. We’ll stop for picnics in the bush and capture incredible views while sipping cocktails as the sun sets. photograph hippos and crocodiles basking on riverbanks. Relax in dayrooms before transferring to the airport for flights home.Lewa’s dramatic gorges and thick mountain jungles. an intimate tented camp situated in the Siana Community Conservation Area just west of the Masai Mara Reserve.250 (subject to change). L. wild dog.995 Price is per person. the dazzling Grevy’s zebra. Study smaller creatures and plant life on guided bush walks. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $12. take advantage of the camp’s multimedia workshop to review and edit your images. Take walks through the countryside to traditional villages. arriving the following day. and the endangered aquatic sitatunga. We’ll have three days to discover the endless grasslands and picturesque hills of this legendary region. Lewa Safari Camp (B. From our base at a luxury tented camp. D daily) Days 10 and 11 Masai Mara/Nairobi/U. In the evenings.gov). Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Nairobi is not included and is from $1. The public areas open to the outdoors. For a single room. All flights within Kenya are included in the expedition cost. With luck. Meet local Samburu.250. Leleshwa Tented Camp (B. spend two days taking part in a variety of activities designed to get you and your camera close to the rich wildlife of the region. photographing a broad spectrum of landscapes and wildlife—including the resident lion pride that can sometimes be heard from the camp. and 9 Masai Mara National Reserve The vibrant regalia of a Maasai tribesman reverberates against the tawny savanna hues. we’ll photograph enormous herds of migrating wildebeests as they cross the Mara River. where breakfast is served. double occupancy. We’ll cap off our photo safari with a slide show of the trip’s best images. but will continue to closely monitor events in the country. pay a visit to a local farm. Enjoy one last morning on safari before departing for Nairobi on a charter flight. D daily) Days 7. L. or prepare your equipment in a hide to capture images of animals at close range. and photograph the crafts of the region on a visit to an artisans’ center. and snap action shots of lionesses stalking their prey. We expect to operate this itinerary as planned. zoom in on majestic leopards and playful elephant families. 8. About Our Accommodations: Campi ya Kanzi features a cozy main lodge and luxury thatched tents with en suite bathrooms and private terraces. L. private verandas. add $2. search for any of the hundreds of species of colorful birds on a birding walk. shooting portraits of our Maasai neighbors. and en suite bathrooms.S. Please note: A State Department travel warning for Kenya is in effect (http://travel. and venture into Today we fly to Leleshwa Camp. and enjoy a rare chance to photograph their traditional way of life. visiting a school supported by the camp. and meals are served alfresco. Set out on day and nighttime wildlife shoots with Maasai wildlife guides. D) CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 51 . On morning and afternoon game drives with wildlife guides. Each departure is limited to just 12 participants. Ears cocked with interest. both black and white rhino. The six spacious tents of Leleshwa Camp offer simple elegance and comfort. Explore nearby prehistoric ruins. presented by our National Geographic photographer. a zebra pauses for its portrait. Palacina Suites (dayroom) (B. Spend time with the local community. and documenting their everyday life. the reticulated giraffe.state.
and sandstone outcrops. See our website for Derek’s bio. 5. including lions. Our luxury safari lodge is situated amid shady trees on the banks of the Sand River.AFRICA On Safari in Southern Africa by Private Air Soar over southern Africa’s splendid landscapes on an unforgettable journey by private air. and stop for sundowners in the bush. four-wheel-drive vehicles. and 6 Mashatu Game Reserve. Expert BILL BRANCH 12 days • 2011: June 19–30 • July 24–August 4 • August 3–14 August 26–September 6 • September 22–October 3 December 26. Go on a bush walk and morning and afternoon game drives accompanied by expert guides. Embark on an afternoon game drive. lion. D) Days 4. and baobab tree. South Africa/MalaMala Game Reserve Depart on an overnight flight to Johannesburg. Days 1 and 2 U. MalaMala Main Camp (D) Day 3 MalaMala Game Reserve before lunch. ostrich. 2011–January 6. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Search for the Big Five on game drives in South Africa’s MalaMala Private Game Reserve. Experience some of the world’s best wildlife viewing on safari. • Set out on a wildlife river cruise in Botswana’s Chobe National Park and observe elephant families along the riverbanks. and published six books as well as many photographs and scientific articles. Derek Solomon will join this departure. Feel the thunder of beautiful Victoria Falls. and stay at luxury safari camps. rare white rhinos. (B. Gather for dinner around a large campfire in a reed-enclosed boma. followed by a welcome dinner. leopards. eland. giraffe. a UNESCO World Heritage site. search for nocturnal species and predators on the prowl. ITINERARY Bill Branch has been a wildlife biologist at the Port Elizabeth Museum in South Africa since 1979 and has undertaken fieldwork from Ethiopia to South Africa and from Senegal to Madagascar. kori bustard. marshlands. received a grant from National Geographic to help fund his research on African reptiles. and white rhinos. 2012 See our Southern Africa Safari: Zebra Migration on the opposite page. Enjoy time to relax at the camp Fly by private charter to Mashatu Game Reserve. He has described numerous new species and amphibians. • Take a guided walk into the mists of spectacular Victoria Falls—one of the great natural wonders of the world. riverine forests. open plains. and cheetahs. The distinctive habitat of the Lowveld Region is full of big game. Meet with on-site wildlife 52 Above: At rest with her cub. . Upon arrival. Bill is also a general naturalist and keen birder. • Meet wildlife biologists in the field and learn about the behavior of local wildlife populations. As night falls. leopards. home to seven of Africa’s giants— the elephant. Located in the remote eastern corner of Botswana./Johannesburg. L. Bill will accompany all departures except for August 3. elephants. an ever vigilant leopardess surveys the scene. Take your first game drive in the afternoon. this enormous tract of land comprises a diverse wilderness of savanna. Botswana Set off on an early morning safari with naturalist guides in open. tracking lions. board our private charter flight to the MalaMala Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park.S.
Reserve online at www. look for bushbuck and vervet monkeys. (B) Note: Additional nights at Victoria Falls can be arranged upon request. where we will visit Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve in Botswana to witness the remarkable spectacle of tens of thousands of zebras moving as one across the gleaming salt flats. Price varies depending on the season.100 (subject to change). egrets. or browse the Maramba market.S. Zambia. the Royal Livingstone Hotel is a five-star hotel. Visit the District Six Museum. South Africa 2011: June 16–20 • July 21–25 July 31–August 4 • August 23–27 September 19–23 2012: January 5–8 Stay at the elegant Cape Grace hotel located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. Take a city tour and ride a cable car up Table Mountain for a panoramic view. The flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg is included in the extension cost. Spend a day on the Cape Peninsula.075 Price is per person. On a sunset walk through the rain forest. researchers who track the behavior and dynamics of local wildlife populations. D daily) Days 7 and 8 Moremi Game Reserve. South Africa/U. add $2. On a wildlife river cruise. venturing along suspended walkways into the mists. L. SOUTHERN AFRICA SAFARI: ZEBRA MIGRATION 12 DAYS • 2011: SEPTEMBER 10–21 Fly to Johannesburg and connect with your return flight home.com 53 . double occupancy. All flights within Africa are included in the expedition cost. OPTIONAL EXTENSION Cape Town. Enjoy an optional cruise on the Zambezi River. A bright carmine bee-eater stands in stark contrast to the striped back of a zebra. Optional Cape Town Extension: from $3. B. Expedition Cost: $10. D) Days 11 and 12 Johannesburg. Take a trip to Gadikwe Island by flat-bottom boat to see hippos and breeding colonies of herons. then travel by ferry to Robben Island. with the exception of Days 7 and 8. Zambia Then continue on a short flight along the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers to Livingstone. Visit our website for additional pricing details. recently featured in the National Geographic Channel’s epic series Great Migrations. stop by the Livingstone Museum. Visit our website or call for a detailed itinerary. Mashatu Main Camp (B.650. Royal Livingstone Hotel (B. This safari follows the same itinerary described on these pages. or experience the falls from a thrilling perspective on an optional flight-seeing excursion. Pay a visit to a local village and its school. Xakanaxa Camp (B. INFORMATION Our private aircraft takes us to Chobe National Park. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Johannesburg is not included and is from $1. Our camp offers us the opportunity to discover the Okavango Delta’s untamed habitat by land and water. Transportation within Africa is by small private aircraft. Okavango Delta Fly by private charter to our luxury tented camp in Moremi Game Reserve. and check into the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel.nationalgeographicexpeditions. and stop to see the finds at an archaeological site. Explore the falls with a local guide the next morning. arriving the next day. For a single room. Visit our website for details.995 Experience the sweeping landscapes of southern Africa at the height of the zebra migration. Xakanaxa Camp is a luxury tented camp. This afternoon. except for the flight from Livingstone to Johannesburg. storks. L. you may choose to visit a local village. just steps from Victoria Falls. a photographer captures the magnificent Victoria Falls. L.With the helping hand of an assistant. known for its many elephant families. Gather tonight for a festive farewell dinner on board the historic Royal Livingstone Express steam train. watch for elephants frolicking at the water’s edge. double occupancy. home to African jackass penguins and cape fur seals. and visit the historic home and winery at Groot Constantia. and cormorants. Price is per person. where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. pelicans. D daily) Days 9 and 10 Chobe National Park/Victoria Falls and Livingstone. Please call for details. About Our Accommodations: MalaMala Main Camp and Mashatu Main Camp are luxury safari lodges.
• Experience Africa’s vivid wildlife in Tanzania’s spectacular national parks. Tonight we are joined by a local archaeologist for dinner. Examine world-famous Paleolithic finds. Safari Club SA (D) Days 3 and 4 Johannesburg/Mossel Bay Fly to the town of George at the edge of the Outeniqua Mountains. Relax during an afternoon at leisure. . Protea Hotel Mossel Bay (B. Right: A young chimpanzee in Gombe National Park.” • Track wild chimpanzees at Jane Goodall’s original research site. Donald will accompany both departures. His work has been featured many times in National Geographic magazine and various documentaries. guides us through this vast history on-site and shares his current excavation of an Australopithecus —remains that may prove to be the oldest. He is the founder of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University and the author of the book Lucy’s Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins./Johannesburg. a National Geographic grantee who discovered the 3. Step into a 164. • Gain private access to active archaeological digs and view pre-historic finds. 54 Above: Modern man meets ancient man: paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson holds up one of his finds. South Africa barbecue dinner on the beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. and National Geographic grantee. and journey across the continent’s primordial landscapes. Our host.AFRICA Human Origins: South Africa to Tanzania Walk in the footsteps of early humans. followed by a welcome dinner. Donald has helped piece together the puzzle of human evolution. a UNESCO World Heritage site of more than 550 hominid fossils that have helped paleoanthropologists decode the span of human evolution stretching back some 3.000-year-old cave home furnished with advanced Stone Age tools. discover the wildlife of the Serengeti. Depart for Johannesburg and arrive the following morning. take a private. Drive to our hotel nestled on the Mossel Bay shoreline.S.” the 3. Enjoy a Fly back to Johannesburg and enjoy a private viewing of the world-famous Taung Child. Step inside pre-historic cave homes. L. Spend the next day exploring the Sterkfontein caves.2-million-year-old skeleton “Lucy. Tonight. 15 days • 2011: June 12–26 • October 2–16 ITINERARY Expert DONALD JOHANSON Days 1 and 2 U. An accomplished scientist.5 million years. the fossilized skull of an Australopithecus africanus youth. Donald Johanson. in the company of renowned paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson.2million-year-old partial skeleton and hominin ancestor to Homo sapiens. from the Eden of South Africa’s Western Cape to the savannas of the Great Rift Valley. The next day. Track chimpanzees and observe their humanlike behavior. paleoanthropologist Ron Clarke. gather for a talk by our expert. where early man subsisted on life from the sea. where Jane Goodall conducted her legendary work with primates. Meet with National Geographic grantee Lee Berger and discuss his important recent find. scholar. which may help unlock our understanding of the genus Homo. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Travel with paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson. behindthe-scenes tour of the active excavation sites of nearby Pinnacle Point. D daily) Days 5 and 6 Johannesburg Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson is best known as the man who discovered “Lucy.
from zebras and buffalo to giraffes and antelope. home to Africa’s big five. Tonight. add $1. celebrate our journey with a festive farewell dinner. (B) OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXTENSION Cape Town. Australopithecus boisei—the species to which the skull belongs—was the key discovery that sparked early human origins research in East Africa. Kigoma Hilltop Hotel (B.6-million-year-old footprints represent some of the best evidence of pre-historic hominid walking.550 (subject to change). Optional Cape Town Extension: $3. D) Day 8 Kigoma Fly by private charter to the Serengeti. D) Start the day with an early morning game drive. The flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg is included in the extension cost. discovered by Mary Leakey on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition in 1959. Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski (B. Economy airfare from New York to Johannesburg and return from Kilimanjaro is not included and is from $1. known as the “cradle of mankind. L. Take a city tour and ride a cable car up Table Mountain for a panoramic view. on the lookout for lions. stay at the elegant Cape Grace Hotel located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.S. a winding walkway leads down to the Indian Ocean. Later. L.Day 9 Gombe National Park At Mossel Bay. browse Kigoma’s market for traditional cloth and spices. embark on an all-day game drive Expedition Cost: $13. For a single room. Then drive to the Ngorongoro Crater and settle into our luxury ecolodge. Spend time in the Olduvai Gorge Museum. (B. L. Travel by boat into the heart of Gombe National Park.075 Price is per person. add $850. double occupancy. visit the Laetoli area where National Geographic explorers first discovered the footprints of Australopithecus afarensis. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (B. take a game drive and get up close to the wildlife before experiencing the Serengeti at sunset. a quiet country hotel and spa set in the magnificent Magaliesburg Mountains. For a single room. Cemented in time in ash from a volcano. perched high on the edge of the escarpment.” Visit the precise spot where Zinjanthropus was found and where stone tools and remains of Homo habilis (the handy man) were excavated in 1960. L. INFORMATION Descend into the Olduvai Gorge. Spend two nights at Mount Grace. Tanzania Day 10 Serengeti National Park After breakfast. Fly by private charter to Kigoma and visit Ujiji. D) Day 11 Serengeti National Park on the floor of the volcanic slope. L. one of Africa’s most expansive savanna grasslands and home to huge herds of wildlife.370. where legendary primatologist Jane Goodall recorded the remarkable parallels between chimpanzees and humans. Livingstone. arriving the next day.475 Price is per person. D daily) Days 14 and 15 Arusha/U. “Lucy’s” species and one of the first hominids that walked upright on two legs. Hike back through the deep mountain forest to the rangers’ camp before returning to Kigoma. these 3. L. fly to Dar es Salaam and see the original Zinjanthropus cranium. All flights within Africa are included in the expedition cost. (B. Travel by ferry to Robben Island. Serengeti Sopa Lodge (B. “Dr. The next morning. Mount Grace Country House & Spa (B. where Henry Stanley met the renowned explorer and inquired. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 55 . and spend a day on the Cape Peninsula—home to African jackass penguins and cape fur seals. where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Track down our closest living animal relatives in their natural habitat and observe their humanlike behavior. L. D) most intact hominid ever found. drive to Kilimanjaro airport and connect with your return flight home. and cheetahs. D) Days 12 and 13 Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast. hyenas. established by the renowned Leakey family to exhibit their important paleoanthropological discoveries. double occupancy. D daily) Day 7 Dar es Salaam. Visit our website or call for a detailed itinerary. This afternoon. South Africa 2011: June 9–13 • September 29–October 3 On an optional four-day pre-trip extension. Later. I presume?” Visit the fishing village of Katonga.
and the wildlife-rich lowveld of South Africa. Botswana’s wetlands. In the company of some of National Geographic’s most renowned experts. winner of the 2006 Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences. and discover an incomparable variety of wildlife amid Kenya’s spectacular landscapes. stately giraffes. Right: Poised regally on a hillock. Set out on daily safaris and bush walks. 17. 56 Depart for Nairobi and arrive the following day. During our stay at the Masai Mara. and watch for cheetahs on the open plain. • Pay a visit to Anne Kent Taylor’s field site in Kenya. D daily) Board our private aircraft and fly west into the legendary Masai Mara wilderness. Anne has seen success with the more than 70 enclosures already reinforced in the Masai Mara region. located on a private concession leased by the Maasai community on the western border of the reserve—directly in the path of the great migration. We’ll pay a special visit to Anne Kent Taylor’s project site to see firsthand how the use of bomas. travel on a specially crafted journey to see big cats in three distinct landscapes: the savanna of Kenya. Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel (D) August 16. and stay in elegant ecolodges. Kenya lions lolling in the tall savanna grasses or stalking their prey on the edges of wildebeest herds. Transfer to the historic Norfolk Hotel. Look for Above: Majestic even in a dusty wind. is reducing predation. • Travel with ease and comfort aboard our private Pilatus PC-12 NG aircraft. and some 450 species of birds. Paula Kahumbu.AFRICA Africa’s Big Cats by Private Air Embark on an extraordinary journey by private air that brings you inside National Geographic’s historic Big Cats Initiative. and the author of The Balance of Nature? Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Species and Communities. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Meet National Geographic grantees in the field and learn about their work to preserve big cats across Africa. L. He is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University.S. Venture into woodlands in search of leopards lazing in the treetops./Nairobi. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner tonight. Settle into our luxury tented camp. 14 days • 2011: August 14–27 ITINERARY Expert STUART PIMM August 14 and 15 U. an elegant gathering point for dignitaries and expatriates since 1904. and 18 Masai Mara National Reserve. or reinforced livestock enclosures. who is focused on ending the use of pesticides to kill predators. We will also be joined by Dr. Stuart researches how to prevent species extinctions and spends several months in Africa each year. and also visit the stunning deserts of Namibia. Kenya Award-winning conservation biologist Stuart Pimm is a member of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative Grant Committee and a former member of National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration. one of Africa’s threatened big cats strides through the desert scrub. Also keep an eye out for endangered black rhinos. a cheetah surveys the landscape. meet two National Geographic grantees whose work is playing an integral role in preserving East Africa’s big cats. . a comprehensive program to protect endangered felines all over the world. Kichwa Tembo (B. site of Africa’s most spectacular wildebeest migration. and see her promising boma project in action.
Transportation by private Pilatus aircraft. Each of the idyllic chalets features a private bathroom and elegant decor. The customized interior of each aircraft accommodates eight travelers in window seats. elephants. No single rooms are available. August 26 and 27 Johannesburg/U. lions. but will continue to closely monitor events in the country. a vast wetlands system that draws a rich array of wildlife. Track leopards.gov). Please note: A State Department travel warning for Kenya is currently in effect (http://travel. explore the delta by safari vehicle and on bush walks. L. Gaze at the dunes as they turn deep shades of crimson and violet in the setting sun. 20. Set among ancient camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed. however. and a private plunge pool. D daily) Flying by Private Air Our three privately chartered Pilatus PC-12 NG aircraft are ideally suited for this expedition. D daily) Depart by private aircraft for Johannesburg.August 22 and 23 Sossusvlei. Vumbura Plains Camp (B. we will attempt to accommodate single travelers requesting a roommate. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $29. Weldon “Tico” McNutt of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. From our base at the exclusive Vumbura Plains Camp. which take on vivid hues as the sun moves across the sky. a private plunge pool. we will meet National Geographic grantee Dr. and glide along the waterways in a mokoro. a lounge. Little Kulala (B. In the company of expert guides. arriving the next day.S. Vumbura Plains Camp is a stunning camp situated in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. See our website for terms and conditions. and enjoying some spectacular flightseeing. Namibia Our journey continues in one of the most extraordinary landscapes in Africa: the ethereal deserts of Namibia. avoiding layovers. search for the iconic gemsbok. Fly to Sossusvlei. The main lodge features a lounge. Please note: For more information or to reserve your place on this expedition. J. The PC-12 NG is a modern. filmmakers and National Geographic Explorersin-Residence who originated the Big Cats Initiative. L. and 21 Okavango Delta. D daily) We hope to have Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Each suite has a large bedroom. spend two days with us. Botswana Our private aircraft takes us to the far north of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. as noted in the itinerary. and spend two days discovering the desert and the unusual wildlife that has evolved here. where we connect to commercial flights home. Here.800 (subject to change). educating local farmers to discourage the killing of lions and other predators. Please note: There is a $2.500 per person deposit for this trip.950 Price is per person.state. We expect to operate this trip as planned. as well as wild dogs. a type of oryx whose bold black and white markings stand out against the sand. The stylish thatched villas feature a deck. Economy airfare from New York to Nairobi and return from Johannesburg is not included and is $1. dining area. double occupancy. so all passengers are able to view the extraordinary landscapes below. Cap off our adventure with two days on safari in a private game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. sculpted dunes. please call 1-800-224-1894. a private terrace. we can set our own schedules—flying direct. August 24 and 25 Londolozi Private Game Reserve. and cheetahs in their natural habitat. or dugout canoe. Little Kulala has elegant villas and alfresco fine dining. and a rooftop “skybed” for stargazing. L. and swimming pool with breathtaking 360degree desert landscapes. Settle into luxurious chalets at Londolozi and head out on morning and afternoon safaris in a region known for its big cats. depending on their film schedule. Tico has developed a sustainable livestock program. Kichwa Tembo offers luxurious tents with private verandas offering vistas over the savanna or the Sabaringo River. as well as wild ostriches and rare reptiles. Londolozi Private Game Reserve’s Varty and Founders Camps (B. About our Accommodations: Located on the edge of the legendary Masai Mara. As the planes will remain with us for the entire trip. August 19. state-of-the-art aircraft which has been flying guests to remote bush camps for 20 years. Learn how the big cats of this region have adapted their behavior to this unique ecosystem. and rhinos. During the evenings here. is included in the expedition cost. 57 . The camps in the heart of the Londolozi Private Game Reserve are some of the most exclusive luxury camps in South Africa. a swath of the Namib Desert legendary for its towering. Suites are built on platforms linked by raised boardwalks. South Africa Shadows accentuate the colors and curves of one of Sossusvlei’s spectacular dunes. Check into our beautiful lodge by the dunes. admire a breathtaking sweep of stars and gather around the fire to listen to the sounds of the delta.
(B. D) Day 3 Petersburg Fly from Seattle to Juneau. spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park. in the company of expert naturalists who have an intimate knowledge of the region. • Hike through lush forest trails to cascading waterfalls. We take time to stop and explore this beautiful and intriguing land up close.* See calendar on page 99 for specific departure dates. There is an opportunity * Certain departures follow the itinerary shown above but in the reverse order. a spectacular 22-mile-long fjord where waterfalls cascade from towering. L. glacially carved walls. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Kayak into protected coves and look for sea otters. He is also the author of Alaska Light and the memoir The Only Kayak: A Journey into the Heart of Alaska. See page 86 for our Alaska Family Voyage. There is time to explore Discover the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof Island. we will also be joined by award-winning writer. and conservationist Kim Heacox. and islands teeming with wildlife. an excellent introduction to Alaska’s natural history and cultures. • Watch for calving ice in the iceberg-laden waters of Glacier Bay National Park. tidewater glaciers. The long days of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the evening hours. Our approach during this voyage is one of discovery. See calendar on page 99 for details. On our July 10 and 17 departures. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. Visit the imposing Mendenhall Glacier and the Alaska State Museum. A visit to Petersburg provides a glimpse of a true Alaskan town. 58 Above: Humpback whales in Alaska display the bubble-net feeding behavior. Search for orcas and humpback whales. National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion (D) Day 2 Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness Enter Tracy Arm.NORTH AMERICA Alaska’s Inside Passage Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion into a land of mistshrouded fjords. 8 days • 2011: From May through August. seabirds. Kim has lived in Alaska for 25 years and has written four books for National Geographic. ITINERARY Expedition Team A diverse team of naturalists and Alaska specialists joins each voyage. • Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the local whale population. the capital of Alaska. . most recently An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks. kayak around dramatic icebergs. expeditions depart every Saturday on the National Geographic Sea Lion and every Sunday on the National Geographic Sea Bird. and learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage. Day 1 Seattle/Juneau. keeping an eye out for feeding bears on the shoreline and mountain goats on the cliffs above. Our small ship has the flexibility to take you ashore to places that few others see. We maneuver among large icebergs. and whales. photographer. Alaska Juneau on your own in the evening. founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen. and take a Zodiac into sheltered coves where brown bears feed.
private bathrooms. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. (B. All cabins have windows and are attractively and comfortably furnished with lower berths. a favored feeding area. D) Day 7 Exploring Alaska’s Islands. providing easy access to coastlines and other places of interest. L. (B. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. D) Located on the Upper and Bridge Decks CATEGORY 3 Located on the Upper and Bridge Decks See deck plan on page 96. and June 4 and 5 departures. purchase of the territory from Russia. and look for humpback whales and orcas. transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle. L. (B) OPTIONAL EXTENSION Denali National Park Add a seven-day pre. or complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on the May 28 and 29. L. In the early afternoon.990 $6. Each cabin faces outside. 2011 and receive $500 off per person plus complimentary round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska (a $600 value) on the May 14. D) Day 8 Sitka/Seattle totem poles line serene wooded trails. D) Day 4 Exploring Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait Beachcomb. and Fjords for optional flight seeing via floatplane over nearby LeConte Glacier (weather permitting) and for hikes on forest trails. Visit St. Watch and hear glaciers calving as tons of ice crash into the sea. L. They carry sea kayaks and a fleet of Zodiacs. Keep an eye out for eagles. An example of a colorful native Alaskan Tlingit art. Spend the day exploring magnificent Glacier Bay.S. hike forest trails. which are commonplace in the surrounding Tongass National Forest. where enormous glaciers flow from the ice fields far above. bike. D) Day 5 Point Adolphus/Chichagof Island After breakfast. The ships are authorized to operate in the Tongass National Forest under a Forest Service Special Use Permit. walk along trails among towering spruce trees. INFORMATION These waters often make for great whale watching. add $3. Then explore Sitka National Historical Park. For a single cabin. a testament to Alaska’s roots prior to the U. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 59 . If conditions permit. Later. and 22 departures. (B. double occupancy. where Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $5. (B. Visit our website to view a short video about this expedition. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. cruise out to spot whales in the southern part of Frederick Sound. a virtual sculpture garden of grounded icebergs. Prices are per person. Later.Day 6 Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve A brown bear catches a salmon in an icy stream. yet small enough to enter ports and narrow inlets inaccessible to bigger ships. Take a walk with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak in the tiny coves in this area. or explore LeConte Bay. reading lights. Economy airfare from Seattle to Juneau and return from Sitka is $600 (subject to change). and individual climate control. About the National Geographic Sea Bird/Sea Lion Accommodating just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. disembark in Sitka. Bays. Visit our website or call for details. Denali is one of the country’s great treasures.000 in Category 1 and $3. or cruise along Admiralty Island. Venture near islets that are home to seabirds such as puffins and guillemots. (B.790 $7. the largest national forest in the United States.400 in Category 2. explore by kayak. where the massive brown bear is found. a unique town with a strong Russian heritage.890 Located on the Main Deck CATEGORY 2 Look for humpback whales at Point Adolphus.or post-trip extension to Alaska’s Denali National Park. and canoe in this remarkable wilderness. along with perhaps the world’s highest density of nesting bald eagles. Look for Steller sea lions hauled out on the rocky islands that dot the channels. Hike. Then cruise along the northern coastline of Chichagof Island and find playful sea otters. SPECIAL OFFER Book by March 31. explore the coastlines of some remote islands by kayak. caribou. the National Geographic Sea Bird (pictured left) and National Geographic Sea Lion are large enough to operate in remote environments in comfort. From verdant forests harboring moose. and bears to soaring snowcapped crests dwarfed by Mount McKinley. Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is supported by a grant from the Lindblad/National Geographic Fund—and discuss some of their recent discoveries about the region’s marine mammal population. 21. L.
D) Day 8 Anchorage A professor at Alaska Pacific University. While in the park. witness Alaska’s stunning scenery. and gold panning. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $6. and moose. (B. return to Anchorage to connect with your flight home. Roman will accompany the July 22 and August 5 departures. L. D) Day 6 Redoubt Bay/Girdwood After breakfast. (B) Each summer. He has climbed. floating within arm’s reach of icebergs. An optional flight-seeing trip around Mount McKinley is available. and calving glaciers. Denali Backcountry Lodge (B. Or you may choose to embark on a day cruise on Prince William Sound. L. Roman’s 800-mile mountain bike traverse of the Alaska Range was featured in the May 1997 issue of National Geographic magazine. watch bears frolic in the water and fish for spawning salmon. Step aboard the celebrated Alaska Railroad and travel through rolling taiga forests to Denali National Park. For a single room. Alaska Arrive in Fairbanks and gather for a welcome reception and dinner. A floatplane takes you right into Redoubt Bay—located near the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve—to watch the brown bears frolicking at the water’s edge or Above: A young grizzly climbs through the rapids on the hunt for passing salmon. Board the Alaska Railroad for a journey through the mountains. Dall sheep. You may spot golden plovers. His “canopy trek” through Australia appeared in the March 2003 issue and his expedition to find Borneo’s tallest tropical tree in the July 2006 issue. providing food for one of the most concentrated bear populations in Alaska. as well as mountain biking. (B. Take advantage of an early morning drive out of the park to catch wildlife during one of their most active periods. arctic loons. and glide among icebergs on serene Spencer Lake. from glacier-fed braided rivers to the peaks of the Alaska Range. On this adventure. En route to our remote lodge in the historic mining settlement of Kantishna. hiked. L.000. grizzly bears. add $1. and math. jaegers. then drive into the heart of the park in search of caribou. weather permitting. L. After a picnic lunch on the lakeshore. Celebrate your Alaska adventure at tonight’s farewell dinner. and transfer to our stunning hotel in Girdwood. A bull moose pauses among the wildflowers of Denali’s tundra. hike in Denali National Park on the lookout for migratory birds. L. fly fishing. Hotel Alyeska (B. Alaska’s landscapes are legendary. fly back to Anchorage. Roman Dial teaches courses in ecology. thousands of salmon swim upstream into the lakes and rivers of Redoubt Bay. Springhill Suites (D) Day 2 Fairbanks/Denali National Park 8 days • 2011: July 8–15 • July 15–22 July 22–29 • August 5–12 From glacier-fed rivers to soaring ice blue peaks. outdoor skills. seals. 60 . D daily) Day 5 Denali/Anchorage feeding on spawning salmon. Early this evening. whales. enjoy a scenic rafting trip on Spencer Lake. The charter flight between Anchorage and Redoubt Bay is included in the expedition cost. Hilton Anchorage (B. keep your eye out for the many migrating birds that congregate in Denali for summer breeding. At Redoubt Bay. Airfare from/to your home city is not included. and eagles. D) Days 3 and 4 Denali National Park Expert ROMAN DIAL The next two days are devoted to exploring Denali. Then board the Alaska Railroad for the scenic ride through the Alaska Range to Anchorage. and moose. caribou. double occupancy. See our website for experts on other departures.595 Price is per person. and skied across the major mountain ranges of Alaska. The lodge offers guided hikes of varying degrees of difficulty. and you may also choose to attend an optional dog-sledding talk and demonstration. D) Day 7 Spencer Glacier Board the Alaska Railroad for the short journey to Spencer Glacier. watching for marine birds.NORTH AMERICA Alaska Wildlife Adventure ITINERARY Day 1 Fairbanks.
settle into comfortable accommodations at the historic Bryce Canyon Lodge. add $820. (B) The magenta blossoms of a beavertail prickly pear cactus add a spark of color to the rocky landscape of Zion National Park. See our website for Kirt’s bio. In 2000. Grand Canyon Lodge (B. Hike the Emerald Pools Trail. Raft the Colorado River. Return to the lodge at day’s end for a stroll to Bright Angel Point. From here. 3–10 • Sept.com 61 . Bryce. Scott will accompany the June and September 10 departures. (B. Nevada Arrive in Las Vegas and gather for a welcome reception and dinner. a maze of richly colored rock spires and eroded formations known as hoodoos. lesser known area of Zion National Park. beautiful landscapes unfold as we continue to Bryce Canyon National Park.Grand Canyon. and climb to Scout Lookout for a panoramic view of the stunning rock sculptures in Zion Canyon. including the book Canyon Country Parklands: Treasures of the Great Plateau for National Geographic. Take an evening walk between Inspiration and Sunset Points for a memorable view of Bryce Amphitheater. and encounter the region’s glorious flora and fauna. waterfalls. and Zion National Parks ITINERARY Day 1 Las Vegas. Our journey into canyon country begins with a stop in Kolob Canyons. Following breakfast. look for reintroduced condors along the Vermilion Cliffs en route to our lodge. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $3. L. return to Las Vegas for your flight home. L.495 Price is per person. Reserve online at www. and enjoy fabulous views of the sunset over the canyon. explore the narrows of the Virgin River. take in impressive vistas of the canyon. Scott has written widely about the Southwest. starting at the head of the Grand Canyon. Float down the Colorado River on a leisurely rafting trip. After lunch. the only accommodations on the North Rim. Experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon on nature walks. Bryce Canyon Lodge (B. D) Days 6 and 7 Zion Expert SCOTT THYBONY An archaeologist and wilderness guide. Lush hanging gardens. Learn which wildflowers thrive here and what birds are attracted by the canyon’s oasis. Hike among Bryce Canyon’s whimsical red spires and Zion’s gardens that cascade down time-sculpted walls. D daily) Day 4 Colorado River/Grand Canyon landscape. L. Flanigan’s Inn (B. Stop for breathtaking views at Fairyland Point. whose vivid. Kirt Kempter will join the other departures. 10–17 Sept. Settle into simple cabins for the next two nights. Green Valley Ranch (D) Days 2 and 3 Kolob Canyons/Bryce Canyon 8 days • 2011: June 18–25 Sept. Sweeping vistas of spectacular mesas and mountains surround you on today’s journey to the Grand Canyon. L. The next day. D daily) Day 8 Zion/ Las Vegas From overlooks at Point Imperial and Cape Royal. D) Day 5 Grand Canyon Head north to Zion National Park this morning. 17–24 Discover the geologic and natural wonders of three unique national parks. you may choose to drive along the rim or hike into the heart of Bryce. The next day. a spectacular. Scott received a Society grant to search for and document Native American cave paintings. Later.nationalgeographicexpeditions. double occupancy. colored layers tell stories of ancient seas and life forms. Experience the vastness of the chasm as you walk an easy trail along the canyon rim. For a single room. Scott Thybony is a popular National Geographic expert on trips to America’s Southwest. listening to the call of a canyon wren and passing under the cool spray of a waterfall. Look for wildlife and learn about the wildflowers and trees that grow in this stunning Above: Russet rock pinnacles dwarf hikers in Bryce National Park. Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the expedition cost. and massive Navajo sandstone walls distinguish this park from all others.
I Rise early this morning and head to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley. L. one of the world’s largest alpine lakes. (B) Greet the day with the clockwork eruption of Old Faithful. Betsy will accompany all departures. examine the culture and crafts of the region’s native peoples. The geyser basins of the park include as many active geysers as the rest of the world put together. For a single room. and eagles. and use binoculars and spotting scopes to search for elk. add $750. Trace the shores of Yellowstone Lake. Admire the canyon’s dazzling palette of reds and yellows as you follow its rim to breathtaking overlooks. watch geysers gurgle and mud pots boil. Meet a wildlife biologist to learn about a study— partially funded by the National Geographic Society—on the return of wolves to the park. At Mammoth Hot Springs. coyotes. and take a tour of one of the West’s finest wildlife art museums. double occupancy. at the base of Snow King Mountain. gather for a farewell dinner at one of Jackson’s fine restaurants. (B. D) Day 4 Yellowstone National Park Float the gentle currents of the Snake River through majestic landscapes. Wyoming Day 5 Grand Teton National Park Arrive in Bozeman. D) Day 3 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Journey south to the Teton Range. settle into comfortable accommodations at our historic in-park hotel. keep your eye out for elk. bears. and travel through breathtaking Paradise Valley to Yellowstone National Park. In Hayden Valley. Later. D) Above: A golden haze sets off the silhouette of a bull elk in Yellowstone. from easy walks to more strenuous climbs. (B. Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the expedition cost. Stop for a short cruise on Jenny Lake before checking into your hotel in the town of Jackson. bison. bison. Stroll along limestone terraces. Sightings of Yellowstone’s wolves are sporadic in the summer. Scan valleys for grizzlies. and search for bald eagles. Drive to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. As co-founder and executive director of a nonprofit wildlife research organization. and go rafting at the foot of the Tetons. bison. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $2. sculpted and bathed by the bubbling hot springs. L. View the works of renowned wildlife artists like Bierstadt and Rungius at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Yellowstone’s iconic geyser. learn about this mystical landscape and follow quiet trails to lesser known sights—gem-colored springs. D) Day 7 Jackson Transfer to the airport this morning for your return flight. formed in a portion of the ancient Yellowstone Caldera. Hike forested trails. D) Day 6 Snake River/Jackson Expert BETSY ROBINSON Wildlife biologist Betsy Robinson is a naturalist guide and an avid outdoorswoman. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins (D) 7 days • 2011: July 24–30 • August 7–13 September 4–10 Day 2 Lamar Valley n the majestic wilderness of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks lie sapphire lakes and snowcapped peaks. L. 62 . choose from a variety of hikes. In the company of naturalist guides. Montana/Mammoth Hot Springs. mud pots that bubble and pop. and the elusive wolf. Rafters ride the Snake River beneath the crags of the Tetons. bears. A former instructor at San Francisco State University’s Wildland Studies program. snowy peaks rise dramatically from the valley floor. Betsy has also assisted with the National Geographic– supported Yellowstone Wolf Project.NORTH AMERICA Wildlife of Yellowstone and the Tetons ITINERARY Day 1 Bozeman. Take in sweeping vistas.995 Price is per person. she has studied wolverine and lynx populations in the northern Rockies. where sawtoothed. L. and other wildlife. foxes. Betsy has led numerous trips to Yellowstone for National Geographic. At the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum. and perhaps a foraging grizzly. Meet wildlife biologists. (B. a dramatic chasm that stretches 20 miles. and steaming fumaroles. Tonight. Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B. Snow King Resort (B. L. bighorn sheep.
and Sentinel Rock. Participants should be physically fit. L. 1 From towering stands of giant sequoias to the dramatic crag of El Capitan. Enter the park from the south. This afternoon. This morning. crossing over a large mound of glacier-polished granite. and take in Yosemite's glory from many angles on a variety of hikes. if you wish. respiratory. What to Expect: This is an active exploration with numerous hiking options on well-maintained trails that may include stairs and/or uneven footing. 17–24 • Sept. Then. 13–20 • Aug. Meet a Miwok Indian elder. double occupancy. Learn about forest ecology as you wander between the massive trunks of ancient sequoias. 20–27 Sept. gather for an intimate discussion with a Miwok Indian elder around a campfire. and an avid outdoorswoman who has hiked. and enjoy a picnic among “the giants. and conducted bird surveys in Prince William Sound. Wawona Hotel (B. This trip is not suitable for those who suffer from cardiac. the park is home to nearly half of the world’s known sequoia groves. celebrate your adventure at a farewell dinner at the hotel. As co-founder and executive director of a non-profit wildlife research organization. 24–Oct. D) Day 7 Mariposa Grove Expert BETSY ROBINSON Journey to the magnificent Yosemite Valley. Then explore the Giant Forest on a variety of walks and hikes with our naturalists. a land of towering granite cliffs and dramatic waterfalls. D) Above: Yosemite’s Mount Watkins casts its stunning form on aptly named Mirror Lake. (B. Along with its neighboring park. climb up this granite dome and enjoy a fabulous panorama of the entire park from the top. or circulatory disorders or a disability that limits mobility. and Ansel Adams with a park historian. L. the largest of Yosemite’s three sequoia groves. camped. D) Day 3 Yosemite National Park Day 6 Southern Yosemite National Park Travel to the south end of Yosemite and take a nature walk. add $1. a historian from the Pioneer Yosemite History Center joins us for a talk about the fascinating history of the park. visit the largest tree (by volume) in the world. D) Day 5 Tuolumne Meadows Immerse yourself in a sea of colossal trees in Mariposa Grove. Drive to Glacier Point for a sweeping view of Yosemite Valley. D) Day 8 Fresno After breakfast.000 feet. (B. California/Sequoia National Park Meet at Fresno airport and drive to Sequoia National Park. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (B. and explored Yosemite extensively. pausing for a breathtaking panorama of these iconic landscapes.000 to 8. See our website for experts on other departures.” (B. Settle into our mountain lodge and gather this evening for a welcome reception. Half Dome. and enjoy a unique perspective on El Capitan. a passerby stops to admire ancient sequoias. Airfare from/to your home city is not included. Head into the high mountain meadows and hike across the Tuolumne River. D) Day 4 Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley Wildlife biologist Betsy Robinson is a naturalist guide. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $3. a teacher. colossal. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 63 . L. and an inspiration for photographer Ansel Adams and conservationist John Muir. arriving around noon. she has researched grizzly bears on Kodiak Island and in Glacier National Park.130. Then set out on the Panorama Trail through lesser-known areas of the park. L. Tonight. After dinner. L. L. If you wish. and learn about Yosemite. For a single room. General Sherman. (B. Betsy has taught courses at the National Audubon Society and San Francisco State University’s Wildland Studies program. John Muir. Our afternoon walk brings us to the famed Lower Yosemite Falls. Stand on the precipice of Nevada Falls. Gaze up at the legendary trees with a naturalist. Wuksachi Lodge (D) Day 2 Sequoia National Park 8 days • 2011: Aug. (B) Dwarfed by tremendous trunks. Betsy will accompany the September departures. Kings Canyon. the landscapes of Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks are iconic. depart for Fresno airport. continue along the less-traveled outer loop trail to take in the view from Wawona Point.Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks ITINERARY Day 1 Fresno. and truly spectacular.995 Price is per person. Elevations range from 4.
Christopher is the author of National Geographic Traveler: Costa Rica and National Geographic Traveler: Panama. L.NORTH AMERICA Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Immerse yourself in the natural wonders along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and Panama on a cruise aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. we will also be joined by travel writer and photographer Christopher P. orchids. Above: A white-faced capuchin monkey perches on a rain forest branch. 2011 departures. • Examine the fascinating locks system that made the Panama Canal one of the greatest engineering achievements of its era. expeditions depart every Saturday. See calendar on page 99 for specific departure dates. and snorkel off Isla de Coiba. (B. L. search for monkeys. capuchin. D) Day 4 Golfo Dulce Enter the mangrove-fringed Golfo Dulce. (B. unreachable by road. Cap off your voyage with a crossing of the legendary Panama Canal. a tropical paradise of ornamental palms. frogs. and brightly colored birds. horseback ride on the beach. bromeliads./San José. trace the park’s beautiful coastline and stop to take a refreshing swim or a hike. • Kayak around the tiny islands of the Gulf of Panama. watching for threetoed sloths lazing among the branches as well as monkeys and vividly colored birds. D) Anchor off the Osa Peninsula. heliconias. and ride horseback on a pristine beach. (D) Day 2 Manuel Antonio National Park Spend the morning in Manuel Antonio National Park. sloths. • Join biologists on a hike through the protected forests of Barro Colorado Island. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Discover hidden pools and waterfalls deep within the jungles of the Osa Peninsula. Costa Rica/Herradura Upon arrival in San José. ITINERARY Day 3 Osa Peninsula Day 1 U. or trek through the rain forest for a chance to see four species of monkeys—howler. Baker. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. as well as the awardwinning Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba. 64 . kayak. 8 days • 2011 & 2012: March 5–12 • March 12–19 • March 26–April 2 From October 29. See calendar on page 99. swim in waterfall pools. 2011 through March 31. and squirrel. In the environs of Corcovado National Park. spider. On the December 3 and 10. 2012. where thick forests fringe spectacular white-sand beaches. a protected gulf along the southwestern edge of Costa Rica. transfer to Herradura and embark the National Geographic Sea Lion. This afternoon. He has written for National Geographic Traveler magazine and has been featured on the National Geographic Channel and NPR. to see some of the most pristine lowland rain forest on the Pacific coast. See our Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Photography Expedition on the opposite page.S. and Please note: Certain departures follow the itinerary shown above but in the reverse order. Venture into this lush wilderness. Expedition Team A diverse team of experts —from naturalists to geologists—accompanies these expeditions. Visit the Casa Orquídeas. Venture into the rain forests of Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks.
we might spot COSTA RICA AND THE PANAMA CANAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION 8 DAYS • 2011: DECEMBER 3–10 After breakfast.910 CATEGORY 2 $5. disembark in Colón and transfer to the airport in Panama City for your flight home. It carries sea kayaks and a fleet of Zodiacs. Deduct $250 from the expedition cost when you reserve at least nine months in advance. Scientists have worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island since 1946. the canal was a colossal engineering feat completed in 1914 and is still traversed by some 14.760 $6. L. D) Day 5 Coiba National Park. L. L. Sarapiquí River. SPECIAL OFFER Book by March 31. a UNESCO World Heritage site. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. (B. continue through the complex locks system of the canal. explore the placid bay. 2011 Jan. kayak along the coast. Stretching more than 50 miles. See National Geographic Sea Lion deck plan and ship photo on page 96.– Dec.com 65 . Visit our website to view a short video about this expedition. Reboard the ship this afternoon and head to the Panama Canal. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: March 2011 Oct. or just relax on the beach. take a guided hike in the forest. we’ll most likely begin our crossing at night. flowering gingers closed to the general public and reached by boat only. Later. parrots. This evening. and Arenal Volcano.A kayaker paddles along the shores of Costa Rica. double occupancy. capture images of sloths and howler monkeys in the rain forest and document your passage of the Panama Canal. As cargo ships tend to pass through the canal during the day. It is also the site of a pioneering project supported by National Geographic that tracks tagged animals using automated radio signals and wireless technology. L. brown pelicans.730 $5. D) Day 7 Gatún Lake/Panama Canal Transit We make our first stop in Panama this morning at the remote Isla de Coiba. Economy airfare from Miami to San José and return from Panama City is $550 (subject to change). Keep your eye out for tanagers. 2011 and enjoy a complimentary three-day extension in the Monteverde Cloud Forest on the March 2011 departures. (B) Note: Add a three-day extension to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or a seven-day extension in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. stopping to explore hidden coves and beaches. Join researchers for a walk through the forests that so challenged the builders of the canal. and individual climate control.230 $5. and brown boobies.580 $6.980 Located on the Main Deck $4. one of the many islands of Coiba National Park. Visit our website or call for details. (B. This photography expedition follows the same itinerary as described on these pages—with some adjustments to maximize photographic opportunities—and the same pricing. and toucans. Among its many endemic species are the Coiba Island agouti and the mantled howler monkey. D) Day 6 Gulf of Panama Islets/Panama Canal Transit Board a Zodiac this morning to visit Barro Colorado Nature Monument in Gatún Lake by special arrangement.nationalgeographicexpeditions. providing easy access to coastlines and other places of interest. neotropical cormorants. the National Geographic Sea Lion is large enough to operate in remote environments in comfort. Prices are per person. researching the 120 mammals and diverse tree species that can be found here. All cabins have windows and are attractively and comfortably furnished with lower berths. Once a penal colony. private bathrooms.–Mar. (B.000 ships every year. About the National Geographic Sea Lion Accommodating just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. when the canal is dramatically lit. Discover rich marine life while snorkeling. (B. the island has long been protected and accessible by special permit only.490 $5. CATEGORY 1 $4.S.220 Located on the Upper and Bridge Decks CATEGORY 3 $6. Travelers photograph the Panama Canal from the deck of our ship. D) Day 8 Colón/Panama City/U. Panama magnificent frigatebirds. reading lights. Visit our website or call for details on single cabins. Here.250 Located on the Upper and Bridge Decks In the company of a National Geographic photographer. yet small enough to enter ports and narrow inlets inaccessible to bigger ships. ideal for kayaking and swimming. as well as four varieties of turtle. Reserve online at www. 2012 Our nimble Zodiacs and kayaks allow us to navigate the tiny islets of the Gulf of Panama today.
Each itinerary will include Isla Santa Cruz and a selection of the other stops listed on these pages. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins. it is one of the rare wildernesses where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. we begin our exploration of the islands and their diverse wildlife. allowing you to fully This tiny uplifted seafloor is home to sea lion colonies. or Zodiac. L. transfer to our hotel. 10 days • 2011 & 2012: Expeditions depart every Friday on the National Geographic Endeavour and every Saturday on the National Geographic Islander. Above: Sea lions cuddle up for a nap on the beach in the Galápagos. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years. is home to an abundance of wildlife. See our Galápagos Photography Expedition on the opposite page. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. and pristine islands you encounter. See the calendar on page 99 for specific departure dates through March 2012. (B. and blue-footed booby and frigate bird nesting colonies. sea turtles. experience up close encounters with unique species such as flightless cormorants. Expedition Team A diverse team of experts—from naturalists to undersea specialists—accompanies these expeditions to provide insights into the wildlife. See page 87 for our Galápagos Family Odyssey. • Cruise to pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence. glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only). D) Days 3–8 Exploring the Galápagos Walk to the top of Bartolomé’s volcanic cone for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding beaches. Alexandra is a conservationist who spent two years in Central America working with local environmental groups on marine resource management with a focus on shark fisheries. 66 . EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Snorkel amid shimmering fish. Darwin’s living laboratory. ITINERARY Day 1 U.SOUTH AMERICA Galápagos The Galápagos Archipelago. • Observe rare giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau will also join us on the June 3 and 10. subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations.S. L. Isla Seymour In keeping with the nature of an expedition./Guayaquil. National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander (B. Ecuador immerse yourself in this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. Granddaughter of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. and playful sea lions. landscapes. • Explore the waters of the Galápagos by kayak. * Please note: Itineraries vary slightly from week to week. After lunch. penguins. D daily) Listed below are some of the islands we may visit during our expeditions*: Isla Bartolomé Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival. Hotel Hilton Colón Day 2 Guayaquil/Galápagos This morning. fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. Traveling aboard the comfortable National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander. and domed giant tortoises. our itinerary is flexible. Snorkel among tropical fish and reef sharks at the base of the cliffs. marine iguanas. 2011 departures.
Visit “Lonesome George. the Mola mola. Learn about the Darwin Foundation and their giant Galápagos tortoise breeding program. or go ashore to admire the volcanic landscape. the tradition is to deliver it by hand. Peru.590 $6. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Those interested can visit Post Office Bay—if you see a letter addressed to someone who lives near you. 4 • DEC. wet suits. and snorkel among sea turtles. a spa.940 In the company of a National Geographic photographer. where all three booby species of the Galápagos can be found along the cliffs. The evening is at your leisure. Isla Genovesa At Champion Islet. and laundry. a Splashcam. boobies. About the National Geographic Islander The intimate National Geographic Islander accommodates 48 guests in 24 outside-facing cabins. sea lions. disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. Hotel Hilton Colón (B) Day 10 Guayaquil/U. a video microscope. Snorkel in an area often frequented by penguins. (B) Note: Add an eight-day post-trip extension to Machu Picchu and Cusco. snorkeling gear.Isla Fernandina Discover Punta Espinosa. The ship features Zodiacs. Isla Santa Cruz Take Zodiac rides.990 $8. sea turtles. red-footed boobies. wet suits. and take a scenic hike into the island to search for hawks and other land birds. marine iguanas. Round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Guayaquil is $660 and between Guayaquil and Galápagos is $420 (subject to change). The ship is fully stabilized. and Nazca boobies.390 $7. home to the largest marine iguana colony in the Galápagos. allowing for smooth passage from one island to the next. a library. a spa. whales. arriving home the same day. home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the archipelago. snorkel. and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Internet access. snorkel among sea lions. Later. About the National Geographic Endeavour The National Geographic Endeavour is a premier expedition ship that accommodates 96 guests in 56 outside cabins.S. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 67 . and waved albatross on this birder’s paradise. Walk among vivid green and red marine iguanas. Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 4 CATEGORY 5 Endeavour Islander $5. 2–11 Visit Punta Pitt with its fascinating geology. Visit the port of Baquerizo Moreno. sea lions.480 $8. Isla San Cristóbal Depart Guayaquil this morning. kayaks. a fitness center. Public areas include a lounge and bar. and small reef sharks. Isla Isabela Snorkel among the friendly Galápagos sea lions. kayak along the caldera. kayaks. and a dining room. Internet access. and stroll along the beach at Cerro Brujo. a lounge. a gift shop. and a glassbottom boat.980 $6. and snorkel among large schools of parrotfish. a full-time doctor. Visit our website or call for details on single cabins. kayak. GALÁPAGOS PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION 10 DAYS • 2011: MAY 6–15 • MAY 13–22 NOV. a sauna. Explore caves and hidden lagoons by Zodiac.060 $7. a fleet of Zodiacs. and observe sea lions up close on a pristine white-sand beach. Ride Zodiacs. Prices are per person. Isla Sombrero Chino Isla Española See Darwin’s finches. It carries snorkeling gear. 2011 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Miami and Galápagos (a $1. Visit our website or call for details. double occupancy.550 $6. and a swimming pool. or peer into an underwater world in a glassbottom boat (Endeavour only) while keeping an eye out for the endangered Floreana Mockingbird. SPECIAL OFFER Book by March 31.450 $5.” the last surviving tortoise of his kind. capture the scarlet hues of scampering Sally Lightfoot crabs and the silhouettes of marine iguanas against the surf. Isla Floreana A photographer captures a giant tortoise in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Deduct $250 from the expedition cost when you reserve at least nine months in advance. Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Visit our website or call for details. and the unusual ocean sunfish. Services include a full-time doctor and a wellness specialist. Isla Santiago Follow a path along a series of tide pools and underwater caverns in search of Galápagos fur seals. This photography expedition follows the same itinerary as described on these pages and the same pricing. a breeding station for endangered native species. Visit our website to view a short video about this expedition. travel into the highlands where wild tortoises forage. Swim. 25–DEC. Isla Rábida After breakfast.230 $5. a gift shop. INFORMATION Spend the early morning on the lookout for dolphins. Day 9 Galápagos/Guayaquil Walk among swallow-tailed gulls. Brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs scamper among the rocks and sea lions play along the coast against the dramatic backdrop of volcanoes. with private facilities and climate control. a library. kayak. See National Geographic Endeavour and Islander deck plans and ship photos on page 96.080 value) on select departures.
founded in the 1500s by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. whose discovery of thousands of ancient Inca mummies was funded by a National Geographic grant and featured in National Geographic magazine. 68 . Expert PETER FROST ITINERARY Day 1 U. Peter will accompany all departures. and the baroque San Francisco Church. L. • Meet a local shaman at a ceremonial performance. and the incomparable Machu Picchu. transfer to our hotel. Join us as we return to explore Machu Picchu on the 100th anniversary of Bingham’s great find. a renowned Peruvian archaeologist and National Geographic grantee. February 2004). D) Guillermo Cock. • Meet archaeologist and National Geographic grantee Guillermo Cock. colonial cathedrals. visit the renowned Larco Herrera Museum. and discover the ancient capital of Cusco. In 2001 and 2002. Peter led National Geographic–sponsored archaeological expeditions into the remote region of Vilcabamba. His published works include guides to the Cusco region and a local book on Machu Picchu. where he discovered the Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina (National Geographic magazine. Day 3 Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Inca Spend the morning exploring Lima. Miraflores Park Hotel Day 2 Lima by a bullet from a Spanish musket nearly 500 years ago. and wander through its local market. a lovely colonial home. Guillermo and his team found the first known gunshot victim in the Americas—thought to be an Inca killed Fly to Cusco this morning. rediscovered by explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with funding from National Goegraphic. 9 days • 2011: April 17–25 • July 21–29 • September 10–18 • October 10–18 See our Peru Family Adventure on the opposite page. Settle into your private bungalow. from ritual baths to towers that may have been astronomical observatories. Gather for a welcome dinner this evening at Casa Aliaga. the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. During recent excavations. meet with archaeologist Guillermo Cock. city hall. joins us for a special talk in Lima. Depart for Lima.SOUTH AMERICA Peru: Land of the Inca Within the mountains of Peru lies a wealth of ancient Inca temples. (B. Stop in Pisac. nestled Above: A llama pauses high above the ancient stone citadel of Machu Picchu. and drive to Awanacancha./Lima. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Watch day break over the mountaintop Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. After lunch. Visit the Plaza Mayor. a farm where llamas and alpacas are bred. and National Geographic grantee who has lived in Peru since 1987 and has spent much of his life exploring Peru. Peru Peter Frost is a writer. who recently uncovered the 500-year-old remains of the first known gunshot victim in the Americas. photographer. located in the elegant Miraflores district.S. Hike to ruins in the Urubamba Valley. Upon arrival. Explore the town’s ruins. • Attend a private weaving demonstration by a National Geographic grantee.
board the train and ride back to Cusco. and watch folkloric dances performed on stilts. Reserve online at www. a young Quechua Indian plays a traditional flute. Round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Lima is not included and is estimated at $700. Hotel Sol y Luna (B. view the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. Then enjoy the afternoon at leisure to stroll around this beautiful city. or set out on a challenging hike up Huayna Picchu for a magnificent view. 8. participate in a weaving class. or see a Paso horse demonstration. L. Hotel Monasterio (B.S. or a disability that limits mobility.000 feet. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. indulge in the spa. Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sites. a traditional Peruvian country home. D) Day 8 Cusco/Lima Explore the massive stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Dressed in a brightly colored hat and cloak. (B. Isolated among mountain peaks. This afternoon. site of one of the bloodiest battles Fly back to Lima. Miraflores Park Hotel (B. Participants should be physically fit. a circulatory ailment. Gather for a barbecue around a campfire tonight. (B) INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $5. Spend the rest of this morning wandering through the ruins on your own. the final checkpoint of the Inca Trail. This evening. transfer to the Lima airport for the return flight home. L. Explore the 15th-century ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress.nationalgeographicexpeditions. once the capital city of the Inca Empire. The round-trip flight between Lima and Cusco is included in the expedition cost. double occupancy. What to Expect: We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco and at Machu Picchu. or just relax at our historic hotel. L. D) Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Inca Before sunrise. Sanctuary Lodge (B. Price is per person. Cusco is at an altitude of 11. Tonight. experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. (B. L) Day 9 Lima/U. and lost to history until it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with financial support from the National Geographic Society. where the Inca won their greatest victory against the conquistadores. visit the Coricancha. This expedition is not suitable for anyone who suffers from a respiratory disorder. and watch daybreak over the quiet ruins of Machu Picchu. hike up to the Sun Gate. The sacred citadel was abandoned by the Inca.480 Discover Machu Picchu and the land of the Inca on a journey that follows the same itinerary described on these pages with additional activities geared for kids. add $1. See our website for a detailed itinerary. L. After lunch at the site. in a valley just outside of Urubamba. gather for a farewell lunch at Casa Diez-Canseco. reclaimed by the jungle. D) Day 6 Machu Picchu/Cusco Hiram Bingham at the expedition camp during the excavation of Machu Picchu. After breakfast. meet a shaman and learn about the beliefs of the Inca at a ceremonial performance.810. and explore the passageways of Machu Picchu. a magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent.Day 5 Machu Picchu Take a morning train ride through the valley and then ascend to magnificent Machu Picchu. D) PERU FAMILY ADVENTURE 9 DAYS • 2011: JULY 10–18 Delve into Inca culture in Cusco. For a single room. D) Day 7 Cusco in the Spanish conquest. Discover the mysteries of “the lost city of the Inca” on a guided walk through the site.200 feet and Machu Picchu. Visit an alpaca farm. At the renowned Larco Herrera Museum.com 69 . Return to the lodge and enjoy a free afternoon to go horseback riding.
Costa del Sol Ramada Day 2 Lima/Iquitos/Nauta Fly to Iquitos today and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta. A popular National Geographic expert. ITINERARY Along with a team of experts. Slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways in a skiff. and enjoy delicious. spotting hundreds of bird species as well as caimans. and scarlet macaws./Lima. See calendar on page 99 for specific departure dates. Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff. Delfin II (B. where the elegant Delfin II awaits. Skim past massive lily pads. and naturalists. • Spot legendary wildlife of the Amazon. step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky. piranhas. and witness glorious sunsets on the still waters of the Amazon River basin. and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Kitty brings an enthusiastic and interactive approach to studying the geologic features. two powerful rivers that converge to create the famed Amazon. 2011–January 9. • Get acquainted with local tribespeople on a visit to a community on the river’s edge. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on blackwater lakes. Settle into your cabin and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. kayak. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. and sloths. • Gaze at the wilderness from the comfort of the Delfin II. Expedition Team KITTY COLEY 10 days • 2011: May 21–30 • September 3–12 • September 17–26 September 24–October 3 • November 5–14 • November 12–21 November 19–28 • November 26–December 5 December 31. 2012 2012: From January through March. and when the water level permits. flora. Spot sloths Spend this week exploring the Pacaya- 70 Above: Twilight paints the still waters of the Amazon with shades of purple. peer up at towering ceiba trees. expeditions depart every Saturday. Peru Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our hotel. a pristine swath of jungle—one of the largest in South America—stretching more than five million square acres and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. hikes on terra firma. including pink dolphins. go fishing for piranhas.S. tamarins. Day 1 U. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the black-water lakes of the flooded forest of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with a team of experienced naturalists. local meals prepared by our onboard chef.SOUTH AMERICA Amazon River Voyage to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s rain forest aboard the elegant riverboat Delfin II. monk saki monkeys. Kitty Coley will join the November 12 and 19 departures. L. Kitty serves as a consultant to National Geographic magazine on articles related to her expertise. Tonight. She has conducted extensive research in the world’s rain forests and explored the Amazon River Basin in depth during a two-month research expedition to Peru. the reserve floods annually with nutrient-rich waters and is known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by its glassy water. and fauna of the Amazon. Bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali. . D) Days 3–8 Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve Samiria National Reserve. geologists.
Deduct $250 from the expedition cost when you reserve at least nine months in advance. frogs. double occupancy. and other creatures of the night. from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. L. D daily) Day 9 Nauta/Iquitos/Lima fruit ice cream this afternoon. and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. including variably colored saddleback tamarins. and the infamous piranhas. Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Watch for an astounding variety of birds. Go on a birdwatching hike. rare pink dolphins. After breakfast. and an outdoor lounge. All the suites are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 71 . In the river. noisy howlers. four are master suites with 180-degree panoramic windows. using a spotlight to find caimans. and their age-old traditions. Enjoy local tropical About the Delfin II The Delfin II (pictured left) is a 120-foot riverboat with 14 luxurious guest suites. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. The bright hues of two scarlet macaws stand out against the azure sky. single cabins are offered on a request basis only. fishing bats. Meet local women and children.590 Located on Upper and Main Decks with Panoramic Windows See Delfin II deck plan on our website. Costa del Sol Ramada (B. look for massive paiche fish. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. (B.590 Located on Upper and Main Decks MASTER SUITES $6. (B) Disembark in Nauta after lunch and return to Iquitos overland. Pay a visit to one of the communities on the edge of the reserve and get to know the ribereños. Seek out the Victoria amazonica. Hear about how the locals find edible fruits and indigenous plants with medicinal properties hidden deep in the jungle. Prices are per person. a beautiful giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Common areas include a dining room. Learn how local subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. and watch them make jewelry and other handicrafts. Of the 14 suites. those who live on the riverbanks. an observation deck. Round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Lima is $525 and between Lima and Iquitos is $330 (subject to change). Visit the Jenaro Herrera Research Center to learn about its manatee rehabilitation efforts. Due to limited availability. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls. L) Day 10 Lima/U. and four suites can be interconnected to accommodate families. listening for the vocal oropendola and then looking for its telltale yellow tail. the Amazon’s largest. transfer to the airport for your flight home.Travelers glide through the Amazon River basin by skiff. please call for availability and rates. sustainable products. The ship’s chef serves fine cuisine made from local. before taking a late afternoon flight to Lima. all with expansive Amazon views. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: SUITES $5. an important food source for local people. and monkeys.S. a sundeck.
L) Weather permitting. • Venture into the colorful artists’ quarter of La Boca.V. and waterfalls of Torres del Paine National Park.SOUTH AMERICA Exploring Patagonia Carved by fjords and capped by glistening glaciers. and view the amazing Günter Plushow Glacier. Embark the ship and sail toward the famed Beagle Channel. explore Wulaia Bay. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Follow Patagonia’s pristine fjords past vast glaciers. Enjoy a tango performance at our welcome dinner tonight. Argentina Naturalist and lecturer Eduardo Shaw is a former teacher who is deeply involved in local foundations and community projects that promote sustainable development.M. Continue to the remarkable Recoleta Cemetery. Patagonia is a natural wonderland.S. Chile’s vibrant capital. D) Day 6 Chico Inlet As we navigate the Magdalena Channel. the southernmost city in the world. Then continue to Patagonia’s crown jewel—Torres del Paine National Park—and end our journey in Santiago. burial site of Eva Perón. and trace the voyages of great explorers around the legendary Cape Horn. See our website for experts on other departures. Eduardo grew up on the pampas of Argentina and has lived with his family in northwestern Patagonia for the past 18 years. Choose one of two walks to experience the spectacular beauty of the Magellanic forest. monuments. Beagle. including guanacos. gardens. Cruise through a landscape of thick forests and icebergs to the tip of Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan./Buenos Aires. museums. Loi Suites Recoleta (D) Day 3 Buenos Aires Fly to Ushuaia. He has led numerous National Geographic Expeditions to Patagonia. where Charles Darwin landed during his voyage on the H. rheas. 13 days • 2011: March 6–18 • October 16–28 2012: February 5–17 • March 4–16 Expert EDUARDO SHAW ITINERARY Day 4 Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego National Park Days 1 and 2 U. • Spend four nights at the spectacular Explora Lodge. M. Eduardo will accompany the October departure. L. (B. sea lions.S.” On a city tour. Transfer to our hotel in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood and explore the nearby galleries. and mansions of the Palermo neighborhood. glacial lakes. as well as several trips to Antarctica. Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. • Encounter unique wildlife. . take Zodiacs to the legendary Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America. Cruise into Chico 72 Above: Snowy. Stella Australis (B. L. D) Day 5 Cape Horn. and enjoy a tango performance in captivating Buenos Aires. Chile/Wulaia Bay Spend the day discovering Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for the region he calls home. dolphins. and Andean condors. After lunch. explore the colorful artists’ quarter of La Boca as well as the beautiful parks. Later. known as “the Paris of South America. and visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. and Magellanic penguins. hiking and riding horseback amid the granite spires. see the historic presidential palace—La Casa Rosada—and the cathedral in Plaza de Mayo. and cafés. (B. gray foxes. saw-toothed peaks rise up majestically behind Patagonia’s Explora Lodge. spot penguins.
Patagonian hares. gray foxes. a game room. Facilities include an open deck.290 $12. Enjoy evening lectures and cap off your stay in the park with a festive traditional barbecue. All cabins are the same size and feature a large window. our home for the next four nights. three lounges.S. L. Salto Chico. Plaza El Bosque Park and Suites (B. massage therapy. Photograph wildlife near the northern limits of the park or relax at the hotel. A Patagonian guanaco surveys the landscape. Cordillera Paine. 9.290 CATEGORY AAA–SUITE EXPLORADORES $11. Atacama Desert On an optional five-day extension. a stop at Santiago’s bustling fish market. Visit hot springs and geysers. Stay at the deluxe Explora Rapa Nui. Expedition Cost: CATEGORY A–SALTO CHICO CATEGORY AA–CORDILLERA PAINE March 2011 $9. D) Days 8. home to a colony of 120. This evening.110. Stella Australis Built in 2010. Explora Lodge (shown on opposite page) offers its guests intimate contact with the magnificent natural world of remote Patagonia.990 October 2011 –March 2012 $9. and Category AAA on the top level. hike through beech forests along the shore of Laguna Azul. Amenities include a heated indoor lap pool.riding excursions in the park. Explora Lodge (B. D) Day 7 Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island. a library. transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. L) About the Explora Lodge Located on the shores of Lake Pehoe in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. For single accommodations in Category A–Salto Chico.690 $10. and discover the island’s volcanic craters. and the legendary moai statues. taking advantage of its wonderful amenities. a dining room. fascinating archaeological sites. a satellite phone. Discover Grey Lake and its incredibly blue ice sculptures. and a single-seating dining room. and individual temperature controls. AA.com 73 . Visit our website or call for additional pricing details. Dates for these post-trip extensions vary depending on the departure.990 $11. including the Salar de Atacama (salt flat) and Valle de la Luna (moon valley). (B. The lodge’s Salto Chico rooms face the Salto Chico waterfall while the Cordillera Paine and Suite Exploradores rooms feature mountain views of Macizo del Paine. (B. one of the most enigmatic places on Earth. double occupancy. a game room. Easter Island: Atacama Desert: from $3. looking for herds of guanacos and rheas. double occupancy.150 Reserve online at www. a sauna. explore the incredible landscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert. choosing among a variety of hiking and horseback- About the M. (B. and AAA refer to ship categories. drive to Punta Arenas airport for the flight to Santiago. exercise equipment.V. and venture to Salto Grande. and check into our hotel. the M. INFORMATION Inlet on a Zodiac. Stella Australis (pictured left) has 100 outside-facing cabins and was designed specifically to cruise the spectacular Patagonian waterways. National Geographic has reserved 16 cabins on each of these departures. and 10 Torres del Paine National Park Our full-day exploration of Santiago includes a visit to La Chascona. Check into the deluxe Explora Lodge in Torres del Paine National Park. an en suite bathroom. and black-necked swans. L. tailor your exploration to your interests. add $2.000 Magellanic penguins. Visit our website or call for details. the former home of Nobel poet Pablo Neruda. Disembark in Punta Arenas and continue across the southern pampas. and Suite Exploradores refer to rooms at the Explora Lodge. Optional Extension Costs: Extension prices are per person. and a bar.545.000-foot Grand Paine Mountains. an exercise room. and enjoy the luxuries of the Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa. All flights within Argentina and Chile are included in the expedition cost. Arrive in Santiago this evening. Economy airfare from Miami to Buenos Aires and return from Santiago is not included and is estimated at $1. arriving the next day. and get a close-up view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers. OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSIONS Easter Island Add an optional five-day extension to Easter Island. L) Days 12 and 13 Santiago/U.V.nationalgeographicexpeditions. and a farewell celebration at a Chilean winery. a glacial waterfall set against stunning views of the majestic 11. L. Cabins are available on three levels: Category A on the second level. Prices are per person.550 from $2. stopping for lunch along the way. D daily) Day 11 Punta Arenas/Santiago Today.990 During the next three days. Categories A. Category AA on the third level. two outdoor Jacuzzis.
towering icebergs. kayak among the icebergs. paddling around icebergs as penguins swim nearby. the southernmost city in the world. A popular instructor. D) Above: Adélie penguins cluster on the vast Antarctic ice shelf. he has lived in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack submarine. Argentina Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Expedition Team Along with a team of naturalists. Adélie. In keeping with the nature of an expedition. Glide around enormous tabular icebergs by Zodiac. See our website for experts on other departures. On the February 4. the schedule is flexible so that we can take advantage of the unexpected—watching whales perform off the bow. D daily) Depending on weather and sea conditions. We anticipate making several Zodiac landings each day to hike. or heading out on an extra landing during the day. One of the South Shetland Islands. walk along beaches covered with thousands of penguins. spot whales and other marine life that glide alongside the ship. taking an after-dinner Zodiac cruise. and chinstrap.S. Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. and ice formations that make up the dramatic Antarctic landscape. L.ANTARCTICA Journey to Antarctica Traveling aboard the state-of-the-art National Geographic Explorer. Then set sail on the National Geographic Explorer. we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. including gentoo. encounter the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. (B. this 74 . • Cruise aboard sturdy Zodiac landing craft in search of leopard seals. • Kayak in protected waters. L. D) Day 3 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia Fly to Ushuaia. 2012 departure. Gather tonight for a welcome reception and dinner. • Walk on shore amid thousands of penguins. we will be joined by Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman. (B. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • View magnificent mountains. a National Geographic photographer will join each expedition. L. D) Day 4 At Sea/Drake Passage With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year. (B. and enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel. and experience close encounters with wildlife. we plan to make the following stops: Deception Island While crossing the spectacular Drake Passage. including National Geographic magazine. Jay has covered events as diverse as the war in El Salvador to the Olympics for numerous publications./Buenos Aires. 14 days • 2011: November 26–December 9 • December 6–19 December 16–29 • December 26–January 8 2012: January 5–18 • January 15–28 • February 4–17 ITINERARY Days 5–10 Exploring Antarctica Days 1 and 2 U. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. • Explore the world’s last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists. and kayak amid abundant marine life. Caesar Park Hotel (L. Settle into our hotel before heading out on an afternoon tour of the city.
Step ashore at Petermann Island to the cries of thousands of gentoo penguins standing along the shoreline as if awaiting your arrival. double occupancy. This is the site of the research group Oceanites.800 in Category 2 and $2. a fitness center. modern furnishings. Base A. Kayakers paddle beneath the stunning sweep of an iceberg. the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins. After lunch. Visit our website to view a short video about this expedition. Sail right into the flooded crater. and adventurer Peter Hillary will join our team of naturalists and National Geographic photographer on the February 4. Prices are per person. or kayak along a cliffside rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft.920 Located on Upper Deck with balcony CATEGORY 6 Located on Upper and Veranda Decks–suite CATEGORY 7 Disembark in Ushuaia. Walk among the penguins on the beach or climb high onto an ice field for a panoramic vista of untouched peaks surrounding this idyllic bay. whose effort to inventory the region’s many bird species is supported by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. 2011 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia (a $590 value) on the November 26 and December 6 departures. Lemaire Channel and Petermann Island Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $10. at Port Lockroy.580 $11. add $2. INFORMATION This pristine bay is edged by soaring ice-covered peaks. Meet with the scientists and learn about their research. Argentina/Buenos Aires/U. ice-class expedition ship. fly to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home. passing through the narrow entrance known as Neptune’s Bellows. author. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Note: Add a five-day post-trip extension to Easter Island.900 in Category 3. the British government began an expedition code-named Operation Tabarin. About the National Geographic Explorer The National Geographic Explorer (pictured left) is the newest ship in our fleet and arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. D daily) Renowned mountaineer. 2012 voyage. a sauna. Historic Port Lockroy In 1944. (B. is now a museum and Antarctica’s only public post office. and an Internet café. a wellness specialist.990 $19. and sleek. a spa. and a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh. L) Located on Upper Deck–suite with balcony See National Geographic Explorer deck plan on page 97.420 Located on Upper and Veranda Decks with window CATEGORY 5 $14. Days 13 and 14 Ushuaia. Located on Main Deck with window CATEGORY 4 $12. Deduct $250 from the expedition cost when you reserve at least nine months in advance. Round the southernmost tip of South America. Public areas include an elegant lounge and bar. Hike to a summit for a breathtaking view.820 $16. (B.190 $11. Visit our website or call for details. For a single cabin. Services include a full-time doctor. SPECIAL OFFER Book by March 31. as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. L. private bathrooms. Round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires is $1.S. creating a series of base stations in Antarctica. each with outside views.590 Located on Main Deck with porthole CATEGORY 2 Located on Main Deck with window CATEGORY 3 Cruise through the Lemaire Channel between towering snowcaps and blue icebergs. a library. Paradise Bay Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the Antarctic coast disappears from view. Celebrate your voyage at a farewell dinner on board.Neko Harbor Dock in Neko Harbor. local ingredients. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 75 .390 and between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia is $590 (subject to change). and see the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A state-of-the-art. Days 11 and 12 At Sea giant caldera measures more than four miles in diameter and is still volcanically active.
Stroll through lively crowds of penguins in stunning South Georgia. • Trace the riveting story of Shackleton’s fateful expedition on Elephant Island and South Georgia.000-strong king penguin colony in South Georgia. See page 58 for his bio. (B. . Gather for a welcome reception and dinner. Argentina Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. and enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel. • Visit the outposts of Port Stanley in the Falklands and Port Lockroy in Antarctica. L. spend six days discovering the Antarctic Peninsula. Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. Traveling aboard the ice-class expedition ship. Keep a lookout for seabirds. Michael has produced 12 stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler. Then set sail on the National Geographic Explorer./Buenos Aires. On the February departure. (B. Caesar Park Hotel (L. In keeping with the nature of an expedition. • Get immersed in a sea of black and white amid the 100. allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. Kim Heacox will join the November departure. and sail between the jagged snowcaps that flank Lemaire Channel. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Glide in a Zodiac or a kayak past massive icebergs. D daily) Day 11 Elephant Island Skirt Elephant Island. Settle into our hotel before setting out on an afternoon tour of the city. South Georgia.ANTARCTICA Antarctica. kayak among the icebergs. National Geographic Explorer. and experience close encounters with wildlife. L. sculpted by the elements into exquisite formations. D) Day 3 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia Fly to Ushuaia. kayak in pristine Paradise Bay. Expedition Team A diverse team of experts—from naturalists to undersea specialists—accompanies these expeditions. A passionate conservationist. 24 days • 2011: November 6–29 2012: February 14–March 8 ITINERARY Days 5–10 Exploring Antarctica Days 1 and 2 U. (B. Depending on conditions. we will be joined by National Geographic photographer Michael Melford. and the Falklands Set out on an epic voyage to the remote lands first explored by Ernest Shackleton. We anticipate making several landings each day to hike. we have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands. D) With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year. the schedule is flexible. the southernmost city in the world.S. D) Day 4 At Sea/Drake Passage Awaken well into our journey across the Drake Passage—a milestone in any adventurer’s personal travel history. we plan to visit the giant caldera of Deception Island. Experience boundless wildlife and captivating beauty as you venture into some of the planet’s most unspoiled landscapes. See the description on pages 74 and 75 for more details on these days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. as well as whales and other marine life that swim alongside the ship. the speck of land where the Endurance and its legendary 76 Above: King penguins stroll a beach at sunrise on South Georgia Island. L. Right: A kayaker maneuvers toward an icy landscape in the waters of Antarctica. and hike the shores of the Falkland Islands. his assignments have taken him to some of the most pristine places in the world.
and enjoy the amenities on board. (B. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost.020 in Category 2 and $5. arriving the next day. plus up to $2. Visit our website or call for details. Antarctica. captain Ernest Shackleton finally landed on April 24. herds of enormous elephant seals. Hike through this breathtaking landscape.850 $30. (B. After lunch and some time to explore Ushuaia. D) Days 23 and 24 Ushuaia. Andrew’s Bay. L.990 $35. See an archway made of whalebone at the Anglican Cathedral. attend talks by our experts. he and a crew of five men set sail in a 22-foot wooden sailboat on a 700-mile voyage across the Southern Ocean—a journey that became one of the most incredible stories of survival at sea. watch for whales from the ship’s bridge. fly to Buenos Aires by private charter.120 Located on Upper and Veranda Decks with window CATEGORY 5 $26.170 $21. Connect to your flight home. Reserve online at www. Argentina/ Buenos Aires/U.980 Located on Upper Deck with balcony CATEGORY 6 Located on Upper and Veranda Decks–suite CATEGORY 7 Located on Upper Deck–suite with balcony See National Geographic Explorer description on page 75 and photo and deck plan on page 97. (B. D) Days 12–17 At Sea/South Georgia Island on the lookout for young Antarctic fur seals. 2011 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia (a $590 value). (B. From here. Hike and kayak along rocky coasts. (B. 1916.000 off per person based on cabin category on the November 6 departure. and the largest albatross colony in the world.S. Disembark in Ushuaia.390 and between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia is $590 (subject to change). Round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Buenos Aires is $1.Hikers mount a snowy rise in Neko Harbor. D daily) Days 20 and 21 Falkland Islands INFORMATION Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $18. enjoy a last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. As we make our way east.nationalgeographicexpeditions. D daily) Day 22 At Sea Located on Main Deck with window CATEGORY 4 $22. renowned for its beauty and wildlife—and Shackleton’s final resting place. and visit the Falkland Islands Museum. D daily) Days 18 and 19 At Sea As we head west toward the Falkland Islands. L) SPECIAL OFFER Book by March 31. and cruise into St.000 king penguins await. spotting Magellanic penguins burrowing in tussock grass. On our final day at sea.300 in Category 3. L.com 77 . or just relax and watch the magical scenery pass by. and stroll along streets lined with Victorian-style houses. Deduct $250 from the expedition cost when you reserve at least nine months in advance. Gather to toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner tonight. L. Glide past dramatic cliffs and swirling birds in Zodiacs.190 Located on Main Deck with porthole CATEGORY 2 After a day at sea. For a single cabin. L. (B. enjoy time to read. add $5. double occupancy. arrive in South Georgia. L. where some 100. Located on Main Deck with window CATEGORY 3 Dock in Port Stanley.990 $20. Prices are per person. take advantage of the spa and the fitness center.
including Hector’s dolphins. 2012 2012: January 8–24* • January 20–February 5 ITINERARY Days 1. Get to know the Maori people. L. crossing the international date line. Stroll through the sanctuary of Ulva Island. Board the deluxe Oceanic Discoverer for a voyage that traces the eastern flanks of the North and South Islands. New Zealand keeping your eye out for dolphins. New Zealand’s sheep dot many landscapes. whose mirrorlike waters are embraced by soaring peaks. He has led many National Geographic Expeditions in New Zealand and will share his encyclopedic knowledge of his country’s political history. including this one near Akaroa harbor. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Glide into three phenomenal fjords: legendary Milford and Doubtful Sounds and the lesser known Dusky Sound. which he imparts with warmth and zest. Stewart Island has a population of just 380 and the feel of a frontier outpost. Expedition Team Native New Zealander Malcolm Campbell joins our diverse team of naturalists and other experts on all of these voyages. the kaka (a forest parrot). penguins. and the elusive brown kiwi. and marine environments. Above: Outnumbering people. 78 . Explore the shores of this exquisite fjord by boat or on a hike. D) Days 5 and 6 Doubtful and Dusky Sounds Depart for Queenstown. Malcolm has worked for 20 years on conservation issues in his country’s national parks. stopping along the way at Lake Te Anau. Later. take an afternoon walk through Queenstown. Lake Wakatipu. Little Blue penguins. and arrive on Day 3. After checking into our hotel. explore * This departure follows the itinerary shown above but in the reverse order. • Enjoy a traditional Maori welcome and discover the rich local lore on a visit to a Maori community. Gather for a welcome dinner at our hotel tonight. See the cascades of Stirling Falls and other natural wonders along the banks. Then continue south along the western coast to Dusky Sound.OCEANIA Cruising New Zealand’s North and South Islands New Zealand’s coast is home to rich wildlife. a marine volcano. L.S. Crowne Plaza (D) Day 4 Te Anau/Milford Sound Discover Doubtful Sound. explore the vibrant cities of Auckland. flora and fauna. • Encounter a variety of wildlife. and indigenous Maori culture. Embark the Oceanic Discoverer and explore incomparable Milford Sound. and fur seals. and go birding and whale-watching. forests. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. (B. fur seals. and a cultural heritage that blends the traditions of the indigenous Maori and the Europeans who settled here. A professional naturalist and birder. and the surrounding mountains. 17 days • 2011: December 27. Wellington. so named by Captain Cook when weak winds made him uncertain that his ship would be able to exit./Queenstown. affording stunning views of the city. and Queenstown. 2. D daily) Day 7 Stewart Island Set out on an exceptional drive to Milford Sound. where outstanding birdlife includes the weka (a flightless rail). and a broad spectrum of birds. Oceanic Discoverer (B. 2011–January 12. and 3 U. Cap off the day with a gondola ride. splendid landscapes. • Discover the geothermal wonders of White Island. where Cook spent five weeks recovering from his trip to Antarctica.
D) Day 8 Dunedin Lively Dunedin combines outstanding natural history with a rich cultural heritage. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 79 . You may take an excursion to the Otago Peninsula and look for fur seals. D) Days 16 and 17 Auckland/U. $12. INFORMATION CATEGORY 1 Spend today on White Island. and a highly acidic crater lake bubbles green and blue. D) Day 9 Akaroa After the devastating earthquake of 1931 leveled Napier. Then continue to the Maori community of Whangara.S. View the town’s acclaimed art deco gems on a guided tour. Visit our website or call for details. who collected thousands of trees and plants from all around the world. Our visit includes the ornate Edwardian railway station and the Octagon plaza. (B. established by New Zealander Douglas Cook.210 in Category 2. D daily) Day 13 Napier Later. Clouds of steam billow out from vents. or go on a more challenging hike. (B. taking in a 360-degree view of the city and the surrounding seas from the Sky Tower. or ride a train along the spectacular coastline (subject to availability). Gather for a farewell dinner at our hotel tonight. and a private bathroom. (B. Take a swim with the dolphins or just enjoy observing them from the boat. Prices are per person. For a single cabin. Crowne Plaza (B. L. creating ideal conditions for marine mammals. the world’s smallest and rarest.940 in Category 1 and $3. our ship makes its way to the North Island. and royal albatrosses. Economy airfare from Los Angeles to Queenstown and return from Auckland is $1. and orcas. (B.775 (subject to change). About the Oceanic Discoverer The sleek Oceanic Discoverer (pictured left) accommodates 68 guests in 35 spacious outside staterooms. Arrive in Wellington and visit the superb Te Papa Museum. a writing desk. Tonight. blue and humpback whales. we may see sperm whales. Then stop at Cape Kidnappers for a close-up view of one of the world’s largest gannet colonies. double occupancy. (B. Then delve into Maori culture and the natural history of the region at the Auckland Museum. B) Note: Venture further into the splendid wilderness of the South Island on a four-day extension or add additional nights in Queenstown. D) Days 11 and 12 Wellington/At Sea Three Hector’s dolphins jump playfully into the air. Stewart Island by road. L. The following morning. stop by Fyffe House.630 Located on the Main Deck CATEGORY 2 Located on the Main Deck CATEGORY 3 Located on the Promenade Deck CATEGORY 4 Located on the Bridge Deck See Oceanic Discoverer deck plan on page 96. where the elimination of predators has allowed native birds and plants to flourish.580 $14. Relax at sea the following day. a wardrobe. D) Day 14 Gisborne/Whangara Explore the village of Akaroa today.580 $15. L. mud pots gurgle and boil. D) Visit the Eastwoodhill Arboretum in Grisborne. dolphins. where residents welcome us into their traditional meeting house to learn about their culture and local lore. On our excursion by local boat. The ship features a lounge with a library and a bar. (B. D. (B. D) Day 15 White Island Disembark in Auckland and head out on a morning tour. L. Deduct $250 from the expedition cost when you reserve at least nine months in advance. Later. explore the city on your own or head to the Karori Sanctuary. L. a marine volcano that is alive with geothermal activity. (B. L. the townspeople rebuilt it as a shining tribute to the architecture of the era. L. L. take a walk with our naturalists. Later. a sun deck. Visit a fur seal colony and hike along the cliff tops of the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway for spectacular views. explore the remains of the abandoned sulfur mining operations. explore the city on your own before transferring to the airport for your flight home.590 $13. a small whaling museum. Laundry and email service are available on board. add $2. Little Blue penguins. and cruise out into the bay on a local boat in search of Hector’s dolphins. a dining room. individual climate control. and a hot tub. each with a window (or two portholes in Category 1).Day 10 Kaikoura The continental shelf drops off rapidly just off Kaikoura. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost.
and erected between A. L. Visit the renowned Larco Herrera Museum. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (B. Traveling in the comfort of a private jet. See our website for bios on the full expedition team for both departures. including Machu Picchu. . Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa (B.300 miles off the coast of Chile to Easter Island. L. and the Pyramids at Gîza. 24 days • 2011: December 27. Alexander will accompany the December departure along with National Geographic photographer Mark Thiessen. the Pyramids at Gîza. An expert on political. Background photograph: The mysterious moai of Easter Island are believed to have been carved. Florida Alexander Murphy is councilor and vice president of the American Geographical Society and a professor of geography at the University of Oregon. D daily) Days 5 and 6 Easter Island. Experience natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef. • Meet with National Geographic Explorerin-Residence Meave or Louise Leakey in Tanzania. Continue to Machu Picchu. Peru in only 1911. 1400 and 1600. cultural. an open-air museum of ancient stone villages. Samoa Travel to Cusco by local flight. once a thriving capital in Spain’s New World empire. L. Angkor Wat. 2011–January 19. a colorful performance of Samoan dance and song. and the island paradise of Samoa. sanctuaries. he will offer his insights into the human and physical forces that shape the places we visit. an ancient citadel abandoned by the Inca and rediscovered Trace the coast on a scenic drive. Chile This morning. D) 80 Above inset photographs. historical. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Geographic Education Programs Division. 2012 2012: February 20–March 14 Expert ALEXANDER MURPHY ITINERARY Day 1 Orlando. clockwise from left: A Rajasthani woman in traditional dress. and explore the Plaza de Armas and the Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking the city. D daily) Day 7 Apia. our private jet takes us to Lima. the Taj Mahal. passing through charming seaside villages. Machu Picchu is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. the Serengeti Plain.PRIVATE JET Around the World by Private Jet Circle the globe with top National Geographic experts on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Explore the island’s treasures with resident archaeologist Edmundo Edwards. Hotel Monasterio (B. transported. Excavated by Hiram Bingham with funding from National Geographic. • Discover Easter Island’s giant moai statues and famously lost culture with resident archaeologist Edmundo Edwards. L. We begin this extraordinary adventure with a welcome reception. and we arrive in the late afternoon. and giant statues called moai. • Delve into the natural world on game drives in the Serengeti Plain and snorkeling excursions on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a traditional Polynesian welcome ceremony and a fiafia. and environmental geography. and a clown fish in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. D) Days 3 and 4 Cusco/Machu Picchu Travel 2. Grande Lakes (D) Day 2 Lima. Miraflores Park Hotel (B. The Ritz-Carlton. and enjoy a fine dinner at our hotel. encounter legendary places from Machu Picchu and Tibet to the pyramids and Marrakech. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Explore 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites.D. followed by dinner at our hotel.
the region’s oldest and most revered temple. Florida Fly by private jet to Orlando. Sonesta St. Sea Temple Resort & Spa (B. which gives us the freedom to make the most of our adventures on land. Wander through the medina and the open-air market of Djemaa el Fna. or at Ngorongoro Crater. Day 8 Cross the International Date Line Days 14 and 15 Lhasa. Egypt Expedition Cost: 2011 2012 $64. where we visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center and overnight before flying to Tibet. See the majestic Taj Mahal. Jordan (B. Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Kempinski Hotel Chengdu (B. Brahmaputra Grand Hotel or Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square (B. Tibet or Xi’an. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor (B. D daily) Days 16 and 17 Taj Mahal. Instead of the standard 233 seats. Then enjoy a special gala event Please note: For more information or to reserve your place on this private jet expedition. Morocco Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to Angkor. For a single room. The Oberoi Amarvilas (B. Morocco/Orlando. and fly to Cairo to visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx at Gîza. See our website for specific terms and conditions. and the Pyramids and Sphinx. flying direct and avoiding layovers. India at the Temple of Luxor. Tibet. Explore the wondrous Temple of Karnak and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Or you may fly to Jordan and venture into the lost city of Petra. please call 1-800-224-1894. D) Fly to Kilimanjaro Airport and choose from two options: go deep into Serengeti National Park to witness the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. (B. Transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance. Enjoy bird-watching. The next day. D daily) Days 18 and 19 Tanzania Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to our hotel. and visit the royal city of Angkor Thom and the extraordinary Bayon Temple.950 Prices are per person.350 in 2011 and $8. 81 . Survey Angkor Wat’s massive temple complex. Australia Explore the Great Barrier Reef. Jordan. Visit the Jokhang Temple. L. Colorful Buddhist prayer flags line a wall in Lhasa.500 in 2012. Cambodia Depart by local flight to Lhasa. or take a stroll in the stunning Majorelle Garden. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Meave or Louise Leakey joins us to discuss the family’s historic fossil finds. Egypt or Petra. L.950 $66. as noted in the itinerary. D daily) Days 22 and 23 Marrakech.000 animals in the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Or you may discover the natural wonders of the Daintree Rain Forest. L. Alternatively. China Depart for Australia and lose a day crossing the international date line. China Return to Chengdu by local flight and continue on our private jet to Agra. L. or Mobile Tented Camp. L) INFORMATION Travel to Chengdu. snorkeling. La Mamounia (B. (B. Its long-range capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports afford us unmatched flexibility. visit the fabled Potala Palace and the nearly 600year-old Sera Monastery. L. the largest known coral reef in the world and home to an exceptionally rich variety of marine life. George Hotel. Florida is not included. one of the world’s greatest monuments to love. and explore the colorful Tibetan markets.500 per-person deposit for this trip. visit the Koutoubia Mosque and the Bahia Palace. gather for a festive farewell banquet with traditional entertainment. observe the permanent population of about 30. and swimming in this magnificent marine ecosystem. L. The next day. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (B. D daily) Day 24 Marrakech. D) Days 9 and 10 The Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rain Forest. Egypt or Mövenpick Petra. L. D daily) Day 13 Chengdu. Airfare to and from Orlando. Florida and connect with your flight home. the jet’s interior has been customized and refitted to accommodate just 78 passengers in two-by-two. L. We set our own schedules. double occupancy. China to view the famous terra-cotta warriors. Agra. you may choose to travel to Xi’an. D daily) Days 20 and 21 Luxor. Bilila Lodge Kempinski. VIP-style leather seating. Tonight. L. D daily) Days 11 and 12 Angkor. Please note: There is a $2.The magnificent Khmer temple of Angkor Wat dates back to the 12th century. add $8. Fly by Private Jet: Our specially outfitted Boeing 757 is ideally suited for this extraordinary expedition. is included in the expedition cost.
Gather tonight for a reception at National Geographic’s headquarters. including The Lost Amazon and The Serpent and the Rainbow. L. nestled in the heart of the rain forest. Peru by private jet. a Huli wigman. Angkor Wat. L. Set out on a private tour of the stunning Library of Congress. who has photographed the culture extensively. Mayflower Hotel (D) October 9 and 10 Amazon Rain Forest ancient ceremonial centers and learn about the mysterious Orongo birdman cult with resident archaeologist Edmundo Edwards. and stroll through the Amazon rain forest on a canopy walkway. Background photograph: The Great Wall of China. Cook Islands Depart for Iquitos. and Petra. followed by dinner at our hotel. Wade’s research has recently taken him to East Africa. Beijing. Visit Continue west. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Meet the colorful tribes of Papua New Guinea with Chris Rainier.PRIVATE JET Places of a Lifetime by Private Jet Set off on an extraordinary expedition by private jet inspired by the “50 Places of a Lifetime” selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine in its October 2009 and 1999 special issues. a majestic lion against the sunlit savanna. Stroll through the treetops on a canopy walkway. Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa (B. See our website for their bios. He has written 12 books. crossing the international date line and losing a day. Choose one of four options: meet the Huli “wigmen” in the Southern Highlands. We will also be accompanied by National Geographic Traveler Editor in Chief Keith Bellows and photographer and National Geographic Society Fellow Chris Rainier. visit spirit houses and 82 Above inset photographs. L. • See the majestic wildlife of the Serengeti. Easter Island was first seen by Europeans on Easter Sunday in 1722. Unknown to the outside world until the 1930s. D daily) October 11 and 12 Easter Island Immerse yourself in the tropical paradise of Rarotonga. 24 days • 2011: October 8–31 ITINERARY Expert WADE DAVIS October 8 Washington. or swim and kayak in pristine lagoons. top to bottom: The idyllic coast of Rarotonga. highlighting vanishing cultures around the world. Anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis is a National Geographic Explorer-inResidence who spearheaded the Society’s Cultures on the Edge program. and Hue. Snorkel amid rainbow-colored fish and corals. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (B. Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort (B. watch a Kapa Rima storytelling dance. Float down the Amazon River to our lodge.C. D October 14–17 Papua New Guinea Scattered with colossal stone statues called moai. Polynesia. Papua New Guinea’s vibrant culture has changed little over the centuries. Enjoy a beachside barbecue and a traditional dance performance. This evening. . and meet members of the Yagua tribe. • Delve into historic cities such as Istanbul. • Encounter the ancient wonders of Easter Island. Join three top National Geographic experts on a journey that takes you to 13 of these great treasures—from the wildlife of the Serengeti and the markets of Istanbul to Vietnam’s stunning landscape and the lost city of Petra. and Papua New Guinea. Xi’an. and arrive in Port Moresby the next afternoon. and his film credits include the National Geographic Channel series Light at the Edge of the World. D. the largest library in the world and named one of National Geographic Traveler’s Places of a Lifetime in its October 2009 issue. D daily) October 13 Rarotonga.
D) October 25 and 26 The Serengeti Plain or Ngorongoro Crater. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Meave or Louise Leakey will join us for a visit at the Bilila Lodge Kempinski and the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. L. Fly by Private Jet: Our specially outfitted Boeing 757 is ideally suited for this extraordinary expedition. Bilila Lodge Kempinski. double occupancy. Ambua Lodge. See our website for specific terms and conditions. Tufi Dive Resort.950 “To visit the Places of a Lifetime is to embrace the entire world and all of its natural and cultural wonder. VIP-style leather seating. the capital of the Mogul Empire from 1572 to 1585. Instead of the standard 233 seats. L. or visit the farming communities of the Melpa people. October 27 and 28 The Lost City of Petra or Wadi Rum. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor or Furama Resort Da Nang (B. We set our own schedules. the magnificent legacy of the ancient Khmer Empire. Explore Angkor Thom and the temples of Ta Prohm. Raffles Beijing Hotel (B. The Oberoi Amarvilas (B. Or venture into the exquisite sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. E. Please note: There is a $2. the Temple of Heaven. Tanzania Immerse yourself in enchanting Istanbul. L. Its long-range capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports afford us unmatched flexibility. 83 . International airfare to Washington. L. Lawrence. India Fly to Siem Reap and delve into the Angkor Wat temple complex. add $8. Or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater to observe the permanent population of almost 30. China Once the capital of China. Vietnam and set off on a scenic drive over the Hai Van Pass to the imperial city of Hue. or try your hand at Islamic calligraphy. Spend a half day viewing this incredible find. the jet’s interior has been customized and refitted to accommodate just 78 passengers in two-by-two. Turkey artisan workshops on a river voyage in the Sepik River Basin. please call 1-800-224-1894.commercial air to Da Nang.500 per-person deposit for this trip. Mobile Tented Camp.000 years ago. an evocative landscape made famous by T. Visit Hagia Sophia. L. Or fly by Encounter the iconic Taj Mahal. On our final night. and return from London is not included. as noted in the itinerary. Serengeti Migration Camp. carved into rose red cliffs by the Nabataean people more than 2. Take a cooking or kitemaking class or explore the traditional hutong neighborhoods. flying direct and avoiding layovers. D daily) October 31 London. For a single room. Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square (B. still tangled in thick vegetation. D) October 22 and 23 The Great Wall and Beijing Camels rest beneath the splendid facade of the Treasury at Petra. Cambodia or Da Nang and Hue. Then discover Beijing’s imperial wonders: the Forbidden City. or Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (B. Transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance. from the Wayfinders of Polynesia to the Huli Wigmen of the New Guinea Highlands. Take a cooking class. elephants. Jordan Spend the day in the ancient city of Petra. L.000 animals in one of the largest unbroken calderas in the world. Or discover Wadi Rum. and the Blue Mosque. and attend a singsing with the Komoa people. is included in the expedition cost. built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his wife. Xi’an is home to the legendary army of more than 7. D daily) October 29 and 30 Istanbul. or examine the treasures of the Yangling Tombs. or Rondon Ridge Lodge (B. Vietnam Stroll the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. which gives us the freedom to make the most of our adventures on land. go snorkeling. D daily) October 18–20 Angkor Wat. Karawari Lodge. Spot lions.000 life-size terra-cotta warriors that protected the tomb of China’s First Emperor. enjoy a gala farewell dinner. hike along Tufi’s volcanic fjords. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (B. and giraffes on safari.250. L. England Fly to London to connect with your commercial flight home. D daily) Price is per person. D daily) October 21 The Terra-cotta Warriors of Xi’an. and Tiananmen Square. Topkapı Palace. Please note: For more information or to reserve your place on this private jet expedition. D daily) October 24 The Taj Mahal or Fatehpur Sikri.C. from the mysteries of ancient civilizations to the wild abundance of Africa and the Amazon. D. Mövenpick Resort Petra (B.” —Wade Davis National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Fly to Tanzania and continue by local aircraft to Serengeti National Park. L. (B) INFORMATION Expedition Cost: $63. and cruise along the magnificent Bosporus Strait.
stay at our centrally located hotel or accommodations of your choice. vibrant ethnic enclaves. Go behind the scenes at National Geographic’s headquarters: meet with a photo editor from the magazine and learn how the photographic process works at the Society. Washington. Each workshop is limited to 25 participants. Take to the streets of the French Quarter with your camera at the ready. the stately architecture of Dupont Circle or the hip. historic parks. the graceful parks that line its lakeside. All participants must bring a digital SLR camera. . and the insights of our experts. D. capturing timeless streetcars. 8–11 • Oct. New York City presents photographers with an endless array 84 Above: The diverse architecture and streetlife of New Orleans. and the majestic monuments of the National Mall. and software for organizing and presenting images. 22–25 • Oct. and shoot images of the playful public sculptures of Millennium Park. settle into the idyllic Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa. In each of the other cities. and the colorful bustle of street life. Optional Accommodations: The Cosmopolitan Hotel Chicago 4 days • 2011: May 12–15 • Aug. Photograph the sunset from the top of Rockefeller Center and the early morning light on the Brooklyn Bridge. a laptop computer. Photograph merchants and their bright produce at the Union Square Greenmarket. 11–14 Sept. 10–13 From its lovely French-influenced architecture to the jazz bands that fill the streets with swirling rhythms. Take sweeping vistas of the Chicago River. and complete a portrait assignment in the lively neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy. D. Optional Accommodations: The Beacon Hotel New York City 4 days • 2011: April 7–10 April 28–May 1 • May 5–8 Sept. and Miami provide endless opportunities for photographers. and document the city’s nightlife in a jazz club or along Bourbon Street. Chicago is a great city to photograph. These workshops—each led by a National Geographic photographer and a professional instructor—are designed for amateurs who are interested in improving their digital photography. and stay at The Ritz-Carlton in Miami’s Key Biscayne. 15–18 Nov.Weekend Photography Workshops one your photography skills with a National Geographic photographer over a long weekend in some of the country’s most picturesque cities. H New Orleans 4 days • 2011: March 10–13 April 14–17 • Sept. 4 days • 2011: March 17–20 April 28–May 1 • June 2–5 Sept. ethnically-diverse Adams Morgan neighborhood. Photograph ornate tombs in a historic cemetery. Optional Accommodations: Hotel Monteleone of subjects. capture the diverse architecture of fabled Fifth Avenue and the sights of Central Park. Learn to take magazine-quality photos through field assignments. In Tucson. daily edit-and-critique sessions. 2 With the skyscrapers that rise above its historic downtown. 29–Oct. 20–23 Brimming with towering skyscrapers. is home to evocative memorials.C. 20–23 Washington. D. neoclassic architecture. and eclectic neighborhoods. New Orleans’ lively blend of cultures makes it a fantastic photography destination.C. Catch the early morning atmosphere at the legendary Café Du Monde and the French Market. Optional Accommodations: Hotel Blake Washington. and photograph some of the most progressive American architecture of the 20th century. and the mimes of Jackson Square. balconies tangled with flowers.. Capture the bustle of Magnificent Mile and the lively bartering at Green City Market.C. Head out on daily shoots to photograph scenes of Eastern Market coming to life in the morning’s first light. Meet working artists in the neighborhood of Wicker Park. and its vibrant music scene.
Accommodations: Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa Tyrone Turner is an awardwinning photojournalist. Raul Touzon has traveled extensively documenting indigenous cultures. As senior photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine. and Tucson workshops. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary. On excursions to Miami.395 $1. 2–8 Join us for our week-long photography workshops in stunning Santa Fe.875 New York City $2. Ralph will lead the March workshop. including National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler and are represented in the National Geographic Image Collection. 13–16 • Oct. In Workshop Cost: New Orleans With hotel Without hotel $1. Visit our website for other experts leading the New York. from the art deco architecture of South Beach to the lively Cuban neighborhoods that inform the city’s music and cuisine. photograph the Golden Gate Bridge rising out of the fog and merchants hawking their goods in the ethnic neighborhoods of North Beach and Chinatown. he has photographed the city for several National Geographic magazine articles. D. and editor who teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.395 $1. On daily assignments. invigorating outdoor activities.C. or take portraits of craftspeople at Fisherman’s Wharf.C.C. photographer bios.875 San Francisco $1. A contributing photographer at National Geographic magazine.395 $1. On daily excursions. and fresh. Bob has covered assignments from New York City to Easter Island. elegant row houses. INFORMATION WASHINGTON. and pricing. Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the expedition cost. appeared in National Geographic Traveler’s July/August 2006 issue. For day-by-day itineraries for these workshops or to reserve space.395 A resident of Miami. call 1-866-797-4686 or go to www. and dramatic. Then enjoy the fabulous spa facilities. Catherine will lead all of the San Francisco and Chicago workshops. and set out on a variety of photo assignments. her hometown. Bob will lead the April 28 workshop.S. Key Biscayne Catherine Karnow’s story on San Francisco. Dan Westergren is responsible for its photographic vision. capture graceful Victorian homes that line the steep streets.395 $1. the stark beauty of the Sonoran Desert.Exper ts Russian Hill. 6–9 Iconic bridges. Dan will lead the March and September workshops.875 Washington. healthy cuisine at the all-inclusive Miraval Resort. * Workshop cost includes a $130 credit per person toward spa facilities or other optional resort activities. Visit our website or call for prices on single rooms. and “American Tuscany”—about northern California—made the cover of Traveler’s March 2007 issue. MIAMI AND KEY BISCAYNE San Francisco 4 days • 2011: May 19–22 • July 21–24 Oct. and the historic center of Tucson. His photographs have appeared in many publications. undulating streets make San Francisco a particularly photogenic city.875 $1. 85 . SEVEN-DAY WORKSHOP IN Santa Fe 7 days • 2011: Mar. Zoom in on ancient petroglyphs. TUCSON Prices are per person. Shoot images of tropical landscapes and close-ups of wildlife in nearby Bill Baggs State Park. D. D. double occupancy.C. including “New Orleans: A Perilous Future” in the August 2007 issue. Ralph Lee Hopkins’ images have appeared in numerous National Geographic publications.875 Tucson* $1. A native of New Orleans. A trained geologist. CHICAGO & SAN FRANCISCO Miami and Key Biscayne 4 days • 2011: May 5–8 Settle into our base on beautiful Key Biscayne. photograph stunning mountain vistas. $1. Tyrone will lead all of the New Orleans workshops. D.875 Miami & Key Biscayne $2. filmmaker.nationalgeographicexpeditions. Optional Accommodations: Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf NEW ORLEANS Tucson 4 days • 2011: March 31–April 3 Oct. Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton. a barrier island just south of Miami.110 Chicago $1.com. and capture images of the Navajo hoop dance during a private performance. 13–19 • July 17–23 Oct. Geological Survey Colorado River expedition matching photos from the 1890 Stanton Expedition. Capture the sunset on the palm-lined beaches just outside your hotel room.. NEW YORK CITY Bob Sacha is an award-winning producer. Washington. 27–30 Hone your skills in the warm shade of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains during a unique photo retreat at the acclaimed Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa. He is equally at home traveling the world shooting for National Geographic Traveler and photographing his home city of Washington. photograph its many facets. he was a photographer on a U.
Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. (D) Days 2–7 Exploring Alaska’s Islands. disembark in Sitka. Expedition Team On the August 7. Explore Sitka National Historic Park. Above left: Kayakers explore the rocky shores of an Alaska fjord. (B. Prices are per person. For a single cabin. INFORMATION Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 $5. 86 .890 Located on the Main Deck CATEGORY 2 Located on the Upper and Bridge Decks CATEGORY 3 Located on the Upper and Bridge Decks See National Geographic Sea Bird description and photo on page 58 and deck plan on page 96. We take time to stop and explore this beautiful and intriguing land up close. 2011 departure. Ears pricked. D daily) Our approach during this voyage is one of discovery. L. In the early afternoon. Bays. • Hop in a kayak and venture into pristine fjords and hidden coves. and make the following stops: Tracy Arm Fjord–Fords Terror Wilderness Petersburg LeConte Bay Frederick Sound Chatham Strait Point Adolphus Chichagof Island Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Day 8 Sitka/Seattle Fly from Seattle to Juneau.400 in Category 2. Alaska humpback whales and the identification of bear tracks in the wild.000 in Category 1 and $3. (B) See a detailed itinerary and map on pages 58–59. deduct $500 from the adult rate. transfer to the airport for the flight to Seattle. We follow the same itinerary as described on pages 58 and 59. Birgit has documented the behavior of many species found in southeast Alaska. For children under 18. The long days of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the evening hours. * These departures follow the itinerary described here and on pages 58–59. double occupancy. where totem poles line thickly wooded trails. but in the reverse order. Using National Geographic’s Crittercam. Economy airfare from Seattle to Juneau and return from Sitka is $600 (subject to change).FAMILY Alaska Family Voyage EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS Embark on an unforgettable family adventure. • Spot black and brown bears and breaching humpback whales with experienced naturalists. two grizzlies stand alert in the Alaska wilderness. and Fjords Spend the next six days encountering some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and wildlife along Alaska’s coast.990 $6. as our small ship can reach places that few others see. Explore the city before embarking the National Geographic Sea Bird. Visit our website or call for details. add $3. 8 days • 2011: July 3–10 • July 24–31* • August 7–14* • Peer up at towering totem poles and learn about the everyday life of Alaska’s native tribes. exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird. • Glide a Zodiac among a maze of icebergs in Tracy Arm Fjord and watch calving ice thunder into the water. This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. Our special hands-on educational program is designed to encourage children’s interest in topics as diverse as the feeding behavior of Its fluke on full display. our diverse team of experts will be joined by filmmaker Birgit Buhleier.790 $7. Note: Add a seven-day extension to Denali National Park. After breakfast. a humpback whale dives deep into sapphire waters. a unique town with a strong Russian heritage. ITINERARY Day 1 Seattle/Juneau. the capital of Alaska. and our itinerary is flexible.
This trip is operated in association with Lindblad Expeditions. Deduct $250 from the expedition cost when you reserve at least nine months in advance.Galápagos Family Odyssey EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS Travel aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or Islander and discover the Galápagos Islands’ fascinating wildlife on an adventure geared toward explorers of all ages. Day 2 Guayaquil/Galápagos Snorkel with playful sea lions and quirky penguins. Prices are per person. L.450 $5.S. and sit among a colorful band of marine iguanas.480 $8. quirky penguins. Peru or Quito. • Gaze into the old eyes of a giant sea tortoise. Round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Guayaquil is $660 and between Guayaquil and Galápagos is $420 for adults and $210 for children under 12 (subject to change).nationalgeographicexpeditions. The evening is at leisure. 10 days • 2011: June 17–26 • July 1–10 • July 9–18* July 23–August 1* • August 12–21 December 30. deduct $500 from the adult rate. marine biologist Mike Heithaus will join our team of naturalists and undersea specialists. After breakfast. indigenous to the Galápagos.060 $7. glassbottom boat (Endeavour only). disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. Above left: Galápagos tortoises abound on Isla Santa Cruz.com 87 . observe the interactions of marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. See National Geographic Endeavour and National Geographic Islander descriptions on page 67 and photos and deck plans on page 96. upon arrival. D) Days 3–8 Exploring the Galápagos Discover the Galápagos Islands with a dynamic team of naturalists specially trained to work with kids of all ages. and explore the coast by kayak and Zodiac. Ecuador Depart for Guayaquil and. (B./Guayaquil.S. our itinerary is flexible. Visit our website to view a short video about this expedition.390 $7. or Zodiac.590 $6. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. * These departures are aboard the National Geographic Islander. Expedition Cost: CATEGORY 1 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 4 CATEGORY 5 Endeavour Islander $5. (B) See a detailed itinerary and map on pages 66–67. D daily) In keeping with the nature of an expedition. Visit our website or call for details. (B. Day 1 U. perform a courtship dance. • Snorkel amid shimmering fish.230 $5. All other departures are aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Blue-footed boobies. Ecuador. sea turtles.550 $6. Day 9 Galápagos/Guayaquil INFORMATION Expedition Team On the June departure. For children under 18. 2011–January 8. Hotel Hilton Colón (B) Day 10 Guayaquil/U. A research fellow for National Geographic’s Remote Imaging Program. and will explore some of the following islands: Isla Bartolomé Isla Seymour Isla Santiago Isla Genovesa Isla Santa Cruz Isla Isabela Isla Fernandina Isla Floreana Isla Sombrero Chino Isla Rábida Isla San Cristóbal Isla Española Fly to the Galápagos Islands and settle into your cabin aboard the comfortable expedition ship National Geographic Endeavour or the more intimate National Geographic Islander. and playful sea lions.980 $6. transfer to the Hotel Hilton Colón. Reserve online at www. 2012 ITINERARY • Explore the waters of the Galápagos by kayak. Visit our website or call for details on single cabins. Mike has completed more than 100 successful Crittercam deployments on creatures such as hammerhead sharks and humpback whales. transfer to the airport for your return flight. L. • Cruise to pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence. We follow the same itinerary as described on pages 66 and 67.990 $8. Note: Add a post-trip extension to Machu Picchu and Cusco.940 This morning. double occupancy.
rhinos. She has established a conservation education program for Tanzanian schools and is the author of seven books on Africa. D) Day 8 Ngorongoro Crater Days 9. 2011–January 8. and tree-climbing lions. giraffes. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the remains of Homo habilis. L. • Set out on safari on the shores of Lake Manyara and the rolling Serengeti plains to spot lions. 2012 ITINERARY • Take a canoe safari in Arusha National Park. leopards. 11 days • 2011: July 3–13 • July 29–August 8 • December 19–29 December 29. there is an additional holiday surcharge of $500 per person.S. B) Note: Add a post-trip extension to Zanzibar or the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. Enjoy traditional singing and dancing and stop in at a local school. Serena Mountain Village Days 3 and 4 Lake Manyara Drive to Lake Manyara National Park and set out on our first wildlife safari. L. Set off on a canoe safari in Arusha National Park the next morning. Jeannette will accompany all departures. L. Days 1 and 2 U. Serena Mountain Village (B. spotting elephants. and 11 Ngorongoro Crater/ Arusha/U.990 $6. watch wildlife interact on the lake shores. 88 . lions. and then head out on an afternoon safari.000 feet to the floor of the crater where volcanic slopes shelter almost 30. and much more of East Africa’s spectacular wildlife.200 (subject to change). and arrive in the late evening the next day. hippos. D daily) Days 5 and 6 Serengeti Depart on an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. Settle in at our luxury tented camp and tonight. We recommend this expedition for children ages 8 and older. For a single room. The next morning. depart for Arusha. enjoy a talk by a local Maasai elder and learn about his fascinating way of life./Arusha. Tanzania optional night game drive.S. and dine at the lodge before an Journey into the Serengeti keeping an eye out for zebra herds and lion prides. giraffes. cheetahs. Msigiyo Camp (B.FAMILY Tanzania Family Safari EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS A unique family adventure awaits you in Tanzania’s spectacular game parks. one of the earliest humans. and more.500. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before your evening flight home. hands-on activity and learn about the fossils found here. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (B. • Discover incredible wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater. a nearby Maasai community welcomes us into their village on a special visit. D daily) Day 7 Olduvai Gorge/Ngorongoro Crater Expert JEANNETTE HANBY Travel to Olduvai Gorge where. L. Explore the site through a fun. L. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Arusha is $2. After a morning game drive. Expedition Cost: Adult Child (under age 12)* $6.000 animals. * Sharing a room with two adults. D. We may see elephants. elephants. Go on an optional village walk or a biking excursion after lunch. Later. running the Serengeti Lion Project with husband David Bygott. one of the world’s largest volcanic calderas. add $2. D) Above left: A lion cub nestles cozily in dappled sunlight. double occupancy. embark on a game drive. buffalo. hippos. Enjoy a talk by a wildlife researcher during lunch. 10. Descend 2. Celebrate your safari adventure at a farewell dinner. zebras. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (B. On morning and afternoon game drives the following day. on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition in 1960. On the December departures. wildebeests. • Visit a Maasai village to get to know tribespeople of all ages and learn about their fascinating way of life. (B. INFORMATION Jeannette Hanby first came to Tanzania in 1974 to study social carnivores.490 Prices are per person. arriving the next day. Visit our website or call for details.
D–children only) Day 6 Killarney National Park 150-year-old pub. (B. Transfer to our hotel and meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight. L.995 $4. 10 days • 2011: July 8–17 • August 5–14 ITINERARY • Explore ancient stone forts with a local archaeologist. L. D) Day 7 Gap of Dunloe/Upper Lakes Expert CAROLINE CROWLEY A native of West Cork. transfer to the airport for your flight home. She looks forward to revealing the natural diversity. small lakes. (B. a local storyteller conjures mesmerizing tales that will delight children and adults alike. D) Day 4 Dingle Peninsula/Blasket Islands Join an archaeologist to explore ancient stone forts and beehive huts in the surrounding hills. Malton Hotel (B. lively traditions. Later. Explore the manor and its gardens before celebrating your adventure at a farewell dinner. • Keep an eye out for seals and dolphins while kayaking among the picturesque inlets of Kenmare Bay. during a lesson this morning. • Bike. board sea kayaks for a guided excursion through sheltered Kenmare Bay. Learn a few words of Gaeilge. where traditional Irish language and lifestyle still flourish. Dingle Skellig Hotel (B. After dinner. Dinner tonight is at a Above left: A road winds along tranquil blue waters and lush green hills in western Ireland’s County Kerry. For a single room. The next morning. zoologist and geographer Caroline Crowley has an intimate knowledge of western Ireland. L) Day 8 Kenmare Bay/Killarney Step back in time at 15th-century Bunratty Castle. where you’ll have a chance to feed young lambs. (B. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 89 . Explore a secluded beach flanked by steep cliffs or stroll the town’s byways.595 Prices are per person. the ancient Irish Discover the enchanting countryside of Killarney National Park today. Be on the lookout for dolphins. Ireland. Then embark on a thrilling eco-cruise with an expert naturalist around the Blasket Islands. D) Days 9 and 10 Bunratty Castle/Shannon/U. add $790. Round-trip economy airfare between New York and Shannon is $965 (subject to change). Climb aboard a traditional pony-and-trap. and puffins.S. savor a picnic lunch before embarking on a private boat cruise among the islands of Upper Lake. In the evening. settle into the historic Adare Manor. • Get a taste of traditional Irish life during encounters with a local storyteller and a fisherman. accompanied by traditional music and dance. adults are free to enjoy dinner at one of Dingle’s excellent restaurants or pubs while we treat the kids to dinner at the hotel. where children head out on a scavenger hunt on the castle grounds.Irish Family Adventure EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS Immerse your family in the natural splendors and vibrant traditions of western Ireland. A guided horseback ride or a hike is rewarded with a refreshing stop at the Murphys family ice cream shop. Ireland/Limerick Depart on an overnight flight to Shannon. At Lord Brandon’s Cottage. Expedition Cost: Adult Child (under age 15) $4. and epic history of Ireland to travelers of all ages. and journey through the panoramic Gap of Dunloe passing cascading streams. Caroline will accompany both departures. language. and verdant mountains. (B. B) INFORMATION Today. D. Limerick Strand Hotel (D) Day 3 Cliffs of Moher/Dingle Enjoy sweeping views from atop the Cliffs of Moher before arriving at the charming seaside town of Dingle. and a performance of Irish music and dance.S./Shannon. home to a large seal colony. L) Day 5 Dingle Peninsula Days 1 and 2 U. Adare Manor An Atlantic puffin carries a sand eel back to its nest. Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. (B. Visit the Kissane family sheep farm. and take a pony-and-trap ride through the Emerald Isle’s spectacular countryside. double occupancy. ride horseback. seals.
• Watch the thrilling Palio.995 90 Clockwise from top left: Riders round a sharp turn during the bareback race of Siena’s Palio.290 Child (under age 18) from $5. culture. and cuisine of traditional Tuscany. Take to the sea aboard the three-masted S. • Try your hand at traditional pottery techniques at a ceramics studio. • Swim in Santoríni’s volcanic caldera. and kayak into hidden coves along the coast of Políegos. Along the way. photojournalist Massimo Bassano. and ancient wonders on a family adventure in Greece. sunflowers lend a golden glow to a morning market in Aix-en-Provence. Panorama and sail through the glorious Cyclades with a team of naturalists and cultural experts. a medieval bareback horse race in the heart of Siena. and kayak along wild coastlines. young explorers participate in special hand-on activities. a spontaneous click of the camera captures the moment in Santoríni.500-year-old city of Mycenae. the historic Glacier Express trundles through a verdant Alpine valley.495 Child (under age 15) $4. • Stay at Castello di Gargonza. an 800-year-old castle set on 600 acres of parklands in the Tuscan hills. and visit an ancient stadium in Neméa.790 Expedition Cost: Adult $5. Expedition Cost: Adult from $6. majestic temples. and explore legendary castles and amazing caves. as well as tiny islands further off the beaten track. . • Venture into a hilltop castle and the imposing ruins of Mycenae.FAMILY More Family Adventures Greece Family Adventure 9 days • 2011: July 21–29 • July 28–August 5 August 4–12 Encounter a fascinating world of mythical gods. Discover ancient theaters and stadiums in beautiful settings. In the company of youth coordinators and our expert. explore the medieval hilltop towns of Pienza and Montepulciano. Tuscany Family Adventure 10 days • 2011: August 10–19 Settle into a medieval castle to explore the history. • Take part in a scavenger hunt on the castle grounds. Venture into the 3. and see Michelangelo’s legendary statue of David during a full day in Florence. Hike past brilliant sunflower fields to littleknown Tuscan villages. swim and snorkel in turquoise water. Then take your ringside seats on Siena’s campo and experience the pageantry and exhilaration of the Palio.V. Drop anchor in Santoríni and Naxos. • Play “Olympic” sports on Kíthnos. • Make pizza and pasta with the castle’s chef. and learn to take great shots on photo walks with Massimo. play bocce and soccer with locals.
Wind through the mountains on a historic train. one of the largest glaciers in the eastern Alps. and ride the highest chairlift in Europe among spectacular snowcapped peaks.com. • Join an alpine guide for a walk on Morteratsch Glacier. visit a cheese factory. Encounter clowns and street performers during the lively Avignon Theater Festival. Stay in two stunning mountain villages: Pontresina. • Learn to play boules. Take a boat ride from the charming fishing village of Cassis to the rugged limestone cliffs of the Calanques. and go swimming in sapphire coves. Discover alpine wildlife with a naturalist. try your hand at painting with an artist in Aix.480 All prices are per person. and go on a scavenger hunt at the Louvre.nationalgeographicexpeditions.995 Child (under age 15) $4. • Visit a private working ranch in the Camargue. Then head to Paris on one of France’s fast trains and explore the magnificent City of Light. a Roman aqueduct and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Swiss Alpine Family Adventure 8 days • 2011: July 16–23 • Experience the enchantment of medieval Avignon during the annual theater festival.495 Expedition Cost: Adult $4. see wild. Head into the magnificent Swiss Alps on a family adventure that combines hiking and biking with legendary train journeys. 91 . a traditional French ball game. and venture into Roman ruins in Arles. and sample Swiss chocolate on this expedition designed for explorers of all ages. In the Camargue wetlands. native white horses. meet French cowboys. in beautiful Engadine Valley. • Take in views of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower. and Zermatt. within view of the iconic Matterhorn mountain. • Board the historic Glacier Express for a breathtaking journey across 291 Alpine bridges and through 91 tunnels. Expedition Cost: Adult $4. ride a zip line. For day-by-day itineraries and the experts accompanying the family adventures on these pages. • Bike along pristine lakes. visit www.Provence Family Adventure 9 days • 2011: July 23–31 Settle into beautiful Aix-en-Provence and explore the treasures of southern France on daily adventures with our expert.690 Child (under age 15) $4. and hike in the shadow of the Matterhorn’s craggy peak. • Kayak under the Pont du Gard. double occupancy. and watch a traditional Camarguais bull game. hike beneath the Matterhorn. • Listen to mountaineering tales from an expert climber. France’s cowboy country.
Go whale-watching off the Azores. Approach Iguaçu Falls from both the Brazilian and the Argentinean sides. and delve into a rich maritime history on the Channel Islands off England’s southern coast. Meet Rwanda’s resilient people.com and start exploring.” Rwanda has treasures that belie its tiny size. Experience the charm of Old Europe in seaside towns that have retained their Portuguese and Spanish flavors. New Zealand Adventure 13 days • 2011: Oct. the fascinating spiritual center of Varanasi. 27. 92 . and the renowned Pushkar Camel Fair. On New Zealand’s exotic South Island. home to an extraordinarily concentrated and diverse range of wildlife. Tibet and Nepal: Journey to the Highest Himalaya 16 days • 2011: April 16–May 1 September 10–25 In the company of acclaimed mountaineer Peter Hillary. cruise past karst formations on an Indochinese junk in Vietnam. and Channel Islands 16 days • 2011: May 2–17 Discover diverse cultures and breathtaking landscapes on a unique island-hopping voyage aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Take in some of the most magnificent vistas on Earth as we journey across the Tibetan Plateau to the North Face Base Camp of Mount Everest and into Nepal.495 Expedition Cost: from $10.750 Expedition Cost: $6. Then journey to its jungle-clad volcanoes for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. Track mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans. Canary. double occupancy. explore lush rain forests. explore volcanoes in Madeira. delve into the fascinating world of mountain lore and Tibetan and Nepalese cultures while visiting the fabled cities of Lhasa.160 Expedition Cost: $5. and enjoy a “private” viewing of the falls before the park opens to the public. Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda 8 days • 2011: September 23–30 Known as the “land of a thousand hills. 6–14 • Sept. Below are a few of the great trips offered only on our website. 17–25 Experience some of Brazil’s most legendary sights. and sky blue lakes. and observe ancient rituals on the Ganges River.nationalgeographicexpeditions. 8. dramatic fjords. cascading waterfalls.995 Brazil: Iguaçu Falls and the Pantanal 9 days • 2011: May 14–22 Aug. visit Mount Everest’s North Face Base Camp with renowned mountaineer Peter Hillary. from the roaring falls of Iguaçu to the wildly diverse Pantanal. 2011–Jan. from wildlife researchers and artisans to schoolchildren and genocide survivors. Float on a subterranean river.990 All prices are per person. Delve into the colorful bustle of everyday life in Delhi and Jaipur.995 Expedition Cost: $7. Discuss modern India with distinguished professionals and dignitaries at intimate dinners. Set out on a journey that combines Rwanda’s incredible wildlife with its inspiring human story. trek onto Fox Glacier. Gaze at the Taj Mahal at sunset and explore exquisitely carved fortresses and temples. and cruise between soaring peaks on magnificent Milford Sound. Expedition Cost: $7. 12 Dec. Visit www. Then delve into the Pantanal and spend three full days exploring the world’s largest wetlands area. New Zealand is a natural paradise. and Kathmandu.This is just the tip of the iceberg. 2012 Graced with glacial mountains.. Expedition Cost: from $6. Shigatse. Journey Through India 11 days • 2011: November 3–13 Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of India on a journey to the vibrant cities of Rajasthan.. Madeira. 31–Nov. Island Odyssey: Azores. and go hiking in the spectacular Southern Alps.
13 days • Botswana and Victoria Falls. The National Geographic Society is a partner of Great Plains Conservation.295 per person Great Plains currently operates six safari camps in three countries. 14 days • Tanzania Safari. See detailed itineraries and reserve online at www. experience a flourishing culture in picturesque villages and seaside towns. and dominated by an active volcano. We’ll handle all the arrangements. 13 days 2011 prices from $5. Italy’s largest island is edged with dramatic coastlines. Stay in incomparable properties—luxury safari camps that offer top amenities as well as local charm and character.Vietnam and Angkor Wat 15 days • 2011: November 4–18 Experience the culture and beauty of Indochina as you journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia’s ancient capital of Angkor. Bring your spouse. • Kenya Safari. and watch the sun rise over the Khmer temples of Angkor.295 Sicily’s Ancient Treasures 10 days • 2011: September 26–October 5 Numerous civilizations have occupied Sicily. learn about local crafts from villagers. Explore the historic cities of Palermo and Siracusa. or watch lions on the prowl in the Serengeti. and take in the views from atop Mount Etna. 12 days • Okavango Canoe Safari and Victoria Falls. Expedition Cost: $5.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com or call 1-800-394-9830 to arrange for a private safari.995 Visit www. Expedition Cost: from $7. but is not involved in the operation of the lodges. 10 days • Kenya and Tanzania Safari.com 93 .nationalgeographicexpeditions. National Geographic has teamed up with Great Plains Conservation to create a collection of extraordinary private safaris. canoe past hippos and rare birds in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. leaving a treasure trove of ancient ruins and diverse architecture. Sail beneath the jagged karst pillars of Ha Long Bay on a traditional-style junk. Track elephants in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. and choose what time of year you want to travel. or we’ll work with you to craft your own custom safari. Choose one of the recommended private safari itineraries listed below. your family. scattered with vestiges of Greek and Roman glory. Stroll past lush rice paddies. Gain an insider’s perspective on the research and conservation programs that National Geographic and Great Plains are collaborating on in these regions. meet monks and royal descendants. or a few friends.
• Travel in small groups of no more than 16 travelers. small inns. cultural interaction. or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. active itineraries that combine spectacular places. unwind in cozy mountain lodges. or in a tent beneath the stars. hiking the Andes on your way to Machu Picchu. charming local hotels. • Enjoy daily adventures that are physically active and culturally rewarding. and physical challenge: the perfect mix for an unforgettable adventure. Get to know fascinating cultures firsthand. • Stay in ecolodges. or by kayak. you’ll trek through some of the world’s most legendary mountain ranges and veer far off the beaten path. explore in small groups in the company of top guides. and location. And at the end of each action-packed day. or private camps chosen for their charm.Introducing National Geographic Adventures Grab your hiking boots and head into the wilderness with National Geographic! With our new line of active Adventures. • Meet National Geographic photographers. Whether you’re setting off across the Mongolian steppe on horseback. We’ve partnered with the highly respected adventure travel company Mountain Travel Sobek to bring you ten unique. from the Hadza bushmen of Tanzania who will welcome you into their lives to the Bhutanese villagers you’ll visit on your hikes. or explorers in the field. comfort. discovering wild landscapes on foot. archaeologists. • Explore with some of the best guides in each region. 94 . on horseback.
Ride horseback across the vast Mongolian steppe. 5. 22–Nov. Paddle sea kayaks at Point Adolphus and then head into scenic Glacier Bay National Park for a kayaking adventure. jagged mountains.995 Activity Rating: Moderate 13 days • July 3–15. enjoying a cozy fire and delicious meal. double occupancy. and spend time visiting nomad families. full of rugged peaks and stunning pinnacles. 24–March 4. Alaska is a fantastic destination for outdoor enthusiasts. and enjoy delectable Italian food and wine. 12–21.Tanzania: Walking with the Maasai Encounter the wildlife-rich landscapes of northern Tanzania from a unique cultural perspective: walking alongside local tribespeople.590 feet) alone is an adventure of the highest sort. 1–15. hiking 140 miles through the mystical landscapes of three national parks: the gem-like lakes and rolling mountains of the Lake District. 2012 Jan. 2011 Cost: $4. . Set out to explore both on foot—from the iceclad pinnacles of the Torres del Paine to the breathtakingly jagged granite crest of Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park. you'll find yourself standing above the splendid citadel of Machu Picchu.895 Activity Rating: Moderate Mongolia: Naadam and Horse Trek with Nomads Experience Mongolia from the eyes of a nomad. 23–Feb. 14 days • Nov.nationalgeographicadventures. 9. 9 days • July 30–Aug. Airfare is not included. and get an intimate look at Naadam at a local celebration. 2011 Dec. 2012 Cost: from $4. passing through the spectacular scenery of the Barranco Valley and allowing maximum time for acclimatization. Bhutan’s most sacred mountain. Africa’s highest peak. Discover alpine lakes and meadows with breathtaking ridge-line views. 2012 Cost: $5. Feb. Explore extraordinary dzongs. and the wild. and Ice With its wildlife. 15 days • Oct. 2011 Cost: $3. Watch bears try to catch salmon at Stan Price State Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend a night in the inner crater area to explore the glaciers. July 18–31. 2. Oct. 28–Sept. 4–14. and meet the bushmen of Lake Eyasi. Jan. Alaska: Whales. Take a look at these exciting new trips. 23–Feb. or fortresslike citadels. starting in summer 2011. England: Hiking Coast to Coast Cross England on foot.997 feet).595 Activity Rating: Moderate Bhutan: Chomolhari Base Camp Trek Trek through the gorgeous realm of snowy peaks that tower above the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan. Join National Geographic on a Himalayan trek to Everest’s South Face Base Camp through some of the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery. 14 days • July 1–14. Feb. 2011 Cost: $4. heather-covered hills of the North York Moors. fjords. Aug. Aug. Hiking the Italian Dolomites Italy’s Dolomite Mountains rise up like a cathedral of rock.595 Activity Rating: Ultimate Challenge 11 days • July 4–14. Aug. 27. Hike beneath the soaring crest of Chomolhari (23. 24–March 5. and iceberg-strewn bays. the long green valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. 19 days • Oct. 11 days • Sept. 2011 Cost: $4. Feb. Go fishing in nearby rivers. 2011 Cost: $4. 2011 Cost: $3.295 Activity Rating: Ultimate Challenge 95 Visit www. and cap off your adventure with an optional safari extension.595 Activity Rating: Moderate Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek Everest’s daunting summit soars so high that trekking to its base camp (17. End each day at a picturesque mountain lodge. 2011 Jan. 13–16. Oct. Follow the lesser-known Shira Route.com or call 1-888-689-2557 for detailed itineraries and reservations. 6–14. 22–Nov. Oct. 1–11.495 Activity Rating: Moderate to Strenuous 10 days • Sept. 16–25. and visit age-old monasteries inhabited by red-robed monks. 17–26 Dec. 9. 4 Cost: $4. Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Climb Chile and Argentina: Hiking Patagonia Patagonia’s pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic national parks: the Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares.195 Activity Rating: Moderate Peru: Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek Wind your way from lodge to lodge through the luxuriant forests and snowcapped peaks of Peru’s stunning Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range. 26–Dec. 28–Sept. try your hand at Mongolian archery.095 Activity Rating: Ultimate Challenge All prices are per person. 9. 14–23. As our trek culminates. Climb through five climate zones on your way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Take to the mountain trails to experience this incomparable landscape on a variety of hikes. 5. Oct. 1–11. 7. Aug. 2011–Jan. Enjoy an intimate view of Maasai culture as you explore the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater on hikes and game drives. 2012 Cost: $4. Settle into a private ger camp nestled in a lush valley. 2011 Jan. Bears.895 Activity Rating: Moderate to Strenuous 8 days • July 7–14. 8. 9. 8–26. 29–Sept.
78) Capacity: 68 passengers THOMAS TELFORD DECK RECEPTION A05 A03 LOUNGE A06 A04 A02 ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON RESTAURANT 301 303 302 304 305 306 BRIDGE DECK RIVIERA DECK B21 B19 B17 B15 B13 B11 B09 B07 B05 B03 B01 ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL DECK 201 202 203 205 204 206 207 208 209 211 210 212 217 214 216 ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL DECK 219 218 B22 B20 B18 B16 B14 B12 B10 B08 B06 B04 PROMENADE DECK SANTORÍNI DECK XPLORER BOARDING DINING ROOM C08 C06 C04 C02 C09 C07 C05 C03 C01 DAVID ROBERTS DECK 105 104 106 DAVID ROBERTS DECK JAMES WATT DECK JAMES WATT DECK MAIN DECK ST. 20) Greece Family Adventure (p. 64) Alaska Family Voyage (p. 87) Capacity: 96 passengers 126 124 122 120 118 116 114 112 110 108 106 104 102 125 123 121 115 111 109 129 UPPER DECK UPPER DECK 224 222 220 218 216 214 212 210 127 117 SHOP 107 105 DINING ROOM UPPER DECK BRIDGE DECK UPPER DECK 208 206 204 Purser 221 219 217 215 211 205 203 201 MAIN DECK MAIN DECK 350 209 Reception MAIN DECK 318 316 314 LEXsalon Internet 202 Zodiac Boarding BRIDGE DECK UPPER DECK 351 A DECK A-DECK MAIN DECK MAIN DECK 300 315 311 309 312 310 LORD OF THE GLENS Trip: Scotland’s Highlands and Islands (p.nationalgeographicexpeditions. 66) Galápagos Family Odyssey (p. 90) Capacity: 44 passengers OCEANIC DISCOVERER Trip: New Zealand’s North & South Islands (p. 58) Costa Rica and the Panama Canal (p.com .RESOURCES Deck Plans NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISLANDER Trip: Galápagos (p. 86) Capacity: 62 passengers Trip: Galápagos (p. 18) Greece to the Dalmatian Coast (p. 87) Capacity: 48 passengers NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION Trip: Alaska’s Inside Passage (p. 66) Galápagos Family Odyssey (p. MARTEN DECK 96 Reserve online at www. 30) Capacity: 48 passengers PANORAMA Trip: Sailing the Greek Isles (p.
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29 15 6† 13 21 24 1. 22 6 12 Exploring the Baltic’s Historic Waterways 32 89 90 90 S. 9 10† 4 6 3 15 13. 22 Human Origins: South Africa to Tanzania 54 56 88 92 F = FAMILY P = PHOTOGRAPHY S = SHIP T = TRAIN † These departures are designated as special photography expeditions. 16. 24 12 3 26 2 20 22 7. 28 9. 14 19 19 11 5 12. 19 28 5 10 4 5* 14. but in the reverse direction. 23. 28 8. F 91 92 93 F S EURASIA Trans-Siberian Rail Journey Russian River Journey 34 36 T S H 16 H 16 5. 22* 5. 19 1. 21 11† 26 29 12 9. 26 10.of Days Trip Type D E P A R T U R E D A T E S Page New 2011 MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN 2012 FEB MAR EUROPE Inside Italy Sailing the Greek Isles Greece to the Dalmatian Coast Turkey: Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast Spain’s Northern Coast by Private Rail Land of the Polar Bears European Odyssey Scotland’s Highlands and Islands Irish Family Adventure Tuscany Family Adventure Greece Family Adventure Swiss Alpine Family Adventure Provence Family Adventure Island Odyssey: Azores/Canary Islands Sicily’s Ancient Treasures 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 T S S S S F F S S 11 9 12 11 11 11 17 9 16 H 10 10 9 8 9 16 10 2 26 21. 28 16 23 8 10*. 27 Tibet/Nepal: Journey to Highest Himalaya 92 93 AFRICA Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Egypt Family Adventure Moroccan Odyssey On Safari in Tanzania Kenya Photo Safari On Safari in Southern Africa Africa’s Big Cats by Private Air Tanzania Family Safari Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda 44 45 46 48 50 52 P F 11 9 11 10 H 11 12 15 H 14 F 11 8 3. 15 31 14 1. 98 CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 . 12 1 ASIA Inside China Mongolia: Land of the Nomad Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds Journey Through India Vietnam and Angkor Wat 38 40 42 92 14 13 12 11 16 15 16 10 4 15 26 1. 22 8. * These departures follow the itinerary found on the corresponding pages. F 91 T.RESOURCES National Geographic Expedition Calendar No. 23 6. 8. 30 7. 18* 8. 29 23 19 12 14 19. 20 18 27 3. 17 12*.
14* 11. 15.com 99 . 3*. 23 ANTARCTICA Journey to Antarctica Antarctica. 24. & Falklands 74 76 S S 14 24 26 6 6.nationalgeographicexpeditions. 3. 24 16 30 5. 24 16. 14.17 4 3*†. 26* 4 4 H 4 4 H 4 4 4 7 8 31 13 17 3. 11*.No. 6*. 6†. 10. 24* 7* 17 28 5 19 21 6 13. 25 31 5 4 6. and Zion Wildlife of Yellowstone and the Tetons Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks Costa Rica and the Panama Canal 60 61 62 63 64 S 8 8 7 H 8 8 5. 12*. 10. 6.10. 7. 27 17. 23*. 11. 10. 17. 13. 23 12 6 17 21 66 S 10 12. 20 17. 10 7. 27 17 5. 15. 8. 31* 10 13. 2. 24. 12. 3. 24 4. 25 17. 20 PRIVATE JET Around the World by Private Jet Places of a Lifetime by Private Jet 80 82 24 24 8 27 20 Back cover: After a sunrise shoot atop a dune. 28 18. 25 4. 9. 9*. 28* 18. 25 17*. D. 21 4. 7. 14. 16. 12* 10*.of Days Trip Type D E P A R T U R E D A T E S Page New 2011 MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN 2012 FEB MAR NORTH AMERICA Alaska’s Inside Passage Sea Lion Sea Bird Alaska Wildlife Adventure Grand Canyon. F SOUTH AMERICA Galápagos Islander Endeavour Peru: Land of the Inca Peru Family Adventure Amazon River Exploring Patagonia Galápagos Family Odyssey Brazil: Iguaçu Falls and the Pantanal 68 69 70 72 87 S. 10 17. 4. travelers on our Morocco Photography Expedition retrace their footsteps across the Saharan sands. 13. 1. 21. 25 22. 10. 13† 3. Bryce. 28 5 12 2 11 15 22 29 8 20 20 18 24 7 58 S 8 14*. South Georgia. 2. 29 20. 19. 27 30 22. 19. 26* 31 28 8. 27 24 22. 22 5 3. 24 29 Photography Weekend: New Orleans Photography Weekend: New York City Photography Weekend: Chicago Photography Weekend: Miami Photography Weekend: San Francisco Photography Weekend: Tucson Photography Workshop: Santa Fe Alaska Family Voyage 84 84 84 P P P P P P P P Photography Weekend: Washington. 17. 27 2 10 14 7. 16. 16 23 21. 18. 29 17 21 10 3. 14. 18. 19 9. 84 85 85 85 85 86 S. Reserve online at www. 13. 10. 20*. 14. 15. 25* 16. 14. 4. 20. 18*. 11. 4.C. 28 18. 8. 2. 11. 9. 15 4 14 OCEANIA New Zealand’s North and South Islands New Zealand Adventure 78 92 S 17 13 31 27 27 8*. 26 31 7. 17. 28 18. F 92 F S 9 H 9 10 13 10 9 14 6 17 1. 21*. 11. 19 30 10 7. 16. 3. 2†. 21. 24 21. 26 5. 28 10 3. 29* 5. 30 20. 25† 23.
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