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WONDERFUL WORLD
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100+ travel inspirations 51 world Heritage sites 365 days For new experiences

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Through the agility of our ships and the skill of their Captains, “we can experience unprecedented encounters with wildness, beauty and the seldom-seen. This is not the passive stare of cruising, this is active engagement with each geography we explore. It’s not mere looking; it’s seeing, and then turning to companion experts for answers to questions, or a sense of context and meaning. Always learning, always fun.
— Sven Lindblad

Dear Traveler,
A few weeks ago I went on vacation to Alaska with two of my kids. The ship was full but the crew graciously offered us accommodation in their quarters. I hadn’t been back to Alaska since 1985 and was so glad that I did so now. We boarded in Juneau, our little National Geographic Sea Lion wedged between two massive cruise ships. When we tossed our lines at 6 p.m. and headed out into Stephen’s Passage, I felt this great sense of rising happiness and, within a couple of hours, we were all rewarded with remarkable humpback whale encounters, what the experts call “bubble net feeding.” For the next week it was non-stop immersion in wildness – seeing whales and many more whales and watching bears feast on salmon, kayaking among sea otters, and garnering nourishment from wild salmon berries while hiking through moss-covered trails. And, until we docked a week later to disembark, I never saw another one of those gargantuan cruise ships. I have been greatly buoyed by vacation and the recent spate of memory-stirring good news. The 40th anniversary of the moon landing filled us all with nostalgia and pride. What an accomplishment space exploration was, and remains. We’re pleased to have a member of the great space team on our expedition team — Astronaut Kathy Sullivan, one of the first women astronauts and the first American woman to walk in space, will be traveling with us to Antarctica on December 16; the details are on page 10. Kathy is a great friend; an Oceanographer by background, she had a role in the selection of underwater exploration tools we use on the Lindblad fleet. Even the remembrances surrounding the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock touched us. And as a company, we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of what many of us here consider the greatest multi-national accord ever written — the Antarctic Treaty. Signed by 46 nations, representing some 80% of humanity, the Treaty is dedicated to managing Antarctica “for all mankind.” Our November 15, 2009 Antarctica departure coincides with the actual date of the signing, and all guests aboard that expedition will receive souvenirs — details are on page 80 — including a commemorative copy of the original signed Treaty document. If you would like to see a digital reproduction of the original Treaty, please find it at www.expeditions.com/treaty.
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Thinking about the Antarctic Treaty made us more conscious of another example of global interdependence — The UNESCO World Heritage Program. For nearly 40 years our expert planners have incorporated some of more remote World Heritage sites into our itineraries. We recently tallied them and were surprised at the significant total of sites our guests are able to see. Perhaps you’ll enjoy learning more about the World Heritage program; you’ll find an article on page 2. All this meaningful, glad remembrance has reminded us that the world remains a grand and inviting place. And that we owe ourselves the chance to see and experience its marvels, and live the interesting lives travel enables. We hope you share these positive feelings. And we look forward to the prospect of welcoming you on an expedition soon. All the best,

Sven-Olof Lindblad President, Lindblad Expeditions P.S. As a company interested in sustainability, we’re concerned with the unsustainable discounting by many of our peers in the industry. We remain firm in the belief that our all-inclusive pricing makes our expeditions great values. Especially when you consider how “shore excursions,” often charged separately, and other add-ons can inflate a vacation price and obliterate any hoped-for savings. For more detail on our value proposition, including the opportunity for some “reasonable” savings, please see the insert at page 16.

Table of

Contents
For All Mankind — UNESCO World Heritage Partners in Exploration Exploring in the Digital Age 2 4 6

Polar Regions
Antarctica — South Georgia — Falklands Arctic Norway 10 16

Galápagos
Galápagos 22

The Americas
Alaska — British Columbia — San Juan Islands Columbia and Snake Rivers Baja California Panama & Costa Rica Peru: Land of the Inca 26 32 34 40 44

Europe, The Mediterranean & Egypt
The Hidden Isles of the Mediterranean Viking Saga: Norway, Scotland, Faroes & Iceland Britain — Ireland — Scotland The Baltic Sea Europe’s Western Coast Greece to the Dalmatian Coast Egypt 50 52 54 58 60 62 64

Expedition Planning Info
Expedition Fleet Deck Plans & Voyage Pricing Special Offers Antarctic Treaty — 50th Anniversary Reservation Information 68 79 80 81

Cover: Guest aboard National Geographic Sea Bird ©Stewart Cohen; Left: Polar bear enjoying a quiet moment ©Stefan Lundgren.

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FOr All MANkINd — UNESCO WOrld HErITAGE
Deterioration or disappearance any item of the cultural “or natural heritage constitutes aofharmful impoverishment of the heritage of all the nations of the world … ”
As of 2009, there are

878 sites worldwide
679 cultural sites 174 natural sites 25 mixed sites
World Heritage sites in the United States, (including two sites jointly administered with Canada).

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This excerpt is from the international treaty called the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The Convention, adopted by UNESCO in 1972 and subsequently ratified by 186 state parties, founded the World Heritage Program that conserves sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site of cultural or physical significance (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) on the list maintained by the international World Heritage Program. Our mission is inspiring people to explore and care about the planet. Incorporating visits to World Heritage sites on our expeditions is integral to that mission. We see this as performing a dual service: to our guests, who are given the opportunity to visit sites of enormous value; and to the local communities and economies World Heritage sites impact that benefit from our collective interest. Since our inception, we have believed that travel can be a force for positive change. And we wholeheartedly support UNESCO’s World Heritage multiple initiatives. In addition to their inherent cultural, humanitarian and

World Heritage sites are in 145 countries

Each World Heritage Site is the property of the state on whose territory the site is located, but it is considered in the interest of the international community to preserve each site.

environmental value, World Heritage sites play a key role in educating people and building bridges for a different and better future. Our itineraries enable travelers to discover these treasures. You could put a check mark next to many, simply by choosing to travel with us.

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World Heritage Sites on Our Itineraries
Beyond the North Cape Bryggen, in Bergen Norway West Norwegian Fjords Galápagos The Galápagos Islands, Ecuador City of Quito, Ecuador Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness Glacier Bay, Alaska Baja California: All itineraries Islands and Protected Area of the Gulf of California, Mexico Panama & Costa Rica Coiba National Park, Panama Peru: Land of the Inca City of Cuzco, Peru Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru Historic Center of lima, Peru Page 18 European Odyssey 60 Tower of Belem, lisbon, Portugal Historic Center of Oporto, Portugal Historic Center of Bruges, Belgium The Belfries of Belgium Mont-St.-Michel and its bay, France Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) Spain Sailing the Greek Isles Acropolis, Athens, Greece (extension) delos, Cycladic Islands, Greece 62

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Under Sail: Greece to the Dalmatian Coast 63 Acropolis, Athens, Greece (extension) Archaeological Site of delphi, Greece Butrint, Albania region of kotor, Montenegro Old City of dubrovnik, Sibenik, Croatia The Cathedral of St. James, Sibenik, Croatia Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of diocletian, Croatia (extension) Exploring Egypt & 64-66 Passage through Egypt Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis (luxor) Historic Cairo Memphis and its Necropolis — the Pyramid fields from Giza to dashur Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae Petra, Jordan, (extension)

Hidden Isles of the Mediterranean 50 including Sicily Alhambra and Generalife, Granada Spain Archaeological Area of Agrigento, Sicily, Italy Siracusa, Sicily, Italy Aeolian Islands lipari & Stromboli, Sicily, Italy Viking Saga: Norway, Scotland Faroes & Iceland Surtsey, Westman Islands, Iceland Bryggen, in Bergen, Norway Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Scotland Exploring the British & Irish Isles Skellig Michael, Ireland St. kilda, Scotland Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Scotland Bryggen, in Bergen Norway 52

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Highlands & Islands of Scotland 56 Old and New Towns of Edinburgh (extension) Exploring the Baltic’s Historic Waterways 58 Tallinn, Estonia – Historic Old Town Helsinki – Fortress of Suomenlinna Hanseatic City of lubeck Historic Center of riga, latvia Historic Center of St. Petersburg, russia Hanseatic Town of Visby, Sweden

PArTNErS IN ExPlOrATION
National Geographic Explorers, Writers and Photographers have brought the world to intelligent, curious, adventurous readers for more than a hundred years. And since lars-Eric lindblad opened the doors of his travel company in 1958, lindblad Expeditions has been bringing intelligent, curious and adventurous travelers into the world. Now, lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined forces to bring you to the planet’s most interesting places by expedition ship. And to further inspire the world through expedition travel. In conjunction with the inauguration in 2008 of National Geographic Explorer, the newest ship in our fleet, and as an extension of an existing lindblad Expeditions program, we launched a new Joint Fund for Exploration and Conservation with the National Geographic Society. Both organizations are committed to working collaboratively through the fund to support global initiatives, with a special focus on the regions we explore together. So when you travel with us, you’ll have more than an extraordinary time. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that our collaboration in exploration, research, technology and conservation will contribute to disseminating geographic knowledge around the globe.
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined forces to further inspire the world through expedition travel. Our collaboration in exploration, research, technology and conservation will provide extraordinary travel experiences and disseminate geographic knowledge around the globe.

Bottom right: The distinctive yellow border of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine unites generations of smart, curious and interested people. Much of what many learned about the world was gleaned from its pages. Now Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic invite intrepid and armchair travelers alike to go beyond the magazine’s borders — to board our ships and live the adventure.

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Clockwise: Historian Steve Blamires; Naturalist Ian Bullock; Expedition Leader Tom Ritchie; Expedition Leader Lisa Trotter; Undersea Specialist David Cothran; Naturalist Karen Copeland.

“The best expedition staff in the industry. Period.”
That’s a quote from one of the thousands of comment cards we’ve collected from guests after each expedition. Our Expedition leaders are outstanding leaders who attract and inspire the Naturalists, Marine Biologists, Geologists, Historians, Archaeologists and Undersea Specialists who return each year, like migratory creatures, to their respective geographies — toward the sun or into the ice. In addition, National Geographic Photographers and lindblad Photo Specialists accompany many of our voyages, so photo-lovers, from iPhone camera users to semi-pro shooters, can stand side-by-side with expert Photographers and pick up tips in the field, where it counts.

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ExPlOrING IN THE dIGITAl AGE
When our site went live in 1998, we were one of the first travel companies on the web. And even then, we weren’t content with brochure-ware or static itineraries. We wanted to provide engaging content, to help travelers better understand what we do, and give them compelling reasons to visit. And in 1999 we introduced content that met our standards for being relevant, useful and interesting for guests and prospective guests alike — daily Expedition reports (dErs). dErs were, and remain, proprietary: content only we can produce. Filed by our field staff using our satellite communications systems, from each of our ships in far-flung geographies, every day — dErs are real records of daily life on a lindblad expedition; they show and tell what actually happens. They were blog posts, long before the word blog was even a gleam in an eye. Now, inevitably, technology has advanced, and so has our content. In addition to dErs, we have onboard Video Chroniclers producing both full length videos and VErs (Video Expedition reports) to swiftly communicate what it’s like to explore with us — in vivid Hd. This steady in-pouring of video content, plus staff bios, the wealth of detail about our ships, itineraries and geographies, information on our travel philanthropy and other programs, plus National Geographic partnership material and much more, has made our website a massively rich resource for you. We are big believers in community, too. We love participating, fielding questions from tweeps (aka: people who use Twitter) and watching our Facebook Wall fill daily with comments and posts. Whether you’re already an active user or new to Facebook or Twitter, we invite you to “friend” us and join the community. Or leave a comment on our daily Blog. We look forward to sharing the adventure of connecting with you.

It took the internet 4 years to million users. “Facebook reached 100 millionreach 50 9 months. users in ”
Join the lively post stream. Find fresh uploads daily at facebook.com/lindbladExpeditions. Just search for lindblad Expeditions and find dozens of videos on our channel.
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log on and find us at twitter.com/lindbladExp. Our Twitter name is @lindbladExp, talk to us!

BLOG

Go to expeditions.com/blog. Bookmark us and visit often for posts and news.

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Dozens of videos are instantly viewable in our online video gallery.

Join us for a FREE WEBINAR — Mark your calendar!
Take a virtual expedition — learn about a place you’d like to visit from the comfort of your computer desktop. Get a taste from genuine insiders — veteran Expedition leaders and National Geographic Photographers. Enjoy extraordinary images shot on location, many by National Geographic Photographers. Find out what it’s like to go exploring aboard our expedition ships. Plus, pick up photo tips from the pros. UPCOMING WEBINARS* Baja California – Tuesday, October 13 – 8:00PM Webinar Presenters: Expedition leader, karen Copeland and National Geographic Photographer, ralph Hopkins Galápagos – Monday, October 26 – 8:00PM Webinar Presenters: Expedition leader, lynn Fowler and National Geographic Photographer, Jay dickman Family Travel – Monday, January 19 – 8:00PM Webinar Presenters: Expeditions leader, lynn Fowler and Naturalist, larry Prussin
*Presenters as of September 2009 are subject to change. Check the website for webinar news updates.

WEBINAR ARCHIVE Missed a webinar? No problem! All our webinars are archived on our website at the link below. Check the list — it’s a great way learn about a geography that interests you.

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THE POlAr rEGIONS
The hauntingly beautiful Arctic to the north. The dashingly adventurous Antarctic to the south. The common denominators? The midnight sun during our expedition seasons — and the iceadapted National Geographic Explorer, the world’s ultimate expedition ship. Anything but serene parkland, the ice is the last true wilderness. It takes knowledge and experience to explore it safely, and we have both in spades — acquired through pioneering “citizen explorer” travel to Antarctica and 40 subsequent years of experience there. And we’re one of the few expedition companies who knows Arctic Svalbard inside and out. Travel with us to see beyond the surface of the ice and genuinely experience these extraordinary geographies. Anything less is just a drive-by.

Left: Atmospheric Bear Island, Arctic Svalbard, Norway. Top right: A polar bear whose image is reflected in the pristine sea. Above: Adelie penguin taking a leap in Antarctica.

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AnTARCTICA

AnTARCTICA
15 DAys/12 nIGhTs — NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURES: 2009 Nov. 4; dec. 16, 27 2010 Jan. 7, 18, 29; Nov. 27†, dec, 7†, 17†, 27† 2011 Jan. 6†, 16†, 26†; Feb. 5† † Note: These 2010/11 Antarctica departures are one day shorter (14 days/11 nights) and priced accordingly. All departures are Photo Expeditions PRICES FROM: $10,760 to $19,870. (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

FLExIBILITy IS REWARDING. Savings are available on select departures and cabin categories. Talk to an Expedition Specialist for details.

Exploring by kayak gives you a water-level view of the wildlife, like this resting leopard seal.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ SPEND A WEEk ExPLORING ANTARCTICA ABOARD OUR ICE-STRENGTHENED SHIP . ▶ WITH 40+ yEARS OF ExPERIENCE IN ANTARCTICA, WE DELIVER AN UNPARALLELED ExPEDITION. ▶ kAyAk IN PROTECTED WATERS, PADDLING AROUND ICEBERGS AS PENGUINS SWIM NEARBy.

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or many, Antarctica is the ultimate destination. However, rapidly changing ice conditions and large swathes of uncharted sea bottom make it a challenging environment in which to travel. But our veteran staff and officers have — without doubt — the most experience and knowledge available. For you, that translates into an exceptionally rewarding, in-depth exploration that is safe, fascinating and quite simply exciting.

Our experience ensures we understand how to take maximum advantage of the natural conditions, and the emphasis we place on flexibility means no two expeditions are ever the same. We know when we should scout for new landing sites far south of the Antarctic Circle, or to delay plans and follow whale spouts instead. It is most often these unplanned moments, such as seeing the entire body of a 40-ton humpback whale surface directly next to the ship, that leave

our guests the most exhilarated. Our voyages are not mere “drive bys” either. You’ll be immersed in the continent from many angles, sometimes starting as early as sunrise, and we work to keep your expedition thrilling but safe. One day, you’ll crunch through thick pack ice for hours on end, and the next be gliding in kayaks amidst towering icebergs under a bright sun or gleefully sliding on your back down a snowy hill. You’ll learn how climate change affects penguin

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Bellingshausen Sea

Iceberg reflecting the warm light of the sun.

populations from two Oceanites scientists conducting research on every sailing, and later get tips from a National Geographic Photographer while watching those very same penguins. In the evening, the Undersea specialist will show you video from a dive earlier that day, or perhaps you’ll see images that were taken 1,000 feet below the surface using our rOV. In some cases, you’ll be looking at parts of the Earth never seen or filmed before. And even though the lindblad family pioneered expedition travel in Antarctica, taking the first nonscientific “citizen explorers” to Antarctica back in 1966, we’re still just as passionate as ever. We’ll be as delighted as you over the antics of a penguin pecking at your boots or a light mantled sooty albatross gliding only feet from the ship’s rail. Embracing that enthusiasm, our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more, making it the ultimate experience in the ultimate destination.

ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAyS 1-2: U.S./Fly overnight to Santiago, Chile/Overnight Grand Hyatt (L,D) DAy 3: Santiago/Charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark (B,L,D) DAy 4: At Sea (B,L,D) DAyS 5-11: Antarctica (B,L,D)

DAyS 12-13: At Sea (B,L,D) DAy 14: Ushuaia/Disembark/Fly to

Santiago/Overnight flight to U.S. (B,L)
DAy 15: Arrive home

optional ExtEnsions

» Easter Island, Post-voyage

4 Days. Please call for details.

ExPloRE wITh ThE bEsT ICE TEAM on EARTh.
CAPTAIN: Ice Master leif skog (right) has navigated more than 110 Antarctic voyages. ASTRONAUT & OCEANOGRAPHER: Kathy sullivan is the first American woman to walk in space. A key advisor on the exploration technologies used by our Undersea specialists, she will join the Dec. 16 voyage. NATURALIST: John Fonseca is one of the few people to ever have overwintered at the south Pole. UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: lisa Trotter (left), author of Below Freezing and Antarctic veteran, is the first person to receive dive certification in the Antarctic. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with Chris rainier, Brian skerry, Kim Heacox, who authored two books on Antarctica for National Geographic, David Doubilet, sisse Brimberg, or Jay Dickman. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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From Santiago

Ushuaia Drake Passage

Deception Is. Port Lockroy Lemaire Channel Antarctic Circle

Paulet Is. Lindblad Cove Paradise Bay

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Weddell Sea

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AnTARCTICA

AnTARCTICA, souTh GEoRGIA AnD ThE FAlklAnDs
25 DAys/22 nIGhTs — NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURES: 2009 Nov. 15 2010 Feb. 9; Nov. 7† 2011 Feb. 15† All departures are Photo Expeditions † Note: These 2010/11 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands departures are one day shorter (24 days/21 nights) and priced accordingly. PRICES FROM: $18,450 to $34,270 (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

SELECT SAVINGS AVAILABLE. Certain dates & cabin categories offer savings. Call to discuss your options with an Expedition Specialist.

Thousands of king penguins reside in colonies on South Georgia.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ OUR 40+ yEARS OF ANTARCTIC ExPERIENCE ASSURES yOU THE BEST POSSIBLE ExPEDITION. ▶ ENCOUNTER AN ASTONISHING NUMBER OF kING PENGUINS ON SOUTH GEORGIA. ▶ FEW THINGS COMPARE TO kAyAkING AMONG THE ICESCAPES OF ANTARCTICA.

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his expedition has it all; over 100,000 king penguins on a single beach in south Georgia, the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice, and the Falkland’s history and amazing bird colonies. Quite simply, you’ll experience the most that the Antarctic region has to offer on this extraordinary journey. You’ll see three remarkably different regions, each one offering experiences and sights that will leave you amazed. And rather than a few days in each location, you’ll

be immersed in every destination and benefit from our years exploring here to make the most of every day. We’ve put together an array of tools to connect you with the world you’ll see. Two Oceanites penguin researchers accompany every sailing, giving you real time updates on the data they are finding, and a National Geographic Photographer will give talks and offer one-on-one advice. And our rOV and Undersea

specialist will bring back images of surprising undersea life, from ice fish without red blood cells to swimming, plantlike crinoids, that will fundamentally change the way you view the underwater world. Our large number of expert staff will really bring out the details of your expedition, whether in friendly conversation over drinks or overturning rocks to examine hidden plant life.

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Sometimes the wildlife can be quite friendly.

We’ll keep you engaged with an astounding variety of experiences, and will be thrilled that each day becomes more invigorating than the next. You’ll be up at sunrise to get those “wow” photos of king penguins peering into your camera lens, and a few days later, you may be out in a Zodiac at sunset, listening to the powerful exhalations of a humpback whale surfacing nearby. In Antarctica, you’ll feel the ship crunch through pack ice, and in south Georgia the government officer explains the management of its fisheries. In the Falklands, you’ll see spectacular albatross colonies and hear from locals who live there. Not to be overlooked is the pure fun you’ll have, whether kayaking amidst brilliantly blue bergy-bits or watching the amusing behavior of penguins. so if you want to not just see but fully experience and participate in all that this astonishing region has to offer, you won’t find a more exciting, multifaceted and complete expedition anywhere.

optional ExtEnsions

» Easter Island, Post-voyage

4 Days. Please call for details.

FRoM ThE ICE To ThE unDERsEA, DIsCovER AnTARCTICA wITh An ExPERIEnCED PolAR ExPEDITIon TEAM.
ExPEDITION LEADER: Naturalist extraordinaire Tom ritchie specializes in exploring the far reaches of the globe. He has journeyed to the Antarctic every year for decades and names south Georgia as his favorite spot at the south end of the globe. UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: Accomplished diver David Cothran (left) will share and interpret his videos and images of Antarctic marine life. NATURALIST: Polar veteran Ian Bullock has contributed to the Oceanites Antarctic site Inventory, camping on Petermann Island to monitor penguin breeding success. He will tirelessly point out the birdlife we’ll encounter. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with Tim laman, Kevin schafer, or Flip Nicklin (right), premier whale photographer. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

sElECT THIs ITINErArY AT WWW.EXPEDITIONs.COM/ANTArCTICA

ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAyS 1-2: U.S./Fly overnight to Santiago, Chile/Overnight Grand Hyatt (L,D) DAy 3: Santiago/Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark (B,L,D) DAy 4: At Sea (B,L,D) DAyS 5-10: Antarctica (B,L,D) DAy 11: Elephant Island (B,L,D) DAyS 12-13: At Sea (B,L,D) DAyS 14-18: South Georgia (B,L,D) DAyS 19-20: At Sea (B,L,D) DAy 21: Port Stanley, Falklands (B,L,D) DAy 22: Falkland Islands (B,L,D) DAy 23: At Sea (B,L,D) DAy 24: Ushuaia, Argentina/ Disembark/Fly to Santiago/Overnight flight to U.S. (B,L) DAy 25: Arrive U.S./Home

From Santiago FALkLAND ISLANDS Port Stanley

Ushuaia Drake Passage

South Georgia

Elephant Is. Deception Is. Port Lockroy Antarctic Circle Bellingshausen Sea ANTARCTIC PENINSULA Weddell Sea Paulet Is. Lindblad Cove Paradise Bay Lemaire Channel

Adelie penguin.

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AnTARCTICA

souTh GEoRGIA & ThE FAlklAnDs
20 DAys/17 nIGhTs — NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURE: 2010 Oct. 22 Photo Expedition PRICES FROM: $13,380 to $24,670 (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

WHAT’S yOUR TIME WORTH? Our prices include everything aboard from cappuccinos to kayaks. Extraordinary experiences are included, too.

A king penguin welcoming party greets explorers in South Georgia.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ kING PENGUINS THRIVE ON SOUTH GEORGIA — LITERALLy IN THE TENS OF THOUSANDS. ▶ THE FALkLANDS ARE HOME TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST ALBATROSS COLONIES. ▶ TAkE A RUGGED HIkE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SHACkLETON.

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sk most of our Naturalists their favorite destination, and you’ll get a passionate defense of why they love south Georgia. And even though it heaves with wildlife, is steeped in shackleton and whaling lore, and is full of dramatic beauty, this remarkable island is often overlooked. But on this expedition, you’ll have six days to fully immerse yourself in its wonders. Once you make your first landing, you’ll understand our Naturalists’ passion, and once

you’ve left, you’ll see we showed you south Georgia unlike anyone else. From morning to night, and from underwater video footage few have ever seen, to hikes over mountain passes along shackleton’s epic route, you’ll partake in all the island offers. Our Naturalists have been coming here for decades and their excitement over such a rare, prolonged visit will define your expedition. Their experience allows us to remain flexible, taking advantage of unexpected opportunities and

working around challenging conditions to get you ashore. We may make an early morning landing as the first rays of sun illuminate the mountains and tint the ice a gentle pink. You’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of tens of thousands of king penguins raucously starting the day, and be only yards away from snorting, belching four-ton elephant seals challenging each other on teeming beaches. In the afternoon, kayak in a

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after a long winter, there is no better time to experience these amazing islands than on this oncein-a-lifetime expedition. ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE
DAyS 1-2: U.S./Fly Overnight to

Santiago/Overnight Grand Hyatt (L,D)
DAy 3: Santiago/Ushuaia, Argentina/

Massive black-browed albatross colony in the Falkland Islands.

Embark (B,L,D) DAy 4: At Sea in the South Atlantic Ocean (B,L,D) DAyS 5-6: Falkland Islands (B,L,D) DAyS 7-8: At Sea (B,L,D)

small cove while curious fur seals surface only feet away. Or, follow our keen birders on a pilgrimage of sorts, looking for light mantled sooty albatross nests, or compare aperture settings side-by-side with National Geographic Photographers. And in the Falklands, more wonders await. You’ll walk amidst albatross colonies as they clumsily come in for a landing right over your head, and watch Magellanic penguins emerge from their tussock grass burrows. The relationships we’ve built up over the years ensures you’ll see another side of the islands, whether visiting the southernmost hydroponic farm in the world or having locals onboard to explain such isolated living. And with south Georgia and the Falklands exploding with life

DIsCovER souTh GEoRGIA’s kInG PEnGuIn ColonIEs wITh ThE bEsT ICE TEAM on EARTh.
ExPEDITION LEADER: With a degree in Ocean sciences, Tim soper (left) has been to every continent and across every ocean, including high-latitude exploration of both the Arctic and Antarctic. NATURALIST: Naturalist extraordinaire Tom ritchie (right) specializes in exploring the far reaches of the globe. He has journeyed to the Antarctic every year for decades and names south Georgia as his favorite spot at the south end of the globe. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENTIST: With numerous polar expeditions under her parka, stephanie Martin will tirelessly point out the whales and marine life we encounter. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Travel with Flip Nicklin, the world’s premier whale photographer. Check our web site for full bios on this voyage.

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To Santiago

FALkLAND ISLANDS Port Stanley

Ushuaia South Georgia Drake Passage

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

DAyS 9-14: South Georgia Island

(B,L,D)
DAyS 15-16: At Sea (B,L,D) DAy 17: Falkland Islands (B,L,D) DAy 18: At Sea (B,L,D) DAy 19: Ushuaia, Argentina/

Disembark/Fly to Santiago/Overnight flight to U.S. (B,L) DAy 20: Arrive U.S./Home

optional ExtEnsions

» Easter Island, Post-voyage

4 Days. Please call for details.

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lAnD oF ThE ICE bEARs: In-DEPTh ExPloRATIon oF ARCTIC svAlbARD
11 DAys/9 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURES: 2010 Jun. 18, 25; Jul. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6 All departures are Photo Expeditions PRICES FROM: $7,260 to $13,190 (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

FLExIBILITy IS REWARDING. Savings are available on select departures and cabin categories. Talk to an Expedition Specialist for details.

Curious polar bears seem to love the camera’s lens.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ SEE POLAR BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT — ON THE SEA ICE. ▶ ExPERIENCE THE LEGENDARy MIDNIGHT SUN, WHEN THE SUN NEVER SETS. ▶ OBSERVE WALRUSES, SEALS, ARCTIC FOxES AND REINDEER ALONG THE PACk ICE.

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nly 600 miles from the North Pole, svalbard is true wilderness: strikingly beautiful, completely raw and undeniably exciting. Guided by our expert staff and benefiting from decades of experience, you’ll have the opportunity to discover all that svalbard has to offer, from towering glaciers to a dramatic polar bear sighting. Our adventurous spirit and insistence on flexibility comes into its own here as we deliver to you the best experience possible.

Discarding rigid schedules, we plan each day to take advantage of changing weather and ice conditions. This is expedition cruising at its most dramatic, and it is our very core. You’ll cruise down icy fjords and wake up to see the ship drifting alongside a twisting, glistening glacier. Hours later, you’ll be paddling amid brilliantly blue ice recently calved from that glacier, or find yourself hiking across barren tundra in search of iconic reindeer. On board, watch video from our

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rOV taken 1,000 feet below the surface that may change how you view the ocean. Or you may want to spend time on deck with a National Geographic Photographer getting real time tips in an inspiring landscape. Equipped with decades of experience, our staff will show you svalbard better than anyone. We’ve found the best spots to look for polar bears along the shore, see walrus hauling out, or search offshore for some of the largest whales on earth. Inspired by our staff’s intense enthusiasm for svalbard, you may join them on the Bridge, scanning pack ice for wildlife. A sighting brings you rushing outside to the ship’s very bow. Creeping forward in silence save for furious camera clicking, you’ll be overwhelmed with great anticipation and excitement. But these wildlife encounters don’t come easily. Our veteran Captains have perfected the art of approaching closely without disturbing the wildlife. Their skills and expertise directly impact your encounters with bears. And our icestrengthened expedition ship will bring you deep into the ice where bears hunt. svalbard’s wilderness is not without its challenges, but many members of our staff look forward to returning every year eager for new challenges. Their vast knowledge, the skill of our Captains, and the enthusiasm and experience they share, ensure your expedition will be both thrilling and safe.

ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: U.S./Fly to Oslo, Norway DAy 2: Oslo/Continental Hotel DAy 3: Oslo/Charter flight to Longyearbyen/Embark (B,L,D) DAyS 4-9: Exploring Svalbard (B,L,D) DAy 10: Longyearbyen/Disembark/ Charter flight to Oslo/Overnight Radisson SAS Airport Hotel (B,L) DAy 11: Oslo/U.S. (B)

Spitsbergen

Nordaustlandet Edgeøya Longyearbyen

SVALBARD Barents Sea


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optional ExtEnsions
4 Days. Call for details.

Norway

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» norwegian Fjords, Pre-voyage » Exploring Iceland, Post-voyage.
4 Days. Call for details.
Zodiacs enable you to explore up close.

wITh A knACk FoR sPoTTInG bEARs, youR ExPERT ExPEDITIon TEAM wIll PoInT ouT ARCTIC wIlDlIFE.
ExPEDITION LEADER: lindblad veteran Bud lehnhausen (right), with years of polar experience, will share stories of his adventures with you. POLAR SPECIALIST: Dr. Tom smith (left) consults on polar research programs, and his films include National Geographic’s Life at the Edge. NATURALIST: Norwegian Kenneth Monsen has had the opportunity to guide a dogsled and overwinter in svalbard. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with ralph lee Hopkins, Kim Heacox, Michael Melford, Dan Westergren, or Kevin schafer. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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bEyonD ThE noRTh CAPE: noRwAy’s FjoRDs & ARCTIC svAlbARD
16 DAys/14 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURES: 2010 Jun. 6; Aug. 13 All departures are Photo Expeditions. *Travels from longyearbyen to Bergen PRICES FROM: $10,160 to $18,550 (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

VALUE TRUMPS DISCOUNT. The best way to save is to get more for your money. Our all-inclusive pricing includes all activities & experiences. Wallet optional.

kayakers in late evening light near the picturesque Norwegian fishing town of Reine in the Lofoten Island group, Norway.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ ExPLORE NORWAy’S FAMOUS TROLLFJORD AND LESS-VISITED NORDFJORD AND MELFJORD. ▶ OBSERVE POLAR BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT — ON THE SEA ICE. ▶ ExPLORE WITH FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF NORWAy GRO BRUNDTLAND FOR INSIGHTFUL VIEWS (JUNE 6).

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rom the fabled fjords of Norway to the awesome wilderness of svalbard, this expedition combines two distinct but intertwined regions. Traveling 1,800 miles north from Bergen, you’ll begin meandering along Norway’s indented coast. Then, delve into the Arctic, limited only by ice 600 miles from the North Pole. Along the way, our nimble, ice-strengthened expedition ship gets you to places others don’t visit. Norway is perfect for small

ship exploration, and you’ll witness a continuous show of remarkably close skerries, lighthouses and picturesque communities. Verdant fjords compete for sheer beauty with tumbling waterfalls. sparkling streams are the backdrops for hikes, or you may take to Zodiacs for up close views of the shoreline. And when kayaking at the very end of a fjord, you’ll be surrounded by absolute stillness. Our expert staff, several of whom have been working together

for decades, will delight in sharing their knowledge. They’ll offer insight in lectures and in casual conversations on the bridge into both wildlife and modern Norwegian culture. A National Geographic Photographer will help you capture your surroundings. And our Undersea specialist will use an rOV unique to lindblad to show video taken 1,000 feet below the fjord’s surface. Perhaps most importantly, they’ll take you to hidden spots they’ve found over the years, far

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Observing a polar bear in the wild is a rare privilege.
Spitsbergen

Nordaustlandet Edgeøya SVALBARD Longyearbyen Barents Sea

Bear Island
North Cape

Tromsø Lofoten Islands

removed from a typical traveler’s track. Even the Norwegian pilots that guide ships here remark the only time they reach some remote areas is with us! Continuing well above the Arctic Circle, you leave behind sunsets and greenery. You may stop en route at Bear Island, isolated in the Barents sea. Weather permitting, we search offshore where we’ve had the best success spotting sperm and fin whales. reaching svalbard, our emphasis on flexibility means we adjust our plans to work with challenging ice conditions. Our experience again gives us a distinct advantage. Knowing every nook and cranny, from protected anchorages to obscure coves where polar bears frequent, means you’ll see and experience all that svalbard offers. And when a polar bear is spotted, our veteran Captains have learned to deliver the best views possible without disturbing wildlife. (They slow the ship down so the nearsighted polar bears think it’s an iceberg and don’t scurry off.) Experienced ice masters, they are eager to go deep into the pack ice where bears thrive. This expedition is virtually unmatched in scenery and scope.

ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE
DAy 1: U.S./Fly to Bergen, Norway
Nordfjord

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And led by our experienced and knowledgeable staff, we’re confident you’ll come away with inspiring memories.

Arctic Circle

SWEDEN NORWAy

(via Copenhagen) DAy 2: Bergen, Norway/Embark (L,D) DAy 3: Nordfjord (B,L,D) DAyS 4-5: Exploring the Fjords of Norway (B,L,D) DAy 6: Lofoten Islands (B,L,D) DAy 7: Tysfjorden (B,L,D) DAy 8: Tromsø (B,L,D) DAy 9: Exploring the coast (B,L,D) DAy 10: At Sea/Bear Island (B,L,D) DAyS 11-14: Exploring Svalbard (B,L,D)

Bergen

Oslo

DAy 15: Longyearbyen/Disembark/

Oslo (B,L) DAy 16: Oslo/U.S. (B)

optional ExtEnsion

» Exploring Iceland, Post-voyage
4 Days. Call for details.

youR vETERAn ExPEDITIon TEAM’s PAssIon FoR All ThInGs PolAR MAkEs All ThE DIFFEREnCE.
NATURALIST: With a passion for the Arctic, stefan lundgren (left) has written books including Svalbard—The Land Beyond the North Cape. NATURALIST: Carl-Erik Kilander, former environmental adviser for the Norwegian state Forest service, has broad knowledge of Norway’s wilderness. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with sisse Brimberg (right) and Cotton Coulson, or Kevin schafer. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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GAláPAGOS
As close as you can get to the extraordinary, it’s also the one place on earth guaranteed to free your inner child — making it a great destination for families. Swim, snorkel, kayak and walk among the marvels. Giant tortoises roaming through the tender grass of the highlands. Marine iguanas with the aura of pre-history. Flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, Galápagos penguins. Pink flamingoes grazing in a moody lagoon. And sea lions galore, lumbering on the beaches and balletic under water. The thrill of the proximity to wildlife is maximized by their total lack of fear — it is otherwordly to observe nature, and have nature observe you back. Travel with us and you’ll have the benefit of our 40+ years in Galápagos — deep roots in the region, and deep respect for and investment in its well-being — and the unparalleled expertise of our expedition team. Instead of the Galápagos everyone sees who visits the enchanted isles — you’ll see Galápagos from an insider’s perspective, go deeper, learn more and, if you choose, take home a professionally produced dVd shot by a Video Chronicler that captures all the highlights of your adventure forever.
Left: Galápagos tortoises. Top right: Snorkelers exploring the undersea. Above: Swimming with sea lions is one of life’s great delights.

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GAláPAGos
10 DAys/9 nIGhTs — yEAR-RounD ExPEDITIons
departing weekly every Friday aboard National Geographic Endeavour and every Saturday aboard National Geographic Islander. PRICES FROM: $4,740 to $9,280 (See pages 72-73 for complete prices.) Photo Expeditions Nov. 20, 27, 2009; May 14, 21; dec. 3, 10, 2010

SPONTANEITy IS REWARDING. Call our Expedition Specialists to see if you can take advantage of savings on select departures or cabin categories.

Sea lions often lounge on the shoreline.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ ExPERIENCE A PLACE WHERE ANIMALS LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF HUMANS. ▶ HAVE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH GIANT TORTOISES AND OTHER FASCINATING CREATURES. ▶ VISIT THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION AND LEARN ABOUT CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

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o matter how many National Geographic specials you’ve seen or how many books you’ve read, nothing can prepare you for the thrill and wonder of being in Galápagos. Within hours of landing in Galápagos, you’ll be in a Zodiac experiencing an exuberant abundance of wildlife. Throughout the week, you’ll see blue-footed boobies comically dance around your feet; take to the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild; and carefully step around hundreds of marine iguanas, blithely

Galápagos penguin.

soaking up the sun. You’ll kayak with curious sea lions, and then while snorkeling have fun blowing bubbles for them to swim through as harmless white-tipped sharks patrol the waters below.

To make the most of your time, we offer plenty of choices, including some landings before breakfast. From deep water snorkels to snorkeling for beginners, and long hikes, short hikes or coastal explorations in Zodiacs, we have the resources on board and in our staff to give you an intimate experience. With wildlife never predictable, we insist on flexibility, encouraging our staff to take off on unplanned Zodiac trips to get a close up view of dolphins or adjust schedules to

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take advantage of unusual sightings. last year, we even gave guests an amazing opportunity to snorkel with a whale shark, spontaneously stopping the ship and getting anyone who wanted into the water. To ensure you not only see, but understand and appreciate Galápagos, you’ll benefit from our tools for exploration, unmatched by any other company. Plankton nets and a video microscope give you an intensely up-close understanding of the ecosystem. The beautiful video footage you’ll see of penguins smoothly swimming underwater or iguanas munching on undersea plants delights everyone from families to solo travelers. We pride ourselves on our expert Naturalist, excited to the core and eager to share their expertise from geology to ornithology. Knowing that Galápagos needs to be more than just observed, they will help you examine, explore and discuss the islands to give you an understanding that goes far beyond Darwin. And with their passion, you’ll come away having learned more, seen more and done more in Galápagos than you thought possible.
Guests enjoy kayaking off Santiago Island.

ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador DAy 2: Guayaquil/Galápagos /Embark (B,L,D) DAyS 3 – 8: Galápagos Islands: Although exact routing depends on the National Park Service, we may visit the following islands: Bartolomé, Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina, Florena, Española (B,L,D) DAy 9: Galápagos /Disembark/ Guayaquil (B) DAy 10: Guayaquil/U.S. (B)

Pacific Ocean

Fernandina

Santiago Bartolomé Seymour Baltra

EQUATOR

Santa Cruz

Isabela Floreana Routing is always subject to Galápagos National Park approval. Española

optional ExtEnsion

» Peru: land of the Inca

DAyS 1-8: Follow Galápagos voyage

itinerary.
DAy 9: Galápagos/lima, Peru

Thematically, one might ask why connect a visit to Peru with an expedition to Galápagos? We have two answers: as magnificent as Galápagos is for nature, so is Peru from an historical and archaeological perspective; and second, Lima, Peru’s capital, is less than two hours away by air from Guayaquil, roughly the distance from New york City to Chicago. So, if you have the time, you’re almost there already. To read the full itinerary, please turn to page 46.

(B,l,D)
DAy 10: lima/Cusco/sacred Valley

of the Inca (B,l,D)
DAy 11: sacred Valley of the Inca

(B,l,D)
DAy 12: sacred Valley/Machu

Picchu (B,l,D)
DAy 13: Machu Picchu/Cusco

(B,l,D)
DAy 14: Cusco (B,l) DAy 15: Cusco/lima (B,l) DAy 16: lima/U.s. (B)

ThE ExPEDITIon TEAM DElIGhTs In InTRoDuCInG To you ThE wIlDlIFE oF GAláPAGos.
ExPEDITION LEADER: For her doctoral research, lynn Fowler (right) spent more than a year living among giant tortoises on the rim of one of Isabela Island’s volcanos. ExPEDITION LEADER & NATURALIST: luis Verdesoto (left), known to everyone as “lucho,” is a Marine Biologist who expanded his underwater interests by becoming a dive master. ExPEDITION LEADER & NATURALIST: Carlos romero, a zoologist by training, has studied his favorite animal and become a specialist in the unusual field of bats. NATURALIST: since childhood, Gilda Gonzalez’s favorite subject has been biology; her dream job has been realized as a Naturalist in Galápagos. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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THE AMErICAS
Gray whales in the lagoons of Baja California. Howler monkeys perched in a rainforest bower. An Alaskan brown bear clutching a gasping salmon. river vistas ripped from the journals of lewis and Clark. These images, readily seen in the pages of NATIONAl GEOGrAPHIC, are iconic, richly evocative. And if they were among the images you saw on one of our expeditions, chances are, you’d go home happy. But our expeditions take you even deeper, beyond the expected into a uniquely immersive experience of diverse American environments, using all the tools for exploration at our disposal — hyrdrophones, underwater cameras, kayaks, Zodiacs, and the hearts and minds of our expert expedition staff. You’ll see more, do more, know more and have more to remember. Travel with us for peak moments — to see what you came to see and to find what you didn’t know existed. To experience nature through the twin lenses of a planned itinerary and spontaneity — to make the most of all the miraculous opportunities that happen.

Left: Common dolphins skimming the surface, Baja California. Top right: An Alaska totem is evidence of the region’s continuing native traditions. Middle: White faced capuchin monkeys on a limb, Costa Rica. Above: One of many migrating gray whales in Baja California.

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8 DAys/7 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird & NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN
DEPARTURES: 2010 May 8, 15*, 16*, 22, 23, 30*; Jun. 5, 6, 12*, 13*, 19, 26*, 27*; Jul. 3, 4, 10*, 11*, 17, 18, 24*, 25*, 31; Aug. 1, 7*, 8*, 14, 15, 21*, 22*, 28 *These departures travel from Sitka to Juneau, making all the same stops. PRICES FROM: $5,650 to $9,730 (See page 75 for complete prices.)

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SELECT SAVINGS AVAILABLE. Certain dates & cabin categories offer savings. Call to discuss your options with an Expedition Specialist.

Guests witnessing a diving humpback.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ SPEND A FULL DAy IN GLACIER BAy NATIONAL PARk UNDER SPECIAL PERMIT. ▶ kAyAk AND ZODIAC AMONG ICEBERGS. ▶ VISIT THE RAPTOR REHABILITATION CENTER AND ST. MICHAEL’S CATHEDRAL IN SITkA.

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outheast Alaska is a vast wilderness of narrow channels, small coves and abundant wildlife. It is also a bustling tourist destination, with massive ships cruising there every day. Travelling with us, however, will introduce you to an Alaska that others never see, much less experience. Our intimate ships connect you to Alaska from the moment you wake up, whether at morning stretches on deck with a mountain range backdrop or getting within

feet of a tumbling waterfall from the ship’s bow. You’ll spend each day at small, uninhabited islands and hike on bear trails through verdant rain forest. You’ll do more than just see Alaska through an observation lounge; you’ll be an active participant in all that it has to offer, from Zodiac rides around impossibly blue ice to savoring locally caught seafood at dinner. First timers as well as old hands love kayaking several times in a week, poking around the

intertidal zone for sea stars or a chance to paddle close to shore where a bear ambles undisturbed. Our nimble fleet of Zodiacs will enable everyone to explore along the coast, or watch

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Brown bear with salmon.
Glacier Bay N.P. Point Adolphus

Juneau Tracy Arm Admiralty Is. Frederick Sound Petersburg BRITISH COLUMBIA

Sitka

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DAy 5: Glacier Bay National Park (B,L,D) DAy 6: Point Adolphus/Inian Pass (B,L,D) DAy 7: Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords (B,L,D) DAy 8: Sitka/Disembark/Seattle (B)

2-ton steller sea lions curiously frolic under your boat. Children get just as excited as grandparents over getting close enough to hear humpbacks’ massive spouts carry across the water, and everyone listens with curiosity as a Naturalist drops a hydrophone to hear them communicating underwater. You’ll see krill magnified under a video microscope, giving you a complete picture of Alaska, from grand to microscopic. Throughout your expedition, the experience will be defined by our large staff of expert Naturalists. Exceptionally knowledgeable, but also extremely accessible and friendly, they’ll show you Alaska not just as guides, but also as fun, amiable companions. And over the years, we’ve cultivated friendships that bring a greater depth to your experience. You’ll hear firsthand from the Alaska Whale Foundation, whose research on the social behavior of whales has been in part funded by lindblad, and listen to an insider’s perspective on the

successfully managed fisheries. so, come join us for a week in Alaska, and be sure to experience the true wilderness, only found on board a lindblad expedition. ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: Seattle/Juneau, Alaska/ Embark (D) DAy 2: Tracy Arm (B,L,D) DAy 3: Petersburg (B,L,D) DAy 4: Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait (B,L,D)

Explore Tongass National Forest Our Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska.

optional ExtEnsions
See pages 30 and 31 for information on optional extensions to Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula.

youR ExPEDITIon TEAM Is wITh you on ThE wATER AnD In ThE wIlDERnEss.
ExPEDITION LEADER: Veteran leader Cindy Manning (right) makes sure everyone is immersed in the wonders of Alaska. NATURALIST: Doctor of Zoology steve Maclean (left), has authored over fifty scientific papers on plants, birds, mammals and insects. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Join photographer Flip Nicklin in his home waters, where he studies humpback whales. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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12 DAys/11 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird & NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN
DEPARTURES: 2010 Apr. 27, 28; Sep. 5* *These departures travel from Sitka to Seattle and include a stop in Juneau. PrICES FrOM: $7,690 to $13,180 (See page 73 for complete prices.) Photo Expedition

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WHAT’S yOUR TIME WORTH? Our prices include everything aboard from cappuccinos to kayaks. Extraordinary experiences are included, too.

Each voyage is unique but on all you’ll experience some special moments like this beautiful sunset.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ kAyAk IN STILL WATERS AND HIkE THE FORESTED SAN JUAN ISLANDS. ▶ WITNESS THE ANTICS OF ORCA AND HUMPBACk WHALES. ▶ ExPLORE ALASkA’S INSIDE PASSAGE AND TAkE IN BEAUTIFUL SCENERy AND ABUNDANT WILDLIFE.

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Our kayaks enable everyone to get out and explore at their own pace.

estled between seattle and Alaska is a string of wilderness that is wonderfully remote and alluring. On this expedition, you’ll explore not only the wonders of Alaska, but also the unexpected delights of British Columbia and the san Juan Islands that so many travelers miss. rather than rushing through, our approach is decidedly slower; we believe this delightfully wild area should be explored and traveled in, and not just through.

We stay flexible so we can stop the ship to watch orcas in their summer home of Johnstone strait or industrious sea otters floating nearby. In Glacier Bay, we drift for almost an hour, waiting for the mile-long Margerie Glacier to calve and pierce the silence with its thunderous break. Just sitting on deck you’ll watch our nimble ship squeeze into narrow waterways flanked with rock cliffs and tumbling waterfalls, a delightful, restorative experience.

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video microscope to show you a microscopic view of barnacles. Our staff has cultivated valuable friendships over the years, allowing you to partake in an Indian potlatch that few outsiders ever see, or listen to the lindblad funded Alaska Whale Foundation talk about their ongoing research on humpbacks’ cooperative feeding techniques. so, join our expedition, and get a true, in-depth understanding of magnificent wilderness most simply look right past. ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: Seattle/Embark (D) DAy 2: San Juan Islands, Washington (B,L,D) DAy 3: Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait, British Columbia (B,L,D) DAyS 4-5: Inside Passage of British Columbia (B,L,D) DAy 6: Misty Fiords, Alaska (B,L,D) DAy 7: Exploring Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait (B,L,D) DAy 8: Sitka (B,L,D) DAy 9: Exploring Southeast Alaska’s Islands, Bays and Fjords (B,L,D) DAy 10: Glacier Bay National Park (B,L,D) DAy 11: Point Adolphus and Chichagof Island (B,L,D) DAy 12: Juneau/Disembark/Home (B)

Glacier Bay N.P. Point Adolphus Juneau Admiralty Is. Sitka Frederick Sound

ALASkA Misty Fiords

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Pacific Ocean

Johnstone Strait

Hiking in the Alaskan forest.

Of course you’ll explore on shore as well. You’ll kayak in incredibly peaceful coves, with icy streams and snow capped mountain ranges behind. Our Naturalists take small groups into the forests to interpret markings on the trees and explain signs of forest regeneration that you’d never notice on your own. As usual, our Zodiacs will get you ashore on uninhabited islands, poking along the coast, or out among harbor seals and sea lions curiously swimming around you. Camera enthusiast or not, you’ll delight in the National Geographic Photographer on board the september 5th voyage. Their knowledge not only of photography but also of marine life will be a tremendous asset, and give you direct access to incredibly personable and friendly experts. And our informal, small ship atmosphere means you will bond with our naturalists. They dine with you, join you for drinks in the lounge, and put on engaging, interesting presentations, whether making plaster prints of animal tracks or using our

San Juan Islands

Seattle

Explore Tongass National Forest Our Forest Service Special Use Permit for Tongass National Forest enables you to hike and kayak in wild and remote areas of Southeast Alaska.

ExPloRE ovER 1,000 PRIsTInE CoAsTAl MIlEs wITh An ExPERT ExPEDITIon TEAM.
ExPEDITION LEADER: Master carver David stephens (left) will teach you about the cultural traditions of the region through his first-hand experiences with native leaders. NATURALIST: sharon Grainger’s work with the Kwakwaka’wakw people gives us special entree into the community. NATURALIST: Pete Pederson (right) holds a Master’s degree in wildlife biology and spent 11 summers in interior Alaska before joining us 15 years ago. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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7 DAys/6 nIGhTs*
2010 PRICES: $4,230 double occupancy, $6,340 single occupancy. *depending on departure date, please add one day on your own between the end of extension and beginning of voyage or vice versa. A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. Note: Cancellation penalties apply.

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ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ TRy yOUR HAND AT DOG MUSHING ON THE SNOW PACk IN THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE GIRDWOOD. ▶ FISH FOR SALMON IN THE kENAI RIVER, ONE OF ALASkA’S MOST PRODUCTIVE RIVERS. ▶ SPEND A DAy RAFTING, SEARCHING FOR EAGLES, MOOSE AND BEAR.

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enai is a virtual nirvana for outdoor enthusiasts. This lush wilderness acts as a thriving habitat for wildlife and is a hotbed of hiking, kayaking, bird watching, and fishing activity.
DAy 1: ANCHORAGE, ALASkA

Rafting the kenai River.

Check into a downtown hotel and gather for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
DAy 2: ANCHORAGE/kENAI PENINSULA DAy 3: kENAI PENINSULA

A scenic drive to Kenai Peninsula circles Turnagain Arm, where you may spot bald eagles or elusive beluga whales, and winds through snow-capped mountains. At Chugach National Forest or Kenai National Wildlife refuge set off for a casual hike with lunch on the trail. (B,l,D)

Don river gear for a day of rafting on the Kenai river to scan for eagles, salmon, trout and possibly moose or bear. (B,l,D)
DAy 4: kENAI PENINSULA

try your hand at dog mushing, either driving or riding a sled, through the landscape. ride the tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska for a view of snow-capped mountains. Overnight at Hotel Alyeska. (B,l,D)
DAy 6: GIRDWOOD/ANCHORAGE

ALASkA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Anchorage kenai Peninsula

Fishing or hiking – it’s your choice. Fishermen will have a day of fishing in the Kenai river. A guide and the best gear and tackle will be provided.* Hikers will trek through the Chugach National Forest or Kenai National Wildlife refuge. later, relax on the riverside deck or treat yourself to our wood fired sauna. (B,l,D) *Please note: must be 12 or over to participate.
DAy 5: GIRDWOOD

A guided hike, gold panning at a local mine or relaxing are this morning’s options. later, visit Anchorage’s Alaska Native Heritage Center before a festive farewell dinner. Overnight in downtown Anchorage. (B,l,D)
DAy 7: ANCHORAGE/SITkA OR JUNEAU/HOME

Juneau

From this quaint ski town, we fly to glaciers high on the snow pack to

This morning fly to either sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. Or if the extension is taken after your voyage, transfer to the airport for connecting flights home. (B)

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DEnAlI nATIonAl PARk oPTIonAl PRE- oR PosT-voyAGE ExTEnsIon
7 DAys/6 nIGhTs*
2010 PRICES: $4,780 double occupancy, $7,170 single occupancy. *depending on departure date, please add one day on your own between the end of extension and beginning of voyage or vice versa. A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. Note: Cancellation penalties apply.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ SEARCH FOR CARIBOU, MOOSE, BEAR AND A VARIETy OF WILDLIFE. ▶ HIkE, CANOE, FISH AND BIkE AMID A SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPE. ▶ RIDE ON THE FAMED ALASkA RAILROAD.
Guests observe wildlife amid Denali’s dramatic landscape.
ALASkA Fairbanks Denali National Park Anchorage BRITISH COLUMBIA

Juneau

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enali National Park is one of North America’s natural treasures, crowned by Mt. McKinley, the highest peak on the continent at 20,320 feet. By staying at North Face lodge, the most exclusive property in Denali National Park, we are able to travel deep within the park and remain there. You will have opportunities to search for Denali’s famed wildlife: grizzlies, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, eagles and more.
DAy 1: FAIRBANkS, ALASkA

DAy 2: FAIRBANkS/DENALI NATIONAL PARk/NORTH FACE LODGE

In the morning visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum, featuring collections that represent over 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the north. Then, join the North Face lodge guides for a six-hour, 89-mile journey into the heart of the park on the restricted access Denali Park road, offering excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing along the way. (B,l,D)
DAy 3-5: DENALI NATIONAL PARk/ NORTH FACE LODGE

rooms with private bath. Delicious meals and fresh baked goods are featured in the dining room. Activities include wildlife observation, hikes, canoeing, fishing and biking. Nightly programs highlight the natural and cultural history of the area. (B,l,D)
DAy 6: DENALI NATIONAL PARk/ ANCHORAGE

Take a wildlife drive back out of the park to the Alaska railroad for the trip to Anchorage. Overnight at a downtown Anchorage hotel. (B,l,D)
DAy 7: ANCHORAGE/SITkA OR JUNEAU/ HOME

Arrive in Fairbanks and transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your leader and traveling companions at a welcome dinner. (D)

North Face lodge provides accommodations in well-appointed

This morning fly to either sitka or Juneau to begin your Alaska voyage. Or if the extension is taken after your voyage, transfer to the airport for connecting flights home. (B)

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A voyAGE AlonG ThE ColuMbIA AnD snAkE RIvERs In ThE wAkE oF lEwIs & ClARk
7 DAys/6 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird & NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN
DEPARTURES: 2010 Sep. 17, 23, 29; Oct. 11, 17, 23, 29 PRICES FROM: $3,830 to $6,670 (See page 75 for complete prices.)

FLExIBILITy IS REWARDING. Savings are available on select departures and cabin categories. Talk to an Expedition Specialist for details.

Crown Point overlooking the Columbia River at sunset.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ VISIT THE HISTORIC SITES ONCE SETTLED By THE CORPS OF DISCOVERy. ▶ kAyAk ON THE PALOUSE RIVER FOR yOUR OWN PERSONAL DISCOVERIES. ▶ TAkE A JET BOAT RIDE ON THE SNAkE RIVER INTO THE DRAMATIC HELLS CANyON.

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o journey along the Columbia river is to experience not only a vital piece of American history, but also inspiring scenery and restorative, peaceful moments. And rather than keep you confined to a motorcoach, our trips will thrust you into the river for an up close, interactive view outside of any glass walls. Working your way 450 miles upriver, our expert staff will educate you not just about lewis and Clark, but get beyond the superficial and delve into botany, wildlife and geology. Bike

Big horn sheep.

alongside the river at the Columbia river Gorge, and marvel at the verdant forests rising on either side of you. Experience the river from elbow level, as you kayak a canyon of the Palouse river on a perfectly still,

refreshing fall morning, or jet boat in Hells Canyon, whose walls are higher than the Grand Canyon’s. A highlight for many is going through the eight, 1,000-foot long massive locks that lift the ship a total of 700 feet. (The John Day Dam, is the world’s largest single chamber lift and raises the ship 105 feet!) Our spirit of spontaneity carries through on the river; under the right conditions, we’ve been known to load Zodiacs in the locks to let guests experience “locking through” from a

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totally unique perspective. Or just sit on deck, and watch beautiful landscapes change from lush waterfalls to basalt colonnades and semi-arid steppes east of the Cascades. And if the weather is right, we’ll set up a barbecue lunch on deck enabling you to dine out doors as the scenery of the river slips past. Our staff members, some with over 40 years experience exploring and studying the region, are knowledgeable experts on both the natural world and the river’s human history. Enthusiastic and eager, they will involve you in discussions in the lounge, and join you over meals and out on deck. More than just lecturers, they are companionable guides whose enthusiasm will define your expeditions. so come and experience a true expedition with us along the Columbia river, and see and do what others simply don’t offer. ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE
DAy 1: Portland, Oregon/Embark (D) DAy 2: Eastern Washington’s Wine Country (B,L,D) DAy 3: Clarkston (B,L,D) DAy 4: Exploring the Palouse River (B,L,D) DAy 5: Columbia Gorge and Hood River (B,L,D) DAy 6: Astoria (B,L,D) DAy 7: Portland/Disembark/Home (B)

Palouse River
WASHINGTON

IDAHO Clearwater River
Clarkston

Snake River

Astoria

Columbia River

Cascade Mountains John Day Dam OREGON Hells Canyon Hood River Bonneville Dam

Portland Willamette River

Columbia Gorge

kayaking on the Palouse River.

ExPloRE ovER 450 MIlEs oF ChAnGInG RIvERsCAPE wITh An ExPERT ExPEDITIon TEAM.
NATURALIST: Former President of the lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Dr. robert Gatten (left) will share his expertise throughout the expedition. ExPEDITION LEADER: Veteran leader Cindy Manning (right) will share her fascination with the history and geology of the Columbia and snake rivers. HISTORIAN: In addition to being a Historian and wonderful storyteller, Jerry Igo is a botanist and education chairman for the Native Plant society of Oregon. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

optional ExtEnsion

» Portland, oregon Pre-voyage

1 Day Experience the highlights of Portland with a half-day extension through the Old Town, elegantly landscaped gardens and an overnight stay at the riverPlace Hotel, located along the banks of the Willamette river. Please call for details.

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bAjA CAlIFoRnIA

bAjA CAlIFoRnIA: AMonG ThE GREAT whAlEs
8 DAys/7 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird
DEPARTURES: 2010 Jan. 16, 23; Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar. 6, 13 , 20 Photo Expedition PRICES FROM: $4,850 to $7,990 (See page 75 for complete prices.) Includes round-trip flight los Angeles/la Paz/los Angeles

Note: Some departures travel in reverse from la Paz to San Carlos, making all the same stops.

SPONTANEITy IS REWARDING. Call our Expedition Specialists to see if you can take advantage of savings on select departures or cabin categories.

National Geographic Sea Bird comfortably brings guests to the remote and pristine islands of Baja California.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ GET AN UP-CLOSE VIEW OF GIGANTIC GRAy WHALES. ▶ SWIM, SNORkEL AND kAyAk IN THE AZURE WATERS OF THE SEA OF CORTEZ. ▶ ExPERIENCE THE PRISTINE BEAUTy AND ABUNDANT WILDLIFE OF BAJA CALIFORNIA.

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ew places flourish with marine life like Baja, and we’re just as passionate about its wonders today as when we first started exploring in 1981. After so many years of experience, we have the proven ability to show you the wildlife, interpret it in a meaningful way, and remain spontaneous to make the most of every minute. We spend two days on the Pacific side in Bahia Magdalena, an area accessible only to small ships with the assistance of local

pilots. You’ll watch coyotes, frigate birds and cormorants as the ship weaves a narrow mangrove fringed channel. Then, go out in Zodiacs to see whales so close, you’ll not only see them but hear and smell them as well. You’ll find the sea of Cortez bursting with marine life, but virtually empty of humans. The ocean explodes with hundreds of dolphins racing to the
Elegant terns.

ship, and the sea boils as boobies plunge in search of fish. Watching humpbacks tail lobbing, spy hopping and breaching brings out a natural, exhilaration in all ages, and the

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UNITED STATES

MExICO
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Sea of Cortez Isla Santa Catalina

Pacific Ocean

San Carlos Bahía Magdalena

Isla San José Isla Espíritu Santo La Paz Gorda Banks

Los Cabos

Guests aboard a Zodiac encounter gray whales up close.

contrasted tranquility of a mother and calf slowly slipping beneath the waves brings a chorus of subtle gasps. But our Baja offers much more than whales; you’ll hike over desert sand dunes, kayak in protected lagoons, and snorkel with curious, playful sea lions that twirl over, around and underneath you. And in an area as wild as this, a rigid schedule can mean you miss out on the best moments. We stop to linger with an unexpected blue whale, and use some of our innovative tools to add depth to what you’re seeing. We’ll drop hydrophones to listen to whales communicate with each other, and in the evening, our Undersea specialist will show video shot that morning of marine life. Even our ship’s bow has an underwater camera to grab astounding shots of dolphins swimming directly below. You’ll share the thrill of Baja with our experienced Naturalists,

who are not only experts on these waters, but also fun and personable. The intimate, informal nature of our ships means you’ll not only learn from them, but bond over our BBQ and campfire dinner on shore or during conversation on deck. so while Baja may seem very close, you’ll come away seeing an entirely different world of wilderness and wonder.

ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: Los Angeles/La Paz/ San Carlos/Embark (D) DAyS 2-4: Bahía Magdalena (B,L,D) DAy 5: Los Cabos and Gorda Banks (B,L,D) DAy 6: Islas Los Islotes and Espíritu Santo (B,L,D) DAy 7: Exploring the Sea of Cortez (B,L,D) DAy 8: La Paz/Disembark/ Los Angeles (B)

sEARCh FoR whAlEs AnD AbunDAnT wIlDlIFE wITh A PAssIonATE ExPEDITIon TEAM.
ExPEDITION LEADER: sue Perin’s (left) expertise in wildlife management and passion for teaching brings the wonders of Baja to life. NATURALIST: Marine biologist Mike Greenfelder travels the world chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds. UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: A biochemist by training, Carlos J. Navarro (right), a native of Mexico, shares the wonders of the sea of Cortez, his home for 17 years. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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bAjA CAlIFoRnIA: jouRnEys In ThE sEA oF CoRTEz
8 DAys/7 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird & NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN
DEPARTURES: 2009 dec. 12 Holiday dec. 19 2010 dec. 12, 13 2010 HOLIDAy dec. 19, 20, 26, 27 PRICES FROM: 2009 $3,180 to $5,560 2009 HOLIDAy $3,740 to $6,550 2010 $3,320 to $5,830 2010 HOLIDAy $3,920 to $6,870 (See page 75 for complete prices.)

VALUE TRUMPS DISCOUNT. The best way to save is to get more for your money. Our all-inclusive pricing includes all activities & experiences. Wallet optional.

Deployable at a moment’s notice, our fleet of Zodiacs provide guests with unmatched perspectives of wildlife.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ SPEND THE HOLIDAyS WITH LOVED ONES IN THE MOST INSPIRING OF SETTINGS. ▶ kAyAk, SNORkEL AND SWIM IN THE PRISTINE WATERS OF THE SEA OF CORTEZ. ▶ WALk AMONG A “FOREST” OF GIANT CACTUSES ON ISLA SANTA CATALINA.
Spiny-tailed iguana on a cardon cactus.

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ith improbably inviting shorelines and crystal clear waters, it’s easy to call Baja California and the sea of Cortez a beach destination. It is. But when you explore further, the way we have for decades, you’ll find that the surprisingly varied habitats and rich, endemic wildlife place it in a class all by itself. In December, when temperatures are typically in the 70s, you’ll feel the rejuvenating freedom of standing on deck of our small,

comfortable expedition ship as we search for marine life and enter into idyllic coves. You’ll get closer to wildness than you ever thought possible, using Zodiacs and kayaks, hiking boots and snorkels as tools for exploration. And because we believe in the journey just as much as the destination, we’ll reveal Baja to you on an itinerary designed to favor flexibility over rigid schedule. led by our expert team of Naturalists including an Undersea specialist, you’ll explore Islas

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A pod of common dolphins.

Sea of Cortez

Pacific Ocean

Partida and Espíritu santo, with their dramatic cliff-lined coasts. Platoons of pelicans will dive for food around you while sea lions play and haul out on the rocky shorelines. At Isla san José, use our fleet of kayaks to paddle into mangrove channels in search of shorebirds and waders. You’ll hike along ancient shell mounds, or middens, that reveal traces of former occupation by the Guaicura Indians. A walk among Isla santa Catalina’s otherworldly forest of giant cacti is balanced delightfully with a swim in the clear waters of the rugged shoreline. And our resident bird expert will show you the innumerable nesting seabirds on the island of Ildefonso. Between these uninhabited islands, you’ll feel the excitement of the sea as dolphins rise from the surface in abundance. We always take the time to observe their antics. Morning, noon, and night, you’ll dine on fresh, sustainable and delicious local cuisine prepared by our

chefs. You’ll learn from our expert Naturalists not only through presentations, but by exploring together in very small groups, possibly one on one, or even while sitting around a beach barbecue campfire. There is no doubt that by the time you take in your last sunset, surrounded by islands bursting with life, you’ll understand why Baja California has come to be known as “Mexico’s Galápagos.”

ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: U.S./Los Cabos or La Paz, Mexico/Embark La Paz (D) DAyS 2-7: Exploring the Sea of Cortez Our routing will most likely include the islands listed below, although the order may vary. (B,L,D) • Isla Espíritu Santo and Isla Partida • Isla Danzante • Isla Ildefonso • Isla San José • Isla Santa Catalina DAy 8: La Paz/Disembark/Home (B)

ouR ExPERT ExPEDITIon TEAM wIll MAkE ThE sEA oF CoRTEz CoME AlIvE.
ExPEDITION LEADER: Pulling from 25 years of expedition experience, longtime lindblad veteran Tom O’Brien will help to craft the perfect adventure in Baja. UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: A native of Mexico, Naturalist and certified diver Alberto Montaudon (left) will provide fascinating views of life below the waterline. OCEANOGRAPHER: With a Ph.D. in Oceanography, Tracy Baynes (right) will share her research and expertise on the reef and sea life of Baja California. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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MExICO

Isla Santa Catalina Isla San José Isla Espíritu Santo La Paz Los Cabos Airport

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bAjA CAlIFoRnIA: whERE ThE DEsERT MEETs ThE sEA
8 DAys/7 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN
DEPARTURE: 2010 Apr. 3 PRICES FROM: $3,990 to $6,690 (See page 75 for complete prices.)

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ ExPLORE UP CLOSE TO WHALES, DOLPHINS AND AN ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE. ▶ HIkE THROUGH CACTUS FORESTS WITH AN ExPERT HORTICULTURIST. ▶ DISCOVER THOUSANDS OF NESTING SEABIRDS ON ISLA RASA.

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he sea of Cortez harbors over fifty remote islands, many with plants and animals that have evolved into distinct “endemic” species. This unique journey has no set itinerary, adding a stimulating sense of adventure to each day. see whales up close from the deck of our ship, miles of uninhabited beaches, sea lions as you snorkel and throngs of seabirds. Take a kayaking excursion in pristine waters, swim among reef fish and enjoy the serenity of a sunset beach barbecue. Watch for whales and linger to observe them, follow dolphins as they ride our bow wave and explore among the dozens of islands in the sea of Cortez. Almost every anchorage offers good swimming, snorkeling and kayaking opportunities. Our pace is unhurried and our options are many, so the descriptions below represent

a sampling of the opportunities possible during one week in the sea of Cortez.
DAy 1: LOS ANGELES/LA PAZ/ EMBARk (D) DAyS 2-7: ExPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ

MExICO Isla San Esteban Isla San Marcos Sea of Cortez Isla Santa Catalina Isla San Jose La Paz
BAJ AC ALI FOR NIA

This expedition is designed to take advantage of the best wildlife and exploring opportunities in the area. We will keep ourselves open to the possibilities. Our routing will most likely include the islands listed below, although the order may vary. (B,l,D) • Islas San Esteban and San Pedro Martir

• Isla Rasa • Isla San Marcos • Isla Santa Catalina • Islas Los Islotes and Espiritu santo
DAy 8: LA PAZ/DISEMBARk/ LOS ANGELES (B)

youR ExPEDITIon TEAM wIll hElP you DIsCovER ThE sElDoM sEEn TREAsuREs oF bAjA.
ExPEDITION LEADER: With over a decade of leading expeditions under her belt, Jen Martin knows how to craft the perfect adventure. NATURALIST: linda Burback’s (right) expertise in horticulture, particularly with cacti, adds vast understanding to the plant life you will encounter. NATURALIST: Marine biologist Mike Greenfelder uses his background in research with guest education to help you understand all that you see. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

Sea lions hauled out on a rocky outcrop.

bAjA CAlIFoRnIA: CoPPER CAnyon AnD ThE sEA oF CoRTEz
9 DAys/8 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea Bird
DEPARTURES: 2010 Jan. 6, 10 PRICES FROM: $3,990 to $6,840 (See page 75 for complete prices.)

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ ExPERIENCE THE THRILL OF A RIDE THROUGH THE AWE-INSPIRING COPPER CANyON ABOARD A HISTORIC RAILROAD. ▶ LEARN THE TRADITIONS OF THE RECLUSIVE AND FASCINATING TARAHUMARA INDIANS, NATIVES OF THE CANyON. ▶ FEEL THE ExCITEMENT OF ExPLORING THE WILDLIFE-RICH SEA OF CORTEZ WITH A TEAM OF ExPERT NATURALIST.
Guests take in the dramatic view along the rim of the Copper Canyon.
Chihuahua MExICO
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Pacific Ocean

Copper Sea of Canyon Cortez Isla Santa El Fuerte Catalina Los Mochis Isla Espíritu Santo Gorda Banks

La Paz

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his sea and land journey combines two of North America’s greatest natural treasures — the dramatic Copper Canyon and the marine rich waters of the sea of Cortez. In the sea of Cortez, spend four days among hundreds of playful dolphins, snorkeling with sea lions, kayaking, bird-watching, observing marine life and hiking on uninhabited desert islands. Following the voyage, board the historic Chihuahua al Pacifico railroad for a view of the Copper Canyon, one of the world’s most awesome landscapes. Encounter the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, natives of the canyon. spend two nights in a lodge on the canyon’s spectacular rim.

ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: U.S./Los Cabos, Mexico/La Paz/Embark (D) DAy 2: Isla Santa Catalina (B,L,D) DAy 3: The Sea Of Cortez (B,L,D) DAy 4: Islas Los Islotes and Espiritu Santo (B,L,D)

DAy 5: La Paz/Disembark/El Fuerte (B,L,D) DAyS 6-7: Copper Canyon (B,L,D) DAy 8: Copper Canyon/Chihuahua (B,L,D) DAy 9: Chihuahua/U.S. (B)

youR ExPEDITIon TEAM wIll ADD IMMEnsEly To youR APPRECIATIon oF ThEsE RICh lAnDsCAPEs
NATURALIST: sharon Grainger (right) will call upon her extensive time spent with the Tarahumara Indians to illuminate Mexico’s rich cultural heritage. NATURALIST: Pete Pederson’s (left) expertise in marine mammal behavior will add an extra level of understanding to your encounters. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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CEnTRAl AMERICA

ThE PAnAMA CAnAl & ThE wonDERs oF CosTA RICA
8 DAys/7 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN
DEPARTURES: 2009 dec 12* , 19, 26* 2010 Jan. 2, 9*, 16, 23*, 30; Feb. 6*, 13, 20*, 27 *These departures travel from San Jose to Panama City. Photo Expedition PRICES FROM: $4,660 to $7,880 (See page 74 for complete prices.) ; Mar. 6*, 13

SPONTANEITy IS REWARDING. Call our Expedition Specialists to see if you can take advantage of savings on select departures or cabin categories.

The beak of the keel-billed toucan is deceptively light as it is hollow and made from the protein keratin.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARk OFFERS A WALk IN THE RAIN FOREST AND SWIMMING FROM A PRISTINE BEACH. ▶ AT ISLA COIBA, A WORLD HERITAGE SITE, ExPERIENCE OUTSTANDING SNORkELING. ▶ ExPLORE THE REMOTE OSA PENINSULA FOR HORSEBACk RIDING AND A WATERFALL SWIM.

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uch more than a tropical paradise, Central America is a true link for the world. The massive Panama Canal cuts through a verdant jungle while bridging east and west. And between the two continents is a dizzying mix of biodiversity, uniting the north and the south. Exploring this area teeming with wildlife is undoubtedly best done by sea. You’ll have access to difficult to reach wildlife reserves along the coast, and explore lush rain forests, hidden beaches and sparkling seas

Exploring at “elbow height” in Costa Rica.

that others often fail to find. Our nimble ship will intimately connect you to your surroundings. You’ll wake in the morning anchored

off a pristine coast glowing from a gently rising sun. seabirds and ocean waves provide the only sound. soon, you’ll land at an empty beach, your legs swinging off the Zodiac into wonderfully warm water. Choose to explore the sea in a variety of ways. snorkel at Panama’s renowned Isla Coiba, admiring colorful fish in some of the best protected reefs in the eastern Pacific. Guests of all ages learn from our expert Naturalists. Each one is

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Herradura Manuel Antonio N.P.

San José COSTA RICA Caribbean Sea Colón Panama City Panama Canal

Osa Peninsula Golfo Dulce Pacific Ocean Isla Coiba

PANAMA

Gulf of Panama

enthusiastic, eager and knowledgeable — as they share their expertise during a Zodiac cruise. Or, kayak amid the twisted, tangled roots of a mangrove forest. soaking in the tranquility, you’ll feel totally removed from the outside world. On shore, you may explore a nesting site for thousands of frigate birds in a heaving, fluttering mass overhead. Try your hand at photographing the vibrant colors of the scarlet macaw or look for absurdly lethargic sloths. You can take a long walk deep into the rain forest, reaching a swimming hole beneath a spectacular, tumbling waterfall. Through years of operating here, we’ve built up local connections others don’t have. And after anchoring at Barro Colorado Island in the middle of Gatun lake, we’re the only ship allowed to take you ashore to a research facility managed by the smithsonian Institute. For many, the highlight will undoubtedly be the Panama Canal. Its size best appreciated from a small ship, you’ll get an up-close view of line handlers helping to guide the ship. Often, we can offer the rare opportunity to pass through

locks both during the day and night, giving you two different vantages. By the end of your expedition, you’ll have done much more than spent a day on the beach. You’ll come away having learned and seen more than you thought possible on this remarkable bridge between so many regions. ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: U.s./Panama City, Panama/ Colon/Embark/Gatun lake (D) DAy 2: Barro Colorado Island/ Panama Canal Transit (B,l,D) DAy 3: Gulf of Panama Islets (B,l,D) DAy 4: Isla Coiba National Park (B,l,D)

DAy 5: Golfo Dulce, Costa rica

(B,l,D)
DAy 6: Osa Peninsula (B,l,D) DAy 7: Manuel Antonio National Park

(B,l,D)
DAy 8: Herradura/Disembark/

san Jose/U.s. (B)

optional ExtEnsions

» Monteverde Cloud Forest,

Pre-voyage 3 Days. Please see page 42.

» Monteverde, Arenal volcano
& sarapiqui, Post-voyage 7 Days. Please see page 43.

ThE MosT ExPERIEnCED sTAFF In CosTA RICA & PAnAMA.
ExPEDITION LEADER: Cindy Manning (right) has decades of experience in the world’s rain forests. she takes great pride in revealing the wild, hidden corners of Central America to lindblad travelers. NATURALIST & PHOTOGRAPHER: Willy Alfaro was born and raised in san Jose, Costa rica. His interest in nature began when his dad bought him a natural history encyclopedia at age six. NATURALIST: Of swiss origin, but born and raised in san Jose, Margrit Ulrich (left) fully embodies the pura vida philosophy of Costa ricans. Her passion ranges from birds to plants, from amphibians to reptiles, with a special love for bats, rocks and shells. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on board your selected departure.

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CosTA RICA To PAnAMA + MonTEvERDE ClouD FoREsT
11 DAys/10 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN
DEPARTURES: 2009 dec 9, 23 2010 Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 3 PRICES FROM: $5,640 to $9,360 (See page 75 for complete prices.)

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ MONTEVERDE’S CLOUD FOREST IS SPRINkLED WITH MOSS, 300 SPECIES OF ORCHIDS AND ABUNDANT WILDLIFE. ▶ WALk TRAILS WITH BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS, AND WATCH FOR THE RARE RESPLENDENT qUETZAL. ▶ ASCEND A SERIES OF SUSPENSION BRIDGES FOR A BIRD’S-EyE VIEW OF THE FOREST CANOPy.

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scenic drive of approximately five hours takes us to Monteverde Cloud Forest, where we spend two nights at a charming, family-owned lodge. There is an aura in the cloud forest — mist drifting past silhouettes of majestic trees, the cool quiet and the haunting music of birdcalls. Trees draped in a profusion of bromeliads and orchids create a powerful impression. Amid such greenery, the lacy-fronded tree fern, unchanged since early evolutionary times, stands out as a signature cloud forest specimen. learn about life in the early Monteverde community, established by the Quakers in the 1950s, from Marvin rockwell, one of the original homesteaders. Days 4–11 follow “The Panama Canal & the Wonders of Costa rica” itinerary on pages 40-41.

Monteverde Herradura Manuel Antonio N.P. San Jose COSTA RICA Caribbean Sea Colon Panama City Osa Peninsula Golfo Dulce Pacific Ocean Isla Coiba Gulf of Panama PANAMA

Panama Canal

DAy 8: Isla Coiba, Panama (B,L,D) DAy 9: Gulf of Panama Islets/ Gatun Lake (B,L,D) DAy 10: Barro Colorado Island/

Panama Canal Transit (B,L,D) DAy 11: Colon/Disembark/Panama City/U.S. (B)

ITINERARy AT-A-GLANCE DAy 1: U.S./San Jose, Costa Rica (D) DAyS 2 & 3: Monteverde Cloud Forest (B,L,D) DAy 4: Monteverde/Herradura/Embark (B,L,D) DAy 5: Manuel Antonio National Park (B,L,D) DAy 6: Osa Peninsula (B,L,D) DAy 7: Golfo Dulce (B,L,D)

The elevated foot bridge in Monteverde Cloud Forest offers stunning perspectives.

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PAnAMA To CosTA RICA + MonTEvERDE, AREnAl volCAno & sARAPIquI
15 DAys/14 nIGhTs – NatioNal GeoGraphic Sea lioN
DEPARTURES: 2009: dec. 19 2010 Jan. 2, 16, 30; Feb. 13, 27 PRICES FROM: $6,840 to $10,560 (See page 75 for complete prices.) Photo Expedition

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ CLOUD FORESTS, VOLCANOES AND THE SEA CREATE THE ULTIMATE ExPEDITION COMBINATION. ▶ SEARCH FOR MONkEyS, IGUANAS, ENDANGERED SCARLET MACAWS AND AMERICAN CROCODILES. ▶ GO WHITEWATER RAFTING OR RIVER FLOATING ON THE SARAPIqUI RIVER.

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ake a scenic five-hour drive up the mountain to Monteverde Cloud Forest and spend two nights at a family-owned lodge. Visit a native butterfly garden before exploring Monteverde’s forest trails. Watch for the rare resplendent quetzal and the often heard, but rarely seen, mantled howler monkeys. From the skywalk, a series of suspension bridges, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the forest canopy. later, take a 3½-hour drive to Arenal, through verdant countryside around lake Arenal. Explore rain forest trails and observe smoldering Arenal. stay at sueño Azul, a working hacienda and spa. Explore the hacienda’s grounds, swim in the pool or sample spa treatments. Visit la selva, a wellknown site for research on tropical ecology. Observe the elfin forest along the trail at Poás Volcano National Park, one of the widest craters in the world.

Arenal Volcano Sarapiqui Monteverde San Jose Herradura Manuel Antonio N.P. COSTA RICA

Caribbean Sea Colon Panama City Panama Canal

Osa Peninsula Golfo Dulce Pacific Ocean Isla Coiba

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Gulf of Panama

DAy 9: Monteverde Cloud Forest

(B,L,D)
DAy 10: Monteverde/Arenal (B,L,D) DAy 11: Arenal Volcano (B,L,D) DAy 12: Arenal/Sarapiqui (B,L,D) DAy 13: Sarapiqui (B,L,D) DAy 14: Poas Volcano National Park/

San Jose (B,L,D)
DAy 15: San Jose/U.S. (B)

ITINERARy AT-A-GLANCE DAyS 1–7: Follow “The Panama Canal & the Wonders of Costa Rica” itinerary on pages 40-41. DAy 8: Herradura/Disembark/Carara Biological Reserve/Monteverde Cloud Forest (B,L,D)

Naturalists are always on hand to point out the rain forest’s avian residents, such as the scarlet macaw. Top right: Smoldering Arenal Volcano provides a dramatic backdrop.

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lAnD InCA
oF ThE

Opposite page: Machu Picchu. This page (clockwise): Cusco Cathedral; quechua mother and baby; Sol y Luna Hotel; llama; hiking the terraces of Machu Picchu.

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or the first time, we are offering our week-long exploration of Peru’s land of the Inca as a standalone journey. This expedition has been developed with the insight and depth we’ve obtained from decades in the region. You can be assured that the exhaustive attention to detail that goes into all our ship-based expeditions has gone into planning this exhilarating land journey. Your Peruvian expedition team will be of the same caliber as those on our ships. And your accommodations have been carefully chosen for their location, ambiance and comfort. Peru, of course, is primarily known for its Inca archaeological sites — Machu Picchu being the most famous and best preserved. But in our 30 years exploring the region, we’ve found that there is a contemporary living component to this rich cultural heritage that is Inca.

Today’s Inca incorporate modern life while holding onto certain ancient values and ideas. In Peru we are immersed in history in so many ways, including the food, which is some of the world’s most diverse. Did you know that Peru alone has over 2,000 known species of potatoes? It is the ultimate fusion cuisine (its Quechua roots, the spanish influence coupled with Asian flavors). You will feast on ceviche, tiradito, and papa rellena. The markets, alive with color, the mountains and rushing rivers all contribute to a country rich in wonder. Hike to ruins in the Urubamba Valley and examine preColumbian treasures at the renowned larco Herrera Museum. Explore lima — the city of kings and the ancient Incan capital of Machu Picchu, where we hike to the sun Gate and watch day break over the ruins. so please, read on. We hope you will be inspired to join us.

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8 DAys/7 nIGhTs
Year-round, weekly departures starting in January 2010. PRICES: 2010 $3,640 per person double occupancy; $4,580 per person sole occupancy.

PERu

VALUE TRUMPS DISCOUNT. The best way to save is get more for your money. Our all-inclusive pricing includes all activities & experiences. Wallet optional.

Machu Picchu received much attention after the National Geographic Society focused their entire April 1913 issue on it.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ SEE DAyBREAk OVER THE RUINS AT MACHU PICCHU FROM THE FABLED SUN GATE. ▶ DISCOVER CUSCO’S RICH HERITAGE AND VISIT THE SACRED VALLEy OF THE INCA. ▶ ExPLORE THE MASSIVE INCA STONE FORTRESS OF OLLANTAyTAMBO.

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e spend a week in Peru. Occasionally people ask, “why so long when the highlight is Machu Picchu?” The fact is that there is so much more in Peru, which you’ll see when you read the itinerary. You’ll spend your time in the company of expert guides exploring Peru’s wonders — ancient, colonial and contemporary.
DAy 1: U.S./LIMA, PERU

DAy 2: LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEy OF THE INCA

This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, a farm where South American camelidae are bred. Visit Pisac, the gateway to the Sacred Valley, and walk through the local food market before visiting its ruins. Check into the Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D)
DAy 3: SACRED VALLEy OF THE INCA

treatment, Paso horse demonstration and other activities. Dinner is an outdoor event at our hotel, complete with a campfire, barbecue and a vibrant dance performance. (B,L,D)
DAy 4: SACRED VALLEy/MACHU PICCHU

Depart the U.S. and arrive in Lima by late evening.

Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon, choose from horseback riding, a spa

Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu. We’ll have a guided introduction to the site and then stay overnight at the 31-room Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge, which means you’ll share Machu Picchu with only a handful of visitors. (B,L,D)

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Local girls by the Incan walls of Cusco.

DAy 5: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO

Before sunrise, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch day break over the quiet ruins. The morning is free to explore. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D)
DAy 6: CUSCO

around the city. Relax, shop or visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)
DAy 7: CUSCO/LIMA

American style. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)
DAy 8: LIMA/U.S. (B)

COMBINE PERU WITH GALáPAGOS:
If you have the time, consider combining our week-long Galápagos voyage with your Peru journey. For details see pages 22-23.

Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is traditional Latin

Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuamán Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll

ThE ExPEDITIon TEAM looks FoRwARD To REvEAlInG InCAn CulTuRE To you.
LOCAL ExPERT: Ernesto Ore (left) shares his broad base of knowledge to create a memorable exploration of Peru’s exquisite countryside and cuisine. And he’ll describe his particular talent for incorporating modern life while holding on to ancient ideas and values. LOCAL ExPERT: A native Cusqueño, Harvey Martinez hopes one day to rewrite the “spanish history of the Inca” into the “Inca history of the Inca.” LOCAL ExPERT: As a Peruvian Air Force helicopter crew member, Karina Terrazas traveled throughout the Andes and jungles of south America. Conversant in her native Quechua, she has deep pride in her country’s history and people. Expedition staff varies by voyage date.

Peru’s markets are alive with color.

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EUrOPE, THE MEdITErrANEAN & EGYPT
Ancient seas. History and mystery. Cauldron of western civilization. The reasons to explore these regions are deep and compelling, as are the reasons to explore them with us: To see them revealed. To discover the unknown in the known. To be guided by the best experts in the local cultures — Archaeologists, Egyptologists, Historians and Naturalists. And to be given time to wander on your own in wonderful places. There are many companies you might travel with to any of these destinations. But there is no other that can create the balance of timing, docent-quality guidance, and sheer number and variety of highlights — with our signature flexibility that allows us to take advantage of thrilling opportunities as they arise. Whether you seek a blend of culture and nature, or a deep steep in culture and history, count on these immersive expeditions to provide a lifetime’s worth of peak experiences.

Left: France’s medieval abbey of Mont-St.-Michel invites a climb; Top right: An Orthodox priest in Greece; Above: The iconic image of The Great Pyramid and Sphinx in Giza.

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ThE hIDDEn IslEs oF ThE MEDITERRAnEAn, InCluDInG sICIly
14 DAys/12 nIGhTs — NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURES: 2010 April 4, 14* Photo Expedition *This departure travels from Palermo to Cadiz. PRICES FROM: $10,680 to $19,560 (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

SPONTANEITy IS REWARDING. Call our Expedition Specialists to see if you can take advantage of savings on select departures or cabin categories.

A UNESCO Heritage Site, Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, is set beautifully on a ridge.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ ExPLORER, AUTHOR & FILMMAkER TIM SEVERIN GUIDES yOU ON ROUTES OF MyTH & HISTORy (APRIL 14). ▶ SPEND FIVE DAyS CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE INTRIGUING ISLE OF SICILy. ▶ SWIM, kAyAk & ZODIAC IN THE AZURE BLUE MEDITERRANEAN SEA.

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ational Geographic Explorer explores remote island stepping stones in the Mediterranean, each with its own distinctive culture. Explore the Bronze Age monuments of Menorca and sardinia and the French island of Corsica. sail past the active volcano of stromboli and discover the ruined city of siracusa, one of the world’s great classical sites. spend five full days exploring one of our favorite places: sicily, a melting pot of every great civilization on the Mediterranean.

DAy 1: U.S./FLy OVERNIGHT TO SEVILLE, SPAIN DAy 2: SEVILLE/EMBARk

Arrive in romantic seville, a city where all the images of Andalusia come alive from orange trees to flamenco and lace fans. Embark ship in Cadiz. (l,D)
DAy 3: MOTRIL/GRANADA & ALHAMBRA PALACE

gardens of the Alhambra Palace, built by Moorish kings in the 14th century. set high in the sierra Nevada, it’s the crowning achievement of the Moors in spain. sample the Andalucian cuisine at lunch. (B,l,D)
DAy 4: AT SEA (B,l,D) DAy 5: MENORCA, BALEARIC ISLES

From Motril, head to Granada famed for the lavish courtyards and

The intriguing isle of Menorca opens an ancient chapter in our Mediterranean history. We see the

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mysterious rock mounds (talayots) and megalithic stone monuments erected 4,000 years ago. (B,l,D)
DAy 6: AT SEA/PIANA, CORSICA, FRANCE
Seville Cadiz SPAIN Granada Motril Menorca

CORSICA Piana Bonifacio Alghero SARDINIA Mediterranean Sea

ITALy

French Corsica retains a Mediterranean culture all its own. Anchor at Porto to explore le Calanche Nature Preserve, with its curious red granite rock forms. stroll the lovely village of Piana, nestled in the hills. Continue along Corsica’s rugged coast, perhaps stopping to explore in our Zodiacs. (B,l,D)
DAy 7: BONIFACIO, CORSICA

Palermo Lipari Egadi Isl. SICILy Siracusa Agrigento

Be on deck for our arrival to Bonifacio, one of the most impressive natural harbors in the Mediterranean. In the Old Town perched atop Corsica, explore the impressive 12th-century citadel and stroll medieval streets lined with art galleries, shops and cafes. (B,l,D)
DAy 8: ALGHERO, SARDINIA

unforgettable Valley of the Temples, with the temples of Concord, Juno and Hera. Have a sicilian lunch ashore and continue to the spectacular site of selinunte, once considered one of the most progressive Greek cities in sicily. (B,l,D)
DAy 11: SIRACUSA, SICILy

DAy 12: LIPARI & STROMBOLI, AEOLIAN ISLANDS

Explore lipari and visit the little archaeological museum set in a medieval castle. This evening, we sail close to the volcano of stromboli, which often produces spectacular displays of fiery ash. (B,l,D)
DAy 13: PALERMO, SICILy/DISEMBARk/ OVERNIGHT (B,l)

sardinia has kept its distinctive character and natural beauty. Zodiac cruises, kayaking and swimming are amazing under the cliffs of Capo Caccia. Visit the prehistoric stone temple of Nuragi Palmavera and stroll the port town of Alghero before taking a local boat to the staggering caves of Neptune’s Grotto. (B,l,D)
DAy 9: FAVIGNANA, EGADI ISLANDS, SICILy

Arrive in siracusa, a city once rivaling Athens. Explore the Archaeological Zone, with its well-preserved Greek theater and Paradise Quarry, now an attractive garden and orange grove, site of the curious “Dionysius’ Ear” — a huge grotto with an amplifying resonance. Walk through the medieval section of Ortygia. We’re docked all evening, so stroll ashore or savor an authentic sicilian pizza. (B,l,D)

Explore this ancient capital of sicily.
DAy 14: PALERMO/U.S. (B)

Volcano of Stromboli, often active with minor eruptions.

DIsCovER ThE hIDDEn IslEs oF ThE MEDITERRAnEAn wITh An ExPERT TEAM.
ARCHAEOLOGIST: robyn Woodward (right) is Director of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and the society for Historical Archaeology. HISTORIAN: David Barnes will deliver an insightful and entertaining perspective on the Mediterranean. NATURALIST: Biologist William lopez-Forment (left) will bring to light how local foods have shaped cultures and civilizations. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Travel with Massimo Bassano. Check our web site for bios of experts on this voyage.

This remote Italian island off the coast of sicily is one of our favorite little gems. With its sandy beaches, coves and picturesque grottoes, it’s perfect for swimming, kayaking and Zodiac cruising. (B,l,D)
DAy 10: AGRIGENTO, SICILy

Agrigento is best known for its archaeological treasures. Explore the

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vIkInG sAGA: noRwAy, sCoTlAnD, FARoEs & ICElAnD
15 DAys/13 nIGhTs — NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURES: 2010 May 11, 24* All departures are Photo Expeditions. *This departure travels from reykjavik to Bergen. PRICES FROM: $9,990 to $18,680 (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

EuRoPE

SELECT SAVINGS AVAILABLE. Certain dates & cabin categories offer savings. Call to discuss your options with an Expedition Specialist.

A natural phenomenon: the boiling mud pools at Húsavík, Iceland.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ ExPLORE ICELAND’S GLACIERS, WATERFALLS, HOT SPRINGS AND BOILING MUD POOLS. ▶ STEP INTO ANCIENT HISTORy AT THE STONE AGE VILLAGE OF SkARA BRAE IN SCOTLAND. ▶ PADDLE A kAyAk BELOW THE TOWERING CLIFFS OF THE FAROE ISLANDS.

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race the route of the Vikings from Norway to Iceland on an odyssey into the land of the midnight sun. set sail from Bergen to explore stone Age sites in scotland’s Orkney Islands and hidden hamlets in the isolated Faroe Islands. Then voyage nearly all the way around Iceland, discovering its glaciers and lava pools.

DAy 1: U.S./BERGEN, NORWAy DAy 2: BERGEN/EMBARk

years old! Visit medieval st. Magnus Cathedral and stop for tea at Balfour Castle. (B,l,D)
DAy 4: SHETLAND ISLANDS

Arrive in Bergen and explore the historic Bryggen wharf area, a World Heritage site. (l,D)
DAy 3: AT SEA/ORkNEy ISLANDS, SCOTLAND

Discover the stone Age sites of Orkney: the standing stones at the ring of Brodgar, the megalithic tomb of Maeshowe and the stone-slab village of skara Brae — 5,000

Glide past the bird cliffs of Noss to view murres and kittiwakes. Pause to photograph shetland ponies on our way to Jarlshof, a site inhabited for almost 4,000 years. At Mousa Island, see a fine example of an Iron Age broch (a fortified stone tower). (B,l,D)

Razorbill, Latrabjarg Cliffs, Iceland.

DAy 5: VESTMANNA, FAROE ISLANDS

DAy 11: ExPLORING ICELAND’S NORTHERN COAST

The Faroes are an autonomous archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark. Our ship navigates between the cliffs of streymoy and Vágar Islands. Explore streymoy by boat, skirting dramatic sea stacks, or set out overland to visit the historic settlements. (B,l,D)
DAy 6: TóRSHAVN

Isafjördur Flatey

Discover the sights of Akureyri. Venture into the old town or go riding on an Icelandic horse. sail north to the land of the midnight sun, taking Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. (B,l,D)
DAy 12: íSAFJöRDUR

Akureyri Húsavík ICELAND
Arct ic Ci rcle Djúpivogur

Westman Isles

Reykjavik

Norwegian Sea Faroe Islands

Shetland Islands Orkney SCOTLAND

NORWAy Bergen

The Faroese are proud of their Viking legacy, reflected in their ancient language and love of the sea. Browse Viking artifacts at the museum, wander through 12th-century st. Olav’s Church, and discover the Kirkjubøur archaeological site. (B,l,D)
DAy 7: MykINES

The town of Isafjördur lies on a tiny spit jutting out into the water, great for hiking. Meet a farmer for a tour of a working eiderdown farm and learn how feathers are collected. (B,l,D)
DAy 13: ExPLORING ICELAND’S WESTERN COAST

nearly closed off its harbor. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, surtsey, which we’ll see from deck. (B,l,D)
DAy 15: REykJAVík/U.S.

Zodiacs take us ashore on Mykines Island, known for its thousands of puffins. stroll through the tiny village, passing whimsical turf-roofed houses. (B,l,D)
DAy 8: DJúPIVOGUR, ICELAND

sail past the latrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills. Continue to Flatey Island for a walk or a Zodiac cruise around the charming hamlet. (B,l,D)
DAy 14: WESTMAN ISLANDS

Disembark in reykjavík. Explore the old town and visit the Blue lagoon before our flight U.s. (B,l)

optional ExtEnsions

» norwegian Fjords

Pre- and Post-voyage 4 Nights. Please call for details.

Explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap, the largest ice cap in Europe. Take an optional boat ride through Jökulsárlón, a lagoon strewn with sculpted icebergs. B,l,D)
DAy 9: ExPLORING THE LANGANES PENINSULA

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes some 10,000 years ago. Heimaey was threatened in 1973 by lava flows that

» Reykjavik’s Golden Circle

Pre- and Post-voyage 1 Night. Please call for details.

DIsCovER lAnDs oF vIkInG ExPloRATIon wITh An ExPERT TEAM.
ICELANDIC SPECIALIST: ragnar Hauksson (right) introduces us to the geothermal activity so unique to his native Iceland. OCEANOGRAPHER: Jim Kelley, former President of the California Academy of sciences, will share his interests in the geology and oceanography of the places we visit. NATURALIST: Karen Copeland (left) is intimately familiar with the seas and shores of Iceland, the Arctic reaches and the British Isles. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with Jim richardson or sisse Brimberg. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

Today is left open to explore Iceland’s rugged, unspoiled east coast by Zodiac and on foot. (B,l,D)
DAy 10: HúSAVík AND LAkE MýVATN

Watch for whales on our approach to Húsavík. Drive to lake Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. Examine the bizarre boiling mud pools at Hverarönd and continue through Krafla Volcano’s geothermal area to the crater at Viti. End the day at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods.” (B,l,D)

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ExPloRInG ThE bRITIsh AnD IRIsh IslEs
14 DAys/12 nIGhTs — NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURE: 2010 Apr. 29 Photo Expedition PRICES FROM: $9,440 to $17,240 (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

FLExIBILITy IS REWARDING. Savings are available on this departure in select cabin categories. Talk to an Expedition Specialist for details.

Iona, a spiritual hub since the ancient Celts, is the site of Iona Abbey where Macbeth’s body lies in an unmarked grave.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ IMMERSE yOURSELF IN THE CULTURE, MUSIC & CUISINE OF BRITAIN & IRELAND. ▶ VISIT THE ExTRAORDINARy REMOTE SCOTTISH OUTPOST OF ST. kILDA, A UNESCO SITE. ▶ ExPLORE THE PRE-HISTORIC VILLAGE OF SkARA BRAE IN ORkNEy.

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e leave no Neolithic stone unturned as we trace the path of the Vikings and Celts along the windswept shores of England, Ireland, and scotland. From aboard National Geographic Explorer, venture out in Zodiacs and kayaks and on foot to explore this wild and beautiful landscape, scattered with ancient monuments and charming villages.
DAy 1: U.S./FLy OVERNIGHT TO LONDON, ENGLAND

DAy 2: LONDON/PORTSMOUTH/ EMBARk

Arrive in london and transfer to our ship in Portsmouth for embarkation. (l,D)
DAy 3: DARTMOUTH

Abbey Gardens, with a flourishing variety of subtropical plants. Watch for numerous birds, including shearwaters and sandpipers. (B,l,D)
DAy 5: THE SkELLIGS AND DINGLE PENINSULA, IRELAND

stroll along Dartmouth’s quaint waterfront, observing many fine old buildings that recall its nautical past. (B,l,D)
DAy 4: ISLES OF SCILLy

On the island of Tresco we visit the

Navigate around skellig Michael to view the curious beehive huts of a 6th-century Celtic Christian monastery. Watch for seabirds at the rocky island of little skellig. later, go ashore at the charming village of Dingle. (B,l,D)

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Mingling with the locals at a pub.

massive Neolithic standing stones of Callanish on Isle of lewis. (B,l,D)
DAy 10: INVEREWE
Shetland Fair Isle Is. of Lewis. St. kilda Atlantic Ocean Hebrides Staffa Is. Iona Orkney Inverewe SCOTLAND To Bergen

Inverewe is an astonishing garden landscape, where the Gulf stream moderates temperatures and allows palms to grow. (B,l,D)
DAy 11: ORkNEy ISLANDS

Donegal Bay Aran Is. Dingle The Skelligs Dartmouth Isles of Scilly IRELAND WALES ENGLAND London Portsmouth

Witness the standing stones of the ring of Brodgar, the 5,000-yearold village of skara Brae and the massive st. Magnus Cathedral. Opt to stop for tea at Balfour Castle. (B,l,D)
DAy 12: FAIR ISLE AND MOUSA DAy 6: ARAN ISLANDS AND CLIFFS OF MOHER

Cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher on the way to the Aran Islands and Dun Aengus, a Celtic stone fort perched on a 200-foot cliff overlooking the sea. (B,l,D)
DAy 7: COUNTy DONEGAL, IRELAND

Explore Fair Isle, known for its woolen crafts, and visit the bird research center. Zodiac to the uninhabited island of Mousa and examine an Iron Age broch (stone tower). (B,l,D)
DAy 13: SHETLAND ISLANDS

optional ExtEnsions

» Exploring wales, Pre-voyage

5 Days. Explore the distinct Welsh culture and castles, gardens and abbeys. Take a scenic railway ride through the Snowdonia Mountains. Please call for details.

Dock at the sheltered fishing harbor of Killybegs and drive to Gaelicspeaking Glencolumbkille. In the evening, cruise past the soaring cliffs of slieve league. (B,l,D)
DAy 8: IONA AND STAFFA, INNER HEBRIDES, SCOTLAND

Drive through scenic countryside, stopping to photograph shetland ponies en route to the Jarlshof archaeological site. (B,l,D)
DAy 14: BERGEN, NORWAy/ DISEMBARk/U.S. (B)

» norwegian Fjords, Post-voyage
4 Days. Add the rich landscapes of southern Norway to your voyage, including Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest. Please call for details.

GuIDED by youR ExPEDITIon TEAM, MAkE nEw DIsCovERIEs In FAMIlIAR lAnDs.
ExPEDITION LEADER: Tom O’Brien is a passionate advocate of the expedition experience and is one of the architects of our British Isles voyages. HISTORIAN: Irishman and Archaeologist Vinnie Butler will share his research from recent excavations in Ireland. (right) UNDERSEA SPECIALIST: Naturalist and diver David Cothran shares his vast knowledge of the marine world. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Travel with Jim richardson (left). Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

Walk through the ancient nunnery to 12th-century Iona Abbey, where kings including Macbeth and Duncan lie buried. Explore staffa Island and its famed great basalt columns and deep sea caves. (B,l,D)
DAy 9: OUTER HEBRIDES: ST. kILDA AND CALLANISH

Navigate along the wild western coast of scotland and the Outer Hebrides. Visit the remote UNEsCO site of st. Kilda. later, see the

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hIGhlAnDs AnD IslAnDs oF sCoTlAnD — ExPloRInG In DEPTh
9 DAys/7 nIGhTs – lord of the GleNS
DEPARTURES: 2010 Jun. 25*; Jul. 2; Aug. 8, 15* *These departures sail from kyle of lochalsh to Inverness. PRICES FROM: $5,990 to $8,275 (See page 76 for complete prices.)

VALUE TRUMPS DISCOUNT. The best way to save is get more for your money. Our all-inclusive pricing includes all activities & experiences. Wallet optional.

Lord of the Glens approaches Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ ExCLUSIVELy CHARTERED Lord of thE GLENS IS PURPOSE-BUILT TO NAVIGATE THESE WATERS. ▶ BIkE, HIkE, kAyAk, TAkE NATURE WALkS AND VISIT ATMOSPHERIC PUBS IN SCOTTISH PORTS. ▶ ALL yOUR SENSES WILL BE IMMERSED IN SCOTLAND’S DISTINCT HISTORy AND CULTURE.

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iscover secluded villages, ancient sites, verdant landscapes and engaging people for an intimate perspective on scottish life, past and present. Travel aboard the 48-guest luxury yacht Lord of the Glens through the Caledonian Waterway, from the North sea to the Atlantic Ocean, and to the islands of the Inner Hebrides.
DAy 1: U.S./INVERNESS, SCOTLAND

DAy 2: INVERNESS

Arrive in Inverness, and embark Lord of the Glens to the strains of a piper. reception and dinner on board. (D)
DAy 3: CULLODEN/CLAVA CAIRNS/ LOCH NESS

lochs. Enter loch Ness, cruise past the fine ruins of Urquhart Castle, and learn about the legendary loch Ness monster. Moor at Fort Augustus, with a whisky tasting this evening. (B,l,D)
DAy 4: LAGGAN LOCkS/BANAVIE/ GLENFINNAN

Depart for Inverness.

Visit Culloden, the battlefield where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s forces were defeated in 1746, and then see the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns. sail on the Caledonian Canal, built to connect loch Ness with the Great Glen’s three other

Ascend a flight of locks that runs through the heart of Fort Augustus. Glide along the tree-lined canal known as laggan Avenue or hike or bike along the towpath, then

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sail into loch lochy. Continue to the town of Banavie, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. In the afternoon, take the West Highland railway line over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains, for fine walking options. local musicians come aboard for a lively evening of music and song. (B,l,D)
DAy 5: LOCH LINNHE/SOUND OF MULL/ IONA

The Isle of Eigg.
ORkNEy

Isle of kyle of Skye Lochalsh Inverness Cuillin Hills Fort Augustus Inverie Eigg Caledonian Canal Banavie SCOTLAND Tobermory Iona Isle of Mull

Edinburgh

Today, our ship descends Neptune’s staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, and sails to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, in the Inner Hebrides. Cross to Iona by ferry. Visit the abbey ruins and the rebuilt church, and learn about the ecumenical movement based there. stroll through the royal graveyard, where generations of scottish kings are buried. After dinner, staff from the Wings Over Mull Birds of Prey Centre visit us aboard ship. (B,l,D)
DAy 6: DUART CASTLE/TOBERMORy (ISLE OF MULL)

the legacy of the 1,300-year-old Clan Donald, who once ruled the west coast of scotland, and walk through the woodlands in Armadale. Then sail to the town of Inverie, where you can have a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles. (B,l,D)
DAy 8: ISLE OF SkyE

scenery. If you prefer, explore the charming waterside town of Portree. Celebrate your scottish voyage at a farewell dinner on board. (B,l,D)
DAy 9: kyLE OF LOCHALSH/ DISEMBARk/INVERNESS/U.S. (B)

optional ExtEnsions

» Edinburgh, Pre-voyage » orkney, Post-voyage

2 Days. Please call for details.

In the morning, visit photogenic Duart Castle, an impressive fortress (with a dungeon!). sail to the colorful town of Tobermory, and explore the lively quayside on your own this afternoon. (B,l,D)
DAy 7: ISLE OF EIGG/ISLE OF SkyE/ INVERIE

sail this morning, and spend the afternoon on the Isle of skye. Take a guided walk in the Cuillin Hills (weather permitting) amid some of scotland’s most spectacular

5 Days. Please call for details.

ExPloRE sCoTlAnD’s vIbRAnT lEGACy wITh A vETERAn ExPEDITIon TEAM.
HISTORIAN: Through presentations and guided walks, Historian David Barnes (right) will reveal scotland’s rich history. NATURALIST: British Biologist Ian Bullock (left) will identify and discuss the environments that attract the large variety of birds we’ll spot along our route. HISTORIAN: steve Blamires is a native of western scotland, where Celtic culture is strong. His knowledge is matched only by his passion to share it. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

sail north to tiny Eigg this morning, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. At Eigg you can get a sense of what life is like for the roughly 90 people who live in this isolated community. look for wildlife including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds. This afternoon, explore the Isle of skye. At the Museum of the Isles, trace

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16 DAys/14 nIGhTs — NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURES: 2010 Aug. 29; Sep. 6 * All departures are Photo Expeditions *Travels from St. Petersburg to Copenhagen PRICES FROM: $11,540 to $20,990 (See pages 70-71 complete prices.)

SELECT SAVINGS AVAILABLE. Certain dates & cabin categories offer savings. Call to discuss your options with an Expedition Specialist.

A panoramic harbor view of Stockholm, Sweden.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ MEET WITH PRESIDENT MIkHAIL GORBACHEV & LECH WALESA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF POLAND. ▶ STAy AT ST. PETERSBURG’S FIVE-STAR GRAND HOTEL EUROPE, AND VISIT THE HERMITAGE. ▶ ExPLORE THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF LÜBECk, RIGA, TALLINN AND MORE.

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he great scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Helsinki and stockholm and the treasures of st. Petersburg display only a fraction of this region’s storied past. Delve deeper through dramatic water approaches, forays into character-filled villages and relaxing island stops. Meet with former presidents Mikhail Gorbachev of soviet Union and lech Walesa of Poland for a rich insight into the change sweeping Eastern Europe and russia.

DAy 1: U.S./FLy OVERNIGHT TO COPENHAGEN, DENMARk DAy 2: COPENHAGEN/EMBARk

DAy 4: CHRISTIANSØ & BORNHOLM ISLANDS, DENMARk

Arrive in Copenhagen in time for lunch and a stop at the little Mermaid statue. (l,D)
DAy 3: LÜBECk, GERMANy

land by Zodiac at tiny Christiansø for a morning of reflection and photography. Continue to verdant Bornholm to see the ruins of ancient Hammershus Castle and to explore charming seaside villages. (B,l,D)
DAy 5: GDANSk, POLAND

We have a splendid introduction to the Hanseatic and renaissance architecture of lübeck during a boat ride along the canals. later, explore the city on foot. (B,l,D)

Dock at the historic shipyards with its moving solidarity Monument, and stroll the red-brick inner city with the old merchant’s houses and

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15th-century Artus Court. By special arrangement, meet with former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner lech Walesa. (B,l,D)
DAy 6: AT SEA (B,l,D)
DENMARk SWEDEN

Helsinki Stockholm Tallinn ESTONIA Visby LATVIA Riga Baltic Sea Christiansø Bornholm Lübeck GERMANy Gdansk POLAND RUSSIA St. Petersburg

DAy 7: RIGA, LATVIA

Copenhagen

riga is recognized as having the finest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. We explore the Old Town and 14th-century riga Castle. (B,l,D)
DAy 8: VISBy, GOTLAND, SWEDEN

open-air market and take a ferry ride to the suomenlinna Fortress. (B,l,D)
DAyS 13-15: ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA/DISEMBARk

see the superb Viking exhibits at the Fornsal Museum and explore the botanical gardens of this once-important Viking walled city and trading post. (B,l,D)
DAy 9: STOCkHOLM

the Great’s private theater in the Hermitage. (Day 14: B,l; Days 13 & 15: B,l,D)
DAy 16: ST. PETERSBURG/U.S. (B)

Visit the famed Vasa Museum, with its restored 17th-century warship, and stroll the cobbled streets of Old Town Gamla stan. (B,l,D)
DAy 10: SWEDISH ARCHIPELAGO

Today is a day of exploration. We navigate through the enchanting islands of the archipelago, looking for opportunities to kayak, walk ashore and soak up the swedish landscape. (B,l,D)
DAy 11: TALLINN, ESTONIA

Upon disembarkation, check into the five-star Grand Hotel Europe. Explore st. Petersburg’s imperial luxuries and artistic bounty: the Hermitage Museum, the grandiose Peter & Paul Fortress, st. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter the Great’s summer Palace at Petrodvorets, and the opulent palace of Catherine the First at Pushkin. On one evening, dinner will be on your own, with the option to attend a ballet performance at Catherine

optional ExtEnsion

» Moscow, Pre- or Post-voyage

3 Days. With Moscow’s finest hotel, Le Royal Méridien Hotel National, as home base, explore Moscow’s legendary grandeur: Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral with its vivid colors and bizarre cupolas, the Kremlin and more. Please call for details.

Follow ThE ThREAD oF hIsToRy ThRouGh EIGhT CounTRIEs wITh youR ExPEDITIon TEAM.
HISTORIAN: David Barnes (left), senior lindblad Historian, teaches on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to European history and culture. HISTORIAN: A native of Ukraine, Dr. Olga stavrakis took advantage of the opening of archives formerly closed by the soviet authorities to do historical research after the collapse of the soviet Union. NATURALIST: sharon Grainger (right) shares her special interests in ethnobotany and nature photography. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS: Travel with sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

stroll through the medieval streets of the Old Town and Town Hall square. Take in the view from Dome Hill of Tallinn’s picturesque assortment of spires and gables. The evening is free to explore. (B,l,D)
DAy 12: HELSINkI, FINLAND

Wake up to our scenic approach to regal Helsinki. Join a guided walk through the city. Visit the magnificent Cathedral Tuomiokirkko, the busy

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17 DAys/15 nIGhTs — NatioNal GeoGraphic explorer
DEPARTURE: 2010 Sep. 20 Photo Expedition PRICES FROM: $11,990 to $21,990 (See pages 70-71 for complete prices.)

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SELECT SAVINGS AVAILABLE. Certain cabin categories on this departure offer savings. Call to discuss your options with an Expedition Specialist.

Oporto, a World Heritage Site, best known for its rich array of port wines, which are transported in casks down the river.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ SAVOR THE RICH EUROPEAN CULTURE OF SEVEN DISTINCTLy DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. ▶ VISIT PLACES ACCESSIBLE ONLy By ZODIAC, SUCH AS ST.-JEAN-DE-LUZ, ISLAS CIES AND ILE D’AIx. ▶ GAIN A FIRST-HAND PERSPECTIVE ON U.S. FOREIGN AFFAIRS WITH U.S. AMBASSADOR MARILyN MCAFEE.

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far cry from a conventional cruise, this expedition through Europe is an active and insightful foray into culture and history. Explore seven countries, tracing the coast from the Hanseatic town of lübeck to the lively seaside city of Oporto. Venture into medieval towns and fortresses, admire legendary art and architecture, discover places accessible

only by Zodiac like Ile d’Aix and Islas Cies, and savor local specialties.
DAyS 1-2: FLy OVERNIGHT FROM U.S. TO COPENHAGEN, DENMARk/ EMBARk (D) DAy 3: LÜBECk, GERMANy

Thomas Mann. (B,l,D)
DAy 4: TRANSIT THE kIEL CANAL (B,L,D) DAy 5: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Explore Amsterdam’s many canals, museums, and cafés. (B,l,D)
DAy 6: OOSTENDE, BELGIUM/BRUGES

see the step-gabled merchant’s houses, red-bricked warehouses and narrow alleys of lübeck, a World Heritage site. Zodiac or have a guided walk to Buddenbrookhaus, home to authors Heinrich and

From Oostende, drive to the medieval town of Bruges. Board small boats to view the architecture from canal level. later, indulge in regional specialties such as Belgian waffles,

Mont-St.-Michel, France.

chocolate or beer. (B,l,D)
DENMARk

Copenhagen

DAy 7: BAyEUx, FRANCE

kiel Canal Amsterdam Oostende Atlantic Ocean Bayeux Normandy St. Malo La Rochelle lle d’Aix Santiago de Compostela Bilbao NETHERLANDS Bruges BELGIUM GERMANy Lübeck

View the Bayeux Tapestry, detailing the invasion of England by William the Conqueror. (B,l,D)
DAy 8: NORMANDy D-DAy BEACHES/ CHERBOURG

Visit Utah and Omaha Beaches, sites of the historic D-Day invasion, and the American Cemetery. Continue to st. Mère Eglise. reboard in Cherbourg. (B,l,D)
DAy 9: ST. MALO AND MONT-ST.-MICHEL

La Coruña Muros Islas Cies Oporto
POR TUG AL

FRANCE

St.-Jean-de-Luz

Lisbon

SPAIN

Mediterranean Sea

Moor beneath the gateway to medieval st. Malo. Drive to the breathtaking 12th-century monastery of Mont-st.-Michel. return to st. Malo for stunning views and walk around the ramparts. (B,l,D)
DAy 10: AT SEA (B,L,D) DAy 11: ILE D’AIx AND LA ROCHELLE

Compostela and witness the swinging of the botafumeiro or incense burner. A musical performance is followed by a Galician lunch at Hostal de los reyes Católicos. (B,l,D)
DAy 15: ISLAS CIES AND BAyONA

century church of são Francisco. sip port wine in one of the famed riverside porthouses. (B,l,D)
DAy 17: LISBON/DISEMBARk/U.S. (B)

Tiny and tranquil Ile d’Aix is famous as Napoleon’s last place of residence on French soil before his exile. Wander along the Vieux Port at la rochelle, where lively cafés line the waterfront. (B,l,D)
DAy 12: LA COTE BASqUE, FRANCE

stroll the paths of Islas Cies National Park or meander the white-sand beach. later, explore the picturesque port of Bayona. (B,l,D)
DAy 16: OPORTO, PORTUGAL

Famous for its port wine, Oporto is a World Heritage site with stately architecture marked by the 12th-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain.

Zodiacs take us ashore at st.-Jean-de-luz to visit Eglise st.Jean-Baptiste, where louis XIV married Maria Theresa of spain. stroll the harbor of this fishing village or the Grande Plage. (B,l,D)
DAy 13: BILBAO, SPAIN

GAIn A nEw, InsIGhTFul vIEw oF EuRoPE wITh youR ExPEDITIon TEAM.
SENIOR ExPEDITION HISTORIAN: David Barnes’ (right) deep knowledge brings European history and culture to life. HISTORIAN: An authority on the Middle Ages and late antiquity, Dr. Tom Heffernan (left) adds great depth to the Western Europe experience. HISTORIAN: scotsman steve Blamires has an extensive knowledge of European society, culture and history which he shares with a subtle sense of humor. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Travel with Jay Dickman. Check our web site for full bios of experts on this voyage.

Explore Frank Gehry’s futuristic Guggenheim Museum, with its distinctive titanium wave. (B,l,D)
DAy 14: LA CORUñA/SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Visit the cathedral at santiago de

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9 DAys/7 nIGhTs – paNorama
DEPARTURES: 2010 May 6; Jun. 17, 24; Sep. 2, 29; Oct. 6 PrICES FrOM: $5,880 to $8,110 (See page 77 for complete prices.)

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ DISCOVER OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH ISLANDS OF GREAT INTEREST AND CHARM. ▶ kAyAkS ALLOW yOU TO ExPLORE THE AEGEAN UP CLOSE. ▶ kNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF MEMBERS GREATLy ENRICH yOUR ExPERIENCE.

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he Cyclades are the essence of the Greek Isles. They surround the sacred sanctuary of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and one of the most important archaeological sites in the western world. These are the Greek islands of the imagination and the ideal, where colorful fishing boats are reflected in azure waters, whitewashed villages and the scents of craggy headlands punctuate sandy beaches. ITInERARy AT-A-GlAnCE DAy 1: Fly overnight from the U.s. to Athens, Greece DAy 2: Athens/Marina Zea/Embark/ Cape sounion (l,D) DAy 3: At sea/sífnos (B,l,D) DAy 4: Folégandros/At sea (B,l,D) DAy 5: santoríni (B,l,D)
Santorini.

DAy 6: Exploring the Aegean (B,l,D) DAy 7: Náxos/Mikonos (B,l,D) DAy 8: Delos/At sea (B,l,D) DAy 9: Marina Zea/Disembark/

GREECE Athens Cape Sounion Mikonos Delos Sífnos Náxos Aegean Sea

Athens/U.s. (B)

optional ExtEnsions

» Athens, Pre-voyage » Crete, Post-voyage

2 Days. Please call for details. (on selected dates) 3 Days. Please call for details.

Folégandros

Santoríni

grEEcE Family advEnturE 9 Days/7 Nights 2010 Jul. 22, 29; Aug. 5 Our family-friendly staff will help your family explore Greek gods and mythology, the Greek alphabet, classical drama, folk traditions, volcanoes, and of course beaches. Visit our web site for details and pricing.
DIsCovER ThE CyClADIC IslAnDs wITh DEDICATED ExPERTs.
ExPEDITION LEADER: Michelle Graves, a ten-year lindblad veteran, will integrate all the distinct aspects of an expedition into your voyage. LOCAL ExPERT: Ellie Charalambous, (right) a native of Athens, has studied Greek culture throughout her life. she makes the complexities of Greek history and myth accessible for guests of all ages. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ExPERT: A native of Athens, stella Galani (left) is a Greek scholar with an intimate understanding of the rich history and culture of her country. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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unDER sAIl: GREECE To ThE DAlMATIAn CoAsT
12 DAys/10 nIGhTs – paNorama
DEPARTURES: 2010 May 13, 23*; Sep. 9, 19* *These departures travel from dubrovnik to Athens. PRICES FROM: $7,990 to $11,670 (See page 77 for complete prices.)

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ DISCOVER CROATIA’S ISLAND CITIES OF kORCULA AND HAVR, AS WELL AS DUBROVNIk. ▶ TAkE IN ALBANIA’S ANCIENT CITy OF BUTRINT, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. ▶ SAIL MONTENEGRO’S GULF OF kOTOR TO A TINy ISLET FORMED By SUNkEN FISHING BOATS.

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ravel through the legendary Corinth Canal to visit two of ancient Greece’s best-known destinations: Delphi, the place ancient Greeks considered the “navel of the world,” and Ithaka, home of Homer’s Odysseus. Then, along the beautiful and culturally rich Dalmatian Coast you’ll learn about cultures that have persisted through millennia. Discover the historic and geographic marvels of the region, and meet people who have endured centuries of foreign rule and have now happily found freedom.
The temple of Apollo in Delphi.

ITINERARy AT-A-GLANCE DAy 1: Fly overnight from the U.s. to

optional ExtEnsions

Athens, Greece DAy 2: Athens/Marina Zea/Embark/ Corinth Canal (D) DAy 3: Delphi/At sea (B,l,D) DAy 4: Ithaka (B,l,D) DAy 5: sarandë/Butrint, Albania (B,l,D) DAy 6: Tiranë (B,l,D) DAy 7: Kotor, Montenegro (B,l,D) DAy 8: Dubrovnik, Croatia (B,l,D) DAy 9: Mljet and Korcula (B,l,D) DAy 10: sibenik/Krka National Park (B,l,D) DAy 11: Hvar/At sea (B,l,D) DAy 12: Dubrovnik/Disembark/ U.s. (B)

» Athens, Pre-voyage » Crete, Post-voyage

2 Days. Please call for details. (on selected dates) 3 Days. Please call for details.

Sibenik CROATIA Hvar Dubrovnik MONTENEGRO korcula Mljet National Park Durrës

kotor

ALBANIA Tiranë Sarandë Butrint

GREECE
Ithaka Delphi Athens

youR ExPEDITIon TEAM wIll wEAvE A TAPEsTRy oF GREEk AnD ADRIATIC CulTuREs.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ExPERT: Michael Dobbs (right) has been visiting the Dalmatian coast regularly since 1972. He looks forward to sharing with you his life-long interest in the history, politics, and culture of the Balkans and the Dalmatian coast. ExPEDITION LEADER: Michelle Graves (left) has been part of the lindblad expedition staff since 1998, as a Naturalist, Undersea specialist and Expedition leader. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

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10 DAys/8 nIGhTs – Salacia
DEPARTURES: 2009 Nov. 5, 9*; dec. 10, 14* 2010 Jan. 7, 11*; Feb. 4, 8*; Mar. 4, 8*; Apr. 8; Oct. 14, 18*; Nov. 11, 15*, 19; dec. 9, 13* *On these dates, the Nile voyage travels from luxor to Aswan. PRICES FROM: $4,700 to $7,125 (See page 78 for complete prices.)

SPONTANEITy IS REWARDING. Call our Expedition Specialists to see if you can take advantage of savings on select departures or cabin categories.

Egyptian art and writings inside the temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ SAIL ABOARD SaLaCia, ONE OF THE FINEST AND MOST COMFORTABLE SMALL SHIPS ON THE NILE. ▶ STAy AT PREMIER ACCOMMODATIONS IN CAIRO AND NEAR THE PyRAMIDS OF GIZA. ▶ TAkE PRIVATELy CHARTERED FLIGHTS WITHIN EGyPT.

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ur 10-day voyage to Egypt takes us to Cairo and along the Nile, in the company of distinguished Egyptologists who will show you the many remarkable aspects of ancient and modern Egypt. You will see the artistic and scientific brilliance of the pharaohs, and the cultural vibrancy that has been maintained from the earliest settlements of the fertile Nile Valley to Egypt today. You visit bazaars alive with color and fragrant spices, and gain an appreciation for Egypt’s

a true discovery of Egypt’s arts, religions and, of course, the aweinspiring architecture.
DAyS 1-2: U.S./FLy OVERNIGHT TO CAIRO, EGyPT

A traditional felucca sailboat plies the Nile at sunset.

Arrive late in the day and transfer to the Four seasons at the First residence in Cairo.
DAy 3: CAIRO

unique diversity. A highlight will be a four-night Nile voyage aboard the superb 54-guest Salacia, perhaps the finest ship on the Nile. This is

Explore Islamic Cairo, where the superlative mosques include the Mohammed Ali Mosque, whose five

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domes can be seen throughout the city. Then visit the Khan el Khalili, a maze of bazaars with rich leather goods, hand-worked gold and fragrant spices. At the Egyptian Museum, view astonishing masterpieces from ancient Egypt, including the mummies of pharaohs. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner. (B,l,D)
DAy 4: CAIRO/ABU SIMBEL/ ASWAN/EMBARk

luxor Museum see a mural from the Temple of Aton. (B,l,D)
DAy 8: LUxOR/DISEMBARk/CAIRO

Pyramids (Giza) Saqqara & Memphis

Cairo

Disembark Salacia and fly from luxor to Cairo. Transfer to the Mena House Oberoi Hotel, located at the foot of the Pyramids of Giza. The afternoon and evening are free. (B,l)
DAy 9: PyRAMIDS AND SPHINx/ MEMPHIS AND SAqqARA/CAIRO

Esna Edfu

Luxor

A private flight takes us from Cairo to Abu simbel, where the front of the temple has four colossal statues of ramses II. Visit the nearby Temple of Hathor, built for ramses’ favorite wife, Queen Nefertari. Continue by private aircraft to Aswan and board Salacia. Visit Aswan’s granite quarries and walk across the massive 1,162-ton unfinished obelisk. Then discover lovely Philae Temple, a monument to the Egyptian goddess Isis. sail by felucca past Kitchener Island. (B,l,D)
DAy 5: ASWAN/kOM OMBO/EDFU

The Pyramids of Giza are all that remain of the seven wonders of the ancient world. learn how and why the Pyramids were built, then see the enigmatic sphinx. We’ll visit Memphis, Egypt’s ancient capital, and saqqara, with its step Pyramid complex. A memorable farewell dinner ends your expedition. (B,l,D)
DAy 10: CAIRO/U.S. (B) NOTE: We strongly recommend arriv-


Abu Simbel

kom Ombo Aswan

optional ExtEnsions

» Alexandria, Pre-voyage

3 Days. Explore Alexandria, Egypt’s city on the Mediterranean. Please call for details.

» jordan, Post-voyage

see Kom Ombo’s temple, dedicated to the gods Haroeris and sobek. At Edfu, visit the Temple of Horus, one of the best preserved masterpieces of the ancient world. This afternoon you’ll also have time to relax as we sail along the Nile. (B,l,D)
DAyS 6–7: LUxOR

ing in Cairo a day early to acclimate yourself to the time difference. Additional nights at the Four seasons at the First residence are $200 in 2009 and $220 in 2010 per person per night (double occupancy).

4 Days. Discover Jordan, a country that encompasses biblical lands and ancient kingdoms including Petra. Please call for details.

ThEIR knowlEDGE Is lIMITlEss, AnD ThEy hAvE A wonDERFul wAy oF ConvEyInG IT.
EGyPTOLOGIST: Manal Fathi (right), born in Cairo, has worked with lindblad Expeditions since 1992. she completed postgraduate studies in Egyptology at Helwan University and Cairo University. EGyPTOLOGIST: Moufid Mansour, originally from Alexandria, completed his studies in Egyptology in 1985; and furthered his education in hieroglyphics and ancient Egyptian art. EGyPTOLOGIST: Gihan El Tabei (left) graduated from The American University in Cairo; then earned a diploma in ancient Egyptian history from the Egoth Institute, and another in Egyptology from Charles University. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

Karnak and luxor Temples are located about two miles apart, but were once joined by a single paved road lined with ram-headed sphinxes. Visit Karnak Temple, an architectural wonder, and stroll through luxor Temple, guarded by massive statues of ramses II. Cross the Nile to visit the Valleys of the Kings and Nobles, and see the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which has been called the finest building in Egypt. At the

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15 DAys/13 nIGhTs – Salacia
DEPARTURES: 2009 Nov. 11*; dec. 2, 16*, 30 2010 Jan. 13*, 27; Feb. 10*, 24; Mar. 10* 31; Oct. 6, 20*; Nov. 3; dec. 1, 15* *On these dates, the Nile voyage travels from Aswan to luxor. PRICES FROM: $6,995 to $10,175 (See page 78 for complete prices.)

FLExIBILITy IS REWARDING. Savings are available on select departures and cabin categories. Talk to an Expedition Specialist for details.

Still vibrant pharaonic art is seen in this tomb located in the Valley of the queens.

ExpEdition HigHligHts
▶ GET A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF ANCIENT AND CONTEMPORARy EGyPT. ▶ ExPLORE THE PyRAMID COMPLExES AT SAqqARA AND DASHUR, IN ADDITION TO THE PyRAMIDS OF GIZA. ▶ DISCOVER CAIRO, INCLUDING COPTIC AND ISLAMIC CAIRO, AND VISIT THE 1,000-yEAR-OLD BEN EZRA SyNAGOGUE.

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This morning take a drive through Islamic Cairo, see the five domes

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DAyS 6-11: CAIRO/LUxOR/EMBARk/ SAIL THE NILE

Fly by private air to luxor to embark Salacia, and travel to Dendera to see the Temple of Hathor, one of the most beautiful buildings in Egypt. return to luxor to view the Temples of luxor and Karnak, and the luxor Museum. Then cross the Nile to the Valleys of the Kings, Queens and Nobles and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. see the Temple of Horus at Edfu and the Temple in Kom Ombo. At Aswan, sail by felucca along Kitchener Island, and walk the length of the massive 1,162-ton unfinished obelisk. Visit Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, and obser ve a variety of archaeological objects at the Nubian Museum. (B,l,D)
DAy 12: ASWAN/DISEMBARk/ ABU SIMBEL/CAIRO

In the morning visit saqqara, site of the step Pyramid complex; Memphis, Egypt’s ancient capital; and Dashur, site of the Bent and red Pyramids. This afternoon is at leisure to explore Cairo on your own, revisit the Egyptian Museum or relax. A farewell dinner ends your expedition. (B,D)
DAy 15: CAIRO/U.S.

optional ExtEnsions

» Alexandria, Pre-voyage

3 Days. Explore Alexandria, Egypt’s city on the Mediterranean. Please call for details.

» jordan, Post-voyage

Fly home this morning or extend your expedition to Jordan. (B)

4 Days. Discover Jordan, a country that encompasses biblical lands and ancient kingdoms including Petra. Please call for details.

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EGyPTOLOGIST: Ghada Doss (right), born in Cairo, received her degree from Helwan University and began working as an Egyptologist in 1990. she’s been a long-time favorite of our guests. EGyPTOLOGIST: Ahmed Borham, a native of Alexandria, studied Egyptology at Alexandria University. He has published work on the dwellings of Pharaonic Egypt, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Egyptology. EGyPTOLOGIST: Tarek El shourbagy (left) earned a B.s. in Tourism from Helwan University, and has extensively studied Egyptian history, art and archaeology. He has been guiding since 1994. Expedition staff varies by voyage date. Check our web site for full bios of experts on your selected departure.

Disembark Salacia and take a private flight to Abu simbel, the site of ramses II’s greatest temple. When the Nile was dammed at Aswan, this entire structure was removed from its original site and raised 200 feet, piece by piece,

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This morning we continue to explore Cairo. Visit the Coptic churches, including the Church of Abu serga and the 4th century “hanging” church. Wander through winding streets to the 1,000-year-old Ben Ezra synagogue. Take the afternoon to explore further on your own, or relax at your hotel. (B,l)

DAy 13: PyRAMIDS & SPHINx/CAIRO

The Pyramids of Giza are all that remain of the seven wonders of the ancient world. learn about the Pyramids and sphinx, prior to an evening sound-and-light performance on the Pyramid plateau. (B,l)

of Mohammed Ali Mosque. Then stroll through the vibrant Khan el Khalili bazaar. Afternoon is on your own. Gather this evening for a traditional Egyptian dinner. (B,D)

to where it stands today. The nearby Temple of Hathor was built for ramses’ favorite wife. After our visit we fly by private aircraft to Cairo and check into the Mena House Oberoi Hotel at Giza. (B,l)

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National Geographic explorer
CAPACITy: 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. REGISTRy: Bahamas. OVERALL LENGTH: 367 feet. National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the newest addition to the lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class 1A vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (rOV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. PUBLIC AREAS: Bistro Bar; Chart room; restaurant; Global Gallery; library, lounge with full service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations; Mud room with lockers for expedition gear, and Observation lounge. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair. CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls. ExPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, remotely Operated Vehicle (rOV), hydrophone, SplashCam, underwater video camera, Crow’s Nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear. SPECIAL FEATURES: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, National Geographic Photographer, lEx Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet cafe and laundry. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by two Wellness Specialists and features a glass-enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two lExspa treatment rooms and Sauna.

National Geographic explorer: Departures after March 2010
CATEGORy 1: Main deck with one or two Portholes #301-308 CATEGORy 2: Main deck with Window #317-320, 335-336 CATEGORy 3: Main deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 CATEGORy 4: Upper and Veranda decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228 CATEGORy 5: Upper deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224 CATEGORy 6: Veranda deck–Suite #101-102; Upper deck-Suite with Balcony #213 CATEGORy 7: Upper deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 CATEGORy 2 SOLO: Main deck with Window #309-312, 329-334 CATEGORy 3 SOLO: Upper and Veranda decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208 CATEGORy 3 TRIPLE: Main deck with Window #341, 343 SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Available in Categories 1 and 2. NOTE: Cabins #209, 211, 214, 216-218, 220, 222, 224, 226, 228, 303-306 — These cabins have one queen-sized bed. All other double cabins have two lower single beds; some can convert to a queen-sized bed. Note: Sole occupancy cabins available in Categories 2 and 3. Third person rates are available in the designated triple occupancy cabins at one-half the double occupancy rate.

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For voyages departing through Feb. 2010, view deck plan at www.expeditions.com/deckplan.

BALCONY BAL. BALCONY SUN DECK

219 221 230 228 226 215 222 213
BAL. BAL.
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217
BAL.

LOUNGE

SAUNA

224 220 218 216 214

BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL. BAL.

LEXspa

350
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348 346
341-T

344 342 339 337 212 335 340 338 336

211 209

107

108
106-S

207

WELLNESS DECK

105-S

VERANDA DECK

205
203-S

210

333-S

334-S

BRIDGE DECK

UPPER DECK

103 104

208-S

331-S

332-S

UNDERSEA SPECIALIST

OBSERVATION LOUNGE

RECEPTION

202

323 321 319
DECK

324 322 320

LOCKERS

ZODIAC BOARDING

STAFF OFFICE

DOCTOR’S OFFICE

LIBRARY

DECK

317

318

315 313

316

BISTRO

314
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ELEVATOR

RESTAURANT

101

102

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308

CHART ROOM

BRIDGE

305 303 301

306 304 302

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204

325

326

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327

328

MUD ROOM

201

206
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329-S

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Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated otherwise.

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

2009/10

$10,760

$11,390

$11,960

$12,390

$14,790

2009/10

$18,450

$19,590

$20,590

$21,390

$25,570

National Geographic explorer: Departures after March 2010
Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated otherwise.

ITINERARy
Antarctica – Page 10 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands – Page 12 South Georgia & Falklands – Page 14 Land of the Ice Bears – Page 16 Beyond the North Cape – Page 18 Hidden Mediterranean – Page 50 Viking Saga: Norway, Scotland, Faroes & Iceland – Page 52 British & Irish Isles – Page 54 The Baltic’s Historic Waterways – Page 58 European Odyssey – Page 60

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

2010/11

$10,270

$10,870

$11,390

$11,830

$14,120

2010/11

$18,450

$19,590

$20,590

$21,390

$25,570

2010

$13,380

$14,180

$14,890

$15,490

$18,460

2010

$7,260

$7,690

$7,990

$8,590

$9,890

2010

$10,160

$10,750

$11,290

$12,160

$13,990

2010

$10,680

$11,290

$11,920

$12,790

$14,690

2010

$9,990

$10,830

$11,240

$11,960

$13,950

2010

$9,440

$9,990

$10,380

$10,790

$12,880

2010

$11,540

$12,220

$12,860

$13,950

$15,740

2010

$11,990

$12,790

$13,430

$13,950

$16,650

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Photos left to right: Our Chefs cook with fresh, local ingredients like this catch of the day; example of a suite with balcony; learn about navigation in the Chart Room; example of a Main Deck cabin with window; relaxing on deck; spacious solo cabins are available on all decks; standard bathrooms are stocked with amenities.

For voyages departing through Feb. 2010, view deck plan at www.expeditions.com/deckplan.
CAT. 6 CAT. 7 CAT. 8 CAT. 2 SOLO CAT. 3 SOLO ADVANCE PAyMENT NOTE

$14,790

$17,130

$19,870

$14,190

$14,950

$1,000

Charter flights Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago are included. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfare: round-trip Miami/Santiago: Economy from $1,290; Business from $4,295 Charter flights Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago are included. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfare: round-trip Miami/Santiago: Economy from $1,290; Business from $4,295

$25,570

$29,550

$34,270

$24,480

$25,740

$1,800

For voyages departing from Mar. 2010, view reconfigured deck plan on pages 68-69.
CAT. 6 CAT. 7 CAT. 2 SOLO CAT. 3 SOLO ADVANCE PAyMENT NOTE

$16,350

$18,970

$13,590

$14,240

$1,000

Charter flights Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago are included. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfare: round-trip Miami/Santiago: Economy from $1,290; Business from $4,295 Charter flights Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago are included. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfare: round-trip Miami/Santiago: Economy from $1,290; Business from $4,295 Charter flights Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago are included. Immigration fees are not included. Sample Airfare: round-trip Miami/Santiago: Economy from $1,290; Business from $4,295. Charter flights Oslo/longyearbyen/Oslo are included. Sample Airfare: round-trip Newark/Oslo: Economy from $1,195; Business from $3,440 Charter flight longyearbyen/Oslo (or vice versa) is included. Sample Airfare: Newark/Bergen, Oslo/Newark or vice versa: Economy from $1,195; Business from $3,440 Sample Airfares: New York/Seville, Palermo/New York, or vice versa: Economy from $1,970; please inquire for Business airfare. Sample Airfares: Newark/Bergen, keflavik/New York, or vice versa: Economy from $1,825; Business from $4,500. Sample Airfare: New York/london, Bergen/New York or vice versa: Economy from $995; Business from $5,235. russian visa fee not included. Sample Airfares: NY/St. Petersburg, Copenhagen/NY, or vice versa: Economy from $995; Business from $4,300 Sample Airfares: Newark/Copenhagen, lisbon/Newark: Economy from $1,250; Business from $3,980

$29,550

$34,270

$24,480

$25,740

$1,800

$21,290

$24,670

$17,720

$18,590

$1,500

$11,540

$13,190

$9,630

$9,990

$1,000

$16,160

$18,550

$13,430

$14,110

$1,000

$16,990

$19,560

$14,150

$14,890

$1,000

$16,150

$18,680

$13,530

$14,150

$1,000

$14,870

$17,240

$12,480

$12,980

$1,000

$18,430

$20,990

$15,270

$15,990

$1,000

$19,240

$21,990

$15,990

$16,780

$1,000

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National Geographic endeavour
CAPACITy: 96 guests in 60 outside cabins. REGISTRy: Bahamas. OVERALL LENGTH: 295 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with chairs and tables; doctor’s Office; Fitness Center; lExspa; Global Gallery; library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; sauna and small swimming pool; and Sun deck. Our Ecuadorian Captain and Officers welcome guests to the Bridge in accordance with our “Open Bridge” policy. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with Ecuadorian flair. CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes. Each has private facilities and climate controls. ExPEDITION EQUIPMENT: kayaks, glass-bottom boat, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, and Zodiac landing craft. SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest internet access, laundry service, floating massage platform and Wellness Program. Ship’s doctor and Video Chronicler are also on board.

Photos left: Dining room; Category 4 cabin.

CATEGORy 1: Main deck #202, 204, 221, 224 — All cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a porthole. CATEGORy 2: Upper deck # 122, 125; Main deck #201, 203, 206, 208, 210-212, 214-218, 220 — Cabins have two lower single beds and a writing desk. Upper deck Cabins feature large windows & Main deck cabins have two portholes. CATEGORy 3: Main deck # 209; A deck #300, 350, 351 — These spacious cabins comfortably accommodate two or three people if desired, all with two lower beds, a sitting chair, a writing desk and two portholes. Each has a separate sleeping and sitting area. CATEGORy 4: Upper deck #102, 104-112, 114-116, 118, 120, 121, 123 — Conveniently located cabins feature two lower single beds and a writing desk. CATEGORy 5: Upper deck #117, 129 — These are the finest accommodations on board. Suites have separate sleeping and sitting areas, a large view window and a convertible sofa to accommodate a third person. CATEGORy 1 SOLO: Main deck # 219, 222; A deck #309-312, 314316, 318 CATEGORy 2 SOLO: Upper deck #124, 126, 127; Main deck #205 NOTE: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 and have one lower single bed and one porthole. SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: We will make arrangements for shared accommodations at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2. Third person rates are available in designated cabins at one half the double occupancy rate.
CAT. 1 SOLO CAT. 2 SOLO ADVANCE PAyMENT

SAUNA DOCTOR SUN DECK
FITNESS CENTER

LEX spa

LIBRARY

BRIDGE

BRIDGE DECK

OBSERVATION DECK

POOL

LOUNGE

VERANDA DECK
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125 123 121

115 111 109

129

UPPER DECK
224 222 220 218 216 214 212 210 208 206
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127

117

SHOP

107 105
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221 219 217 215 211

MAIN DECK
350 318 316 314
LEXsalon

209

205 203 201

Reception

351

A DECK

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo.

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300

CAT. 1

315 311 309

312 310

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Zodiac Boarding

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

NOTE

2009 2010 2009 2010

$4,740 $4,980 $8,160 $8,620

$5,420 $5,690 $8,840 $9,330

$5,980 $6,280 $9,400 $9,920

$6,420 $6,740 $9,840

$7,660 $8,040 $11,080

$5,930 $6,220

$6,780 $7,080

$500 $500 $800 $800

$10,210 $11,060

$10,380 $11,680 $10,800 $11,660

International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galápagos voyages. Sample International Airfare: round-trip Miami/ Guayaquil: Economy from $660; Business from $1,600. Sample Internal Airfare: Guayaquil/Galápagos: Adult from $420; Children (Under 12) from $210. Call for sample Peru airfare.

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National Geographic islander
CAPACITy: 48 guests in 24 outside cabins. REGISTRy: Ecuador. OVERALL LENGTH: 164 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with hammocks, chairs and tables; doctor’s Office; Fitness Center; Global Market; lExspa; library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; and Sky deck. Our Ecuadorian Captain and Officers welcome guests to the Bridge in accordance with our “Open Bridge” policy. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables, meals are informal for easy mingling. Menu is international with an Ecuadorian flair. CABINS: All cabins have a window with an outside view, private facilities and climate controls. ExPEDITION EQUIPMENT: kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits, Zodiac landing craft. SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest Internet access and laundry service. A ship’s doctor and Video Chronicler are also on board. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features exercise equipment and outdoor stretching area.

Photo above left: The Lounge affords stunning views; Right: A standard Category 2 cabin is elegantly appointed with an outside facing window.

408 407

406 405

404

402 401

403

UPPER DECK
FITNESS CENTER

LIBRARY

LOUNGE 305 303 301

INTERNET

BRIDGE DECK
LEXspa

DINING ROOM 209 207

RECEPTION

210 208

206 204 202

BRIDGE

306

304

302

205 203 201

MAIN DECK

CATEGORy 1: Main deck # 201-206 — Cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. CATEGORy 2: Main deck #207-210; Bridge deck #301-302 — Centrally located cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. CATEGORy 3: Bridge deck #303-306 — Conveniently located cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. Cabins 305 & 306 can accommodate a third person. CATEGORy 4: Upper deck #403-408 — Spacious cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a lower double bed. All cabins feature a window and outside glassed-in terraces with seating. There are large windows in the top half of the terrace doors. Note: The single beds in cabins 403 & 404 convert to double beds. CATEGORy 5: Upper deck #401 and 402 — These are the largest cabins on board. These cabins feature wrap around windows and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. Both have a desk, chairs, and table. They also feature outside glassed in terraces with seating. NOTE: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in certain categories at one half the double occupancy rate. SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only.
CAT. 1 SOLO CAT. 2 SOLO ADVANCE PAyMENT

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo.

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

DOCTOR

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 5

NOTE

2009 2010

$5,120 $5,380

$5,880 $6,180

$6,500 $6,820

$6,880 $7,220

$8,120 $8,520

$7,600 $8,080

$8,720 $9,280

$500 $500

2010

$9,020

$9,820

$10,460

$10,860

$12,160

$12,660

$13,860

$800

International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galápagos voyages. Sample International Airfare: round-trip Miami/Guayaquil: Economy from $660; Business from $1,600. Sample Internal Airfare: Guayaquil/Galápagos: Adult from $420; Children (Under 12) from $210.

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National Geographic Sea Bird & National Geographic Sea lion
CAPACITy: 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. REGISTRy: United States. OVERALL LENGTH: 152 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: Our twin sister ships feature a library; Global Market; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation deck; partially covered Sun deck with chairs and tables, and lExspa. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair. CABINS: All face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. ExPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Bow camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope, wet suits in Baja and Zodiac landing craft. SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest Internet access. A Video Chronicler on board all voyages. A ship’s doctor and an Undersea Specialist are on board in Baja. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features exercise equipment, lExspa and outdoor stretching area.

Photos (clockwise): Expedition ship National Geographic Sea Bird can access hard to reach locations; we carry a fleet of kayaks on board; our deck is the ideal place to view wildlife up close.

SUN DECK
LEXspa

106

104

102

100

GYM EQUIPMENT

BRIDGE DECK
219 216 217 214 215 211 212 210 209 207 205 203 201 208 206 204 202 200
OBSERVATION DECK

UPPER DECK
305 303 301
DINING ROOM BAR LOUNGE

304 302 300

MAIN DECK

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BRIDGE

105

103

101

CPTN.

CATEGORy 1: Main deck #300-305 — Conveniently positioned between the dining room & lounge, these cabins feature two single lower beds, a writing desk and a large view window. CATEGORy 2: Bridge deck #100-104; Upper deck #200-212, 215 — These well-located cabins include two lower single beds & a view window. CATEGORy 3: Bridge deck #105, 106; Upper deck #214, 216, 217, 219 — These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge deck cabins include two lower single beds only. NOTE: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in certain categories at one half the double occupancy rate. SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only.

Left to right: Cocktail hour recaps are informative & always social; the sun deck is a great place for a morning stretch with our Wellness Specialist; the cuisine on board is fresh, sustainable and accented with a regional flair.

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo.

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

ADVANCE PAyMENT

NOTE

2010

$5,650

$6,490

$7,470

$8,470

$9,730

$650

Sample Airfare: Seattle/Juneau/Sitka/Seattle or vice versa: Economy from $600; Business from $1,175 Sample Airfare: Juneau/Seattle (April 2010 departures): Economy from $280; Business from $585. Seattle/Sitka (September 2010 departures): Economy from $250; Business from $585. We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements. Please call for airfares from your departure city.

Alaska, British Columbia & San Juan Islands – Page 28

2010

$7,690

$8,790

$9,890

$11,530 $13,180

$900

In the Wake of Lewis & Clark – Page 32

2010

$3,830

$4,450

$5,190

$ 5,740

$ 6,670

$450

Baja California: Among the Great Whales – Page 34

2010

$4,850

$5,420

$6,110

$7,270

$7,990

$550

round-trip air los Angeles/la Paz/los Angeles is included. Some departures travel in reverse from la Paz to San Carlos, making all the same stops.

Baja California: Journeys in the Sea of Cortez – Page 36

2009

$3,180

$3,710

$4,450

$4,770

$5,560

$350

2010

$3,320

$3,890

$4,660

$4,980

$5,830

$400

Sample Airfare: round-trip los Angeles/la Paz/ los Angeles: Economy from $585; Business from $1,065.

Baja California: Journeys in the Sea of Cortez (Holiday) – Page 36 Baja California: Where the Desert Meets the Sea – Page 38 Baja California: Copper Canyon & the Sea of Cortez – Page 39 Costa Rica & Panama — Page 40 Monteverde + Costa Rica to Panama — Page 42 Panama to Costa Rica + Monteverde, Arenal & Sarapiqui — Page 43

2009

$3,740

$4,370

$5,230

$5,610

$6,550

$450

2010

$3,920

$4,580

$5,490

$5,880

$6,870

$450

Sample Airfare: round-trip los Angeles/la Paz/ los Angeles: Economy from $585; Business from $1,065.

2010

$3,990

$4,470

$5,160

$5,980

$6,690

$450

Sample Airfare: round-trip los Angeles/la Paz/los Angeles: Economy from $585; Business from $1,065.

2010

$3,990

$4,560

$5,140

$5,980

$6,840

$450

We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements. Please call for airfares from your departure city.

2009/ 2010

$4,660

$5,250

$6,300

$6,990

$7,880

$550

Sample Airfare: Miami/Panama City, San Jose/Miami or vice versa: Economy from $500 Business from $1,500.

2009/ 2010

$5,640

$6,230

$7,280

$8,470

$9,360

$600

Sample Airfare: Miami/San Jose, Panama City/Miami: $500 Business from $1,500.

2009/ 2010

$6,840 $7,430,

$8,480

$9,670 $10,560

$750

Sample Airfare: Miami/ San Jose, Panama City/Miami: Economy from $500 Business from $1,500.

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lord of the Glens
CAPACITy: 48 guests in 26 outside cabins. REGISTRy: Great Britain. OVERALL LENGTH: 150 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: With exterior teak decks, hardwood finished interiors and fine fabrics, the Lord of the Glens offers a stylish and relaxing ambiance. The two lounges and two open-air viewing areas are social hubs aboard ship. There is a bar, and space to read books from the well-stocked library. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling, meals focus on healthy cuisine including fresh Scottish poultry, salmon, trout and other options. CABINS: Cabins are tasteful, comfortable and amply sized, with outside views. Most cabins have picture windows (three have two large portholes high in the cabin). Facilities include a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, satellite television, music system, hair dryer, telephone, safety deposit box, bathrobes and toiletries. SPECIAL FEATURES: Bicycles and kayaks are on board. There is complimentary Internet access at a computer in the reception area. Lord of the Glens is the only ship of its kind able both to navigate the locks of the Caledonian Canal and sail among the islands of the Inner Hebrides. She offers us the unique ability to explore both the Highlands and the fabled Scottish isles.
CATEGORy 1: James Watt deck #105 (2 lower beds, 2 portholes); James Watt deck Sole Occupancy #104*, 106* (1 double bed, 2 portholes); david roberts deck #209 (2 lower beds) 211-212 (1 double bed, picture window). CATEGORy 2: david roberts deck #201-208, 210, 214, 216-217 (2 lower beds, picture window); Sole Occupancy #218*-219* (1 double bed, picture window) Alexander Graham Bell deck #301-306 (2 lower beds, large picture window). SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2.

Above: All public areas aboard Lord of the Glens are richly clad in wood finishes and provide wrap-around views. Cabins are spacious and comfortable.

TERRACE

DAVID LIVINGSTONE LOUNGE/LIBRARY

SIR WALTER SCOTT LOUNGE

TERRACE

THOMAS TELFORD DECK
RECEPTION

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON RESTAURANT

301 303 302 304

305 306

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL DECK
201 202 203 205 204 206 207 208 209 211 210 212 217 214 216 219* 218*

DAVID ROBERTS DECK
105

104* 106*

JAMES WATT DECK

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo.

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ADVANCE PAyMENT

NOTE

2010

$5,990

$6,690

$7,335

$8,275

$600

Sample Airfare: round-trip NY/Inverness: Economy from $1,040; Business from $4,750.

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CAPACITy: 44 guests in 22 outside cabins. REGISTRy: Greece. OVERALL LENGTH: 175 feet. PUBLIC AREAS: The ship is fully air-conditioned. Outdoor areas include two sun decks and two bars. There is a library area and the lounge has a full service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations. Guests are welcome on our “Open Bridge” to meet the Captain and Officers and learn about navigation. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables, for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. The menu is international, with a focus on local specialties. CABINS: All face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls, television/VCr and mini bars with two lower beds. ExPEDITION EQUIPMENT: kayaks and snorkeling equipment are available. SPECIAL FEATURES: Guests may swim directly from the yacht’s stern swim platform, weather permitting.

CATEGORy 1: St. Marten deck # 9-12, 15 Cabins 11, 12 &15 feature two lower single beds with portholes high in the cabin. Cabins 9 & 10 feature double bed. CATEGORy 2: St. Marten deck # 14, 16-23 Cabins feature two lower single beds with portholes high in the cabin. Cabins 20-23 can be converted to triples for children under 18 years of age. (The third bed is an upper bunk bed.) CATEGORy 3: Santorini deck #1- 6 Cabins 1, 3, 4 and 6 feature double beds; cabins 2 and 5 have two single beds. All cabins have two windows (#1 has three windows). Cabins 3 & 5 can be interconnected. CATEGORy 4: riviera deck A1 & A2 feature two lower single beds, a chair and three windows. NOTE: Sole occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only.

Insets clockwise from top left: Relaxing on deck; lounge; Category 3 cabin; Category 4 cabin.

A1 A2
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5

3 6

1 4 2
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23 21 19 17 15 11 9 22 20 18 16 14 12 10
ST. MARTEN DECK

Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo.

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CAT. 1

CAT. 2

CAT. 3

CAT. 4

CAT. 1 SOLO

CAT. 2 SOLO

CHILD TRIPLE ADVANCE (MAx. 1/ CABIN) PAyMENT

NOTE

$5,880 $6,490 $6,990 $7,420 $7,350 $8,110

$3,530

$600

Sample Airfare: round-trip NY/Athens: Economy from $800. Please call for sample Business fare. Sample Airfare: round-trip NY/Athens: Economy from $800. Please call for sample Business fare. Sample Airfare: NY/Athens, dubrovnik/NY or vice versa: Economy from $990. Please call for sample Business fare.

$5,880 $6,490 $6,990 $7,420 $7,350 $8,110

$3,530

$600

$7,990 $9,370 $10,220 $10,670 $10,310 $11,670

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Salacia
CAPACITy: 54 guests in 26 outside Junior Suites and one Master Suite. PLEASE NOTE: departures through April, 2010 are limited to 42 guests. REGISTRy: Egypt. Overall length: 236 feet. Salacia was built in 1991 and completely refurbished and refitted in 2006. PUBLIC AREAS: There is a tremendous amount of attractive and comfortable public space. The Oasis lounge is the venue for talks and briefings, and it and the adjacent Atrium lounge are inviting places to read, have a drink and relax. There is a Sun deck with pool, spa and chairs, and an Upper Sun deck with chairs, where al fresco meals are often served, weather permitting. The Upper deck has a cozy library/ lounge. The Nile deck has a spa with exercise machines, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and a massage treatment room. MEALS: The dining salon offers continental cuisine, fine Middle Eastern dishes and rare local specialties. lunch is often served on deck, weather permitting. dinner is typically served à la carte. refreshments are available throughout the day and evening. If you would like room service, it is complimentary. CABINS: All Junior Suites are spacious and face outside, with two large windows, sitting area, mini-bar, hair dryer, programmable safe, telephone, television and private dVd player. They are a mix of twinbedded and double-bedded cabins. Each has private bathroom, with shower and deluxe amenities. laundry is done free of charge. There is ample storage space in each cabin. The large, elegant Master Suite is beautifully furnished, with a wealth of amenities and an elegant ambiance. SPECIAL FEATURES: Her spaciousness and appropriate size set Salacia apart from virtually all other ships on the Nile. She has the feel of a luxurious private yacht. With five decks, including two decks with exclusively public space, she was refitted in 2006 to accommodate only 54 guests. The vessel has a swimming pool (with sauna, Jacuzzi and shower adjacent), and a spa equipped with fitness equipment, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and massage treatment room. A professional masseuse is on board. There is a gift shop and hair salon. The crew of 60 provides personable, attentive service. JUNIOR SUITES: Nile, Main and Upper decks MASTER SUITE: Upper deck SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS: Shares can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Twin Junior Suites only.
Prices are per person, double occupancy unless indicated as solo.

Clockwise from top: Salacia; the Palm Court Restaurant; Master Suite; double bedded Junior Suite, swimming pool and Sun Deck.

Sun Deck

AL FRESCO DINING AREA SAHARA TERRACE CAFE

Bar

UPPER SUN DECK
HEALTH CLUB
Bar

ATRIUM LOUNGE

WC

WC

Swimming Pool

Lido Sun Deck
Bar Bar

OASIS LOUNGE

SUN DECK
301* 303*
Master Suite

305

Sundries

Chart Lounge & Library

PALM COURT RESTAURANT
302

304*

306*

307*

Internet

Beauty Salon

Gift Shop

UPPER DECK
201* 203** 205** 207** 209*
Reception

211*

215*

202*

204**

206**

208**

210*

212*

214*

MAIN DECK
101* 103** 105** 107**
109

TEMPLE SPA

102

104**

106**

108**

110

NILE DECK
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MASTER SUITE

JUNIOR SUITE SOLO

ADVANCE PAyMENT

NOTE

2009 2010 2009

$4,700 $4,700 $6,995 $6,995

$7,125 $7,125 $10,175 $10,175

$6,580 $6,580 $9,795 $9,795

$450 $450 $700 $700

Sample Airfare: round-trip NY/Cairo: Economy from $1,100. Please call for sample Business fare.

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2010

Sample Airfare: round-trip NY/Cairo: Economy from $1,100. Please call for sample Business fare.

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GENUINE VAlUE
There’s a lot of savings “noise” in travel now. And sometimes, it drowns out the real truth: that add on charges can drive the actual price of a vacation much higher than anticipated. We believe that the literal dollar value of the activities and onboard amenities combined with the quality level we offer, makes our expeditions genuine values. There’s practically nothing you have to spend extra money on. Having said that, we do offer opportunities to save on select departures and cabin categories. Call us, talk with an Expedition Specialist to explore your options.

Take Advantage of our special offers:
bRInGInG A GRouP: For your party of eight people or more, you will each receive 5% off the cost of your expedition. A deposit of 10% of the trip cost is required at the time of reservation, and an additional 25% is required 120 days in advance. Final payment is due 90 days in advance. (Excludes extensions and airfare.)
Note: If taking advantage of this discount, a variation of the cancellation policy will apply. Please ask upon making your reservation.

bACk-To-bACk sAvInGs: save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken aboard one of our expedition ships. (Excludes extensions and airfare.) bRInGInG ThE kIDs: We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. so, take $500 off the double occupancy rate for each person under 18. ouR PolICy on CoMbInInG oFFERs: Any of the special savings offers noted in this brochure, if applicable, may be combined with any of the three offers noted above, for a maximum of two savings offers.

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ANTArCTIC TrEATY 50TH ANNIVErSArY
The themes of harmony and global interdependence are very much on our minds this year as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, signed by 46 nations to manage Antarctica “in the interest of mankind.” during our entire Antarctic season (itineraries on pages 10 to 15) we’ll be honoring this golden era of 50 years of peace and science. All guests joining us on Antarctic expeditions this season will receive a speciallyproduced, commemorative copy of the Treaty document, with our compliments. So, join us on the voyage of a lifetime, in a year to remember.

SEE & HEAR WHy GoING To ANTARCTICA WITH US IS THE RIGHT CHoICE vISIT WWW.ExpEDITIoNS.CoM/WEBINARS & CLICk oN ANTARCTICA

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Reservation information
Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), tips (except to Egyptologists and ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff. Not Included: Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, voyage DVD, laundry. Gratuities to Egyptologists and ship’s crew at your discretion. Airfare: For all programs, airfare is an additional cost unless otherwise indicated. Sample airfares are subject to change. We will gladly assist in making your air arrangements. There will be a $50 per person service fee if you elect for Lindblad Expeditions to handle your air arrangements. Note: Complete pre-journey information, including suggestions on what to bring and recommended reading, will be sent prior to departure. TERMS & CONDITIONS Reservations: To reserve your place, an advance payment for the program as outlined is required at the time of reservation and is payable by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or check. The per person amount due is noted on each itinerary page within this brochure. Final Payment: For expeditions of eight nights or less, final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. For expeditions of nine nights or more, final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Travel Protection Plan: Travel protection and medical insurance are available at extra cost. Ask about our comprehensive guest travel protection plan for a worry-free expedition. Smoking Policy: Smoking is allowed only in designated outdoor areas. Responsibility and Other Terms & Conditions: Certain other provisions concerning, among other things, limitations of Lindblad Expeditions’ and the National Geographic Society’s liability for loss of property, injury, illness or death during the voyage will be provided to all guests on the ship’s ticket sent prior to departure, and are also available on our web site at www.expeditions.com/terms, or upon request. By registering for a trip, the guest agrees to all such terms and conditions. Note: Itineraries and prices listed in this brochure are as of publication date, and are subject to change. The company reserves the right to impose surcharges based on increases in the company’s actual cost of fuel.
cAnceLLAtion poLicY For Expeditions 8 Nights or Less Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start 90 or more days 89–60 days 59–30 days 29–0 days Per Person Cancellation Fee $150* Advance payment cost 50% of trip cost No refund

Recent Honors and Awards
> 2009, 2005-2008, 1997-2002 Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List.” > 2008 National Wildlife Federation honors Lindblad Expeditions for conservation leadership with its Conservation Achievement Award for Corporate Achievement. > 2009 and 2008 Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” award for “Small-Ship Cruise Lines” and “Tour Operators.” > 2008 The municipality of Puerto Ayora, the largest city in Galápagos, grants an award to Sven Lindblad for his commitment to the preservation and conservation of the Galápagos archipelago and his commitment to the local community. > 2007 Tourism for Tomorrow “Global Tourism Business Award.” > 2007 Seafood Champion Award. Go to www.expeditions.com/awards for an extended list.
We are proud to be a Founding Member of Adventure Collection — a family of the world’s most trusted and experienced active travel companies. Each member company of Adventure Collection is dedicated to enriching the lives of its guests and to giving back to the areas in which it travels. For more information visit www.AdventureCollection.com.
Photo Credits: Alamy, Alaska Wildland Adventures, John Bodner, Linda Burback, Trey Byus, Marc Cappelletti, Stewart Cohen, Jay Dickman, Ralph Hammelbacher, George Holton, Ralph Lee Hopkins, John Keiffer, Bob Krist, Sven-Olof Lindblad, Michael Luppino, Michael Melford, Carlos Navarro, Michael S. Nolan, Rich Reid, Jim Richardson, Shutterstock, Kevin Schafer, Don Svela, Jack Swenson, Rikki Swenson, David Vargas, Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Editors: Linda Getter, Christine Bastoni, Ben Lyons. Design: Bennett Goldberg.

For Expeditions 9 Nights or More Number of Days Prior Per Person to Expedition Start Cancellation Fee 120 or more days $150* 119–90 days Advance payment cost 89–60 days 25% of trip cost 59–30 days 50% of trip cost 29–0 days No refund This policy applies to expeditions. We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan. Cancellation policy may differ for extensions. Please call for details. *You will be issued a $150 Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate. Note: A variation of this policy applies to a party of eight people or more. Ask for details.
Lindblad Expeditions, as an Active Member of the United States Tour Operators Association (“USTOA”), is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Lindblad Expeditions customers in the unlikely event of Lindblad Expeditions bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, NY, NY 10016, or by e-mail to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.
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Find out what’s included on our expeditions, and why that means value to you.

We work weekends
Have questions? Pour yourself a cup of coffee and call our Expedition Specialists on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. They’ll give you as much time as you need to get your questions answered 7 days a week.

We include just about everything you have the opportunity to do as part of your expedition with us aboard ship and ashore:
AboArd sHip
All  meals and nonalcoholic beverages Cappuccinos, lattes, complimentary water  & refillable bottle 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand  Hors  d’ouevre & snacks during Lounge Recap Sauna, with complimentary terry robes, towels  Fitness center with towels, water  Fully  stocked library The  guidance and company of our expedition staff

AsHore
Meals on land, as indicated in relevant  itineraries Sightseeing & entrance fees  Special access permits, park fees, port taxes  Transfers to and from group flights  The  expertise of our expedition staff

Activities All  excursions Zodiac explorations  Kayaking  Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins, snorkel  where relevant Lectures & presentations in the Lounge 

The only things not included are those of a personal nature, or that interest a limited number of people — alcohol, an occasional meal ashore where you feel you would prefer choices, internet usage, tips to our crew, wellness treatments and other specialized arrangements. The value of what we include, combined with the quality of our service and the excellence of our expedition staff adds up to considerable value — especially when compared to the impact of add-on charges to “savings” other companies offer. It’s why we maintain you could literally go on our voyages without a dollar in your pocket, and have a perfectly excellent experience taking advantage of all that we offer.

Top 10 Reasons to Travel with Lindblad Expeditions
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Expeditions, not tours. Whether it’s on or off the beaten track we bring adventure to travel by taking small groups to special places for distinctive and exclusive encounters with nature and cultures. Thoughtfully planned itineraries. Carefully researched and crafted itineraries bring a connectedness to our expeditions that gives you a deeper sense and a richer understanding of each place we visit. Engaging experts. Our Naturalists and Historians are true experts in their fields. And they, along with our National Geographic guest experts, are excellent travel companions, always available for questions and casual conversation.

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Our Undersea Program. Our ability to reveal the undersea to you and provide kayaking experiences virtually anywhere we go are some of the ways we open new doors of discovery. Flexibility, spontaneity and freedom. We take those often magical opportunities to experience nature’s unplanned events. You don’t have to fear being wrenched away from a marvelous sighting by a rigid schedule.

The world’s most interesting destinations. Read about the places we call “capitals of wildness,” and you’ll see that we go where unsullied beauty still reigns. Also read how we approach well-traveled destinations on our “history and culture expedition-style” voyages. The world’s most interesting guests. Our guests have a lot in common: curiosity and a spirit that produces camaraderie, great conversation and often, lasting friendships. Fine food and accommodations. Expedition does not mean deprivation: skillfully prepared and presented regional cuisine, comfortable quarters and our wellness program make pleasure a significant part of the expedition adventure. Relaxed and informal atmosphere. Casual clothes and a matching attitude are our hallmarks: no need to dress up, and many opportunities for fun and laughter.

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Respect for our world. We travel in an environmentally responsible manner. And, we donate funds, time and resources, often in partnership with our guests, to protect or restore the world’s wild places.

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