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Mountain Travel Sobek
2012
ADVENTURES
Group | Private | Custom
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Simply put, the sense of accomplishment
I get from an MTS journey inspires the rest of
my life. And I love it. Every time is the
time of my life!
Linda Cosgrove—MTS Guest
HIkINC - 1REkkINC - FAMILY ADvEN1URES - SAFARI - wILDLIFE - kAYAkINC
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- MUL1ISPOR1 - RAF1INC - CUL1URAL - ADvEN1URE CRUISINC
Sipping my afternoon tea on the banks of Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River, the sunset
painting the canyon walls, at the river’s edge Curt guiding Cormac and Taylor in the fine art of fly-
fishing, it dawned on me that our trip transcended traditional “active travel.” Not only were we in the
largest wilderness area in the Lower 48 (yet only a short flight from San Francisco), removed from the
chores (and ring tones) of everyday life, on a relaxing, fully supported trip (hot showers!), but also we
were enjoying the blossoming of new friendships and deepening of old bonds—simply remarkable.
We were a group of 13 friends and family who had rafted the Colorado the summer before, plus four
new friends who wanted to get away together. Initially drawn by the river’s seductive pull—100 miles
of the world’s best whitewater—we quickly realized the true magic to be in the camaraderie spanning
family, friends, and generations. Our outdoor adventure came to life! The experiences we shared led
to truly energizing, even inspirational, conversations.
I tell my story as I feel it embodies all that MTS adventures represent. I hope that you, too, will find
your magic in the exciting programs we have for 2012.
Yours for far and near-flung adventures,
Kevin Callaghan
President & CEO
Dear Friends

Why MTS
Ideas For zo¡z ...................................... 4
M1S Leads the way .............................5
Custom & Private Adventures ........... 6
Our Cuests Say It 8est ........................7
Adventure Experts ............................... 9
Where Do You Want To Go
Featured destinations in italics—for a complete
index see the Travel Planner on page 104.
AFrica & the Midd|e East (15 trips) .....¡z
Safaris of Southern Africa ........................12
Safaris of East Africa ............................... 14
Private Safaris in Africa ............................17
Kilimanjaro .............................................. 18
A|aska (9 trips) .................................... zq
Inn-based Adventures .............................. 24
Asia (28 trips) ...................................... ¸o
Everest .....................................................30
Bhutan .................................................... 34
Europe (20 trips) ................................. 46
The Alps ...................................................46
Turkey ......................................................56
Ca|ápagos Is|ands (8 trips) ............... 64
Yacht Charters ........................................ 66
Land-based Galápagos .......................... 69
Lower q8 & Hawaii (8 trips) .............. ¡o
Middle Fork of the Salmon River .............70
Pacihc (6 trips) .................................... ¡8
Australia .................................................. 78
New Zealand ...........................................80
Po|ar voyages (11 trips) ...................... 8z
The Arctic ................................................82
Antarctica ................................................ 83
South & Centra| America (17 trips) ... 86
Machu Picchu ........................................ 86
Patagonia ............................................... 90
How To Plan Your Trip
what You Need to know ................ ¡oz
1rave| P|anner .................................. ¡oq
Preferred Travel Outfitter For
nationalgeographicadventures.com
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Where Will 2012 Take You?
IDEAS FOR 2012
New Trips for 2012
Argentina: Mendoza to Salta ...........p. 94
Arizona’s Sonoran Desert ................ p. 73
Australia: Great Aussie Coastline .... p. 78
Australia: Outback Spirit ..................p. 79
Australia: Rainforest & Reef .............p. 79
Bosnia and Herzegovina & Serbia:
A Walk Through Time ................... p. 54
Brazil: In Search of the Jaguar ..........p. 99
Chile: Colchagua & Lake District ..... p. 93
Colombia Trekking ............................p. 97
Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path ......p. 100
Croatia: Islands of Paradise ...............p. 55
Iceland Epic Coast to Coast .............. p. 63
Malaysian Borneo Adventure ........... p. 43

Mont Blanc for the Both of You ....... p. 47
New Zealand: The Best of North
Island .............................................. p. 81
New Zealand: Fjords, Glaciers, and
Mountains ......................................p. 80
New Zealand: National
Park Explorer ..................................p. 80
Patagonia’s Bahía Bustamante
& Iguazú ......................................... p. 95
Sicily Explored .....................................p. 53
Sudan Cultural Journey ..................... p. 22
Walking the Classic Swiss Alps ........p. 49
Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari ..............p. 13
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Whether you’re celebrating a milestone, planning spring break with the kids,
itching for a quick getaway, or seeking an epic trip of a lifetime, we have the perfect
adventure for you! With over hundreds of scheduled departures, private adventures,
and custom journeys, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Need An Idea?
Bucket List Trips of a Lifetime
Our quintessential journeys to Everest, Bhutan, Machu Picchu,
Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Galápagos, the Alps, and beyond
Best Adventures for Private Groups
Getaways designed specifically for private groups—birthdays,
anniversaries, reunions, clubs, corporate trips, and more!
Best World-Class Wildlife Adventures
We’ll get up close to orangutans, mountain gorillas, whales,
tortoises, penguins, bears, giraffes, lions, and cheetahs
Trips for Solo Travelers
Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded travelers and the company
of our convivial guides
Best Family-Friendly Adventures
Bring the kids! It’s guaranteed fun for ages 6 to 96!
Top Active Adventures
From easy multisport trips to month-long high-altitude trekking,
we do it all!
Quick Escapes—One Week or Less!
Short on vacation time? You’ll be surprised how much we can
do and see in seven days or less
For a comp|ete |isting oF trips, see the 1rave| P|anner on page ¡oq
or contact us at ¡-888-M1SO8Ek. Or For detai|ed itineraries go to
mtsobek.com.
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Best Value of All
- Unique itineraries that showcase the best oF the region
- CertiFed guides exclusive to M1S
- Incredible in-country customer service
- vonderFul accommodations, whether camping or lodging
- Freshly prepared gourmet meals with local Favor
Gurus & Guides
- Fxclusive guides with decades oF experience
- 1ravel gurus From every corner oF the world on-staFF at our headquarters
- Insider knowledge and local roots guarantee authentic experiences
Proper Field Research
- ve curate a deFnitive list oF the world's greatest adventures every year
- Cutting edge, inspiring destinations, and careFully craFted itineraries
- 1rips are discovered and personally quality-assured by veteran staFF
- Sterling saFety record oF q¸ years
Buttoned Up (& Down) Staff
- Firsthand advice From client specialists who have done the trips
- Seamless trip planning, From training advice to airport transFers
- Personal touch and willingness to go the extra mile
- In-country support staFF: a well-oiled machine
Options & Flexibility to Create Your Dream Trip
- Over ·¸o trips From which to choose, with lots oF departure dates
- Completely customized journeys and private departures For added Fexibility
- All Ftness levels welcome, From easy cultural touring to Ultimate
Challenge treks
- Fxciting extension trips For a closer look
Dedication to Sustainable Travel
- Advocate For environmentally responsible travel
- ve support local community and wilderness conservation groups in
the areas we travel
How We Lead the Way
Over the past 43 years, we’ve honed our trips to provide what matters most to you, our guests—the broadest range and the best value.
We strike an unbeatable balance between adventure and the comforts of a high quality, fully-supported, all-inclusive trip.
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Custom Journeys
- One-oF-a-kind adventures limited only by your imagination
- 1ell us where you want to go and we'll make your dreams come true
- Imagine a wedding at the top oF Iilimanjaro or a private Antarctica charter
Private Departures
- Over ·oo trips are available as Private Departures
- Pick a trip and select a departure date that Fts your schedule
- Great For Families, special occasions, groups oF couples, and clubs
Scheduled Departures
- Select From hundreds oF trips around the world!
- Choose From preset departure dates
- Meet new people and share the experience oF a liFetime
1o |earn more about M1S Custom journeys or Private Departures,
ca|| or emai| us today and p|an your one-oF-a-kind adventure:
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TESTIMONIALS
Our Guests Say It Best
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“enthusiasm and professionalism” “best guide I’ve ever had”
Both my daughter and I thought the best part of the trip was our guide, Namgay.
We thoroughly enjoyed both the cultural and trekking experiences equally. Namgay’s
enthusiasm and professionalism were above the grade of excellent. His knowledge of
culture and wildlife was superb. Namgay added his own personal touch, which made
the entire trip a magical experience for the two of us…the trip was perfect!
Stephen & Erika Penner ~ Bhutan Sampler
Alaska is the place that brought me alive, heart and soul, and brought my mind to
utter peace. That’s why I go back so often—for that experience. And every trip is my
favorite because MTS guides are the best in the world!
Marti Spiege|man ~ Glacier Bay Escape
I read good things about Mountain Travel Sobek’s safety precautions and long
experience on the route...scaling the breach was the high point oF the trip. Utter
euphoria! I think you all have this trip down to a science and would encourage
friends to go with you for that reason.
Damien 8roui||ard ~ Climb Kilimanjaro
This was my eighth MTS trip and the second to the Galápagos. On all the other MTS
trips I’ve taken, I have had excellent guides—I’ve never been disappointed. Having
said this, I want you to know that Greg Estes has been by far and away the best guide
I’ve ever had. He has a great ability to impart his knowledge of the Galápagos, but
also to regale us with entertaining anecdotal stories that enhance the experience. He
has a knack for making every person on the trip feel as if they are the most important.
I hope to return to the Galápagos on a future trip with more of my family.
john Shive|y & 8|ythe Hartsook ~ Galápagos Islands
A prominent reason we have chosen MTS as our favorite adventure travel
company has been the excellent travel guides. This adventure has certainly been
no exception. Kalia is a very valuable member within your team—well-versed in
the history and cultures of the Hawaiian Islands. She knows the flora and fauna,
where they came from, and their uses. Kalia is friendly, compassionate, and willing
to structure the trip to the needs and desires of her guests. Through Kalia, we were
able to obtain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of Hawaii. Kalia made our
Hawaiian adventure very special!
Caro| & 8urt Doug|ass ~ Adventures in Hawaii
“our favorite adventure travel company”
“every trip is my favorite”
“utter euphoria”
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The guides were phenomenal, the scenery beautiful, the food great, plus the hiking,
waterfalls and whitewater were beyond belief! It was the highlight of our lives as
a family. What a beautiful country, what beautiful people—we will miss everyone
sooooo much. We couldn’t have asked for a better mix of people on the trip. We
laughed, talked, and got along great. I am in love with your company!
Sharon O'Connor ~ Adventures in Costa Rica
When my group was deciding which travel company to choose for our dream
trip to Peru, Karen wrote describing what MTS could do for us. Everything Karen
promised came true, and much more! Our trip was perfect and not one person
in my group had a complaint—we were all very happy with MTS. Your staff was
perfect, your choice of hotels was excellent, and as a bonus, the weather was
fantastic. We are very satisfied with our choice of MTS, and you will be first on
our list when we plan our next trip.
Matthi|dur Hermannsdóttir ~ Inca Trail & Beyond
Our guide, Kristy Larsen, knows the country and people so well that we felt like
travelers rather than tourists. She showed us Morocco the way tourists don’t
usually see it. We also enjoyed the intimacy of traveling with a small group of like-
minded people. Kristy was as much a part of the group as she was a guide, and was
instrumental in creating a sense of cohesion. Of course, the Sahara stands out as the
star of the trip. From the moment we left the paved road, we had the feeling of being
adventurers in a remarkably beautiful land.
Nancy & john Maxwe|| ~ Morocco Camel Trek
Each day was different from the day previous, the hikes were challenging overall,
and the guides were the very best. The staff at MTS is always very responsive and
helpful. It is one of the reasons I have taken over a dozen trips over the years. Laurent
is one of the very best guides I have ever had on any trip from any company (and I
have been on over 30 adventure trips). His ability to relate on a personal, fun level is
incredible. His knowledge of the local geology, biology, zoology, and culture/history
cannot be matched by any guide I have traveled with. I would sign up for a trip just to
travel with him again. I also appreciated that Laurent added some twists and turns to
the scheduled hikes as the days progressed, and gave us options for routes he had
not done in the past. I also liked that he let me (a fast hiker) go ahead at times.
Eddie Reyno|ds & Edwin jones ~ Hiking the GR5: Alps to the Sea
This trip was so far beyond our expectations. At the end of the first day, after a
spontaneous swim with more than 3 dozen dolphins and having had a baby sea
lion lick her toe, our 10-year-old daughter said, “Mummy, this is the best day of my
life.” It was all gravy from that point, and just kept getting better. Thank you, MTS!
A|ison Mackenzie-Armes ~ Galápagos Islands
Thank you very much for making my dream trip to the Cordillera Blanca, the Sacred
Valley, and Machu Picchu a reality. All the guides were fantastic. I had thought that
the primary job of a guide was to lead the group from site to site; instead, I acquired
knowledge of history, geology, botany, astronomy, religion, and the Spanish language.
It was wonderful to be woken each morning with a “buenos dias,” a cup of hot tea,
and a basin of warm water for washing. One very special treat was the pachamanca,
a traditional Andean feast, which the staff cooked for us on the last night of the trek.
All the external arrangements (drivers, airplane flights, transfers, trains, hotels) took
place as promised, and everything flowed seamlessly. Traveling to other countries
and experiencing different cultures can be life-changing experiences, and this trip
was no exception. Although I have been to South America three times before, this
trip truly changed my attitude about many things in life. Thanks again. Although
this was my first trip with MTS, it won’t be my last!
Art Davidson ~ Cordillera Blanca
“always very responsive & helpful”
“so far beyond our expectations”
“everything flowed seamlessly”
“in love with your company”

“first on our list”
“the feeling of being adventurers”
ADVENTURE EXPERTS
Adventure Experts
Africa & The Middle East
Laura Roundy -
Program Director
(7 years)
Growing up in New
England, Laura never
dreamed that one
day she would earn a living crafting
adventure trips in Africa, the Middle
East, Antarctica and the North Pole. After
earning a degree in anthropology from
McGill University in Montreal, Laura
backpacked around the world, living
for periods in Costa Rica and Australia
before settling down in California.

8arbara wagner -
Cuide: Sudan
(15+ years)
Barbara is one of the
most well-traveled people
we know. Her expertise
as an ethnologist and guide has taken
her from the heights of the Hindu Kush
to the Sahara. She has a passion for
traditional cultures and societies, and
her knowledge and involvement in local
cultures has gained her the respect
of chiefs and leaders, while providing
her guests with exceptional cultural
experiences.

james kivuyo - Cuide:
1anzania (10+ years)
James was born in
Arusha, Tanzania,
and is passionate
about the biodiversity
and conservation of African wildlife.
Previously employed as an interpreter,
James speaks a number of languages,
from English and Kiswahili, the national
language of Tanzania, to the local dialects
of Chagga and Maasai. He enjoys using
his knowledge of other languages to
communicate with people from a broad
cultural spectrum, and loves sharing his
experience with travelers from around
the globe. He has led travelers up
Kilimanjaro for over a decade.

kristy Larson - Cuide:
Morocco (20+ years)
Kristy fell in love with
Morocco 30 years ago,
as a Peace Corps
volunteer. After all these
years she is still startled by its seemingly
endless mountains and desert valleys,
and the colorful, exotic Berber culture
living in a long-forgotten age. Kristy
has a passion for traditional Moroccan
arts and handicrafts, speaks Arabic and
Berber dialects, and has a great rapport
with the Moroccan people.
Asia
Narendra Curung -
Program Director
(26 years)
Originally from Nepal,
Narendra has traveled
extensively throughout
Asia, especially during his 26 years at
MTS. Year after year, Narendra personally
oversees our adventures in Asia—adding
new exciting trips to places like the
world’s oldest rainforest in Borneo, and
refining perennial favorites like Nepal
and Bhutan, where MTS first began.
Narendra’s unique insider perspective
enables our guests to experience Asia
like true locals.
Lhakpa Norbu - Cuide:
Nepa| (25+ years)
Lhakpa was born in
Namche Bazaar to a
mountaineering family.
(His father was a
climbing Sherpa and went to the South
Col on several expeditions, including
the 1963 American Everest expedition.)
After completing his education, Lhakpa
climbed Kanchenjunga (the world’s third
highest peak) and has trekked peaks like
Mount Mera. Lhakpa has a deep interest
in environmental issues and has been
associated with MTS since 1983, first as
sirdar and now as a trekking guide. He
speaks Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, as
well as English.

San[eev Chhetri -
Cuide: Nepa|
(15+ years)
Sanjeev is a graduate
oF Delhi University,
India, and has been
leading treks in Nepal, Tibet, India, and
the Alps since 1990. He is an avid bird-
watcher and incredibly well traveled,
with time spent in India, Tibet, China,
England, Ireland, France, Thailand,
USA, and Switzerland. He lives with his
wife and son in Kathmandu. A student
of life, Sanjeev is knowledgeable and
enthusiastic about the cultures,
religions, and traditions of the
countries where he guides.

Namgay Dor[i - Cuide:
8hutan (10+ years)
The senior manager
of our Bhutan office,
Namgay has been
leading treks and tours
for the past ten years. A graduate of
the Institute of Tourism and Hotel
Management in Salzburg, Austria,
Namgay speaks seven languages:
English, Japanese, German, Spanish,
Hindi, Nepali, and Urdu. He has a great
depth of knowledge about the history,
culture, and religion of Bhutan, and
eagerly looks forward to sharing his
insights and experiences with his guests.
Alaska, North
America, & Hawaii
john 8aston -
Program Director
(10+ years)
A naturalist, former
National Park ranger,
and veteran MTS Alaska
guide, John brings an incredible hands-
on perspective to designing our Alaska
and North America adventures. The
wilderness is where John feels most at
home having worked for the National
Park Service in Glacier Bay, Yosemite,
Mount Rainier, Kenai Fjords, Point Reyes
and Golden Gate. John’s deftly crafted
trips will inspire you to experience North
America with renewed wonder.
When you venture into foreign lands, tackle snowy peaks or brisk whitewater—really pushing your boundaries—you want the
best guides at your side. The adventure experts at MTS offer inspirational enthusiasm, exceptional organization, and sheer
volume of knowledge (better than any guidebook!). They are true leaders at heart, and their thrill is simply to show you the way.
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Christa Sad|er - Cuide:
A|aska (15+ years)
A geologist, educator,
river guide and writer
with a serious addiction
to rivers, deserts,
mountains and chocolate, Christa
has been guiding on the rivers of the
American West since 1986. Though
she has a home in Flagstaff, Arizona,
she’s hardly ever there. Her research in
archaeology, geology and paleontology
has taken her around the globe, including
searching for dinosaurs in Montana,
fighting off dust storms and curious
camels in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, and
steering clear of annoyed iguanas in the
Galápagos. She teaches and guides in
the spring and fall, and escapes to Alaska
in the summers to guide and write.
Winters are usually spent recovering or
sea kayaking in Baja California.
ka|ia Avery - Cuide:
Hawaii (10+ years)
Kalia has been leading
trips in Hawaii for more
than 20 years, and her
upbeat personality and
incredible sense of humor (her laugh
is contagious!) give her the highest
marks from every trip member. Kalia
is extremely knowledgeable about the
native culture and natural history of
Hawaii, and looks forward to sharing it
all with you.
Laura Steinbach -
Cuide: Sierra Nevada
Laura’s first visit to the
Sierra Nevada was a three
month backpacking trip
along the Pacific Crest
and John Muir Trails. Since that trip, she
has been obsessed with all that these
mountains have to offer. She’s the first to
acknowledge that it was the backpacking,
climbing and horseback riding that
drew her to the Sierras, but what she
finds most intriguing is the sound of
the spring meltwater, the feel of warm
Sierran granite, and the haze that settles
over the mountains just as dusk falls. To
her, these are the things that can only be
realized by being here in the midst of it
all, and she maintains that throughout
all of her travels she has never found a
better playground—or office.
Galápagos Islands
Nancy Rosen|und -
Program Director
Born in the US, Nancy's
home away from home
is the Galápagos, where
she spends a few weeks
out of the year handcrafting amazing
itineraries for our charter cruises and
land-based adventures in the islands.
Kayaking through secluded mangrove
lagoons and snorkeling through a real
life oceanarium are among Nancy’s
favorite activities, which she shares in
every MTS trip.
Luis Die - Lead M1S
Natura|ist Cuide:
Ca|ápagos Is|ands
(20+ years)
Born in Seville, Spain,
Luis originally moved to
Ecuador to work as a Galápagos guide
over 20 years ago. With impressive
degrees in both biology and ecology, Luis
had studied the work of Charles Darwin
and set out to learn first-hand about
the incredible evolution of Galápagos
species. In addition to earning the
prestigious Class III naturalist guide
certification from the Galápagos
National Park, Luis has authored two
field guides about terrestrial and marine
life in the Galápagos—you’ll be hard
pressed to find an animal or plant Luis
cannot tell you about! You’ll find Luis at
sea guiding our small yacht charters, on
land where he heads our local MTS office
in Quito, and at home with his wife,
daughter and twin sons. A natural-born
teacher fluent in English, Spanish, and
French, Luis is always eager to share his
knowledge of the Galápagos with people
of all ages and backgrounds.
Creg Estes -
Natura|ist Cuide:
Ca|ápagos Is|ands
(20+ years)
Greg first arrived in
Galápagos in 1982
leading the Cambridge Darwin Centenary
Galápagos Expedition to conduct
research on the feeding ecology of
marine iguanas. After graduating from
the University oF London, Fngland, with
an honors degree in biology. Greg’s
research in Galápagos has encompassed
a wide range of ecological projects,
including studies on sperm whales and
the endangered Galápagos petrel. With
his wife Thalia he has retraced Darwin’s
footsteps through Galápagos using
information from his original notebooks
and manuscripts of the famous voyage.
Their research was published in “Notes
and Records of the Royal Society,” and
was the basis of their book Darwin in
Galápagos: Footsteps to a New World.
Greg has served as a licensed naturalist
guide of the Galápagos National Park
Service since 1982 and continues to work
as naturalist and expeditions leader in
the islands.
Europe
Anne wood ~ Program
Director (11 years)
Anne is a 3rd generation
Italian and German
American who has
traveled to over 30
countries in Europe—often in hiking
boots—regularly for decades. Anne
spends several weeks out of each year
personally scouting and fine-tuning our
European adventures. Off-duty, you
will Fnd Anne consulting For USAID,
speaking on behalf of the Breast Cancer
Fund, or in the outdoors hiking, running,
and mountain biking.
Erik Perez - Cuide:
Spain (23 years)
Erik was born and
raised in the Asturias
region of Northern
Spain, home to the big
range of mountains called the Picos
de Europa and Cordillera Cantabrica.
An accomplished climber who has
summited Mont Blanc numerous times,
Erik has been with MTS since 1989 and
has long held a reputation as a favorite
of our guests. A recipient of the coveted
IFMGA]UIAGM guide certiFcationthe
highest professional award attainable
in mountaineering—he has written two
guidebooks on hikes and climbs in the
Picos de Europa. And as if that weren’t
enough, Erik holds his masters degree in
history From the University oF Oviedo.
Si|via Ciacon - Cuide:
Ita|y (12 years)
Silvia is an Italian, born
and raised, who calls
Tuscany her home.
While she is an architect
by training, she has over 20 years of
professional experience as a trip leader.
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Silvia lived in Toronto, Canada for over a
decade, where she mastered her English
language skills. Since then, she has led
both walking and bicycle trips throughout
Europe, and now guides our trips in
Tuscany, Southern Italy, and Sicily.
Laurent Langoisseur -
Cuide: 1he A|ps
(17 years)
Laurent hails from
Normandy, France. At
19, Laurent joined the
French alpine troops, and after a year of
service, moved to Chamonix. In 1991, he
obtained his European Mountain Leader
certification, and in 1995 he was awarded
the coveted patch of the Compagnie
des Guides. An avid sports enthusiast
and inexhaustible hiker, Laurent has
hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc more than
100 times. He is also an accomplished
mountaineer, having summited Mont
Blanc three times, as well as several
other mountains over 13,000’. Laurent’s
knowledge of the culture, history, plants,
birds, and the name of every single peak
and glacier along the trail is a wonderful
complement to his guiding skills. During
the winter months, when he isn’t guiding
for us, he’s a ski patrol monitor in the
mountains above Chamonix.
Latin America
A|icia Zab|ocki -
Program Director
(22 years)
Alicia was born in
Mexico City and began
exploring the countries
of Latin America as a teen. On her first
trip to South America, Alicia fell in love
with the wildlife and mysterious ruins
of early civilizations. Alicia joined MTS
back in 1990 for its reputation as the first
company to bring adventure groups to
Peru and Patagonia. Since then, Alicia
has wandered every corner of her native
continent in search of new exciting
adventures to share at MTS—from
trekking in Colombia to tracking jaguars
in Brazil.
André Labarca -
Cuide: Patagonia
André, a mountaineering
and scuba instructor,
fell in love with Patagonia
at first sight and has
made it his home for the last 10 years.
He has participated in more than ten
mountain expeditions in the region,
accomplishing many first ascents,
including the summits of the North
and South Towers of the Torres del
Paine. André has a great interest in the
development of sustainable tourism
and is always looking for other regions
to explore within Patagonia. A very
enthusiastic guide, André’s love for
nature and respect for the mountains is
infectious to all who travel with him.
Mano|o Lazo -
Cuide: Peru
(15+ years)
Manolo is one of Peru’s
most experienced
adventure travel guides,
with more than 15 years of experience
leading treks and whitewater rafting
trips. A resident of Cusco, Manolo is well
versed in the rich history of the Andes
as well as the classic trekking routes that
follow the ancient Inca trade paths. His
knowledge of the country, its people,
and traditions adds immensely to your
appreciation of the trip. Manolo is
fluent in English as well as Spanish, and
conversant in Quechua—the historic
language of the Incas, plus he has a gift
for instilling confidence in every trekker.
Sergio Fitch-watkins -
Cuide: Patagonia, Peru,
venezue|a (20+ years)
A native of Mexico, Sergio
is MTS’s senior climbing
guide, with over 20 years
of experience (his climbing resume is
eight pages long—the short version,
that is). Besides leading our climbing
expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and
Argentina’s Aconcagua, he also loves to
lead some of our more challenging treks
in Nepal and Peru. Having led more than
100 trips for MTS, Sergio has acquired a
considerable, loyal following!
Pacific
1anya Rina|di -
Program Director
A native Aussie, Tanya
has been designing
and running adventure
programs in the Pacific
for over 10 years. Tanya is a true global
explorer with a commercial pilot’s license
and 52 countries under her belt. Growing
up in Australia and New Zealand, Tanya
is passionate about all water sports,
especially surfing and scuba diving.
Tanya’s local expertise shines through
in the breadth of unique adventures we
offer throughout the Pacific.
Rivers
Dani|o 8oni||a -
Program Director
(17 years)
As former captain of
the Costa Rica National
Rafting team, Danilo has
barreled down over 50 of the world’s
most famous whitewater rafting rivers
including the Zambezi, Futaleufú, and
Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Born
and raised in Costa Rica, he discovered
his passion for rivers while working as
a guide after high school. Ever since
then, Danilo has been designing and
running kayaking and rafting trips
around the world, including the past
17 years for MTS.
Chris Lundy -
Cuide: Idaho
Chris’ passion for the
wilderness began in
Montana nearly 20 years
ago. Despite receiving a
graduate degree in engineering, he has
dedicated his personal and professional
life to mountains, rivers, and travel. Chris
began river guiding in 1997 and has
worked on the Middle Fork of the Salmon
River with wife Sara (see below) since
2006. They’re passionately dedicated to
providing a safe, fun, and unforgettable
experience on the Middle Fork. Chris’
other passion is international ski
mountaineering, which has taken him
to Peru, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand,
and Switzerland.
Sara Lundy -
Cuide: Idaho
A year-round guide based
in Stanley, Idaho, Sara
spends summers rafting
wild rivers, and winters
skiing from helicopters and huts. Spring
and fall are for travel and enjoying her
own backyard with her husband and
fellow guide, Chris (see above). Sara
has been river guiding since 2001 and
has over 10,000 river miles under her
belt—most of these on the Middle
Fork of the Salmon River. She’s studied
biology, and is always seeking to improve
her knowledge through continuing
education and guiding courses. Most of
all, she enjoys sharing the incomparable
wilderness experience of the Salmon
River with others.
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Water, vast plains, and wildlife. That’s southern Africa, home both to Victoria
Falls and the Kalahari Desert. Here you’ll find not only the world’s biggest
waterfall but the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango Swamp, a yearly
recipient of 2.9 trillion gallons of water. You’ll experience Botswana’s wealth
of wildlife: egrets, cranes, leopards, and buffaloes. Navigate Okavango’s laced
wetlands by mokoro, a canoe that is carved out of a kigelia tree and pole-
steered by traditional boatmen. On our new Zambia & Zimbabwe adventure,
you can float down the Zambezi, one of the greatest rivers in Africa, weaving
around hippo and elephant, bedding down on the banks of the river.
Our safaris keep you grounded in Africa—except when you’re up in the air,
on a chartered flight, soaring majestically over the African dreamscape. You’ll
experience seamless adventure—tracking game on
foot or by 4x4, relaxing in luxury camps overlooking
lagoons, taking your meals around the fire, and
enjoying hot showers under the stars.
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Soar over the marvels of Botswana, from the Kalahari Desert to the wetlands of the
Okavango Delta. You’ll be whisked by plane from one exclusive luxury private camp to
the next. On safari, take in the fragile Kalahari ecosystem in Deception Valley, home
to herds of springbok, ostriches, lions, and cheetahs. Botswana also boasts immense
landscapes of wetlands and savannahs. As one of the first American companies
to operate trips in the country (since 1982), we’ve scouted and carefully honed our
exclusive itineraries to give you Botswana’s very best, including all the continent’s
classic wildlife: elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and a variety of antelope.
Botswana, Zambia
Botswana Flying Safari
Southern Africa’s ultimate wildlife safari
Activities Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive
vehicle, boat travel, night
drives, walking, mokoro ride
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 9 nights luxury tented camping
Departures May, June, July, August,
September
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $6,795
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On Safari
For those with a sense of adventure, a visit to not one but two of southern Africa’s
best areas for walking safari—South Luangwa National Park and Zimbabwe’s Mana
Pools—is in order. Spend four nights in the valleys of Luangwa River, where the
unspoiled bush and seasonal waters offer a lush habitat for giraffe, lion, buffalo,
civet, elephant shrew, and kaleidoscopic bird life. Trace the footsteps of the first
walking safaris, and leave ample time for early morning game walks, night game
drives, and river trekking. Our adventure continues on the sprawling Zambezi River
in Zimbabwe, where we’ll camp on the riverbanks by night and canoe downstream
by day—35 miles in all! We’ll see herds of hippos and elephants along the river, and
walk the nearby floodplains among huge albida trees. Treat yourself to a night in a
luxury hotel as we cap off our adventure at spectacular Victoria Falls.
Zambia, Zimbabwe
NEW! Zambia & Zimbabwe Walking
and Canoe Safari
Unparalleled on foot journey traversing South Luangwa, the Zambezi,
and Victoria Falls
Activities Walking safari, canoeing,
game drives
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 5 nights mobile camps, 2 nights
luxury tented camps, 1 night hotel
Departures June, July, August
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $5,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
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NEW SOUTH AFRICA
Got South Africa on your travel radar?
We’re happy to announce two NEW
adventures—one for wildlife lovers,
and one for activity seekers. South
Africa Wildlife Safari focuses on the
fauna-rich expanses of famed Kruger
National Park, and South Africa Ad-
venture is a multi-activity exploration
of Cape Town, the Garden Route, and
the stunning Drakensberg Mountains.
For more information call a Regional
Specialist, or enter “South Africa” in
the Search Box on mtsobek.com.
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AFRICA & THE
MIDDLE EAST
You are on safari in the remotest corner of the Serengeti. Barely a soul
has visited in the last 50 years. (Never mind that this area is where
archaeologists dredged up some of our earliest human relatives). The only
reason why you’re able to be here—to find prides of lions, to hear the
trumpeting elephants, to watch the determined dung beetles in action—is
because we’re on foot. MTS pioneered the first walking safari in the 1970s in
Kenya, and—what luck!—we now explore many countries in Africa on foot.
MTS’s East Africa trips deliver on all your safari dreams: whether you
imagine yourself peering out the roof-hatch of a 4x4 or exploring
the grasslands on foot. In glorious settings—vast expanses of plains,
baobab-studded grasslands, and lush green
crater walls—you’ll track thousands of zebra
and wildebeest, along with elephant herds,
lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and peerless
birdlife. Comfortable lodges or deluxe tented
camps top off each day.
Trek 110 miles of game trails across Kenya’s largest national park on an unforgettable
journey through an area strictly off-limits to other visitors. Led by top MTS safari
guides, you’ll hike the entire length of the palm-fringed Galana River in Tsavo
National Park—home to hippos, crocodiles, great herds of elephant, and the
infamous maneless male lions. In a land where elephants have learned to keep to
themselves, your guide’s uncanny ability to read the wind will bring you amazingly
close to massive herds. Be mesmerized by these incredible social beings as they
wrestle, trumpet, spray water, and carouse along the river. In addition to hiking,
you’ll relax on leisurely optional game drives and in authentic safari camps.
Kenya
Great Walk of Africa
Africa’s greatest walking safari, and an MTS exclusive!
Activities Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive
vehicle, hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 10 nights deluxe tented
camping, 2 nights hotel
Departures July, September
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $6,295
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“TGW” in the Search Box on
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On Safari
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East Africa is the perfect place to go big, and this comprehensive trip has it all:
Serengeti, Tarangire, Amboseli, and Masai Mara. Witness the Great Migration, where
millions of animals gallop and graze their way through the southern and eastern
plains of the Serengeti. You’ll explore Ngorongoro Crater, a tranquil misty world that
invites comparison with the Garden of Eden and Noah’s Ark. In glorious settings—
grasslands, lush green crater walls, and the snow-topped peak of Kilimanjaro in
the distance—you’ll encounter wildebeest and zebras, elephant herds, lions and
leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and amazing birdlife. A sweeping introduction to the best
of both Tanzania and Kenya, this easy wildlife safari ends each day in comfortable
lodges or tented camps.
Kenya, Tanzania
Great Parks of East Africa
Kenya and Tanzania’s best game viewing on a lodge-based safari
Activities Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive
vehicle
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 9 nights lodges, 4 nights
deluxe tented camping
Departures January, March, July, September,
December
Duration 14 days
Land Cost From $6,595
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“KTS” in the Search Box on
mtsobek.com
Just three years ago, MTS became the first company ever to offer walking safaris
over the great plains of the Serengeti, and there’s still time to be a pioneer on this
revolutionary adventure. In addition to a romping good time on foot, this trip also
covers Tanzania’s four great parks in open-hatch vehicles. You’ll visit Tarangire,
graced by its unique baobab woodlands and fantastic concentrations of game; Lake
Manyara, home to tree-climbing lions and water birds of every variety; Ngorongoro
Crater, a veritable Eden in its 102-square-mile crater floor; and the legendary
Serengeti, home to the world’s largest and longest migration. You’ll have the unique
opportunity to meet the Maasai in their boma (village) and get acquainted with the
traditions they have carried on for centuries. At night, relax in lodges and private
safari camps, allowing for comfort and privacy in the wilds of nature.
Tanzania
Serengeti on Foot
In the footsteps of Africa’s early explorers—an MTS first!
Activities Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive
vehicle, walking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 4 nights deluxe tented camping,
3 nights camping, 4 nights lodges
Departures January, February, June, July
Duration 12 days
Land Cost From $5,595
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“UTS” in the Search Box on
mtsobek.com
Find much more on
all our trips, including detailed itineraries
and best times to go, on www.mtsobek.com
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With the touching humanity of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, it’s no wonder many
MTS guests claim this journey is one of their most moving experiences ever! Forge
your way through rainforest for a rewarding encounter with these highly endangered
apes—they don’t survive in captivity, and less than 700 remain in the wild, so you
can only see them here.
Find fig trees heavy with chimps as you walk through the misty equatorial rainforest,
and gaze at rare tree-climbing lions in Ishasha. Journey overland through the arresting
beauty of Uganda: deep green jungles, volcanoes, wetlands, crater lakes, and open
savannas. On game drives, see leopards, elephants, lions, and up to 30,000 hippos!
Rwanda, Uganda
African Primate Safari
Rare encounters with Africa’s endangered primates—an experience of a lifetime!
Activities Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive
vehicle, hiking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 8 nights lodges, 2 nights luxury
tented camping
Departures May, September, December
Duration 11 days
Land Cost From $5,595
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Absolutely remarkable experience!
We expected to love the gorillas and
chimps if we saw them (and we
did—and how!) but did not expect
the savannah wildlife to be as
wonderful as it was.
Suzette & John Sommerer—MTS guests
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Custom Adventures
We understand that travel to Africa is the trip of a lifetime. We all have specific
places or animals we want to see, or cultures we’d like to experience. Our 40 years
of pioneering the most authentic safaris uniquely qualify us to make your special,
custom adventure a reality. For example, we have created a wide variety of
personalized itineraries for guests from solo travelers to prestigious institutions,
family vacations to honeymoons, and even a wedding or two! So whether it’s a
walking, driving, or flying safari you’re dreaming of, give us your wish list and we’ll
get to work helping you create something absolutely unique!
Private Adventures
Many of our guests find that they don’t really need a fully customized safari—what
they’re really after is a trip that mirrors one of our scheduled group departures, but
with their choice of date. If that’s you, we have preset Private Adventure itineraries
based on our most popular group trips.
Need ideas?
- wa|king in Zambia: Fantastic game tracking in South Luangwa National Park.
- Hidden 1anzania: Off-the-beaten-path exploration of Tanzania’s less visited parks.
- 8est oF Namibia: Sossusvlei, Etosha, and the Skeleton Coast. The gems!
- kenya F|ying SaFari: Charter flights mean less travel time, more safari time!
- 1anzania Fami|y SaFari: A great way to share the safari magic with your kids.
- Magica| Ma|awi: Wildlife and beach time? Paradise, indeed!
- 8otswana Creen Season SaFari: Experience this Eden at its most vital.
- Sec|uded Zambia & 8otswana: Unparalleled game tracking and walking safaris.
- Egypt Private Adventure: The Great Pyramids and more.
- jordan Private Adventure: Find your inner Lawrence of Arabia in Petra and Wadi Rum!
The MTS Way
Private Adventure or full-blown custom safari, you’ll be assured of the best
accommodations, the best guides in the business, and the dependabi|ity oF experts
who’ve been making travel dreams come true for over four decades!
Call a Regional Specialist today at 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235).
Design Your Dream Safari
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This route, beautifully showcased in the 2002 IMAX film Kilimanjaro, begins and
ends in the varied expanses of Tanzania. Camp inside Kilimanjaro’s inner crater
before heading for the summit, pushing all the way up to 19,340 feet for stunning
views from the roof of Africa. Our trip includes an extra day for acclimatization
and porters carry all the gear, except for your daypack. You’ll see Mount Meru,
home to colobus monkeys, bushbuck, and leopards, and befriend the fascinating
Maasai—pastoralists who have tended cattle and built their homes with cow dung
for centuries. Cap off your trek with an epic safari through the Ngorongoro Crater,
one of the world’s largest collapsed calderas, and the Serengeti plains, with its
wealth of big game: lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra, and gazelle.
Tanzania
Climb Kilimanjaro:
The Western Breach Route
The classic route to the peak, with an epic wildlife safari in Tanzania
Activities Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive
vehicle, hiking
Trip Level Ultimate Challenge
Lodging 13 nights camping, 1 night hotel
Departures January, February, June, July,
September, December
Duration 15 days
Land Cost From $6,095
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“TKM” in the Search Box on
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A black rhino lumbers across the grassy plain, unaware of the rarity of his
species. A pride of lions, bellies flat to the ground, close in on a skittish zebra.
Your head begins to spin. Am I really in Africa?
Gazing up, you steady your sights by the massive peak of Kilimanjaro.
Hemingway said it was “as wide as all the world, great, high, and
unbelievably white in the sun.” That peak, like some icy oasis soaring above
the limitless grasslands of Tanzania and Kenya, has daunted since prehistory.
In fact, one of the origins of the name Kilimanjaro—a botched pronunciation
of the Chagga phrase “Kile-lema-irho”—means “we failed to climb it.” You
will not fail: 98 percent of those that climb with MTS reach the top.
Kilimanjaro is a wonderfully diverse
mountain, so MTS offers two routes to
the summit—both under the expert
wing of the region’s most experienced
guides, of course!
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The comparatively gradual Rongai Route up Kilimanjaro begins in the dry open plains
of Kenya. En route to the summit, you’ll cross the spectacular terrain of “The Saddle,”
where Kilimanjaro’s two highest peaks link above the treeline, and then set off at
midnight to reach the top by sunrise. The sprawling views from Uhuru Peak can
only be matched by Amboseli National Park and its elephant herds, immortalized
by Cynthia Moss in her book, Elephant Memories. Indulge your safari fantasies at
Masai Mara, where half a million wildebeest migrate across the river each year. You’ll
meet animals whose names you might not know—fringe-eared oryx, the graceful
gerenuk, tree hyrax, and bushbaby—but whose sight you won’t soon forget. Led by
experienced naturalists, this trek covers forests of camphor and East African olive,
acacia woodlands and marshy areas harboring year-round waterholes. Overnight at
lodges or tented camps on the savannah, surrounded by the sounds of lion herds
and hyena packs.
Kenya, Tanzania
Kilimanjaro: The Rongai Route
The road less traveled begins with an iconic safari in Kenya
Activities Hiking, game viewing by
4-wheel-drive vehicle
Trip Level Ultimate Challenge
Lodging 8 nights camping, 2 nights
lodge, 2 nights hotel
Departures March, May, August, October
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $6,195
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“TKC” in the Search Box on
mtsobek.com
= Climb Kilimanjaro:
The Western Breach Route
= Kilimanjaro: The Rongai Route
Find much more on
all our trips, including detailed itineraries
and best times to go, on www.mtsobek.com
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“CLIMB ONLY” OPTIONS FOR KILIMANJARO
Interested in just climbing the mountain? We have “Climb Only” options for both
of these itineraries (you’ll just have to come back to experience the exhilaration of a
classic East African safari). Call a Regional Specialist at 1-888-MTSOBEK for details.
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Adventure Experts
Iain A||an - East AFrica
Field director of MTS in
Kenya, Iain has lived there since
the age of nine. He is incredibly
knowledgeable about African wildlife, speaks
fluent Swahili, and is deeply involved in wild-
life conservation issues. Iain pioneered new
routes on both Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro,
and is the author of Guide to Mount Kenya
and Kilimanjaro and Snowcaps on the Equator.
Iain is also a central figure in Rick Ridgeway’s
The Shadow of Kilimanjaro, and was featured
in the May 2000 National Geographic
Adventure article “Among the Man-Eaters.”
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Isolated by millions of years and 250 miles of Indian Ocean, Madagascar’s exotic
wildlife, cultures, and landscapes transport the intrepid traveler into a strange and
wonderful world. All of the island’s mammals, most of its birds, and over 80% of
its plants are found nowhere else on Earth, creating a nature-lover’s dream. Be
captivated by lemurs dancing across trails, gigantic baobab trees framing tropical
sunsets, and brilliantly colored birds and butterflies flying among a thousand
species of orchids.
Just as Madagascar is unlike anywhere else, our journey to this otherworldly
destination differs from any other tour. Rather than sight-seeing only from vehicles,
we get out and hike deep into the most remote mountains, river valleys, and
rainforests. This is an ideal trip for active travelers who long to experience firsthand
Madagascar’s unparalleled nature on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition!
Madagascar
Hidden Madagascar
An African safari like no other!
Activities Hiking, wildlife viewing
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 15 nights lodges
Departures June, October
Duration 16 days
Land Cost From $5,095
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Almost any
MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private
Adventure. Take advantage of MTS’s
decades of experience designing the
best itineraries available, but pick your
dates and your travel companions. Call
a Regional Specialist for details!
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We’ve been exploring Morocco since 1975, and it shows—this trip offers the most
authentic immersion in Morocco’s culture, landscapes, and history. MTS guide Kristy
Larson’s expertise and personal connections allow for exceptional encounters with
locals and fresh insight into this fascinating and vibrant country.
Indulge your senses in Morocco’s rich
culture, and journey into the Sahara
Desert on camelback. With scenery
nothing short of spectacular—perfectly
blue skies, peach-colored sand dunes,
lush oases, and volcanic mountains—our
four-day camel trek follows an ancient
caravan route. And camping in the
Sahara for four nights will immerse us
in its timeless magic and solitude.
Then be equally enchanted with
Morocco’s royal cities: In Marrakesh, the
“Jewel of the South,” we’ll encounter a
host of snake charmers, acrobats, Gnaoua dancers, henna artists, and story tellers
at the carnivalesque market. Survey the stunning traditional Moroccan architecture
of Fès, oldest of the Imperial Cities. We’ll explore the Drâa, Dadès, and Ziz Valleys,
where date-palm oases are scattered with the mud-brick architecture of kasbahs and
fortified villages. And unlike other companies, we use 4x4 vehicles that allow us to
roam the back roads.
Morocco
Morocco Camel Trek
Unravel the magic and mystery of the Sahara with MTS favorite Kristy Larson
Activities Hiking, camel ride,
4-wheel-drive travel
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 8 nights hotels,
4 nights camping
Departures February, March, October
November, December
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $4,295
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Adventure Experts
Kristy Larson ~
Cuide: Morocco
Kristy fell in love with Morocco about 30 years ago as a Peace Corps
volunteer. After all these years she is still startled by its seemingly endless
mountains and desert valleys, and the colorful, exotic Berber culture living in a long-
forgotten age. Kristy has a passion for traditional Moroccan arts and handicrafts, speaks
Arabic and Berber dialects, and has a great rapport with the Moroccan people.
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AFRICA & THE
MIDDLE EAST
If solitude and a deep sense of history call to you, embark with us on the first ever
MTS trip to Sudan. Egypt’s vaster and less tourist-trodden neighbor to the south,
Sudan shimmers with all the rich culture and fertile landscape that a 500-mile
stretch of the Nile can muster. Despite five millenia of Coptic, Muslim, and Kushistic
civilizations, and Sudanese hospitality renowned the world over, much of this
complex country—one of Africa’s largest—remains unexplored. We begin where
the White Nile meets the Blue at the historic city of Omdurman (near Khartoum),
and skirt the great river northward toward the ruins and pyramids of the Kushistic
kingdom of Meroë. We’ll stay in a unique Nubian guest house and camp out under
the stars, encounter vast Nubian sand dune deserts and the holy mountain of Jebel
Barkal, and marvel at the painted tombs of El Kurru.
Sudan
NEW! Sudan Cultural Journey
An exploratory adventure to the less-frequented land of the Nile
Activities Cultural touring, archaeology
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 5 nights hotel, 4 nights basic
camps, 2 nights permanent
tented camps
Departures February, November
Length 12 days
Land Cost From $5,495
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
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Explore the timeless Kingdom of Jordan, where deep canyon walls, stunning desert
architecture, and the legacy of ancient civilizations bring history to living color.
Examine the ruins of Jerash—dating to 3,000 B.C.—stroll the ancient city and
modern-day capital of Amman, marvel at the stunning rock architecture of Petra,
the famous “Lost City,” and ride camels and hike rugged trails in Wadi Rum (where
Lawrence of Arabia was filmed). Our guides’ deep understanding of Jordan’s history
and culture will have you immersed in this magical land. All this adventure is balanced
with luxury, from spa treatments at the Dead Sea to gourmet Arabic cooking lessons.
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Jordan Adventure: Beyond Petra
Deep in the heart of classic antiquity, on foot and camel
Activities Hiking, touring, camel rides
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 8 nights hotels,
2 nights camping
Departures May, October, November
Duration 11 days
Land Cost From $4,595
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“JOR” in the Search Box on
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This stretch of West Africa knows how to celebrate its rich, living history. From the
great Ashanti empire to the isolated Tamberma and Somba peoples, West Africa’s
cultural vitality is on display in Yoruba mask ceremonies, vividly drawn Fulani face
tattoos, and crimson togas at Ashanti funeral dances. We’ll see it all as we traverse
these lands’ vast spectrum—from colonial Portuguese cities like Ouidah, across
savannah and rainforest, to Ganvié, Africa’s largest stilted village. We’ll sleep in
beach-front resorts and traditional tata desert huts, and savor the bright, strong
flavors of the best local fare. Choose as your highlight the Gelede festival, Benin’s
Yoruba fertility mask ceremony, or the Akwasidae ritual in the royal court of the
Ashanti King. In true MTS form, we won’t stand on the sidelines—we’ll jump
right in to the vibrant celebrations of this distinctive land.
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Festivals of West Africa
Step into the dazzling tribal world of Ghana, Togo, and Benin
Activities Cultural touring, walking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 12 nights hotel
Departures February, November
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $4,495
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“FWA” in the Search Box on
mtsobek.com
On this exclusive MTS trip, we’ll explore the area’s most renowned gems, and get off
the beaten path to discover the more remote wonders of this ancient land. Follow our
guides—seasoned Egyptologists—on a comprehensive tour of the Great Sphinx, the
Giza Pyramids, the Temple of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens,
and more. You’ll also roam further afield to the Sinai Peninsula, and enjoy a scenic
cruise along the storied Nile River.
Egypt
NEW! Egypt Encompassed
Ancient myth and modern glory in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula
Activities Touring, hiking, cruising
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 9 nights hotel, 3 nights luxury boat
Departures February, March, November,
December
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $5,595
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“EGE” in the Search Box on
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Ethiopia is home to a long and mystical past, written in the language of Ge’ez and
the traditions of Coptic Christianity. But this ancient country also boasts a present-
day plenitude of tribal cultures and lifestyles. Our journey takes us from animistic
communities in southern Ethiopia, with their resplendent body decorations, textile
work, and austere lifestyles, to the Amharic people of the north and their unique
traditions of ancient Ethiopian Christianity.
We’ll travel across rolling savannahs, terraced landscapes, and winding mountain
pathways. We’ll marvel at the sculpted rock churches of Lalibela, travel across
Lake Chamo for bird- and crocodile-watching, and decipher histories of Egyptian
Pharaohs, Muslim conquerors, and early Christian mystics on the muraled walls
of island monasteries. At each night’s accommodations, we’ll be greeted by the
region’s warm hospitality in the most picturesque of locations.
Ethiopia
Tribal Ethiopia
Exploring the cradle of mankind
Activities Cultural touring, walking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 13 nights hotels
Departures January, September, December
Duration 14 days
Land Cost From $5,195
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“ETH” in the Search Box on
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Alaska invites drama. The herds of caribou don’t run across the tundra, they
thunder. The whales don’t surface, they explode from beneath. Glaciers calve,
bears feast on rivers of salmon, and in summer there is daylight all night long.
How to experience this place? First, get to know the landscape. Obviously, it’s
huge: slap Alaska atop the contiguous United States and it’ll stretch from the
Canadian border to Mexico, and from Los Angeles to the Atlantic seaboard.
A “flightseeing” trip will let you get your bearings. Soar over the Alaska Range
and set your sights on North America’s highest peak, Denali, almost 6,000
feet taller than Mount Whitney, the Lower 48’s highest.
More than half of all the protected wilderness in the United States is in
Alaska. Abundant wildlife enjoy a home that has been theirs for thousands
of years. Expanses of roadless land extend in every direction—a truly
mezmerizing sight!
We’ve been pioneering adventure travel in The
Great Land since 1972—first as Alaska Discovery
and now as MTS Alaska. Our enduring local
ties and conservation efforts provide exclusive
experiences including overnight camping in
Glacier Bay National Park.
ALASKA
Few places in the world have just the right combination of elements to create a truly
spectacular wildlife viewing experience, and MTS has crafted this active trip to take
advantage of Alaska’s richest spots. Sea kayak at Point Adolphus, where humpback
whales stay throughout the summer to feed on enormous schools of herring. The
sound of the whales breathing echoes in the silence of the surrounding mountains.
View the rare spectacle of black and brown bears feeding together at Anan Bear
Observatory, Southeast Alaska’s best bear viewing!
To save time we use small charter planes to link our destinations easily and quickly.
Plus, flying over the islands and inlets gives an added sense of dimension to the trip,
linking our minds with our maps. You’ll enjoy comfortable lodgings, while getting
lots of action during the day—kayaking with the whales, walking in the wildflower-
carpeted mountains above Juneau, and exploring the fjords of Glacier Bay.
Alaska
Alaskan Wildlife Explorer
Inn-to-inn multi-activity and wildlife adventure in verdant southeastern Alaska
Activities Sea kayaking, hiking,
wildlife viewing
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 5 nights lodges
Departures July, August
Duration 6 days
Land Cost Call for pricing
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“INN” in the Search Box on
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Alaska
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This is a rare chance for a unique experience in the stunning Alaskan wilderness!
While most adventure companies don’t let you overnight in the unspoiled wilderness
of Denali National Park, this trip offers three splendid nights in the park under the
spell of Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. You’ll hear the crunch of
centuries-old ice underfoot as you trek on a glacier, thrill to true wilderness whitewater
as you raft through the heart of the Alaska Range, kayak past enormous tidewater
glaciers in Prince William Sound, and literally get a bird’s-eye view from a flight above
Alaska’s ceaselessly dramatic landscape. But best of all, you’ll explore this pristine
corner of the wilderness with expert MTS guides who are all seasoned Alaskans, so
you’re assured of getting a real insider’s view of the 49th state!
Alaska
Alaskan Classic
Signature MTS tour of Denali and Alaska’s glacial wonderland
Activities Hiking, glacier hiking,
sea kayaking, rafting,
wildlife viewing
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 7 nights lodges
Departures July, August
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $4,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“ACL” in the Search Box on
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Adventure Experts
John Baston ~
Program Director
A naturalist, former National
Park ranger, and veteran MTS
Alaska guide, John brings an
incredible hands-on perspective to designing
our Alaska & North America adventures. The
wilderness is where John feels most at home
having worked for the National Park Service
in Glacier Bay, Yosemite, Mount Rainier, Kenai
Fjords, Point Reyes and Golden Gate. John’s
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For an incredible wildlife experience, consider an independent stay at Camp Denali, a
beautiful natural haven deep in the heart of Denali National Park. Each day choose from
hiking the backcounty, canoeing, mountain biking, and fishing. And all guests have
superlative mountain views of Denali itself! For details search “CDL” on mtsobek.com.
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We call this trip the “ultimate” because it bundles the highlights of our many Alaskan
trips all into one expansive sea kayaking adventure. We hold difficult to obtain
permits to overnight inside Glacier Bay National Park, and we use them to bring you
deep into the fjords, where glaciers descend steeply from the St. Elias Mountains and
heave ice into the ocean. We’ll observe the breadth of wildlife in Glacier Bay—nesting
puffins, black and brown bears, and massive Steller sea lions. At Point Adolphus in
the Inside Passage, generations of humpback whales, each the size of a school bus,
come to feed on schools of fish—and, we’ll have a front row seat from our kayaks.
A mix of camping and comfortable inn accommodations round out this action-
packed MTS Alaskan masterpiece.
Alaska
Ultimate Alaska Sea Kayaking Expedition
The most comprehensive sea kayaking expedition among Alaska’s legendary wildlife
Activities Hiking, sea kayaking,
wildlife viewing
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 3 nights lodges,
4 nights camping
Departures June, July, August
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $3,195
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“UEX” in the Search Box on
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Ever since John Muir paddled a 50-foot hollowed-out log canoe into Glacier Bay
in 1879, visitors have steadily come to witness the grandeur of this portion of the
Alaskan coastline. Here high mountains meet the ocean and multiple ice ages have
left steep-sided shorelines and fjords scoured by advancing and retreating glaciers.
Here animals abound—you can see a
mountain goat and a sea star in the
same sweep of the eye.
Glacier Bay is a place for naturalists to
learn about our world, its plants and
animals. It is a place for photographers
to play amid fresh landscapes painted
in bold hues by the ever-changing
light. And it’s also a place for kayakers
and hikers to paddle calm waters and
stroll diverse beachscapes. About
the size of Massachussetts, Glacier
Bay encompasses ocean, forests, and
icefields. Throughout its history, it has seen native Tlingit villages, early American
explorers, and cutting-edge scientists grappling with change. The more time one
spends in Glacier Bay, the more wonderful and mysterious the world seems.
Alaska
Glacier Bay Small Ship Adventure
See all of Glacier Bay National Park and enjoy the comforts of a floating basecamp
Activities Hiking, sea kayaking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 5 nights aboard ship
Departures May, June, July, August,
September
Duration 6 days
Land Cost From $3,800
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“AKB” in the Search Box on
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ALASKA
This is one of the classic sea kayak expeditions in Alaska! Glacier Bay National
Park has it all—glaciers that calve enormous icebergs into an ocean teeming with
humpback whales, sea otters, orca, seals, and sea lions. Its forests are home to a
healthy population of both black and brown bears, and the calm, glassy seas of the
inside passage mirror and magnify the grand panorama of the Alaskan landscape.
The National Park Service strictly limits camping—MTS holds these rare permits—
making this a peaceful, spacious camping experience. This is a true expedition-style
journey where we will pack our kayaks, move camp, and paddle 50 miles of Glacier
Bay’s diverse shoreline, experiencing new plant and animal habitats every day. And
your first-class MTS guides will be there to enhance your understanding of this all-
too-rare wilderness, making the magic of Glacier Bay come alive for you. So whether
you’re an enthusiastic beginner or a seasoned paddler, this is a not-to-be-missed
trip of a lifetime.
Alaska
Glacier Bay Expedition
Rare opportunity to kayak and camp in one of America’s most
stunning national parks
Activities Sea kayaking, hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 5 nights camping, 1 night lodge
Departures June, July, August
Duration 7 days
Land Cost From $2,295
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“GBE” in the Search Box on
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Truly two of the greatest rivers in the world, the Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers are
a deep dive into a wilderness of unparalleled beauty and scale—25 million acres
encompassing two Canadian and two American national parks. Slicing between
towering peaks with a casual grace and flowing past wildflowers and sweeping
glaciers, these two rivers cut a path through the habitat of grizzly and black bear,
mountain goat and moose, bald eagle and osprey. Our expert guides include
published authors on these rivers—so they know their stuff! MTS ran the first
commercial rafting trip on the Tatshenshini way back in 1976. Join our experts for
the rafting expedition of a lifetime!
Alaska
Alsek & Tatshenshini Rivers
Raft among glaciers and icebergs on one of the world’s epic rafting journeys
Activities Rafting (Class II/III rapids and
one IV rapid), hiking, wildlife
viewing
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 11 nights camping
Departures June, July, August
Duration 12 days
Land Cost From $3,795
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“ALK” in the Search Box on
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Alsek River
Activities Rafting (Class II/III rapids),
hiking, wildlife viewing
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 8 nights camping
Departures June, July, August
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $3,195
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“TAI” in the Search Box on
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Tatshenshini River
Alaska
Hulahula & Kongakut Rivers
Rafting and hiking in the wildest, most far-flung reaches of northern Alaska
These spectacular rafting and hiking adventures will introduce you to the beauty
of Alaska’s famed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as you pass through some of
the most scenic portions of this “Serengeti of the North.” En route you’re likely
to encounter portions of the 100,000-strong Porcupine Caribou Herd, as well as
grizzlies, dall sheep, and wolves. On the Kongakut River you’ll begin with a scenic
bush flight to its headwaters. On the Hulahula you’ll get on the river in the heart of
the mighty Brooks Range. Both rivers pass through the Arctic coastal plain on their
way to the sea, giving you the ride of a lifetime! Rafting days are complemented by
leisurely layover days to photograph, explore, and just enjoy this fascinating and
ecologically diverse national treasure.
Activities Rafting (Class III/IV rapids),
hiking, wildlife viewing
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 11 nights camping
Departures June
Duration 12 days
Land Cost From $4,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“HUL” in the Search Box on
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Hulahula River
Activities Rafting (Class II/III rapids),
hiking, wildlife viewing
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 9 nights camping
Departures June, July
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $4,895
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“KGK” in the Search Box on
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ASIA
Everest is almost six miles high—it practically reaches into the stratosphere—
but for a moment let’s drop down below that superlative peak and peer
into the Himalayan splendor of Nepal. “Khumbu” is what they call the
land around Everest, and it’s a place where your spirituality is awakened, in
the most refreshing way. Ancient Buddhist monasteries seem alive with the
sounds of worship, exquisite species of rhododendron grace the hillsides, and
the boulders around Sherpa villages are carved with prayer inscriptions.
The dizzying bazaars of Kathmandu, along with Kipling’s “wildest dreams
of Kew,” will beckon you. From that exotic capital, you might fly to Lukla,
perched high on a mountainside above the River of Milk, where you’ll begin
your trek through lively sherpa villages. Descend
into the deep Dudh Kosi Gorge—one of the most
beautiful valley walks on Earth. Or trek to the
foot of Everest, the world’s highest mountain,
an indescribable thrill and, for many, the
realization of a lifetime dream.
Since 1969, MTS has been pioneering trekking in Nepal and establishing local ties
in the Khumbu region. This classic trek takes us on a stunning round-up of must-
see destinations in the Khumbu, all while bedding down each night in the finest
lodges. Wander through local villages, enjoy the solitude of ancient monasteries,
and experience the warmth of the people.
From famed Tengboche Monastery, nestled in the heights of jagged mountains,
we’ll have a sublime view of Mount Everest. Aside from this celebrated peak and
star of the show, we’ll have a stunning panorama of other Himalayan giants as well:
Kangtega (22,340'), Thamserku (22,208'), and the obelisk of Ama Dablam (22,494').
Take your feet to the roof of the world in this pristine labyrinth of peaks.
Nepal
Everest Lodge to Lodge
An insider’s look at Everest’s famed Khumbu region with MTS exclusive guides
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 9 nights lodges, 4 nights hotels
Departures April, May, October, November,
December
Duration 14 days
Land Cost From $3,395
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“EVE” in the Search Box on
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New this year: enjoy staying in comfortable lodges for this epic journey through the
lofty and legendary passes of the Himalaya. Known in Tibetan as Chomolangma—
“Mother Goddess of the Snows”—Everest is the star of the Himalaya and an
irresistible lure to adventurers far and wide. Very few have stood on Everest’s
daunting summit, yet trekking to its flanks is still a phenomenal feat to claim.
With over 40 years of experience, MTS is the go-to company on the mountain,
with top-notch veteran guides who are all seasoned mountaineers.
After a plunge into the exotic bazaars of Kathmandu, take a mountain flight to
Lukla at 9,200 feet and trek through lively Sherpa villages en route to Everest,
where you’ll absorb the serenity inside ancient Buddhist monasteries. On the rocky
heights of Kala Patar (18,192') we’ll first set our eyes on the face of Everest, the Big
One. We’ll trek to Base Camp (17,600'), with views of otherworldly 50-foot-tall seracs
(the blocks of ice among the crevasses of the glacier).
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Everest Base Camp Trek
Journey to the base of the world’s highest peak—now without camping!
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Ultimate Challenge
Lodging 14 nights lodges, 4 nights hotels
Departures April, May, October, November
Duration 19 days
Land Cost From $4,595
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Adventure Experts
Lhakpa Norbu ~
Guide: Nepal
Lhakpa was born in Namche
Bazaar to a mountaineering
family. (His father was a climbing Sherpa and
went to the South Col on several expeditions,
including the 1963 American Everest expedi-
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climbed Kanchenjunga, and has trekked
peaks like Mount Mera. Lhakpa has a deep
interest in environmental issues and has been
working with MTS since 1983—first as sirdar
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Get up close to the Annapurna Range’s sacred peaks and intimate trails without
giving up a good night’s sleep. Our lodge-to-lodge trek starts each day from the
area’s most comfortable accommodations and takes us to some of the best vistas
in the entire region—elevated encounters with the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail
Mountain, sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. Hike beside terraced
hillsides, through subtropical forests covered with tree orchids, rhododendrons,
and magnolias, visit small mountain hamlets, and sleep in lodge rooms that look
out on the mountains.
In addition, explore this truly unique and untouched topography by rafting along
the Seti River. Local guides and porters welcome us into their homes, providing an
intimate, insider’s view of regional highland culture. Very few tourists ever come here:
you will know what it really means to get away. A serene float (no big whitewater!)
takes us from Damauli down to the Seti River Camp, where the safari-style tents are
large and include attached bathrooms, and where virtually nothing stands in the way
of an unspoiled encounter with teeming natural landscapes and remote village life
along the banks.
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NEW! Annapurna Lodge to Lodge
Easy rafting and trekking in the heart of the serene Annapurna Range
Activities Hiking, rafting
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 4 nights hotels, 3 nights lodges,
2 nights safari-style camp
Departures January, March, October,
November, December
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $2,795
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There’s something about the Himalaya that speaks of romance and adventure,
of mystical religions and exotic lands. Take a step back in time and join us on this
enriching, non-trekking journey for an eye-opening look into traditions and cultures
far removed from our own. Not so long ago, this Himalayan odyssey would not
have been possible (unless you wanted to emulate Alexandra David-Néel or other
intrepid early explorers who traveled on foot for months or years). Now air travel
makes short work of what was formerly an arduous journey.
You’ll begin your Himalayan visit in the hidden mountain kingdom of Bhutan, a
true bastion of tradition in a globalized world, home to an independent people
who have not rejected their ancient spiritual heritage for modern ways. From there
you’ll travel to Nepal on a breathtaking flight with spectacular views of the eastern
Himalaya—including Chomolhari, Jichu Drakye, and Tsering Kang. In Nepal you’ll
visit Pokhara, where you’ll spend time
hiking in the Pokhara Valley and taking in
the breathtaking views of the Annapurna
Range before flying on to Kathmandu,
Nepal’s capital. Kathmandu is an
unforgettable melting pot of Hindu and
Buddhist cultures, and in the markets
and bazaars you’ll rub shoulders with
some of Nepal’s very diverse people.
Hindus offer alms at pagoda-like
temples, sacred cows roam the streets,
and the exotic scents of incense and
alien spices float on the breezes.
Your Himalayan odyssey ends on a high
note as you fly to Tibet to meet the indomitable Tibetan people, who’ve maintained
their spiritual identity in the face of overwhelming odds. You’ll spend five days
here, visiting various sites including Samye—the first monastery of Tibet—and
Lhasa, Tibet’s long-forbidden capital city at 11,800 feet. You’ll also tour the major
monuments, including the legendary gold-roofed, thousand-room Potala Palace.
Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet
Himalayan Passages
The most comprehensive cultural tour of three Himalayan kingdoms
Activities Touring, hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 15 nights hotels
Departures April, October
Duration 16 days
Land Cost From $5,795
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“BNT” in the Search Box on
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Golden mustard fields. Rooftops covered in drying red chilis. High passes
marked by fluttering prayer flags. This is Bhutan, landlocked, guarded by
gigantic ice-clad mountains and shrouded in thick primeval forests. It
remains a mystery, open to tourists only since 1980 (although MTS has
been pioneering travel here since 1974).
It’s no wonder Bhutan is known as the happiest country in Asia. You can
see proof of that in the people: in the smiling red-robed lama teacher who
lives in a 16th-century monastery, and in the tranquil domestic routines of
a family gathering herbs, making fresh cheese from yak milk, or weaving
beautiful textiles. Treks here are breathtaking, sometimes literally—in other
words, they can be quite strenuous (and commensurately rewarding!). You’ll
loop around a gorgeous realm of snowy peaks that
includes the 24,000-foot Chomolhari, Bhutan’s
most sacred mountain, said to house a goddess
that watches over the Himalayan kingdom.
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This trip perfectly blends a ridge-top trek with an off-the-beaten-path cultural journey
through Bhutan. Our exclusive itinerary offers scenic panoramic vistas of sacred
Chomolhari (23,997') and other Himalayan peaks with their verdant valleys below.
The Haa Valley, a cornerstone of this journey, has only been open to travel since
2001, so trekkers are few and the trails unspoiled. You’ll climb through rich forests
of pine and dwarf rhododendron, plus visit Taktsang, a cliff hermitage nestled in a
granite wall above the Paro Valley. The trip will leave you mezmerized by the beauty
of Bhutan’s rich Buddhist heritage and its landscape of neat whitewashed homes
tucked away on terraced rice and buckwheat fields.
Bhutan
Bhutan Sampler
The best of the Himalayan kingdom
Activities Hiking, touring
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 7 nights hotels, 3 night camping
Departures April, October, November
Duration 11 days
Land Cost From $4,195
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Kingdom in the Clouds
Bhutan
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MTS was the first company to offer trekking in Bhutan, and we’ve developed
steadfast relationships with the locals since 1974. Trek with us through a gorgeous
realm of snowy peaks topped by Chomolhari (23,997'), Bhutan’s most sacred
mountain. Visit Bhutan’s extraordinary dzongs (fortress-like citadels) and delight
in rare migratory birds and herds of blue sheep. Follow snow leopard tracks, and
gear up as the mountain trail becomes rocky, yet rewardingly strenuous. Your
journey includes a visit to a 17th-century frontier post and to Bhutan’s National
Museum, with its collections of spectacular bronze statues and thangkas (religious
scroll paintings).
Bhutan
The Chomolhari Trek
A comprehensive tour around Bhutan’s holiest peak
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Ultimate Challenge
Lodging 7 nights camping,
7 nights hotels
Departures April, October, November
Duration 15 days
Land Cost From $5,095
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Adventure Experts
Namgay Dorji ~
Guide: Bhutan
The senior manager of
our Bhutan office, Namgay
has been leading treks and tours for the
past ten years. A graduate of the Institute
of Tourism and Hotel Management in
Salzburg, Austria, Namgay speaks seven
languages: English, Japanese, German,
Spanish, Hindi, Nepali, and Urdu. He
has a great depth of knowledge about the
history, culture, and religion of Bhutan,
and eagerly looks forward to sharing his
insights and experiences with his guests.
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Appreciate the beauty of Bhutan without having to trek! This cultural odyssey
takes you back in time to a world guarded by gigantic mountains and covered with
thick primeval forests. Our unique trip includes lively festivals and day hikes, along
with insider explorations of the small town of Punakha. Attend the magnificent
Tsechu religious festival, where elaborately costumed dancers perform masked
dance-dramas. Mingling with the locals at this joyous celebration is a unique
honor bestowed to a limited number of visitors each year.
Bhutan
Festivals of Bhutan
Insider access to spectacular Bhutanese festivals
Activities Touring, hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 8 nights hotels
Departures March, September
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $3,295
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“CFB” in the Search Box on
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On this 13-day immersion in legendary Rajasthani culture, stay in 17th-century
castles, trek through unspoiled preserves, and visit undisturbed villages that date
back to the time of the maharajas. Stay in regal carpeted tent accommodations just
outside the fairgrounds of the Nagaur Fair, an ancient and vibrantly colorful annual
desert event renowned in India and abroad. We’ll introduce you to local families,
many of noble lineage, and take you through remote villages for an in-depth
cultural experience.
In Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, share the woods with wild boar, antelope,
wolf, and exotic bird life. Explore Kumbhalgarh Fort, a massive structure stretching
24 miles across the Aravali Mountains (the oldest mountain range in the world),
surrounded by 13 peaks, guarded by 7 gates, and unlike any fortress you’ve ever
seen. The total hike of 4½ days takes you beyond Kumbhalgarh into remote villages,
forests, and the little-known lake district of Rajasthan. Come with us to experience
the magic and magnificence of India!
India
Royal Rajasthan Trek
India the magnificent—palaces, fortresses, and wildlife
Activities Cultural journey, hiking, touring
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 9 or 11 nights hotels,
1 or 2 nights camping
Departures January, November
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $5,295
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“RRT” in the Search Box on
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Our Regional Specialists can help you combine itineraries and assist with
internal flights between destinations to help make your dream exploration
of India become a reality!

Visit the best known sites of northern India—Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Agra—
all in one week! You’ll be transported back in time to a romantic, turbulent era
of turbaned warrior-princes, martial valor, and cloistered harems as you tour
the enchanting palaces and forts of the maharajas, including the Red Fort, and
experience a spectacular sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. 8 days. From $4,295

Experience the contrasting religions and cultures of central India—from Buddhist,
Hindu, and Jain faiths to Portuguese Christianity. Explore the rock-cut cave temples
of Ellora and Ajanta, and visit medieval churches in the Portuguese colonial town of
Goa—all UNESCO World Heritage Sites! 7 days. From $3,495

Explore southern India from coast to coast—from the spice trade of the Malabar
Coast to the colonial influences on the Coromandel. Float through the beautiful
serene waterways of the Kerala backwaters, witnessing the everyday life of the local
people fishing and farming; view game by boat at Periyar National Park, where
we’ll look for elephants, guar, and the elusive tiger; plus visit Old Cochin and the
astounding temples of Madurai. 7 days. From $3,395
Call a Regional Specialist at 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) to create your
dream trip to India!
India
Design Your Own India Adventure
Three exciting Private Adventures designed to be taken as stand-alone
journeys or in combination as part of exploring the entire country
Treasures of North India
Splendors of Central India
Images of South India
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With its white sand beaches, spices, diverse wildlife, and over 2,500 years of recorded
history, it’s no wonder that early Arab explorers to Sri Lanka called it “Serendib.” It’s
hard to imagine a more serendipitous combination of history, culture, and ecologically
preserved natural beauty. Our sampler of Sri Lanka’s wonders takes us to five of its
seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like the huge red stone Sigiriya, an astonishing
5th-century rock fortress.
Look for incredible wildlife in three national parks: sloths, elephants, leopards,
crocodiles, spotted deer, mongoose, water buffalo, and a plethora of birdlife. We’ll
also hike through villages and eat curry with local families; explore the ruins of ancient
cities; and witness the harvest of tea, coconuts, and rubber. We’ll relax at some of the
most remarkable hotels in Sri Lanka, like Vil Uyana Resort, where villas are nestled
within the cover of a forest, or hover on stilts over water or paddy fields. Alternating
between hiking and 4x4 vehicles, this active journey is exclusive to MTS!
Sri Lanka
Magical Sri Lanka
MTS’s exclusive showcase of the majestic Pearl of the Orient
Activities Hiking, nature walks,
jeep safari, touring
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 11 nights hotels
Departures February, October
Duration 12 days
Land Cost From $4,895
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
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Follow in the footsteps of shoguns, samurai and merchants who once traveled on
foot or horseback on a network of ancient kaido, or trails, linking the imperial capital
to provincial towns and small villages that dot the Kiso Valley. This journey begins in
today’s cultural capital of Kyoto, home of 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, where
we visit Kinkaku-ji—the Golden Pavilion—built by the Ashikaga Shogun at the end
of the 14th-century, and stroll the famous Philosopher’s Path lined with cherry trees,
ethereal with blossoms in springtime.
We’ll hike along the Yamannobe-
no-Michi, literally “path beside the
mountains,” said to be the oldest
road in Japan, and travel by train along
the scenic Nankai railway to Mount
Koya, a high bowl-shaped valley filled
with stands of towering cedar trees.
The center of the Shingon sect of
Buddhism, this region is home to more
than 100 monasteries.
We’ll stay in traditional shukubo (temple
lodgings) and dine on shojin ryori
(Buddhist vegetarian fare) near Mt.
Koya. We’ll continue along the Nakasendo, one of Japan’s principal trade routes
during the time of the shoguns. Beautifully preserved juku (post towns) lie along
the route, and you’ll enjoy the hospitality of villagers who have converted their
traditional machiya houses into inns. You’ll also get to relax those walking muscles
in hot spring baths in lovely mountain ryokans. We wrap up our journey in bustling
Tokyo, with visits to the elegant Ginza shopping district, the Imperial Palace and
the Grand Meiji Shrine.
Japan
Walking Japan
Stroll back in time to the villages of old Japan on this MTS exclusive
Activities Hiking, city touring
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 10 nights hotels
Departures April, September, November
Duration 11 days
Land Cost From $4,995
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Tucked in a remote corner of the Tibetan plateau, Mt. Kailas is revered by Hindus and
Buddhists as the ultimate pilgrimage site. Their belief is that by devoutly circling the
sacred peak on foot, one can be cleansed of earthly sins. Your own pilgrimage starts
in Lhasa and then travels to Lake Manasarovar, where you’ll make a full kora (circuit)
before heading to the mountain itself to make the 32-mile trip around its base. Hardy
Tibetans make this circuit in a day, but we’ll do it in a more relaxed four days.
Tibet | FOLLOW THE LEADER WITH CATHY ANN TAYLOR
Kailas: Sacred Mountain of Tibet
Join devout pilgrims on a holy circuit around this Buddhist and Hindu
pilgrimage site
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Ultimate Challenge
Lodging 13 nights camping, 6 nights
hotels, 2 nights guesthouse
Departures September
Duration 22 days
Land Cost From $7,395
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“KAI” in the Search Box on
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North of the Annapurna Circuit, the Nar and Phu Valley (13,600') beckon the most
dedicated high-altitude trekkers. Trip leader Cathy Ann Taylor heads up this first-ever
MTS journey though the remote Nar Phu Valley region, which is as rugged and
isolated as when it first opened to outsiders nine years ago. We’ll hike at a challenging
pace, traversing the region’s high peaks and passes, forest cover, and alpine pastures,
experience mountain life through encounters with the people of its virtually undisturbed
villages, and camp in lofty alpine settlements at night. We’ll take the added challenge
of ascending Kang La (17,200') and Thorong La (17,771') passes, where panoramic
views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peaks will reward us.
Nepal | FOLLOW THE LEADER WITH CATHY ANN TAYLOR
NEW! Nar & Phu: The Forbidden Valleys
Our first ever trans-Himalayan trek to Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Ultimate Challenge
Lodging 5 nights hotels,
17 nights camping
Departures October
Duration 23 days
Land Cost From $5,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
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Marco Polo called Myanmar “one of the finest sights in the world.” In the centuries
since then, this rich land has only gotten better. Leading this trip is MTS trailblazer
Gary Wintz, whose credentials—traveling to over 210 countries and spearheading
humanitarian projects in Asia—are matched only by his masterful storytelling, deep
historical sense, and contagious wanderlust! We’ll discover spectacular treasures like
gilded Shwedagon Paya, the towering reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi Paya, and
extraordinary 800-year-old temples at Bagan. Explore sacred Buddha caves, spend
two full days at beautiful Inle Lake, and learn about traditional fishing and silk
weaving, all while staying in the best five-star hotels and resorts.
Myanmar | FOLLOW THE LEADER WITH GARY WINTZ
Burma
Explore the cultural highlights of this magical Southeast Asian treasure
Activities Touring
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 14 nights hotels
Departures November
Duration 15 days
Land Cost From $4,795
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“WMY” in the Search Box on
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Take an eye-opening journey into the heart of the Bengal tiger territory by elephant,
open 4x4 vehicle, and on foot. We’ll learn about current threats to their survival, and
explore what can be done to save this magnificent cat from extinction. MTS makes a
$300 contribution per participant to The Fund for the Tiger, a non-profit organization
that, to date, has raised over $200,000 toward preventing the tiger’s disappearance
from the forests and jungles of Asia. Take this unique opportunity to support the
survival of Bengal tigers while learning about them and seeing them as they should
be seen—in all their wild glory.
India | FOLLOW THE LEADER WITH BRIAN WEIRUM
Save the Tiger
MTS’s educational adventure to support tiger conservation
Activities Game viewing by elephant
and 4-wheel-drive vehicle
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 14 nights hotels
Departures March
Duration 15 days
Land Cost From $7,095
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“SAV” in the Search Box on
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Kailas: Sacred Mountain of Tibet
Save the Tiger
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Be among the first guests of the Naga tribes in the eastern Himalayan foothills and
partake in their rich traditions—folklore, singing, and weaving—and meet their king!
This rare immersion in living traditions is one you can only get with us. Mahesh
Sriram, our guide, has local connections and 20 years of guiding in India, which
ensures an intimate insider’s experience.
Travel down the Brahmaputra River, explore the world’s largest river island, then
walk the terai (Himalayan foothills) in search of red pandas, elusive leopards, Asian
elephants, water buffalo, and the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Explore
14th-century Ahom monuments, trek through montane forests and tea gardens,
and immerse yourself in Hindu, Buddhist, and animist traditions. Step into locals’
homes for a cup of tea and spend nights in comfortable camps or locally run
eco-friendly resorts.
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India’s Northeast Frontier:
Nagaland and Assam
Wildlife, rich cultural immersion, and meeting with a king—only with MTS!
Activities Hiking, tribal cultural
interaction, touring,
elephant safari
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 8 nights hotels,
4 nights camping
Departures March, November
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $5,595
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Join Everest summiteer Jamling Tenzing Norgay (son of Tenzing Norgay, who made
the first ascent of Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary) on his favorite trek: an
eight-day hike on his home turf of Sikkim, culminating in unbelievably spectacular
views of mighty Kanchenjunga (28,208'), third highest mountain in the world. Jamling,
a devout Buddhist, also tells us that this trek is a significant spiritual journey because
Padmasambhava—the 8th-century saint who brought Buddhism to Tibet—is said to
have meditated in the caves along these same trails. While in Sikkim, you’ll also visit
grand monasteries that are thriving centers of Sikkim’s Mahayana Buddhist tradition,
and have a festive farewell repast at the Tenzing Norgay residence, where you’ll have a
chance to mingle with other legendary Everest climbers (friends of Jamling) and gain
insight into 50 years of mountaineering history.
India
Trekking in Sikkim
In the shadow of Kanchenjunga with MTS favorite Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 6 nights camping,
6 nights hotels
Departures April, October
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $4,495
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Formerly the kingdom of Lo, Nepal’s Mustang region lies hidden behind the
Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna at the very roof of Asia. Long isolated
from the outside world, its people have maintained a way of life almost unchanged
for centuries. As you make your way through this secluded land you’ll pass brightly
painted chortens (Buddhist shrines), enormous monasteries, and arresting views
of the snow-covered Himalaya. In the capital of Lo Manthang, you’ll appreciate the
timelessness of an ancient culture marked by the ruins of old forts, monasteries rich
in art and history, and caves replete with magnificent religious statues.
Nepal | IT’S BACK!
Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom
Step into the past and explore a kingdom long isolated from the outside world
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 6 nights hotels,
13 nights camping
Departures May, September
Duration 20 days
Land Cost From $4,995
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Strung like pearls across the verdant Indochina Peninsula, the countries of Southeast
Asia have long evoked images of the exotic and mysterious. Our adventures in
Southeast Asia are designed to be joined together to create a custom exploration
of the idyllic landscapes and rich cultures of this incredible region.
We’ll help you combine itineraries, and assist with internal flights between
destinations, to ensure your dream trip is perfect for you.
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
Journey through Southeast Asia
Mix and match trips to create your dream adventure
Activities Touring, boating, hiking,
kayaking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging Hotels, deluxe ships, lodges,
home stays
Departures November–February
Duration 7-15 days
Land Cost From $750
Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
Nothing prepares you for the experience
of seeing Angkor Wat for the first time.
Explore the temple complex itself and
the no less spectacular Angkor Thom,
once a city of a million inhabitants.
3 days. From $750
Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay
Explore Ha Long Bay, Vietnam’s
most stunning natural treasure and a
UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised
of approximately 3,000 islands that
rise from emerald waters, creating a
dramatic seascape. 4 days. From $1,395
Vietnam South to North
Vietnam is an incredibly beautiful country
with a unique and rich civilization. Visit
Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon), Da
Nang, the Marble Mountains, Hoi An
(a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Hué,
and Hanoi. 8 days. From $2,795
Undiscovered Vietnam
This active adventure combines our love
of sea kayaking with enriching encounters
with tribal ethnic minorities. Visit Ba Be
National Park, an undiscovered jewel,
then explore Ha Long Bay in a sea kayak!
13 days. From $4,795
Ancient Monuments
& Culture of Myanmar
Dive into one of the most beautifully
unspoiled parts of the world. Discover
Myanmar’s spectacular glories—sacred
pagodas, ancient Buddhist temples, and
monasteries that defy the imagination—
and enjoy the charm of the stilt villages
and floating gardens of Inle Lake. 10
days. From $3,295
Hill Tribes and Temples
of Northern Thailand
Visit the wats (temples) in Chiang Mai,
the Burmese-style wats Jong Kham and
Jong Klang in Mae Hong Son, plus take
an elephant ride through the forest and a
long-tail motorboat ride on the Pai River.
4 days. From $1,195
Laos: Highlights of
Luang Prabang
In 2008, The New York Times rated
Luang Prabang the #1 destination in
the world, where mountain villagers
live unimpacted by the outside world.
Explore caves along the Mekong River,
ride through the forest atop an elephant,
and swim under cool waterfalls. 5 days.
From $1,595
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Ancient Monuments & Culture of Myanmar
Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay
If you crave something new—and lots of it—head to Borneo. It’s hard to top more
than 1,200 species of orchids, the oldest rainforest in the world, and at least 44
species of endemic mammals (Bornean orangutans, clouded leopards, Asian
pygmy elephants, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the Bornean gibbon, to name a
few). From the top of Mt. Kinabalu we’ll watch the sun rise over Borneo’s sprawling
rainforests, mountain woods, and mangrove jungles. This trip is for adventurous
MTS travelers—our 12-day journey includes challenging treks through jungles and
mountain terrain, as well as travel by boat and land vehicles. We’ll spend nights in
remote eco-lodges, and have a chance to visit a local forest restoration project. We’ll
soak up some sun at Borneo’s beautiful beaches, and take canopy walks through
untouched Danum Valley. Always on the lookout, of course, for the region’s most
well-known resident—the endangered Bornean orangutan.
Borneo, Indonesia
NEW! Malaysian Borneo Adventure:
Following the Footprints of the Orangutans
Hike untouched jungles in search of orangutans in the world’s oldest rainforest
Activities Hiking, wildlife viewing
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 8 nights hotels,
3 nights eco-camp
Departures May, August
Duration 12 days
Land Cost From $5,795
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
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The cowbells, the chalets, the fondue—there’s a cozy charm to the Alps,
but underestimate them at your peril. Hannibal certainly didn’t. The
Carthaginian general willed his armies (and his 37 elephants) over the
highest peaks in Europe, and for the next 2,000 years these mountains
towered over the European imagination. Artists like John Ruskin and
Gustave Doré depicted them as an adventurer’s paradise, but a
challenging one, where summiteers tested their limits.
Particularly fearsome was Mont Blanc, that Alpine titan, and the
Matterhorn, its pyramid-topped rival. But beneath those peaks is a
glacial wonderland, home to whistling marmots (a plump squirrel
with an operatic pitch) and the humongously horned ibex. There’s pristine
forest and fields of almost edible greenness where
you’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic of berry cobbler
and potato gratín. Every day you’ll descend to
a veritable snow-globe of a village in the Alps,
situated at the crossroads of three great
European cultures.
Beginning and ending in Chamonix, France, this classic 10-day circuit around
Western Europe’s highest peak (15,781') weaves past chiseled mountaintops,
glistening glaciers and traditional Alpine villages with picturesque wooden chalets.
You’ll hike into Italy via grassy trails and old Roman roads. Then follow an old
smuggler’s path above the Rhone Valley into Switzerland, overnighting in historic
inns. Intricate mountainside picnics include a bounty of local products, like Alpine
goat cheese, Savoyard wines and fresh-baked bread. All of our guides are local
Alpinists whose expertise in the area is matched only by their great love of its
history and terroir.
France, Italy, Switzerland
Tour du Mont Blanc
The classic alpine rite of passage in signature MTS style
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 11 nights inns and hotels
Departures June, July, August, September
Duration 12 days
Land Cost From $3,895
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“MBC” in the Search Box on
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Our streamlined Tour du Mont Blanc shaves four days off the journey but contains
enough cowbells, mountain passes, forests, flowering fields, and gourmet picnics to
fulfill all your Alpine fantasies. You’ll explore the gardens of Courmayeur, the chalets
of Champex, and the vine-covered slopes around Martigny. And of course you’ll
behold Mont Blanc itself, the high point of the Alps and the birthplace of modern
mountaineering. Our seasoned local guides will help evoke the region’s rich history,
from its dramatic geological origins, Hannibal’s fabled crossing and the travails of
Mont Blanc’s earliest adventurers.
France, Italy, Switzerland
Tour du Mont Blanc Express
The most famous Alpine adventure in half the time
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 7 nights inns and hotels
Departures June, July, August, September
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $3,395
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“MBX” in the Search Box on
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A GREAT NEW OPTION FOR MONT BLANC
Longing to experience Mont Blanc with your companion, but only one of you likes
strenuous hiking? Try our NEW Mont Blanc for the Both of You trip. One of you hikes
during the day while the other enjoys easier but no less wonderful activities. For
details, itinerary, and more, search by trip name or trip code “MBU” on mtsobek.com.
Adventure Experts
Laurent Langoisseur ~
Guide: The Alps
An avid sports enthusiast,
accomplished mountaineer,
and inexhaustible hiker who wears the
coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides,
Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc
over 100 times. His knowledge of the culture,
history, plants, birds, and every single peak
and glacier along the trail is a wonderful
complement to his guiding skills, making
him a perennial favorite among MTS guests.
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The time-honored Haute Route is classic, traversing the heart of the Swiss Alps with
no fewer than 10 passes in 10 days, taking you from the foot of Mont Blanc in France
to the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Travel with our local MTS guides, who each have
over 15 years of experience guiding with us.
On our most challenging trip in the Alps, feast your eyes on some of the highest
mountains in western Europe—the legendary Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, and the
Dent Blanche, and many other peaks topping 13,000 feet. Amble through Swiss
chalet villages, stumble upon ibex and whistling marmots, and refuel your feet
with hearty potato gratín and a cold panaché.
France, Switzerland
Hiking Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Hike the epic Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 11 nights hotels, inns,
or mountain hut
Departures July, August
Duration 12 days
Land Cost From $4,595
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
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Find much more on
all our trips, including detailed itineraries
and best times to go, on www.mtsobek.com
MORE OPTIONS
If Mont Blanc calls to you, but not on
the dates you’re free, try our Mont
Blanc Private Adventure. You’ll get all
the local flavor and scenic grandeur
of our classic Tour du Mont Blanc, but
you choose the dates and your travel-
ing companions! For details, itinerary,
and more, search by trip name or trip
code “6MB” on mtsobek.com.
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Now, you can skip the challenging hikes but still see the Alps in all their glory, on our
more leisurely-paced tour of Switzerland’s iconic peaks. Via cog trains, lifts, and light
alpine walks, we’ll cross glacial mountain slopes, larch forests, and idyllic valleys, lush
with asters, geraniums, and cornflowers. We’ll reach the heights of the Gornergrat
viewpoint, where sweeping views of the massive Matterhorn await us. Visit sparkling
alpine lakes and the crackling Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in Europe. In the
Valais village of Simplon Dorf, taste freshly made traditional Raclette cheese. Explore
cozy mountain hamlets Zmutt and Törbel, where sloping pine forests shelter clusters
of dark wooden homes, and relax in elegant 4-star hotels throughout. We’ll take you
straight into the Alps for the full experience—but without the strenuous hiking.
Switzerland
NEW! Walking the Classic Swiss Alps
Alpine villages and peaks: Zermatt, the Gornergrat, and the Matterhorn—
minus strenuous hiking
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 8 nights hotels
Departures July, August, September
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $3,595
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“SWW” in the Search Box on
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MORE OPTIONS
Looking for a different sort of
hiking experience in Europe? Try
our Trails of the French Riviera trip.
Hike in the Calanques and along
the Mediterranean coast on a 9-day
journey through some of France’s
most picturesque scenery. For details,
itinerary, and more search by trip name
or trip code “MBB” on mtsobek.com.
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The distinctive summits of the Bernese Oberland make up one of the most stunning
landscapes of the Alps. Separated from the Valaisannes Alps by the Rhone Valley,
these mountains are entirely situated in Switzerland, and count no fewer than nine
summits over 13,200 feet! Starting from the Rhone Valley, we’ll traverse the Bernese
Range on a challenging seven-day journey, punctuated by a myriad of rewarding views.
We’ll take in the regal Wildstrubel massif overlooking Engstligenalp’s bright green
plains, tackle a remarkable ascent along the gorges of Trummel, sleep in a mountain
farmhouse in Bundalp, and hike along a ridge to Chindbettipass, with reflecting
glacial lakes far below. And we’ll stay in charming Swiss villages along the way,
including Kandersteg and Grindelwald.
Switzerland
Hiking the Bernese Alps:
Eiger, Mönch, & Jungfrau
Inspiring hikes among the most famous Swiss peaks of the Bernese Oberland
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 8 nights hotels and inns
Departures August
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $3,795
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“HBO” in the Search Box on
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Stéphane Berger ~
Guide: The Alps
Stéphane is a true man of the
mountains, with a Savoyard
father and Swiss mother. He grew up in
Chamonix, then left the valley to follow his
first love, architecture. But the call of the wild
proved too strong: numerous travels in North
Africa, Siberia, and the Himalaya opened a
new door to him—the profession of hiking
guide. Nowadays, Stéphane lives in a chalet
in Chamonix from which he escapes frequent-
ly to travel the mountain areas of the world.
“Steph” has now been a member of the
Compagnie des Guides for many years, with
over 100 trips in the Alps under his belt.
Find much more on
all our trips, including detailed itineraries
and best times to go, on www.mtsobek.com
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No one else offers a trip like this: hiking the best sections of the Grand Randonnée 5
(GR5), considered one of the world’s superb hiking trails. Starting in the storied alpine
heights of the Mont Blanc Massif, we’ll wind through remote valleys, cross sun-
dappled meadows thick with wildflowers, and explore the pristine national parks
of the French Alps where marmots, ibex, and even wolves can be found. Your efforts
are rewarded with a dazzling finish on the luxurious shores of the French Riviera,
where the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean are an inviting respite after
this strenuous hike.
If you want to see the Alps in an entirely new light, then come out of the mountains and
head down to the beach on this exquisite journey through France’s finest landscapes.
France
Hiking the GR5 from the Alps to the Sea
Best of the best of the famed GR5—only with MTS!
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 13 nights hotels
Departures June
Duration 14 days
Land Cost From $4,995
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“MBM” in the Search Box on
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This exhilarating hiking adventure is a comprehensive itinerary of the eastern and
western Dolomites and showcases the best of this stunning mountain playground.
Each day, we’ll hike up to ridges and over passes for spellbinding views of huge
peaks, pinnacles and colossal rock walls—all tinted in soft shades of rose, yellow,
and gray. Then we’ll descend to bucolic valleys of wildflowers and storybook villages.
At day’s end, your hotels offer warm hospitality and the delectable cuisine of Italy
and South Tyrol, restoring you for further discovery on foot.
Italy
Hiking the Best of the Dolomites
Explore Cortina to Corvara, the heart of the Dolomites—the MTS way!
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 7 nights hotels, 1 night
mountain inn
Departures July, September
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $4,895
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“IDO” in the Search Box on
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MORE OPTIONS
Enjoy challenging hiking through
the awesome peaks and emerald
meadows of the Dolomites and
choose your departure date and
traveling companions! Try our
Dolomites Private Adventure. For
details, itinerary, and more search
by trip name or trip code “6DO”
on mtsobek.com.
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Sicily is an island of fiery volcanoes and gods, culinary feats and cultural wonders,
thanks to millennia of seafaring civilizations. Traverse Sicily’s striated topography
along bright river valleys and rocky lava terrain, past lemon and olive orchards, in
pursuit of Doric temples, Greek theatres, gleaming Mediterranean coastline—and
that perfect glass of Sicilian wine. Our guide is MTS favorite Silvia Giacon—native
Italian, expert on the arts and architecture, and an avid foodie to boot! From
medieval Taormina poised on cliffs facing Mt. Etna, we’ll venture over to Castelmola
for unending 360-degree views. We’ll escape the beaten path to coastal Vendicari—
migratory refuge for swans, heron, and cormorants, and home to some of Sicily’s
most pristine beaches. Take a challenging or leisurely hike—it’s up to you. We’ll
rest in elegant farmhouses, preserved medieval monasteries, and four-star villas,
feasting on locally sourced Sicilian specialties.
Italy
NEW! Sicily Explored with Silvia Giacon
Join MTS favorite Silvia Giacon exploring this island jewel in all its splendor
Activities Hiking, touring,
optional swimming
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 7 nights hotels and
farmhouses
Departures April, October
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $4,695
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“SIC” in the Search Box on
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An island formed by volcanic eruption, Corsica is the Mediterranean’s most
mountainous island and a hiker’s delight. As we hike on the “Scented Island,” our
steps will be accompanied by a bouquet of wild thyme, rosemary, and lavender.
We’ll journey by foot along dramatic gorges to the rugged high-mountain Corsican
Haute Route spanning the island, stopping at points like Bergerie de Radule, known
for its soft white brocciu shepherd’s cheese. Following ancient mule tracks and
shepherd’s paths through secluded valleys and cool forests, we’ll amble along the
Mediterranean coastline—including a day of hiking on the famed GR20—and
pause to quench our thirst with chestnut beer, a Corsican tradition. At night, enjoy
stunning views and airy rooms in cozy mountain and seaside inns.
France
Corsica Inn to Inn
Hike some of the world’s most beautiful—but little known—trails on
the Scented Island
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 9 nights hotels
Departures June, September
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $4,595
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“COR” in the Search Box on
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Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia
NEW! Bosnia and Herzegovina & Serbia:
A Walk Through Time
Treasures and natural wonders where East and West meet
In a less tourist-trodden area of Eastern Europe, the poignant landscapes of Serbia
and Bosnia and Herzegovina embody long, vexed histories, and the transition
to peaceful times now makes it a fascinating place to visit. Medieval citadels and
Turkish houses seem to cling effortlessly to green mountainsides, on the banks of
rivers—even atop a series of waterfalls, as in the time-worn village of Jajce. We’ll
experience all the cultural complexity of this land, where Muslim, Eastern Orthodox,
and Roman Catholic communities coexist. Visit natural wonders like the shimmering
river Neretva and Fruška Gora Park in Serbia, plus man-made masterpieces like the
Mostar UNESCO Heritage Bridge and cosmopolitan Belgrade, high above the river
Danube. We’ll catch the best views in Sarajevo and piece together its complex history
on an extended tour of the city.
Activities Hiking, walking, cultural
touring, optional river rafting
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 9 nights hotels, 1 night
guesthouse
Departures July
Duration 11 days
Land Cost From $3,995
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“BSB” in the Search Box on
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Discover the hospitality and spectacular scenery of charming Slovenia. Our local
guides take you into the homes of friends for an intimate experience you wouldn’t
get on your own. Explore Slovenia’s western region—from the capital, Ljubljana,
“the next Prague,” to a serene countryside of picturesque shepherd’s villages
locked in a bygone age. Hike in the heart of the Julian Alps and Triglav National
Park—still undiscovered by crowds—and Lake Bled, complete with a quintessential
fairytale castle.
Ramble through the lush alpine Soca River Valley, wander the UNESCO World
Heritage Skocjan Caves in Karst country, and breathe the Adriatic coastal air in
the Venetian harbor town of Piran. Visit family-owned vineyards and shepherd
cheese artisans.
Slovenia
Slovenia: Hiking the Julian Alps & Beyond
Mountains, vineyards, and Skocjan Caves of Europe’s best-kept secret
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 9 nights hotels
Departures June, August
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $4,095
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“SLO” in the Search Box on
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Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure.
Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available,
but you pick your dates. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK.
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See Dalmatia’s pristine islands at their most intimate and rewarding: sailing for seven
nights aboard a traditional wooden gulet. We’ll visit the region’s best places—like
Hvar (above), renowned as one of the world’s 10 most beautiful islands. Or the lush
island of Mljet, where mythic hero Odysseus is said to have taken refuge. Wander
the cobbled streets of UNESCO-protected Dubrovnik and see Diocletian’s Palace in
Split. Each day we’ll have the option to kayak the islands’ remote coves and hidden
bays, or explore secluded monasteries and medieval villages. We’ll taste the best of
Southern Croatia’s local cuisine—from seafood risotto, stuffed squid and brodetto
to a rich array of local wines and bevanda—a flavor-rich, traditional Croatian red
wine. From island to island, we’ll sail to areas inaccessible by foot, and well off the
beaten path of most tourists—landscapes of pine forests, lavender and rosemary
fields, dramatic seaside cliffs, and the crystalline Adriatic.
Croatia
NEW! Croatia: Islands of Paradise
From Split to Dubrovnik, the best kayaking and cruising in the remote islands
of Dalmatia
Activities Sea kayaking, hiking, touring
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 7 nights aboard gulet
Departures June, September
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $5,495
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“CRI” in the Search Box on
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Beginning with a two-day in-depth historical tour of Istanbul, this adventure
showcases the very best of Turkey: the ruins of Ephesus, the underground cities of
Cappadocia, and the dramatic beauty of the Turkish Riviera. Dine on fresh, local
cuisine, shop at colorful spice markets and village bazaars, and enjoy a relaxing six-
day cruise aboard a traditional Turkish luxury sailing yacht—stopping to swim, kayak
and explore the ancient Greek city of Myra. Take an optional hot-air balloon ride and
see the whirling dervishes. Discover the tragic history of Xanthos and the eerie
beauty of Levissi, a depopulated town now home only to wildflowers. Our expert
local guides, several of whom have degrees in archeology, will bring the country’s
rich past back to life.
Turkey
Treasures of Turkey
Delight in the very best of Turkey on land and at sea
Activities Touring, cruising, hiking,
swimming, kayaking
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 8 nights hotels, 5 nights gulet
Departures May, September, October
Duration 14 days
Land Cost From $5,495
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Anatolia, first century B.C. Two bodies splash into a jewel-blue bay. He is
a Roman politician, she the last pharaoh of Egypt. In a decade, fate will tear
them apart, but now, bobbing in the bay, Antony and Cleopatra are happy
and in love. You imagine their moonlit dip, and you choose to believe
it really happened because you’re in a pretty unreal situation yourself.
You’ve come to their bay, now called Goçek, on a gulet, a luxe double-
masted yacht built in the traditional Turkish style, with oriental rugs
everywhere. Maybe you’re nursing a raki, digesting the lavish spread of
meze that was just served on the open deck. And you’re trying to decide
what you prefer—this magical bay, or the pine-scented cove you swam
in yesterday. You’ll have to find out,
you think, plunging into the
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The Turquoise Coast & Beyond
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Gulets are floating oases that allow us to explore hidden coves and landmarks most
accessible from the sea. Traditional two-masted, motorized yachts, the gulets we charter
are well appointed, very comfortable, and sure to make you feel utterly spoiled!
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Want to see Turkey, but group
travel’s not your thing? Visit the
classical sites of antiquity—
Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Hagia
Sophia—and cruise the Bosphorus
on our Turkey Private Adventure.
For details, itinerary, and more
search by trip name or trip code
“6TU” on mtsobek.com.
The Pyrenees are an irresistible lure to hikers. Come be enchanted by landscapes
of flower-filled meadows, 1,500-foot waterfalls, and spectacular mountain
amphitheaters, with centuries-old paradores to sleep in along the way. Led by the
best Spanish guides in the business, we’ll take challenging hikes that cut a swath
from Bilbao to Barcelona. On this all-inclusive MTS journey—with the best of both
hiking and culture—stay in restored convents and castles, savor traditional Spanish
cuisine, and enjoy the region’s eclectic mix of Basque, Aragon, and Catalan culture.
Spain, France
Across the Pyrenees
The best of hiking, castles, and cuisine on the fascinating border of Spain
and France
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 8 nights hotels and paradores
Departures July, September
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $4,695
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Adventure Experts
Erik Perez ~ Guide: Spain
Erik was born and raised in
the Asturias region of Northern
Spain, home to the big range
of mountains called the Picos de Europa
and Cordillera Cantabrica. An accomplished
climber who has summitted Mont Blanc
numerous times, Erik has been with MTS
since 1989 and has long held a reputation
as a favorite of our guests. A recipient of the
coveted IFMGA/UIAGM guide certification—
the highest professional award attainable
in mountaineering—he has written two
guidebooks on hikes and climbs in the Picos
de Europa. And as if that weren’t enough,
Erik holds his masters degree in history
from the University of Oviedo.
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Meet another side of Spain on this exclusive MTS hike through the Picos de Europa, a
beautiful mountain range soaring to nearly 9,000 feet, 29 miles from the Bay of Biscay.
See impressive limestone spires, wander through cavernous gorges, and traverse
rugged trails leading to villages accessible only by foot. You won’t find castanets or
flamenco on this remote side of Spain, but you will find challenging mountain trails
and a rich Asturian culture that blends ancient Spanish and Celtic traditions.
Erik Perez, a native of Asturias who has been hiking these mountains since his
childhood, is our guide for this exclusive trip—no other company takes hikers
on this itinerary—and his native expertise will initiate you into a captivating
landscape and a lesser-known local culture. This is Spain for the hikers at heart.
Spain
Hiking the Picos de Europa
The less-visited side of Spain with MTS favorite Erik Perez—an MTS exclusive!
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 7 nights hotels
Departures July, September
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $3,395
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This trip ranks as “one of the best” of
my many (10+) adventure trips. Erik is
a tremendous guide and very quick to
enhance someone’s overall experience.
I loved the mountains, the hiking, the
climbing. I also loved staying in the
paradores rather than camping.
Jane O’Dell—MTS guest
Summon the full sweep of English history on this challenging trek, voted one
of the 10 best long-distance hikes in the world. You’ll see prehistoric mounds,
Roman roads, ancient nunneries, and William Wordsworth’s writing retreat, not to
mention some of the best, most traditional pubs on Earth. The ramble across the
top of England cuts through three of its most beautiful national parks: the Lake
District, where England’s higher mountains are found (England’s highest inn,
too, where you’ll spend the night); the long green valleys of the Yorkshire Dales;
and—on August departures—the pink and purple heather of the North Yorkshire
Moors. Hiking west to east means you’ll have the wind at your back. You’ll need
it: Some days the hikes are as long as 19 miles.
England
England Coast to Coast
Cross Britain on one of the 10 best long-distance hikes in the world—
in MTS style!
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 15 nights hotels and inns
Departures June, August, September
Duration 16 days
Land Cost From $4,595
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Adventure Experts
David Lunn ~ Guide: U.K.
David is an avid traveler who
has led trips in more than
60 countries, from the high
Himalaya to the African plains, from
the deserts of Australia to the fjords of
Norway. But his vast knowledge of his
native country is what makes him truly
special as a leader for our trips in Britain.
David is an easy going fellow who enjoys
the outdoors and has a special interest in
British history. He’s also a Fellow of the
Royal Geographical Society of London.
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Come visit Ireland’s best walking country and the heartland of Gaeltacht, where
English is understood, but the ancient Gaelic language still rules. We’ll get an in-depth
look as we spend a week hiking Connemara’s wonderful long-distance trails, some of
them old packhorse roads or ancient routes between early Christian settlements.
We’ll wander past picturesque whitewashed cottages and old stone walls; through
glens, bogs and moorland, and colorful coastal villages. From open hilltops, there
are always views across green valleys to wild and rugged mountains, forests and
rivers. At the end of each day, we’ll relax and enjoy a hot meal and brew.
Ireland
Ireland Walking: The Gaelic Explorer
A spectacular storybook walk through Ireland’s emerald countryside
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 7 nights hotels
Departures May, July, August
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $2,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
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Join us on this exclusive itinerary through the picturesque Scottish Highlands—land
of purple heather, secluded glens, and ancient clan castles. Join MTS as we hike
Scotland’s famed West Highland Way. We’ll take the high road to the “bonnie banks”
of Loch Lomond, hike up Ben Nevis (4,406'), Britain’s highest mountain, and travel
through the remote and ruggedly beautiful Glencoe, historic site of the infamous
Glencoe massacre.
Scotland boasts a drop-dead panorama of breathtaking landscapes and captivating
people. And, best of all, you can end each day at a pub with a pint of cold cider or
beer! If you join us in August, we’ll also attend the famous Military Tattoo Festival.
Scotland
Scotland: Hiking the Scottish Highlands
Wander the historic glens and bens of Scotland’s serene countryside
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 6 nights hotels
Departures July, August
Duration 7 days
Land Cost From $2,995
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There’s good reason Víknaslódir Trail (“Trails of the Deserted Inlets”) was named
one of the 25 most beautiful treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure,
and we do it best! Most companies take you only to selected spots—we also take
you to the northeast, a remote landscape of volcanic peaks, lava fields, rushing
waterfalls, vast ice caps, and dense puffin colonies.
Hike up 1,200-foot passes, explore sandy beaches, and end with a relaxing soak
in Reykjavik’s iconic Blue Lagoon. If it’s ice you’re after, we’ll find plenty of it at the
Öraefajökull glacier. Then take in the power of the 180-foot Black Waterfall before
a drive on the scenic South Coast Road to Reykjavik. No one else takes you farther
into the wilderness and into the colorful pink and orange rhyolite mountains.
Iceland
Hiking Iceland’s Mountains & Fjords
The Land of Fire and Ice, by air and on land—only with MTS!
Activities Hiking, touring
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 5 nights inns and hotels,
3 nights hiker’s huts or camping,
1 night guesthouse
Departures June, July, August
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $4,695
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Only the most intrepid of MTS travelers will dare to tackle this complete traverse
of the epic Icelandic highlands. Flanking the North Atlantic volcanic rift north to
south, we’ll trek to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and Dettifoss, its most
powerful waterfall. We’ll cross the Ódáðahraun Desert and head toward the
Dyngjufjöll Mountains, along terrain that changes drastically each day: black sand
beaches, rose-colored rhyolite mountains, grey-green crater lakes—backdrops of
many a mythical Icelandic saga. And we won’t miss the freshly hardened lava fields
of 2010’s Eyjafjallajökull eruption. While our trip is fully 4x4 vehicle supported—
you carry only your daypack—don’t forget, this is an “Ultimate Challenge!” The
unbeatable face-off with towering glaciers and expansive lava fields—punctuated
by cozy mountain hut overnights and even the occasional hot shower!—makes
this cross-country feat worth the effort.
Iceland
NEW! Iceland Epic Coast to Coast
A cross-country journey worthy of early Viking explorers—but with
a lot more comfort!
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Ultimate Challenge
Lodging 15 nights huts, 12 nights
camping, 2 nights hotels
Departures July
Duration 30 days
Land Cost From $11,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“ICP” in the Search Box on
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Sixteenth-century maps called it “Insulae de los Galopegos,” or the Islands of the Tortoises. Those tortoises
helped Darwin define his theory of evolution, and the young naturalist delighted in their size (some grow to
800 pounds). “I frequently got on their backs, and then giving a few raps on the hinder part of their shells,
they would rise up and walk away.” The Galápagos remain a natural playground, where adults are reduced to
mezmerized schoolchildren by the sight of rare creatures: blue-footed boobies, iguanas, waved albatross, and
the very curious Galápagos sea lion, which happily wobbles right up to you and barks a greeting.
Hop aboard your own version of Darwin’s H.M.S. Beagle—in this case an
upscale yacht. Guided by the region’s top naturalists, you will sail to secluded snorkeling hotspots where
you’ll swim with sea turtles far from cruise ship crowds—all the while in a kind of comfort that Darwin
and his shipmates could never have imagined!
Prefer a land-based tour of the islands? Then settle into comfortable lodges and explore facets of the
islands not usually visited by tourist boats. Kayak and snorkel in coastal waters, hike up Sierra Negra
volcano, and learn about efforts to preserve the islands’ namesakes by visiting a tortoise breeding center.
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Darwin’s “Enchanted Isles”
Galápagos
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Celebrating 42 Years in Galápagos
MTS was the first to lead a commercial trip to Galápagos (that’s co-founder
Allen Steck, at left, in 1970). Since then we have fine-tuned our operations to
the highest degree.
Local Knowledge and Insider Access Our Galápagos National Park-certified
naturalist guides live locally and know every plant, animal, cove and beach
like the backs of their hands. And our dedicated in-country office in Quito
ensures a seamless adventure.
Three Ways to Travel
- ·6-passenger upscale yachts
- q8-passenger luxury yachts with enhanced amenities
- Land-based trips
Private & Custom Trips From private charters to family celebrations, we do it all!
GALÁPAGOS
Sail in style through the Galápagos on an MTS charter aboard one of our upscale
yachts for the best up-close wildlife encounters. As Darwin could testify, each island
in the archipelago has surprisingly diverse wildlife: blue-footed boobies, waved
albatross, fur seals, giant tortoises in the highlands, flightless cormorants, and
hordes of marine iguanas. You’ll swim, snorkel and sea kayak and hike a volcano,
all in the company of one of our top MTS guides, superior naturalists whose depth
of knowledge and passion for this truly unique wildlife paradise comes through in
everything they do.
Explore the archipelago as Darwin did—by boat—in the company of a top
MTS Signature Guide
Activities Adventure cruising, hiking,
swimming, snorkeling, sea
kayaking
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 5-7 nights aboard yacht,
3 nights hotel
Departures Year-round
Duration 9 or 11 days
Land Cost From $3,795
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Charter the Entire Yacht
¥ou and your Family or group oF Friends can share a unique, intimate experience aboard
your own private yacht. We offer private and custom charters on any of our Signature
Guide yachts as well as many others. Call about chartering any one oF our deluxe
yachts for your own very special Galápagos vacation! For details call a Regional
Specialist at 1-888-MTSOBEK {·-888-68)-6z¸¸) or email us at info@mtsobek.com.
Galápagos—the MTS Way!
MTS Signature Charters
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Mary Anne
Reina Silvia
In our qo+ years oF experience sharing the Galápagos with our guests,
we've Found there to be simply no better way to get the kind oF Fexible,
intimate experience that makes the Galápagos really come alive than to sail
aboard a deluxe yacht. Our charter adventures sail aboard the MaryAnne,
Reina Silvia, and Sagitta—all pictured here—and for those who need
greater date Fexibility we can reserve spaces on other excellent yachts.
MTS Upscale Yachts
GALÁPAGOS
MTS Signature Guides
We hand-select the best naturalist guides to lead our Signature Charters. All have a
minimum of ten years of experience guiding in the Galápagos, and all are passionate
advocates for this truly rare and spectacular nature paradise.
Luis Die
A perennial Favorite among M1S guests, Luis has guided in Galápagos For more
than two decades. In addition to being a proFessional nature photographer, Luis
has degrees in biology and ecology, and has authored two Galápagos field guides.
Luis is a born teacher and enthusiastically shares his knowledge oF Galápagos
with people oF all agesone oF the many reasons we selected Luis to be our head
naturalist guide, working exclusively with Mountain 1ravel Sobek.
Desiree Cruz
Desiree lives in the heart of the Galápagos at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, she received her B.S. from the University of Guayaquil
in biology with a specialty in botany. Desiree has been a certified naturalist guide
in Galápagos since ·¸8), and is the Former deputy director oF the Galápagos
National Park Services. Desiree is fluent in English, Spanish, and German.
Between guiding MTS trips, Desiree serves as an advocate for conservation in
Galápagos and works part-time teaching naturalist guides.
Greg Estes
Greg Frst arrived in Galápagos in ·¸8z, leading the Cambridge Darwin Centenary
Galápagos Fxpedition, and has served as a licensed guide ever since. He has done
extensive research in Galápagos, and with his wiFe retraced Darwin's Footsteps
through the Galápagos, using information from original notebooks of the famous
voyage. Their research was published in “Notes and Records of the Royal Society,”
and was the basis of their book Darwin in Galápagos: Footsteps to a New World.
Patricia Stucki
Patricia has been guiding in the Galápagos since 1999. A native of Switzerland and
originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency, she started her career in guiding
as a dive master in Honduras in 1995 and as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica. She
is fascinated by wildlife, is a passionate teacher, and an active conservationist in
the islands. As a Galápagos resident, she will give you an insider’s viewpoint of life
in the islands. Patricia is fluent in English, German, and French.
MORE DATES TO FIT
YOUR SCHEDULE
Fager to experience the magic oF the Galápagos,
but our scheduled departures just don’t work for
you? We offer departures year-round, including
dates not published on our website, so be sure to
contact us! 1-888-MTSOBEK {·-888-68)-6z¸¸).
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For the perFect balance between wildliFe and luxury on your vacation, book a
cabin on the deluxe q8-passenger La Pinta. 1his zo)-Foot motor yacht is delightFully
luxuriousoversized state rooms, multiple sun decks, and a jacuzzi to boot!but
it's also reFreshingly relaxed, with no Formal dress code For dinner and a Friendly
crew oF Galápagos National Park-certiFed guides to enhance your experience in
the islands.
You’ll understand the magic Darwin felt when you see the wildlife on this equatorial
kingdom firsthand, from shy hammerheads darting in the shadows to prehistoric-
looking lizards sunning on volcanic rocks. This is the ultimate jumping-off point for
an active but comfortable vacation. So if you love the wilds, but also like coming
home to a bit more amenities at night, join us aboard the luxurious La Pinta and
explore the Galápagos Islands in style!
Ecuador
Galápagos Luxury Yacht Adventure
Luxurious alternative for those who prioritize pampering!
Activities Adventure cruising, hiking,
swimming, snorkeling, sea
kayaking
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 7 nights aboard yacht, 3 nights
hotel (or 7-nights “boat-only”
option)
Departures Year-round
Duration 8-·· days
Land Cost From S¸,6¸¸
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Stay A Little Longer
There’s so much to see and do in South America! Extend your stay with one or
more of these exciting trips—a perfect complement to your Galápagos adventure
Find much more on
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and best times to go, on www.mtsobek.com
Highlands of Ecuador
Hacienda Zuleta & Otavalo
Fxplore Andean villages and visit world-
famous Otavalo market, the largest
market in South America. You’ll stay at
historic Hacienda Zuleta, a delightful
country inn rated by Outside magazine
as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds!”
Here you’ll have options to hike, ride
horseback, mountain bike, visit a
condor rehabilitation project, and be
treated to excellent local cuisine at a
working ranch in the Otavalo area.
2 or 3 days. From $550
The Amazon
Sacha Lodge
visit Sacha Lodge, one oF our Favorite
jungle lodges! Fxplore the Upper
Amazon rainForest with an expert
naturalist guide via jungle streams,
an extensive network oF trails, From a
stunning canopy tower (built around
a huge kapok tree), and from Sacha’s
amazing and stable 900-foot-long
canopy walkway, one of the largest in the
world! And did we mention monkeys,
macaws, toucans, sloths, and more?
4 or 5 days. From $750
Peru
Cusco & Machu Picchu
Step into the past on our most popular
Galápagos extension! See the sights oF
Cusco, the nearby Inca ruins of Kenko,
Tambo Machay, and the famous stone
fortress of Sacsayhuamán, then enjoy
a two-day excursion to the vorld
Heritage Site of Machu Picchu by
train (an overnight at Machu Picchu
is included)—it’s a once-in-a-lifetime
adventure!
4 or 5 days. From $1,595
Galápagos Safari Camp
Galápagos Islands
In the highlands above Puerto Ayora
on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos,
you'll Fnd a hidden oasisa luxurious
55-hectare eco-safari camp. Visit the
famed tortoises, go hiking, or simply
relax in the inFnity pool. Secluded
tented bungalows each have their own
modern bathroom and private balcony
equipped with a hammock.
2 or 3 days. From $495
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We’re offering a way to see another side of the Galápagos, not from a boat, but
based at comfortable hotels and lodges on Santa Cruz Island—home to the famous
Charles Darwin Research Station—and Isabela Island, the largest island of the
archipelago. ¥ou'll set oFF each day to explore various Facets oF the islands. Fxcursions
include a hike up Sierra Negra volcano—a chance to see fumaroles and a huge
caldera, plus panoramic views of the ocean; snorkeling with Galápagos penguins and
marine iguanas at a little-visited site off Isabela Island; and many other activities that
can be arranged from the hotel.
Ecuador
Hidden Galápagos Private Adventure
Explore the islands from your home base at comfortable hotels and lodges
Activities Nature walks, swimming,
snorkeling, sea kayaking, hiking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 8 nights hotels and lodges
Departures Year-round
Duration 9 days
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We’re the river experts, so join us on an exciting rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the
Salmon River—rated by National Geographic as one of the top three whitewater rafting
trips in the world. In North America’s premier wilderness, you’ll hike up side canyons
to catch glimpses of wildlife from bighorn sheep to black bears, play horseshoes, and
fly-fish to your heart’s content in one of America’s most beautiful canyons. You’ll have
the exhilarating option of self-propelled fun through the rapids in an inflatable kayak.
Cap each day with gourmet outdoor meals, hot showers, stargazing, and story-telling
around the campfire. Our world-class guides are all certified in first aid and swiftwater
rescue—more importantly, they know how to have first-class fun! Don’t forget to bring
the kids—this trip is great for families and reunions!
Idaho
Middle Fork of the Salmon River
World-class whitewater rafting in the largest wilderness in the Lower 48—
MTS does it best!
Activities Rafting (Class III and some IV
rapids), hiking, swimming,
fishing
Trip Level Easy
Lodging Camping
Departures June, July, August
Duration 4,5 or 6 days
Land Cost From $1,050
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Sacagawea guided Lewis and Clark toward the Salmon River’s main fork,
until Clark chickened out. He said it was too “rapid.” Indeed. Here on the
Middle Fork of the Salmon River you’ll find 100 rapids in 100 miles—foamy
cascades of exhilarating diversity to be enjoyed with others in a raft or on your
own in an inflatable kayak. There’s more history in this sprawling, unspoiled
Idaho wilderness than just Lewis and Clark: real-life campfire tales of gold
rushes and legendary hermits, like Earl Parrott, who lived along the Middle
Fork for 25 years and built wooden ladders that allowed him to scramble
down its steep cliffs. More treasures await at the river’s edge: bighorn and
river otter, relaxing hot springs, Shoshone Indian pictographs emblazoned
on massive rocks. Did we mention fishing? World class fly-fishing. Blue
ribbon cutthroat trout fishing in crystal-clear waters.
In less than a week’s time, you’ll forget the
stresses of daily life. In what feels like the middle
of nowhere—no roads or phones!—we pitch
your tent while you sip wine, enjoy a gourmet
meal, and relax with friends old and new
underneath a star-drenched sky.
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of the Salmon River
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Indulge your senses in New Mexico’s most breathtaking landscapes, where soaring
rock cliffs and mesas reflect sunlight off deep canyon walls in all shades of red,
yellow, and brown. Layers of history and geology come to life on this active and
immersive Southwest escape. We’ll float the Río Chama for three days, stopping for
dramatic hikes along the way, camping along the forested riverbanks, hiking amidst
Ghost Ranch’s stone wilderness of rocks and cliffs, and exploring the settlements of
the ancestral Pueblo people. We’ll also visit the famous mineral springs resort of
Ojo Caliente and have a chance to experience the healing waters and mud baths.
We’ll bookend our riverside camping with nights in the 400-year-old town of Santa
Fe, our nation’s oldest and highest state capital (7,000').
New Mexico
New Mexico Hiking Adventure
A unique hike and float through Georgia O’Keeffe country—another MTS exclusive!
Activities Hiking, river rafting (float trip)
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 5 nights hotels,
2 nights camping
Departures June, July, August
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $2,895
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Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed
as a Private Adventure. Take advantage
of MTS’s decades of experience
designing the best itineraries available,
but pick your dates. Call a Regional
Specialist for details!
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This trip is both for those who already love the Southwest and for those who have
yet to discover it. Arizona hosts a variety of habitats, from the high mountain
forests of the Sierra Madre to the arid lowlands of the Colorado River. It is also
home to the wettest and lushest desert in the United States, the Sonoran. Famous
for its grandest specimen, the saguaro
cactus, the Sonoran Desert also
encompasses national forests, with
islands of trees at high elevations, and
some of the most beautiful, sweeping
vistas in our country.
Our exploration brings us to a historic
lodge at the edge of the Superstition
Mountains where we stay near an
oasis on the banks of the Salt River.
We blend brilliant sun-drenched day
hiking with comfortable lodges, great
views, and stunning sunsets. We visit
famous Sabino Canyon on the outskirts of Tucson. We hike in the Santa Catalina
Mountains where a trip from the bottom to the top is like going from Mexico to
Canada, from the saguaro cactus at its base, to thick spruce at its summit. A
great late fall and early spring getaway!
Arizona
NEW! Arizona’s Sonoran Desert
Discover the Southwest’s most intriguing ecosystem—from saguaro-
covered desert floor to high mountain forests
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 5 nights hotels
Departures March, April, October,
November
Duration 6 days
Land Cost Call for pricing
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CUSTOM JOURNEYS IN THE AMERICAN WEST
Did you know we also specialize in one-of-a-kind Custom Journeys? We’ve
designed trips including archaeological expeditions of Native American lands,
geologic flying safaris, paddling explorations of the San Juan Islands, and hikes
around the Cascade volcanoes. To plan a Custom Journey, just give us a call:
1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235).
With sheer walls of red rock, plunging waterfalls, and narrow slot canyons, Zion
Canyon has been called a “Yosemite dressed in red.” Neighboring Bryce Canyon is
a fairytale amphitheater of rock formations and pink hoodoos (pinnacles), perhaps
the most unusual display of erosional forms on earth. Grand Staircase-Escalante is
a geologist’s paradise, and embodies a rugged remoteness rarely found in the Lower
48. And to the south, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon boasts breathtaking vistas
that go undiscovered by most visitors to this natural wonder.
These gems of the national park system receive many visitors, but few hike the more
remote and out-of-the-way trails the way we do! Expert naturalist guides ensure that
you see the best there is to see, while comfortable lodges set in stunning locations
are oases of comfort and tranquility after an active day of exploring our American
Southwest’s national treasures.
Arizona, Utah
Bryce, Zion, & the Grand Canyon
Hike in three national parks on the ultimate Southwest “grand slam!”
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 5 nights hotels
Departures June, August, September
Duration 6 days
Land Cost From $2,795
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Explore the legendary high points of the Sierra Nevada, carrying nothing but a
daypack! With pack mules hauling your gear (we’re one of the few with this
bonus), you’ll be free to enjoy the awesome scenery on this trans-Sierra trek
through Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Start in southern Yosemite and hike the high country to emerge near the
breathtaking Cathedral Lakes in Tuolumne Meadows. You’ll cross the Post Peak
Pass and walk sections of the John Muir Trail. A summit hike to Half Dome caps
our trip: no matter how many pictures you’ve seen of its sheer granite face,
nothing compares to standing atop this iconic monolith.
California
Yosemite Grand Traverse
Hike the crown jewel of the spectacular Sierra and summit iconic Half Dome
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 6 nights camping,
2 nights hotels
Departures July, September
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $2,595
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Activities Hiking
Trip Level Ultimate Challenge
Lodging 14 nights camping, 2 nights hotels
Departures August
Duration 17 days
Land Cost From $5,695
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Southbound Florence Lake through King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks to the
summit of Mount Whitney (14,495')
Hike the iconic John Muir Trail, one of the most beautiful long-distance trails in the
world, in MTS signature style. We have adopted a traditional Himalayan trekking
feature: pack animals to carry your gear. Forget having to tote everything on your
back; all you need to carry is your daypack. We’re the only company with hiking trips
on the JMT that provides mules to carry your load. After each day of incredible hiking
through the alpine lakes, verdant wildflower-filled meadows, and huge granite walls
of the High Sierra, you’ll take off your boots and relax with a gourmet meal. Pick
from one of the two sections of this venerable trail—north or south—or do both!
Call early to reserve your space—we only do one departure in each direction, and
spaces fill up fast!
California
John Muir Trail
The only way to hike the JMT is with mules to carry the load—an MTS exclusive!
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 10 nights camping,
2 nights hotels
Departures August
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $4,695
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Formed millions of years ago by a still-active volcanic hotspot, the Hawaiian
Islands are a stunning paradise birthed by fire and water. Our active island-
hopping adventure takes you to two far-flung islands that showcase the best of
Hawaii. These two islands make the perfect well-rounded active—and tropical—
adventure. On Kauai, the “Garden Isle,” venture into a never-never land of lush
greenery and dramatic cliffs (after all, Jurassic Park was filmed here). Hike the
famed Na Pali coast, and along the fragrant trails of stunning 3,000-foot-deep
Waimea Canyon (the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”). Because it receives the
most rainfall of all the islands, water
flows in abundance here, and we’ll
kayak the jungle streams and hike to
a hidden waterfall.
On Hawaii, the Big Island, explore
Kilauea with a hike into the moon-like
crater itself. At the coast, watch fiery
lava plunge into the ocean with an
angry hiss. Cycle past a young lava
flow, visit the upland ranching town
of Waimea, and enjoy a traditional
Hawaiian luau.
On both islands, watch for humpback whales, and swim and snorkel with honu
(Hawaiian sea turtles) and tropical fish. And of course there’s plenty of requisite
beach time for surf and sand enthusiasts. Explore paradise with MTS leaders
whose 20 years’ experience leading here means they truly know the islands and
the meaning of “Aloha spirit.”
Hawaii
Adventures in Hawaii
Ultimate tropical multisport adventure across the 50th state
Activities Hiking, kayaking, cycling,
swimming, snorkeling
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 7 nights hotels
Departures January, February, March,
August, December
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $3,095
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One prominent reason we
have chosen MTS as our favorite
adventure travel company has been
the excellent travel guides we have
had. This adventure has certainly
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Carol & Burt Douglass—MTS guests
Stretching some 63 miles along Victoria’s southwest coast, the recently opened Great
Ocean Walk offers a fresh way to experience some of Australia’s most breathtaking
natural wonders. Visit Rainbow Falls where an inland stream meets the sea over
mossy coastal rocks, and marvel at the Twelve Apostles (pictured above), where
towering miocene limestone stacks cluster together just off the rugged southern
Australian coastline, and continue to morph with the wind over time. Our eight-day
trek across Great Otway National Park—Victoria’s newest and largest coastal park—
will take us through mountain ash forests and coastal woods, along windswept cliff
tops, and into manna gum forests, home to the park’s remarkable koala population.
Not only will we see koalas, we’ll also meet kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and
whales, too. We’ll pause to relax at pristine Milanesia and Station Beaches by day,
and rest our legs at the renowned Cape Otway Lighthouse Cottage by night.
Australia
NEW! Great Aussie Coastline
An epic walking exploration featuring the towering Twelve Apostles
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 3 nights hotel, 2 nights motel,
2 nights cottage
Departures February, March, October,
December
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $4,395
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Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure.
Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available,
but you pick your dates. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK.
Adventure Experts
Tanya Rinaldi ~
Program Director: The Pacific
A native Aussie, Tanya has
been designing and running
adventure programs in the Pacific for over 10
years. Tanya is a true global explorer with a
commercial pilot’s license and 52 countries
under her belt. Growing up in Australia—and
New Zealand, where her mum is from—Tanya
is passionate about all water sports, especially
surfing and scuba diving. Tanya’s local exper-
tise shines through in the breadth of unique
adventures we offer in the Pacific.
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Australia’s “Red Centre” is at the very heart and soul of the outback, and we’ve
designed this MTS exclusive trip to leave ample time for soaking up its essence.
Here, iron-rich soil yields otherworldly rock formations in deep crimsons and
auburns, endless plains, and towering mountain domes. At Standley Chasm in the
West MacDonnell Ranges, a narrow canyon glows red under the sun’s midday rays.
Learn the history and wisdom of Central Australia’s aboriginal culture and hike the
terrain inhabited by Anangu ancestors since time immemorial—from Kata Tjuta’s
sacred rock formations to the lush Garden of Eden at the base of arid King’s Canyon.
We’ll sleep in remote still-operating cattle stations—a throwback to the time of
early settlers. We’ll save the most time to contemplate Uluru, Australia’s best known
wonder—also its most hallowed. Encounter the massive monolith up close and
watch, at sunset, as the shifting light fills its countless crevices and gullies.
Australia
NEW! Outback Spirit
MTS exclusive journey to the “Red Centre” of Australia’s aboriginal outback
and iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 4 nights outback station, 1 night
hotel, 1 night motel
Departures June, July
Duration 7 days
Land Cost From $4,495
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Home to one of the world’s oldest surviving rainforests, the wet tropics of
Queensland flourish with rare flora and fauna—a living museum of over 400 million
years of ecological history. Our eight-day trek of this species-rich area takes us on
a circuit from the heart of Daintree National Park—home to two World Heritage
Sites—to the volcanic craters of the Atherton Tablelands, and down to the reefs
and beaches along the coastline near Cairns. Watch for kangaroos and cassowaries
at Cape Tribulation, hunt for hidden waterfalls and tangled mangrove forests, and
encounter wild crocodiles—from a safe distance, of course—on a ferry cruise down
the Daintree River. An aboriginal forest guide will walk us through the wooded
wetlands, where we’ll learn the traditional survival uses of plants for foods, medicines,
and shelter. We’ll sleep in the heart of the rainforest in the historic tableland village of
Yungaburra, and on Queensland’s unparalleled coastline at idyllic Mission Beach.
Australia
NEW! Rainforest to Reef
Forest walks and coastal hikes through Australia’s oldest, richest wetlands
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 2 nights tropical retreat,
2 nights hotel, 2 nights motel,
1 night tropical resort
Departures July, August
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $4,995
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New Zealand is, quite simply, a stunningly gorgeous and diverse country. On the
itinerary for this popular adventure, you’ll wake up each day to see another incredible
aspect of the country’s natural landscapes—from sounds to rainforest, from ocean
to lakes. There’s a lot to see, and seeing it all on foot and by sea kayak is the best
way! New Zealanders are proud of the natural beauty of their “clean and green” land,
and they’ve equipped the backcountry with some of the world’s most glorious hiking
trails. You’ll begin with a day in Blenheim, the center of New Zealand’s burgeoning
wine industry, then head up to the quaint harbor town of Picton to go tramping
(Kiwi for hiking) on the Queen Charlotte Track, which showcases the scenic coast
and native forests of Queen Charlotte Sound. More hikes will take you into other
environments such as rainforests, lakes, and thermal wonderlands. Sea kayak
through sheltered azure waters that lap golden coves and sculpted granite headlands
lined by lush native forest around the Abel Tasman National Park.
New Zealand
NEW! National Park Explorer
From the mountains to the sea, come explore nature’s amazing
wonderland on the northern part of the South Island
Activities Hiking, sea kayaking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 7 nights hotels and lodges,
2 nights camping
Departures January, February, November,
December
Duration 10 days
Land Cost Call for pricing
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Visit one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand, Fiordland National
Park. We’ll explore Fiordland National Park by foot and sea kayak. Spectacular
towering mountains, lush rainforests, and incredible biodiversity culminate at
breathtaking Milford Sound, whose glassy waters reflect the steep 5,000-foot peaks
that surround it. Spend time in Queenstown—renowned for its action-packed
thrills, like jet boating, whitewater rafting, and paragliding—also known as the world
capital of bungee jumping. The Rob Roy Glacier Track leads you into Mount Aspiring
National Park—an amazing world of mountains, glaciers, river valleys, and alpine
lakes. This day hike will bring you face-to-face with active glaciers. We’ll get close to
towering ice cliffs and huge floating icebergs on a boat ride at Tasman Glacier, and
marvel at the immensity of the landscape that surrounds Aoraki/Mount Cook Village.
New Zealand
NEW! Fjords, Glaciers, & Mountains
The finest South Island glacial mountains, deep fjords, and mystical forest
Activities Hiking, sea kayaking, boat ride
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 9 nights hotels and lodges
Departures February, December,
January (2013)
Duration 10 days
Land Cost Call for pricing
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This unique itinerary squeezes a lot of adventure and cultural activities into just
seven days, so you’ll see much more on this trip than in two weeks on your own.
This adventure also combines well with one or both of our South Island trips. The
kind of rugged untouched beauty that you’ll see on this trip is getting harder and
harder to find on this planet. The native bush is laced with walking tracks, which
lead to secluded natural hot springs and historic Kauri dams. Rotorua is a region
of fascinating geothermal activity, where the immense power of inner Earth bubbles
to the surface. This trip explores the geothermal attractions, uncovers the rich
cultural past, and takes you over the world’s tallest commercially rafted waterfall.
The powerful beauty of the volcanic landscape that surrounds Taupo provides a
dramatic backdrop to a wonderful sea kayaking experience. Finally, glide through
the darkness on a water borne barge and admire the deep silence of a cave where
glow worms overhead simulate an eerie underground sky.
New Zealand
NEW! The Best of the North Island
A cultural Kiwi adventure through the magnificent North Island
Activities Hiking, sea kayaking, rafting,
cultural encounters, caving
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 6 nights hotels and lodges
Departures January, February, March,
November, December
Duration 7 days
Land Cost Call for pricing
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North Pole Expedition
Sail to the North Pole aboard the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker. You’ll
have dramatic wildlife sightings including polar bear and walrus, and enjoy thrilling
helicopter flightseeing. Plus take advantage of optional hot air ballooning for a truly
extraordinary Arctic experience. Easy 14-day trip runs in June and July. From $22,790
Spitsbergen Explorer
The Svalbard Archipelago is unequaled in wild splendor, and on this trip we’ll make
frequent shore stops to hike, watch the abundant wildlife, or simply enjoy the scenery.
You’ll travel aboard the polar expedition ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov, an ideal home
base for exploring this remarkable wilderness. Easy 11-day trip runs in July. From $4,990
Iceland, East Greenland, and Spitsbergen
Explore three jewels of the Arctic—the Svalbard Archipelago, Greenland’s
Scoresbysund, and Iceland’s Westmann Islands, the world’s youngest archipelago.
Easy 14- or 15-day trip runs in August. From $6,390
NEW! Greenland’s Northern Lights
This journey takes you to one of the northernmost settlements in the world, for
cultural encounters with native Inuit peoples and a front row seat to the best display
of the Northern Lights. Plus explore the land on an active tundra trek. Moderate 14-day
trip runs in September. From $5,890
NEW! Spitsbergen Circumnavigation
A comprehensive exploration of one of the Arctic’s best spots. In this land north of
the Arctic Circle the summer sun never sets, and you’ll be treated to superb wildlife
viewing, including polar bear and walrus, as well as massive icebergs and expansive
tundra. Easy 13-day trip runs in July. From $5,990
NEW! Spitsbergen Family Adventure
The Arctic is a truly wonderful place, and it’s even more magical when you look at
it through the lens of your children’s astonishment. Our new family adventure is a
perfect way to create a truly lifelong and possibly life-changing memory for your
entire family. Easy 8-day trip runs in August. From $3,690
NEW! Spitsbergen Snowshoeing Expedition
A rare opportunity to visit corners of Svalbard where the only tracks are made by paws
and hooves! No previous snowshoeing experience required. Easy to Moderate 11-day
trip runs in June. From $4,590
The Arctic differs from the southern polar region on almost every level. It is an
ocean, rather than a continent, blanketed by ice and defined by the northern
regions of North America, Eurasia and their outlying islands. It is inhabited
by both native peoples and more modern emigrants. And each of the northern
regions is independently governed. While the two poles share several species
of whales and seabirds, including albatross and Arctic terns, the Arctic has a
number of unique animals not found in the southern climes: reindeer, walrus,
narwhal, and of course, the Arctic’s iconic polar bear.
We’ve got several options for your journey, including a North Pole expedition
(with the option to view the Arctic panorama from a hot air balloon!) as well
as our new Spitsbergen Snowshoeing Expedition
for those looking for a more active trip. For detailed
information on all of our Arctic adventures, give us
a call or visit us on the web at www.mtsobek.com
and enter “Arctic” into the search box!
The Land of the Ice Bear
The Arctic
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Antarctic Explorer
The Antarctic Peninsula—a 700-mile-long finger of land pointing toward the tip of
South America—is a region of breathtaking scenery and spectacular wildlife that
beckons even the most seasoned traveler. Millions of penguins and numerous other
seabirds such as petrels, skuas, and albatross, as well as an abundance of marine
mammals, including most of the world’s great whale species, call the Peninsula
home. And to top it all off you’ll sail through the famed Lemaire Channel, nicknamed
“Kodak Alley” for its breathtaking and oft-photographed beauty. Easy 11- or 12-day
trip runs in January, February, November, December. From $5,390
Crossing the Circle
Experience all the beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula with an added bonus—you’ll join
the ranks of the few who’ve traveled beyond the Antarctic Circle into a great frozen
zone of dazzling blue icebergs, gossamer pink light, and shifting pack ice and snowy
mountains as far as the eye can see. This is our longest and most comprehensive trip
on the Antarctic Peninsula, and a must for any traveler who dreams of setting foot
on some of the Earth’s last pristine landscapes. Easy 13- or 15-day trip runs in January,
February, December. From $7,790
Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands
Follow in the footsteps of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton on our grandest
Antarctic journey, combining the splendors of the Antarctic Peninsula with the
Falkland Islands and South Georgia, where Shackelton sheltered while awaiting
the rescue of the crew of the Endurance. It’s an odyssey full of natural and historical
wonders, and a great immersion into the world of polar exploration.
Easy 19- or 20-day trip runs in January, February, November, December. From $9,540
Antarctica is the last wild, unspoiled place on earth, and the only continent that
has been nearly free of human contact since the beginning of time. Governed by
international treaty, Antarctica has been set aside as a scientific preserve. It is a
realm whose beauty is so spectacular and otherworldly that it often leaves visitors
speechless and shatters the expectations of even the most jaded traveler.
During the short austral summer, thousands of penguins, seals, seabirds, and
whales all gather to court, then breed and raise the next generation. Witness
the miracles of this unseen, unknown land and change your life forever.
Powerful ice-class vessels provide a comfortable home base for exploring fjords,
timeless glaciers, and enormous wildlife colonies that can only be reached by
Zodiac. MTS has been exploring Antarctica for over 25 years, and we have a
number of options for you to discover The Last Continent.
The Last Continent
Antarctica
Antarctica Fly & Cruise
Designed for those with limited time, this brief but thoroughly engrossing journey
along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula trades 100 hours of sailing the
choppy waters of the Drake Passage for a convenient two-hour flight from Punta
Arenas, Chile. You’ll visit the same remarkable places, like Deception Island—a
volcanic caldera in the middle of the sea where we’ll hike and visit rookeries, and
aptly named Paradise Bay, where floating icebergs take on unbelievable hues in
the lingering glow of polar twilight. Whatever your expectations of Antarctica are
before your visit, this mystical, unearthly land is guaranteed to exceed and
overwhelm them. Easy 8-day trip runs in January, December. From $9,260
Some Antarctica departures offer options to ply the glassy
polar waters in a kayak or even camp on the ice! Spots for both activities are limited
and go fast. See page 84 for details, or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235).
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The polar regions are perhaps the most unusual travel destinations to be
found, so its no wonder they don’t populate the pages of most cruise operators’
brochures. True, a handful of “cruise ships” venture into the Southern Ocean
to give their passengers an arms-length glimpse of the Antarctic Peninsula. But
there is simply no better way to experience the hidden treasures of the polar
wilderness than by sailing aboard a small, ice-strengthened, highly maneuverable
vessel of the caliber that carries MTS guests to the ends of the Earth.
In the Arctic, the 50 Years of Victory—the largest and most powerful icebreaker
in the world—brushes 9-foot-thick pack ice aside with no trouble at all, making
it a virtual express train to the North Pole, while the nimble Akademik Sergey
Vavilov dances in and out of Svalbard’s tight fjords like it was born there. Her
sister ship, the Akademik Ioffe—along with the Ocean Nova and Sea Spirit—
dances a similar dance in the serpentine passages of the Antarctic Peninsula to
give our guests the kind of up close encounters every polar traveler craves.
On an MTS polar voyage you won’t get lost in
a crowd of hundreds, all jostling to get ashore!
Each ship carries relatively few passengers—128
maximum—meaning you’ll spend less time
waiting on the gangway for a Zodiac and more
time soaking in the magic of these rarefied
paradises. What could be better?
with MTS Polar Cruising
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POLAR VOYAGES
50 Years of Victory ~ The Arctic
The most powerful icebreaker ever
built, 50 Years of Victory is without
equal in plying the pack ice. She is
capable of smashing her way through
ice up to 9 feet thick, yet cruises at
over 21 knots. 128 guests
Akademik Sergey Vavilov ~
The Arctic & Antarctica
Sister ship to the Ioffe, Vavilov shares
the same benefits of speed and
maneuverability, as well as a similar
complement of Zodiacs and kayaks.
104 guests (see photo at top of page)
Akademik Ioffe ~ Antarctica
Originally built for marine acoustic
research, the Ioffe is quiet, nimble, and
lightning fast at 14.5 knots. Outfitted
with kayaks and Zodiacs. 104 guests
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Ocean Nova ~ Antarctica
Custom built with a strengthened
hull to sail the ice-choked waters of
Greenland, Ocean Nova is an excellent
platform for polar exploration. 68 guests
Sea Spirit ~ Antarctica
A more lavish way to travel in Antarctica,
the Sea Spirit is remarkably comfortable
with large and stylish staterooms, some
including balconies. 112 guests
KAYAKING &
CAMPING OPTIONS
Glide through an icy paradise, nearly
at eye level with a panoply of marine
wildlife. Or absorb the incredible
silence of an Antarctic night from
your tent on the ice. Both options are
available on many of our departures,
and there’s no better way to enhance
your experience of these remote
climes. For details, call a Regional
Specialist at 1-888-MTSOBEK.
Akademik Ioffe & Akademik Sergey Vavilov
The spectral mist that swirls over Machu Picchu contains secrets. They
whisper through six centuries, and hang in the rarefied air. In 1911, the fedora-
topped explorer Hiram Bingham III hacked his way here at the suggestion of
an 11-year-old indigenous boy. “Suddenly, we found ourselves in the midst of
a jungle-covered maze of small and large walls, the ruins of buildings made
of blocks of white granite, most carefully cut and beautifully fitted together
without cement.” Your pilgrimage begins in Cusco, the holy Inca capital,
which this glorious civilization called the “navel of the universe.”
Bate your breath, as your lungs adjust to an altitude of more than 10,000
feet. You’ll follow not just Bingham’s steps but the ancient footpaths of the
Inca themselves, wending and climbing your way through wildly diverse
climes until you set sight on the jaw-dropping hilltop
aerie. The trek is tough, but a perpetual reward, as
Bingham recalled a century ago: “We made slow
progress, but we lived in wonderland.”
At last—a high-altitude trek without camping! Wind your way from lodge to lodge
through the luxuriant forests and snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba,
the mountain range cradling the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Following a lightly
traveled trail, explore the diverse ecosystems of the Incan hinterland: pristine icy
lakes and glaciers, jagged snowy peaks, giant moss-covered moraines, and lush
cloud forests of orchids, wildflowers, and butterflies. Cap each day at picturesque,
well-appointed lodges, complete with jacuzzi and fireplace, and excellent
international and Peruvian cuisine.
The grand finale here is standing above the splendid ruins of Machu Picchu,
soaring in the mist below you, sending shivers down your spine. This trip has it
all, with two days at Machu Picchu, a train ride through the Andean cloud forest,
time to explore the capital, Cusco, and the MTS inside edge from over 40 years
of bringing travelers to Peru.
Peru
Machu Picchu Inn to Inn
The Andes’ most beautiful lodge-to-lodge trek
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 9 nights lodges
Departures March–December
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $4,395 (low season)
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And the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Machu Picchu
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This popular adventure is active, yet easy, and takes in all the incredible sites that
have drawn travelers to Peru for centuries. We’ll stroll the back streets of Cusco,
dominated by the fine stonework of plazas and palaces created by craftsmen of
ancient empires, explore the Inca ruins just outside the town, and hike to charming
out-of-the-way villages. You’ll top off the whole adventure with a visit to iconic,
breathtaking Machu Picchu, where you’ll marvel not only at the ruins themselves
but at the thought of the long-vanished civilization that created this beautiful place.
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Realm of the Incas
The best of Peru’s Incan legends—without trekking or camping
Activities Hiking, cultural touring
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 7 nights hotels
Departures March–December
Duration 7 days
Land Cost From $3,595
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Take the Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express! You’ll experience the same incredible
trails, inns, and service as on Machu Picchu Inn to Inn. Experience the Andes on
foot, spend some time among the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Tarawasi, and
Llactapata, and return to Cusco via train—all in 7 days! From $2,390 (low season).
For details, itineraries, and more, enter the trip name or trip code “MLP” in to the
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Adventure Experts
Manolo Lazo ~
Guide: Peru
One of Peru’s most
experienced adventure
travel guides, Manolo has over 15 years of
experience leading treks and whitewater
rafting trips. His knowledge of the country,
its people, and traditions adds immensely
to your appreciation of the region, its
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Even die-hard fans of the Himalaya concede the extraordinarily scenic beauty of
Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world. Its glacial
wilderness of translucent turquoise lakes, hidden waterfalls, and dazzling ice-fluted
mountains make it one of the Andes’ most stunning ranges (and also one of the
world’s best-kept secrets!).
On this challenging trek you’ll hike through the heart of the mountain environs of
Huascarán National Park—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage
Site—where more than 40 peaks over 19,000 feet high are linked by spectacular
valleys laced with trails dating from pre-Columbian and colonial times. You’ll drink
in stunning vistas of the sharply ridged peaks, including the remarkably perfect
pyramid of Alpamayo (19,511'), with its
striking ice fluting (it was once voted
the most beautiful mountain in the
world), and Huascarán (22,204'), the
highest peak in Peru. On the trek you
may enjoy marvelously sunny days (the
climate can be downright balmy due
to its proximity to the equator), walk
through fields of plentiful wildflowers,
and pass by cultivated farmlands and
colorful villages where you’ll meet the
local campesinos, hardy descendants
of the ancient Incas.
This trek is best suited for experienced mountain hikers. You’ll cross seven passes
(five of them over 15,000 feet), and camp at altitudes of 12,000 to 14,800 feet.
Challenging? Yes, but a great summer trek for those whose hearts lie in the heights
of the world (quite possibly número uno in your personal repertoire of great treks of
the world!).
Peru
Cordillera Blanca
An exhilarating trek in the snowy heights of the less-traveled Andes
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 9 nights camping,
3 nights hotels
Departures May, June, July
Duration 13 days
Land Cost From $3,095
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all our trips, including detailed itineraries
and best times to go, on www.mtsobek.com
Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure.
Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available,
but you pick your dates. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK.
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Join us on an exquisite high altitude trek into the heart of the Cordillera Vilcanota,
one of South America’s legendary mountain ranges. We’ll go far beyond the usual
trails and head for the hills under our own steam (but with llamas to carry our gear!),
trekking high into the mountains and glaciers that were the sacred spots of the
mighty Incas. This is the heart of Inca country.
Despite soft nights in trailside eco-lodges, this trip is for the rugged. We’ll spend
multiple days above 15,000' and top out at 17,000' as we cross the spectacular
Palomani Pass. So if you’re dreaming of “high” adventure, look straight up into the
clouds and then come join us on this inspiring trek along the roof of the Americas.
Peru
Ausangate Inn to Inn
A high altitude trekker’s dream trip—and no camping!
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Strenuous
Lodging 10 nights lodges
Departures June, July, August
Duration 11 days
Land Cost From $3,695
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Nature displays a taste for the grandiose in this corner of the world: golden
pampas beneath a boundless sky, forests of gnarled trees akin to oversized bonsai,
and glaciers forgotten by the last ice age. On this 15-day exploration, you’ll see where
the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge on a cruise through the incredible—and
otherwise inaccessible—fjords and inlets of Chilean Patagonia, home to a rich
bounty of wildlife like elephant seals and Magellanic penguins. Later, take day hikes
around the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine, 8,000 feet
of near-vertical granite rising from rolling grasslands and beautiful lakes. You’ll also
enjoy a stay at a traditional Chilean homestead where you’ll be welcomed with an
extravagant asado, a smorgasbord of grilled meat.
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Patagonia Explorer
The very best of Patagonia on land and by sea
Activities Adventure cruising, hiking,
sea kayaking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 10 nights hotels, 4 nights ship
Departures January, February, March,
October, November, December

Duration 15 days
Land Cost From $7,495
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There’s a wealth of beauty in the far reaches of Patagonia, and we make
getting to it easy! The coastline of Chilean Patagonia is honeycombed, its
glaciers constantly calving, its fjords and inlets home to dolphins, whales,
elephant seals and penguins. It’s a Patagonia you can only really see by
boat (or, in our case, by a 235-foot ship complete with comfortable cabins
and a gourmet kitchen).
Meanwhile, beyond the waters, there are monolithic rock spires and jagged
snowy peaks, the 6,500-square-mile Patagonia ice field, azure lakes, and
grasslands bright with wildflowers. It’s the kind of wild, rugged terrain you’d
expect to find at the end of the earth, and the only way to see it is by hiking
in the footsteps of Patagonia’s greatest bard, Bruce Chatwin, who found here
“somewhere to live when the rest of the world blew up.” Pick your pleasure—
by sea or by foot—and we’ll show you the
way. MTS has been pioneering Patagonia
adventure travel since 1972.
To the Ends of the Earth
Patagonia
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Sergio “TC” Bahamondez ~
Guide: Patagonia
TC was born in Punta Arenas,
Chile and grew up in Tierra del
Fuego, where he developed a passion for the
outdoors. He has a degree in Patagonia
biodiversity from Magallanes University and
more than 10 years of experience as a tour
leader. TC’s explorer spirit has taken him to
nearly every continent. Whether at home or
abroad, TC is an excellent ambassador for his
country and its culture—his enthusiasm and
sense of adventure are absolutely contagious!
Patagonia’s rugged beauty surpasses expectations—a hypnotic landscape of
stunning granite towers thrusting thousands of feet in the air with the golden plains
of the Argentine and Chilean steppes below. This pristine beauty is preserved in
two exceptionally scenic national parks: the breathtaking mountain environs of Torres
del Paine in Chile, and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. See the best of both on foot—from
the famous ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine (Towers of
Paine) including a portion of the famous “W,” to the sheer-walled granite shark fin
of 11,073-foot Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park. Our expert naturalist guides
make this an ideal adventure for those who enjoy long hikes through landscapes
so scenic they’re beyond belief.
Argentina, Chile
Hiker’s Patagonia
The best lodge-based day hikes in Paine and Glacier National Parks
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 13 nights lodges
Departures January, March, October,
November, December
Duration 14 days
Land Cost From $4,995
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Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park is one of the great scenic wonders of the
world—a place to which all serious mountain-lovers must make a pilgrimage at least
once in their lifetime. Here, in the wilderness of southern Chile, glaciers of millennia
past have receded from the granite rock of the Cordillera Paine, leaving a massif of
craggy peaks protruding a near-vertical 6,000 to 8,000 feet from the surrounding
rolling grasslands.
Our trek—which we pioneered in the mid-1980s—is a full circuit of the Paine massif,
including the famous “W” route, and takes you through the kind of wild rugged
terrain you’d expect to find at the ends of the earth. The jaw-dropping vistas of
monolithic rock spires and jagged snowy peaks, the huge expanse of the Patagonia
Ice Field, tranquil azure lakes, and golden grasslands bright with wildflowers make
this unquestionably one of the all-time great treks of the world.
Chile
Trekking the Paine Circuit
Hike one of the ten best treks in the world
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 6 nights camping, 4 nights hotels
Departures January, February, November,
December
Duration 11 days
Land Cost From $4,295
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Best two weeks I’ve ever spent
on the trail!
Mike Jung—MTS guest
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MTS packs two of Chile’s regional gems into one well-rounded trip! We begin in
Colchagua Valley, recently named “The Next Napa” by Wine Enthusiast magazine,
where we’ll hike the region’s steep, sun-kissed valleys and hills, from which Andean
peaks are visible—and savor world-acclaimed cabernets, malbecs, and carmenères,
of course. Then, we’re off to the cooler
climes of the Lake District, where the
influence of Mapuche locals and Swiss
and German settlers translates into a
delightful cultural mélange—visible in
everything from the architecture (like
Mapuche rukas and German shingled
homes) to the language and cuisine
(this may be the only place where you
can order spaetzle and chimichurri in the
same breath!). Here, we’ll explore dairy
farms and quaint mountain villages, hike
near cobalt lagoons and white-capped
volcanoes, and trek through forests of domed araucaria and 1,000-year old alerce
trees. We’ll enjoy the region’s exuberant hospitality, sleeping in elegant mountain
cottages and enchanting bed and breakfast inns.
Chile
NEW! Colchagua & the Lake District
Sip your way through Chile’s wine country and hike the stunning Lake District
Activities Hiking
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 8 nights hotels and lodges
Departures February, March, December
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $3,695
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Your palate and your penchant for life’s finer things will lead the way on this journey
to Argentina’s best vineyards and artisan communities. From Mendoza, renowned
for its wines the world over (but known at home for its dramatic Andean vistas),
to Salta’s música folklórica and resplendent colonial architecture, we’ll taste, hear,
and see the finest in local craftworks,
traditional music, artisan cheeses—and,
of course, the world’s best malbecs.
Overnight at the world’s highest vineyard,
visit Argentina’s oldest working winery,
and taste the selection at Clos de las Siete,
a new wine venture launched by famed
French vintner Michel Rolland.
Work your legs, too—on hikes along the
foothills of Nevado de Cachi, where rich
mineral deposits color jagged mountain
rocks in sulphurous yellows, corroded
copper greens, and rich magnesium reds. At Uco Valley, bike among the vineyards
in view of the Tupungato mountains, some of the highest in the Andes. Return each
afternoon to our exclusive boutique suites, where you’ll savor yet another impeccable
glass, watching the last glint of sunlight angle across rows of grapevines from behind
the Andean peaks.
Argentina
NEW! Mendoza to Salta
Art and hiking pair beautifully with Argentina’s renowned wine country
Activities Hiking, biking
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 9 nights lodges and hotels
Departures March, October, November
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $4,795
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Travel the eastern coast of Argentina—“Atlantic Patagonia”—and end up in
Iguazú, where the mist of the “Devil’s Throat” and almost 9,000 cumulative feet
of waterfalls await you. This eight-day journey includes a stop at Puerto Pirámides
for unforgettable whale watching. In Bahía Bustamante—recently featured in The
New York Times—we’ll relax at the edge of the world: great desert moonscapes,
red rock coastal lands, shimmering Patagonian seas. Visit a Patagonian ranch still
in operation, see the petrified forest, and hike the strange, otherworldy landscape
of the southern Atlantic coast. We’ll rest in cozy estancias and historic boutique
hotels along the sprawling sea. Savor meals of wild, local fare including sea algae,
fish, and lamb. In Buenos Aires, we’ll see the mansions of Palermo, visit Plaza de
Mayo’s neo-classical cathedral, and wander the charming cobblestoned San Telmo
neighborhood.
Argentina
NEW! Patagonia’s Bahía Bustamante
& Iguazú
Wildlife and natural wonders, from Atlantic Patagonia to the falls of Iguazú
Activities Wildlife viewing, boating,
optional horseback riding
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 7 nights hotels and lodges
Departures September, October, November
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $3,695
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“BBI” in the Search Box on
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Known as “Atlantic Patagonia,” the Peninsula Valdés showcases miles of flourishing
coastline—where southern right whales give birth and colonies of Magellanic
penguins and southern elephant seals thrive—a vibrant counterpoint to the
Patagonia familiar to hikers. We’ll explore this rich ecosystem in kayaks as we hug the
coast of one of the world’s most treasured wildlife habitats, named by UNESCO as
a World Heritage Site. Motorized tour boats are forbidden in the area where we’ll be
kayaking. We’ll explore this region’s many natural treasures by paddling the waters of
Provincial Marine Park Golfo San José, taking a road tour around the Valdés Nature
Reserve, and experiencing a classic on-board whale watching excursion.
Argentina
Kayaking the Peninsula Valdés
Explore little-known Atlantic Patagonia’s prolific wildlife by sea kayak
Activities Sea kayaking, touring
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 4 nights camping, 2 nights
hotels, 2 nights lodges
Departures November
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $3,495
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“PVZ” in the Search Box on
mtsobek.com
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Times of peace have descended on magical Colombia—and we’re heading there to
take it in. From Bogotá’s red-roofed, cobblestoned La Candelaria district, to Santa
Marta’s beach-side bungalows on the Caribbean, hike a terrain full of contrasts
and encounter the intricate layering of
pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern-day
histories in the Colombian landscape.
Trek the tropical páramo of Chingaza
National Park, one of the best kept secrets
of Colombia’s park system, scanning for
condors, eagles, deer—maybe even a
puma! Witness the foothills of the Sierra
Nevada give way to tropical jungles and
pristine tropical coastlines as we hike the
breadth of Tayrona National Park, where
titi monkeys, red squirrels, and collared
peccaries run wild.
We’ll cover the ancient pathways and sacred cliffs of pre-Columbian Guane and
Muisca peoples, sun-bleached cathedrals and cloistered Spanish houses in
colonial Barichara—and of course the timeless history of the country’s natural
terrain. Here, canyons of oak and rubber forests give way to immense rock foothills,
while the sprawling silence of the north Andean highlands gestures backward
toward time immemorial.
Colombia
NEW! Colombia Trekking
A magical trek and tour through hidden Colombia
Activities Hiking, cultural touring
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 9 nights lodges
Departures March, July, August
Duration 10 days
Land Cost From $3,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“COT” in the Search Box on
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You’ll soon come to understand why Roraima was the inspiration for Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World and the Pixar film Up! Discover an extraordinary
landscape of sheer-sided tepuis (tabletop mountains) towering 6,000 feet above
pristine rainforests—rock formations carved by wind and water, valleys scattered
with precious crystals, and views of Guyana’s dense jungle below. Along the way,
you’ll learn about Roraima’s unusual plants and animals and behold immense
waterfalls formed by torrents cascading over the plateau’s edge.
We combine hiking with village tours—and even regional culinary specialties (ants
and termites!)—so you may fully experience the stark, pure beauty of this wild and
unspoiled region.
Venezuela
Roraima & Angel Falls
Explore Venezuela’s highest tepui and the world’s tallest waterfall
Activities Trekking
Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous
Lodging 6 nights hotels,
5 nights camping
Departures April, July, October
Duration 12 days
Land Cost From $4,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“RAG” in the Search Box on
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The Western hemisphere’s highest concentration of wildlife is in Brazil’s Pantanal,
whose sprawling wetlands are home to a vast array of species—it’s the best place
in the world to see giant river otters, tapirs, marsh deer, anacondas, and caimans—
but very few humans. We’ll spend eight days exploring this unbounded natural
sanctuary, lodging at remote camps surrounded by thick marshlands and riverine
forest. It won’t take long to grow accustomed to our almost constant encounters
with new and rare species of wildlife—not the least of which are the not-so-elusive
jaguars, who really have the run of the place. In this far-removed, untamed region,
visitors report seeing a jaguar nearly every day! We’ll take almost daily boat trips
on the Paraguay River’s many channels and tributaries, and explore the marshes
on foot and horseback. After sundown, we’ll head out on riveting night-spotting
safaris—an unforgettable moment in a wholly epic adventure.
Brazil
NEW! In Search of the Jaguar
Wildlife safari in the world’s largest freshwater wetlands
Activities Jungle walking, boat ride
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 8 nights hotels and
tented camps
Departures August
Duration 9 days
Land Cost From $5,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“BJR” in the Search Box on
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Travel to the heart of the Central
Amazon Ecological Corridor and
explore some of the most untouched
rainforest in the Amazon. Cruise the
river in comfort and style and see the
amazing wildlife, flora and fauna that
make the Amazon the greatest wilder-
ness on earth. For details, itinerary,
and more search by trip name or trip
code “AMZ” on mtsobek.com.
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Let MTS introduce you to the region of Guanacaste, a beautifully diverse landscape
of mountains and beach along the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica. On this exclusive
MTS tour designed by Program Director Danilo Bonilla (a native Costa Rican), you’ll
zip line through forests, kayak among mangroves, and relax by the ocean at Playa
Hermosa, or “Beautiful Beach.” We’ll venture on foot (or horseback, if you prefer),
to Oropendola Waterfall and swim in its refreshing emerald pools, and explore the
tropical forests at Rincon de la Vieja National Park—all the while on the lookout
for crocodiles, iguanas, sloths, monkeys and toucans! You’ll also take part in an
authentic fiesta tipica, the Costa Rican equivalent to a rodeo complete with bull fights
(don’t worry, it’s just for show) and festive dances. We’ll overnight at boutique eco-
lodges and enjoy natural mud treatments at the Hacienda Guachipelin spa. It’s a
perfect blend of multisport adventure and relaxation with a touch of culture!
Costa Rica
NEW! Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path
Explore the north’s untouched beaches, forests, and volcanoes
Activities Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling,
zip line, wildlife viewing
Trip Level Easy
Lodging 6 nights hotels
Departures November–April
Duration 7 days
Land Cost From $1,995
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“OBP” in the Search Box on
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Looking for a life-sized multisport adventure in the gem of Central America? Come
with us to Costa Rica! As the only U.S. company to offer kayaking in Tortuguero, we’ll
quietly get up close to wildlife and kayak the jungle waterways of Tortuguero National
Park—home to howler monkeys, basilisk lizards, morpho butterflies, and tropical
birds. On the Río Pacuare (ranked among the world’s top ten rivers), we’ll take a
rollicking roller coaster ride, with cascading waterfalls that splash us as we pass.
Back on kayaks, we explore Arenal Lake, Costa Rica’s largest and most breathtaking
lake, under the shadow of Arenal Volcano—we may even see it spewing lava while
we paddle at a completely safe distance (there are eruptions daily)! Then kick back
and soothe sore paddling muscles in mineral hot springs set deep in the jungle.
Cap it all off floating down the Peñas Blancas River on a twilight safari, watching for
Costa Rica’s nocturnal mammals. This fantastic water park adventure is the perfect
ticket for the kid in all of us!
Costa Rica
Adventures in Costa Rica
Our high-octane multisport adventure in the land of “pura vida”
Activities Hiking, kayaking, rafting
(Class III & IV rapids),
wildlife viewing
Trip Level Moderate
Lodging 7 nights hotels and
jungle lodges
Departures Year-round
Duration 8 days
Land Cost From $2,495
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“CRA” in the Search Box on
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Our trip to Baja is just a short plane ride, but a whole world away. You’ll have an
altogether uncommon and intimate México experience as we explore the two
oceans and the mountain range that define the peninsula. On this MTS exclusive
you’ll hike in the mountain reserve of the Sierra de la Laguna and discover exotic
endemic plant and animal life.
Then, surf some of Baja’s best breaks (guided by its finest surf instructors), and
snorkel and kayak in the Sea of Cortez, coined the “aquarium of the world” by
Jacques Cousteau due to its incredible diversity of marine life. You’ll have the
amazing experience of swimming with sea lion pups at Los Islotes, and horseback
riding along 70 miles of prisitine beach at sunset. You’ll learn the secrets of Baja
cuisine from a local chef, and ponder Aztec, Mayan, and Greek mythology while
stargazing with a local astronomer. Each night you will be lulled to sleep by the
sounds of the Pacific Ocean.
México
Baja Multisport Adventure
Insider’s wildlife viewing, kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling—an MTS exclusive!
Activities Hiking, surfing, kayaking,
snorkeling, horseback riding
Trip Level Easy to Moderate
Lodging 6 nights hotels
Departures January, February, December
Duration 7 days
Land Cost From $2,295
Learn More Enter trip name or trip code
“BFA” in the Search Box on
mtsobek.com
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ASI A & THE PACI FI C
To Book
It’s easy to sign up!
Call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) and
reserve your spot. You can also book a trip
online on our website (www.mtsobek.com).
If you have a favorite travel agent, we are happy
to work with them, but he or she must make the
booking directly with Mountain Travel Sobek.
Bookings made by a client cannot be picked up
retroactively for travel agent commission.
Payment Schedule
Based on Land/Cruise Cost, per person
Regular Trip Departures (1), (2)
At time of reservation ................................ $400
120 days prior to trip departure ............... $800
60 days prior to trip departure ............. Balance
(1) Gorilla trips require a non-refundable
deposit to cover the cost of each gorilla
permit ($500 per permit).
(2) The Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express trip
requires a $325 non-refundable deposit
at time of booking.
Galápagos, Greece, Turkey, John Muir Trail,
Patagonia Explorer Cruise, and Glacier Bay
Historic Ship Adventure Trip Departures
At time of reservation ................................ $400
120 days prior to trip departure .............$1,200
90 days prior to trip departure ............. Balance
Antarctica & Arctic Cruise Trip Departures
At time of reservation ....................... 10%–20%
of Land/Cruise Cost
(varies based on ship and trip
departure—see detailed itinerary)
120 days prior to trip departure ............ Balance
Private Adventures, Custom Adventures, &
Special Trip Departures
At time of reservation ..............$800 or 25% of
Land/Cruise Cost, whichever is greater
120 days prior to trip departure .............25% of
Land/Cruise Cost
90 days prior to trip departure ............. Balance
Extensions & Extra Services
(including extra hotel nights)
At time of reservation ............................ $100 (3)
(non-refundable)
The balance will be added to the cost of your
trip, and payment will follow the applicable
schedule above. Requests made 29 days or less
prior to trip departure are subject to a $100
late booking fee. Once booked, each change is
subject to a $50 change fee.
(3) Some exceptions apply and deposits may be
higher.
Immediately after we receive your deposit, you
will be emailed or faxed a Booking Verification
Form that must be completed and faxed to
us within 24 hours. You will then receive a
detailed pre-trip packet with a clothing and
equipment list, visa kit (if required), invoice,
insurance information, medical certificate, trip
participation information form (including a
Release From Liability agreement that you must
sign and return to us), and other information
needed to prepare for your trip. Rendezvous
instructions and final trip details will be sent
about three weeks prior to trip departure.
What Your Trip Includes
The Land and/or Cruise Cost* for most trips
includes:
Fxpert leadership - Accommodations in hotels,
inns, or lodges in cities and villages, or aboard
boat or ship - Field arrangements, including
camp and cook staffs, tents, kitchen and
dining tents (on most trips), group camping
and commissary equipment, necessary trip
equipment (e.g. sea kayaks, rafts, personal
Fotation devices, etc.) - Meals as noted in
the trip itinerary - Sightseeing as noted in
the trip itinerary - Group airport transFers -
Ground transportation and support vehicles
- Additional guides and porters iF needed -
Fntrance Fees and permits - Basic medical and
evacuation insurance.
*Note—“Land/Cruise Cost” is defined as
including the cost of the trip. Internal airfare,
park fees, permits, and taxes may be included
in the price, or broken out separately. Unless
otherwise noted, payment and cancellation
policies apply to the total Land/Cruise Cost,
inclusive of internal airfare, park fees, permits,
and taxes, even when broken out separately.
Travel agent commission is calculated from base
Land/Cruise Cost only and excludes tier charges.
Each trip varies slightly, so please call and speak
with one of our Regional Specialists or ask for
a detailed trip itinerary for the specifics (you
can also download itineraries at www.mtsobek.
com). International airfare, optional gratuities,
and personal items are not included.
Tier Pricing
Adventure travel works best with a small group of
people. In order to operate these small groups,
our trips are priced according to the number of
full-price travelers on the trip. Mountain Travel
Sobek staff, trip doctors, and other discounted
travelers are excluded from the count for this
purpose. We invoice you at the highest tier price
(the smallest group size we can operate) until
final payment is due. If the price drops due to an
increase in group size before your trip departs,
you will be refunded the difference.
Single Travelers
Accommodations (hotels, tents, and cruise
cabins) are based on double occupancy. If
you prefer single accommodations, you must
pay a single supplement fee, which is listed
in the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone
and wish to share accommodations, we will
try our best to find you a roommate of the
same gender. If there is no one with whom you
can share, you are required to pay a “forced”
single supplement fee, which varies by trip
and ranges from half to the same fee as the
“requested” single supplement, and is listed in
the trip itinerary. Shared accommodations are
guaranteed on some trips. On a few trips, single
accommodations are not available.
Cancellations & Refunds
Based on Land/Cruise Cost, per person
At the time we receive written notice that you
must cancel your trip, the following fees will
apply (all dates are from departure date):
Regular Trip Departures (1), (2)
From time of reservation until 90 days prior
to trip departure .......................................$150
89 to 60 days prior to trip departure ....... $400
59 to 30 days prior to trip departure ......50% of
Land Cost
29 days or less prior to trip departure ...............
100% of Land Cost
(1) Gorilla trips require a non-refundable
deposit to cover the cost of each gorilla
permit ($500 per permit).
(2) The Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express trip
requires a $325 non-refundable deposit at
time of booking.
Galápagos, Greece, Turkey, John Muir Trail,
Patagonia Explorer Cruise, and Glacier Bay
Historic Ship Adventure Trip Departures
From time of reservation until 120 days prior
to trip departure ..................................... $400
119 to 90 days prior to trip departure ....25% of
Land/Cruise Cost
89 to 60 days prior to trip departure .....50% of
Land/Cruise Cost
59 days or less prior to trip departure 100% of
Land/Cruise Cost
Antarctica & Arctic Cruise Trip Departures
From time of reservation until 120 days prior
to trip departure ............ Loss of first deposit
119 days or less prior to trip departure ..............
100% of Cruise Cost
Private Adventures, Custom Adventures, &
Special Trip Departures
From time of reservation until 90 days prior
to trip departure ........................ $800 or 25%
of Land/Cruise Cost, whichever is greater
89-60 day prior to trip departure ...........50% of
Land/Cruise Cost
59 days or less ........100% of Land/Cruise Cost
Extensions & Extra Services
(including extra hotel nights)
At time of reservation until 60 days prior to
trip departure ..................................... $100 (3)
59 to 30 days .............................................50% of
Extension Cost
29 days or less ....................................... 100% of
Extension Cost
(3) Some exceptions apply and cancellation fees
may be higher.
No refunds will be given for unused hotel
rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek
arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Land
Cost is quoted as a package and credits are
not given for services not used. (Note—Extra
hotel nights cancelled within 60 days of trip
departure are subject to 100% of the hotel
cost or $35, whichever is greater.) Cancellation
and refund policy applies to entire land cost of
trip, including trip cost, internal airfare, park
fees, permits, and taxes. We recommend you
purchase the optional Passenger Cancellation/
Interruption Protection Program to protect
yourself in case of an unexpected medical
emergency. Refunds in excess of $500 will be
remitted by check.
Insurance
For your protection, we offer an optional
supplementary insurance package called the
Passenger Cancellation/Interruption Protection
Program. It combines trip cancellation and
interruption coverage (for covered reasons
only), baggage loss protection, and medical
coverage along with additional emergency
evacuation coverage. For complete terms
and conditions go to www.mtsobek.com/
faq#insurance.
We include the cost of this optional insurance
coverage as an item on your invoice. It is
effective the day we receive your designated
payment for the insurance or the day your final
balance is paid. Please note that deposits are
not applied toward your insurance premium.
If you do not wish this optional insurance
coverage, you need only notify Mountain Travel
Sobek in writing by time of final payment and
we will remove the charge from the invoice.
Note: A basic medical expense and evacuation
insurance plan is included in the Land Cost of
your Mountain Travel Sobek trip. However, we
strongly recommend you purchase the optional
Passenger Cancellation/Interruption Protection
Plan outlined above to ensure protection from
trip cancellation fees for covered reasons and to
increase your medical and evacuation coverage.
Transfers
You may transfer to another trip without a fee
up to 90 days before trip departure on most
trips. If you transfer from one trip to another
within 89 days of trip departure, however, you
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are subject to the usual Cancellation Fees
outlined above (appropriate to the date you
notify us in writing of your wish to transfer).
No transfers are allowed on Galápagos, Turkey,
Patagonia Explorer, Antarctica, and Arctic
cruises; John Muir Trail, Private Adventures,
Custom Adventures, or Special Departures.
Cancelled Trips
Mountain Travel Sobek reserves the right to
cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-up or
other cause that makes the trip unfeasible
for us to operate, but we will inform you at
least 45 days prior to trip departure. In such
a case, a full refund of Land/Cruise Cost
is given, but Mountain Travel Sobek is not
responsible for additional expenses incurred
by members preparing for the trip (e.g.
nonrefundable “Advance Purchase” air tickets,
visa fees if applicable, clothing, equipment,
medical expenses). Do not purchase your air
tickets before speaking with your Adventure
Coordinator.
Delays & Cost Increases
The cost of delays is not included if any trip is
delayed due to bad weather, trail conditions,
river levels, road conditions, transportation
delays, government intervention, sickness or
other contingency for which Mountain Travel
Sobek or its third party operators cannot make
provision. Land/Cruise Costs are subject to
increase without prior notice, even after you
have signed up on the trip. We often publish
our prices more than a year in advance.
Between that time and the time of the trip’s
actual departure, we are occasionally faced with
significant cost increases that we cannot absorb
(i.e. international currency fluctuations, fuel
surcharges, or increases in cost of services).
We regret this situation, and we do everything
we can to avoid raising prices, but sometimes
it is unavoidable. We will do our best to limit
such increases and will notify you at least two
months before trip departure.
Airlines
The airlines are not to be held responsible for
any act, omission or event during the time
passengers are not on board their planes or
conveyance. The passage contract in use by the
airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute
the sole contract between the airlines and such
purchasers of these tours and/or passenger.
Such conveyance, etc. is subject to the laws of
the countries involved. Airlines used vary in
degree of safety and risk. Many air carriers have
an unknown safety and maintenance record.
Mountain Travel Sobek is not liable for incidents
involving airline safety, cancellations, service,
risk, delays, etc.; or incidents that result in
injury, delay or death. Please read the conditions
on the back of your airline tickets.
Medical & Health
It is vital that persons with medical problems
make them known to us well before trip
departure. The trip leader has the right to
disqualify anyone at any time during the trip
if he or she feels the trip member is physically
or mentally incapable or if a trip member’s
continued participation will jeopardize the
individual involved or the group. Refunds are
not given under such circumstances.
Hospital facilities are often unavailable and
evacuation can be prolonged, difficult, and
expensive. Mountain Travel Sobek assumes
no liability regarding provision of medical care.
Trip members will receive appropriate health
information and a Medical Certificate to be filled
out and returned to us. You will need to provide
us with your accurate and complete medical
history for the last three years, as well as any
special dietary needs. If you are age 65 or older
at time of travel or a participant on any of our
“Ultimate Challenge” trips or a participant on
one of our high altitude treks, your physician
must complete and sign the applicable section
of the Medical History and Certificate. Once
you have been confirmed on a trip, normal
cancellation fees apply if your doctor does not
approve the Medical Certificate. We can send
you this form prior to making your reservation
so your doctor can pre-approve you.
Photography
Mountain Travel Sobek may take photographs
and/or video of its trips and participants
grant Mountain Travel Sobek permission to
do so and for it to use same for promotional
or commercial use without payment of any
compensation to participant.
Responsibilities of
Trip Members
Trip members have certain responsibilities
to Mountain Travel Sobek and to other trip
members. Trip members are responsible for
understanding the conditions implied in the
Trip Itinerary and selecting a trip in consultation
with Mountain Travel Sobek that is appropriate
to their interests and abilities, and for preparing
for the trip by studying the Trip Itinerary and
supplemental trip information sent by Mountain
Travel Sobek. Screening for fitness (for trips rated
“Strenuous” or “Ultimate Challenge”) is made by
our Regional Specialists at the time of booking.
At the trip leader’s discretion, a member may
be removed from the trip, without the right of
refund, if the leader feels that the person’s further
participation may be detrimental to the individual
or to other trip members.
Limitation of Liability
Mountain Travel Sobek is defined to include
Mountain Travel Sobek, Mountain Travel,
Alaska Discovery, Inc., its and their owners,
directors, officers, employees, representatives
and affiliates, (collectively “Mountain Travel
Sobek”). Except for some small water craft and
some vehicles, Mountain Travel Sobek does not
own or operate any entity which is to or does
provide goods or services for your trip including,
for example, ownership or control over hotels or
other lodging facilities, airline, vessel, bus, van
or other transportation companies, local ground
operators, providers or organizers of optional
excursions, food service or entertainment
providers, etc. All such persons and entities are
independent contractors. As a result, Mountain
Travel Sobek is not liable for any negligent or
willful act or failure to act of any such person or
entity, or of any third party. Without limitation,
Mountain Travel Sobek is not responsible for
any injury, loss or damage to person or property,
death, delay or inconvenience in connection
with the provision of any goods or services
occasioned by or resulting from, but not limited
to, acts of God, acts of government, force
majeur, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection
or revolt, strikes or other labor activities,
criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, or the
threat thereof, overbooking or downgrading of
accommodations, structural or other defective
conditions in hotels or other lodging facilities,
mechanical or other failure of airplanes or
other means of transportation or for any failure
of any transportation mechanism to arrive or
depart timely, dangers associated with animals,
marine life or vegetation of any sort, dangers
incident to recreational activities such as scuba
diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, sailing,
canoeing, rafting, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing,
etc., sanitation problems, food poisoning, lack
of access to or quality of medical care, difficulty
in evacuation in case of a medical or other
emergency, illness, epidemics or the threat
thereof or for any other cause beyond the direct
control of Mountain Travel Sobek. In addition,
participants release Mountain Travel Sobek from
its own negligence and assume all risk thereof.
On advancement of deposit to Mountain Travel
Sobek, the depositor therefore agrees to be
bound by the above recited terms and conditions.
These are partial conditions. Your participation
is contingent on your signature on the full list
of terms specified in the four-page Participant
Information Form, which you can find on our
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AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Benin, Ghana, and Togo: Festivals of West Africa NEW! FvA z¸ F-M H C,H - - ·¸
Botswana: Botswana Flying SaFari BUL ·z F C,H S,v - - - - - ·o
Egypt: Egypt Encompassed NEW! FGF z¸ F-M H,S A,H,1o - - - - ·¸
Fthiopia: 1ribal Fthiopia F1H z¸ F-M H C,H - - - ·q
}ordan: }ordan AdventureBeyond Petra }OR z¸ M C,H H,1o - - - ··
Ienya: Great valk oF AFrica 1Gv ·q S C,H H,S,v - - ·¸
Ienya and 1anzania: Great Parks oF Fast AFrica I1S ·¸ F C,H S,v - - - - - ·q
Iilimanjaro1he Rongai Route 1IC ·¸ U C,H 1,S,v - - - - ·¸
Madagascar: Hidden Madagascar MAD zo M H H,v - - ·6
Morocco: Morocco Camel 1rek MOC z· M C,H C,H - - - - - ·¸
Rwanda: Mountain Gorillas Private Adventure 6Rv web M-S H H,v - - - - - - - - - q
Rwanda and Uganda: AFrican Primate SaFari URG ·6 M-S H H,S,v - - - ··
South AFrica: South AFrica Adventure SAA web M H H,M,1o - - ··
South AFrica vildliFe SaFari SAS web F H,C S,v - - q
Sudan: Sudan Cultural Journey NEW! SUD zz F-M C,H C - - ·z
1anzania: Climb Iilimanjaro1he vestern Breach Route 1IM ·8 U C,H 1,S,v - - - - - - ·¸
Hidden 1anzania Private Adventure 6S1 web F-M C,H H,S,v - - - - - - - ·z
Serengeti on Foot U1S ·¸ M C,H H,S,v - - - - ·z
Zambia: valking in Zambia Private Adventure 6ZA web F-M C,H H,S,v - - - - - ·o
Zambia & Zimbabwe: Walking and Canoe Safari NEW! ZZS ·¸ M C,H H,S,v - - - ¸
ALASKA Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Alaskan Classic ACL z¸ F H H,I,R,v - - - 8
Alaskan vildliFe Fxplorer INN zq F H H,I,v - - 6
Alsek River ALI z¸ M-S C H,R,v - - - ·z
Denali National Park CDL web F-M H H - - - - ¸
Glacier Bay Fxpedition GBF z8 M C,H H,I - - - )
Glacier Bay Small Ship Adventure AIB z) F-M S H,I - - - - - 6
Hulahula River HUL z¸ M-S C H,R,v - ·z
Iongakut River IGI z¸ M C H,R,v - - ·o
1atshenshini River 1AI z¸ M C H,R,v - - - ¸
Ultimate Alaska Sea Iayaking Fxpedition UFX z6 M C,H H,I,v - - - 8
vhales oF Point Adolphus vPA web F-M C H,I - - - ¸
vrangell-St. Flias Iayaking Fxpedition IC¥ web M-S C H,I - 8
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ASIA Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Bhutan: Bhutan Sampler BHS ¸q M-S C,H H,1o - - - ··
Cultural Bhutan Private Adventure 6BF web F-M H C,H - - - - ¸
Festivals oF Bhutan CFB ¸6 M H H,1o - - ¸
1he Chomolhari 1rek BC1 ¸¸ U C,H 1 - - - ·¸
Bhutan, Nepal, 1ibet: Himalayan Passages BN1 ¸¸ M H H,1o - - ·6
Borneo and Indonesia: Malaysian Borneo Adventure NEW! BOR q¸ M-S C,H H,v - - ·z
Cambodia: Cambodia's Angkor vat 6CM qz F H C ¸
India: Images oF South India 6SI ¸) F-M H 1o - - - - - )
India's Northeast FrontierNagaland and Assam NAG q· M C,H C,H,S,To - - ·¸
Ladakh Sampler LAS web M-S C,H H,1o - - - - ··
Royal Rajasthan 1rek RR1 ¸) F-M C,H C,H,1o - - ·¸
Save the 1iger SAv qo F-M H S,v - ·¸
Splendors oF Central India 6CI ¸) F-M H 1o - - - - - - )
1reasures oF North India 6IN ¸) F H 1o - - - - - - 8
1rekking in Sikkim 1IS q· M-S C,H 1 - - ·¸
}apan: valking }apan }AP ¸¸ F-M H H,1o - - - ··
Laos: Highlights oF Luang Prabang 6LO qz F H 1o - - - - - - - ¸
Myanmar: Ancient Monuments & Culture oF Myanmar 6M¥ qz F H 1o - - - - ·o
Burma vM¥ qo F-M H 1o - ·¸
Nepal: Annapurna Lodge to Lodge NEW! ANL ¸z M C,H H,R - - - - - ·o
Fverest Base Camp 1rek IHU ¸· U H 1 - - - - ·¸
Fverest Lodge to Lodge FvF ¸o M-S H 1 - - - - - ·q
Fverest Lodge to Lodge Private Adventure 6Fv web M-S C,H 1 - - - - - ·q
Mustang1he Hidden Iingdom MUS q· S C,H 1 - - zo
Nar & Phu—The Forbidden Valleys NEW! NAP qo U C,H 1 - z¸
1rekking & 1igers Private Adventure 611 web M C,H C,H,v - - - - - - ·o
Sri Lanka: Magical Sri Lanka SRL ¸8 F-M H H,S,1o - - ·z
1hailand: Hill 1ribes and 1emples oF Northern 1hailand 61H qz M H H,1o - - - - q
1ibet: IailasSacred Mountain oF 1ibet IAI qo U C,H 1 - zz
vietnam: Undiscovered vietnam Private Adventure 6Uv qz M H,S H,I - - ·¸
vietnam South to North 6v1 qz F H C,1o - - - - - - - 8
vietnam's Ha Long Bay 6BA qz F H,S A - - - - q
EUROPE Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Bosnia and Herzegovina & Serbia: A Walk Through Time NEW! BSB ¸q F-M H C,H - ··
Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro: A Hiker's Paradise BHM web M-S H C,H,1o - ·o
Croatia: Islands of Paradise NEW! CRI ¸¸ F-M S H,I,1o - - 8
Czech Republic: Czech Republic Private Adventure 6CZ web F-M H C,H,1o - - - - - - 8
Fngland: Fngland Coast to Coast FCC 6o S H H - - - ·6
France, Italy, Switzerland: Mont Blanc For Both of You MBU web M H H,To Call for dates 12
Mont Blanc Private Adventure 6MB web M H H - - - - )
1our du Mont Blanc MBC q6 M-S H H - - - - ·z
1our du Mont Blanc Fxpress MBX q) M-S H H - - - - 8
France, Switzerland: Hiking Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn HHR q8 S H H - - ·z
France: Corsica Inn to Inn COR ¸¸ M-S H H - - ·o
Hiking the GR¸ From the Alps to the Sea MBM ¸· S H H - ·q
1rails oF the French Riviera MBB web M-S H H - ¸
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EUROPE ~ CONTINUED Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Greece: Hiking to Mount Olympus GRC web S H H - ··
Iceland: Hiking Iceland's Mountains and Fjords ICF 6z M C,H H,1o - - - ·o
Iceland Epic Coast to Coast NEW! ICP 6¸ U C,H 1 - ¸o
Ireland: Ireland valking1he Gaelic Fxplorer IRF 6· F-M H H - - - 8
Italy: Dolomites Private Adventure 6DO web M H H Call for dates 9
Hiking the Best oF the Dolomites IDO ¸z M H H - - ¸
Rome to the AmalF Coast IRO web F-M H C,H - - 8
Sicily Explored NEW! SIC ¸¸ M H H,1o - - 8
Norway: Hiking North oF the Arctic Circle NOR web M C,H C,H - - 8
Scotland: Hiking the Scottish Highlands SCO 6· M H H - - )
Slovenia: Hiking the }ulian Alps and Beyond SLO ¸q M H H,1o - - ·o
Spain: Hiking the Picos de Furopa SHH ¸¸ S H H - - 8
Spain and France: Across the Pyrenees PvP ¸8 S H H - - ¸
Switzerland: Hiking the Bernese Alps—Eiger, Mönch, & Jungfrau HBO ¸o S H H - ¸
Walking the Classic Swiss Alps NEW! Svv q¸ F-M H H - - - ¸
Turkey: Treasures of Turkey TUH 56 E H,S A,H,K,To - - - ·q
1urkey Private Adventure 61U web F H C,H - - - - - )
valking the Lycian vay L¥C web M H C,H - - 8
GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
MTS Signature Charters 66 E H,S A,H,K,W - - - - - - - - - - - ¸]··
Luxury Yacht Adventure 68 E H,S A,H,K,W - - - - - - - - - - - - 8]··
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Hidden Galápagos Private Adventure 6GA 6¸ F-M H H,I,v - - - - - - - - - - - - ¸
Galápagos Islands Multisport Adventure GAM web M H M,v - - - - - - - - - - - - ·o
LOWER 48 & HAWAII Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Adventures in Hawaii HvI )6 M H H,I - - - - - 8
Arizona’s Sonoran Desert NEW! ASD )¸ M H H - - - - 6
Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon ZIO )q M H H - - - - 6
}ohn Muir 1rail Northbound }MN )¸ S C,H H - ·¸
}ohn Muir 1rail Southbound }M1 )¸ U C,H H - ·)
Middle Fork oF the Salmon River MFS )o F C H,R,v - - - q]¸]6
New Mexico Hiking Adventure NMX )z M C,H H,R - - - - 8
¥osemite Grand 1raverse ¥G1 )¸ S C,H H - - - ¸
PACIFIC Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Australia: Great Aussie Coastline NEW! POv )8 M H H - - - - 8
Outback Spirit NEW! POS )¸ M H H - - )
Rainforest to Reef NEW! PRR )¸ M H H - - 8
New Zealand: Fjords, Glaciers, & Mountains NEW! PFG 8o M H H,I - - ·o
National Park Explorer NEW! PPF 8o M C,H H,I - - - - - - ·o
The Best of the North Island NEW! PBN 81 M H C,H,K,R - - - - - - - )
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POLAR VOYAGES Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Arctic: Greenland’s Northern Lights NEW! GNL 8z M H,S F,H,v - ·q
Iceland, Fast Greenland, and Spitsbergen SvG 8z F S F,v - ·q]·¸
North Pole Fxpedition NPO 8z F S F,v - - ·q
Spitsbergen Circumnavigation NEW! SvC 8z F S F,v - ·¸
Spitsbergen Fxplorer SvA 8z F S F,v - ··
Spitsbergen Family Adventure NEW! SvF 8z F S F,v - 8
Spitsbergen Snowshoeing Expedition NEW! SvS 8z F-M H,S F,H,v - ··
Antarctica: Antarctic Fxplorer FXP 8¸ F S F,v - - - - ··]·z
Antarctica Fly & Cruise FL¥ 8¸ F S F,v - - 8
Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands RRS 8¸ F S F,v - - - - ·¸]zo
Crossing the Circle CIR 8¸ F S F,v - - - ·¸]·¸
SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Page Level Lodging Activity Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Days
Argentina: Iayaking the Peninsula valdes PvZ ¸6 M-S C,H I,1o,v - ·o
Lakes and Mountains of Northern Patagonia 6NP web E-M H M Call for dates 8
Hiking the Vineyards of Argentina 6WA web M H H,R Call for dates 6
Mendoza to Salta NEW! MSA ¸q F-M H H - - - ·o
Patagonia’s Bahía Bustamante & Iguazú NEW! BBI ¸¸ F H v - - - 8
Argentina and Chile: Cruise Cape Horn & Patagonia NEW! CAU web F S v,H - - - - - - - q]¸
Hiker's Patagonia HII ¸· M-S H H - - - - - ·q
Hiking Patagonia Adventure 61P web M H H - - - - - - ··
Patagonia Fxplorer PAF ¸o F-M H,S A,H,I - - - - - - ·¸
Brazil: In Search of the Jaguar NEW! B}R ¸¸ F C,H v - ¸
voyage to the Heart oF the Amazon AMZ web F S A - - - - - - - - - - - - 8
Chile: Colchagua & the Lake District NEW! LCH ¸¸ M H H - - - ¸
Hiking Paine 6PH web M C H Call for dates 6
1rekking the Paine Circuit PAI ¸z M-S C,H 1 - - - - ··
Colombia: Colombia Trekking NEW! CO1 ¸) M-S H C,H - - - ·o
Costa Rica: Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path NEW! OBP ·oo F H H,I,v - - - - - - )
Adventures in Costa Rica CRA 100 M H H,K,R,W - - - - - - - - - - - - 8
Guatemala: Guatemala Highlands Explorer CHG web M H H Call for dates 10
México: Chiapas Wildlife Adventure CHP web E-M H H,R,W Call for dates 8
Oaxaca Explorer OAX web M H C,H,W Call for dates 5
Baja Multisport Adventure BFA ·o· F-M H M - - - )
Panama: Journey Between the Seas NEW! }BS web F S C,v - - - - - )
Peru: Ausangate Inn to Inn 1AL 8¸ S H 1 - - - ··
Amazon River Luxury Cruise NEW! AQU web F S v - - - - - - - - - - - - q]¸]8
Cordillera Blanca BLA 88 S C,H 1 - - - ·¸
Delfin Amazon Cruise NEW! DFL web F S v - - - - - - - - - - - - q]¸
Realm oF the Incas RII 8) F-M H C,H - - - - - - - - )
Inca 1rail and Beyond INC web M-S C,H 1 - - - ·o
Machu Picchu Inn to Inn MII 86 M-S H 1 - - - - - - - - - - ·o
Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Fxpress MLP web M-S H 1 - - - - - - - - - - )
Other Inca Trail OTH web M-S C,H T Call for dates 12
Trek to Choquequirao CHQ web M-S C,H T Call for dates 10
venezuela: Roraima & Angel Falls RAG ¸8 M-S C,H 1 - - - ·z
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Simply put, the sense of accomplishment I get from an MTS journey inspires the rest of my life. And I love it. Every time is the time of my life!
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(15 trips) ..... Safaris of Southern Africa ........................12 Safaris of East Africa ............................... 14 Private Safaris in Africa ............................17 Kilimanjaro.............................................. 18 (9 trips).................................... Inn-based Adventures.............................. 24 (28 trips) ...................................... Everest .....................................................30 Bhutan .................................................... 34 (20 trips).................................46 The Alps...................................................46 Turkey ......................................................56 (8 trips) ...............64 Yacht Charters ........................................ 66 Land-based Galápagos .......................... 69 (8 trips) .............. Middle Fork of the Salmon River.............70 (6 trips).................................... Australia ..................................................78 New Zealand...........................................80 (11 trips) ...................... The Arctic ................................................82 Antarctica ................................................83 (17 trips) ... Machu Picchu ........................................ 86 Patagonia ............................................... 90

Sipping my afternoon tea on the banks of Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River, the sunset painting the canyon walls, at the river’s edge Curt guiding Cormac and Taylor in the fine art of flyfishing, it dawned on me that our trip transcended traditional “active travel.” Not only were we in the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48 (yet only a short flight from San Francisco), removed from the chores (and ring tones) of everyday life, on a relaxing, fully supported trip (hot showers!), but also we were enjoying the blossoming of new friendships and deepening of old bonds—simply remarkable. We were a group of 13 friends and family who had rafted the Colorado the summer before, plus four new friends who wanted to get away together. Initially drawn by the river’s seductive pull—100 miles of the world’s best whitewater—we quickly realized the true magic to be in the camaraderie spanning family, friends, and generations. Our outdoor adventure came to life! The experiences we shared led to truly energizing, even inspirational, conversations. I tell my story as I feel it embodies all that MTS adventures represent. I hope that you, too, will find your magic in the exciting programs we have for 2012. Yours for far and near-flung adventures,

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......p. 100 Croatia: Islands of Paradise.... penguins.......... 22 Walking the Classic Swiss Alps .IDEAS FOR 2012 Where Will 2012 Take You? Whether you’re celebrating a milestone.... 80 Patagonia’s Bahía Bustamante & Iguazú. Need An Idea? Bucket List Trips of a Lifetime Our quintessential journeys to Everest.p. 73 Australia: Great Aussie Coastline . whales............... p...... p......... you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for... 54 Brazil: In Search of the Jaguar ...... p...... and Mountains......... 95 Sicily Explored ............................p...................p... we have the perfect adventure for you! With over hundreds of scheduled departures..... bears... Bhutan.......................... Glaciers..... we do it all! Quick Escapes—One Week or Less! Short on vacation time? You’ll be surprised how much we can do and see in seven days or less 4 .p..... private adventures.p........ Galápagos.. or seeking an epic trip of a lifetime...... 53 Sudan Cultural Journey . 13 Getaways designed specifically for private groups—birthdays..... 99 Chile: Colchagua & Lake District ........................ 55 Iceland Epic Coast to Coast.... Machu Picchu... Serengeti.................p... lions......p. Kilimanjaro......p...... 78 Australia: Outback Spirit ....p........ 79 Australia: Rainforest & Reef ........p....... 49 Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari . and cheetahs Trips for Solo Travelers Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded travelers and the company of our convivial guides Best Family-Friendly Adventures Bring the kids! It’s guaranteed fun for ages 6 to 96! Top Active Adventures From easy multisport trips to month-long high-altitude trekking...... tortoises........ 93 Colombia Trekking .. p.. anniversaries........ p...... clubs..... p.p... the Alps................... p.p......... giraffes......... 94 Arizona’s Sonoran Desert ... itching for a quick getaway... mountain gorillas....... 63 Malaysian Borneo Adventure... 97 Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path.............. reunions.p... and custom journeys.. 47 New Zealand: The Best of North Island .... 81 New Zealand: Fjords....... and more! Best World-Class Wildlife Adventures We’ll get up close to orangutans... and beyond Best Adventures for Private Groups New Trips for 2012 Argentina: Mendoza to Salta . corporate trips..... 80 New Zealand: National Park Explorer ... planning spring break with the kids. p............. 43 Mont Blanc for the Both of You . 79 Bosnia and Herzegovina & Serbia: A Walk Through Time .................

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That’s why I go back so often—for that experience. ©Tara Starr-Keddle “best guide I’ve ever had” This was my eighth MTS trip and the second to the Galápagos. heart and soul. and their uses. Namgay added his own personal touch. We thoroughly enjoyed both the cultural and trekking experiences equally. I have had excellent guides—I’ve never been disappointed. Through Kalia. which made the entire trip a magical experience for the two of us…the trip was perfect! ~ Bhutan Sampler Photos on this spread ©MTS Photo File. She knows the flora and fauna. compassionate.TESTIMONIALS Our Guests Say It Best “enthusiasm and professionalism” Both my daughter and I thought the best part of the trip was our guide. On all the other MTS trips I’ve taken. His knowledge of culture and wildlife was superb. ~ Galápagos Islands “every trip is my favorite” Alaska is the place that brought me alive. we were able to obtain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of Hawaii. I hope to return to the Galápagos on a future trip with more of my family. Having said this. He has a great ability to impart his knowledge of the Galápagos. ©Paul Souders/Danita Delimont. and willing to structure the trip to the needs and desires of her guests. ~ Climb Kilimanjaro 7 . Kalia is friendly. And every trip is my favorite because MTS guides are the best in the world! ~ Glacier Bay Escape “our favorite adventure travel company” A prominent reason we have chosen MTS as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides. Kalia is a very valuable member within your team—well-versed in the history and cultures of the Hawaiian Islands. I want you to know that Greg Estes has been by far and away the best guide I’ve ever had. but also to regale us with entertaining anecdotal stories that enhance the experience. and brought my mind to utter peace. He has a knack for making every person on the trip feel as if they are the most important. Namgay. Kalia made our Hawaiian adventure very special! ~ Adventures in Hawaii “utter euphoria” I read good things about Mountain Travel Sobek’s safety precautions and long euphoria! I think you all have this trip down to a science and would encourage friends to go with you for that reason. where they came from. Namgay’s enthusiasm and professionalism were above the grade of excellent. This adventure has certainly been no exception.

and culture/history cannot be matched by any guide I have traveled with. His ability to relate on a personal. waterfalls and whitewater were beyond belief! It was the highlight of our lives as a family. His knowledge of the local geology. this is the best day of my life. and Machu Picchu a reality. What a beautiful country. biology. I would sign up for a trip just to travel with him again. and gave us options for routes he had not done in the past. hotels) took place as promised. and much more! Our trip was perfect and not one person in my group had a complaint—we were all very happy with MTS. it won’t be my last! ~ Cordillera Blanca 8 . Although this was my first trip with MTS.” It was all gravy from that point. and as a bonus. airplane flights. after a spontaneous swim with more than 3 dozen dolphins and having had a baby sea lion lick her toe. I am in love with your company! ~ Adventures in Costa Rica Our guide. geology. knows the country and people so well that we felt like travelers rather than tourists.TESTIMONIALS “the feeling of being adventurers” “in love with your company” The guides were phenomenal. I also liked that he let me (a fast hiker) go ahead at times. and the Spanish language. All the guides were fantastic. what beautiful people—we will miss everyone sooooo much. All the external arrangements (drivers. and this trip was no exception. and a basin of warm water for washing. ~ Morocco Camel Trek “always very responsive & helpful” Each day was different from the day previous. At the end of the first day. religion. Kristy Larsen. Laurent is one of the very best guides I have ever had on any trip from any company (and I have been on over 30 adventure trips). We are very satisfied with our choice of MTS. the food great. Of course. Your staff was perfect.” a cup of hot tea. and got along great. She showed us Morocco the way tourists don’t usually see it. Kristy was as much a part of the group as she was a guide. I also appreciated that Laurent added some twists and turns to the scheduled hikes as the days progressed. I acquired knowledge of history. and just kept getting better. We laughed. and was instrumental in creating a sense of cohesion. It is one of the reasons I have taken over a dozen trips over the years. which the staff cooked for us on the last night of the trek. and the guides were the very best. this trip truly changed my attitude about many things in life. We also enjoyed the intimacy of traveling with a small group of likeminded people. Thanks again. instead. the scenery beautiful. we had the feeling of being adventurers in a remarkably beautiful land. the hikes were challenging overall. your choice of hotels was excellent. Everything Karen promised came true. ~ Hiking the GR5: Alps to the Sea “first on our list” “so far beyond our expectations” This trip was so far beyond our expectations. I had thought that the primary job of a guide was to lead the group from site to site. Thank you. plus the hiking. the Sahara stands out as the star of the trip. zoology. “Mummy. MTS! ~ Galápagos Islands “everything flowed seamlessly” When my group was deciding which travel company to choose for our dream trip to Peru. It was wonderful to be woken each morning with a “buenos dias. and everything flowed seamlessly. the Sacred Valley. ~ Inca Trail & Beyond Thank you very much for making my dream trip to the Cordillera Blanca. transfers. One very special treat was the pachamanca. talked. fun level is incredible. The staff at MTS is always very responsive and helpful. Although I have been to South America three times before. Traveling to other countries and experiencing different cultures can be life-changing experiences. our 10-year-old daughter said. astronomy. trains. Karen wrote describing what MTS could do for us. the weather was fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for a better mix of people on the trip. and you will be first on our list when we plan our next trip. From the moment we left the paved road. botany. a traditional Andean feast.

& Hawaii (10+ years) A naturalist. Ireland. Spanish. (15+ years) Sanjeev is a graduate India. Antarctica and the North Pole. and her knowledge and involvement in local cultures has gained her the respect of chiefs and leaders. Austria. They are true leaders at heart.) After completing his education. and religion of Bhutan. as a Peace Corps volunteer. and traditions of the countries where he guides. Year after year. German. (His father was a climbing Sherpa and went to the South Col on several expeditions. ©Matthildur Hermannsdóttir (10+ years) James was born in Arusha. He enjoys using his knowledge of other languages to communicate with people from a broad cultural spectrum. Sherpa. to the local dialects of Chagga and Maasai. and refining perennial favorites like Nepal and Bhutan. as well as English. Point Reyes and Golden Gate. Previously employed as an interpreter. former National Park ranger. (10+ years) The senior manager of our Bhutan office. the Middle East. Thailand. John brings an incredible handson perspective to designing our Alaska and North America adventures. and Tibetan. He is an avid birdwatcher and incredibly well traveled. A graduate of the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management in Salzburg. while providing her guests with exceptional cultural experiences. and sheer volume of knowledge (better than any guidebook!). Japanese. with time spent in India. Narendra has traveled extensively throughout Asia.A DV E N T U R E E X P E RT S Adventure Experts When you venture into foreign lands. exceptional organization. living for periods in Costa Rica and Australia before settling down in California. speaks Arabic and Berber dialects. North America. China. and veteran MTS Alaska guide. (25+ years) Lhakpa was born in Namche Bazaar to a mountaineering family. Namgay speaks seven languages: English. Africa & The Middle East (7 years) Growing up in New England. including the 1963 American Everest expedition. and has a great rapport with the Moroccan people. After earning a degree in anthropology from backpacked around the world. first as sirdar and now as a trekking guide. He has led travelers up Kilimanjaro for over a decade. Asia (26 years) Originally from Nepal. Laura never dreamed that one day she would earn a living crafting adventure trips in Africa. the national language of Tanzania. exotic Berber culture living in a long-forgotten age. She has a passion for traditional cultures and societies. India. Tanzania. Her expertise as an ethnologist and guide has taken her from the heights of the Hindu Kush to the Sahara. Tibet. Yosemite. wife and son in Kathmandu. Narendra’s unique insider perspective enables our guests to experience Asia like true locals. religions. tackle snowy peaks or brisk whitewater—really pushing your boundaries—you want the best guides at your side. France. from English and Kiswahili. and the colorful. England. 9 . depth of knowledge about the history. John’s deftly crafted trips will inspire you to experience North America with renewed wonder. (15+ years) Barbara is one of the most well-traveled people we know. and their thrill is simply to show you the way. Lhakpa has a deep interest in environmental issues and has been associated with MTS since 1983. Namgay has been leading treks and tours for the past ten years. Kenai Fjords. Lhakpa climbed Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest peak) and has trekked peaks like Mount Mera. Sanjeev is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the cultures. Narendra personally oversees our adventures in Asia—adding new exciting trips to places like the world’s oldest rainforest in Borneo. especially during his 26 years at MTS. and the Alps since 1990. where MTS first began. James speaks a number of languages. Kristy has a passion for traditional Moroccan arts and handicrafts. The adventure experts at MTS offer inspirational enthusiasm. culture. and is passionate about the biodiversity and conservation of African wildlife. The wilderness is where John feels most at home having worked for the National Park Service in Glacier Bay. A student of life. (20+ years) Kristy fell in love with Morocco 30 years ago. and loves sharing his experience with travelers from around the globe. and has been leading treks in Nepal. He speaks Nepali. Photos on this spread ©MTS Photo File. Mount Rainier. and eagerly looks forward to sharing his insights and experiences with his guests. After all these years she is still startled by its seemingly endless mountains and desert valleys. Tibet. Alaska.

and escapes to Alaska in the summers to guide and write. and looks forward to sharing it all with you. A recipient of the coveted highest professional award attainable in mountaineering—he has written two guidebooks on hikes and climbs in the Picos de Europa. she has over 20 years of professional experience as a trip leader. She teaches and guides in the spring and fall. she’s hardly ever there. where she spends a few weeks out of the year handcrafting amazing itineraries for our charter cruises and land-based adventures in the islands. including searching for dinosaurs in Montana. acknowledge that it was the backpacking. she has been obsessed with all that these mountains have to offer. Kayaking through secluded mangrove lagoons and snorkeling through a real life oceanarium are among Nancy’s favorite activities. In addition to earning the prestigious Class III naturalist guide certification from the Galápagos National Park. daughter and twin sons. Her research in archaeology. which she shares in every MTS trip. Europe ~ (11 years) Anne is a 3rd generation Italian and German American who has traveled to over 30 countries in Europe—often in hiking boots—regularly for decades. home to the big range of mountains called the Picos de Europa and Cordillera Cantabrica. An accomplished climber who has summited Mont Blanc numerous times. Kalia is extremely knowledgeable about the native culture and natural history of Hawaii. climbing and horseback riding that drew her to the Sierras. and steering clear of annoyed iguanas in the Galápagos. and at home with his wife. A natural-born teacher fluent in English. And as if that weren’t enough. After graduating from an honors degree in biology. While she is an architect by training. and French. Since that trip. She’s the first to (12 years) Silvia is an Italian. To her. Luis has authored two field guides about terrestrial and marine Laura’s first visit to the Sierra Nevada was a three month backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest and John Muir Trails. life in the Galápagos—you’ll be hard pressed to find an animal or plant Luis cannot tell you about! You’ll find Luis at sea guiding our small yacht charters. deserts. Anne spends several weeks out of each year personally scouting and fine-tuning our European adventures. Luis is always eager to share his knowledge of the Galápagos with people of all ages and backgrounds. Off-duty. and mountain biking. Their research was published in “Notes and Records of the Royal Society. Luis had studied the work of Charles Darwin and set out to learn first-hand about the incredible evolution of Galápagos species. Greg has served as a licensed naturalist guide of the Galápagos National Park Service since 1982 and continues to work as naturalist and expeditions leader in the islands. geology and paleontology has taken her around the globe. born and raised. and the haze that settles over the mountains just as dusk falls. Winters are usually spent recovering or sea kayaking in Baja California. fighting off dust storms and curious camels in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. Christa has been guiding on the rivers of the American West since 1986. Greg first arrived in Galápagos in 1982 leading the Cambridge Darwin Centenary Galápagos Expedition to conduct research on the feeding ecology of marine iguanas. but what she finds most intriguing is the sound of the spring meltwater. on land where he heads our local MTS office in Quito. Erik has been with MTS since 1989 and has long held a reputation as a favorite of our guests. Luis originally moved to Ecuador to work as a Galápagos guide over 20 years ago.A DV E N T U R E E X P E RT S (15+ years) A geologist. river guide and writer with a serious addiction to rivers. these are the things that can only be realized by being here in the midst of it all. Though she has a home in Flagstaff. 10 . running. and she maintains that throughout all of her travels she has never found a better playground—or office. educator. Galápagos Islands (20+ years) home away from home is the Galápagos. Spanish. (23 years) Erik was born and raised in the Asturias region of Northern Spain. Spain. who calls Tuscany her home. including studies on sperm whales and the endangered Galápagos petrel. Arizona. mountains and chocolate. you speaking on behalf of the Breast Cancer Fund. Erik holds his masters degree in (10+ years) Kalia has been leading trips in Hawaii for more than 20 years. or in the outdoors hiking. With impressive degrees in both biology and ecology. (20+ years) Born in Seville. With his wife Thalia he has retraced Darwin’s footsteps through Galápagos using information from his original notebooks and manuscripts of the famous voyage.” and was the basis of their book Darwin in Galápagos: Footsteps to a New World. and her upbeat personality and incredible sense of humor (her laugh is contagious!) give her the highest marks from every trip member. Greg’s research in Galápagos has encompassed a wide range of ecological projects. the feel of warm Sierran granite.

that is). Southern Italy. plus he has a gift for instilling confidence in every trekker. Chile. Bolivia. he’s a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix. Alicia has wandered every corner of her native continent in search of new exciting adventures to share at MTS—from trekking in Colombia to tracking jaguars in Brazil.000’. he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification. Tanya is passionate about all water sports. At 19. 11 . Sergio has acquired a considerable. and Middle Fork of the Salmon River. history. On her first trip to South America. Despite receiving a graduate degree in engineering. and winters skiing from helicopters and huts. André. Laurent joined the French alpine troops. its people. including the past 17 years for MTS. Futaleufú. Most of all. Argentina. moved to Chamonix. plants. A resident of Cusco. birds. as well as several other mountains over 13. France. Spring and fall are for travel and enjoying her own backyard with her husband and fellow guide. Having led more than 100 trips for MTS. especially surfing and scuba diving. Sara has been river guiding since 2001 and has over 10. Laurent’s knowledge of the culture. and now guides our trips in Tuscany. and conversant in Quechua—the historic language of the Incas. fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and has made it his home for the last 10 years. and unforgettable experience on the Middle Fork. Idaho. she has led both walking and bicycle trips throughout Europe. which has taken him to Peru. and Switzerland. A very enthusiastic guide. Peru and Patagonia. He has participated in more than ten mountain expeditions in the region. with more than 15 years of experience leading treks and whitewater rafting trips. Danilo has been designing and running kayaking and rafting trips around the world. and the name of every single peak and glacier along the trail is a wonderful complement to his guiding skills. His knowledge of the country. She’s studied biology. Tanya is a true global explorer with a commercial pilot’s license and 52 countries under her belt. and is always seeking to improve her knowledge through continuing education and guiding courses. Since then. fun. During the winter months. New Zealand. Alicia fell in love with the wildlife and mysterious ruins of early civilizations. A native Aussie. (20+ years) A native of Mexico. André’s love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him. and after a year of service. Canada for over a decade. Since then. He is also an accomplished mountaineer. and Sicily. (17 years) Laurent hails from Normandy. In 1991. Peru.A DV E N T U R E E X P E RT S Silvia lived in Toronto. Tanya’s local expertise shines through in the breadth of unique adventures we offer throughout the Pacific. Sara spends summers rafting wild rivers. They’re passionately dedicated to providing a safe. André has a great interest in the development of sustainable tourism and is always looking for other regions to explore within Patagonia. a mountaineering and scuba instructor. Born and raised in Costa Rica. Sergio is MTS’s senior climbing guide. with over 20 years of experience (his climbing resume is eight pages long—the short version. Tanya has been designing and running adventure programs in the Pacific for over 10 years. Chris’ other passion is international ski mountaineering. he has dedicated his personal and professional life to mountains. he discovered his passion for rivers while working as A year-round guide based in Stanley. Chris’ passion for the wilderness began in Montana nearly 20 years ago. Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc more than 100 times. Danilo has barreled down over 50 of the world’s most famous whitewater rafting rivers including the Zambezi. Growing up in Australia and New Zealand. loyal following! a guide after high school. when he isn’t guiding for us. and travel. Pacific (15+ years) Manolo is one of Peru’s most experienced adventure travel guides. Chris began river guiding in 1997 and has worked on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with wife Sara (see below) since 2006. Chris (see above). Manolo is well versed in the rich history of the Andes as well as the classic trekking routes that follow the ancient Inca trade paths. rivers. and Argentina’s Aconcagua. and traditions adds immensely to your appreciation of the trip. having summited Mont Blanc three times. Latin America (22 years) Alicia was born in Mexico City and began exploring the countries of Latin America as a teen. she enjoys sharing the incomparable wilderness experience of the Salmon River with others. including the summits of the North and South Towers of the Torres del Paine. An avid sports enthusiast and inexhaustible hiker. Manolo is fluent in English as well as Spanish. Alicia joined MTS back in 1990 for its reputation as the first company to bring adventure groups to Rivers (17 years) As former captain of the Costa Rica National Rafting team. and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. accomplishing many first ascents. Ever since then. Besides leading our climbing expeditions in Ecuador. he also loves to lead some of our more challenging treks in Nepal and Peru.000 river miles under her belt—most of these on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. where she mastered her English language skills.

Zambia Botswana Flying Safari Southern Africa’s ultimate wildlife safari Soar over the marvels of Botswana.MTSOBEK. boat travel. you can float down the Zambezi. ostriches. take in the fragile Kalahari ecosystem in Deception Valley. and enjoying hot showers under the stars. relaxing in luxury camps overlooking f lagoons. On our new Zambia & Zimbabwe adventure. Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive vehicle. walking. As one of the first American companies to operate trips in the country (since 1982). lions. hippo. July. weaving around hippo and elephant. Our safaris keep you grounded in Africa—except when you’re up in the air. a yearly recipient of 2. on a chartered flight. bedding down on the banks of the river.9 trillion gallons of water. You’ll be whisked by plane from one exclusive luxury private camp to the next. one of the greatest rivers in Africa. and a variety of antelope. the Okavango Swamp. ITINERARIES. lion. we’ve scouted and carefully honed our exclusive itineraries to give you Botswana’s very best. including all the continent’s classic wildlife: elephant. home to herds of springbok. You’ll experience seamless adventure—tracking game on foot or by 4x4. and buffaloes. You’ll experience Botswana’s wealth of wildlife: egrets.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BUL” in the Search Box on mtsobek. mokoro ride Trip Level Easy Lodging 9 nights luxury tented camping Departures May. a canoe that is carved out of a kigelia tree and polesteered by traditional boatmen. August. Navigate Okavango’s laced wetlands by mokoro. taking your meals around the fire.com 12 FOR DETAILS. cranes. On safari. soaring majestically over the African dreamscape. Botswana also boasts immense landscapes of wetlands and savannahs. and cheetahs. giraffe. Botswana. home both to Victoria Falls and the Kalahari Desert.COM . and wildlife. Here you’ll find not only the world’s biggest waterfall but the world’s largest inland delta. leopards. AND MORE VISIT WWW. buffalo. night drives. vast plains. from the Kalahari Desert to the wetlands of the Okavango Delta.AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST On Safari In Southern Africa Water. June. That’s southern Africa. September Activities Duration 10 days Land Cost From $6.

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(Never mind that this area is where archaeologists dredged up some of our earliest human relatives). ITINERARIES. lions. 2 nights hotel Departures July. Be mesmerized by these incredible social beings as they wrestle. you’ll hike the entire length of the palm-fringed Galana River in Tsavo National Park—home to hippos. and—what luck!—we now explore many countries in Africa on foot. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive vehicle. MTS’s East Africa trips deliver on all your safari dreams: whether you imagine yourself peering out the roof-hatch of a 4x4 or exploring the grasslands on foot. and the infamous maneless male lions. Barely a soul has visited in the last 50 years. hiking Trip Level Strenuous Lodging 10 nights deluxe tented camping. your guide’s uncanny ability to read the wind will bring you amazingly close to massive herds. spray water. Led by top MTS safari guides.com 14 FOR DETAILS.AFRICA & THE MID MIDE LE T H E D L E DA S TE A S T On Safari I East Africa In E t Af i You are on safari in the remotest corner of the Serengeti.295 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “TGW” in the Search Box on mtsobek. MTS pioneered the first walking safari in the 1970s in Kenya. to watch the determined dung beetles in action—is because we’re on foot. and lush green crater walls—you’ll track thousands of zebra and wildebeest. The only reason why you’re able to be here—to find prides of lions. buffalo. crocodiles. great herds of elephant. rhinos.MTSOBEK. and carouse along the river. In addition to hiking. you’ll relax on leisurely optional game drives and in authentic safari camps. In glorious settings—vast expanses of plains. and peerless birdlife. In a land where elephants have learned to keep to themselves. Kenya Great Walk of Africa Africa’s greatest walking safari. Comfortable lodges or deluxe tented camps top off each day. baobab-studded grasslands. trumpet. to hear the trumpeting elephants.COM . and an MTS exclusive! Trek 110 miles of game trails across Kenya’s largest national park on an unforgettable journey through an area strictly off-limits to other visitors. September Activities Duration 13 days Land Cost From $6. along with elephant herds. leopards.

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2 nights luxury tented camping Departures May. September.COM . lions. wetlands. and less than 700 remain in the wild.com 16 FOR DETAILS. ITINERARIES. volcanoes. crater lakes. Journey overland through the arresting beauty of Uganda: deep green jungles. elephants. so you can only see them here.MTSOBEK. and gaze at rare tree-climbing lions in Ishasha. and open savannas.AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Rwanda.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “URG” in the Search Box on mtsobek. On game drives.000 hippos! Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive vehicle. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Find fig trees heavy with chimps as you walk through the misty equatorial rainforest. hiking Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous Lodging 8 nights lodges. and up to 30. December Activities Duration 11 days Land Cost From $5. it’s no wonder many MTS guests claim this journey is one of their most moving experiences ever! Forge your way through rainforest for a rewarding encounter with these highly endangered apes—they don’t survive in captivity. see leopards. Suzette & John Sommerer—MTS guests African Primate Safari Rare encounters with Africa’s endangered primates—an experience of a lifetime! With the touching humanity of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. Uganda Absolutely remarkable experience! We expected to love the gorillas and chimps if we saw them (and we did—and how!) but did not expect the savannah wildlife to be as wonderful as it was.

If that’s you. The Great Pyramids and more. Unparalleled game tracking and walking safaris.AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Design Your Dream Safari Custom Adventures We understand that travel to Africa is the trip of a lifetime. family vacations to honeymoons. The gems! Charter flights mean less travel time. Off-the-beaten-path exploration of Tanzania’s less visited parks. or cultures we’d like to experience. indeed! Experience this Eden at its most vital. ©Christopher Bettencourt. driving. Find your inner Lawrence of Arabia in Petra and Wadi Rum! Photos on this spread ©Dana Allen. We all have specific places or animals we want to see. Our 40 years of pioneering the most authentic safaris uniquely qualify us to make your special. but with their choice of date. more safari time! A great way to share the safari magic with your kids. give us your wish list and we’ll get to work helping you create something absolutely unique! Private Adventures Many of our guests find that they don’t really need a fully customized safari—what they’re really after is a trip that mirrors one of our scheduled group departures. Etosha. we have created a wide variety of personalized itineraries for guests from solo travelers to prestigious institutions. we have preset Private Adventure itineraries based on our most popular group trips. Need ideas? Fantastic game tracking in South Luangwa National Park. For example. you’ll be assured of the best accommodations. and the Skeleton Coast. ©Blaine Harrington/MTS. ©Denise Scholz The MTS Way Private Adventure or full-blown custom safari. or flying safari you’re dreaming of. Wildlife and beach time? Paradise. and even a wedding or two! So whether it’s a walking. the best guides in the business. custom adventure a reality. CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 17 . ©MTS Photo File. Sossusvlei. and the who’ve been making travel dreams come true for over four decades! Call a Regional Specialist today at 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235).

You’ll see Mount Meru.com 18 FOR DETAILS. one of the origins of the name Kilimanjaro—a botched pronunciation of the Chagga phrase “Kile-lema-irho”—means “we failed to climb it. Your head begins to spin. July. home to colobus monkeys. AND MORE VISIT WWW. like some icy oasis soaring above the limitless grasslands of Tanzania and Kenya. has daunted since prehistory. high. September. with an epic wildlife safari in Tanzania This route. ITINERARIES.COM .340 feet for stunning views from the roof of Africa. Cap off your trek with an epic safari through the Ngorongoro Crater.AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Kilimanjaro Th R f f Africa The Roof of Af i A black rhino lumbers across the grassy plain. bushbuck.095 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “TKM” in the Search Box on mtsobek. February. Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive vehicle. 1 night hotel Departures January. great. elephant. beautifully showcased in the 2002 IMAX film Kilimanjaro.MTSOBEK. and unbelievably white in the sun. and leopards. Camp inside Kilimanjaro’s inner crater before heading for the summit. you steady your sights by the massive peak of Kilimanjaro. except for your daypack. one of the world’s largest collapsed calderas. of course! g Tanzania Climb Kilimanjaro: The Western Breach Route The classic route to the peak.” You will not fail: 98 percent of those that climb with MTS reach the top. pushing all the way up to 19. December Activities Duration 15 days Land Cost From $6. Hemingway said it was “as wide as all the world. In fact. June. zebra. and gazelle. Kilimanjaro is a wonderfully diverse K mountain.” That peak. close in on a skittish zebra. buffalo. Am I really in Africa? Gazing up. so MTS offers two routes to m the summit—both under the expert t wing of the region’s most experienced w guides. and the Serengeti plains. unaware of the rarity of his species. with its wealth of big game: lion. begins and ends in the varied expanses of Tanzania. A pride of lions. bellies flat to the ground. Our trip includes an extra day for acclimatization and porters carry all the gear. and befriend the fascinating Maasai—pastoralists who have tended cattle and built their homes with cow dung for centuries. hiking Trip Level Ultimate Challenge Lodging 13 nights camping.

He is incredibly knowledgeable about African wildlife.COM | 1-888-687-6235 . Iain is also a central figure in Rick Ridgeway’s The Shadow of Kilimanjaro. August. 2 nights hotel Departures March. and bushbaby—but whose sight you won’t soon forget. October Activities Duration 13 days Land Cost From $6.com Kenya. The sprawling views from Uhuru Peak can only be matched by Amboseli National Park and its elephant herds. the graceful gerenuk. 2 nights lodge. and is the author of Guide to Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro and Snowcaps on the Equator. ©Enrique Lupez-Tapia/Fototeca 9x12 = Climb Kilimanjaro: The Western Breach Route = Kilimanjaro: The Rongai Route Field director of MTS in Kenya. You’ll meet animals whose names you might not know—fringe-eared oryx. speaks fluent Swahili. this trek covers forests of camphor and East African olive. Elephant Memories. En route to the summit. you’ll cross the spectacular terrain of “The Saddle. and then set off at midnight to reach the top by sunrise.” where Kilimanjaro’s two highest peaks link above the treeline.AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Find much more on all our trips. Indulge your safari fantasies at Masai Mara. Tanzania Kilimanjaro: The Rongai Route The road less traveled begins with an iconic safari in Kenya The comparatively gradual Rongai Route up Kilimanjaro begins in the dry open plains of Kenya.MTSOBEK. game viewing by 4-wheel-drive vehicle Trip Level Ultimate Challenge Lodging 8 nights camping.mtsobek. Call a Regional Specialist at 1-888-MTSOBEK for details. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. May. where half a million wildebeest migrate across the river each year.” “CLIMB ONLY” OPTIONS FOR KILIMANJARO Interested in just climbing the mountain? We have “Climb Only” options for both of these itineraries (you’ll just have to come back to experience the exhilaration of a classic East African safari).com Adventure Experts s Y E AR S YE A RS Photos on this spread ©Corbis/AGE Fotostock. Iain pioneered new routes on both Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro. acacia woodlands and marshy areas harboring year-round waterholes. on www. Iain has lived there since the age of nine.195 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “TKC” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Hiking. Led by experienced naturalists. Overnight at lodges or tented camps on the savannah. 19 WWW. and is deeply involved in wildlife conservation issues. tree hyrax. immortalized by Cynthia Moss in her book. surrounded by the sounds of lion herds and hyena packs. and was featured in the May 2000 National Geographic Adventure article “Among the Man-Eaters. ©MTS Photo File.

our journey to this otherworldly destination differs from any other tour. wildlife viewing Moderate 15 nights lodges June. cultures.MTSOBEK. ITINERARIES. and rainforests. but pick your dates and your travel companions. Rather than sight-seeing only from vehicles. creating a nature-lover’s dream. Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available. gigantic baobab trees framing tropical sunsets. Call a Regional Specialist for details! Hidden Madagascar A An African safari like no other! Isolated by millions of years and 250 miles of Indian Ocean. J Just as Madagascar is unlike anywhere else. and over 80% of its plants are found nowhere else on Earth. most of its birds. Madagascar’s exotic w wildlife.095 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MAD” in the Search Box on mtsobek.COM . This is an ideal trip for active travelers who long to experience firsthand Madagascar’s unparalleled nature on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition! Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking.AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Madagascar Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Adventure. w we get out and hike deep into the most remote mountains. and landscapes transport the intrepid traveler into a strange and w wonderful world. Be captivated by lemurs dancing across trails.com 20 FOR DETAILS. AND MORE VISIT WWW. river valleys. October Duration 16 days Land Cost From $5. and brilliantly colored birds and butterflies flying among a thousand species of orchids. All of the island’s mammals.

MTS guide Kristy Larson’s expertise and personal connections allow for exceptional encounters with locals and fresh insight into this fascinating and vibrant country. oldest of the Imperial Cities. Dadès. December Activities Duration 13 days Land Cost From $4. We had such a good time! Kristy is very enthusiastic. Kristy has a passion for traditional Moroccan arts and handicrafts. landscapes. 4-wheel-drive travel Trip Level Moderate Lodging 8 nights hotels. Hiking. and history. peach-colored sand dunes. And unlike other companies. exotic Berber culture living in a longforgotten age. After all these years she is still startled by its seemingly endless mountains and desert valleys. And camping in the Sahara for four nights will immerse us in its timeless magic and solitude. ©Art Wolfe Y E AR S YE A RS Kristy fell in love with Morocco about 30 years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer. Then be equally enchanted with Morocco’s royal cities: In Marrakesh. has lots of knowledge and friends among the local Berbers. and volcanic mountains—our four-day camel trek follows an ancient caravan route. and the colorful. the “Jewel of the South. we use 4x4 vehicles that allow us to roam the back roads.com Adventure Experts Kristy Larson ~ Photos on this spread ©Axiom/Danita Delimont. camel ride. and journey into the Sahara Desert on camelback. Gnaoua dancers. Indulge your senses in Morocco’s rich culture. lush oases. Survey the stunning traditional Moroccan architecture of Fès. acrobats.295 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MOC” in the Search Box on mtsobek. and it shows—this trip offers the most authentic immersion in Morocco’s culture. and has a great rapport with the Moroccan people. and Ziz Valleys. speaks Arabic and Berber dialects. and story tellers at the carnivalesque market. 4 nights camping Departures February. With scenery nothing short of spectacular—perfectly blue skies. henna artists.Morocco AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Morocco Camel Trek Unravel the magic and mystery of the Sahara with MTS favorite Kristy Larson We’ve been exploring Morocco since 1975. October November. She does a terrific job! Andrew & Wendy Dworak—MTS guests CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 21 . We’ll explore the Drâa. March.” we’ll encounter a ancers artists host of snake charmers. where date-palm oases are scattered with the mud-brick architecture of kasbahs and fortified villages.

and Sudanese hospitality renowned the world over.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “SUD” in the Search Box on mtsobek. much of this complex country—one of Africa’s largest—remains unexplored. embark with us on the first ever MTS trip to Sudan. November Activities Trip Level Lodging Length 12 days Land Cost From $5. We begin where the White Nile meets the Blue at the historic city of Omdurman (near Khartoum). 4 nights basic camps. encounter vast Nubian sand dune deserts and the holy mountain of Jebel Barkal. We’ll stay in a unique Nubian guest house and camp out under the stars. and Kushistic civilizations. archaeology Easy to Moderate 5 nights hotel.COM . ITINERARIES.AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Sudan NEW! Sudan Cultural Journey An exploratory adventure to the less-frequented land of the Nile If solitude and a deep sense of history call to you. Egypt’s vaster and less tourist-trodden neighbor to the south. AND MORE VISIT WWW. 2 nights permanent tented camps Departures February. and marvel at the painted tombs of El Kurru.MTSOBEK. Sudan shimmers with all the rich culture and fertile landscape that a 500-mile stretch of the Nile can muster. Cultural touring. Despite five millenia of Coptic. Muslim.com 22 FOR DETAILS. and skirt the great river northward toward the ruins and pyramids of the Kushistic kingdom of Meroë.

where deep canyon walls. But this ancient country also boasts a presentday plenitude of tribal cultures and lifestyles. Muslim conquerors. October.MTSOBEK. 2 nights camping Departures May. September.com Photos on this spread ©Alida Latham/DanitaDelimont. In true MTS form. camel rides Moderate 8 nights hotels. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Cultural touring.C. ©MTS Photo File. Our guides’ deep understanding of Jordan’s history and culture will have you immersed in this magical land. marvel at the stunning rock architecture of Petra. We’ll sleep in beach-front resorts and traditional tata desert huts. We’ll marvel at the sculpted rock churches of Lalibela.COM | 1-888-687-6235 23 . December Duration 14 days Land Cost From $5. and get off the beaten path to discover the more remote wonders of this ancient land. Togo. cruising Easy to Moderate 9 nights hotel. Examine the ruins of Jerash—dating to 3. West Africa’s cultural vitality is on display in Yoruba mask ceremonies. Choose as your highlight the Gelede festival. Hiking.195 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ETH” in the Search Box on mtsobek. and Benin This stretch of West Africa knows how to celebrate its rich. the Temple of Luxor. and savor the bright. on foot and camel Explore the timeless Kingdom of Jordan. textile work. and austere lifestyles. stunning desert architecture. November Duration 13 days Land Cost From $4.and crocodile-watching. Benin’s Yoruba fertility mask ceremony. the Giza Pyramids. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Touring. Our journey takes us from animistic communities in southern Ethiopia. We’ll see it all as we traverse these lands’ vast spectrum—from colonial Portuguese cities like Ouidah. we’ll explore the area’s most renowned gems. Africa’s largest stilted village. the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. hiking.com WWW. and crimson togas at Ashanti funeral dances. we won’t stand on the sidelines—we’ll jump right in to the vibrant celebrations of this distinctive land. 3 nights luxury boat February. and early Christian mystics on the muraled walls of island monasteries. November Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 11 days Land Cost From $4.” and ride camels and hike rugged trails in Wadi Rum (where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed). and enjoy a scenic cruise along the storied Nile River. the famous “Lost City.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “JOR” in the Search Box on mtsobek. across savannah and rainforest. and the legacy of ancient civilizations bring history to living color. At each night’s accommodations. walking Easy to Moderate 13 nights hotels January. ©John Warburton-Lee/DanitaDelimont | NEW ITINERARY Festivals of West Africa Step into the dazzling tribal world of Ghana. walking Easy to Moderate 12 nights hotel February. from spa treatments at the Dead Sea to gourmet Arabic cooking lessons. March.000 B. From the great Ashanti empire to the isolated Tamberma and Somba peoples. and winding mountain pathways. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Cultural touring. You’ll also roam further afield to the Sinai Peninsula. living history. written in the language of Ge’ez and the traditions of Coptic Christianity.com Egypt NEW! Egypt Encompassed Ancient myth and modern glory in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula On this exclusive MTS trip.com Ethiopia Tribal Ethiopia Exploring the cradle of mankind Ethiopia is home to a long and mystical past. we’ll be greeted by the region’s warm hospitality in the most picturesque of locations.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “EGE” in the Search Box on mtsobek. or the Akwasidae ritual in the royal court of the Ashanti King. and decipher histories of Egyptian Pharaohs. December Duration 13 days Land Cost From $5. Follow our guides—seasoned Egyptologists—on a comprehensive tour of the Great Sphinx. with their resplendent body decorations. to Ganvié. touring. to the Amharic people of the north and their unique traditions of ancient Ethiopian Christianity.AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST Jordan Adventure: Beyond Petra Deep in the heart of classic antiquity. All this adventure is balanced with luxury. strong flavors of the best local fare.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “FWA” in the Search Box on mtsobek. terraced landscapes. vividly drawn Fulani face tattoos.—stroll the ancient city and modern-day capital of Amman. and more. November. We’ll travel across rolling savannahs. travel across Lake Chamo for bird.

Sea kayak at Point Adolphus. The whales don’t surface. hiking. Abundant wildlife enjoy a home that has been theirs for thousands of years. it’s huge: slap Alaska atop the contiguous United States and it’ll stretch from the Canadian border to Mexico. almost 6. get to know the landscape. The sound of the whales breathing echoes in the silence of the surrounding mountains. the Lower 48’s highest. Denali.COM . and MTS has crafted this active trip to take advantage of Alaska’s richest spots.000 feet taller than Mount Whitney. View the rare spectacle of black and brown bears feeding together at Anan Bear Observatory. Obviously.com 24 FOR DETAILS. linking our minds with our maps.ALASKA Alaska The Great Land Alaska invites drama. flying over the islands and inlets gives an added sense of dimension to the trip. The herds of caribou don’t run across the tundra. bears feast on rivers of salmon. August Activities Duration 6 days Land Cost Call for pricing Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “INN” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Southeast Alaska’s best bear viewing! To save time we use small charter planes to link our destinations easily and quickly. where humpback whales stay throughout the summer to feed on enormous schools of herring. Plus. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Our enduring local ties and conservation efforts provide exclusive experiences including overnight camping in Glacier Bay National Park. Alaska Alaskan Wildlife Explorer Inn-to-inn multi-activity and wildlife adventure in verdant southeastern Alaska Few places in the world have just the right combination of elements to create a truly spectacular wildlife viewing experience. Soar over the Alaska Range and set your sights on North America’s highest peak. wildlife viewing Trip Level Easy Lodging 5 nights lodges Departures July. Glaciers calve. A “flightseeing” trip will let you get your bearings. they explode from beneath. walking in the wildflowercarpeted mountains above Juneau. Expanses of roadless land extend in every direction—a truly mezmerizing sight! We’ve been pioneering adventure travel in The Great Land since 1972—first as Alaska Discovery and now as MTS Alaska. while getting lots of action during the day—kayaking with the whales. More than half of all the protected wilderness in the United States is in Alaska. ITINERARIES. You’ll enjoy comfortable lodgings. and in summer there is daylight all night long. Sea kayaking. they thunder. How to experience this place? First.MTSOBEK. and from Los Angeles to the Atlantic seaboard. and exploring the fjords of Glacier Bay.

John’s deftly crafted trips will inspire you to experience North America with renewed wonder. kayak past enormous tidewater glaciers in Prince William Sound. This is a rare chance for a unique experience in the stunning Alaskan wilderness! While most adventure companies don’t let you overnight in the unspoiled wilderness of Denali National Park. Point Reyes and Golden Gate. you’ll explore this pristine corner of the wilderness with expert MTS guides who are all seasoned Alaskans. rafting. You’ll hear the crunch of centuries-old ice underfoot as you trek on a glacier.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ACL” in the Search Box on mtsobek. and veteran MTS Al Alaska guide. the highest peak in North America. And all guests have superlative mountain views of Denali itself! For details search “CDL” on mtsobek. consider an independent stay at Camp Denali. The wilderness is where John feels most at home having worked for the National Park Service in Glacier Bay. mountain biking. Yosemite. sea kayaking. and literally get a bird’s-eye view from a flight above Alaska’s ceaselessly dramatic landscape. canoeing.ALASKA Alaska Alaskan Classic Signature MTS tour of Denali and Alaska’s glacial wonderland Photos on this spread ©Michael De Young/Alaska Stock.com. Each day choose from hiking the backcounty. Kenai Fjords. thrill to true wilderness whitewater as you raft through the heart of the Alaska Range. former National Pa Park ranger. August Activities Duration 8 days Land Cost From $4. But best of all. a beautiful natural haven deep in the heart of Denali National Park. ©Art Wolfe A Adventure Experts YE A RS E AR S Jo John Baston ~ Pr Program Director A naturalist. so you’re assured of getting a real insider’s view of the 49th state! Hiking. wildlife viewing Trip Level Easy Lodging 7 nights lodges Departures July.com 4-DAY DENALI-ONLY OPTION For an incredible wildlife experience. John brings an incredible hands-on perspective to designing our Alaska & North America adventures. Mount Rainier. CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 25 . ©Jeff Schultz/Alaska Stock. ©Laura Parent. this trip offers three splendid nights in the park under the spell of Mount McKinley. and fishing. glacier hiking.

come to feed on schools of fish—and. sea kayaking.MTSOBEK. ITINERARIES. AND MORE VISIT WWW. July. each the size of a school bus. At Point Adolphus in the Inside Passage. August Activities Duration 8 days Land Cost From $3. black and brown bears. Hiking.195 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “UEX” in the Search Box on mtsobek. We’ll observe the breadth of wildlife in Glacier Bay—nesting puffins. A mix of camping and comfortable inn accommodations round out this actionpacked MTS Alaskan masterpiece. and we use them to bring you deep into the fjords. and massive Steller sea lions. We hold difficult to obtain permits to overnight inside Glacier Bay National Park. Elias Mountains and heave ice into the ocean. generations of humpback whales.COM . we’ll have a front row seat from our kayaks.ALASKA Alaska Ultimate Alaska Sea Kayaking Expedition The most comprehensive sea kayaking expedition among Alaska’s legendary wildlife We call this trip the “ultimate” because it bundles the highlights of our many Alaskan trips all into one expansive sea kayaking adventure. wildlife viewing Trip Level Moderate Lodging 3 nights lodges. where glaciers descend steeply from the St.com 26 FOR DETAILS. 4 nights camping Departures June.

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Glacier Bay Small Ship Adventure
See all of Glacier Bay National Park and enjoy the comforts of a floating basecamp
Ever since John Muir paddled a 50-foot hollowed-out log canoe into Glacier Bay in 1879, visitors have steadily come to witness the grandeur of this portion of the Alaskan coastline. Here high mountains meet the ocean and multiple ice ages have left steep-sided shorelines and fjords scoured by advancing and retreating glaciers. Here animals abound—you can see a mountain goat and a sea star in the same sweep of the eye. Glacier Bay is a place for naturalists to learn about our world, its plants and animals. It is a place for photographers to play amid fresh landscapes painted in bold hues by the ever-changing light. And it’s also a place for kayakers and hikers to paddle calm waters and stroll diverse beachscapes. About the size of Massachussetts, Glacier Bay encompasses ocean, forests, and icefields. Throughout its history, it has seen native Tlingit villages, early American explorers, and cutting-edge scientists grappling with change. The more time one spends in Glacier Bay, the more wonderful and mysterious the world seems.
Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking, sea kayaking Easy to Moderate 5 nights aboard ship May, June, July, August, September Duration 6 days Land Cost From $3,800 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “AKB” in the Search Box on mtsobek.com

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Alaska

Glacier Bay Expedition
Rare opportunity to kayak and camp in one of America’s most s stunning national parks
T This is one of the classic sea kayak expeditions in Alaska! Glacier Bay National Park has it all—glaciers that calve enormous icebergs into an ocean teeming with humpback whales, sea otters, orca, seals, and sea lions. Its forests are home to a healthy population of both black and brown bears, and the calm, glassy seas of the inside passage mirror and magnify the grand panorama of the Alaskan landscape. The T National Park Service strictly limits camping—MTS holds these rare permits— making this a peaceful, spacious camping experience. This is a true expedition-style journey where we will pack our kayaks, move camp, and paddle 50 miles of Glacier j Bay’s diverse shoreline, experiencing new plant and animal habitats every day. And your first-class MTS guides will be there to enhance your understanding of this alltoo-rare wilderness, making the magic of Glacier Bay come alive for you. So whether you’re an enthusiastic beginner or a seasoned paddler, this is a not-to-be-missed trip of a lifetime.
Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Sea kayaking, hiking Moderate 5 nights camping, 1 night lodge June, July, August Duration 7 days Land Cost From $2,295 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “GBE” in the Search Box on mtsobek.com

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Alaska

Hulahula & Kongakut Rivers
Rafting and hiking in the wildest, most far-flung reaches of northern Alaska
These spectacular rafting and hiking adventures will introduce you to the beauty of Alaska’s famed Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as you pass through some of the most scenic portions of this “Serengeti of the North.” En route you’re likely to encounter portions of the 100,000-strong Porcupine Caribou Herd, as well as grizzlies, dall sheep, and wolves. On the Kongakut River you’ll begin with a scenic bush flight to its headwaters. On the Hulahula you’ll get on the river in the heart of the mighty Brooks Range. Both rivers pass through the Arctic coastal plain on their way to the sea, giving you the ride of a lifetime! Rafting days are complemented by leisurely layover days to photograph, explore, and just enjoy this fascinating and ecologically diverse national treasure. Hulahula River
Rafting (Class III/IV rapids), hiking, wildlife viewing Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous Lodging 11 nights camping Departures June Activities Duration 12 days Land Cost From $4,995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “HUL” in the Search Box on mtsobek.com

Alsek & Tatshenshini Rivers
Raft among glaciers and icebergs on one of the world’s epic rafting journeys
Truly two of the greatest rivers in the world, the Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers are a deep dive into a wilderness of unparalleled beauty and scale—25 million acres encompassing two Canadian and two American national parks. Slicing between towering peaks with a casual grace and flowing past wildflowers and sweeping glaciers, these two rivers cut a path through the habitat of grizzly and black bear, mountain goat and moose, bald eagle and osprey. Our expert guides include published authors on these rivers—so they know their stuff! MTS ran the first commercial rafting trip on the Tatshenshini way back in 1976. Join our experts for the rafting expedition of a lifetime! Alsek River
Rafting (Class II/III rapids and one IV rapid), hiking, wildlife viewing Trip Level Moderate to Strenuous Lodging 11 nights camping Departures June, July, August Activities Duration 12 days Land Cost From $3,795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ALK” in the Search Box on mtsobek.com

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Kongakut River
Rafting (Class II/III rapids), hiking, wildlife viewing Trip Level Moderate Lodging 9 nights camping Departures June, July Activities Duration 10 days Land Cost From $4,895 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “KGK” in the Search Box on mtsobek.com

Tatshenshini River
Rafting (Class II/III rapids), hiking, wildlife viewing Trip Level Moderate Lodging 8 nights camping Departures June, July, August Activities Duration 9 days Land Cost From $3,195 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “TAI” in the Search Box on mtsobek.com

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4 nights hotels April. ITINERARIES.COM .395 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “EVE” in the Search Box on mtsobek.208'). Wander through local villages. Thamserku (22. Or trek to the foot of Everest. Take your feet to the roof of the world in this pristine labyrinth of peaks. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Descend into the deep Dudh Kosi Gorge—one of the most beautiful valley walks on Earth. for many.MTSOBEK. “Khumbu” is what they call the land around Everest. enjoy the solitude of ancient monasteries.340'). Ancient Buddhist monasteries seem alive with the sounds of worship. nestled in the heights of jagged mountains. all while bedding down each night in the finest lodges. where you’ll begin your trek through lively sherpa villages. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Trekking Moderate to Strenuous 9 nights lodges. f an indescribable thrill and. and the boulders around Sherpa villages are carved with prayer inscriptions. November. Everest Lodge to Lodge An insider’s look at Everest’s famed Khumbu region with MTS exclusive guides Since 1969. perched high on a mountainside above the River of Milk. you might fly to Lukla.494'). From famed Tengboche Monastery. This classic trek takes us on a stunning round-up of mustsee destinations in the Khumbu. From that exotic capital.ASIA The World’s Highest Peak Everest Nepal Everest is almost six miles high—it practically reaches into the stratosphere— but for a moment let’s drop down below that superlative peak and peer into the Himalayan splendor of Nepal. exquisite species of rhododendron grace the hillsides. we’ll have a stunning panorama of other Himalayan giants as well: Kangtega (22. The dizzying bazaars of Kathmandu. and the obelisk of Ama Dablam (22. Aside from this celebrated peak and star of the show. the realization of a lifetime dream. May. in the most refreshing way. along with Kipling’s “wildest dreams of Kew. and it’s a place where your spirituality is awakened.” will beckon you.com 30 FOR DETAILS. MTS has been pioneering trekking in Nepal and establishing local ties in the Khumbu region. October. and experience the warmth of the people. December Duration 14 days Land Cost From $3. the world’s highest mountain. we’ll have a sublime view of Mount Everest.

Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Trekking Ultimate Challenge 14 nights lodges. and has trekked peaks like Mount Mera.COM | 1-888-687-6235 31 .192') we’ll first set our eyes on the face of Everest. on www. May.MTSOBEK. Lhakpa climbed Kanchenjunga. November Duration 19 days Land Cost From $4.600'). including the 1963 American Everest expedition.ASIA Find much more on all our trips. We’ll trek to Base Camp (17. Sherpa. With over 40 years of experience. and Tibetan. 4 nights hotels April.com Photos on this spread ©Christopher Bettencourt. ©Franck Guiziou/Aurora Photos. MTS is the go-to company on the mountain. After a plunge into the exotic bazaars of Kathmandu. October. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. WWW. as well as English. with top-notch veteran guides who are all seasoned mountaineers. Known in Tibetan as Chomolangma— “Mother Goddess of the Snows”—Everest is the star of the Himalaya and an irresistible lure to adventurers far and wide. take a mountain flight to Lukla at 9.mtsobek.) After completing his education. ©Peter McBride/Aurora Photos. with views of otherworldly 50-foot-tall seracs (the blocks of ice among the crevasses of the glacier). Lhakpa has a deep interest in environmental issues and has been working with MTS since 1983—first as sirdar and now as a trekking guide.200 feet and trek through lively Sherpa villages en route to Everest.com A Adventure Experts Y E AR S YE A RS Lh Lhakpa Norbu ~ Guide: Nepal Gu Lhakpa was born in Namche Lh Bazaar to a mountaineering Ba family. ©MTS Photo File Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek Journey to the base of the world’s highest peak—now without camping! New this year: enjoy staying in comfortable lodges for this epic journey through the lofty and legendary passes of the Himalaya. On the rocky heights of Kala Patar (18. the Big One. (His father was a climbing Sherpa and fathe went to the South Col on several expeditions. where you’ll absorb the serenity inside ancient Buddhist monasteries. He speaks Nepali. yet trekking to its flanks is still a phenomenal feat to claim. Very few have stood on Everest’s daunting summit.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “KHU” in the Search Box on mtsobek.

Larry Andrews—MTS guest 32 FOR DETAILS. October. providing an intimate. rafting Moderate 4 nights hotels. Hike beside terraced hillsides. where the safari-style tents are large and include attached bathrooms. 3 nights lodges. and sleep in lodge rooms that look out on the mountains. and magnolias. visit small mountain hamlets. but you pick your dates. 2 nights safari-style camp Departures January. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK. Very few tourists ever come here: you will know what it really means to get away. through subtropical forests covered with tree orchids.ASIA Nepal NEW! Annapurna Lodge to Lodge Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure. March. In addition. Our lodge-to-lodge trek starts each day from the area’s most comfortable accommodations and takes us to some of the best vistas in the entire region—elevated encounters with the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain. A serene float (no big whitewater!) takes us from Damauli down to the Seti River Camp. rhododendrons. Local guides and porters welcome us into their homes. explore this truly unique and untouched topography by rafting along the Seti River. and where virtually nothing stands in the way of an unspoiled encounter with teeming natural landscapes and remote village life along the banks. sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range.com The scenery was spectacular! Walking through the rhododendron forest while it was in full bloom is a memory that I will carry with me forever. ITINERARIES. AND MORE VISIT WWW. insider’s view of regional highland culture.MTSOBEK.COM . Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ANL” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Hiking. December Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 10 days Land Cost From $2. Easy rafting and trekking in the heart of the serene Annapurna Range Get up close to the Annapurna Range’s sacred peaks and intimate trails without giving up a good night’s sleep. November.

Your Himalayan odyssey ends on a high note as you fly to Tibet to meet the indomitable Tibetan people.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BNT” in the Search Box on mtsobek. including the legendary gold-roofed. Kathmandu is an unforgettable melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. visiting various sites including Samye—the first monastery of Tibet—and Lhasa. and the exotic scents of incense and alien spices float on the breezes. You’ll begin your Himalayan visit in the hidden mountain kingdom of Bhutan. non-trekking journey for an eye-opening look into traditions and cultures far removed from our own. Now air travel makes short work of what was formerly an arduous journey. From there you’ll travel to Nepal on a breathtaking flight with spectacular views of the eastern Himalaya—including Chomolhari. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Photos on this spread ©Christopher Bettencourt. Tibet Himalayan Passages The most comprehensive cultural tour of three Himalayan kingdoms There’s something about the Himalaya that speaks of romance and adventure.com CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 33 . where you’ll spend time hiking in the Pokhara Valley and taking in the breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range before flying on to Kathmandu. October Duration 16 days Land Cost From $5. and in the markets and bazaars you’ll rub shoulders with some of Nepal’s very diverse people. Take a step back in time and join us on this enriching. Tibet’s long-forbidden capital city at 11. Hindus offer alms at pagoda-like temples. Not so long ago.800 feet.ASIA Bhutan. thousand-room Potala Palace. a true bastion of tradition in a globalized world. this Himalayan odyssey would not have been possible (unless you wanted to emulate Alexandra David-Néel or other intrepid early explorers who traveled on foot for months or years). ©Art Wolfe Touring. of mystical religions and exotic lands.com Find much more on all our trips. who’ve maintained their spiritual identity in the face of overwhelming odds. Jichu Drakye. and Tsering Kang. You’ll spend five days here. home to an independent people who have not rejected their ancient spiritual heritage for modern ways. You’ll also tour the major monuments. Nepal. on www. hiking Moderate 15 nights hotels April. Nepal’s capital. sacred cows roam the streets. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. In Nepal you’ll visit Pokhara.mtsobek.

This is Bhutan. You can see proof of that in the people: in the smiling red-robed lama teacher who lives in a 16th-century monastery. said to house a goddess that watches over the Himalayan kingdom. October. AND MORE VISIT WWW.195 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BHS” in the Search Box on mtsobek. so trekkers are few and the trails unspoiled. a cornerstone of this journey. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking. sometimes literally—in other words. plus visit Taktsang. It’s no wonder Bhutan is known as the happiest country in Asia. Rooftops covered in drying red chilis. Bhutan’s most sacred mountain. The Haa Valley. Our exclusive itinerary offers scenic panoramic vistas of sacred Chomolhari (23. ITINERARIES.997') and other Himalayan peaks with their verdant valleys below.ASIA Bhutan Kingdom in the Clouds Golden mustard fields. making fresh cheese from yak milk. Treks here are breathtaking. has only been open to travel since 2001. November Duration 11 days Land Cost From $4. and in the tranquil domestic routines of a family gathering herbs. guarded by gigantic ice-clad mountains and shrouded in thick primeval forests. they can be quite strenuous (and commensurately rewarding!). a cliff hermitage nestled in a granite wall above the Paro Valley. You’ll loop around a gorgeous realm of snowy peaks that includes the 24.MTSOBEK.com 34 FOR DETAILS. open to tourists only since 1980 (although MTS has been pioneering travel here since 1974). The trip will leave you mezmerized by the beauty of Bhutan’s rich Buddhist heritage and its landscape of neat whitewashed homes tucked away on terraced rice and buckwheat fields. You’ll climb through rich forests of pine and dwarf rhododendron.000-foot Chomolhari. It remains a mystery. touring Moderate to Strenuous 7 nights hotels. High passes marked by fluttering prayer flags. Bhutan Bhutan Sampler The best of the Himalayan kingdom This trip perfectly blends a ridge-top trek with an off-the-beaten-path cultural journey through Bhutan. or weaving beautiful textiles. 3 night camping April. landlocked.COM .

Spanish. with its collections of spectacular bronze statues and thangkas (religious scroll paintings). yet rewardingly strenuous.095 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BCT” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Hindi. Follow snow leopard tracks. and we’ve developed steadfast relationships with the locals since 1974. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. Nepali. ©Cathy Ann Taylor A Adventure Experts Na Namgay Dorji ~ Gu Gu Guide: Bhutan The senior manager of Th our Bhutan office. and religion of Bhutan. Trek with us through a gorgeous realm of snowy peaks topped by Chomolhari (23. Namgay speaks seven languages: English.ASIA Find much more on all our trips. and eagerly looks forward to sharing his insights and experiences with his guests. Your journey includes a visit to a 17th-century frontier post and to Bhutan’s National Museum.COM | 1-888-687-6235 35 . culture. German. A graduate of the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management in Salzburg. on www. Japanese. Y E AR S YE A RS R MTS was the first company to offer trekking in Bhutan. October.com Bhutan The Chomolhari Trek A comprehensive tour around Bhutan’s holiest peak Photos on this spread ©Angelo Cavalli/Fototeca 9x12. November Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 15 days Land Cost From $5.MTSOBEK. 7 nights hotels Departures April. and gear up as the mountain trail becomes rocky. Visit Bhutan’s extraordinary dzongs (fortress-like citadels) and delight in rare migratory birds and herds of blue sheep. He has a great depth of knowledge about the history. Bhutan’s most sacred mountain.com WWW. and Urdu. ©Blaine Harrington. Austria.997'). Namgay ou has been leading treks and tours for the past ten years. Trekking Ultimate Challenge 7 nights camping.mtsobek. ©MTS Photo File.

com Bhutan Festivals of Bhutan Insider access to spectacular Bhutanese festivals Appreciate the beauty of Bhutan without having to trek! This cultural odyssey takes you back in time to a world guarded by gigantic mountains and covered with thick primeval forests. AND MORE VISIT WWW.ASIA Find much more on all our trips.com 36 FOR DETAILS.MTSOBEK. ITINERARIES. Attend the magnificent Tsechu religious festival. where elaborately costumed dancers perform masked dance-dramas.mtsobek. on www. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Touring.295 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “CFB” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Our unique trip includes lively festivals and day hikes. September Duration 9 days Land Cost From $3.COM . hiking Moderate 8 nights hotels March. along with insider explorations of the small town of Punakha. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. Mingling with the locals at this joyous celebration is a unique honor bestowed to a limited number of visitors each year.

com Visit the best known sites of northern India—Jaipur. We’ll introduce you to local families. view game by boat at Periyar National Park. and the little-known lake district of Rajasthan. antelope. turbulent era of turbaned warrior-princes. 1 or 2 nights camping Departures January. Explore Kumbhalgarh Fort. and the elusive tiger. fortresses. wolf.495 Photos on this spread ©SIME/eStockPhoto.395 Call a Regional Specialist at 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) to create your dream trip to India! CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 37 . and take you through remote villages for an in-depth cultural experience. Explore the rock-cut cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta. From $3.ASIA India Design Your Own India Adventure Three exciting Private Adventures designed to be taken as stand-alone journeys or in combination as part of exploring the entire country Our Regional Specialists can help you combine itineraries and assist with internal flights between destinations to help make your dream exploration of India become a reality! Treasures of North India India Royal Rajasthan Trek India the magnificent—palaces. Float through the beautiful serene waterways of the Kerala backwaters. stay in 17th-century castles. In Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. witnessing the everyday life of the local people fishing and farming. Hindu. Stay in regal carpeted tent accommodations just outside the fairgrounds of the Nagaur Fair. and visit undisturbed villages that date back to the time of the maharajas. November Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 13 days Land Cost From $5. and cloistered harems as you tour the enchanting palaces and forts of the maharajas. a massive structure stretching 24 miles across the Aravali Mountains (the oldest mountain range in the world). guarded by 7 gates. trek through unspoiled preserves. and experience a spectacular sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Come with us to experience the magic and magnificence of India! Cultural journey. and Jain faiths to Portuguese Christianity. surrounded by 13 peaks. where we’ll look for elephants.295 Splendors of Central India Experience the contrasting religions and cultures of central India—from Buddhist. including the Red Fort.295 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “RRT” in the Search Box on mtsobek. an ancient and vibrantly colorful annual desert event renowned in India and abroad. forests. From $3. touring Easy to Moderate 9 or 11 nights hotels. hiking. 8 days. ©Keren Su/Chinaspan Images of South India Explore southern India from coast to coast—from the spice trade of the Malabar Coast to the colonial influences on the Coromandel. share the woods with wild boar. Udaipur. 7 days. Jodhpur. From $4. martial valor. and exotic bird life. and visit medieval churches in the Portuguese colonial town of Goa—all UNESCO World Heritage Sites! 7 days. The total hike of 4½ days takes you beyond Kumbhalgarh into remote villages. and wildlife On this 13-day immersion in legendary Rajasthani culture. and Agra— all in one week! You’ll be transported back in time to a romantic. guar. plus visit Old Cochin and the astounding temples of Madurai. many of noble lineage. and unlike any fortress you’ve ever seen.

like Vil Uyana Resort. like the huge red stone Sigiriya.500 years of recorded history. spotted deer. jeep safari. Our sampler of Sri Lanka’s wonders takes us to five of its seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. and over 2. or hover on stilts over water or paddy fields. and a plethora of birdlife. nature walks. and witness the harvest of tea. an astonishing 5th-century rock fortress.com 38 FOR DETAILS. coconuts. We’ll relax at some of the most remarkable hotels in Sri Lanka. spices. where villas are nestled within the cover of a forest.COM . this active journey is exclusive to MTS! Hiking. AND MORE VISIT WWW. c crocodiles.MTSOBEK. explore the ruins of ancient cities. leopards. October Activities Duration 12 days Land Cost From $4. culture. We’ll also hike through villages and eat curry with local families. water buffalo. diverse wildlife. Look for incredible wildlife in three national parks: sloths.895 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “SRL” in the Search Box on mtsobek. elephants. Alternating between hiking and 4x4 vehicles.ASIA Sri Lanka Magical Sri Lanka MTS’s exclusive showcase of the majestic Pearl of the Orient W With its white sand beaches. ITINERARIES. touring Trip Level Easy to Moderate Lodging 11 nights hotels Departures February. and ecologically preserved natural beauty. it’s no wonder that early Arab explorers to Sri Lanka called it “Serendib. and rubber.” It’s hard to imagine a more serendipitous combination of history. mongoose.

city touring Easy to Moderate 10 nights hotels April. September. and stroll the famous Philosopher’s Path lined with cherry trees.” said to be the oldest road in Japan.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “JAP” in the Search Box on mtsobek.COM | 1-888-687-6235 39 . and travel by train along the scenic Nankai railway to Mount Koya. We’ll hike along the Yamannobeno-Michi. You’ll also get to relax those walking muscles in hot spring baths in lovely mountain ryokans. linking the imperial capital to provincial towns and small villages that dot the Kiso Valley. The center of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. November Duration 11 days Land Cost From $4.ASIA Japan Walking Japan Stroll back in time to the villages of old Japan on this MTS exclusive Follow in the footsteps of shoguns. Koya. literally “path beside the mountains. where we visit Kinkaku-ji—the Golden Pavilion—built by the Ashikaga Shogun at the end of the 14th-century. or trails. samurai and merchants who once traveled on foot or horseback on a network of ancient kaido. We’ll stay in traditional shukubo (temple lodgings) and dine on shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian fare) near Mt.com Photos on this spread ©Judy Bellah. home of 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. a high bowl-shaped valley filled with stands of towering cedar trees. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. ethereal with blossoms in springtime. with visits to the elegant Ginza shopping district. one of Japan’s principal trade routes during the time of the shoguns.mtsobek. and you’ll enjoy the hospitality of villagers who have converted their traditional machiya houses into inns.com WWW. We wrap up our journey in bustling Tokyo. We’ll continue along the Nakasendo. this region is home to more than 100 monasteries. the Imperial Palace and the Grand Meiji Shrine.MTSOBEK. ©MTS Photo File Find much more on all our trips. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking. This journey begins in today’s cultural capital of Kyoto. Beautifully preserved juku (post towns) lie along the route. on www.

forest cover. Kailas: Sacred Mountain of Tibet Trekking Ultimate Challenge 5 nights hotels. and learn about traditional fishing and silk weaving. traversing the region’s high peaks and passes. and on foot.com Tibet | FOLLOW THE LEADER WITH CATHY ANN TAYLOR Kailas: Sacred Mountain of Tibet Join devout pilgrims on a holy circuit around this Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site Tucked in a remote corner of the Tibetan plateau. where you’ll make a full kora (circuit) before heading to the mountain itself to make the 32-mile trip around its base. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Touring Easy to Moderate 14 nights hotels November Duration 15 days Land Cost From $4. Hardy Tibetans make this circuit in a day.COM . We’ll learn about current threats to their survival. We’ll hike at a challenging pace. this rich land has only gotten better. Gangapurna. but we’ll do it in a more relaxed four days. and Tilicho peaks will reward us. Your own pilgrimage starts in Lhasa and then travels to Lake Manasarovar. has raised over $200. 2 nights guesthouse Departures September Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 22 days Land Cost From $7. 17 nights camping Departures October Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 23 days Land Cost From $5. spend two full days at beautiful Inle Lake.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “NAP” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Take this unique opportunity to support the survival of Bengal tigers while learning about them and seeing them as they should be seen—in all their wild glory.com 40 FOR DETAILS.” In the centuries since then. deep historical sense.200') and Thorong La (17. open 4x4 vehicle. a non-profit organization that. AND MORE VISIT WWW. We’ll take the added challenge of ascending Kang La (17.600') beckon the most dedicated high-altitude trekkers.095 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “SAV” in the Search Box on mtsobek. where panoramic views of Annapurna II. Their belief is that by devoutly circling the sacred peak on foot. all while staying in the best five-star hotels and resorts.MTSOBEK. ITINERARIES. Trip leader Cathy Ann Taylor heads up this first-ever MTS journey though the remote Nar Phu Valley region. and explore what can be done to save this magnificent cat from extinction. and alpine pastures. one can be cleansed of earthly sins. the Nar and Phu Valley (13. 6 nights hotels. Save the Tiger Trekking Ultimate Challenge 13 nights camping. experience mountain life through encounters with the people of its virtually undisturbed villages.395 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “KAI” in the Search Box on mtsobek.com India | FOLLOW THE LEADER WITH BRIAN WEIRUM Save the Tiger MTS’s educational adventure to support tiger conservation Take an eye-opening journey into the heart of the Bengal tiger territory by elephant. Leading this trip is MTS trailblazer Gary Wintz.com Myanmar | FOLLOW THE LEADER WITH GARY WINTZ Burma Explore the cultural highlights of this magical Southeast Asian treasure Marco Polo called Myanmar “one of the finest sights in the world. Game viewing by elephant and 4-wheel-drive vehicle Trip Level Easy to Moderate Lodging 14 nights hotels Departures March Activities Duration 15 days Land Cost From $7. MTS makes a $300 contribution per participant to The Fund for the Tiger. to date. and camp in lofty alpine settlements at night. and extraordinary 800-year-old temples at Bagan. whose credentials—traveling to over 210 countries and spearheading humanitarian projects in Asia—are matched only by his masterful storytelling. Explore sacred Buddha caves. and contagious wanderlust! We’ll discover spectacular treasures like gilded Shwedagon Paya. Kailas is revered by Hindus and Buddhists as the ultimate pilgrimage site.ASIA Nepal | FOLLOW THE LEADER WITH CATHY ANN TAYLOR NEW! Nar & Phu: The Forbidden Valleys Our first ever trans-Himalayan trek to Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass North of the Annapurna Circuit. the towering reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi Paya.000 toward preventing the tiger’s disappearance from the forests and jungles of Asia. which is as rugged and isolated as when it first opened to outsiders nine years ago.771') passes.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “WMY” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Mt.

Activities Trip Level Lodging Trekking Moderate to Strenuous 6 nights camping. Travel down the Brahmaputra River. touring. and immerse yourself in Hindu. singing. 4 nights camping Departures March. monasteries rich in art and history. As you make your way through this secluded land you’ll pass brightly painted chortens (Buddhist shrines). Jamling. you’ll appreciate the timelessness of an ancient culture marked by the ruins of old forts. then walk the terai (Himalayan foothills) in search of red pandas.208'). Nepal’s Mustang region lies hidden behind the Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna at the very roof of Asia. ©Keren Su/Chinaspan. 6 nights hotels Departures April.ASIA India India’s Northeast Frontier: Nagaland and Assam Wildlife. where you’ll have a chance to mingle with other legendary Everest climbers (friends of Jamling) and gain insight into 50 years of mountaineering history.com India Trekking in Sikkim In the shadow of Kanchenjunga with MTS favorite Jamling Tenzing Norgay Join Everest summiteer Jamling Tenzing Norgay (son of Tenzing Norgay. October Duration 13 days Land Cost From $4. water buffalo. rich cultural immersion. Hiking. Explore 14th-century Ahom monuments. third highest mountain in the world. Asian elephants. tribal cultural interaction. and meeting with a king—only with MTS! Be among the first guests of the Naga tribes in the eastern Himalayan foothills and partake in their rich traditions—folklore. a devout Buddhist. you’ll also visit grand monasteries that are thriving centers of Sikkim’s Mahayana Buddhist tradition. explore the world’s largest river island.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “NAG” in the Search Box on mtsobek. enormous monasteries. Long isolated from the outside world. ©Brian Weirum CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 41 . November Activities Duration 13 days Land Cost From $5. and animist traditions.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MUS” in the Search Box on mtsobek. culminating in unbelievably spectacular views of mighty Kanchenjunga (28. and arresting views of the snow-covered Himalaya. trek through montane forests and tea gardens. 13 nights camping Departures May. September Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 20 days Land Cost From $4. and the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. elusive leopards. its people have maintained a way of life almost unchanged for centuries. and weaving—and meet their king! This rare immersion in living traditions is one you can only get with us. Mahesh Sriram. Buddhist. has local connections and 20 years of guiding in India. Step into locals’ homes for a cup of tea and spend nights in comfortable camps or locally run eco-friendly resorts. While in Sikkim. Trekking Strenuous 6 nights hotels.com Photos on this spread ©Robert Caputo/Aurora Photos. which ensures an intimate insider’s experience. our guide. and caves replete with magnificent religious statues. and have a festive farewell repast at the Tenzing Norgay residence. also tells us that this trek is a significant spiritual journey because Padmasambhava—the 8th-century saint who brought Buddhism to Tibet—is said to have meditated in the caves along these same trails.com Mustang Nepal | IT’S BACK! Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom Step into the past and explore a kingdom long isolated from the outside world Formerly the kingdom of Lo.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “TIS” in the Search Box on mtsobek. who made the first ascent of Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary) on his favorite trek: an eight-day hike on his home turf of Sikkim. elephant safari Trip Level Moderate Lodging 8 nights hotels. In the capital of Lo Manthang.

From $1. 5 days. Visit Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon). Explore the temple complex itself and the no less spectacular Angkor Thom. Laos. We’ll help you combine itineraries. Discover Myanmar’s spectacular glories—sacred pagodas.195 Laos: Highlights of Luang Prabang In 2008. 4 days. Myanmar. ride through the forest atop an elephant. Hué. Da Nang. an undiscovered jewel. Visit Ba Be National Park. From $750 Vietnam South to North Vietnam is an incredibly beautiful country with a unique and rich civilization. and swim under cool waterfalls.295 Jong Klang in Mae Hong Son. hiking. 10 days. lodges. 8 days. From $4. From $3. Vietnam’s most stunning natural treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of approximately 3.000 islands that rise from emerald waters. boating. From $1.MTSOBEK. From $1. the Marble Mountains. and monasteries that defy the imagination— and enjoy the charm of the stilt villages and floating gardens of Inle Lake.795 Ancient Monuments & Culture of Myanmar Dive into one of the most beautifully unspoiled parts of the world. plus take an elephant ride through the forest and a long-tail motorboat ride on the Pai River. 4 days. and assist with internal flights between destinations. where mountain villagers live unimpacted by the outside world. AND MORE VISIT WWW. the countries of Southeast Asia have long evoked images of the exotic and mysterious. then explore Ha Long Bay in a sea kayak! 13 days. Hoi An (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). From $2.395 Undiscovered Vietnam This active adventure combines our love of sea kayaking with enriching encounters with tribal ethnic minorities. Activities Trip Level Lodging Touring. Thailand. 3 days. once a city of a million inhabitants.ASIA Ancient Monuments & Culture of Myanmar Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay Cambodia. Vietnam Journey through Southeast Asia Mix and match trips to create your dream adventure Strung like pearls across the verdant Indochina Peninsula. and Hanoi. creating a dramatic seascape. Explore caves along the Mekong River. deluxe ships. kayaking Easy to Moderate Hotels.795 Hill Tribes and Temples of Northern Thailand Visit the wats (temples) in Chiang Mai. the Burmese-style wats Jong Kham and 42 FOR DETAILS. ancient Buddhist temples. The New York Times rated Luang Prabang the #1 destination in the world. ITINERARIES. to ensure your dream trip is perfect for you. Our adventures in Southeast Asia are designed to be joined together to create a custom exploration of the idyllic landscapes and rich cultures of this incredible region.595 Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay Explore Ha Long Bay.COM . home stays Departures November–February Duration 7-15 days Land Cost From $750 Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Mix and match the following trips Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Nothing prepares you for the experience of seeing Angkor Wat for the first time.

August Duration 12 days Land Cost From $5.COM | 1-888-687-6235 43 . and the Bornean gibbon. We’ll spend nights in remote eco-lodges.ASIA Borneo. and have a chance to visit a local forest restoration project. Indonesia NEW! Malaysian Borneo Adventure: Following the Footprints of the Orangutans Hike untouched jungles in search of orangutans in the world’s oldest rainforest If you crave something new—and lots of it—head to Borneo. ©MTS Photo File. wildlife viewing Moderate to Strenuous 8 nights hotels. to name a few). 3 nights eco-camp Departures May. Kinabalu we’ll watch the sun rise over Borneo’s sprawling rainforests. and at least 44 species of endemic mammals (Bornean orangutans. From the top of Mt. ©Art Wolfe WWW. We’ll soak up some sun at Borneo’s beautiful beaches. the oldest rainforest in the world. Always on the lookout. of course. the Sumatran rhinoceros. and mangrove jungles. It’s hard to top more than 1. as well as travel by boat and land vehicles. This trip is for adventurous MTS travelers—our 12-day journey includes challenging treks through jungles and mountain terrain.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BOR” in the Search Box on mtsobek. and take canopy walks through untouched Danum Valley.MTSOBEK. clouded leopards. Activities Trip Level Lodging Hiking. Asian pygmy elephants. mountain woods. for the region’s most well-known resident—the endangered Bornean orangutan.com Photos on this spread ©Keren Su/Chinaspan.200 species of orchids.

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000 years these mountains towered over the European imagination. France. July.COM . Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate to Strenuous 11 nights inns and hotels June. Then follow an old smuggler’s path above the Rhone Valley into Switzerland. You’ll hike into Italy via grassy trails and old Roman roads. There’s pristine forest and fields of almost edible greenness where f you’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic of berry cobbler and potato gratín. and for the next 2. The Carthaginian general willed his armies (and his 37 elephants) over the highest peaks in Europe. that Alpine titan. glistening glaciers and traditional Alpine villages with picturesque wooden chalets. home to whistling marmots (a plump squirrel with an operatic pitch) and the humongously horned ibex. but underestimate them at your peril.781') weaves past chiseled mountaintops. Hannibal certainly didn’t. Switzerland Tour du Mont Blanc The classic alpine rite of passage in signature MTS style Beginning and ending in Chamonix. situated at the crossroads of three great European cultures. the fondue—there’s a cozy charm to the Alps. Intricate mountainside picnics include a bounty of local products. its pyramid-topped rival. But beneath those peaks is a glacial wonderland. France. Artists like John Ruskin and Gustave Doré depicted them as an adventurer’s paradise. Every day you’ll descend to a veritable snow-globe of a village in the Alps.MTSOBEK. ITINERARIES. September Duration 12 days Land Cost From $3. but a challenging one.895 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MBC” in the Search Box on mtsobek. All of our guides are local Alpinists whose expertise in the area is matched only by their great love of its history and terroir. Particularly fearsome was Mont Blanc.E U RO P E The Alps True High Adventure in Europe The cowbells. like Alpine goat cheese. the chalets. Savoyard wines and fresh-baked bread. overnighting in historic inns.com 46 FOR DETAILS. Italy. this classic 10-day circuit around Western Europe’s highest peak (15. and the Matterhorn. August. where summiteers tested their limits. AND MORE VISIT WWW.

©MTS Photo File. Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc over 100 times. forests. One of you hikes during the day while the other enjoys easier but no less wonderful activities. July. search by trip name or trip code “MBU” on mtsobek. Italy. September Duration 8 days Land Cost From $3. but only one of you likes strenuous hiking? Try our NEW Mont Blanc for the Both of You trip. Our seasoned local guides will help evoke the region’s rich history. mountain passes. from its dramatic geological origins. His knowledge of the culture. and the vine-covered slopes around Martigny. making him a perennial favorite among MTS guests. and gourmet picnics to fulfill all your Alpine fantasies. ©Patitucci Photo A GREAT NEW OPTION FOR MONT BLANC Longing to experience Mont Blanc with your companion.E U RO P E France. flowering fields. and inexhaustible hiker who wears the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. and every single peak and glacier along the trail is a wonderful complement to his guiding skills. the chalets of Champex. Switzerland Tour du Mont Blanc Express The most famous Alpine adventure in half the time Our streamlined Tour du Mont Blanc shaves four days off the journey but contains enough cowbells. Hannibal’s fabled crossing and the travails of Mont Blanc’s earliest adventurers. accomplished mountaineer. itinerary. Photos on this spread ©Chris Dunham. You’ll explore the gardens of Courmayeur. history.com Adventure Experts YE A RS Laurent Langoisseur ~ Guide: The Alps An avid sports enthusiast. plants. birds. For details. And of course you’ll behold Mont Blanc itself. the high point of the Alps and the birthplace of modern mountaineering. and more.com. August. CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 47 .395 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MBX” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate to Strenuous 7 nights inns and hotels June.

and refuel your feet with hearty potato gratín and a cold panaché. ITINERARIES. and many other peaks topping 13. search by trip name or trip code “6MB” on mtsobek.E U RO P E Find much more on all our trips. inns. On our most challenging trip in the Alps.com 48 FOR DETAILS.MTSOBEK. try our Mont Blanc Private Adventure. and the Dent Blanche. Travel with our local MTS guides.mtsobek. itinerary. but you choose the dates and your traveling companions! For details. Activities Trip Level Lodging Hiking Strenuous 11 nights hotels.com France. Hiking Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn Hike the epic Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt The time-honored Haute Route is classic. traversing the heart of the Swiss Alps with no fewer than 10 passes in 10 days. Switzerland MORE OPTIONS If Mont Blanc calls to you. AND MORE VISIT WWW. on www. but not on the dates you’re free.000 feet. Matterhorn.com. Amble through Swiss chalet villages.COM . You’ll get all the local flavor and scenic grandeur of our classic Tour du Mont Blanc. August Duration 12 days Land Cost From $4. stumble upon ibex and whistling marmots. taking you from the foot of Mont Blanc in France to the Matterhorn in Switzerland.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “HHR” in the Search Box on mtsobek. or mountain hut Departures July. and more. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. who each have over 15 years of experience guiding with us. feast your eyes on some of the highest mountains in western Europe—the legendary Mont Blanc.

We’ll reach the heights of the Gornergrat viewpoint. and the Matterhorn— minus strenuous hiking Now.com MORE OPTIONS Looking for a different sort of hiking experience in Europe? Try our Trails of the French Riviera trip. the Gornergrat. Photos on this spread ©Patitucci Photo WWW. Hike in the Calanques and along the Mediterranean coast on a 9-day journey through some of France’s most picturesque scenery.COM | 1-888-687-6235 49 . lifts. September Duration 9 days Land Cost From $3. and idyllic valleys. In the Valais village of Simplon Dorf. Visit sparkling alpine lakes and the crackling Aletsch Glacier.com. you can skip the challenging hikes but still see the Alps in all their glory. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Easy to Moderate 8 nights hotels July. Explore cozy mountain hamlets Zmutt and Törbel. and relax in elegant 4-star hotels throughout.MTSOBEK.E U RO P E Switzerland NEW! Walking the Classic Swiss Alps Alpine villages and peaks: Zermatt. where sweeping views of the massive Matterhorn await us. and more search by trip name or trip code “MBB” on mtsobek. taste freshly made traditional Raclette cheese. where sloping pine forests shelter clusters of dark wooden homes. larch forests.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “SWW” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Via cog trains. and light alpine walks. and cornflowers. For details. We’ll take you straight into the Alps for the full experience—but without the strenuous hiking. on our more leisurely-paced tour of Switzerland’s iconic peaks. lush with asters. the longest glacier in Europe. we’ll cross glacial mountain slopes. itinerary. geraniums. August.

and hike along a ridge to Chindbettipass. & Jungfrau E Inspiring hikes among the most famous Swiss peaks of the Bernese Oberland T The distinctive summits of the Bernese Oberland make up one of the most stunning landscapes of the Alps.mtsobek. AND MORE VISIT WWW.com Switzerland YE YE A R S Adventure Experts Stéphane Berger ~ Guide: The Alps Stéphane is a true man of the mountains. “Steph” has now been a member of the Compagnie des Guides for many years. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. on www. Mönch. then left the valley to follow his first love. Siberia. tackle a remarkable ascent along the gorges of Trummel. and the Himalaya opened a new door to him—the profession of hiking guide.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “HBO” in the Search Box on mtsobek. punctuated by a myriad of rewarding views. we’ll traverse the Bernese Range on a challenging seven-day journey. architecture. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Strenuous 8 nights hotels and inns August Duration 9 days Land Cost From $3. and count no fewer than nine t s summits over 13. He grew up in Chamonix. these mountains are entirely situated in Switzerland.com 50 FOR DETAILS. And we’ll stay in charming Swiss villages along the way. ITINERARIES. with over 100 trips in the Alps under his belt. W We’ll take in the regal Wildstrubel massif overlooking Engstligenalp’s bright green plains.COM . Separated from the Valaisannes Alps by the Rhone Valley. Stéphane lives in a chalet in Chamonix from which he escapes frequently to travel the mountain areas of the world. H Hiking the Bernese Alps: Eiger.E U RO P E Find much more on all our trips. sleep in a mountain f farmhouse in Bundalp.MTSOBEK. with a Savoyard father and Swiss mother. with reflecting glacial lakes far below. Nowadays.200 feet! Starting from the Rhone Valley. But the call of the wild proved too strong: numerous travels in North Africa. including Kandersteg and Grindelwald.

and explore the pristine national parks of the French Alps where marmots.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MBM” in the Search Box on mtsobek.E U RO P E France Hiking the GR5 from the Alps to the Sea Best of the best of the famed GR5—only with MTS! No one else offers a trip like this: hiking the best sections of the Grand Randonnée 5 (GR5). we’ll wind through remote valleys.com CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 51 . where the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean are an inviting respite after this strenuous hike. Your efforts are rewarded with a dazzling finish on the luxurious shores of the French Riviera. and even wolves can be found. considered one of the world’s superb hiking trails. Starting in the storied alpine heights of the Mont Blanc Massif. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Strenuous 13 nights hotels June Duration 14 days Land Cost From $4. Photos on this spread ©Patitucci Photo. cross sundappled meadows thick with wildflowers. then come out of the mountains and head down to the beach on this exquisite journey through France’s finest landscapes. ©Anne Wood If you want to see the Alps in an entirely new light. ibex.

your hotels offer warm hospitality and the delectable cuisine of Italy A and South Tyrol. ITINERARIES.E U RO P E Italy MORE OPTIONS Enjoy challenging hiking through the awesome peaks and emerald meadows of the Dolomites and choose your departure date and traveling companions! Try our Dolomites Private Adventure. we’ll hike up to ridges and over passes for spellbinding views of huge peaks. yellow. Hiking the Best of the Dolomites Explore Cortina to Corvara. Hiking Moderate 7 nights hotels. Then we’ll descend to bucolic valleys of wildflowers and storybook villages.COM .com 52 FOR DETAILS. itinerary. restoring you for further discovery on foot.895 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “IDO” in the Search Box on mtsobek. For details. September A Activities T Trip Level Lodging Duration 9 days Land Cost From $4. and gray.com. Each day. the heart of the Dolomites—the MTS way! T This exhilarating hiking adventure is a comprehensive itinerary of the eastern and w western Dolomites and showcases the best of this stunning mountain playground. and more search by trip name or trip code “6DO” on mtsobek. pinnacles and colossal rock walls—all tinted in soft shades of rose. AND MORE VISIT WWW. 1 night mountain inn Departures July. At day’s end.MTSOBEK.

gleaming Mediterranean coastline—and that perfect glass of Sicilian wine. As we hike on the “Scented Island.com We’ll journey by foot along dramatic gorges to the rugged high-mountain Corsican Haute Route spanning the island. Traverse Sicily’s striated topography along bright river valleys and rocky lava terrain. thanks to millennia of seafaring civilizations. Following ancient mule tracks and shepherd’s paths through secluded valleys and cool forests. expert on the arts and architecture. we’ll venture over to Castelmola for unending 360-degree views. in pursuit of Doric temples. ©Alberto Di Giuli. feasting on locally sourced Sicilian specialties. preserved medieval monasteries.com WWW. At night. Activities Hiking.E U RO P E France Corsica Inn to Inn Hike some of the world’s most beautiful—but little known—trails on the Scented Island An island formed by volcanic eruption. we’ll amble along the Mediterranean coastline—including a day of hiking on the famed GR20—and pause to quench our thirst with chestnut beer. touring. enjoy stunning views and airy rooms in cozy mountain and seaside inns. and home to some of Sicily’s most pristine beaches.” our steps will be accompanied by a bouquet of wild thyme. September Duration 10 days Land Cost From $4.695 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “SIC” in the Search Box on mtsobek. culinary feats and cultural wonders. Photos on this spread ©David Abram/Aurora Photos. Etna. stopping at points like Bergerie de Radule. October Duration 8 days Land Cost From $4. Greek theatres. and cormorants.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “COR” in the Search Box on mtsobek.MTSOBEK. heron. and lavender. and four-star villas. optional swimming Trip Level Moderate Lodging 7 nights hotels and farmhouses Departures April. and an avid foodie to boot! From medieval Taormina poised on cliffs facing Mt. We’ll escape the beaten path to coastal Vendicari— migratory refuge for swans. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate to Strenuous 9 nights hotels June. Take a challenging or leisurely hike—it’s up to you.COM | 1-888-687-6235 53 . a Corsican tradition. ©Günther Gräfenhein/Fototeca 9x12 Italy NEW! Sicily Explored with Silvia Giacon Join MTS favorite Silvia Giacon exploring this island jewel in all its splendor Sicily is an island of fiery volcanoes and gods. Corsica is the Mediterranean’s most mountainous island and a hiker’s delight. past lemon and olive orchards. We’ll rest in elegant farmhouses. rosemary. known for its soft white brocciu shepherd’s cheese. Our guide is MTS favorite Silvia Giacon—native Italian.

walking. Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available. and the transition to peaceful times now makes it a fascinating place to visit. Eastern Orthodox. August Duration 10 days Land Cost From $4. vexed histories. AND MORE VISIT WWW. but you pick your dates. Serbia NEW! Bosnia and Herzegovina & Serbia: A Walk Through Time Treasures and natural wonders where East and West meet In a less tourist-trodden area of Eastern Europe. We’ll experience all the cultural complexity of this land.MTSOBEK.E U RO P E Slovenia Slovenia: Hiking the Julian Alps & Beyond Mountains. cultural touring. Ramble through the lush alpine Soca River Valley.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BSB” in the Search Box on mtsobek. plus man-made masterpieces like the Mostar UNESCO Heritage Bridge and cosmopolitan Belgrade. and Skocjan Caves of Europe’s best-kept secret Bosnia and Herzegovina. on the banks of rivers—even atop a series of waterfalls. “the next Prague. the poignant landscapes of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina embody long. Visit family-owned vineyards and shepherd cheese artisans.” to a serene countryside of picturesque shepherd’s villages locked in a bygone age. Medieval citadels and Turkish houses seem to cling effortlessly to green mountainsides. ITINERARIES. vineyards. where Muslim. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK. and breathe the Adriatic coastal air in the Venetian harbor town of Piran.com Discover the hospitality and spectacular scenery of charming Slovenia. complete with a quintessential fairytale castle.com Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure. as in the time-worn village of Jajce. high above the river Danube. optional river rafting Trip Level Easy to Moderate Lodging 9 nights hotels. wander the UNESCO World Heritage Skocjan Caves in Karst country. 1 night guesthouse Departures July Activities Duration 11 days Land Cost From $3. and Roman Catholic communities coexist.COM . Hike in the heart of the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park—still undiscovered by crowds—and Lake Bled. Ljubljana. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate 9 nights hotels June. Visit natural wonders like the shimmering river Neretva and Fruška Gora Park in Serbia. We’ll catch the best views in Sarajevo and piece together its complex history on an extended tour of the city. 54 FOR DETAILS.095 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “SLO” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Explore Slovenia’s western region—from the capital. Hiking. Our local guides take you into the homes of friends for an intimate experience you wouldn’t get on your own.

and well off the beaten path of most tourists—landscapes of pine forests. renowned as one of the world’s 10 most beautiful islands. From island to island. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Sea kayaking.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “CRI” in the Search Box on mtsobek. and the crystalline Adriatic. where mythic hero Odysseus is said to have taken refuge. lavender and rosemary fields. or explore secluded monasteries and medieval villages.E U RO P E Croatia NEW! Croatia: Islands of Paradise From Split to Dubrovnik. Wander the cobbled streets of UNESCO-protected Dubrovnik and see Diocletian’s Palace in Split. dramatic seaside cliffs. Each day we’ll have the option to kayak the islands’ remote coves and hidden bays. stuffed squid and brodetto to a rich array of local wines and bevanda—a flavor-rich. the best kayaking and cruising in the remote islands of Dalmatia See Dalmatia’s pristine islands at their most intimate and rewarding: sailing for seven nights aboard a traditional wooden gulet. touring Easy to Moderate 7 nights aboard gulet June. ©MTS Photo File CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 55 . traditional Croatian red wine.com Photos on this spread ©Luka Poznic. we’ll sail to areas inaccessible by foot. We’ll taste the best of Southern Croatia’s local cuisine—from seafood risotto. hiking. September Duration 8 days Land Cost From $5. Or the lush island of Mljet. We’ll visit the region’s best places—like Hvar (above).

You’ll have to find out. 5 nights gulet Departures May. first century B. and enjoy a relaxing sixday cruise aboard a traditional Turkish luxury sailing yacht—stopping to swim. now called Goçek. And you’re trying to decide what you prefer—this magical bay. and the dramatic beauty of the Turkish Riviera. or the pine-scented cove you swam i in yesterday. plunging into the sparkling Mediterranean. and you choose to believe it really happened because you’re in a pretty unreal situation yourself. but now. digesting the lavish spread of meze that was just served on the open deck. Dine on fresh.MTSOBEK. this adventure showcases the very best of Turkey: the ruins of Ephesus. He is a Roman politician. the underground cities of Cappadocia. cruising. a depopulated town now home only to wildflowers. ITINERARIES. shop at colorful spice markets and village bazaars. on a gulet. You’ve come to their bay. kayak and explore the ancient Greek city of Myra. with oriental rugs everywhere. Take an optional hot-air balloon ride and see the whirling dervishes. s Turkey Treasures of Turkey Delight in the very best of Turkey on land and at sea Beginning with a two-day in-depth historical tour of Istanbul. bobbing in the bay. several of whom have degrees in archeology. AND MORE VISIT WWW. will bring the country’s rich past back to life.com 56 FOR DETAILS. October Activities Duration 14 days Land Cost From $5. Touring. Discover the tragic history of Xanthos and the eerie beauty of Levissi.C. fate will tear them apart.E U RO P E Turkey The Turquoise Coast & Beyond Anatolia. Maybe you’re nursing a raki. hiking. a luxe doublemasted yacht built in the traditional Turkish style. swimming. You imagine their moonlit dip.COM . you y think. September. In a decade. Antony and Cleopatra are happy and in love.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “TUH” in the Search Box on mtsobek. kayaking Trip Level Easy Lodging 8 nights hotels. local cuisine. Our expert local guides. she the last pharaoh of Egypt. Two bodies splash into a jewel-blue bay.

and sure to make you feel utterly spoiled! WWW.MTSOBEK.E U RO P E Photos on this spread ©Michele Burgess.COM | 1-888-687-6235 57 . ABOUT THE GULETS Gulets are floating oases that allow us to explore hidden coves and landmarks most accessible from the sea. ©Art Wolfe. very comfortable. For details. but group travel’s not your thing? Visit the classical sites of antiquity— Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia—and cruise the Bosphorus on our Turkey Private Adventure. MORE OPTIONS Want to see Turkey. ©MTS Photo File. itinerary. ©Craig Lovell. the gulets we charter are well appointed. motorized yachts. and more search by trip name or trip code “6TU” on mtsobek. ©SIME/eStockPhoto.com. Traditional two-masted.

E U RO P E Find much more on all our trips. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. On this all-inclusive MTS journey—with the best of both hiking and culture—stay in restored convents and castles. with centuries-old paradores to sleep in along the way.com 58 FOR DETAILS. A recipient of the coveted IFMGA/UIAGM guide certification— the highest professional award attainable in mountaineering—he has written two guidebooks on hikes and climbs in the Picos de Europa. 1. Erik holds his masters degree in history from the University of Oviedo. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Aragon.COM . castles. ITINERARIES.500-foot waterfalls. and Catalan culture. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Strenuous 8 nights hotels and paradores July. on www. and enjoy the region’s eclectic mix of Basque. And as if that weren’t enough. savor traditional Spanish cuisine. home to the big range of mountains called the Picos de Europa and Cordillera Cantabrica. Across the Pyrenees The best of hiking. Erik has been with MTS since 1989 and has long held a reputation as a favorite of our guests. and spectacular mountain amphitheaters. Led by the best Spanish guides in the business. we’ll take challenging hikes that cut a swath from Bilbao to Barcelona. Come be enchanted by landscapes of flower-filled meadows.MTSOBEK.mtsobek. and cuisine on the fascinating border of Spain and France The Pyrenees are an irresistible lure to hikers. An accomplished climber who has summitted Mont Blanc numerous times.com Spain. September Duration 9 days Land Cost From $4.695 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “PVP” in the Search Box on mtsobek. France Y EA RS YE AR S Adventure Experts Erik Perez ~ Guide: Spain Erik was born and raised in the Asturias region of Northern Spain.

29 miles from the Bay of Biscay. wander through cavernous gorges. Erik Perez.000 feet. but you will find challenging mountain trails and a rich Asturian culture that blends ancient Spanish and Celtic traditions.E U RO P E Spain Hiking the Picos de Europa The less-visited side of Spain with MTS favorite Erik Perez—an MTS exclusive! Meet another side of Spain on this exclusive MTS hike through the Picos de Europa. You won’t find castanets or flamenco on this remote side of Spain. a beautiful mountain range soaring to nearly 9.395 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “SHH” in the Search Box on mtsobek. the climbing. See impressive limestone spires. I loved the mountains. Erik is a tremendous guide and very quick to enhance someone’s overall experience. I also loved staying in the paradores rather than camping. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Strenuous 7 nights hotels July. ©Anne Wood CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 59 . This is Spain for the hikers at heart. Jane O’Dell—MTS guest Photos on this spread ©Jon Arnold/Danita Delimont. the hiking. and traverse rugged trails leading to villages accessible only by foot.com This trip ranks as “one of the best” of my many (10+) adventure trips. a native of Asturias who has been hiking these mountains since his childhood. is our guide for this exclusive trip—no other company takes hikers on this itinerary—and his native expertise will initiate you into a captivating landscape and a lesser-known local culture. September Duration 8 days Land Cost From $3.

and—on August departures—the pink and purple heather of the North Yorkshire Moors. AND MORE VISIT WWW. August. You’ll see prehistoric mounds. too.E U RO P E Find much more on all our trips. Hiking west to east means you’ll have the wind at your back.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ECC” in the Search Box on mtsobek. 60 FOR DETAILS. and William Wordsworth’s writing retreat. not to mention some of the best.K. David is an easy going fellow who enjoys the outdoors and has a special interest in British history. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Strenuous 15 nights hotels and inns June. on www. from the deserts of Australia to the fjords of Norway. ancient nunneries. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. voted one of the 10 best long-distance hikes in the world. Da David is an avid traveler who has led trips in more than ha 60 countries.com Da David Lunn ~ Guide: U. He’s also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London.MTSOBEK. ITINERARIES.com England YE YE AR S A Adventure Experts England Coast to Coast Cross Britain on one of the 10 best long-distance hikes in the world— in MTS style! Summon the full sweep of English history on this challenging trek. Roman roads. You’ll need it: Some days the hikes are as long as 19 miles. where you’ll spend the night). from the high Himalaya to the African plains. the long green valleys of the Yorkshire Dales.mtsobek. But his vast knowledge of his native country is what makes him truly special as a leader for our trips in Britain. where England’s higher mountains are found (England’s highest inn. The ramble across the top of England cuts through three of its most beautiful national parks: the Lake District. September Duration 16 days Land Cost From $4. most traditional pubs on Earth.COM .

We’ll get an in-depth look as we spend a week hiking Connemara’s wonderful long-distance trails. Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available. there are always views across green valleys to wild and rugged mountains. but you pick your dates.com Scotland Scotland: Hiking the Scottish Highlands Wander the historic glens and bens of Scotland’s serene countryside Join us on this exclusive itinerary through the picturesque Scottish Highlands—land of purple heather. We’ll wander past picturesque whitewashed cottages and old stone walls. WWW. but the ancient Gaelic language still rules. At the end of each day. some of them old packhorse roads or ancient routes between early Christian settlements.com Photos on this spread ©Christopher Bettencourt.COM | 1-888-687-6235 61 .995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “SCO” in the Search Box on mtsobek. July. forests and rivers.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “IRE” in the Search Box on mtsobek. best of all. And.406'). ©SIME/eStockPhoto Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure. Scotland boasts a drop-dead panorama of breathtaking landscapes and captivating people. bogs and moorland. Join MTS as we hike Scotland’s famed West Highland Way. From open hilltops.E U RO P E Ireland Ireland Walking: The Gaelic Explorer A spectacular storybook walk through Ireland’s emerald countryside Come visit Ireland’s best walking country and the heartland of Gaeltacht. where English is understood. Activities T Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate 6 nights hotels July. historic site of the infamous Glencoe massacre. we’ll relax and enjoy a hot meal and brew. hike up Ben Nevis (4. and colorful coastal villages. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK. Britain’s highest mountain. through glens. secluded glens. ©David Lunn. August Duration 8 days Land Cost From $2. you can end each day at a pub with a pint of cold cider or beer! If you join us in August. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Easy to Moderate 7 nights hotels May. and ancient clan castles. and travel through the remote and ruggedly beautiful Glencoe. we’ll also attend the famous Military Tattoo Festival. We’ll take the high road to the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond.MTSOBEK. August Duration 7 days Land Cost From $2.

and dense puffin colonies. August Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 10 days Land Cost From $4. If it’s ice you’re after. 1 night guesthouse Departures June. Hiking. vast ice caps.200-foot passes. a remote landscape of volcanic peaks. Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available. but you pick your dates. and end with a relaxing soak in Reykjavik’s iconic Blue Lagoon. The Land of Fire and Ice.com 62 FOR DETAILS. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Hike up 1. 3 nights hiker’s huts or camping. lava fields.695 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ICE” in the Search Box on mtsobek. ITINERARIES. and we do it best! Most companies take you only to selected spots—we also take y you to the northeast. rushing w waterfalls. we’ll find plenty of it at the Öraefajökull glacier.E U RO P E Iceland Hiking Iceland’s Mountains & Fjords Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure. explore sandy beaches. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK. July.MTSOBEK. Then take in the power of the 180-foot Black Waterfall before a drive on the scenic South Coast Road to Reykjavik. No one else takes you farther into the wilderness and into the colorful pink and orange rhyolite mountains. touring Moderate 5 nights inns and hotels.COM . by air and on land—only with MTS! T There’s good reason Víknaslódir Trail (“Trails of the Deserted Inlets”) was named one of the 25 most beautiful treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure.

We’ll cross the Ódáðahraun Desert and head toward the Dyngjufjöll Mountains. 12 nights camping.com Photos on this spread ©MTS Photo File. And we won’t miss the freshly hardened lava fields of 2010’s Eyjafjallajökull eruption. along terrain that changes drastically each day: black sand beaches. Trekking Ultimate Challenge 15 nights huts. Flanking the North Atlantic volcanic rift north to south. we’ll trek to Vatnajökull. While our trip is fully 4x4 vehicle supported— you carry only your daypack—don’t forget. grey-green crater lakes—backdrops of many a mythical Icelandic saga. rose-colored rhyolite mountains. its most powerful waterfall. Europe’s largest glacier.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ICP” in the Search Box on mtsobek. and Dettifoss.E U RO P E Iceland NEW! Iceland Epic Coast to Coast A cross-country journey worthy of early Viking explorers—but with a lot more comfort! Only the most intrepid of MTS travelers will dare to tackle this complete traverse of the epic Icelandic highlands. this is an “Ultimate Challenge!” The unbeatable face-off with towering glaciers and expansive lava fields—punctuated by cozy mountain hut overnights and even the occasional hot shower!—makes this cross-country feat worth the effort. ©Patitucci Photo CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 63 . 2 nights hotels Departures July Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 30 days Land Cost From $11.

which happily wobbles right up to you and barks a greeting.” or the Islands of the Tortoises. you will sail to secluded snorkeling hotspots where you’ll swim with sea turtles far from cruise ship crowds—all the while in a kind of comfort that Darwin and his shipmates could never have imagined! Prefer a land-based tour of the islands? Then settle into comfortable lodges and explore facets of the islands not usually visited by tourist boats. and the very curious Galápagos sea lion. Kayak and snorkel in coastal waters. 64 FOR DETAILS. Those tortoises helped Darwin define his theory of evolution. ITINERARIES. Guided by the region’s top naturalists. and the young naturalist delighted in their size (some grow to 800 pounds). Hop aboard your own version of Darwin’s H. iguanas. and learn about efforts to preserve the islands’ namesakes by visiting a tortoise breeding center. Photos on this spread ©Brenda Ernst/MTS. ©Michael DeFreitas/Danita Delimont. Beagle—in this case an upscale yacht. AND MORE VISIT WWW.” The Galápagos remain a natural playground. “I frequently got on their backs. ©MTS Photo File they would rise up and walk away. waved albatross. where adults are reduced to mezmerized schoolchildren by the sight of rare creatures: blue-footed boobies.COM .S.G A L Á PA G O S Galápagos Darwin’s “Enchanted Isles” Sixteenth-century maps called it “Insulae de los Galopegos. and then giving a few raps on the hinder part of their shells. hike up Sierra Negra volcano.MTSOBEK.M. ©Tui De Roy.

cove and beach like the backs of their hands. Since then we have fine-tuned our operations to the highest degree. we do it all! 65 . at left. And our dedicated in-country office in Quito ensures a seamless adventure. Local Knowledge and Insider Access Our Galápagos National Park-certified naturalist guides live locally and know every plant. in 1970). Three Ways to Travel Private & Custom Trips From private charters to family celebrations. animal.G A L Á PA G O S Celebrating 42 Years in Galápagos MTS was the first to lead a commercial trip to Galápagos (that’s co-founder Allen Steck.

com Charter the Entire Yacht your own private yacht.COM . 3 nights hotel Departures Year-round Activities Duration 9 or 11 days Land Cost From $3. hiking.MTSOBEK. 66 FOR DETAILS. snorkel and sea kayak and hike a volcano. swimming. fur seals. AND MORE VISIT WWW. As Darwin could testify. all in the company of one of our top MTS guides. Adventure cruising. flightless cormorants.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “G09” (9-day) or “G11” mtsobek. sea kayaking Trip Level Easy Lodging 5-7 nights aboard yacht. giant tortoises in the highlands. We offer private and custom charters on any of our Signature Guide yachts as well as many others yachts for your own very special Galápagos vacation! For details call a Regional Specialist at 1-888-MTSOBEK info@mtsobek.G A L Á PA G O S MTS Signature Charters Galápagos—the MTS Way! Explore the archipelago as Darwin did—by boat—in the company of a top MTS Signature Guide Sail in style through the Galápagos on an MTS charter aboard one of our upscale yachts for the best up-close wildlife encounters. each island in the archipelago has surprisingly diverse wildlife: blue-footed boobies.com. superior naturalists whose depth of knowledge and passion for this truly unique wildlife paradise comes through in everything they do. snorkeling. and hordes of marine iguanas. You’ll swim. ITINERARIES. waved albatross.

S. from the University of Guayaquil in biology with a specialty in botany.” and was the basis of their book Darwin in Galápagos: Footsteps to a New World. As a Galápagos resident. German. Reina Silvia Photos ©Luis DIe. Mary Anne Greg Estes through the Galápagos. Born in Guayaquil. Desiree Cruz Desiree lives in the heart of the Galápagos at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Their research was published in “Notes and Records of the Royal Society. All have a minimum of ten years of experience guiding in the Galápagos. she will give you an insider’s viewpoint of life in the islands. Desiree serves as an advocate for conservation in Galápagos and works part-time teaching naturalist guides. Reina Silvia. She is fascinated by wildlife. ©Brenda Ernst/MTS. and an active conservationist in the islands. and French. Desiree is fluent in English. Between guiding MTS trips. is a passionate teacher. and all are passionate advocates for this truly rare and spectacular nature paradise. Patricia is fluent in English. A native of Switzerland and originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency. including dates not published on our website. and German. she received her B. and Sagitta—all pictured here—and for those who need CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 67 . and has authored two Galápagos field guides. Sagitta Luis Die has degrees in biology and ecology.G A L Á PA G O S MTS Signature Guides We hand-select the best naturalist guides to lead our Signature Charters. Desiree has been a certified naturalist guide National Park Services. she started her career in guiding as a dive master in Honduras in 1995 and as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica. Patricia Stucki Patricia has been guiding in the Galápagos since 1999. so be sure to contact us! 1-888-MTSOBEK MaryAnne. ©Karen Rusiniak MTS Upscale Yachts MORE DATES TO FIT YOUR SCHEDULE but our scheduled departures just don’t work for you? We offer departures year-round. using information from original notebooks of the famous voyage. Spanish. Ecuador.

MTSOBEK. from shy hammerheads darting in the shadows to prehistoriclooking lizards sunning on volcanic rocks. 3 nights hotel (or 7-nights “boat-only” option) Departures Year-round Activities Duration Land Cost Learn More Enter trip name or trip code mtsobek. AND MORE VISIT WWW. hiking. snorkeling.com 68 FOR DETAILS.COM . So if you love the wilds.G A L Á PA G O S Ecuador Galápagos Luxury Yacht Adventure Luxurious alternative for those who prioritize pampering! La Pinta the islands. swimming. ITINERARIES. sea kayaking Trip Level Easy Lodging 7 nights aboard yacht. This is the ultimate jumping-off point for an active but comfortable vacation. but also like coming La Pinta and Adventure cruising. You’ll understand the magic Darwin felt when you see the wildlife on this equatorial kingdom firsthand.

and the famous stone fortress of Sacsayhuamán. Activities Nature walks. Visit the famed tortoises. a delightful country inn rated by Outside magazine as one of the world’s “Top Ten Finds!” Here you’ll have options to hike. or simply tented bungalows each have their own modern bathroom and private balcony equipped with a hammock.MTSOBEK. 55-hectare eco-safari camp. then enjoy Heritage Site of Machu Picchu by train (an overnight at Machu Picchu is included)—it’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! 4 or 5 days. ©MTS Photo File. on www. snorkeling. ride horseback. the largest island of the include a hike up Sierra Negra volcano—a chance to see fumaroles and a huge caldera. 2 or 3 days. 2 or 3 days. the nearby Inca ruins of Kenko.com Stay A Little Longer There’s so much to see and do in South America! Extend your stay with one or more of these exciting trips—a perfect complement to your Galápagos adventure Photos on this spread ©Brenda Ernst/MTS. and be working ranch in the Otavalo area. the largest market in South America.595 Galápagos Safari Camp Galápagos Islands In the highlands above Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos. macaws. From $750 WWW. From $550 The Amazon Sacha Lodge Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Step into the past on our most popular Cusco. and many other activities that can be arranged from the hotel. From $1. hiking Easy to Moderate Duration 9 days Land Cost Learn More Enter trip name or trip code mtsobek. sloths. sea kayaking. and more? 4 or 5 days. one of the largest in the world! And did we mention monkeys. but based at comfortable hotels and lodges on Santa Cruz Island—home to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station—and Isabela Island. go hiking.G A L Á PA G O S Ecuador Hidden Galápagos Private Adventure Explore the islands from your home base at comfortable hotels and lodges We’re offering a way to see another side of the Galápagos. You’ll stay at historic Hacienda Zuleta. Tambo Machay. snorkeling with Galápagos penguins and marine iguanas at a little-visited site off Isabela Island.mtsobek. swimming. stunning canopy tower (built around a huge kapok tree). mountain bike. From $495 naturalist guide via jungle streams. plus panoramic views of the ocean. visit a condor rehabilitation project.com Trip Level Lodging Departures Year-round Find much more on all our trips.COM | 1-888-687-6235 69 . ©Kymri Wilt/Danita Delimont Highlands of Ecuador Hacienda Zuleta & Otavalo famous Otavalo market. toucans. not from a boat. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. and from Sacha’s amazing and stable 900-foot-long canopy walkway.

You’ll have the exhilarating option of self-propelled fun through the rapids in an inflatable kayak.MTSOBEK. so join us on an exciting rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River—rated by National Geographic as one of the top three whitewater rafting trips in the world. you’ll forget the stresses of daily life. Cap each day with gourmet outdoor meals. and fly-fish to your heart’s content in one of America’s most beautiful canyons.L OW E R 4 8 & H AWA I I Middle Fork of the Salmon River Sacagawea guided Lewis and Clark toward the Salmon River’s main fork. they know how to have first-class fun! Don’t forget to bring the kids—this trip is great for families and reunions! Rafting (Class III and some IV rapids). stargazing. Our world-class guides are all certified in first aid and swiftwater rescue—more importantly.com . hot showers. In what feels like the middle of nowhere—no roads or phones!—we pitch your tent while you sip wine. like Earl Parrott. He said it was too “rapid. Blue ribbon cutthroat trout fishing in crystal-clear waters.050 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MFS” in the Search Box on mtsobek. 70 FOR DETAILS. AND MORE VISIT WWW. and relax with friends old and new underneath a star-drenched sky. enjoy a gourmet meal. and story-telling around the campfire. August Activities Duration 4. In North America’s premier wilderness.5 or 6 days Land Cost From $1. relaxing hot springs. play horseshoes. There’s more history in this sprawling. Did we mention fishing? World class fly-fishing. More treasures await at the river’s edge: bighorn and river otter. In less than a week’s time. you’ll hike up side canyons to catch glimpses of wildlife from bighorn sheep to black bears. fishing Trip Level Easy Lodging Camping Departures June.COM Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River World-class whitewater rafting in the largest wilderness in the Lower 48— MTS does it best! We’re the river experts. ITINERARIES. who lived along the Middle Fork for 25 years and built wooden ladders that allowed him to scramble down its steep cliffs.” Indeed. Shoshone Indian pictographs emblazoned on massive rocks. until Clark chickened out. July. swimming. Here on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River you’ll find 100 rapids in 100 miles—foamy cascades of exhilarating diversity to be enjoyed with others in a raft or on your own in an inflatable kayak. hiking. unspoiled Idaho wilderness than just Lewis and Clark: real-life campfire tales of gold rushes and legendary hermits.

on www.L OW E R 4 8 & H AWA I I Find much more on all our trips.com Photos on this spread ©Chad Case/MTS.mtsobek. ©MTS Photo File CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 71 . including detailed itineraries and best times to go.

August Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 8 days Land Cost From $2. We’ll bookend our riverside camping with nights in the 400-year-old town of Santa W Fe. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Call a Regional Specialist for details! A unique hike and float through Georgia O’Keeffe country—another MTS exclusive! Indulge your senses in New Mexico’s most breathtaking landscapes. y yellow. our nation’s oldest and highest state capital (7.COM . stopping for dramatic hikes along the way. July.L OW E R 4 8 & H AWA I I New Mexico New Mexico Hiking Adventure Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure.com 72 FOR DETAILS. Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available. We’ll float the Río Chama for three days.000'). 2 nights camping Departures June. and exploring the settlements of the ancestral Pueblo people. ITINERARIES. Hiking. Layers of history and geology come to life on this active and immersive Southwest escape. river rafting (float trip) Moderate 5 nights hotels. but pick your dates.895 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “NMX” in the Search Box on mtsobek. camping along the forested riverbanks. hiking amidst Ghost Ranch’s stone wilderness of rocks and cliffs. We’ll also visit the famous mineral springs resort of t Ojo Caliente and have a chance to experience the healing waters and mud baths. where soaring rock cliffs and mesas reflect sunlight off deep canyon walls in all shades of red. and brown.MTSOBEK.

Photos on this spread ©John Baston. April. Our exploration brings us to a historic lodge at the edge of the Superstition Mountains where we stay near an oasis on the banks of the Salt River. paddling explorations of the San Juan Islands. with islands of trees at high elevations.MTSOBEK. and some of the most beautiful. October. from the saguaro cactus at its base. November Duration 6 days Land Cost Call for pricing Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ASD” in the Search Box on mtsobek. sweeping vistas in our country. H. We hike in the Santa Catalina Mountains where a trip from the bottom to the top is like going from Mexico to Canada. the Sonoran.L OW E R 4 8 & H AWA I I Arizona NEW! Arizona’s Sonoran Desert Discover the Southwest’s most intriguing ecosystem—from saguarocovered desert floor to high mountain forests This trip is both for those who already love the Southwest and for those who have yet to discover it. Famous for its grandest specimen. To plan a Custom Journey. geologic flying safaris. Huey WWW. just give us a call: 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235). ©George H. We visit famous Sabino Canyon on the outskirts of Tucson. and stunning sunsets. and hikes around the Cascade volcanoes. It is also home to the wettest and lushest desert in the United States. the saguaro cactus. great views. A great late fall and early spring getaway! Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate 5 nights hotels March.COM | 1-888-687-6235 73 . from the high mountain forests of the Sierra Madre to the arid lowlands of the Colorado River.com CUSTOM JOURNEYS IN THE AMERICAN WEST Did you know we also specialize in one-of-a-kind Custom Journeys? We’ve designed trips including archaeological expeditions of Native American lands. the Sonoran Desert also encompasses national forests. to thick spruce at its summit. Arizona hosts a variety of habitats. We blend brilliant sun-drenched day hiking with comfortable lodges.

Zion Canyon has been called a “Yosemite dressed in red. plunging waterfalls. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate 5 nights hotels June.L OW E R 4 8 & H AWA I I Find much more on all our trips. ITINERARIES.COM .com Arizona. These gems of the national park system receive many visitors. Grand Staircase-Escalante is a geologist’s paradise.mtsobek. on www. Zion.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “ZIO” in the Search Box on mtsobek. And to the south. and narrow slot canyons. August. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. September Duration 6 days Land Cost From $2. the North Rim of the Grand Canyon boasts breathtaking vistas that go undiscovered by most visitors to this natural wonder.MTSOBEK. Utah Bryce.” Neighboring Bryce Canyon is a fairytale amphitheater of rock formations and pink hoodoos (pinnacles). while comfortable lodges set in stunning locations are oases of comfort and tranquility after an active day of exploring our American Southwest’s national treasures. perhaps the most unusual display of erosional forms on earth.com 74 FOR DETAILS. but few hike the more remote and out-of-the-way trails the way we do! Expert naturalist guides ensure that you see the best there is to see. & the Grand Canyon Hike in three national parks on the ultimate Southwest “grand slam!” With sheer walls of red rock. and embodies a rugged remoteness rarely found in the Lower 48.

You’ll cross the Post Peak Pass and walk sections of the John Muir Trail. 2 nights hotels August Duration 17 days Land Cost From $5. and spaces fill up fast! Northbound Florence Lake to Tuolumne Meadows. one of the most beautiful long-distance trails in the world. Pick from one of the two sections of this venerable trail—north or south—or do both! Call early to reserve your space—we only do one departure in each direction.com Southbound Florence Lake through King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks to the summit of Mount Whitney (14. nothing compares to standing atop this iconic monolith.695 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “JMT” in the Search Box on mtsobek. 2 nights hotels Departures July. verdant wildflower-filled meadows. you’ll be free to enjoy the awesome scenery on this trans-Sierra trek through Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Wilderness.695 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “JMN” in the Search Box on mtsobek.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “YGT” in the Search Box on mtsobek. We’re the only company with hiking trips on the JMT that provides mules to carry your load. carrying nothing but a daypack! With pack mules hauling your gear (we’re one of the few with this bonus). ©MTS Photo File.com CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 75 . Start in southern Yosemite and hike the high country to emerge near the breathtaking Cathedral Lakes in Tuolumne Meadows.L OW E R 4 8 & H AWA I I California John Muir Trail The only way to hike the JMT is with mules to carry the load—an MTS exclusive! Hike the iconic John Muir Trail. Yosemite National Park Hiking Strenuous 10 nights camping. 2 nights hotels Departures August Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 13 days Land Cost From $4.495') Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Ultimate Challenge 14 nights camping. Activities Trip Level Lodging Hiking Strenuous 6 nights camping. We have adopted a traditional Himalayan trekking feature: pack animals to carry your gear. ©Patitucci Photo Explore the legendary high points of the Sierra Nevada. After each day of incredible hiking through the alpine lakes. in MTS signature style. and huge granite walls of the High Sierra. Forget having to tote everything on your back. A summit hike to Half Dome caps our trip: no matter how many pictures you’ve seen of its sheer granite face.com California Yosemite Grand Traverse Hike the crown jewel of the spectacular Sierra and summit iconic Half Dome Photos on this spread ©Christopher Bettencourt. September Duration 9 days Land Cost From $2. you’ll take off your boots and relax with a gourmet meal. all you need to carry is your daypack.

explore Kilauea with a hike into the moon-like crater itself. and we’ll kayak the jungle streams and hike to a hidden waterfall. Cycle past a young lava flow. December Activities Duration 8 days Land Cost From $3. water flows in abundance here. And of course there’s plenty of requisite beach time for surf and sand enthusiasts. swimming. snorkeling Trip Level Moderate Lodging 7 nights hotels Departures January. This adventure has certainly been no exception. and swim and snorkel with honu b h l d hf h b k h l (Hawaiian sea turtles) and tropical fish. August. the Hawaiian Islands are a stunning paradise birthed by fire and water. At the coast.000-foot-deep Waimea Canyon (the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”). February. visit the upland ranching town of Waimea.” Hiking.com Carol & Burt Douglass—MTS guests 76 FOR DETAILS. On Hawaii. and along the fragrant trails of stunning 3. Our active islandhopping adventure takes you to two far-flung islands that showcase the best of Hawaii. Because it receives the most rainfall of all the islands. Explore paradise with MTS leaders whose 20 years’ experience leading here means they truly know the islands and the meaning of “Aloha spirit.L OW E R 4 8 & H AWA I I Hawaii Adventures in Hawaii Ultimate tropical multisport adventure across the 50th state Formed millions of years ago by a still-active volcanic hotspot. ITINERARIES.095 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “HWI” in the Search Box on mtsobek.MTSOBEK. These two islands make the perfect well-rounded active—and tropical— adventure. March. . watch fiery lava plunge into the ocean with an angry hiss.COM Photos on this spread ©Masa Ushioda/AGE Fotostock One prominent reason we have chosen MTS as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides we have had. and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian luau. AND MORE VISIT WWW. Hike the famed Na Pali coast. the Big Island. watch for humpback whales. On both islands. Jurassic Park was filmed here). the “Garden Isle.” venture into a never-never land of lush greenery and dramatic cliffs (after all. On Kauai. kayaking. cycling.

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Tanya is a true global explorer with a commercial pilot’s license and 52 countries under her belt. March. and into manna gum forests.PA C I F I C Australia Adventure Experts Tanya Rinaldi ~ Program Director: The Pacific A native Aussie. where her mum is from—Tanya is passionate about all water sports. along windswept cliff w tops. ITINERARIES. a Hiking Moderate 3 nights hotel. 2 nights motel.COM . Tanya’s local expertise shines through in the breadth of unique adventures we offer in the Pacific. October. 2 nights cottage Departures February.com Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure.MTSOBEK. too. N NEW! Great Aussie Coastline A An epic walking exploration featuring the towering Twelve Apostles S Stretching some 63 miles along Victoria’s southwest coast. We’ll pause to relax at pristine Milanesia and Station Beaches by day. Tanya has been designing and running adventure programs in the Pacific for over 10 years. and rest our legs at the renowned Cape Otway Lighthouse Cottage by night. but you pick your dates. especially surfing and scuba diving. Our eight-day trek across Great Otway National Park—Victoria’s newest and largest coastal park— t will take us through mountain ash forests and coastal woods.395 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “POW” in the Search Box on mtsobek. echidnas and whales. Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available. where towering miocene limestone stacks cluster together just off the rugged southern t A Australian coastline. wallabies. December A Activities Trip Level T Lodging Duration 8 days Land Cost From $4. AND MORE VISIT WWW. 78 FOR DETAILS. and marvel at the Twelve Apostles (pictured above). Growing up in Australia—and New Zealand. the recently opened Great O Ocean Walk offers a fresh way to experience some of Australia’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK. home to the park’s remarkable koala population. and continue to morph with the wind over time. Visit Rainbow Falls where an inland stream meets the sea over mossy coastal rocks. t Not only will we see koalas. we’ll also meet kangaroos.

2 nights motel. We’ll save the most time to contemplate Uluru. Watch for kangaroos and cassowaries at Cape Tribulation. At Standley Chasm in the West MacDonnell Ranges.PA C I F I C Australia NEW! Outback Spirit MTS exclusive journey to the “Red Centre” of Australia’s aboriginal outback and iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) Australia’s “Red Centre” is at the very heart and soul of the outback. WWW. hunt for hidden waterfalls and tangled mangrove forests. August Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 8 days Land Cost From $4. 1 night tropical resort Departures July. of course—on a ferry cruise down the Daintree River. where we’ll learn the traditional survival uses of plants for foods. as the shifting light fills its countless crevices and gullies. 2 nights hotel. We’ll sleep in the heart of the rainforest in the historic tableland village of Yungaburra. Activities Trip Level Lodging Hiking Moderate 4 nights outback station. We’ll sleep in remote still-operating cattle stations—a throwback to the time of early settlers. richest wetlands Home to one of the world’s oldest surviving rainforests. and on Queensland’s unparalleled coastline at idyllic Mission Beach. a narrow canyon glows red under the sun’s midday rays.com Australia NEW! Rainforest to Reef Forest walks and coastal hikes through Australia’s oldest. at sunset.com Photos on this spread ©MTS Photo File MORE DOWN UNDER ADVENTURE Combine these two amazing trips for the ultimate Aussie adventure! Call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235). July Duration 7 days Land Cost From $4. the wet tropics of Queensland flourish with rare flora and fauna—a living museum of over 400 million years of ecological history. and down to the reefs and beaches along the coastline near Cairns. 1 night hotel.COM | 1-888-687-6235 79 . endless plains. and shelter. Hiking Moderate 2 nights tropical retreat.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “PRR” in the Search Box on mtsobek.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “POS” in the Search Box on mtsobek. and towering mountain domes. and encounter wild crocodiles—from a safe distance. and we’ve designed this MTS exclusive trip to leave ample time for soaking up its essence.MTSOBEK. Learn the history and wisdom of Central Australia’s aboriginal culture and hike the terrain inhabited by Anangu ancestors since time immemorial—from Kata Tjuta’s sacred rock formations to the lush Garden of Eden at the base of arid King’s Canyon. medicines. Australia’s best known wonder—also its most hallowed. Encounter the massive monolith up close and watch. 1 night motel Departures June. Our eight-day trek of this species-rich area takes us on a circuit from the heart of Daintree National Park—home to two World Heritage Sites—to the volcanic craters of the Atherton Tablelands. Here. An aboriginal forest guide will walk us through the wooded wetlands. iron-rich soil yields otherworldly rock formations in deep crimsons and auburns.

November.MTSOBEK. and incredible biodiversity culminate at breathtaking Milford Sound. lush rainforests.COM . from ocean to lakes. and marvel at the immensity of the landscape that surrounds Aoraki/Mount Cook Village. sea kayaking. whitewater rafting.000-foot peaks that surround it. a stunningly gorgeous and diverse country. like jet boating. quite simply. then head up to the quaint harbor town of Picton to go tramping (Kiwi for hiking) on the Queen Charlotte Track. river valleys.com 80 FOR DETAILS. December. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking. The Rob Roy Glacier Track leads you into Mount Aspiring National Park—an amazing world of mountains. sea kayaking Moderate 7 nights hotels and lodges. whose glassy waters reflect the steep 5. 2 nights camping Departures January. We’ll get close to towering ice cliffs and huge floating icebergs on a boat ride at Tasman Glacier. We’ll explore Fiordland National Park by foot and sea kayak. Spectacular towering mountains. Fiordland National Park. Sea kayak through sheltered azure waters that lap golden coves and sculpted granite headlands lined by lush native forest around the Abel Tasman National Park. deep fjords. and mystical forest Visit one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. There’s a lot to see. You’ll begin with a day in Blenheim. ITINERARIES. On the itinerary for this popular adventure.PA C I F I C New Zealand New Zealand NEW! National Park Explorer From the mountains to the sea. come explore nature’s amazing wonderland on the northern part of the South Island New Zealand is. you’ll wake up each day to see another incredible aspect of the country’s natural landscapes—from sounds to rainforest. and paragliding—also known as the world capital of bungee jumping. January (2013) Duration 10 days Land Cost Call for pricing Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “PFG” in the Search Box on mtsobek. & Mountains The finest South Island glacial mountains. and seeing it all on foot and by sea kayak is the best way! New Zealanders are proud of the natural beauty of their “clean and green” land.com NEW! Fjords. glaciers. and alpine lakes. and they’ve equipped the backcountry with some of the world’s most glorious hiking trails. and thermal wonderlands. December Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 10 days Land Cost Call for pricing Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “PPE” in the Search Box on mtsobek. lakes. boat ride Moderate 9 nights hotels and lodges February. AND MORE VISIT WWW. February. the center of New Zealand’s burgeoning wine industry. More hikes will take you into other environments such as rainforests. Glaciers. This day hike will bring you face-to-face with active glaciers. Hiking. which showcases the scenic coast and native forests of Queen Charlotte Sound. Spend time in Queenstown—renowned for its action-packed thrills.

February. glide through the darkness on a water borne barge and admire the deep silence of a cave where glow worms overhead simulate an eerie underground sky. Rotorua is a region of fascinating geothermal activity. This adventure also combines well with one or both of our South Island trips. The powerful beauty of the volcanic landscape that surrounds Taupo provides a dramatic backdrop to a wonderful sea kayaking experience. This trip explores the geothermal attractions. December Activities Duration 7 days Land Cost Call for pricing Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “PBN” in the Search Box on mtsobek. ©MTS Photo File . The kind of rugged untouched beauty that you’ll see on this trip is getting harder and harder to find on this planet. Hiking.PA C I F I C New Zealand NEW! The Best of the North Island A cultural Kiwi adventure through the magnificent North Island This unique itinerary squeezes a lot of adventure and cultural activities into just seven days. November. sea kayaking. where the immense power of inner Earth bubbles to the surface. ©Colin Monteath/AGE Fotostock. so you’ll see much more on this trip than in two weeks on your own. Finally. which lead to secluded natural hot springs and historic Kauri dams. cultural encounters. rafting. and takes you over the world’s tallest commercially rafted waterfall. March. caving Trip Level Moderate Lodging 6 nights hotels and lodges Departures January.com Photos on this spread ©JD Heaton/AGE Fotostock. The native bush is laced with walking tracks. uncovers the rich cultural past.

the world’s youngest archipelago. give us a call or visit us on the web at www. for cultural encounters with native Inuit peoples and a front row seat to the best display of the Northern Lights. and Spitsbergen Explore three jewels of the Arctic—the Svalbard Archipelago. Easy 13-day trip runs in July. an ideal home base for exploring this remarkable wilderness. We’ve got several options for your journey.P O L A R VOYAG E S The Arctic The Land of the Ice Bear The Arctic differs from the southern polar region on almost every level.990 NEW! Spitsbergen Family Adventure The Arctic is a truly wonderful place. In this land north of the Arctic Circle the summer sun never sets. From $22.com and enter “Arctic” into the search box! Spitsbergen Explorer The Svalbard Archipelago is unequaled in wild splendor. Eurasia and their outlying islands. Easy 14-day trip runs in June and July. Plus explore the land on an active tundra trek. For detailed f information on all of our Arctic adventures. Easy to Moderate 11-day trip runs in June. While the two poles share several species of whales and seabirds. and on this trip we’ll make frequent shore stops to hike. Plus take advantage of optional hot air ballooning for a truly extraordinary Arctic experience.390 NEW! Greenland’s Northern Lights This journey takes you to one of the northernmost settlements in the world. From $4. walrus. and it’s even more magical when you look at it through the lens of your children’s astonishment. ITINERARIES. the Arctic has a number of unique animals not found in the southern climes: reindeer. Easy 11-day trip runs in July.790 82 FOR DETAILS. blanketed by ice and defined by the northern regions of North America.690 North Pole Expedition Sail to the North Pole aboard the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker. Moderate 14-day trip runs in September. Greenland’s Scoresbysund. rather than a continent. From $3. including a North Pole expedition (with the option to view the Arctic panorama from a hot air balloon!) as well as our new Spitsbergen Snowshoeing Expedition for those looking for a more active trip. and of course. watch the abundant wildlife.MTSOBEK. including albatross and Arctic terns. as well as massive icebergs and expansive tundra. including polar bear and walrus. Easy 8-day trip runs in August.990 Iceland. narwhal. Our new family adventure is a perfect way to create a truly lifelong and possibly life-changing memory for your entire family. AND MORE VISIT WWW. It is an ocean. and you’ll be treated to superb wildlife viewing. or simply enjoy the scenery. Easy 14.or 15-day trip runs in August.590 .890 NEW! Spitsbergen Circumnavigation A comprehensive exploration of one of the Arctic’s best spots. East Greenland. From $4. From $5. And each of the northern regions is independently governed. and Iceland’s Westmann Islands. From $5.mtsobek. You’ll have dramatic wildlife sightings including polar bear and walrus. and enjoy thrilling helicopter flightseeing. You’ll travel aboard the polar expedition ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov. the Arctic’s iconic polar bear. From $6. It is inhabited by both native peoples and more modern emigrants.COM NEW! Spitsbergen Snowshoeing Expedition A rare opportunity to visit corners of Svalbard where the only tracks are made by paws and hooves! No previous snowshoeing experience required.

December.P O L A R VOYA G E S Antarctica The Last Continent Antarctica is the last wild. seabirds. Powerful ice-class vessels provide a comfortable home base for exploring fjords. It’s an odyssey full of natural and historical wonders. and aptly named Paradise Bay. And to top it all off you’ll sail through the famed Lemaire Channel. WWW. Governed by international treaty. MTS has been exploring Antarctica for over 25 years. as well as an abundance of marine mammals. Antarctic Explorer The Antarctic Peninsula—a 700-mile-long finger of land pointing toward the tip of South America—is a region of breathtaking scenery and spectacular wildlife that beckons even the most seasoned traveler. From $5. including most of the world’s great whale species. November. and enormous wildlife colonies that can only be reached by Zodiac. Millions of penguins and numerous other seabirds such as petrels. From $7. December. this mystical. or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235). where floating icebergs take on unbelievable hues in the lingering glow of polar twilight.COM | 1-888-687-6235 83 . then breed and raise the next generation. and the only continent that has been nearly free of human contact since the beginning of time. It is a realm whose beauty is so spectacular and otherworldly that it often leaves visitors speechless and shatters the expectations of even the most jaded traveler.or 12-day trip runs in January.540 Photos on this spread ©MTS Photo File Some Antarctica departures offer options to ply the glassy polar waters in a kayak or even camp on the ice! Spots for both activities are limited and go fast. Witness the miracles of this unseen. and a great immersion into the world of polar exploration. call the Peninsula home. You’ll visit the same remarkable places. skuas. combining the splendors of the Antarctic Peninsula with the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. December. nicknamed “Kodak Alley” for its breathtaking and oft-photographed beauty. February. February. Chile.260 Follow in the footsteps of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton on our grandest Antarctic journey. This is our longest and most comprehensive trip on the Antarctic Peninsula. unknown land and change your life forever. unspoiled place on earth. Easy 8-day trip runs in January. During the short austral summer. where Shackelton sheltered while awaiting the rescue of the crew of the Endurance. From $9. Easy 13. this brief but thoroughly engrossing journey along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula trades 100 hours of sailing the choppy waters of the Drake Passage for a convenient two-hour flight from Punta Arenas. thousands of penguins. timeless glaciers.390 Crossing the Circle Experience all the beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula with an added bonus—you’ll join the ranks of the few who’ve traveled beyond the Antarctic Circle into a great frozen zone of dazzling blue icebergs. and whales all gather to court. From $9. and we have a number of options for you to discover The Last Continent. Whatever your expectations of Antarctica are before your visit. November.or 20-day trip runs in January. and shifting pack ice and snowy mountains as far as the eye can see. Easy 19. Antarctica has been set aside as a scientific preserve. unearthly land is guaranteed to exceed and overwhelm them. like Deception Island—a volcanic caldera in the middle of the sea where we’ll hike and visit rookeries. February. and a must for any traveler who dreams of setting foot on some of the Earth’s last pristine landscapes. and albatross. and the Falklands Antarctica Fly & Cruise Designed for those with limited time.MTSOBEK. December. seals. Easy 11. South Georgia.790 Antarctica.or 15-day trip runs in January. gossamer pink light. See page 84 for details.

the Ioffe is quiet. yet cruises at over 21 knots. For details. as well as a similar complement of Zodiacs and kayaks. Ocean Nova is an excellent platform for polar exploration. On an MTS polar voyage you won’t get lost in a crowd of hundreds. while the nimble Akademik Sergey Vavilov dances in and out of Svalbard’s tight fjords like it was born there.COM Photos on this spread ©Bud Beck. nearly at eye level with a panoply of marine wildlife. all jostling to get ashore! Each ship carries relatively few passengers—128 maximum—meaning you’ll spend less time waiting on the gangway for a Zodiac and more time soaking in the magic of these rarefied paradises. Her sister ship. the Sea Spirit is remarkably comfortable with large and stylish staterooms. She is capable of smashing her way through ice up to 9 feet thick. Akademik Ioffe & Akademik Sergey Vavilov Akademik Ioffe ~ Antarctica Originally built for marine acoustic research. ©Eric Lindberg. What could be better? KAYAKING & CAMPING OPTIONS Glide through an icy paradise. Both options are available on many of our departures. and there’s no better way to enhance your experience of these remote climes. ITINERARIES. making it a virtual express train to the North Pole.MTSOBEK. 128 guests Akademik Sergey Vavilov ~ The Arctic & Antarctica Sister ship to the Ioffe. True. and lightning fast at 14.P N L A VOYAG E A O TA R C T I C A & S THE ARCTIC Polar Cruising with MTS The polar regions are perhaps the most unusual travel destinations to be found. Outfitted with kayaks and Zodiacs. the 50 Years of Victory—the largest and most powerful icebreaker in the world—brushes 9-foot-thick pack ice aside with no trouble at all. 112 guests 84 FOR DETAILS. highly maneuverable vessel of the caliber that carries MTS guests to the ends of the Earth. 68 guests Sea Spirit ~ Antarctica A more lavish way to travel in Antarctica. a handful of “cruise ships” venture into the Southern Ocean to give their passengers an arms-length glimpse of the Antarctic Peninsula. But there is simply no better way to experience the hidden treasures of the polar wilderness than by sailing aboard a small. 104 guests (see photo at top of page) 50 Years of Victory ~ The Arctic The most powerful icebreaker ever built. AND MORE VISIT WWW. 50 Years of Victory is without equal in plying the pack ice. ice-strengthened. Vavilov shares the same benefits of speed and maneuverability. the Akademik Ioffe—along with the Ocean Nova and Sea Spirit— dances a similar dance in the serpentine passages of the Antarctic Peninsula to give our guests the kind of up close encounters every polar traveler craves.5 knots. ©Jon Rodsted . 104 guests (see photo at top of page) Ocean Nova ~ Antarctica Custom built with a strengthened hull to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. nimble. call a Regional Specialist at 1-888-MTSOBEK. some including balconies. Or absorb the incredible silence of an Antarctic night from your tent on the ice. so its no wonder they don’t populate the pages of most cruise operators’ brochures. In the Arctic.

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giant moss-covered moraines. This trip has it all. but a perpetual reward. AND MORE VISIT WWW. sending shivers down your spine.” Your pilgrimage begins in Cusco. wending and climbing your way through wildly diverse climes until you set sight on the jaw-dropping hilltop aerie.COM .395 (low season) Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MII” in the Search Box on mtsobek. complete with jacuzzi and fireplace. the holy Inca capital. In 1911. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Trekking Moderate to Strenuous 9 nights lodges March–December Duration 10 days Land Cost From $4. well-appointed lodges. wildflowers.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Machu Picchu And the Sacred Valley of the Incas The spectral mist that swirls over Machu Picchu contains secrets. You’ll follow not just Bingham’s steps but the ancient footpaths of the Inca themselves. but we lived in wonderland. and excellent international and Peruvian cuisine. the mountain range cradling the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. and lush cloud forests of orchids. soaring in the mist below you. jagged snowy peaks. “Suddenly.” Bate your breath. and butterflies. as Bingham recalled a century ago: “We made slow progress. and the MTS inside edge from over 40 years of bringing travelers to Peru.com 86 FOR DETAILS. as your lungs adjust to an altitude of more than 10. Following a lightly traveled trail. The trek is tough.MTSOBEK. the ruins of buildings made of blocks of white granite. The grand finale here is standing above the splendid ruins of Machu Picchu. time to explore the capital. Cusco. explore the diverse ecosystems of the Incan hinterland: pristine icy lakes and glaciers. with two days at Machu Picchu. and hang in the rarefied air. They whisper through six centuries. which this glorious civilization called the “navel of the universe.” Peru Machu Picchu Inn to Inn The Andes’ most beautiful lodge-to-lodge trek At last—a high-altitude trek without camping! Wind your way from lodge to lodge through the luxuriant forests and snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. a train ride through the Andean cloud forest.000 feet. ITINERARIES. Cap each day at picturesque. most carefully cut and beautifully fitted together without cement. the fedoratopped explorer Hiram Bingham III hacked his way here at the suggestion of an 11-year-old indigenous boy. we found ourselves in the midst of a jungle-covered maze of small and large walls.

mtsobek. inns.595 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “RIK” in the Search Box on mtsobek. itineraries. Experience the Andes on foot. and more. Manolo has over 15 years of experience leading treks and whitewater rafting trips. spend some time among the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Tarawasi. cultural touring Easy to Moderate 7 nights hotels March–December Duration 7 days Land Cost From $3.com. and its people. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking. explore the Inca ruins just outside the town. where you’ll marvel not only at the ruins themselves but at the thought of the long-vanished civilization that created this beautiful place. We’ll stroll the back streets of Cusco.390 (low season). WWW. For details.com Peru I NEW ITINERARY Realm of the Incas The best of Peru’s Incan legends—without trekking or camping This popular adventure is active. You’ll top off the whole adventure with a visit to iconic. ©Nadia Le Bon.COM | 1-888-687-6235 87 . and service as on Machu Picchu Inn to Inn. yet easy. and traditions adds immensely to your appreciation of the region.com Adventure Experts s Y E AR S YE A RS Manolo Lazo ~ Guide: Peru One of Peru’s most experienced adventure travel guides. on www. and Llactapata. its culture. breathtaking Machu Picchu. and hike to charming out-of-the-way villages.MTSOBEK. including detailed itineraries and best times to go. enter the trip name or trip code “MLP” in to the Search Box on mtsobek. Photos on this spread ©Christopher Bettencourt. and takes in all the incredible sites that have drawn travelers to Peru for centuries. dominated by the fine stonework of plazas and palaces created by craftsmen of ancient empires. and return to Cusco via train—all in 7 days! From $2. its people. ©MTS Photo File SHORT ON TIME? Take the Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express! You’ll experience the same incredible trails.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Find much more on all our trips. His knowledge of the country.

800 feet. including the remarkably perfect pyramid of Alpamayo (19.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Peru Cordillera Blanca An exhilarating trek in the snowy heights of the less-traveled Andes Even die-hard fans of the Himalaya concede the extraordinarily scenic beauty of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.511').COM . walk through fields of plentiful wildflowers.MTSOBEK.204'). and dazzling ice-fluted mountains make it one of the Andes’ most stunning ranges (and also one of the world’s best-kept secrets!). hidden waterfalls. On the trek you may enjoy marvelously sunny days (the climate can be downright balmy due to its proximity to the equator).com Almost any MTS trip can be enjoyed as a Private Adventure. 88 FOR DETAILS. This trek is best suited for experienced mountain hikers. including detailed itineraries and best times to go.000 feet). hardy descendants of the ancient Incas. but a great summer trek for those whose hearts lie in the heights of the world (quite possibly número uno in your personal repertoire of great treks of the world!). Its glacial wilderness of translucent turquoise lakes.000 to 14. Challenging? Yes. You’ll cross seven passes (five of them over 15. and camp at altitudes of 12. on www. 3 nights hotels Departures May. but you pick your dates. Call a Regional Specialist for details! 1-888-MTSOBEK. You’ll drink in stunning vistas of the sharply ridged peaks. ITINERARIES.com Find much more on all our trips. Trekking Strenuous 9 nights camping. and Huascarán (22.000 feet high are linked by spectacular valleys laced with trails dating from pre-Columbian and colonial times. On this challenging trek you’ll hike through the heart of the mountain environs of Huascarán National Park—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site—where more than 40 peaks over 19. July Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 13 days Land Cost From $3. the highest peak in Peru.095 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BLA” in the Search Box on mtsobek. the highest tropical mountain range in the world. June.mtsobek. with its striking ice fluting (it was once voted the most beautiful mountain in the world). AND MORE VISIT WWW. and pass by cultivated farmlands and colorful villages where you’ll meet the local campesinos. Take advantage of MTS’s decades of experience designing the best itineraries available.

So if you’re dreaming of “high” adventure. look straight up into the clouds and then come join us on this inspiring trek along the roof of the Americas. ©MTS Photo File Despite soft nights in trailside eco-lodges. this trip is for the rugged.com CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 89 . August Duration 11 days Land Cost From $3. We’ll spend multiple days above 15.000' as we cross the spectacular Palomani Pass. We’ll go far beyond the usual trails and head for the hills under our own steam (but with llamas to carry our gear!). trekking high into the mountains and glaciers that were the sacred spots of the mighty Incas.000' and top out at 17. one of South America’s legendary mountain ranges.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Peru Ausangate Inn to Inn A high altitude trekker’s dream trip—and no camping! Join us on an exquisite high altitude trek into the heart of the Cordillera Vilcanota. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Trekking Strenuous 10 nights lodges June. This is the heart of Inca country.695 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “TAL” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Photos on this spread ©Christopher Bettencourt. July.

a smorgasbord of grilled meat.com 90 FOR DETAILS. You’ll also enjoy a stay at a traditional Chilean homestead where you’ll be welcomed with an extravagant asado.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Patagonia To the Ends of the Earth There’s a wealth of beauty in the far reaches of Patagonia. forests of gnarled trees akin to oversized bonsai. February. It’s a Patagonia you can only really see by boat (or. Adventure cruising. whales. take day hikes around the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “PAE” in the Search Box on mtsobek.” Pick your pleasure— by sea or by foot—and we’ll show you the way. November. and grasslands bright with wildflowers. Chile Patagonia Explorer The very best of Patagonia on land and by sea Nature displays a taste for the grandiose in this corner of the world: golden pampas beneath a boundless sky. December Activities Duration 15 days Land Cost From $7. ITINERARIES. Bruce Chatwin. its fjords and inlets home to dolphins. there are monolithic rock spires and jagged snowy peaks. On this 15-day exploration.COM . azure lakes. 4 nights ship Departures January. hiking. March. Meanwhile. 8. October. MTS has been pioneering Patagonia adventure travel since 1972. Later. AND MORE VISIT WWW. and we make getting to it easy! The coastline of Chilean Patagonia is honeycombed. who found here “somewhere to live when the rest of the world blew up. the 6.MTSOBEK. you’ll see where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge on a cruise through the incredible—and otherwise inaccessible—fjords and inlets of Chilean Patagonia. rugged terrain you’d expect to find at the end of the earth. sea kayaking Trip Level Easy to Moderate Lodging 10 nights hotels. its glaciers constantly calving. beyond the waters. and glaciers forgotten by the last ice age. and the only way to see it is by hiking in the footsteps of Patagonia’s greatest bard.500-square-mile Patagonia ice field.000 feet of near-vertical granite rising from rolling grasslands and beautiful lakes. home to a rich bounty of wildlife like elephant seals and Magellanic penguins. It’s the kind of wild. Argentina. elephant seals and penguins. in our case. by a 235-foot ship complete with comfortable cabins and a gourmet kitchen).

This pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic national parks: the breathtaking mountain environs of Torres del Paine in Chile. including detailed itineraries and best times to go.MTSOBEK. and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. He has a degree in Patagonia o biodiversity from Magallanes University and b more than 10 years of experience as a tour m leader. on www. TC is an excellent ambassador for his a country and its culture—his enthusiasm and c sense of adventure are absolutely contagious! s Y E A RS YE AR S Photos on this spread ©MTS Photo File.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Find much more on all our trips.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “HIK” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Chile and grew up in Tierra del Fuego.mtsobek.com Adventure Experts Sergio “TC” Bahamondez ~ Guide: Patagonia TC was born in Punta Arenas. Chile Hiker’s Patagonia The best lodge-based day hikes in Paine and Glacier National Parks Patagonia’s rugged beauty surpasses expectations—a hypnotic landscape of stunning granite towers thrusting thousands of feet in the air with the golden plains of the Argentine and Chilean steppes below. Whether at home or n abroad. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate to Strenuous 13 nights lodges January.COM | 1-888-687-6235 91 .com Argentina. See the best of both on foot—from the famous ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) including a portion of the famous “W.” to the sheer-walled granite shark fin of 11. where he developed a passion for the F outdoors. ©Art Wolfe WWW. October. TC’s explorer spirit has taken him to l nearly every continent. Our expert naturalist guides make this an ideal adventure for those who enjoy long hikes through landscapes so scenic they’re beyond belief. December Duration 14 days Land Cost From $4. March.073-foot Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park. November.

February. and takes you through the kind of wild rugged terrain you’d expect to find at the ends of the earth.COM . 4 nights hotels January. the huge expanse of the Patagonia Ice Field. AND MORE VISIT WWW.000 feet from the surrounding rolling grasslands.com Best two weeks I’ve ever spent on the trail! Mike Jung—MTS guest 92 FOR DETAILS. including the famous “W” route. glaciers of millennia past have receded from the granite rock of the Cordillera Paine.295 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “PAI” in the Search Box on mtsobek. November. leaving a massif of craggy peaks protruding a near-vertical 6.000 to 8. The jaw-dropping vistas of monolithic rock spires and jagged snowy peaks. in the wilderness of southern Chile. Here.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Chile Trekking the Paine Circuit Hike one of the ten best treks in the world Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park is one of the great scenic wonders of the world—a place to which all serious mountain-lovers must make a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. tranquil azure lakes.MTSOBEK. December Duration 11 days Land Cost From $4. and golden grasslands bright with wildflowers make this unquestionably one of the all-time great treks of the world. Our trek—which we pioneered in the mid-1980s—is a full circuit of the Paine massif. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Trekking Moderate to Strenuous 6 nights camping. ITINERARIES.

recently named “The Next Napa” by Wine Enthusiast magazine. from which Andean peaks are visible—and savor world-acclaimed cabernets. sleeping in elegant mountain cottages and enchanting bed and breakfast inns.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Chile NEW! Colchagua & the Lake District Sip your way through Chile’s wine country and hike the stunning Lake District MTS packs two of Chile’s regional gems into one well-rounded trip! We begin in Colchagua Valley. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking Moderate 8 nights hotels and lodges February.com Photos on this spread ©MTS Photo File. and trek through forests of domed araucaria and 1.695 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “LCH” in the Search Box on mtsobek. of course. we’re off to the cooler climes of the Lake District. hike near cobalt lagoons and white-capped volcanoes. We’ll enjoy the region’s exuberant hospitality. where we’ll hike the region’s steep. where the influence of Mapuche locals and Swiss and German settlers translates into a delightful cultural mélange—visible in everything from the architecture (like Mapuche rukas and German shingled homes) to the language and cuisine (this may be the only place where you can order spaetzle and chimichurri in the same breath!). Then. ©Keren Su/Chinaspan CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 93 . March. malbecs. Here. we’ll explore dairy farms and quaint mountain villages. and carmenères.000-year old alerce d d ld l trees. December Duration 9 days Land Cost From $3. sun-kissed valleys and hills.

ITINERARIES. Overnight at the world’s highest vineyard. corroded copper greens. where rich mineral deposits color jagged mountain rocks in sulphurous yellows. artisan cheeses—and. Return each afternoon to our exclusive boutique suites. bike among the vineyards d ih i d At in view of the Tupungato mountains. hear. to Salta’s música folklórica and resplendent colonial architecture. visit Argentina’s oldest working winery. the world’s best malbecs. A Uco Valley. and see the finest in local craftworks. of course. and rich magnesium reds.MTSOBEK. renowned for its wines the world over (but known at home for its dramatic Andean vistas).com 94 FOR DETAILS. a new wine venture launched by famed French vintner Michel Rolland.COM . November Duration 10 days Land Cost From $4. too—on hikes along the foothills of Nevado de Cachi. Work your legs. traditional music. AND MORE VISIT WWW. October. biking Easy to Moderate 9 nights lodges and hotels March. where you’ll savor yet another impeccable glass.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Argentina NEW! Mendoza to Salta Art and hiking pair beautifully with Argentina’s renowned wine country Your palate and your penchant for life’s finer things will lead the way on this journey to Argentina’s best vineyards and artisan communities.795 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “MSA” in the Search Box on mtsobek. and taste the selection at Clos de las Siete. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking. watching the last glint of sunlight angle across rows of grapevines from behind the Andean peaks. From Mendoza. we’ll taste. some of the highest in the Andes.

and wander the charming cobblestoned San Telmo neighborhood. fish. and lamb. otherworldy landscape of the southern Atlantic coast. ©MTS Photo File. boating. see the petrified forest. we’ll see the mansions of Palermo. Savor meals of wild.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Argentina NEW! Patagonia’s Bahía Bustamante & Iguazú Photos on this spread ©Jan Butchofsky-Houser/Houserstock. optional horseback riding Trip Level Easy Lodging 7 nights hotels and lodges Departures September. We’ll rest in cozy estancias and historic boutique hotels along the sprawling sea. Wildlife viewing. red rock coastal lands.MTSOBEK. In Bahía Bustamante—recently featured in The New York Times—we’ll relax at the edge of the world: great desert moonscapes. visit Plaza de Mayo’s neo-classical cathedral.695 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BBI” in the Search Box on mtsobek. October. from Atlantic Patagonia to the falls of Iguazú Travel the eastern coast of Argentina—“Atlantic Patagonia”—and end up in Iguazú.COM | 1-888-687-6235 95 . local fare including sea algae. In Buenos Aires. November Activities Duration 8 days Land Cost From $3.000 cumulative feet of waterfalls await you. shimmering Patagonian seas. where the mist of the “Devil’s Throat” and almost 9. This eight-day journey includes a stop at Puerto Pirámides for unforgettable whale watching. Visit a Patagonian ranch still in operation. ©Stengert Nico/AGE Fotostock Wildlife and natural wonders. and hike the strange.com WWW.

ITINERARIES. We’ll explore this rich ecosystem in kayaks as we hug the coast of one of the world’s most treasured wildlife habitats.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “PVZ” in the Search Box on mtsobek. named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. 2 nights lodges Departures November Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 10 days Land Cost From $3. and experiencing a classic on-board whale watching excursion. AND MORE VISIT WWW.” the Peninsula Valdés showcases miles of flourishing coastline—where southern right whales give birth and colonies of Magellanic penguins and southern elephant seals thrive—a vibrant counterpoint to the Patagonia familiar to hikers.MTSOBEK. We’ll explore this region’s many natural treasures by paddling the waters of Provincial Marine Park Golfo San José. taking a road tour around the Valdés Nature Reserve.com 96 FOR DETAILS. Sea kayaking. Motorized tour boats are forbidden in the area where we’ll be kayaking. 2 nights hotels.COM .SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Argentina Kayaking the Peninsula Valdés Explore little-known Atlantic Patagonia’s prolific wildlife by sea kayak Known as “Atlantic Patagonia. touring Moderate to Strenuous 4 nights camping.

995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “COT” in the Search Box on mtsobek. ©Ildi Papp CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 97 . to Santa Marta’s beach-side bungalows on the Caribbean.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Colombia NEW! Colombia Trekking A magical trek and tour through hidden Colombia Times of peace have descended on magical Colombia—and we’re heading there to take it in. July. Here. one of the best kept secrets of Colombia’s park system. eagles. ©MTS Photo File. colonial. scanning for condors. From Bogotá’s red-roofed. hike a terrain full of contrasts and encounter the intricate layering of pre-Columbian. and modern-day histories in the Colombian landscape. We’ll cover the ancient pathways and sacred cliffs of pre-Columbian Guane and Muisca peoples. deer—maybe even a puma! Witness the foothills of the Sierra Nevada give way to tropical jungles and pristine tropical coastlines as we hike the breadth of Tayrona National Park. and collared peccaries run wild. cultural touring Moderate to Strenuous 9 nights lodges March. canyons of oak and rubber forests give way to immense rock foothills.com Photos on this spread ©Pablo Hernan. while the sprawling silence of the north Andean highlands gestures backward toward time immemorial. Activities Trip Level Lodging Departures Hiking. August Duration 10 days Land Cost From $3. sun-bleached cathedrals and cloistered Spanish houses in colonial Barichara—and of course the timeless history of the country’s natural terrain. red squirrels. Trek the tropical páramo of Chingaza National Park. cobblestoned La Candelaria district. where titi monkeys.

995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “RAG” in the Search Box on mtsobek.000 feet above pristine rainforests—rock formations carved by wind and water.com 98 FOR DETAILS. 5 nights camping Departures April. We combine hiking with village tours—and even regional culinary specialties (ants and termites!)—so you may fully experience the stark. Trekking Moderate to Strenuous 6 nights hotels. Along the way. pure beauty of this wild and unspoiled region.COM . valleys scattered with precious crystals. ITINERARIES. you’ll learn about Roraima’s unusual plants and animals and behold immense waterfalls formed by torrents cascading over the plateau’s edge. October Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 12 days Land Cost From $4.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Venezuela Roraima & Angel Falls Explore Venezuela’s highest tepui and the world’s tallest waterfall You’ll soon come to understand why Roraima was the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World and the Pixar film Up! Discover an extraordinary landscape of sheer-sided tepuis (tabletop mountains) towering 6. July. and views of Guyana’s dense jungle below.MTSOBEK. AND MORE VISIT WWW.

com.com MORE OPTIONS Travel to the heart of the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor and explore some of the most untouched rainforest in the Amazon. untamed region. visitors report seeing a jaguar nearly every day! We’ll take almost daily boat trips on the Paraguay River’s many channels and tributaries. we’ll head out on riveting night-spotting safaris—an unforgettable moment in a wholly epic adventure. tapirs. marsh deer. flora and fauna that make the Amazon the greatest wilderness on earth. Jungle walking. In this far-removed. anacondas.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Brazil NEW! In Search of the Jaguar Wildlife safari in the world’s largest freshwater wetlands The Western hemisphere’s highest concentration of wildlife is in Brazil’s Pantanal. and explore the marshes on foot and horseback. lodging at remote camps surrounded by thick marshlands and riverine forest. It won’t take long to grow accustomed to our almost constant encounters with new and rare species of wildlife—not the least of which are the not-so-elusive jaguars. Cruise the river in comfort and style and see the amazing wildlife. ©Vladimir Melnik WWW. itinerary. boat ride Easy 8 nights hotels and tented camps Departures August Activities Trip Level Lodging Duration 9 days Land Cost From $5. who really have the run of the place. After sundown. Photos on this spread ©Allen Bechky. whose sprawling wetlands are home to a vast array of species—it’s the best place in the world to see giant river otters.MTSOBEK. and more search by trip name or trip code “AMZ” on mtsobek.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BJR” in the Search Box on mtsobek.COM | 1-888-687-6235 99 . We’ll spend eight days exploring this unbounded natural sanctuary. and caimans— but very few humans. For details.

it’s just for show) and festive dances. and tropical birds. if you prefer). sloths.995 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “OBP” in the Search Box on mtsobek. Back on kayaks. kayak among mangroves.MTSOBEK. and explore the tropical forests at Rincon de la Vieja National Park—all the while on the lookout for crocodiles. snorkeling. and relax by the ocean at Playa Hermosa. we’ll take a rollicking roller coaster ride. under the shadow of Arenal Volcano—we may even see it spewing lava while we paddle at a completely safe distance (there are eruptions daily)! Then kick back and soothe sore paddling muscles in mineral hot springs set deep in the jungle. or “Beautiful Beach. we’ll quietly get up close to wildlife and kayak the jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park—home to howler monkeys.” We’ll venture on foot (or horseback. This fantastic water park adventure is the perfect ticket for the kid in all of us! Hiking. Cap it all off floating down the Peñas Blancas River on a twilight safari. wildlife viewing Trip Level Moderate Lodging 7 nights hotels and jungle lodges Departures Year-round Activities Duration 8 days Land Cost From $2. company to offer kayaking in Tortuguero. iguanas. We’ll overnight at boutique ecolodges and enjoy natural mud treatments at the Hacienda Guachipelin spa. It’s a perfect blend of multisport adventure and relaxation with a touch of culture! Hiking. with cascading waterfalls that splash us as we pass. to Oropendola Waterfall and swim in its refreshing emerald pools. monkeys and toucans! You’ll also take part in an authentic fiesta tipica. kayaking. morpho butterflies. On this exclusive MTS tour designed by Program Director Danilo Bonilla (a native Costa Rican). Costa Rica’s largest and most breathtaking lake.S. you’ll zip line through forests.com 100 FOR DETAILS. the Costa Rican equivalent to a rodeo complete with bull fights (don’t worry. basilisk lizards.COM . ITINERARIES. rafting (Class III & IV rapids). watching for Costa Rica’s nocturnal mammals. kayaking. we explore Arenal Lake.495 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “CRA” in the Search Box on mtsobek. On the Río Pacuare (ranked among the world’s top ten rivers). zip line.com NEW! Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path Explore the north’s untouched beaches. AND MORE VISIT WWW. and volcanoes Let MTS introduce you to the region of Guanacaste. a beautifully diverse landscape of mountains and beach along the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Costa Rica Costa Rica Adventures in Costa Rica Our high-octane multisport adventure in the land of “pura vida” Looking for a life-sized multisport adventure in the gem of Central America? Come with us to Costa Rica! As the only U. forests. wildlife viewing Trip Level Easy Lodging 6 nights hotels Departures November–April Activities Duration 7 days Land Cost From $1.

December Activities Duration 7 days Land Cost From $2. hiking. You’ll have an altogether uncommon and intimate México experience as we explore the two oceans and the mountain range that define the peninsula. On this MTS exclusive you’ll hike in the mountain reserve of the Sierra de la Laguna and discover exotic endemic plant and animal life. but a whole world away.295 Learn More Enter trip name or trip code “BFA” in the Search Box on mtsobek. surfing. You’ll learn the secrets of Baja cuisine from a local chef. Mayan. Hiking. You’ll have the amazing experience of swimming with sea lion pups at Los Islotes.SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA México Baja Multisport Adventure Insider’s wildlife viewing. and Greek mythology while stargazing with a local astronomer. Then. horseback riding Trip Level Easy to Moderate Lodging 6 nights hotels Departures January. kayaking. snorkeling. and horseback riding along 70 miles of prisitine beach at sunset. and snorkeling—an MTS exclusive! Our trip to Baja is just a short plane ride. and ponder Aztec.com Photos on this spread ©MTS Photo File CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-MTSOBEK (1-888-687-6235) 101 . Each night you will be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the Pacific Ocean. surf some of Baja’s best breaks (guided by its finest surf instructors). February. kayaking. and snorkel and kayak in the Sea of Cortez. coined the “aquarium of the world” by Jacques Cousteau due to its incredible diversity of marine life.

Shared accommodations are guaranteed on some trips.... 100% of Cruise Cost Private Adventures. permits... Patagonia Explorer Cruise..WHAT YOU NEED F I C A S I A & T H E P A C I TO KNOW To Book It’s easy to sign up! Call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) and reserve your spot....... and is listed in the trip itinerary.... trip participation information form (including a Release From Liability agreement that you must sign and return to us).Balance Private Adventures.. Transfers You may transfer to another trip without a fee up to 90 days before trip departure on most trips. $400 120 days prior to trip departure .Balance Extensions & Extra Services (including extra hotel nights) At time of reservation.. It combines trip cancellation and interruption coverage (for covered reasons only).com)....... and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy...... and personal items are not included. we strongly recommend you purchase the optional Passenger Cancellation/Interruption Protection Plan outlined above to ensure protection from trip cancellation fees for covered reasons and to increase your medical and evacuation coverage. single accommodations are not available... you 102 FOR DETAILS.... If you have a favorite travel agent. Single Travelers Accommodations (hotels.. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms.....50% of Land Cost 29 days or less prior to trip departure .. $400 59 to 30 days prior to trip departure ...... which is listed in the trip itinerary..com/ faq#insurance.... each change is subject to a $50 change fee........50% of Land/Cruise Cost 59 days or less prior to trip departure 100% of Land/Cruise Cost Antarctica & Arctic Cruise Trip Departures From time of reservation until 120 days prior to trip departure .................. we offer an optional supplementary insurance package called the Passenger Cancellation/Interruption Protection Program..... Once booked. baggage loss protection............ Tier Pricing Adventure travel works best with a small group of people.. International airfare............ optional gratuities. our trips are priced according to the number of full-price travelers on the trip.......... or broken out separately....COM ... (2) The Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express trip requires a $325 non-refundable deposit at time of booking... Patagonia Explorer Cruise..mtsobek........ Bookings made by a client cannot be picked up retroactively for travel agent commission.. Rendezvous instructions and final trip details will be sent about three weeks prior to trip departure. and taxes........ You can also book a trip online on our website (www...50% of Land/Cruise Cost 59 days or less ....... which varies by trip and ranges from half to the same fee as the “requested” single supplement............$1.. If you prefer single accommodations... including trip cost...mtsobek........ $800 60 days prior to trip departure..... even when broken out separately............ Extensions & Extra Services (including extra hotel nights) At time of reservation until 60 days prior to trip departure . kitchen and dining tents (on most trips).... the following fees will apply (all dates are from departure date): Regular Trip Departures (1)...... or lodges in cities and villages....MTSOBEK.... If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations. group camping and commissary equipment... whichever is greater..... park fees... trip doctors.. per person Regular Trip Departures (1).. deposit to cover the cost of each gorilla permit ($500 per permit)........... (2) The Machu Picchu Inn to Inn Express trip requires a $325 non-refundable deposit at time of booking.... insurance information. (3) Some exceptions apply and deposits may be higher............. In order to operate these small groups.. or aboard camp and cook staffs....$150 89 to 60 days prior to trip departure ...... and taxes.. Custom Adventures.....Balance (1) Gorilla trips require a non-refundable Immediately after we receive your deposit.. and medical coverage along with additional emergency evacuation coverage.. John Muir Trail......... whichever is greater 89-60 day prior to trip departure............25% of Land/Cruise Cost 89 to 60 days prior to trip departure ........... If you do not wish this optional insurance coverage. we are happy to work with them..... and payment will follow the applicable schedule above.... Unless otherwise noted... you will be refunded the difference.. & Special Trip Departures From time of reservation until 90 days prior to trip departure .... evacuation insurance... John Muir Trail....... Galápagos.... and other discounted travelers are excluded from the count for this purpose.. Turkey. medical certificate.... per person At the time we receive written notice that you must cancel your trip... $400 120 days prior to trip departure ........ and other information needed to prepare for your trip. Note: A basic medical expense and evacuation insurance plan is included in the Land Cost of your Mountain Travel Sobek trip........ you must pay a single supplement fee... (Note—Extra hotel nights cancelled within 60 days of trip departure are subject to 100% of the hotel cost or $35.. tents. necessary trip equipment (e... and Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure Trip Departures At time of reservation.....100% of Land/Cruise Cost 120 days prior to trip departure ....200 90 days prior to trip departure.... you need only notify Mountain Travel Sobek in writing by time of final payment and we will remove the charge from the invoice. $400 119 to 90 days prior to trip departure ..... Loss of first deposit 119 days or less prior to trip departure ... and Glacier Bay Historic Ship Adventure Trip Departures From time of reservation until 120 days prior to trip departure ... Payment Schedule Based on Land/Cruise Cost..... For complete terms and conditions go to www. Turkey. If there is no one with whom you can share. Galápagos......... $100 (3) 59 to 30 days .. (2) From time of reservation until 90 days prior to trip departure ... however.. $800 or 25% of Land/Cruise Cost. park fees... Land Cost is quoted as a package and credits are not given for services not used.... Internal airfare....... com).... rafts... Greece.. you will be emailed or faxed a Booking Verification Form that must be completed and faxed to us within 24 hours.. $100 (3) (non-refundable) The balance will be added to the cost of your trip. 10%–20% of Land/Cruise Cost (varies based on ship and trip departure—see detailed itinerary) Ground transportation and support vehicles Insurance For your protection...) Cancellation and refund policy applies to entire land cost of trip.... or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever..... Requests made 29 days or less prior to trip departure are subject to a $100 late booking fee...... It is effective the day we receive your designated payment for the insurance or the day your final balance is paid.... Travel agent commission is calculated from base Land/Cruise Cost only and excludes tier charges. Each trip varies slightly. What Your Trip Includes The Land and/or Cruise Cost* for most trips includes: inns.. Greece. internal airfare.. AND MORE VISIT WWW.. *Note—“Land/Cruise Cost” is defined as including the cost of the trip. Please note that deposits are not applied toward your insurance premium... visa kit (if required)..... invoice.. permits... Mountain Travel Sobek staff.....mtsobek. On a few trips........50% of Extension Cost 29 days or less . but he or she must make the booking directly with Mountain Travel Sobek... and taxes may be included in the price........... If the price drops due to an increase in group size before your trip departs.... ITINERARIES.. If you transfer from one trip to another within 89 days of trip departure.$800 or 25% of Land/Cruise Cost. tents.. Refunds in excess of $500 will be remitted by check...25% of Land/Cruise Cost 90 days prior to trip departure... We recommend you purchase the optional Passenger Cancellation/ Interruption Protection Program to protect yourself in case of an unexpected medical emergency. sightseeing trips. (2) At time of reservation. permits. whichever is greater 120 days prior to trip departure ... park fees........ 100% of Land Cost (1) Gorilla trips require a non-refundable deposit to cover the cost of each gorilla permit ($500 per permit). sea kayaks...... 100% of Extension Cost (3) Some exceptions apply and cancellation fees may be higher.......... you are required to pay a “forced” single supplement fee..... We include the cost of this optional insurance coverage as an item on your invoice. Custom Adventures. However........ & Special Trip Departures At time of reservation ..... payment and cancellation policies apply to the total Land/Cruise Cost..........g... so please call and speak with one of our Regional Specialists or ask for a detailed trip itinerary for the specifics (you can also download itineraries at www.. personal Cancellations & Refunds Based on Land/Cruise Cost.. inclusive of internal airfare...Balance Antarctica & Arctic Cruise Trip Departures At time of reservation. we will try our best to find you a roommate of the same gender... You will then receive a detailed pre-trip packet with a clothing and equipment list... We invoice you at the highest tier price (the smallest group size we can operate) until final payment is due... meals......

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are subject to the usual Cancellation Fees outlined above (appropriate to the date you notify us in writing of your wish to transfer). No transfers are allowed on Galápagos, Turkey, Patagonia Explorer, Antarctica, and Arctic cruises; John Muir Trail, Private Adventures, Custom Adventures, or Special Departures.

Medical & Health
It is vital that persons with medical problems make them known to us well before trip departure. The trip leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during the trip if he or she feels the trip member is physically or mentally incapable or if a trip member’s continued participation will jeopardize the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. Hospital facilities are often unavailable and evacuation can be prolonged, difficult, and expensive. Mountain Travel Sobek assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care. Trip members will receive appropriate health information and a Medical Certificate to be filled out and returned to us. You will need to provide us with your accurate and complete medical history for the last three years, as well as any special dietary needs. If you are age 65 or older at time of travel or a participant on any of our “Ultimate Challenge” trips or a participant on one of our high altitude treks, your physician must complete and sign the applicable section of the Medical History and Certificate. Once you have been confirmed on a trip, normal cancellation fees apply if your doctor does not approve the Medical Certificate. We can send you this form prior to making your reservation so your doctor can pre-approve you.

Limitation of Liability
Mountain Travel Sobek is defined to include Mountain Travel Sobek, Mountain Travel, Alaska Discovery, Inc., its and their owners, directors, officers, employees, representatives and affiliates, (collectively “Mountain Travel Sobek”). Except for some small water craft and some vehicles, Mountain Travel Sobek does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, ownership or control over hotels or other lodging facilities, airline, vessel, bus, van or other transportation companies, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Mountain Travel Sobek is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity, or of any third party. Without limitation, Mountain Travel Sobek is not responsible for any injury, loss or damage to person or property, death, delay or inconvenience in connection with the provision of any goods or services occasioned by or resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of government, force majeur, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, or the threat thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, structural or other defective conditions in hotels or other lodging facilities, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely, dangers associated with animals, marine life or vegetation of any sort, dangers incident to recreational activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, sailing,

Cancelled Trips
Mountain Travel Sobek reserves the right to cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-up or other cause that makes the trip unfeasible for us to operate, but we will inform you at least 45 days prior to trip departure. In such a case, a full refund of Land/Cruise Cost is given, but Mountain Travel Sobek is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by members preparing for the trip (e.g. nonrefundable “Advance Purchase” air tickets, visa fees if applicable, clothing, equipment, medical expenses). Do not purchase your air tickets before speaking with your Adventure Coordinator.

canoeing, rafting, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing, etc., sanitation problems, food poisoning, lack of access to or quality of medical care, difficulty in evacuation in case of a medical or other emergency, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof or for any other cause beyond the direct control of Mountain Travel Sobek. In addition, participants release Mountain Travel Sobek from its own negligence and assume all risk thereof. On advancement of deposit to Mountain Travel Sobek, the depositor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited terms and conditions. These are partial conditions. Your participation is contingent on your signature on the full list of terms specified in the four-page Participant Information Form, which you can find on our website at www.mtsobek.com/pdf/participant_ info.pdf (or call us at 1-888-687-6235 and request a copy). Additionally, some independent contractors may require participants to sign their liability release or indemnity form.

Arbitration
Any dispute concerning, relating or referring to these Terms and Conditions, to any literature concerning the trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in San Francisco, California, according to the then existing commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) California law and without regard to the California Arbitration Act. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable.

Delays & Cost Increases
The cost of delays is not included if any trip is delayed due to bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, sickness or other contingency for which Mountain Travel Sobek or its third party operators cannot make provision. Land/Cruise Costs are subject to increase without prior notice, even after you have signed up on the trip. We often publish our prices more than a year in advance. Between that time and the time of the trip’s actual departure, we are occasionally faced with significant cost increases that we cannot absorb (i.e. international currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or increases in cost of services). We regret this situation, and we do everything we can to avoid raising prices, but sometimes it is unavoidable. We will do our best to limit such increases and will notify you at least two months before trip departure.

Photography
Mountain Travel Sobek may take photographs and/or video of its trips and participants grant Mountain Travel Sobek permission to do so and for it to use same for promotional or commercial use without payment of any compensation to participant.

Responsibilities of Trip Members
Trip members have certain responsibilities to Mountain Travel Sobek and to other trip members. Trip members are responsible for understanding the conditions implied in the Trip Itinerary and selecting a trip in consultation with Mountain Travel Sobek that is appropriate to their interests and abilities, and for preparing for the trip by studying the Trip Itinerary and supplemental trip information sent by Mountain Travel Sobek. Screening for fitness (for trips rated “Strenuous” or “Ultimate Challenge”) is made by our Regional Specialists at the time of booking. At the trip leader’s discretion, a member may be removed from the trip, without the right of refund, if the leader feels that the person’s further participation may be detrimental to the individual or to other trip members.

Airlines
The airlines are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passage contract in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and such purchasers of these tours and/or passenger. Such conveyance, etc. is subject to the laws of the countries involved. Airlines used vary in degree of safety and risk. Many air carriers have an unknown safety and maintenance record. Mountain Travel Sobek is not liable for incidents involving airline safety, cancellations, service, risk, delays, etc.; or incidents that result in injury, delay or death. Please read the conditions on the back of your airline tickets.

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