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The National Geographic Endeavour is a classic expedition ship, fully stabilized to allow for smooth passage from one island to the next.
The ship includes a covered deck with chairs and tables, a sun deck, a lounge with a full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows, and presentations. Meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities, and climate controls. The state-of-the-art National Geographic Orion, the newest addition to our fleet, serves as a luxurious base camp for voyages to the far-flung corners of the planet. The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as a remotely operated vehicle and sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. Send your high school student into the field to explore on a hands-on student expedition in Namibia or France, or treat your whole family to an adventure that celebrates the culture, landscapes and wildlife of an amazing place like Peru or Iceland. Drawing on the Society’s global resources to create experiences that are authentic, immersive and fun, National Geographic family expeditions are designed to inspire and enrich travelers of any age. All new family trips in 2014 feature a “Kid-to-Kid Connection.” Young travelers will be linked with pen pals of about the same age before the trip. National Geographic Student Expeditions are geared toward students completing 9th through 12th grade and include expeditions, field and photography workshops and community service programs. In Namibia, for example, students will work with researchers in the field to create a group project using photography and video that helps raise awareness about important conservation issues. National Geographic Student Expeditions offers a scholarship program that provides financial support for students seeking educational summer experiences who could not otherwise afford them. Student Expeditions invites high school students to enter the annual Student Photo Contest for a chance to win a spot on a photography workshop next year. National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888.
Experience the thunder of calving glaciers on a three-day kayak expedition into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Arrive at the Juneau airport and meet up for our short air taxi to Gustavus, a tiny community at the edge of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve that is inaccessible by road.
Board a charter boat early this morning and cruise across Icy Strait to Point Adolphus on the northern tip of Chichagof Island. Continue exploring the shores of Chichagof today, on the lookout for marine life and the bald eagles that are prevalent here. After one last morning on Chichagof Island, return to Gustavus by boat and set out on an afternoon hike on an enormous beach created by the retreat of the glaciers. Wake up in Alaska’s great outdoors one last time, and enjoy another chance to paddle into narrow inlets and hike along the shores. National Geographic Adventures are unique, active itineraries for intrepid travelers that combine spectacular places, cultural interaction, and physical challenge. We stay 4 nights in a comfortable lodge offering Southeast Alaska hospitality and home-cooked meals. This trip also includes 4 nights of backcountry camping in dome-style tents at simple campsites.
Myanmar is opening its doors to the world, revealing a people still tied to ancient traditions and a country bursting with cultural treasures. Important Note: The itinerary, highlights and map refer only to expeditions departing on and after November 2014. Document a candle-lighting ceremony at Yangon's glittering Shwedagon Pagoda and focus on monks at prayer in Mandalay.
Glide along the Irrawaddy River today, capturing scenes of daily life along the riverbanks. Rise early to witness the morning face-washing ceremony of the Mahamuni Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay.
During the 11th and 12th centuries, over 10,000 temples and monasteries were built on the Bagan plain. Fly to Heho and travel overland to Inle Lake, visiting Shweyanpyay Monastery and Nyaung Shwe village along the way. Begin the day at Botahtaung Pagoda, an unusual hollow stupa filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. This is a moderately active trip with numerous village and temple visits that require walking over uneven terrain, boarding local boats, and climbing stairs in often hot and humid conditions.
From Antarctica to Arctic Norway and Alaska to Tanzania, National Geographic Expeditions offers in-depth exploration of travel destinations around the world. Follow in the footsteps of our explorers as you discover the stunning landscapes, cultures, and wildlife of Africa with National Geographic’s experts. From the floating villages of the Mekong River to the majestic palaces of India, discover the dazzling diversity of Asia. Set out to explore fabled lands where glaciers meet rain forests, coral reefs dazzle, unique wildlife abounds, and indigenous cultures exist much as they have for centuries. In Central America, cloud forests, wetlands, and jungles all teem with wildlife, and the legacy of the Maya holds strong. Experience Europe’s rich fabric of history and culture, and discover legendary places by land, by sea, or by train.
Delve into the layers of history, civilization, and faith that make the Middle East such a fascinating part of the world. From the red rock spires of the Southwest to the calving glaciers of Alaska, North America harbors a stunning array of natural treasures. Rippling with peaks from Patagonia to Peru and home to the largest rain forest in the world, South America brims with fascinating cultures and wildlife. Journey to the ends of the Earth with an expert team aboard the National Geographic Explorer, or the National Geographic Orion, and discover the rich wildlife that thrives in a landscape defined by ice. 9-day program designed to experience Cuban culture the most authentic way possible - through its people.
Within cities seemingly frozen in time beats the vibrant pulse of Cuba’s most valuable resource: its people. Discuss historic preservation with local experts, and meet residents as you explore Old Havana and Trinidad. Witness Cuba’s shifting cultural and economic landscape on visits to schools, art studios, and privately owned businesses. The architecture of Havana is astounding in its breadth and elegance, yet years of neglect have left many buildings in need of restoration.
Spend the morning with Cuban professionals, engaging in a specially arranged discussion on education, economics, social issues, the role of government, and other topics of interest.
Travel along the Caribbean coast to charming Trinidad, where we explore Cuba's best preserved colonial city with a restoration expert. Near Cienfuegos, explore Cuba's oldest botanical garden with a botany expert, who will educate us about Cuba's efforts to maintain the rich biodiversity of its extraordinary plant life.
In the fishing village of Jaimanitas, wander through the fantastical workshop and home of ceramic artist Jose Fuster, called the “Picasso of Cuba.” Stroll down village streets decorated with his mosaics, stopping to interact with neighborhood families along the way. The Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year,' photographer and writer Christopher Baker is one of the world's foremost authorities on Costa Rica and Cuba.


This trip is permitted through the people-to-people general license category authorized by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Travel restrictions in Cuba, such as limits on how much one may spend and what may be purchased, will be provided in your pre-departure materials.
While we do our best to adhere to the itinerary listed here, traveling in Cuba requires flexibility, and changes to hotels and activities may occur.
This comfortable vessel accommodates 96 guests in 56 outside cabins and is ideally suited for Galapagos expeditions, carrying snorkeling gear, wet suits, kayaks, a fleet of Zodiacs, underwater cameras and a glass-bottom boat. Public areas also include a library, a gift shop, a fitness center, a spa, a sauna, and a small swimming pool.
Single cabins in Category 1 are highlighted in bright blue on the deck plan below and include cabins 219, 222, 309-312, 314-312, and 318.
A fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, the Orion is at home navigating polar ice as well the small harbors of the South Pacific.  The ship accommodates 102 guests in 53 spacious cabins. 25, 2013)—Give the gift of travel to your future explorer, photographer or conservationist this holiday season with a range of exciting new family and student trips from National Geographic Expeditions. Whether it’s learning to track lions on safari with local naturalists on the Tanzania Family Adventure or monitoring manta rays and sea turtles with a National Geographic Emerging Explorer on the student expedition to South Africa and Mozambique, National Geographic Expeditions provides unique itineraries and special access to people and places, making for a meaningful and transformative travel experience. On the new China Family Adventure, families will hike and raft in karst landscapes featured in “Avatar,” climb watchtowers on a less-visited part of the Great Wall and join local masters to learn Chinese cooking, kung fu or traditional kite-making.
After corresponding from afar, pen pals will meet in person on the trip and share cultures through games, crafts or even a cooking lesson.
A series of special conservation-in-action expeditions has students working alongside scientists on conservation projects supported by National Geographic, including marine mammal preservation in Mozambique and habitat restoration in the Pacific Northwest. Students should submit a photo and a short statement describing the photo and how it captures the essence of what exploration means to them. We’ll set up camp in the shelter of the old-growth forest, and then suit up for our first kayak excursion.
The entire island is part of the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest—the country’s largest national forest, and the largest remaining temperate rain forest on the planet.
Glide into the bay on a charter boat, passing between shores that were covered in ice just 200 years ago. The park is home to some seven tide­water glaciers, which descend from the surrounding mountains and shed icebergs of all shapes and sizes into the bay. We’ll catch the boat back to Gustavus, moving through the many habitats that compose the National Park.
Then, transfer to the airport for a charter flight back to Juneau to connect with your flight home. You'll explore fascinating, off-the-beaten-path places with top guides, and wherever possible, meet National Geographic experts in the field. This trip is suitable for beginners and experts alike (no previous sea kayaking experience is necessary). This is a true wilderness experience, and there are no showers, running water, or toilets while camping.
Guests should feel comfortable helping with tent set-up and take-down, dish clean-up, and kayak porterage. The February 2014 departure follows an alternate itinerary beginning in Yangon and including different activities in each destination.
Stop in Sagaing for a chance to photograph the gleaming white and gold pagodas that dot the hillside, and take panoramic shots of the view from Sunoo Ponya Shin Pagoda. Focus on the carvings of the Shwenandaw Monastery and the 729 chiseled marble slabs of Kuthodaw Pagoda, and go on a special photo shoot at Shwekyin Monastery to document monks at prayer. Today, more than 2,200 of these structures—from tiny stupas to towering temples—still dot the landscape.
After breakfast, attend a novice initiation ceremony for children preparing to become monks. At the Phaung Daw U Pagoda, zoom in on five Buddha images so smothered in gold leaf that they have lost all trace of their original forms. Play with depth-of-field and perspective on a visit to a colossal reclining Buddha that stretches more than 200 feet at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, dwarfing its worshippers, and examine royal artifacts at the National Museum.
Then venture into Old Rangoon, capturing the atmosphere in this fascinating time capsule where British colonial buildings stand alongside Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Hindu sites.
Whether you seek to journey across northern Spain aboard a classic train, explore the national parks of North America, photograph Machu Picchu at sunrise, or circle the world by private jet, you'll find an array of opportunities that fit your passions and interests. Join wildlife biologists on safari in southern Africa, encounter endangered mountain gorillas in the hills of Rwanda, or meet Maasai villagers in Tanzania.
Whether you’re strolling along China’s Great Wall, photographing the temples of Bhutan, or riding a horse across the Mongolian steppe, witness the interplay of modernity and tradition amid some of the world’s most iconic landscapes.
From the majestic fjords of New Zealand to the extraordinary marine wonders of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, delve into each destination and unlock its natural and cultural treasures. Against an idyllic tropical backdrop, the lively cultures of the Caribbean celebrate color, rhythm, and a unique heritage.
Traveling with National Geographic’s experts or guides, enjoy special access and fresh perspectives as you sail amid ancient islands and historic waterways, hike through age-old olive groves or Alpine meadows, or journey by train to medieval towns steeped in history. Traveling with our experts, gain insights into the history, geology, and wildlife of destinations including the Pacific Northwest, Alaska’s Inside Passage, Baja California, and our national parks. Our trips are designed to immerse you in the uniqueness of each destination, whether you're snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, exploring Machu Picchu with an archaeologist, or hiking the trails of Patagonia.
Our polar expeditions epitomize the spirit of exploration, whether you're searching for polar bears amid Svalbard's icescapes, kayaking Greenland's breathtaking fjords, or exploring the raw and untouched wilderness of Antarctica.
Traveling in the comfort of a private jet, explore legendary places from Angkor Wat and Easter Island to the Great Barrier Reef and the Taj Mahal.
Connect with Cubans of all backgrounds on this unique program, learning about their everyday lives and examining the forces that have shaped Cuban culture. Upon arrival in Havana, enjoy a brief driving tour of the city and head to the lively community arts program of Muraleando. Learn about the challenges and successes of historic preservation from a local expert, then set out into Old Havana to see centuries-old gems—and meet the Cubans who live and work in them. Then join sports journalists at the stadium where the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame was established and explore the historical and political importance of baseball here. Stroll along the main commercial street on a walking tour of the city, stopping to talk to cuentapropistas (self-employed workers) about the burgeoning private economy here. Set off along its cobblestoned streets, pausing at colorful houses along the way to meet artisans, antiques collectors, and longtime residents who have transformed their historic homes into guesthouses. Then attend a question-and-answer session with American author and Havana resident Marc Frank. He has authored guidebooks to Costa Rica, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Panama in the National Geographic Traveler series.
There is an additional holiday surcharge of $700 per person on the December 15 and 29, 2016 departures. The itinerary was designed to provide an in-depth cultural experience with numerous opportunities for meaningful interactions with Cubans. A full-time doctor, an undersea specialist, a photo instructor, a video chronicler, and a wellness specialist accompany every voyage; and Internet access and laundry service are available on board. Our Ecuadorian captain and officers welcome guests to the bridge in accordance with our "Open Bridge" policy. Single cabins in Category 2 are highlighted in bright pink and include cabins 124, 126, 127, and 205.


Single cabins in Category 1 and Category 3 include #301, 322, 323 and 512 and are highlighted in bright pink or bright blue on the deck plan. On the new Iceland trip, families will go spelunking in a massive cave system formed by lava and water, explore myths and mysteries at the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum and take a dip in a “hot pot,” a tub-sized natural hot spring. New to the lineup of photography workshops is a Prague workshop that will have students heading into the forests and medieval towns of Bohemia on photo shoots and curating their work for a public gallery opening. The grand prize is a summer 2014 photography workshop of the student’s choice — in London, Paris, San Francisco or Prague — including round-trip airfare and program tuition, valued at approximately $7,000. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 14 international editions.
Glaciers tumble down from high mountain slopes, scattering icebergs across inlets and bays.
Paddle along the wild coastline, discovering stunning rock formations, hidden coves, and empty beaches.
The glaciers here retreat—and in some cases advance—at some of the fastest rates in the world. Witness the dramatic sight of glaciers calving huge slabs of ice that crash into the water below. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Gustavus on your own before we celebrate our trip at a farewell dinner.
Please note that some activities and kayak routes are subject to change due to weather conditions or permit availability. Work on portraiture during a visit to a convent and a community school before we continue upriver to Inwa. Frame views of Mandalay and its moat from atop the city walls and then head to a gold-leaf workshop to photograph artisans plying their craft. Rise early for a sunrise shoot of this picturesque plain from the vantage of a temple terrace.
Take a Shan cooking class or photograph artisans at work at a silk weaving workshop before lunch in a floating house. Then encounter the glittering stupas of Shwedagon Pagoda, a soaring, gold-gilded temple tipped with more than 4,500 diamonds.
Venture deep into the rain forests of Costa Rica to discover an astonishing array of species, kayak amid the atolls of Belize’s barrier reef, or delve into the culture of Cuba through meaningful interactions with its people. Encounter celebrated archaeological treasures, diverse wildlife, natural wonders, and intriguing cultures—all in a single, extraordinary journey. From the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Old Havana and Trinidad to colonial Cienfuegos, meet historians and scientists, athletes and artists, entrepreneurs and musicians—and experience this fast-changing island nation through their eyes. Get to know artists, dancers, and musicians who have helped transform a downtrodden neighborhood into a living work of art.
After lunch, join local youth and their teachers who are carrying on the traditions of Afro-Cuban religion, dance, and music.
At the prestigious Benny More Art School, watch students perform music and dance, view their artwork, and hear the stories of these talented youth and their teachers. One such man is Julio Munoz, a photographer and union representative for the self-employed, whose family appeared in an October 1999 National Geographic magazine article. After lunch, focus on sports and their importance in Cuban culture during a discussion with local athletes. On our way back to Havana, pay a visit to Finca Vigia, the former home of Ernest Hemingway. Meet with Marc and a Cuban journalist to discuss their perspectives on Cuba’s past, present, and future. He is also the author of the award-winning Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba, published by National Geographic Adventure Press.
It is available by subscription, on newsstands in the United States and Canada, and digitally for tablets. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 60 destinations across all seven continents.
Ferns and moss carpet the floor of the ancient Tongass Forest, and waters rich with salmon and nutrients lure wildlife of every sort, from humpback whales and sea otters to brown bears. Against a backdrop of snow-dusted peaks and thick evergreen forests, humpbacks flash their mighty tails, porpoise arc out of the water, and Steller's sea lions frolic in the shallows. Stop for a picnic and go for a walk in the cool shade beneath ancient spruces and hemlocks. See sea lions heaped together on the rocks, look for minke and killer whales, and spot puffins and other seabirds on an island where they come to nest.
Kayak along sparkling walls of ice and skirt magnificent icebergs that glow blue and green. Here, hop into horse-carts to visit Nan Myint Tower, Menu Ok-kyaung Monastery, and the teak Bagaya Monastery. After lunch, visit the home of a local artist to see his collection of old paintings and tapestries.
Enjoy an exhilarating photographic opportunity this afternoon: documenting a typical leg-rowers' boat race. Delve into race relations and other issues during a meeting and short film screening with Afro-Cuban filmmakers.
At his colonial-era house, learn about his private businesses, such as his bed-and-breakfast, and hear about his program promoting equine care. The director of the museum joins us to share a Cuban perspective on Hemingway’s strong connection to the Cuban people. His more than 20 other books include the coffee-table book Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles.
Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars.
Exploring from the intimate perspective of your kayak, encounter the forests and shores of beautiful Chichagof Island close up.
Skim along the island’s shores, taking time to find and observe the exciting wildlife here. Once we arrive in the upper glacial reaches of the park, we’ll switch to sea kayaks and paddle off into the pristine, icy wilderness. He has written for more than 200 publications, from National Geographic Traveler to Newsweek, and has been an invited speaker at National Geographic headquarters, the National Press Club, and the World Affairs Council, among other prestigious organizations. The National Geographic Travel digital group offers inspiring and authoritative digital travel and adventure content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps. National Geographic Travel Books bring readers curated travel advice and inspiration. Venture far into Glacier Bay and spend three days paddling through this otherworldly wilderness of ice and mountains. With our naturalist guides, learn about the unique vegetation that has recolonized the land after the retreat of the ice. Gather with our photographer on deck for a sunset photo shoot as we cruise back to Mandalay. Christopher has been profiled in USA Today and featured on the National Geographic Channel, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and dozens of other radio and TV outlets.
Catch the sunrise on the stupa-studded plains of Bagan, and photograph fishermen poling past the floating gardens of Inle Lake.



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