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AFRICAN
SAFARI
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ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION CRUISE
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GALÁPAGOS
+ PERU
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EUROPEAN
BARGE CUISE

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ANTARCTICA

EXPEDITION CRUISE

Explore Antarctica aboard a luxurious expedition ship. Encounter this truly awe-inspiring part of the planet, in-depth, with a crew of experts. Their knowledge and passion for Antarctica will make this once-in-a-lifetime experience truly exceptional.

 
WHAT TO EXPECT
  • Encounter iconic penguins, leopard seals, and marine mammals.

  • Cruise on Zodiac vessels to get up close and personal with the local landscape and wildlife.

  • Hike on the continent with an experienced ice team.

  • Kayak among icebergs.

  • Learn fascinating information from your on-board experts. 

  • Return home with incredible photos to keep your iconic memories alive.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1

Embark ship in Ushuaia, Argentina.
 

Day 2

At Sea/Drake Passage.
 

Day 3-8

Explore Antarctica. The daily itinerary is flexible in order to take full advantage of unpredictable wildlife sightings and desirable conditions for activities, like hiking and kayaking among the ice floes.
 

Day 9-10

At sea
 

Day 11

Disembark ship in Ushuaia, Argentina

WHY WE CONSIDER THIS TRAVEL THAT MATTERS

 

From rare wildlife sightings to legendary landscapes to mind-blowing knowledge, you are guaranteed to come away from this experience truly impressed and inspired.

 

There are many factors to consider when choosing an expedition cruise. We can provide all of the important information to help you make the best decision for you.

 

EUROPEAN BARGE CRUISE

Slow down and see Europe from a different perspective when you travel down canals and small rivers on an intimately charming barge. Hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury, explore the countryside, visit historical treasures and enjoy daily activities – and you only have to unpack once.

WHAT TO EXPECT
  • Cruise at a gentle pace along idyllic waterways not accessible by larger vessels.

  • Explore medieval towns and historic sites with expert guides in an exceptionally small group.

  • Enjoy fine dining prepared by your on-board chef.

  • Taste local wines and beers.

  • Take the opportunity to hike or bike along the way.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1

Krafft

Welcome aboard.

 

Day 2

Krafft to Strasbourg

Petite France, the small area between the rivers, is home to some of Strasbourg's most charming and photogenic boulevards.

 

Day 3

Strasbourg to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

Discover the secrets of producing such wines as Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling.

 

Day 4

Waltenheim-sur-Zorn to Saverne

Admire the Chateau de Rohan, well known as the Versailles of Alsace.

 

Day 5

Saverne to Lutzelbourg

Discover more than 500 superb examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco crystal at the Rene Lalique museum. 

 

Day 6

Lutzelbourg to Niderviller

Cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels, and then descend the Arzviller Boat Lift, a unique nautical elevator.

 

Day 7

Niderviller

Say farewell.

WHY WE CONSIDER THIS TRAVEL THAT MATTERS

 

Even if you have visited Europe many times, this experience will give you access to people and places you don’t normally get to see, and at a pace that is much more in-depth and enriching. The barge’s small size also makes it an excellent option for creating a private experience. Fill the barge with friends and family, and you’ll share a journey to remember. 

 

Believe it or not, there are numerous hotel barges that cruise throughout Europe. Based on your needs and desires, we can match you with the destination and vessel that is perfect for you.

GALÁPAGOS + PERU

Experience the unique and exciting wildness of the Galápagos Islands balanced with the cultural and spiritual magic of Machu Picchu and the Land of the Inca.

 
WHAT TO EXPECT
  • Have up-close encounters with incredible wildlife in the Galápagos Islands – both above and below the water. Legendary for their lack of fear, the unique birds, reptiles and sea mammals will treat you like you’re just one of the gang.

  • See daybreak -- with only a handful of visitors -- over the ruins at Machu Picchu.

  • Discover Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, and explore the Sacred Valley, including the massive stone fortress of Ollantaytambo

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1

Embark ship in Guayaquil, Ecuador

 

Day 2-7

Each day, explore the islands and their remarkable wildlife. The exact routing depends on the National Park Service, and the day-to-day itinerary is somewhat flexible to take advantage of conditions or wildlife activity and photo ops.

 

Day 8

Disembark ship in Guayaquil and travel to Lima, Peru

 

Day 9

Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Inca

Fly over the Andes to Cusco. Upon arrival, drive through the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley to Moray – a visually stunning Inca site known for its agricultural terraces. After lunch, you may choose to experience a local market.

 

Day 10

Sacred Valley

Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and culture of the Sacred Valley. Continue to Ollantaytambo where massive stone walls stand sentry over a thriving Inca community. Visit a working, family-owned hacienda and learn about Inca weaving traditions.

 

Day 11

Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Board the morning train to Machu Picchu and enjoy your stay at the historic Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, located next to the World Heritage site. Explore the iconic site over the two days in the company of local guides, and linger after day-visitors are long gone.

 

Day 12

Machu Picchu/Cusco

Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, where you can choose to take an early hike to the Sun Gate before returning to Cusco.

 

Day 13

Cusco

In the morning, explore the treasures of Cusco. Then, visit nearby Sacsayhuaman, where impressive terrace walls command views over the city. In the afternoon, relax, shop or visit Cusco's many churches and museums. 

 

Day 14

Cusco/Lima

Return to the coastal city of Lima – Peru’s capital – and take part in a tour that includes unique opportunities to interact with the local culture. 

 

Day 15

Return Home

WHY WE CONSIDER THIS TRAVEL THAT MATTERS

 

Each one of these locations is iconic and belongs on every person’s bucket list. If you have the time, we like the idea of combining them into one trip to give you a deeply enriching experience on multiple levels.

 

Planning visits to both Peru and Ecuador can be incredibly complicated. We can help you outline your priorities, from the experience you want to have, to your budget, to the time you want to spend in each location, so we can recommend the best approach for you.

 

AFRICAN SAFARI - TANZANIA

 With the highest concentration of animals in the world, Tanzania is the perfect place to see majestic animals in their natural habitat. By joining a small group safari, you can explore the Serengeti with expert guides while staying in luxurious tented camps in remote, pristine areas of Tanzania.

WHAT TO EXPECT
  • Spectacular safari drives where you can view Big Game away from the crowds.

  • Search for tree-climbing lions and join a thrilling night safari in Lake Manyara National Park.

  • Experience the captivating beauty of the world’s largest intact caldera, Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Learn about the Maasai culture and their age-old customs.

  • Enjoy Sundowner cocktails and delicious meals.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1

Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania

 

Day 2

Lake Manyara National Park

Settle in to your luxury villa at the safari lodge. Then, join an expert safari guide on a bush walk and game drive. 

 

Day 3

Travel to Ngorongoro

First, visit the students and staff at a local school to gain insight into the challenges and rewards of Tanzanian life. Then, continue to a luxury safari camp in a prime location on the rim of the crater. After lunch, visit a Maasai village and learn from locals about Maasai culture.

 

Day 4

Wildlife on the Crater floor

Enjoy a spectacular game drive before other visitors have arrived on the crater floor. Search for the abundant wildlife, including rare species like black rhinos and cheetahs. 

 

 

Day 5

To Olduvai Gorge and the Central Serengeti

At Olduvai Gorge, learn about Louis and Mary Leakey and their famous fossil discoveries. Continue into the vast expanse of the Serengeti where the Big 5 and numerous other animals reside. Enjoy a game drive before returning to your exclusive camp.

 

Day 6

Hot air balloon safari above the Serengeti

Take advantage of the clear light of dawn to gain some altitude and get a unique perspective on the wildlife of the Serengeti. Touch back down for a champagne breakfast and a morning game drive. Then, later in the afternoon, head out again for more encounters with the abundant wildlife.

 

Day 7

Follow the game across the Serengeti

Explore the more remote regions of the Serengeti. Your camp’s setting affords unmatched game viewing at any time of year.

 

Day 8

Serengeti National Park

Experience another day of heart-pounding morning and afternoon game drives.

 

Day 9

Return to Arusha

Take part in an early morning game drive before beginning your journey home.

WHY WE CONSIDER THIS TRAVEL THAT MATTERS

 

From rare wildlife sightings to legendary landscapes to mind-blowing knowledge, you are guaranteed to come away from this experience truly impressed and inspired.

 

There are many factors to consider when choosing an expedition cruise. We can provide all of the important information to help you make the best decision for you.

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