Hike hut-to-hut through the rugged peaks and wildflower-studded alpine meadows of Triglav National Park in a remote corner of Slovenia's spectacular Julian Alps. Jutting 9,000' into the sky and plunging to the warm Adriatic coast, footpaths wend their way through jaw-dropping scenery among turquoise blue lakes and bucolic highland pastures connecting wood-shuttered trekking huts that serve up hearty soups, fresh bread and local cheeses. This is quintessential European trekking with far fewer hikers than their Austrian and Italian neighbors. Arriving in lovely Ljubljana, you explore castles and medieval villages, capture the glistening sunlight over Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, sample some of Slovenia's finest wines and gastronomy, and discover memorials to the largest mountain battle in human history on the Isonzo front of WWI memorialized by Hemingway in A Farewell To Arms. Enjoy opportunities for independent exploration, reflection, and optional adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Soca River Valley. This itinerary is flexible and you can extend your trip to the Adriatic on the Istrian Peninsula, south to Croatia, or west to Venice.
Trek to the hidden 'Rose-Red City' of Petra along ancient footpaths through a spectacular desert, wadis (canyons), and jagged mountain terrain with native Jordanian guides who have spent their lives exploring this region. This five-day trek begins at Dana village with a hike to the serene Feynan Lodge in the Dana Nature Reserve, finally concluding with arrival to the impressive Monastery via the back door of Petra—a route few travelers ever see, and one that enables Wildland Adventurers to explore this incredible site early in the day, almost exclusive of other tourists. This trek to Petra is fully outfitted with overnight accommodations in comfortable tented camps, and hearty meals made from local ingredients from farms and herdsman in the region. Beyond trekking to Petra, we explore cosmopolitan Amman, watch the sun set behind the towering mountains and brilliant red dunes of Wadi Rum, and relax and rejuvenate in the saline waters of the Dead Sea.
Follow an astonishing evolutionary path through one of the world's biodiversity hotspots harboring an exotic array of fantastic creatures, epic landscapes, and a blended Malagasy culture of Malayo-Indonesian and African-Arab ancestry. Designed for intrepid wildlife enthusiasts, this active Madagascar adventure reveals dozens of lemur species, camouflaged chameleons, rare birds, and distinctive frogs as you traverse a cross-section of the "8th continent" through the rainforests of the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and Perinet Reserve, to the endless beaches, baobabs and spiny forests of the arid south. Accommodations are carefully selected for comfort, Malagasy charm, and access to nature reserves and native communities. Within this intense kaleidoscope of nature, pass through rural farmlands and small communities learning about Madagascar's socio-economic and environmental challenges, and experience the daily life and customs of the indigenous Antandroy tribe, hardly touched by development. Throughout this adventure, you are accompanied by local naturalist guides in each region.
Our Water for Hwange Safari is a special opportunity to be immersed into a symbiosis of incredible wildlife viewing, village life, community development, and hands-on conservation efforts working alongside rangers and scientists on the front lines of wildlife protection. Designed for travelers to venture beyond game drives and photo shoots of the big five, you'll begin to understand the opportunities of safeguarding wildlife to secure better lives for local people who used to struggle with elephants that ate their crops and lions that killed their livestock. In addition, we've added a commitment of giving back as part of this conservation safari and the price of this safari includes a $500 tax-deductible donation to our non-profit Travelers Conservation Trust Foundation that dedicates 100% of contributions directly to support the communities you visit. So, just by coming on this trip you are already supporting conservation of Hwange National Park and the surrounding communities.
Delve into the secrets of ancient Egypt on this intimate, in-depth-yet-flexible Nile Valley tour aboard a 14-berth, traditional Dahabeya sailing boat. Witness time-honored everyday life – farmers clad in blue galabeya tunics plowing their fields with oxen, or villagers going about their daily rituals along the banks of the ancient river. Discover Pharaonic temples, magnificent monuments, lost cities, and found treasures in the company of professional Egyptologist guides who travel with you from start to finish, sharing their enthusiasm and passion for the culture by taking you off the beaten track and providing rural village discoveries and delightful encounters with the local people. Your adventure begins in Cairo, where you visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and connect with modern Egyptian society at a home-hosted family dinner. Propelled by gentle winds, you then follow the path of the Pharaohs, leisurely sailing the Nile River from Aswan to Luxor, in comfort and luxury while enjoying top-notch service. Unforgettable excursions along the way include a hot air balloon flight over the Valleys of the Kings and the Queens, and a scenic plane flight over the archaeological site of Abu Simbel and the Aswan High Dam.
Journey by land and air through the vast canvas of Egyptian history following the path of pharaohs, queens and kings into the desert and along the Nile to the most astonishing Phaoronic temples, lost cities and magnificent monuments. Learned Egyptologist guides bring these ancient relics to life, recounting the mysterious expansion, chaos, inspiration and tragedy of continuous civilizations that cultivated the land and culture of Egypt today. Traveling by private car and local flights, you discover the greatest archaeological sites, notably including the classic Great Pyramids at Giza, Abu Simbal, Valleys of the Kings and Queens in Luxor, and the temples of Kom Ombu, Edfu, Luxor and Karnak. A window into the vibrant culture of modern Egypt and its role in the Middle East is revealed in discussions with your guide exploring the age-old bazaars, backstreets, mosques, and museums of Cairo, dining at home with a modern family, and experiencing daily life in rural Nubian villages you visit.
Explore Costa Rica's hidden beaches and wild rainforests on this off-the-beaten-path tropical adventure for families and active adult travelers. Every day you are on or near the water with plentiful opportunities to snorkel, kayak, paddle board and explore coastal waterways in search of sea turtles, dolphins and migrating whales. Fly to the remote La Paloma Ecolodge to hike on jungle trails in the rainforests of the Osa Peninsula in Corcovado National Park, alive with myriad tropical birds, monkeys and exotic wildlife. Then you journey from the far south by air, land and sea to reach Isla Chiquita, an island in the Gulf of Nicoya where you enjoy a glamping adventure in luxury tents and immerse yourself in raw nature soaking in the Costa Rican "Pura Vida" (Pure Life) tranquility from your waterfront hammock in the island breeze.
Discover the rainforests, wildlife, indigenous cultures, and Caribbean islands on our active Panama Family Adventure. Engage in traditional Embera rituals in an indigenous jungle village, listen for howler monkeys on a jungle boat adventure, hike in search of colorful toucans in the rainforests, kayak from sandy cayes and go snorkeling in clear Caribbean waters. In Panama City, witness huge ships passing through the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, and amble among the cobblestone streets of Casco Viejo in the old city where pirates once plundered gold transported from South America. Accommodations are a restored landmark hotel in the historic quarter of Panama City and a small ecolodge on a sandy Caribbean caye.
Journey in luxuriant style into India's wild and culturally-rich states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Seek out tigers and sloth bears on safari in the jungles that inspired Kipling's The Jungle Book and roam the diverse desert habitats, villages and ancient spiritual sites where leopards can also be found in the rocky kopjes habitat. In Mumbai you transcend time from the 5th century Elephanta Caves to the modern streets of Bollywood. Dine with an Indian family in Jodhpur, and imagine life as Indian royalty at the lake palace of Udaipur. In the furthest realm of the Thar Desert you can walk through the living fort of Jaisalmer and toast to the majesty and incredible diversity of India on a private camel ride in the dunes for sundowners. Accommodations include luxe desert and jungle camps reminiscent of royal caravans, restored havelis of former aristocracy that exude charm and grandeur, and the prestigious Taj Mahal Palace overlooking the Gateway of India.
The luxurious M/V Theory comes to us from a family with a long seafaring history in the Galapagos Islands. The yacht weds an extraordinary level of comfort, cuisine, and expertise with the highest goals of sustainability. From the concierge service to top-notch naturalist guides, to state-of-the-art equipment and furnishings, the Theory bring a new understanding of "evolution" to the Galapagos Islands. Explore the fascinating blend of Indian and Spanish culture in Quito, South America's oldest capital city and designated UN World Heritage Site, and voyage among the unique Galapagos Islands. Discover plants and animals unique to particular islands as you travel throughout the archipelago. Our expert naturalist guides explain how these species have evolved and adapted over time. During an 8 day cruise you will visit the major wildlife sites, including some of the more remote outer islands. Meet exotic and bizarre wildlife as you venture among cinder cones, lava flows, white and black sand beaches, and rocky cliffs and cool off snorkeling in clear equatorial waters.
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