Thirteen specially crafted itineraries have been added to National Geographic Expeditions’ extensive collection of journeys to the world’s most intriguing places. Travelers can now experience Madagascar’s exotic wildlife, Indochina’s Mekong River and the world’s longest train journey across the former Soviet Union with National Geographic as their guide. National Geographic researchers, photographers, filmmakers, writers and explorers lead these expeditions and share rare behind-the-scenes perspectives.
In addition to these new itineraries, National Geographic Expeditions continues to offer many of its most popular trips, including expeditions to the Galápagos Islands, Antarctica, Peru and Alaska. For a complete listing of 2005 expeditions, information on National Geographic’s unique travel opportunities, updates on new trips, special offers and reports from experts in the field, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/ngexpeditions. To receive a copy of the 2005 National Geographic Expeditions travel catalog or to book an expedition, call 1-888-966-8687.
New expeditions for 2005 include:
Tanzania and Zanzibar (Jan. 15-27, 2005; Jan. 17-29, 2005; Dec. 27, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006; Dec. 29, 2005-Jan. 10, 2006): Join wildlife biologist and National Geographic grantee Laurence Frank on a wildlife safari to Tanzania’s most spectacular game parks, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Lake Manyara during the Serengeti’s great annual wildebeest migration. On a visit to Olduvai Gorge, meet famed anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Meave Leakey. At Zanzibar, snorkel or sail in waters teeming with marine life, explore the island’s spice plantations and learn about the Swahili culture. An optional seven-day, pre-trip extension to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is available.
Sail from Madagascar to the Seychelles (March 19-April 1, 2005): This two-week expedition features two UNESCO World Heritage sites, private wildlife tours and some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. Travel with anthropologist and National Geographic grantee Pat Wright, whose discovery of the golden bamboo lemur in 1986 led to the establishment of Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park. Wright will organize private meetings with local experts and behind-the-scenes visits, and share her insider’s perspective throughout the journey. Set sail for the Comoros and Seychelles on board the luxury yacht Le Ponant. Explore the Aldabra coral atoll and snorkel around Assumption Island, where clear waters and abundant marine life have attracted Jacques Cousteau and other famed explorers.
Trans-Siberia Rail Journey (Sept. 16-Oct. 1, 2005): In Vladivostok, Russia, embark on a transcontinental adventure on the private Trans-Siberian Express, crossing eight time zones and one third of the world before reaching Moscow and experiencing the world’s longest train journey. National Geographic expert, writer and longtime authority on Russia, Fen Montaigne, provides insight into the region’s history from the wilds of Khabarovsk to the remote waters of Lake Baikal and the snow-capped peaks of the Ural Mountains.
Vietnam and Cambodia Along the Mekong River (Oct. 30-Nov. 15, 2005): Travel with National Geographic writer and filmmaker Karin Muller on a journey through Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the charming M.V. Mekong. Visit the historic quarter of Vietnam’s vibrant capital, Hanoi, and enjoy the classical French architecture of Ho Chi Minh City. Explore Phnom Penh’s spectacular Silver Pagoda and National Museum and discover the many temples of the Angkor complex, including the magnificent Angkor Wat. Cruise the great Mekong River, visit remote villages and view rice fields, water buffalo, lush orchards and river dolphins.
Venice and the Dalmatian Coast (Sept. 6-14, 2005): Sail along the Dalmatian coast from Venice to Dubrovnik aboard the intimate M.Y. Monet. Discover the birthplace of Marco Polo, the home of Roman Emperor Diocletian and the charming Croatian coastal towns. An expert in European history, National Geographic writer and historian Thomas B. Allen, shares his knowledge of the region’s intriguing history.
Spain to the Canary Islands (Nov. 2-15, 2005): Experience the magnificent four-masted yacht Sea Cloud as it sets sail along the coast of southern Spain, through the Strait of Gibraltar and on to Morocco and the Canary Islands. Discover the legendary city of Seville, the magnificent Alhambra in Granada, Casablanca’s Moorish influences, the animated street market of Marrakech and the Canary Islands’ stunning rock formations in Tenerife.
Explore the Land of the Ice Bears (July 17-27, 2005): Travel through the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, between Norway and the North Pole. Under the midnight sun, probe the ice in search of wildlife while aboard the M.S. Endeavour with National Geographic photographer and wildlife biologist Paul Nicklen. Keep an eye out for polar bears, walruses, whales, seals, foxes and reindeer. Experience firsthand the geology, wildlife and wildflowers of the tundra during hikes, while kayaking and on photo excursions throughout the expedition.
Greece Family Odyssey (July 20-30, 2005): Create lasting family memories while experiencing the beauty and history of Greece with classical historian Eleni Zachariou. Explore Athens and the Acropolis temples, sail through the Greek isles on the private yacht
S.V. Pantheon, snorkel in the Aegean waters, discover ancient archaeological sites and great antiquities and learn about the geology of the Cyclades. A children’s coordinator accompanies the expedition and arranges special hands-on activities for young explorers.
Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone (Feb. 5-10, 2005; Feb. 19-24, 2005): Experience the magic of Yellowstone in winter when the crowds are sparse but the wildlife is not. Join photographer and naturalist Sandra Nykerk, who has led numerous Yellowstone trips for National Geographic, as you search for mule deer, bison, bighorn sheep and gray wolves during Yellowstone’s quiet season. Doug Smith, wildlife biologist, leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project and participant in a National Geographic study on the impact of the restoration of wolves to the park, will join the group to discuss this restoration. Visit Mammoth’s colorful hot springs, the rolling meadows of Lamar Valley, the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and the steaming geysers around Old Faithful.
Copper Canyon and the Sea of Cortés (Jan. 7-15, 2005): Set sail on the Sea of Cortés aboard the Sea Bird and visit some of the most pristine islands in the Gulf of California. Swim, snorkel with sea lions and kayak in the crystal clear waters and survey local bird life with geologist, naturalist and bird-watcher Kitty Coley. Travel by train on the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad and ascend into the Sierra Madre Occidental Range to witness breathtaking views of mountain ranges and canyons. Explore the Copper Canyon and encounter the dwellings of the Tarahumara Indians.
National Geographic Digital Photography Workshops in Santa Fe (July 17-23, 2005, with Joe McNally; July 24-30, 2005, with Robb Kendrick): Specially designed for participants using digital SLR cameras, these weeklong photography workshops focus on enhancing digital imaging, downloading, saving, organizing, archiving images, and cropping, sizing and manipulating images on the computer. Santa Fe provides the inspirational backdrop. Top National Geographic photographers Joe McNally and Robb Kendrick will each lead a workshop.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER Photography Workshops in Spain and Scotland (Spain: May 8-16, 2005; Scotland: May 28-June 4, 2005): National Geographic Expeditions has teamed up with National Geographic Traveler magazine to offer two new photography workshops in Scotland and Spain designed for serious photographers. Go “on assignment” with National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey for nine days in and around Seville during El Rocio, one of Spain’s most colorful festivals. Or, join National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson in Scotland and capture the charm of the Isle of Skye. The Spain workshop is open to both film and digital photographers, while the Scotland workshop will focus on digital photography only.