WASHINGTON (Sept. 27, 2007)– For more than a century National Geographic has explored the world through its publications, television programs, products, interactive resources and, in recent years, its popular travel program National Geographic Expeditions. Now, National Geographic presents a more personal travel experience with the launch of National Geographic Private Journeys, geared for travelers who want the option to travel on their own or with family and friends instead of a larger group.
“Private Journeys allows our travelers to explore the world with National Geographic — on their own schedule,” said Lynn Cutter, senior vice president, Travel and Business Development, at National Geographic. “We’ve worked with our experts to craft itineraries for 15 extraordinary places around the globe. Once you select the journey and the dates you want to travel, we do the rest –from lining up first-rate local guides and top accommodations to arranging visits with National Geographic experts in the field.”
On a Private Journey, travelers have access to special events and research sites, private visits with National Geographic contacts and opportunities to get to know local people and learn about their daily life. In Tanzania, travelers could meet Sarah Durant, a National Geographic grantee and the head of the Cheetah Conservation Program. In Vietnam, they may take a walking tour of Hue with Jim Sullivan, author of the National Geographic Traveler guidebook to Vietnam, and in Istanbul, they could go behind the scenes with National Geographic magazine’s local expert Aydin Kudu.
National Geographic has teamed up with the highly regarded tour operator Abercrombie & Kent to offer these 15 Private Journeys. Whether travelers choose to explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro (canoe), ride a rickshaw through India’s breathtaking Keoladeo Ghana National Park or take a private tour of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, they’ll enjoy an enriching travel experience as well as round-the-clock support.
Each itinerary balances planned explorations with ample time for travelers to explore on their own and take advantage of the spontaneous moments that can make a trip especially memorable. Abercrombie & Kent’s extensive network of on-the-ground staff provides 24-hour support and logistical coordination to help travelers fully experience the destination. In preparation for the journey, materials including books, maps and/or videos produced by National Geographic, are sent in advance to provide valuable background information on the location and culture.
Private Journey destinations include Alaska, Botswana & Victoria Falls, Budapest/Vienna/Prague, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Italy, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Scotland, Tanzania, Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam and Turkey. For more information or to receive a copy of the 2008 National Geographic Private Journeys travel catalog, call
(866) 572-1563 or visit www.nationalgeographicprivatejourneys.com.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 300 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; school publishing programs; interactive media; merchandise; and travel program. In addition to National Geographic Private Journeys, National Geographic Travel operates National Geographic Expeditions, with more than 60 group expeditions to all seven continents. These trips are accompanied by top National Geographic experts — anthropologists, explorers, naturalists and photographers — whose insider perspectives enrich each travel experience. All proceeds from National Geographic Expeditions and National Geographic Private Journeys support National Geographic missions programs. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.