The Silk Road of China (ACSR)
Geographically and culturally, Northwest China is about as far away from “traditional China” as you can get without crossing the border. The source of the Silk Road—the ancient trade route that helped create the modern world—is unlike anything you’ll find in Beijing or Xi'an, and this 17-day adventure takes you deep into the China few ever see. Otherworldly experiences abound: watch the sun rise over the dunes outside Dunhuang, explore the world of the Muslim Uyghurs, spend the night in traditional yurts near Urumqi, and venture into the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar. There’s more, of course, but we’ve got to keep a few secrets, right?
Highlights: Walk along two sections of the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, ride a camel through sand dunes, learn about the Uyghur culture, stay in a traditional Kazakh yurt, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar
Yeah, we’ve seen you perusing the Bali, Lombok and Java trips and thinking, “Why don’t they just put all three of them together?” Here you go: All the natural splendour, bustling cities, remote villages and exotic wildlife of Indonesia’s most popular territories in one convenient, 22-day bundle. Explore the volcanoes of Yogyakarta, endless rainforests, the rugged and untouched beauty of Lombok, bustling Jakarta and blissful Sanur’s white-sand beaches. The adventure of a lifetime is out there. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.
Highlights: Visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu in Lombok, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples in Bali and Buddhist sanctuaries in Java, lay eyes on active volcanoes
Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ)
A staggeringly beautiful land of volcanoes and tropical rainforest filled with all manner of unusual wildlife, the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java call out to explorers searching for something otherworldly. This adventure mixes close contact with orangutans and other endemic animals with encounters at coffee plantations, curiously European-like cities and dramatic landscapes, leaving you off to explore the famous Balinese beaches. Indonesia is like another planet, right here on Earth. Beam yourself up.
Highlights: Explore Bohorok National Park and meet the orangutans, watch the sunrise from the top of a volcano, relax on an island resort, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, take the train through the terraced rice fields of Java, visit a Buddhist sanctuary
Indochina Explorer (ATIC)
Past meets present in this fast-paced adventure that takes you from Bangkok to Hanoi and just about everywhere in between. With a busy culture richly steeped in tradition, there's always something to see or do on this journey through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, be it witnessing the daily rituals of monks, participating in an authentic Thai cooking class or taking cyclo rides through impossibly busy city streets. A series of included flights lets us cover more ground and take you on a whirlwind throughout Southeast Asia. Make sure you stay up late for the night markets, too!
Highlights: Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village, observe the daily life of monks and visit sacred temples, learn about Cambodian history (both ancient and modern), take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities, eat well while giving back at a Planeterra-supported training restaurant in Siem Reap
Backroads of Central America (CRSG)
Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery—from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and you rooted in local life.
Highlights: Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach, stroll through Antigua's colonial streets, explore Mayan ruins.
Egypt and Jordan Explorer (DPEX)
There's something indefinitely alluring about the mysteries of ancient Egypt. From the ruins to the mummies to the mythology behind the pyramids, this is a trip that no archaeology or history buff should miss. This 19-day trip is packed full of highlights of not just Egypt but of Jordan, including visits to Petra, Kerak Castle and the Dead Sea. With internal flights taken care of and comfortable accommodations awaiting you every night, you can sit back and focus on the ancient wonders hidden in the desert.
Highlights: Marvel at ancient Egyptian archaeological sites and ruins, savour a traditional dinner in a local family's home, visit a Planeterra-supported library project, explore ancient Petra with a local expert, overnight in a desert camp and learn about the ancient Bedouin culture
If watching nature shows on TV has gotten a little stale, try getting up close with the wildlife of Southern Africa instead. With a maximum group size of 9, you’ll immerse yourself in the best of Africa's wildlife, visiting the top national parks and private reserves of the region. We also explore the many different faces of culture. Have dinner with a local family, visit a local school project and participate in a homestay along the Chobe River. Prepare for amazement.
Highlights: Fall in love with cosmopolitan Cape Town, visit a Planeterra-supported school project, search for the Big Five on safari in Africa's premiere wildlife parks, feel the power of the great Victoria Falls and visit the dedicated G desk for optionals, snap photos of stunning African sunsets, enjoy a sundowner on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta
It's never too late to experience an authentic African safari - especially if it's right in the heart of some of Africa's most famous parks and wildlife reserves. This trip covers such storied locales as Kruger National Park, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and the Okavango Delta, and our small group size ensures you get the maximum amount of encounters with Africa's "Big Five". Top it off with unique accommodations; including luxury tented camps, a private home stay on the Chobe River and a 2-night houseboat stay in the Delta and you have a trip to satisfy anyone's need for adventure and comfort.
Highlights: Visit a Planeterra-supported school project, snap stunning photos of the Big Five on safari in open vehicle drives and boat excursions, feel the power of the great Victoria Falls and visit the G desk in Livingstone, enjoy African sunsets and a sundowner on a houseboat in the Okavango Delta, travel in a small group and get even closer to the wildlife
Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM)
As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 22 days. Make ‘em count! This comprehensive adventure across the Iberian Peninsula presents travellers with the chance to explore these two nations through their cuisine, architecture and idyllic countryside. Here, you’ll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San Sebastián and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europe’s greatest two-for-one deal!
Highlights: Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, devour tapas at a local haunt, relax on the Algarve coast, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life
Bats in Texas, aliens in Roswell, pretty much everything else in San Francisco—get off the well-worn tourist trail and really discover the south and west of the United States. After leaving fabulous New Orleans, you'll explore some of the most incredible natural wonders anywhere—the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite—then trade wildlife for the nightlife in Las Vegas. It's the ultimate roadtrip. Now, let's get rolling.
Highlights: Strol the streets of San Francisco, hike Yosemite National Park, try your luck in Las Vegas, savour a sunset at the Grand Canyon, learn about the Navajo culture.
Southwest Highlights (NUNL)
Time for a pop quiz: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, or Death Valley, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon? Correct answer: both! This incredible 22-day adventure starts fast and never lets up for a second, introducing you to the very best of the American West and much, much more. This trip offers an unbeatable blend of outdoors and big cities; encounter the unusual ‘hoodoos’ of Bryce Canyon National Park, take an optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, sample the local vintages in Santa Barbara and explore some of the West’s biggest and brightest cities. You’ll never want to go home.
Highlights: Meet the Navajo in stunning Monument Valley, marvel at the Grand Canyon, hike in the beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, roll the dice in Las Vegas, drive the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to SF
Australia Encompassed (OAAE)
Sydney, Melbourne, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays – your crash course in Australia starts now. Over 25 days’ time, you’ll head up the East Coast (and participate in wine tastings, gold panning and sheep shearing), fly to Alice Springs, then go down south to Kings Canyon, Uluru and Adelaide just to name a few destinations. The Great Ocean Road will eventually lead you to Melbourne, and a wide variety of accommodations and transport along the way will keep things exciting. With a competitive price and small tour group, there’s never been a better time to discover the Land Down Under.
Highlights: Taste wine in two different wine producing areas, sleep under the stars and at a sheep station, island hop through the Whitsundays, marvel at the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset
Australia or New Zealand? Do both! There’s never been a better time to get a taste of the world Down Under, and on this adventure, you’ll do so via trains, canopy cable cars, and private yachts. There’ll be no lack of sights to see as you explore Sydney and Auckland, walk around iconic Uluru, visit Aboriginal villages, and participate in wine tastings in the Barossa Valley. Add in an overnight wilderness cruise and you’ve got yourself a trip that memories are made of.
Highlights: Learn about Aboriginal and Maori myths and traditions with local experts, ride the rails on 3 historic trains, explore the rainforest by foot and canopy cable car, learn how your favourite wines get from vine to glass, revitalize yourself in geothermal pools, enjoy an overnight cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound in search of wildlife, cover more ground with included internal flights
Active New Zealand (ONAP)
If you're travelling to New Zealand, you wouldn't want to have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from in each country, then you want to make the most of the chance to lose your breath. Across three weeks on two islands you can hike, kayak, cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.
Highlights: Cycling through Karangahake gorge. Traditional Hangi dinner. Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk. Jet boat and canoeing along Whanganui River. Wild food dinner. Te Papa Museum. Ferry crossing to South Island. Water taxi to Abel Tasman. Sea kayak in Abel Tasman. Trek in Paparoa National Park. Cruise on Milford Sound. Cycling the Otago Rail Trail.
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of land and sea travel, this adventure is for you. Once you’re on board our comfortable Amazon riverboat, you’ll experience a unique once-in-a-lifetime cruise – including exotic wildlife, local culture and more! But it doesn’t stop there – after the jungle, Machu Picchu awaits. The “lost city of the Incas” will provide majestic ruins and striking views of the Peruvian mountain. Choose to take part in an optional hike up the Inca Trail, or if you prefer something a little more relaxing, there’s always the chance to enjoy the train.
Highlights: Take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and the Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op.
People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either.
Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Explore bustling local markets and colonial architecture in historic West African ports, Gain insight into the region's modern history, Interact with our expert expedition team, wine taste while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.
The Silk Road of China (ACSR)
Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ)
Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM)
Southwest Highlights (NUNL)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|The Silk Road of China (ACSR)||17 days||Classic||Standard||
|Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL)||22 days||Classic||Standard||
|Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ)||16 days||Classic||Standard||
|Indochina Explorer (ATIC)||18 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Backroads of Central America (CRSG)||18 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Egypt and Jordan Explorer (DPEX)||19 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Highlights of South Africa, Zambia & Botswana (DSHO)||22 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari (DSKB)||19 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM)||22 days||Classic||Standard||
|New Orleans to San Francisco Road Trip (NUNF)||16 days||Yolo||Camping||
|Southwest Highlights (NUNL)||22 days||Classic||Standard||
|Australia Encompassed (OAAE)||25 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS)||22 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Active New Zealand (ONAP)||21 days||Active||Basic||
|Amazon Riverboat Adventure & Machu Picchu Explorer (PXIIA)||16 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)||18 days||Marine||N/A||