Wildlife/Nature

It's often said we don't truly appreciate something until we lose it. As the fragility of our natural world becomes more evident, we find ourselves increasingly drawn to places where we can reconnect with the earth, no longer just spectators, but a part of the planet. With little control over the experience, contact with untamed wildlife is a gift, a blessing, and a humbling reminder of how removed from nature our lives have become.

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Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX)

Antarctica, South America Falkland Islands, Antarctica, Argentina

Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. This 21-day voyage illuminates Ernest Shackleton’s legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. You’ll visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton’s final resting place – the wildlife-rich island of South Georgia. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

Highlights: Meet hardy locals and spot unique wildlife in the Falkland Islands, explore abandoned whaling stations and visit Shackleton’s grave, walk quietly amongst king penguins and watching them surf onto the beach, learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts, spot whales and seals while cruising past icebergs aboard Zodiacs, set foot on the continent of Antarctica

21 days
From $13999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Canary Islands, Sierra Leone

From the M/S 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. The second leg of the 32-day West Africa Cruise, this 17-day trip focuses prominently on the roots of the West African slave trade with numerous chances for cultural and natural interaction in port cities and nature preserves along the coast. On-board activities range from open-air painting lessons on the deck to sommelier-led wine-tastings featuring top South African vintages.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, observe wildlife up close, explore local markets and colonial architecture in historic ports, visit remote archipelagos via Zodiac. Interact with our expert expedition team while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.

17 days
From $9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)

Africa Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Togo, Congo, Namibia, Benin

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.

18 days
From $9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands (XVGFSX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina, Uruguay

Challenge. Desolation. Unlimited wonder. It’s not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to Antarctica. Get a personal appreciation for the struggle to tame the bottom of the world on this 22-day adventure to the land than entranced Ernest Shackleton and countless others since. Down here, you’ll explore the Falkland Islands, encounter abandoned whaling stations on South Georgia Island, and pay your respects at Shackleton’s grave. Elsewhere, you’ll catch up with penguins (king, chinstrap, and gentoo varieties) and learn all about them through daily lectures, get close to whales and cavorting seals from a Zodiac boat, and keep an eye peeled for towering icebergs and massive glaciers. Prepare to be astonished.

Highlights: Meet hardy locals and seeing unique wildlife in the Falkland islands, explore abandoned whaling stations and visiting Shackleton’s grave, walk quietly amongst king penguins and watching them surf into the beach, learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts, spot whales and seals while cruising through icebergs on Zodiacs, set foot on the continent of Antarctica

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of South Africa, Zambia & Botswana (DSHO)

Africa Zambia, Botswana, South Africa

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

22 days
From $7299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS)

Australia / Pacific New Zealand, Australia

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

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $7199
$8999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Australia in Style (OAIS)

Australia / Pacific Australia

It's tough to cover all of Australia in a single trip, but believe us, we've tried. This three-week extravaganza incorporates all the absolute must-do bits of Australia into one legendary—yet stress-free—adventure. From the bustling cities dotting the coast to Australia’s burgeoning wine country, from the outback and iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the beach, the Great Barrier Reef and even the legendary dreamtime itself, you’ll leave no stone unturned on this trip. And don’t concern yourself with logging weary road miles, either—we’ll connect the dots with internal flights and historic train journeys to keep you cozy and unstressed throughout.

Highlights: Learn to surf with a local in Byron Bay, relax on a full-day sailing trip in the Whitsunday Islands, experience the Red Centre and witness the majesty of Uluru at sunrise, sample iconic Australian wines at their source, marvel at the Twelve Apostles while driving the Great Ocean Road

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $6799
$8499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari (DSKB)

Africa Zambia, Botswana, South Africa

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

19 days
From $6599
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Amazon to the Andes & Galapagos, Western Islands (PA10HA)

South America Galapagos, Amazon, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru, Ecuador

Experience the iconic highlights of South America in one incredible adventure. Hike the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, explore the steamy Amazon from the comfort of our intimate G Lodge Amazon, spend seven nights exploring the Galápagos aboard the Daphne and snorkel the waters of the Galápagos. Our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value and in Peru, we run our own treks, ensuring the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to majestic Machu Picchu.

Highlights: Explore the Sacred Valley, trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife in the Amazon, seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Daphne, snorkel with sea lions and search for sea turtles in secluded bays, land on seldom-visited Fernandina Island.

21 days
From $6199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Full Ecuador (EF10HB)

South America Amazon, Galapagos, Ecuador

Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out—from the Andes to the islands and miss nothing in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend a week exploring the islands aboard Daphne. Our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value—there’s no better way to explore the region.

Highlights: Eight days cruising and swimming the Galápagos Islands by yacht, soaking in hot springs, feeling like a local on a Quichua homestay, encountering wildlife in the Amazon, shopping at the Otavalo Market.

24 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Southwest Highlights (NUNL)

North America United States

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

22 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ)

Asia Japan, China

Explore two ancient nations in 18 well-packed days on this unique journey that takes you from the epic lengths of the Great Wall of China to the poetic views of Mt Fuji. You'll face an army of Terracotta Warriors for an historical encounter you won't soon forget and spend nights in a traditional ryokan and a shukubo temple lodging for an authentic Japanese experience. Our CEOs will take you off the beaten track to reveal the cultural treasures of the region’s ancient sites.

Highlights: Experience the contrast between cultures, meet the ancient Terracotta Warriors, cross the East China Sea, get a bird's-eye view of Mt Fuji from a cable car, stay in a traditional ryokan

18 days
From $4799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Kailash Saga Dawa Festival (ACSF)

Asia Nepal, China, Tibet

Journey overland to Tibet and cross the ‘roof of the world’ to Kailash—Asia's most sacred mountain—in time for the amazing Saga Dawa Festival. You'll join pilgrims and celebrate the renewal of the Tarboche flagpole, then embark on a demanding multi-day trek around the holy mountain which is said to bring good luck to whomever completes it. Explore Lhasa and experience unparalleled vistas of Mt Everest at its base camp. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries and the colourful markets of Kathmandu, this adventure truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Highlights: Witness pilgrims replace the Tarboche flagpole, hike the ancient Kailash kora, visit spectacular palaces and incredible monuments, arrive at Everest Base Camp

21 days
From $4799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Tanzania Encompassed (DTTE)

Africa Tanzania, Kilimanjaro

Summit, safari and relax on the beach—this is an all-in-one adventure for those seeking the ultimate African experience. As a world leader in Kilimanjaro treks, we’ll help you conquer Africa’s highest peak and then show you the world’s best game parks. Small groups and safari vehicles not only allow for a more authentic travel experience, but ensure great views so that you’ll be able to capture the perfect shot of some of the most amazing animals on the planet—Africa’s elusive Big Five. Finish up your adventure on the historic and alluring spice island of Zanzibar and take in the beauty of its pristine beaches.

Highlights: Conquer Africa's highest peak, search for the Big Five in the Serengeti, dance with the Masai, meet local artisans and sample traditional cuisine, inhale the aromas of a Zanzibar spice plantation

17 days
From $4699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
5

Patagonia Dreaming (SAPD)

South America Argentina, Chile, Patagonia

For outdoor enthusiasts who have a bit more time to explore the region's stunning natural beauty, this comprehensive adventure takes in Chile and Argentina's Patagonia. Explore Bariloche and wind through the mountains to Chile's lake district, then head south and trek extensively through some of South America’s premier hiking destinations. With ample time in Torres del Paine, you’ll also encounter the Perito Moreno Glacier and trek Glacier National Park before heading to the 'end of the Earth' – Ushuaia.

Highlights: Explore the Lake District, trek the 'W Route' in Torres del Paine, marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier, reach the 'end of the Earth' in Ushuaia, feel sophisticated in Buenos Aires

Promotions Available! 19 days
From $4377
$5149
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)

Asia, Europe China, Russia, Mongolia

From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in Mongolian ger tents and in a cozy Russian homestay. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

Highlights: Explore the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walk along the Great Wall of China, ride the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forests, stay in a local village on Lake Baikal, admire the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $4229
$4699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB)

South America Amazon, Galapagos, Ecuador

Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out – from the Andes to the islands and everything in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend three nights exploring the islands aboard our comfortable yacht, the Daphne. As one of the biggest tour operators in the islands, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value – there’s no better way to explore the region.

Highlights: Relax in Andean hot springs, spend the night with a local Quichua family, search for wildlife in the Amazon Jungle, swim and snorkel in the Galápagos Islands, encounter unique wildlife found nowhere else on the planet, explore colonial cities and hike up volcanoes

20 days
From $3849
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

East Africa Overland (DUAE)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

From the incomparable wildlife of Uganda to the source of the Nile and onto the sunny beaches of Zanzibar, journey overland across East Africa on this thrilling 3-week adventure. Track mountain gorillas through remote forest for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and pursue the elusive Big Five across open savannah on an unforgettable game drive. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Discover the diversity of wildlife, landscape and people on your journey through these fascinating countries.

Highlights: Track the Big Five in three different ecosystems, meet mountain gorillas, tempt fate with adrenaline-inducing activities, view wildlife in our 4x4 safari vehicles in Tanzania, discover Zanzibar's spice plantations and crystal-clear waters.

22 days
From $3799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
4

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

Asia China

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

17 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (DAFD)

Africa Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa

This 18-day journey through four African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the region’s diversity. Explore the Okavango Delta by dug-out mokoro canoe, marvel at the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert and meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the hassles and planning while you recharge in hotels, bushmen huts, camps and farm stays for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience you'll forever treasure.

Highlights: Marvel at Fish River Canyon, explore giant sand dunes and Victoria Falls, track the Big Five, take game walks and dug-out canoe rides

18 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
21 days
From $13999

Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX)

17 days
From $9999

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

18 days
From $9999

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $6799
$8499

Australia in Style (OAIS)

19 days
From $6599

Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari (DSKB)

24 days
From $4999

Full Ecuador (EF10HB)

22 days
From $4999

Southwest Highlights (NUNL)

18 days
From $4799

Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ)

21 days
From $4799

Kailash Saga Dawa Festival (ACSF)

17 days
From $4699

Tanzania Encompassed (DTTE)

Promotions Available! 19 days
From $4377
$5149

Patagonia Dreaming (SAPD)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $4229
$4699

Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)

20 days
From $3849

Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB)

22 days
From $3799

East Africa Overland (DUAE)

17 days
From $3499

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

18 days
From $3499

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (DAFD)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX) 21 days Marine N/A
From $13999
West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX) 17 days Marine N/A
From $9999
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX) 18 days Marine N/A
From $9999
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands (XVGFSX) 22 days Marine N/A
From $9999
Highlights of South Africa, Zambia & Botswana (DSHO) 22 days Comfort Upgraded
From $7299
Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS) 22 days Comfort Upgraded
From $7199
$8999
Australia in Style (OAIS) 21 days Comfort Upgraded
From $6799
$8499
Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari (DSKB) 19 days Comfort Upgraded
From $6599
Amazon to the Andes & Galapagos, Western Islands (PA10HA) 21 days Classic Standard
From $6199
Full Ecuador (EF10HB) 24 days Classic Standard
From $4999
Southwest Highlights (NUNL) 22 days Classic Standard
From $4999
Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ) 18 days Classic Standard
From $4799
Kailash Saga Dawa Festival (ACSF) 21 days Classic Standard
From $4799
Tanzania Encompassed (DTTE) 17 days Classic Basic
From $4699
Patagonia Dreaming (SAPD) 19 days Active Standard
From $4377
$5149
Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM) 21 days Classic Standard
From $4229
$4699
Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB) 20 days Classic Standard
From $3849
East Africa Overland (DUAE) 22 days Yolo Camping
From $3799
The Silk Road of China (ACSR) 17 days Classic Standard
From $3499
Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (DAFD) 18 days Classic Standard
From $3499