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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West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Canary Islands, Togo, Sierra Leone, 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 before wrapping it all up in enchanting Marrakech. 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

Promotions Available! 32 days
From $13599
$16999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
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

22 days
From $8999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
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.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $8499
$9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
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 game drives and boat safaris, feel the power of the great Victoria Falls, 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

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, snap photos of stunning African sunsets, enjoy a sundowner at a homestay and on a houseboat in Botswana

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $6204
$7299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Family Galapagos - Northern and Central Islands (EV10GBF)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the spacious and comfortable (G8) to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

Highlights: Onboard the Queen of Galapagos (G8): 7 nights cruising and exploring the Galapagos Islands National Park, multiple opportunities to go snorkelling with sea lions, sea turtles and other aquatic life, find colonies of frigate birds and boobies on the bird cliffs of Genovesa, gain deeper insight from your Galapagos Parks Guide into the ecology of the Galapagos Islands

10 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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

Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA)

South America Galapagos, Peru, Ecuador

Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Begin in the “Lost City of the Incas” – the ideal place to unleash your inner historian – and journey through majestic ruins and local villages bursting with culture, with an optional one-day hike up the Inca Trail. Then set off for the Galápagos island chain to see the incredible archipelago wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the comfortable Queen of Galápagos to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, three nights cruising and exploring the Galápagos National Park aboard the Queen of Galápagos, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles

13 days
From $4649
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)

South America Argentina, Chile, Patagonia

When Magellan landed in Patagonia, he believed its inhabitants to be giants. While you won't find any mythical creatures on this trip, you will encounter magical scenery, mighty glaciers and towering peaks at Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier. And prepare yourself for stunning views on an expedition cruise from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas—including a landing at Cape Horn. With a mountain lodge stay, relaxed trekking and an expert guide to lead the way, you'll be creating legends of your own to share back home.

Highlights: Embark on an expedition cruise through Patagonia's fjords and glaciers, set foot on the 'end of the earth' at Cape Horn, walk amongst thousands of Magellanic penguins, hike the scenic trails of Torres del Paine National Park, gaze in awe at the stunning Perito Moreno glacier

12 days
From $4499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE)

Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore

Get off the beaten path and head right into the wonders of Southeast Asia. On this best-of collection of Bangkok, Bali, Sumatra and more, we’ll see some of the most famous tourist areas as well as little-known marvels. With days spent on boat trips and sunny beaches and evenings full of bonding with new friends as you enjoy the city nightlife, your schedule will be so full that the 41 days will fly by.

Highlights: Watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike down to a beautiful crater lake, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, encounter elephants and orangutans up close and personal in Sumatra.

41 days
From $4399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Botswana Safari (DZBT)

Africa Zambia, Botswana

It’s one thing to watch nature documentaries from the comfort of your couch–it’s definitely another thing to get up close and personal with the wildlife of Botswana. During this unparalleled safari experience, you’ll travel in open jeeps and boats in search of elephants, giraffes, lions and exotic birds before resting up in our comfortable tented camps, house boat and even a home stay. Be sure to pack your camera—it might just be the most important piece of gear you bring with you.

Highlights: Enjoy the safari experience in open jeeps and boats-searching out the Big Five, photograph African sunsets and enjoy a sundowner with our local host at a homestay, cruise a more secluded section of the Okavango Delta by houseboat in search of wildlife, travel in a small group of 9 for more up-close and personal views

10 days
From $4299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — West, Central and East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10NA)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

It’s virtually impossible to witness the wonders of the Galápagos first-hand and not return home a devoted conservationist. Board the comfy Monserrat and embark on a cruising adventure through the archipelago's western, central and eastern islands. Snorkel with sea lions, discover the unusual endemic marine life in secluded bays, and hike Sierra Negra, the largest balsatic caldera in the region. With a pair of Level II naturalist guides at the ready to answer your questions, you'll head home with a new perspective on nature, your planet, and maybe even yourself.

Highlights: Seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, snorkel with sea lions, discover spectacular marine life in protected bays, find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano – the largest basaltic caldera in Galápagos

10 days
From $4099
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — Central, South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10NB)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy Monserrat for a mind-expanding cruising adventure through the archipelago's central, southern and eastern islands. Hike the dramatic black lava flows of volcanic Bartolomé Island, snorkel with sea lions and other aquatic beasts, go for a hike on Española or opt to laze about on her white-sand beaches instead. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll come home with a perspective you simply can’t put a price tag on.

Highlights: Seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Española Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises

10 days
From $4099
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Family Galapagos - Central, Southern and East Islands (SEV10NBF)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy Monserrat for a mind-expanding cruising adventure through the archipelago's central, southern, and eastern islands. Hike the dramatic black lava flows of volcanic Bartolomé Island, snorkel with sea lions and other aquatic beasts, go for a hike on Española or opt to laze about on her white-sand beaches instead. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll come home with a perspective you simply can’t put a price tag on.

Highlights: Seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Española Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises

10 days
From $4099
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — West & Central Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10NC)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Picture it: the Galápagos, viewed from the deck of the comfortable Monserrat as she cuts through blue waters bound for another island paradise loaded with natural splendour. But it’s not just a “look but can’t touch” situation – on this trip, you’ll get up-close and personal with aquatic wildlife like sea lions and turtles, hike over volcanic lava flows to check out the landscapes of Bartolomé, and relax on the stunning white-sand beaches of Santiago. Get out onto the high seas and start making better memories.

Highlights: Seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano – the largest basaltic caldera in the Galápagos, choose to search for sea turtles or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Santiago

10 days
From $4099
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos — South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10ND)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

If an authentic tropical landscape figures big in your travel dreams, get yourself on down to the Galápagos, stat. Want to keep an eye out for native wildlife like sea lions, land iguanas and giant tortoises? The Galápagos has ‘em by the dozen. Looking to recharge on beautiful white-sand beaches? There's plenty of those, too. Even better, you'll have the services of two naturalist guides to help provide an educational slant to this incredible experience.

Highlights: Seven nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, find land iguanas feeding in the cactus forests on South Plaza Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises, gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Foundation, choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of Española

10 days
From $4099
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure (DRGR)

Africa Rwanda, Uganda

They're the closest mammal out there to us homo sapiens, and on this trip we aim to bring you as close as possible to these majestic creatures. There'll be gorillas, monkeys and chimps in abundance on this 9-day trip through Rwanda and Uganda (now quite safe and very enticing to visit) as we take part in numerous treks to see primates, take boat and jeep safaris in national parks, and learn about Rwanda's fascinating culture and history along the way. With an expert local CEO throughout and comfortable lodges to stay in, your focus can stay on spotting primates in their natural habitat.

Highlights: Get up-close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard, trek through the forest to visit the Golden Monkeys, meet local people and gain a better understanding of Rwanda then and now, encounter more primates on a chimp trek in Uganda, search for hippos while enjoying a boat ride down the Kazinga Channel

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $3999
$4999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
4

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

Asia Indonesia

Indonesia is a busy place, and not just because it’s one of the most densely-populated places on Earth. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes and mile upon mile of gorgeous beachfront, it’s not surprising that 135 million people live here full-time. On this 29-day trip, you’ll get to experience what they live every day – Bandung, which feels more European than some cities in Europe; Yogyakarta’s volcanic landscapes; Bali’s pristine beaches; and far more than we can possibly get into here. Need more details? Come find 'em. Don’t worry, we’ll wait...

Highlights: Meet the orangutans in Sumatra, 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, climb volcanoes, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, live with the locals in a traditional village

29 days
From $3949
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galapagos North and Central Islands & Inca Discovery (ED07HB)

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

From the unique wildlife of the Galápagos to the towering peaks of Peru, discover two of South America's iconic highlights in one comprehensive adventure – explore the Galápagos aboard the Daphne before flying into the Andean highlands. As one of the larger tour operators in 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 Machu Picchu. Experience the intense variety and striking beauty of two of South America's most dramatic regions.

Highlights: Four nights cruising the Galápagos aboard the Daphne, snorkel in the caldera of a collapsed volcano, explore extraordinary frigatebird and booby cliff colonies on Genovesa, explore ruins and bargain at Sacred Valley markets, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

14 days
From $3849
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

Asia Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China

Since opening up to travellers, China and its northwestern neighbours don’t seem quite as out-there a destination to some people – but they’re clearly not looking in the right places. This comprehensive 26-day journey from Beijing to Tashkent is one of those experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Picking up in the Chinese capital, you’ll visit the Uyghur province of Xinjiang, learning about the food, culture and history of this minority group. Then, we’ll leave China behind and venture into Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to retrace part of the route that helped build empires: The Silk Road. From stunning snow-capped mountains to arid deserts, experience a side of Asia in a way that you’ll barely believe is real.

Highlights: Wander along the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar, stay in a yurt with a Kyrgyz family, marvel at the sights in Bukhara and Samarkand.

Promotions Available! 26 days
From $3519
$4399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
22 days
From $8999

Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS)

19 days
From $6599

Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari (DSKB)

22 days
From $4999

Southwest Highlights (NUNL)

12 days
From $4499

Patagonia Explorer (SAPX)

41 days
From $4399

Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE)

10 days
From $4299

Botswana Safari (DZBT)

29 days
From $3949

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

Promotions Available! 26 days
From $3519
$4399

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX) 32 days Marine N/A
From $13599
$16999
Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS) 22 days Comfort Upgraded
From $8999
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX) 18 days Marine N/A
From $8499
$9999
Kruger, Falls & Botswana Safari (DSKB) 19 days Comfort Upgraded
From $6599
Highlights of South Africa, Zambia & Botswana (DSHO) 22 days Comfort Upgraded
From $6204
$7299
Family Galapagos - Northern and Central Islands (EV10GBF) 10 days Family Upgraded
From $4999
Southwest Highlights (NUNL) 22 days Classic Standard
From $4999
Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA) 13 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4649
Patagonia Explorer (SAPX) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4499
Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE) 41 days Yolo Basic
From $4399
Botswana Safari (DZBT) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4299
Galápagos — West, Central and East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10NA) 10 days Marine Upgraded
From $4099
Galápagos — Central, South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10NB) 10 days Marine Upgraded
From $4099
Family Galapagos - Central, Southern and East Islands (SEV10NBF) 10 days Family Upgraded
From $4099
Galápagos — West & Central Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10NC) 10 days Marine Upgraded
From $4099
Galápagos — South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV10ND) 10 days Marine Upgraded
From $4099
Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure (DRGR) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3999
$4999
Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3949
Galapagos North and Central Islands & Inca Discovery (ED07HB) 14 days Classic Standard
From $3849
Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU) 26 days Classic Standard
From $3519
$4399