The landscapes and wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal personify the rich culture of this vast country—eclectic, vivacious, colorful, and inviting. Join our Pantanal expedition, taking in a land where the bounty of birdlife is capable of turning even the most casual wildlife observer into a birding enthusiast. Plus, cruise through a region where high jaguar density and increasing rates of habituation combine for excellent chances to view these majestic cats in their natural habitat. Other animal inhabitants in this wildlife-rich area include capuchin and howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, anacondas, caimans, anteaters, and tapirs.
Isolation has its advantages, and in Cuba, a half century of relative solitude has left places of pristine beauty and wonder. The guardianship of land and sea for future generations is valued in a place that has been protected from the impetuous advancement of modernity and commercialism. Come see the Caribbean's largest protected wetlands at Cienega de Zapata, observe the isolated habitats of the magotes in the Viñales valley, and discover a large scale ranch where endangered crocodiles are protected. In Cuba, little is taken for granted, be it the first breath of morning, the call of a Tocororo or a kind smile.
This polar bear experience of a lifetime starts in Churchill, Manitoba, known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World! Experienced the cultural aspects of this unique northern town, including a dogsled ride and a visit to the Eskimo Museum. Transfer to the Tundra Buggy Lodge, where you will enjoy stunning sunsets, the dazzling northern lights, and amazing polar bear sightings. You will enjoy daily Tundra Buggy excursions into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in search of polar bears and other incredible arctic wildlife.
Take a journey through the Big Island of Hawaii with the San Diego Zoo. Explore the island's natural beauty when you travel to Mauna Kea, Waipio Valley, and Volcanoes National Park. Learn about Hawaii's native bird species with exclusive visits to the Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge and the Zoo's Keahou Bird Conservation Center. Beach trips, observatories, cultural performances and more await you, including a stay at a private historic mansion!
Pre-tour extension to Tibet and post-tour extension to Hong Kong are available.
This grand China tour offers ample opportunities to encounter giant pandas at breeding centers in Chengdu and Dujiangyan. In addition, you'll stroll along the Great Wall and explore Beijing's Forbidden City. Also, marvel at the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xian, cruise down the lovely Yangzi River through the extraordinary Three Gorges, and soak in the cosmopolitan vitality of Shanghai.
Observe the magnificence of Africa's Great Migration and view the continent's most famous wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, rhinos, crocodiles, giraffes, cape buffalo, zebras, and wildebeest. Your treetop hotel on Mt. Kenya provides excellent views of animals that visit the adjacent watering hole. You will stay in luxurious tented camps and safari lodges in the midst of the wilderness at Lake Nakuru National Park, the famous Maasai Mara, and Ol Pejeta Conservancy
During 24 days, you'll explore firsthand the richness the world has to offer, including seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, from the comforts of a private jet. Uncover the secrets of Easter Island and experience the allure of the Taj Mahal. On safari in Tanzania, spend hours surrounded by a vibrant ecosystem. Learn the fascinating stories behind marvels like the Lost City of Petra. The serenity of sunrise at Angkor Wat will stay with you well past the farewell dinner. This journey is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.
Set off on a wildlife adventure and come face-to-face with the world's legendary creatures in their natural habitats. Trek through the verdant bamboo forests of Rwanda in search of the majestic mountain gorilla. Venture deep into India's national parks, one of the last places on Earth where the elusive Bengal tiger freely roams in the wild. Encounter remarkable big cats and great migrating herds on a classic safari across the Serengeti Plain. This 20-day itinerary immerses you in the planet's diverse ecosystems for an up-close look at rare and iconic animals, birds and marine life."