Exploratory

Exploratory trips promise only that you will be among the first travelers to experience a new destination or itinerary. It might be a newly-opened trek route in Bhutan, a new wildlife tour of new national parks in Gabon, an experimental trip based on small coffee farms in Nicaragua, or an attempt to link different countries or destinations in an extended theme based trip. You might have to accept some delays, some problems with language, limited food options, uncertain transportation, bad roads, risks to personal safety and limitations on how much luggage you can bring. The U.S. Department of State may have scary things to say about these destinations. Still interested? Consider some of the options below. (Some of our customers only take this category of trip, time after time.)

EXPLORATORY TRIPS
Ecuador: Aboard Eric-Flamingo-Letty, Southern Circuit
Cost: $3,900-$4,700  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Friday, biweekly departures (cruise departs on Sunday). Call for dates and special family departures.

  The fleet of three identical first-class motor-yachts, M/Y Eric, Flamingo I, and Letty, was custom-designed for Galapagos excursions, offering tremendous value for superior comfort. Two experienced English-speaking naturalist guides attend...

Antarctica: Antarctic Explorer
Cost: $5,995-$19,295  •  Duration: 11 days  •   13 upcoming departures •  Sea Spirit

Don't just view Antarctica: hike, kayak, camp, ski, and climb it! This is an active person's polar dream trip for energetically engaging the ice.

Turkey: Cappadocia, Ephesus and the Coast
Cost: $4,295  •  Duration: 17 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Sail by gulet to small Mediterranean coves, wander among fairy chimneys and cave dwellings in Cappadocia, explore some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world in Ephesus, and seek out grand mosques while experiencing everything Istanbul has to offer.

Charming Czech Republic
Cost: $3,560  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

Join us in exploring Renaissance palaces, historical towns, and contemporary, bustling metropolises. Enjoy the natural beauty of two national parks, and stop for lunch along the Vltava River in Prague.

Czech Republic Adventure
Cost: $4,195  •  Duration: 10 days  •  Jun. 22-Jul. 1, 2014

The perfect trip for active travelers who want to get out on the mountains, trails, and rivers of this enchanting country. Experience Czech culture, nature, and history by foot, boat, and bike.

Iceland & Greenland: Fire and Ice
Cost: $6,795  •  Duration: 13 days

Savor spectacular wildlife, scenery, geology, and Viking history of Greenland and Iceland on an active adventure with day hiking, kayaking, Zodiac exploration, helicopter overflights, and optional glacier walking.

Tanzania: Full Moon Kili Summit, Safari & Zanzibar
Cost: $5,725  •  Duration: 15 days  •  Sep. 4-18, 2014

Fulfill your life-long goal of climbing Kili. Afterward, search for the "big five" game animals on safari in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Then, congratulate and indulge yourself on Zanzibar's powder white sand beaches.

Ecuador: Galapagos Adventure with Teens
Cost: $3,900-$4,700  •  Duration: 11 days  •   6 upcoming departures

These special departures in 2014 for families with teens offer a chance for a unique cultural exchange with local Galapagos high school students. Your wildlife cruise will be on board one...

Arctic & Greenland: Greenland Discovery
Cost: $4,550  •  Duration: 8 days  •   13 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

This trip offers adventuresome travelers the stunning visual impact of an iceberg-covered sea and the awe-inspiring beauty of glaciers flowing into tranquil fjords. Intense green colors, leafy tundra, and colorful settlements add to the trip's rich character. Add an Iceland extension.

Iceland Glaciers and Waterfalls
Cost: $3,995  •  Duration: 7 days  •   Privately on Request

Set foot on one of the world's most geothermally active places, exploring the sea and the mountains while finding glaciers and waterfalls in this mystical and amazing wild place. Afterward, relax in the otherworldly cobalt-colored waters of the Blue Lagoon.

India: Rajasthan Royal Wildlife Safari
Cost: $6,125  •  Duration: 15 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Expert naturalists lead this search for tigers and other wildlife in the parks of northern India. Visit both famous and lesser-known sites and sanctuaries.

Indonesia: Savoring Sumatra
Cost: $3,295  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Jul. 13-24, 2014

Join this exploratory departure accompanied by JOURNEYS founder and director Will Weber. Explore wildlife-rich rainforests, volcanic mountainscapes, and distinctive cuisine, cultures, and architecture.

Three Gems of Nicaragua
Cost: $3,250  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Three alluring lodges distinguish this unique Nicaragua experience. Delight in your stays at Jicaro Lodge on one of the isletas near Granada, Totoco Lodge on Ometepe Island, and Morgan's Rock on the Pacific Coast near San Juan del Sur.

Tanzania: Top of Africa-Kili Climb: Shira Route
Cost: $3,795  •  Duration: 10 days  •   Privately on Request

Choose this route up Kilimanjaro for extra time acclimatizing, fewer other hikers, and wide-ranging views of the sister peaks and Kibo summit.

Morocco: Toubkal Trekking
Cost: $2,550  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

Visit one of the world's most amazing and beautifully austere mountain ranges, including the summit of Mount Toubkal -- at 13,300' the highest in north Africa -- on this trekking trip. Start and end in mysterious, magical Marrakech, one the most fascinating cities on earth.

Turkey Coast & Cave Adventure Trek
Cost: $3,995  •  Duration: 14 days  •   Privately on Request

Hike seaside cliffs and villages and experiencing the landscape much as the ancient Anatolians and Byzantines did. Get to know the historic and cosmopolitan capital of Istanbul. Explore the surreal caves and culture of Cappadocia.

Zambia: Wild Zambezi Camping Safari
Cost: $4,150  •  Duration: 10 days  •   Privately on Request

Savor the wonders of Zambia from comfortable mobile camps in the wild bush. This is a great choice if you don't need fancy lodges or luxury camps, and want to experience natural Zambia up close. Lodge accommodated option also available.

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