G Adventures expands National Geographic Journeys for 2018
What to expect from the new National Geographic Tours.
From next year onwards, you'll be able to pick from 83 new G Adventures National Geographic Journeys around the world, as the tour company expands and updates its existing range.
G Adventures launched this series of trips at the start of 2016, based on what National Geographic called "similar core values, an aligned sense of social responsibility and a shared belief in the positive impact that travel can have on the world," and they've been exceptionally well received since then.
G Adventures National Geographic Journeys were designed to offer hands-on exploration, with an emphasis on local immersion, social good and opportunities to forge meaningful connections in the most unique places in the world. When people talk about life changing travel experiences, this is probably the kind of journey they're talking about.
You can find the full list of new and updated journeys here, but a handful of the highlights include:
South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe - 18 days from $9,069
An 18 day spectacular, with a natural focus on the region's famous wildlife in the Kruger and Chobe national parks, and guided trips through conversation areas like the Hwange National Park where you'll search for elephant herds.
This tour takes you to spots you can't visit on your own like private game reserves and the Painted Dog Conservation Centre, as well as the region's biggest tourist spots like Victoria Falls where you can opt for a helicopter trip to see it from above.Get the detailed itinerary, map of your journey and more details here.
Mongolia - 14 days from $5,549
Visit some of the world's most outstanding archaeology sites at the Flaming Cliffs, spend time with a welcoming family of nomadic horse and yak breeders, and visit the Khustai National Park to learn about the wild horse reintroduction project from park staff.
You'll spend time at the Erdene Zhu Monastery and meet with a head monk for an-depth lesson in Lama Buddhism, where it first came to Mongolia and trek through the Singing Sands in the Gobi Desert, and do much more.Get the full itinerary and all the details here.
Borneo - 12 days from $4,599
Discover the wildlife of Borneo, including a search for the elusive Bornean pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and orangutans, and an expedition to the Lipad mud volcano where animals are known to gather. You'll also get a chance to see the bat exodus from the limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park.
This journey takes you through the jungle, to wildlife rescue centres and indigenous villages in the area, and you'll be accompanied by local guides and naturalists throughout the journey. By the end of your trip, you'll be leaving with a better understanding of the region's unique wildlife, the ongoing conservation efforts and challenges, and the local communities.You can find a detailed itinerary and more attractions here.
Bali and Java - 15 days from $3,799
A 15-day tour encompassing natural, cultural and spiritual experiences in the forests, beaches, cities and temples of Indonesia. Highlights include the Botanical Garden and Zoological museum in Bogor, known as a botanist's paradise and home to 14,000 different species, and tour to the largest Hindu temple complex in Java, home to some of the Asia's most stunning Hindu artworks.
You'll also get a chance to speak with volcanologists at Mt Bromo, get a cooking class from a local chef and get some free days for beachside relaxation or touring as you please.Find the full itinerary and more info here.
Note that National Geographic tours are generally restricted to age 12 and up. Prices generally don't include airfares, but do typically account for all your accommodation, most meals and most activities.You can find more information and make bookings for the upcoming 2018 tours here, or through National Geographic.
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