Lindblad Expeditions Ventures To Russian Far East & Bering Sea

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced a remarkable program of voyages for 2019 that will venture into the Russian Arctic, one of the most rugged and wildlife-rich regions on the planet.  The three itineraries will give a different glimpse into life in the remote Russian Far East & Bering Sea, where spectacular wildlife, an intriguing native culture, arresting mysteries, and world-class exploration history abound.

The human element is one of the richest aspects of visiting the Arctic, and this region is no exception. Communities of Siberian Yup’ik people still follow traditional methods of hunting seals and whales, while the coastal Koryak and Chukchi people of Russia have developed into incredible reindeer herders living off the land – and are a part of why few travelers leave this place unchanged.

Several of Lindblad’s exemplary expedition team have spent time in the region, and were integral to the development of the expeditions. “I have visited the region since 2004 and immediately fell in love with its landscape, abundant wildlife, and charming people of many cultures.  Over several years of travel there, the wildlife never became commonplace for me – it was spectacular every time, “stated Jen Martin, Director of Field Staff and Expedition Development.

Itineraries include:

  • Across the Bering Sea: From Katmai to Kamchatka:
  • Life & Legend on the Bering Sea: Life & Legend on the Bering Sea:
  • Exploring Russia’s Far East & Wrangel Island: 

The voyages are set aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion, a state-of-the-art expedition ship, designed to safely explore the remote regions of the planet. A modern, elegant ship, her stylish setting features a dramatic, window-lined main lounge and library where the expedition community gathers for cocktails and Recap, and expansive outdoor spaces.  Everywhere you turn as you cruise, you’ll find panoramic windows that connect you with the wild world you’re exploring. She is equipped with a full complement of cool tools to explore the environment, including kayaks, Zodiacs, and Remotely Operated Vehicle to explore the undersea.

For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800-EXPEDITION (1-800-397-3348) or contact your travel advisor.

Mush into a Different Side of Alaska with UnCruise Adventures’ New Land Tours

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UnCruise Adventures launches seven new land-based packages this spring offering guests a chance to extend their Alaskan adventure by four or five nights through a new partnership with Alaska Alpine Adventures. The packages, which will explore Anchorage, Girdwood, Seward, and the Kenai Fjords National Park, are available to book now for sailings beginning April 2018.

“I have been exploring Alaska for more than 30 years and continue to find incredible new experiences to offer our guests,” said Dan Blanchard, CEO of UnCruise Adventures. “Alaska Alpine Adventures is a fantastic partner and teaming up with them will allow our guests to experience a different side of the area with everything from the rugged terrain of ice fields to the culture and precision of the Iditarod mushers.”

Starting at $2,345, the seven pre- and post-cruise packages feature a variety of activities, such as a scenic train ride and river float through the Chugach Mountains, a hands-on dogsled adventure with Iditarod mushers and dogs, guided hikes across ice fields, wildlife viewing, wilderness hikes, mountain biking and more. Specific packages include:

Kenai Alpine Adventure: A four-night pre-cruise, escorted land tour available for guests sailing aboard the Safari Quest between May 20 and Aug. 30, 2018; roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Kenai Alpine Endeavour: A four-night post-cruise, escorted land tour available for guests sailing aboard the Safari Endeavour on Sept. 2, 9 or 16, 2018; roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Kenai Alpine Explorer: A five-night pre-cruise, escorted land tour available for guests sailing aboard the Safari Explorer between May 27 – Sept. 3, 2018; from Anchorage to Juneau, Alaska.
  • Kenai Alpine Wilderness: A five-night post-cruise, escorted land tour available for guests sailing aboard the Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Explorer on Sept. 8 or 15, 2018; roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Chugach Mountains & River Quest: A four-night mountain and coastal wilderness escorted adventure for guests sailing aboard the Safari Quest on May 20, 2018; roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Chugach Mountains & Rivers Adventure: A four-night post-cruise mountain and coastal wilderness escorted adventure for guests aboard the S.S. Legacy on April 29, May 6 and 13, 2018; roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Chugach Mountains & Rivers Wilderness: A five-night post-cruise mountain and coastal wilderness escorted adventure for guests sailing aboard the Wilderness Adventurer or Wilderness Explorer on April 21 and 28, May 5 and 12, 2018; roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska.

All packages include: airport, hotel and vessel transfers; baggage handling; hotel accommodations in Anchorage, Girdwood, and Seward; and meals.

Alaska Alpine Adventures, now in their 18th year of operation, is a leader in wilderness travel and exploration of Alaska’s national parks and wildlife refuges. The company’s passion and expertise has built its international reputation as Alaska’s premier small-group adventure travel company.

UnCruise offers travelers the choice of 10 small ship adventure cruise itineraries in Alaska with 160 departures from April through October. Ships carry 22 to 86 guests and all sailings feature adventure activities in the remote wilderness, such as hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching.

For more information on UnCruise Adventures and the land packages offered in Alaska, please visit  https://www.uncruise.com/destinations/all-land-packages.

Aurora Expeditions new expedition vessel, the Greg Mortimer!

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Aurora Expeditions is pleased to introduce their new expedition vessel, the Greg Mortimer!

Exclusively designed for expedition cruising, the Greg Mortimer will continue to provide the authentic, small group adventures to the world’s most spectacular wilderness areas that the company are known for.

This 104-metre ship is their very first, purpose-built expedition vessel. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards – designed in close consultation with our expedition specialists, taking advantage of our more than 25 years of experience.

The Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, with just 120 passengers on board in the polar regions. Not only is the ship bigger to contend with adverse weather conditions, its added creature comforts make for a more enjoyable journey out on the open ocean.

Further details are found here. https://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/ship/greg-mortimer?utm_source=aurora-edm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=greg-mortimer-launch-general

Lindblad Expeditions has announced its return to Egypt

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Lindblad Expeditions has announced its return to Egypt with a remarkable 13-day journey, Passage Through Egypt.  The epic adventure combines explorations of Cairo and stays at the exclusive Nile Ritz-Carlton and the historic Mena House, with a six-night cruise on the Nile aboard the elegant and intimately-sized, 42-guest Oberoi Philae.   

From a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, to the sites along the Nile including Abu Simbel and Giza, guests will witness the astonishingly vivid momunents, art and objects the ancient Egyptians created, and learn about life in both ancient and modern Egypt.  Traveling via private aircraft for all internal flights, and accompanied by an outstanding team of Egyptologist guides versed in the fields of culture, art, history, and archaeology—many who have worked with Lindblad for years—guests will experience a journey of the highest standards.

The program has been specially crafted to showcase Egypt’s many facets, and offers privileged access to some of the most remarkable sites – accompanied by a Lindblad Certified Photo Instructor, who will help guests build their skills and take your best photographers of the iconic sites.

The Cairo sojourn will begin in the heart of the city at the Nile Ritz-Carlton, in a beautifully appointed room overlooking the Nile. After returning to Cairo from Upper Egypt, guests will stay at the historic Mena House, stunningly sited at the foot of the Giza Plateau, with rooms featuring Pyramid views from their balconies.

A Nile cruise is the centerpiece of the journey, and few if any ship can match the elegance of the Oberoi Philae. Built originally for 100 guests, she was completely remodeled to accommodate just 42, and offers the finest and most exclusive accommodations on the Nile.  Her 22 cabins, including 4 suites, are large and comfortable, and the ship’s nearly floor to ceiling windows offer idyllic views of the Nile and the passing scenery.  The top deck features a swimming pool and an al fresco restaurant, with a stylish enclosed restaurant downstairs, as well. A spa and a professional wellness specialist add an extra level of amenity and comfort. The lounge is the venue for talks and recaps, and there are a number of other public spaces to relax, read, and enjoy the views.

Departures are October 28 & November 25, 2018; and January 20 & March 17, 2019. Rates begin at $8,480 per person in a category 1 cabin based on double occupancy.  Guests can also choose to enhance their experience with an optional 5-day post-voyage extension to Jordan.

For reservations or additional information on Lindblad Expeditions voyages to some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, visit www.expeditions.com

G Adventures’ Marine sale is here New savings of up to 25% released across 2018 Expedition and River cruises –

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The thrill of the Arctic sea spray against the face, the tranquillity of Burgundy’s sleepy canals and the bustle of the Mekong’s floating markets – these are just a few experiences available to travellers for less as part of G Adventures’ Marine sale.

For those wanting to explore some of the world’s most picturesque rivers, including the Mekong, the Ganges and Burgundy’s Saône River, the sale offers up to 25% off Riverboat tours when booked before 28th February 2018. Adventure-seekers can also save up to £700 on Norway and Arctic Expeditions, when booked before 16th February 2018.    

Riverboat Adventures – To be booked before 28th February 2018

 

Quintessential Burgundy

Save 25% – now priced £1,387 for a 10-day tour from Dijon to Paris, valid on select departures between March 1st and August 31st

As part of G Adventures’ National Geographic Journeys collection, this 10-day tour allows travellers to explore the countryside villages, famous vineyards and vast forests surrounding Burgundy’s Saône River. Aboard a traditional river barge, which grants access to the region’s narrower waterways, travellers can experience the lesser-visited sites and enjoy experiences exclusive to National Geographic Journeys. For those looking to pick up the pace, a full day cycling through the Côte de Nuits region, visiting vineyards and local villages is included on the agenda.

 

Mekong River Encompassed – Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

Save 25% – now priced £1,087 for a 10-day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, valid on select departures between March 1st and August 31st

For those wanting to experience Cambodia and Vietnam from a unique perspective, this 10-day tour takes travellers along the waters of the mighty Mekong River aboard a classic riverboat. Journeying from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, travellers will discover the sites of Phnom Penh, experience river life at the famous floating markets of Cai Bei and explore the stilt village of Chnok Tru.

 India River Cruise – Ganges Experience

Save 25% – now priced £937 for a nine-day return tour from Calcutta, valid on select departures between March 1st and August 31st

Aboard a classic riverboat, travellers can journey south along the famous Ganges river from Farakka, visiting local villages and, with plenty of time on land along the way, exploring temples, local bazaars, battlegrounds, tranquil garden and historical sites.

 Expedition tours – to be booked before 16th February 2018

 Antarctica Classic:

Save 20% – now priced at £4,199 for an 11-day trip return from Ushuaia, departing March 4th 2018

Sailing from Ushuaia, the world’s most southern city, across the Drake Passage, the Antarctica Classic tour takes travellers across the Drake Passage for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, discovering the Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Shetland Islands. Passing icebergs and spotting some amazing wildlife, including three species of penguin, leopard seals and whales, travellers can also attend lectures with the on-board experts and take their first steps on the Great White Continent.

Scottish Islands & Norwegian Fjords – Edinburgh to Tromsø

Save £700 – now priced £3,349 for a 14-day tour from Edinburgh to Tromsø, valid on select departures between May 8th and August 11th

Departing from Scotland’s Port of Leith, travellers will take a journey across the Norwegian Sea to explore the breath-taking fjords of Norway aboard the G Expedition. After visiting UNESCO-protected sites such as the Ring of Brodgar, the standing stones of Stennes and the 4,500-year-old village of Skara Brae, the ship will head north to the remote Shetland Islands. Arriving in Bergen, the tour will visit some of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, including Olden and Gerirangerfjord, as well as other highlights such as Bymarka Nature Reserve and a zodiac excursion to Torghatten and the Treana archipelago.

Realm of the polar bear

Save £700 – now priced £2,649 for an eight-day return tour from Longyearbyen, valid on select departures between May 8th and August 11th

As part of the Jane Goodall Collection, this eight-day Arctic tour takes travellers to the land we only dare to explore a few months a year for close up encounters with icebergs, glaciers and some of the region’s most hard-to-spot wildlife. Exploring not only on board, but also on zodiacs and foot, accompanied by G Adventures’ experts, travellers can spot lounging seals, grazing reindeer, colonies of birds and, if they’re lucky, the infamous polar bear.

Two people for the price of one can enjoy Amazon Basin cruises through AdventureSmith Explorations

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Two people for the price of one can enjoy Amazon Basin cruises on select departures if bookings are made by Jan. 31, 2018, through AdventureSmith Explorations.

Three deluxe riverboats engaged in this early 2018 program promotion offer luxury suite accommodation for three and four night cruises from now through the end of April: the 8-guest Delfin I, 28-guest Delfin II and 43-guest Delfin III. A rate for one person that allows a companion to travel for free starts as low as $2,400 for four days.

The period of this promotion is the Amazon Basin’s high water season. Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on high water and low water seasons. High water season is November to May and allows for more extensive exploration and access via water routes. These months are ideal for travelers who prefer to duck into otherwise isolated corners of the reserve aboard motorized boats, and to see riparian plants, fruits and flowers. Low water season is June through October and allows for more trail walks; these months are ideal for travelers who prefer to walk through the rainforest and discover its flora and fauna. All listed activities depend on water levels, weather and season. Travelers equipped with a sense of adventure and curiosity tend to enjoy their experience in the Amazon jungle regardless of the season.

Experienced guides explain the region’s biodiversity. Voyages include visits to native villages, kayaking, swimming in waters frequented by pink river dolphins, fishing, daytime hiking, and night safaris. On board, guests can enjoy exquisite Amazonian cuisine in an authentic, intimate setting with the right amount of elegance and comfort. The ships are varied in their size, but all feature extra-large or panoramic floor-to-ceiling view windows. The 8-guest Delfin I is the most intimate and romantic, with its luxury suites all featuring their own terraces, two with private cold-water whirlpool baths.

Specific departures offering this two-for-one special are:

January

  • Delfin III (3 Night) – Jan. 27

February:

  • Delfin III (4 Night) – Feb. 6
  • Delfin I (4 Night) – Feb. 8
  • Delfin I (3 Night) – Feb. 12
  • Delfin III (3 Night) – Feb. 17
  • Delfin II (3 Night) – Feb. 18
  • Delfin II (4 Night) – Feb. 21
  • Delfin I (3 Night) – Feb. 26

March

  • Delfin III (3 Night) – March 3
  • Delfin I (3 Night) – March 12
  • Delfin I (4 Night) – March 15
  • Delfin III (4 Night) – March 20
  • Delfin III (3 Night) – March 31

April

  • Delfin III (4 Night) – April 3
  • Delfin II (4 Night) – April 25
  • Delfin III (3 Night) – April 28

For more information please visit https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/amazon-cruises. Current specials and discount promotions for a variety of AdventureSmith Explorations sea and land programs can be found at: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers

UnCruise Adventures launches special Wave Season offer for sailings on two ships in Alaska  

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Traveling is often a top New Year’s resolution and UnCruise Adventures, a small ship adventure cruise line, is offering aspiring travelers the opportunity to explore Alaska in 2018 at a lower rate. Starting January 2, 2018, guests will save $225 per person, or $450 per couple, on any seven-night departure in Alaska aboard the S.S. Legacy and the Safari Endeavour. The offer also includes a $100 shipboard credit per couple.

With no more than 86 guests, the two ships take guests into remote areas of Southeast Alaska for off-the-beaten path trips. This Wave Season deal features three Alaska itineraries, which are flexible so the ship’s knowledgeable expedition guides can maximize adventure, exploration and learning – and no two trips are the same. The itineraries include:

Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales: Hike on the moraine of Baird Glacier, explore Tracy Arm fjord with twin Sawyer glaciers, skiff the iceberg gardens at LeConte Glacier and hike the Tongass National Forest. Visit the Tlingit village of Kake and whale watch in Frederick Sound—prime humpback feeding grounds.  Departures available May-August.

Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers: Visit Glacier Bay National Park for a full day, float the river or bike in Haines and spot wildlife such as whales, Dalls porpoise, sea lions and black bears. Departures May-August.

Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruises: Take two full days in Glacier Bay National Park, visit the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers and explore Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm by skiff. Departures in April, July and September.

Every UnCruise ship carries its own adventure equipment, allowing guests to personalize their activities through an array of options—kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches. In 2018, the 86- guest S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal gold rush steamer, will offer adventure activities with the addition of kayaks, paddle boards and skiffs on board. A custom built boat launch will be added to the S.S. Legacy for launching small craft. The Safari Endeavour carries 84 guests and features two hot tubs and massage rooms, in addition to a full suite of adventure equipment.

The Wave Season savings are available for new bookings made January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018. Travelers must use offer code “AK450+50” when booking. Cruises start at $3,995 (before savings) and are inclusive featuring freshly-made, innovative meals; all beverages, including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise and wellness amenities such as complimentary massage. Port taxes and fees are additional. The offer is combinable with UnCruise’s Loyalty, Referral and Family Discoveries savings programs.

To book or to request additional information, contact a travel agent or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or sales@uncruise.com.