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.

 

Great booking incentive on a luxury voyage to Antarctica

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The polar travel specialists at Swoop are excited to announce late availability on their highly sought-after eight-day Antarctic adventures. What better way to spend Christmas and New Year than with a real-life white Christmas on board a luxury cruise journeying through the breath-taking wilderness of Antarctica.

Experience four full days on board the five-star luxury ship, Hebridean Sky, which has recently undergone a $10m refurbishment. Departing from Punta Arenas in Chile on 21st and 26th December 2017, these cruises incorporate short flights over the Drake Passage offering the perfect itinerary for those seeking a high level of comfort or who have limited time.

With just three cabins available for these prime holiday dates, this is a not to be missed opportunity to visit one of the world’s last remaining untouched landscapes, taking in the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Daily excursions by zodiac in the company of expert polar guides allow passengers to get up close and personal with the exceptional wildlife and stunning scenery. Expect giant penguin colonies, soaring sea birds and magnificent whale encounters; this will be one unforgettable Christmas.

The price from 21 – 28 December 2017, based on two sharing a deluxe cabin, is US $17,795pp. Prices from 26 December 2017 – 2 January 2018 range from $15,495pp in a Window Suite to $21,995pp in the Penthouse. These prices include airport transfers, two nights’ hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas, return domestic charter flights to Antarctica, full board and complimentary drinks with meals during the cruise, excursions and lectures.

As an additional booking incentive, Swoop is also offering two nights’ complimentary hotel accommodation in Santiago de Chile, private transfers, domestic flights and an air credit of $1000pp towards international flights. Leave the wet weather of the UK behind and experience a real life white Christmas with this unmissable Antarctic adventure.

For a detailed itinerary please visit: http://www.swoop-antarctica.com/cruises/flights/luxury-adventure

For more information on Swoop-Antarctica visit: www.swoop-antarctica.com

AdventureSmith Announces What’s New In Small Ship Cruising in Alaska for 2018

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There’s a lot of exciting news coming out of Alaska for the upcoming 2018 small ship cruise season. The experts at AdventureSmith Explorations have just announced the following. The 2018 expedition cruise season in Alaska will begin earlier than ever, an increased number of vessels will now be navigating Alaskan waters, there will be increased opportunities for exploring Glacier Bay National Park and more multi-sport options for active cruise adventures will be offered.

Longer Season & Savings
Historically small expedition vessels begin plying cruise routes in Alaska in mid-May; however next year the first Alaska sailing of the season is set for April 14, 2018, aboard Wilderness Adventurer’s new Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise route. (Note: for real early birds, some positioning cruises from Seattle will sail as early as April 7, 2018.) A major benefit of cruising in April will be opportunities to see more wildlife. Sightings usually differ from spring into summer as do cruise rates. In the spring, moose, wolves and bears with cubs are active along with these 2018 savings:

  • Select April and May cruises aboard the Wilderness & Safari small ship fleet are $400 off per couple when booked by Dec. 15, 2017.
  • Select May sailings of Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness offer free airfare when booked by Dec. 30, 2017.
  • Select April and May Treasures of the Inside Passage departures sailing from Seattle to Alaska offer free one-way airfare when booked by Dec 31, 2017.
  • Select May and June land-based trips on the Kenai Peninsula and/or exploring Denali National Park offer a per person savings of up to $650.

Expanded Small Ship Inventory
Helping to expand the overall Alaska small ship passenger capacity is the returning 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer which features a dance floor, full bar and a new complement of adventure equipment for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. There will also be more charter options with the addition of the 8-guest Golden Eagle and its Golden Eagle Custom Alaska Cruise to the Alaska Charters inventory. These small ships join the popular 100-guest National Geographic Quest whose inaugural 2017 Alaska voyages sold out. Her sister ship, the 100-guest National Geographic Venture, is under construction and currently scheduled to sail Alaskan waters in 2018. AdventureSmith Explorations will release further news on the Venture as her cabins become available for booking.

More Ways to Explore Glacier Bay
New Glacier Bay National Park permit allocations opened the door for AdventureSmith Explorations and its partners to create for 2018 more itineraries exploring the park.

  • The new 8-day Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer spends three days exploring the park.
  • A new 15-day Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise between Seattle and Juneau (northbound in spring, southbound in fall) allocates one full day inside Glacier Bay. The selection of small ships for this cruise ranges from 36 to 88 guests.
  • The 8-guest Westward spends four days in the park on a special 10-day alternative itinerary round-trip from Juneau on May 19, 2018.
  • A new 11-day Alaska’s Frontier & Wilderness Quest itinerary aboard the 74-guest Chichagof Dream on June 3 and June 13, 2018, extends the classic Glacier Bay & Island Adventure journey to include two days in Glacier Bay and includes excursions north up the Lynn Canal to Skagway and down the Inside Passage south to Wrangell.
  • A new 18-day Great National Parks of Alaska journey by sea and land explores Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Denali national parks via the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer and wilderness lodges. The first of the 13 departures is set for May 26, 2018, and the season’s final is Aug. 18, 2018.

More Multisport Options
Small ships have always been base camps for adventure, but AdventureSmith Explorations is reporting even more adventure options on board, and ashore, for the coming 2018 cruise season. A new 8-day Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers itinerary aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour or the 88-guest replica steamer S.S. Legacy includes river rafting and biking in Haines. The S.S. Legacy has been newly outfitted with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and skiffs. A new 9-day Alaska Yacht: Bears, Bergs & Bushwhacking aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest offers guests the included activities of flightseeing or charter fishing in Petersburg before they embark the ship.

For a full listing of all the various adventure options in Alaska, by sea and by land, see: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/alaska. For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises worldwide including itineraries, availability and reservations, please call 1-877-620-2875 toll-free or visit http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/.