North America 38 Turkey: Istanbul to the 75 Tibet and Nepal: Journey to the Turquoise Coast Highest Himalaya14 Alaska’s Inside Passage 40 Land of the Polar Bears 75 Mongolia: Land of the Nomad16 Alaska Wildlife Adventure 42 Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard17 Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks 74 Under Sail: From Greece to the Africa Dalmatian Coast NEW 52 On Safari: Tanzania’s Great18 Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks 74 Exploring the Baltic’s Historic Migration NEW19 Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone Waterways 54 On Safari in Southern Africa by20 Baja California and the Sea of Cortez 74 Spain’s Northern Coast by Private Air22 Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Private Rail 56 Moroccan Odyssey23 Many Faces of Panama and Costa Rica74 Wildlife of Yellowstone and the Tetons 58 Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Eurasia 76 Human Origins: South AfricaSouth America 44 Trans-Siberian Rail Journey: Beijing to Tanzania to Moscow 76 Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda24 Galápagos 76 Russian River Journey: The Caspian26 Peru: Land of the Inca28 Amazon River Sea to Moscow Oceania30 Exploring Patagonia 60 Cruising New Zealand’s North and Asia South Islands 46 Inside ChinaEurope 76 New Zealand Adventure 48 Bhutan: Kingdom in the Clouds32 Inside Italy 50 Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the34 Sailing the Greek Isles NEW Antarctica Mekong River NEW36 Turkey and Greece: A Sailing 75 Journey Through India 62 Journey to Antarctica Odyssey NEW 63 Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands2 Cover: Clutching its prized catch, an Alaskan grizzly makes for shore.
Discover the National Geographic DifferenceWhen conservationist Stephen Mather put together an expedition into the Sierra NevadaMountains in 1915 to highlight the need for a national park service, National GeographicEditor Gilbert H. Grosvenor—grandfather of our current Chairman Emeritus of the Board ofTrustees—was among the invitees. So inspired was Grosvenor by Mather’s vision to protect and manageAmerica’s natural treasures that he dedicated the entire April 1916 issue of National Geographic to our national parks.Mather went on to become the first director of the new National Park Service in 1917, and the Society has been deeplyinvolved in our national parks ever since: sending out research teams; publishing articles; and donating funds toprotect, understand, and promote incomparable places like Sequoia and Denali National Parks.Nearly a century later, our passion for the parks is as strong as ever. Range was documented in National Geographic’s May 1997 issue.In order to share it with you, we’ve put together a selection of These experts are not only brimming with knowledge about ourexpeditions into these historic parks led by experts who have national parks, but they are also extremely inspiring people.devoted much of their lives to exploring the American West. Exploring the American West with National Geographic, you’ll haveTake Jeremy Schmidt, a naturalist and writer who knows Yellowstone access to local research projects and meet with historians, artists,like the back of his hand, and delights in leading our travelers to and Native American leaders. But seeing these beautiful placesits snowy secrets in the quiet of winter. Wildlife biologist Betsy through the eyes of our experts is what makes these expeditionsRobinson has conducted important research on grizzlies and birds, such meaningful experiences.and mountaineer Roman Dial’s 775-mile bike trek across the Alaska Above: Russet rock pinnacles dwarf hikers in Bryce Canyon National Park. Right, clockwise from top left: Snowy peaks rise behind a caribou in Alaska’s Denali National Park; sequoias tower over a traveler in4 Sequoia National Park; the depths of Yellowstone’s Morning Glory Pool emit an ethereal blue. Far right: The gray wolf was reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995.
Travel that’s tailored Travel in good companyto your interests Lasting friendships often begin on a NationalOur trips span the gamut: whether you’re a Geographic Expedition. Your traveling com-budding photographer, a classic-train buff, an panions are Society members like you—active,avid birder, or a parent looking for a great family engaged, and curious about the world.adventure, you’ll find an array of opportunitiesthat fit your passions and interests. An expert touch Our experts’ fingerprints are all over our ex-The beauty of happenstance peditions. We consult them when crafting ourSome of the best moments in travel occur when itineraries. We visit them in the field. And—best ofyou least expect them. So that you can savor all—they travel with us. The result: you experiencethese instants and enjoy a place in a way that’s a place through the eyes of someone who knowsmeaningful to you, we offer options and build it intimately.free time into our itineraries wherever we can. Exceptional resources atExplore the world comfortably your fingertipsOur accommodations are selected for their To help you prepare for your trip, we’ll send youexcellent quality, location, and character. We National Geographic books, articles, or mapstake care of the logistics and the details so that about your destination. You’ll also receive a 20you can immerse yourself in the places you are percent discount on any purchase from our gift Our Loyalty Programexploring. catalog or online store—shopng.com—and a free Once you’ve traveled on three one-year subscription to a National Geographic National Geographic Expeditions, magazine of your choice. you’ll qualify for enrollment in our Lifelong Explorer program. Lifelong “The trip, the learning, the leadership, the unbelievable Explorers are entitled to a host of scenery and geothermal activity, the lodges... benefits: it was wonderful! I am still on a high from this trip!” —Pat Siggs, traveler • Discounts on all future Winter Yellowstone expedition National Geographic Expeditions • Advance notice of upcoming new trips • Invitations to special expeditions not available to the public • Special offers on select expeditions • Invitations to select National Geographic events and lectures around the country • Special email newsletters exclusively for Lifelong Explorers To learn more about the Lifelong Explorer program, visit nationalgeographic expeditions.com/lifelongexplorer. 5
Authentic experiences around the worldOur earliest explorers set an excellent precedent for us: they were never content withjust scratching the surface. They delved into a place, meeting its people, eating itsculinary specialties, learning its culture and heritage. They traveled by means that matched theirenvironment: by narrow-gauge train, or square-rigger, or even dogsled. At the same time, they made surethey were comfortable. Explorer Joseph Rock lugged a gramophone and a rubber bathtub to the farthestreaches of western China. They knew how to make travel a rich, multifaceted experience.In the same spirit, our trips are crafted to draw out the and meet with magazine staff to learn how theauthenticity and uniqueness of each destination—and photographic process works at the Society.to make the most of the journey itself. Next year we’ll As cuisine is an integral part of local culture, you’llbe plying the waters of the Adriatic and the Aegean sip Rioja wines and sample tapas on our railon three voyages aboard the legendary Sea Cloud, a journey through Spain, and try your handsplendid four-masted tall ship that has carried queens, at Vietnamese cuisine during a cookingdictators, soldiers, and business tycoons across oceans class with our chef as we sail down thesince her maiden voyage in the early 1930s. Under her Mekong.glorious white sails, we’ll glide into Santoríni’s caldera,drop anchor in the harbors at Bodrum and Hvar, and And whether it’s a private thatched bun-dine al fresco on the sapphire seas. galow at our safari lodge in South Africa or the stunning Explora Lodge nestled amidThe people you meet along the way will bring depth the peaks of Patagonia, our accommoda-and insight to your experience. In Bhutan, soak up the tions reflect the character and atmospherecolors and rhythms of a local festival, and later learn of the place we’re visiting. At the Threeabout the country’s contemporary issues at a banquet Camel Lodge, an elegant ecolodge indinner with local dignitaries and professionals. On Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, you’ll sleep inour new Journey of Man expedition with National traditional ger tents set in the shadow ofGeographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells, a volcanic outcrop, and congregate atspend a fascinating day with Huli wigmen in Papua the main lodge—built by local artisansNew Guinea, and examine rock art with Aboriginal without a single nail, in keeping withguides in Australia. On our weekend photography Buddhist principles.workshop in Washington, D.C., take a behind-the-scenes tour of National Geographic headquarters“To me, travel means being able to experience a new environment and to interact with and learn aboutthe local people and customs. This National Geographic Expedition provided all of that, and more!” —Linda Hermansen, traveler Tanzania expedition Clockwise from top right: The four-masted sailing ship Sea Cloud takes to the seas; two monks walk between colorful prayer wheels in Bhutan; the interior of a traditional ger at Mongolia’s Three Camel Lodge; colorful feathers adorn a Huli wigman of Papua New Guinea; a whitewashed church on the island of Santoríni.6
The National Geographic MissionInspiring People to Care About the PlanetThe National Geographic Society supports researchand exploration around the globe through a vastrange of grants and mission programs. Whenyou travel with us, you are directly supportingour grantees and explorers, who are working topreserve species and ecosystems, protect cultures,and advance understanding of our planet and itsinhabitants.Proceeds from our expeditions have recently helpedfund the Society’s Big Cats Initiative, which sponsors a broad spectrum ofprograms to halt the decline of lion and cheetah populations, as well as thedocumentation of a previously unknown language in India by the EnduringVoices team.National Geographic Expeditions is committed to sustaining the characterand integrity of each place we visit—its environment, culture, and heritage,and the well-being of its residents. In providing authentic travel experiences,we strive to support local economies in our choice of services. At the sametime, we believe that the powerful positive effects of sustainable travel gobeyond the long-term economic benefits, inspiring passionate stewardscommitted to protecting the places we visit. 7
Our Experts: Your Inspiring Travel CompanionsNational Geographic researchers, explorers, writers, and photographers have brought the world to our membersfor more than a hundred years. Now, they bring you to the planet’s most intriguing places to share their passionand their insider perspectives. We’d like to introduce you to a few of them.Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson Amy Dickman has worked in Africa Photographer Jim Richardson hasis best known as the man who discovered the for more than 13 years. After six years at the produced more than 40 stories for National3.2-million-year-old skeleton known as “Lucy.” Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Geographic magazine, including the coverAn accomplished scientist, scholar, and Amy moved to Tanzania to conduct research stories “The End of Night” (November 2008)National Geographic grantee, Donald’s work on human-carnivore conflict. She holds the and “The Good Earth: Soil” (Septemberhas been covered in National Geographic’s Kaplan Senior Research Fellowship in Wild Cat 2008). A contributing editor at Nationalbooks, magazines, and films. He has re- Conservation at Oxford University, and has Geographic Traveler, Jim’s photography hassearched early scientific expeditions in Latin received support from National Geographic’s also been published in Time, Newsweek, Life,America, the anthropology of Easter Island Big Cats Initiative for her current project in and Sports Illustrated; and featured on CBSand Australia, and the history of early humans southern Tanzania, which seeks to mitigate News Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline. Jimin Asia. Donald helped develop our Human conflicts between local communities and will accompany the January 5, 2012 departureOrigins expedition and will accompany all predator populations near Ruaha National of Journey to Antarctica to provide tips fordepartures. He will also join the February Park. Amy will accompany the January capturing images of the White Continent.20, 2012 Around the World by Private and February 2012 departures of On Safari:Jet expedition. Tanzania’s Great Migration. Geneticist, anthropologist, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells has analyzed the DNA of thousands of people living in isolated tribes around the world. He leads the Society’s Genographic Project, a multi-year endeavor to chart the journey of our early ancestors as they populated the planet. Spencer has written three books, including The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, an award-winning book and documentary film that aired on PBS and the National Geographic Channel. Spencer helped craft our new expedition, Journey of Man by Private Jet, and will accompany the trip in March 2012. “The National Geographic expert transforms the experience from a ‘tour’ to a journey into a culture.” —Leslie Jameson, traveler Turkey expedition8
Featured Expert: Q&A With Tierney Thys Tierney Thys follows a Mola mola off the coast of California. National Geographic Emerging Explorer go tide-pooling. You might even get sneezed on by a marine iguana— Tierney Thys is a marine biologist and an experience not to be missed! The only drawback is that you don’t documentary filmmaker whose work explores want to sleep—you could be missing something!animal diversity and global environmental change. Tierney willjoin our expedition to the Galápagos on September 30, 2011 and Q. What makes the family programs unique?our Galápagos Family Odyssey on June 15, 2012. Here’s what shehad to say about these remarkable islands. A. We have treasure hunts and scavenger hunts for the kids, journals and notebooks, stories, and games. There’s lots of music and dancing, special desserts—it’s the perfect place to celebrate your birthday! Also,Q. What makes the Galápagos Islands so if kids are uncomfortable in the water, there’s always someone there to extraordinary? help them. I tend to seek out the kids who are a little tenuous and putA. It’s incredible to be in an environment where the animals have no them on my back and snorkel them around to keep them feeling secure.fear of humans. You literally have to step over them, because they’renot going to get out of your way. In so many other parts of the world, Q. Is there anything else you’d like people toour actions have caused the animal kingdom to cower. But in the know about our Galápagos expedition?Galápagos, the animals just do what they want to do regardless ofyour presence. It’s a model for how we might coexist with animals A. I’m particularly excited about getting to the Galápagos this year because I have a National Geographic grant to put tags on the sunfishand nature. (Mola mola) population. I’ll be doing that right before I get on the ship in September, and installing an acoustic listening station off IsabelaQ. What’s it like to explore the Galápagos Island. I’m hoping our travelers will be able to track sunfish right from with National Geographic? the ship.A. They don’t call these “the enchanted islands” for nothing. Every If you’re a biologist or just interested in life on Earth, Galápagos issingle minute of our Galápagos trip is jam-packed with amazing the ultimate pilgrimage site. It’s a lifelong highlight destination.experiences. You spend a lot of time in the water, snorkeling with sea The Galápagos should be on everyone’s bucket list!lions, iguanas, penguins, and all manner of different fish. You get to 9
Partners in Exploration, Conservation, and EducationAs pioneers in exploration and travel, National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions share apassion for adventure, discovery, and conservation. We work together to bring you to the planet’smost incredible places on board the National Geographic fleet of expedition ships.There’s a distinct difference between an ordinary cruise and an expedition explore. With the help of our guests, we have funded research onaboard one of our ships. Our expeditions are immersive and interac- humpback whale behavior in Alaska; supported numerous wildlife-tive—you won’t just see a site, you’ll experience it, hands-on. We dive into monitoring projects; and provided much-needed educational materi-a destination and get to know it well, and set out in small groups with als to local teachers and students in the Galápagos.our on-board experts to learn about the local culture and ecology. We On board a National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions ship, you’llgive our guests the freedom to get out and explore, get in the water, go find yourself kayaking in pristine wildernesses from the Galápagos tohiking and kayaking, and see wildlife up close. On our fleet of ships, we Baja California, slipping into narrow fjords and small harbors in Alaskavalue sunrise photo shoots on deck over lounge acts, and will gladly veer or Norway, examining fascinating creatures with naturalists, andoff course just to follow a pod of orcas or explore a hidden cove. discovering underwater wonders with our cutting-edge on-boardThrough our alliance with Lindblad Expeditions, we support inspiring technology. We look forward to seeing you on deck!initiatives around the globe, with a special focus on the regions we10
FIELD NOTES Doug and Lenore Perry (pictured below) are National Geographic Expeditions LifelongSpecial offers Explorers, having traveled on five of our expeditions. They recently returned from their on some of our latest—a voyage to Antarctica—and were thrilled to share their experience. small-ship expeditions “We’ve subscribed to National Geographic for years and we always got the travel catalog. We’d flip through it, thinking the trips looked like fun. Then, in the fallBook one of the expeditions listed below by of 2008 we finally took our first expedition—to China—and we were sold fromJune 30, 2011 and receive savings ranging from then on. Over the past three years we’ve traveled to six different continents withcomplimentary airfare* to $500 per person off National Geographic. Our friends always asked which place was our favoritethe expedition cost. Offers are for new book- and we could never decide...but then we went to Antarctica on the Nationalings, vary based on destination and departure Geographic Explorer.date, and are subject to availability. Please refer Wow. Wow. It’s beyond explanation. It’s not of this world—not even close to anyto the indicated itinerary pages for details. other place that you could go. Antarctica hit us right between the eyes. It was the • Alaska’s Inside Passage—see page 14 starkness of it, the colors, the bright snow and the brilliant blue sky, the water that • Costa Rica and the changed from gray to beautiful blue. We’ve seen mountains, but these mountains Panama Canal—see page 22 were spectacular, completely covered in ice and snow, like icing on a cake or • Galápagos—see page 24 meringue. And those glaciers! They were white, of course, but then you also see • Also see our special offer on Mysteries this magnificent, indescribable blue. Is it sky blue? Turquoise? Royal blue? Yes! of Ancient Egypt on page 58. Yes! Yes! It’s all of them, all at once!* Complimentary airfare is subject to availability and must bebooked through Lindblad Expeditions. Every day was a sensory overload. We hiked to the top of a hill and could see the Explorer far below and the little red dots of our fellow passengers—everything looked tiny amid the vast expanse of the ice. We’d be out in Zodiacs, sliding silently past seals lying on the ice floes, or get up on land and walk among penguins, who didn’t mind at all that we were there. Being on the National Geographic Explorer was a wonderful experience. We had whale experts, penguin experts, underwater experts, all types of experts! We were novices, and to have that kind of guidance as we were seeing someplace so spectacular was phenomenal—the best experience we could possibly have had. We would do it over again in a heartbeat.” See page 62 for the Journey to Antarctica itinerary. 11
SPOTLIGHT NEW ORLEANS WEEKEND PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPFocus On Photography IN THE WORDS OF With National Geographic National Geographic photographer Tyrone TurnerWhether you’re wandering the bustling streets of New York City or capturing dramaticMoroccan desert landscapes, your camera can be a powerful tool for exploration. We inviteyou into the field with our top photographers to hone your skills and discover fresh perspec-tives. Join a photography workshop, head out on the road on a photography expedition, orclimb aboard our ships, and you’ll improve your photography technique as you experienceextraordinary places in the company of a National Geographic photographer.Photography Workshops Photography ExpeditionsOur workshops offer in-depth photography On our photography expeditions, you’ll take yourinstruction with guidance, critique sessions, and camera on the road, experiencing fantastic spotsphoto assignments in the field built into each through your viewfinder alongside a Nationalday’s schedule. Our weekend workshops are Geographic photographer. We’ve designed thesebased in photogenic places such as New York trips for photographers of all levels, adapting eachCity; San Francisco; New Orleans; Tucson; and itinerary to make the most of photographic op- “History drips off of the wrought iron balconies ofWashington, D.C.; and are led by renowned pho- portunities in the places we visit. As you travel, our the French Quarter like bougainvillea. You meettographers such as Tyrone Turner and Catherine photographers will share tips and techniques to characters on the street that call you ‘sugar’ andKarnow. For a listing of all of our workshops, see help you improve your skills. For a listing of all of ‘baby’—they would be disappointed if you didn’tpages 70–71. our photo expeditions, see pages 72–73. ask to photograph them. New Orleans is my Photo Experts on Our Small-Ship hometown and I have been photographing the Expeditions city since my days as a staff photographer with the local newspaper. In recent years, unfortunate Beginning this year, on all journeys aboard the events like Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill National Geographic fleet, you’ll be joined by a photo instructor who has completed a training have brought me back to New Orleans often to program developed by National Geographic and shoot on assignment for National Geographic. Lindblad Expeditions. The instructor will be on I am continually discovering something new hand to help you improve your photography skills, about the city and the people, and I love sharing and to provide assistance in using your camera that with the students. equipment. In addition to the photo instructor, a My favorite part of the workshop is when we start veteran National Geographic photographer editing the students’ photos. The gems pop out, accompanies every departure on the and the students start to learn about their vision National Geographic Explorer. and their own process of seeing and making photographs. The magic happens when they take this knowledge and go out and make better pictures the next day.”“Our National Geographic photographer wasoutstanding. She gave me exactly what I was hoping for National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner (picturedby focusing on ‘how to see’ and giving us challenging above, reflected in the sphere of a Mardi Gras reveler) leads all of our weekend photography workshops in New Orleans.assignments in various lights and situations.” See page 70 for details. —Elizabeth Atmore, participant Tucson photography workshop with Nevada Wier12
Hunkered down among wildflowers, photographer Kim Heacox gives travelers pointers for capturing their shot. Congratulations TO THE WINNERS OF OUR LATEST PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST! The grand-prize winner (photo at left) received a trip for two on our Antarctica expedition, while two honorable mention winners each received a $500 credit toward a future National Geographic Expedition. Take a look at all the finalists on our website.Grand Prize Honorable Mention Honorable MentionPhilip Dien, Eden Prarie, Minnesota Marlana Wheeland, Washington, D.C. Eric Kruszewski, Richland, WashingtonHanging Out After a Swim Little Dancer, Big Heart Tranquility at Twilight“As we watched from our Zodiac, this polar bear gave her cub a lift as she “This enthusiastic dancer was the youngest “At twilight aboard the National Geographicswam across the bay, shaking herself dry after emerging from the water member on his Rwandan dance team, Sea Bird, one passenger relishes a peacefulwith her cub hanging on.” performing with the most energy and the and solitary moment without the bustlesLand of the Polar Bears expedition biggest heart.” of life.” Tanzania and Rwanda expedition Alaska’s Inside Passage expedition 2011 Photography Contest Grand Prize: A trip for two on our Bhutan Photography Expedition Send us your favorite shots from a National Geographic Expedition or a National Geographic/Lindblad Expedition you have registered for or traveled on before December 31, 2010. All entries must be received by July 1, 2011. For contest rules and more information, or to enter, visit 2011 Call for Entries nationalgeographicexpeditions.com. 13
NORTH AMERICA Alaska’s Inside Passage Experience the remarkable beauty of southeastern Alaska on a voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion into a land of mist- shrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Search for orcas and humpback whales, kayak around dramatic icebergs, spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park, and learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage. EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Kayak into protected coves and look for sea otters, seabirds, and whales. • Hike through lush forest trails to cascading wa- terfalls, and take a Zodiac into sheltered coves where brown bears feed. • Watch for calving ice in the iceberg-laden waters of Glacier Bay National Park. • Meet members of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn about the local whale population. ITINERARY (8 days) keeping an eye out for feeding bears on the EXPEDITION shoreline and mountain goats on the cliffs above. Our approach during this voyage is one of discovery. TEAM We take time to stop and explore this beautiful and (B, L, D) intriguing land up close, in the company of expert A diverse team of natural- naturalists who have an intimate knowledge of the Day 3 Petersburg ists and Alaska specialists region. Our small ship has the flexibility to take you Discover the small town of Petersburg on Mitkof joins each voyage. On our ashore to places that few others see. The long days Island, founded more than 100 years ago by August 14 and 21, 2011 of summer allow for wildlife viewing well into the Norwegian fishermen. A visit to Petersburg departures, we will also evening hours. provides a glimpse of a true Alaskan town. There be joined by National is an opportunity for an optional flight seeing via Geographic photographer and marine biolo- Day 1 Seattle/Juneau, Alaska floatplane over nearby LeConte Glacier (weather gist Flip Nicklin. Flip is widely regarded as Fly from Seattle to Juneau, the capital of Alaska. permitting) and for hikes on forest trails. Later, one of the world’s leading photographers of Visit the imposing Mendenhall Glacier and the cruise out to spot whales in the southern part of whales and has been named NANPA’s 2012 Alaska State Museum, an excellent introduction Frederick Sound; or explore LeConte Bay, a virtual Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year. to Alaska’s natural history and cultures. There sculpture garden of grounded icebergs. (B, L, D) His majestic photos and amazing audio tracks is time to explore Juneau on your own in the of humpbacks and orcas have been featured evening. Day 4 Exploring Frederick Sound and in numerous National Geographic magazines NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD OR Chatham Strait and television specials. Flip migrates with the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION (D) These waters often make for great whale watch- humpbacks, spending summers in the Pacific ing. Look for Steller sea lions stretched out on the Northwest and the Gulf of Alaska, and winters Day 2 Tracy Arm Fjord—Fords Terror Wilderness rocky islands that dot the channels. Take a walk off Maui in Hawaii. Enter Tracy Arm, a spectacular 22-mile-long fjord with naturalists along a quiet forest trail or kayak This trip is operated in association with Lindblad where waterfalls cascade from towering, glacially in the tiny coves in this area. Meet members of Expeditions. carved walls. We maneuver among large icebergs, the Alaska Whale Foundation—whose work is 14 Above: Humpback whales in Alaska display bubble-net feeding behavior.
share stories passed down through oral tradition Watch a short video about this expedition at and art. Later, walk along trails among towering nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/video spruce trees. (B, L, D) Day 7 Exploring Alaska’s Islands, Bays, and Fjords Beachcomb, hike forest trails, explore by kayak, or cruise along Admiralty Island, where the mas- sive brown bear is found, along with perhaps the world’s highest density of nesting bald eagles. If conditions permit, explore the coastlines of some remote islands by kayak. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. (B, L, D)A brown bear catches a salmon in an icy stream. Day 8 Sitka/Seattlesupported by a grant from the National After breakfast, disembark in Sitka, a unique townGeographic/Lindblad Fund—and discuss some with a strong Russian heritage. Visit St. Michael’s INFORMATIONof their recent discoveries about the region’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a testament to Alaska’s roots prior to the U.S. purchase of the Dates:marine mammal population. (B, L, D) 2011 & 2012: From May through August, territory from Russia. Then explore Sitka National expeditions depart every Saturday on theDay 5 Point Adolphus/Chichagof Island Historical Park, where totem poles line serene National Geographic Sea Lion and everyLook for humpback whales at Point Adolphus, a wooded trails. In the early afternoon, transfer to Sunday on the National Geographic Seafavored feeding area. Then cruise along the north- the airport for the flight to Seattle. (B) Bird.* * See calendar on page 82 for specific departure datesern coastline of Chichagof Island and find playful through June 2012. Certain departures follow the itinerarysea otters. Keep an eye out for eagles, which See our Alaska Family Voyage on page 68 and our shown but in the reverse order. Alaska, British Columbia, and the San Juan Islandsare commonplace in the surrounding Tongass Photography Expedition on page 73. Expedition Cost–2011 & 2012:National Forest, the largest national forest in theUnited States. (B, L, D) CATEGORY 1 $5,990 Located on Main Deck CATEGORY 2 $6,790Day 6 Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Located on Upper and Bridge DecksSpend the day exploring magnificent Glacier Bay, CATEGORY 3 $7,890where enormous glaciers flow from the ice fields Located on Upper and Bridge Decksfar above. Watch and hear glaciers calving as tons See deck plan on page 80. Prices are per person,of ice crash into the sea. Venture near islets that double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $3,000 inare home to seabirds such as puffins and Category 1 and $3,400 in Category 2. Airfare is notguillemots, and look for humpback whales and included in the expedition cost. Economy airfare from Seattle to Juneau and return from Sitka is $600orcas. Get a firsthand perspective on Alaska’s (subject to change).indigenous people from a Tlingit cultural inter-preter, who will be on board with us today to An example of colorful native Alaskan Tlingit art. SPECIAL OFFER Book by June 30, 2011 and receive complimentary About the National Geographic Sea Bird/Sea Lion round-trip airfare between Seattle and Alaska on the Accommodating just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins, May 12, 19, or 26, 2012 departures. the National Geographic Sea Bird (pictured left) and National Geographic Sea Lion are large enough to OPTIONAL EXTENSION operate in remote environments in comfort, yet small enough to enter ports and narrow inlets inaccessible Denali National Park (7 Days) to bigger ships. They carry sea kayaks and a fleet of Add a pre- or post-trip extension to Alaska’s Denali Zodiacs, providing easy access to coastlines and other National Park. From verdant forests harboring moose, places of interest. Each cabin faces outside. All cabins caribou, and bears to soaring snowcapped crests have windows and are attractively and comfortably dwarfed by Mount McKinley, Denali is one of the furnished with lower berths, private bathrooms, reading country’s great treasures. Hike, bike, and canoe in this lights, and individual climate control. The ships are remarkable wilderness. Visit our website or call for authorized to operate in the Tongass National Forest details. under a Forest Service Special Use Permit. RESERVE ONLINE AT NATIONALGEOGRAPHICEXPEDITIONS.COM 15
Alaska Wildlife AdventureNORTH AMERICA EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Alaska’s sweeping tundra and lush forests on a variety of hikes, spotting caribou, moose, wolves, and Dall sheep. • Ride to Denali National Park aboard the historic Alaska Railroad, enjoying magnificent views of the Alaska Range along the way. • Take a scenic flight to remote Redoubt Bay to watch bears in their natural habitat, and float past massive Spencer Glacier on a leisurely rafting trip. • Stay in cozy private cabins in the heart of Denali, and at a luxury resort surrounded by peaks and glaciers. ITINERARY (8 days) Days 3 and 4 Denali National Park Day 1 Fairbanks, Alaska The next two days are devoted to exploring Denali. Arrive in Fairbanks and gather for a welcome The lodge offers guided hikes of varying degrees reception and dinner. of difficulty, as well as mountain biking, fly- SPRINGHILL SUITES (D) fishing, and gold-panning. While in the park, keep your eye out for the many migrating birds that Day 2 Fairbanks/Denali National Park congregate in Denali for summer breeding. You Step aboard the celebrated Alaska Railroad and may spot golden plovers, arctic loons, jaegers, travel through rolling taiga forests to Denali and eagles. An optional flight-seeing trip around National Park; then drive into the heart of the Mount McKinley is available, weather permitting, park in search of caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly and you may also choose to attend an optional bears, and moose. En route to our remote lodge dogsledding talk and demonstration. (B, L, D DAILY) in the historic mining settlement of Kantishna, witness Alaska’s stunning scenery, from glacier- fed braided rivers to the peaks of the Alaska Day 5 Denali/Anchorage lakeshore, enjoy a scenic rafting trip on Spencer Range. Take advantage of an early morning drive out Lake, floating within arm’s reach of icebergs. Or DENALI BACKCOUNTRY LODGE (B, L, D) of the park to catch wildlife during one of their you may choose to embark on a day cruise on most active periods. Then board the Alaska Prince William Sound, watching for marine birds, Railroad for the scenic ride through the Alaska seals, whales, and calving glaciers. Celebrate your Range to Anchorage. Alaska adventure at tonight’s farewell dinner. HILTON ANCHORAGE (B, L, D) (B, L, D) Day 6 Redoubt Bay/Girdwood EXPERT Each summer, thousands of salmon swim up- Day 8 Anchorage After breakfast, return to Anchorage to connect stream into the lakes and rivers of Redoubt Bay, ROMAN DIAL with your flight home. (B) providing food for one of the most concentrated bear populations in Alaska. A floatplane takes A professor at Alaska Pacific you right into Redoubt Bay—located near the University, Roman Dial Lake Clark National Park and Preserve—to watch INFORMATION teaches courses in ecology, for brown bears frolicking at the water’s edge or outdoor skills, and math. He Dates: feeding on spawning salmon. Early this evening, 2011: July 8–15 • August 5–12 has climbed, hiked, and skied fly back to Anchorage and transfer to our stunning across the major mountain Expedition Cost: $6,595 hotel in Girdwood. ranges of Alaska. Roman’s 800-mile mountain Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single HOTEL ALYESKA (B, L, D) room, add $1,000. The charter flight between bike traverse of the Alaska Range was featured Anchorage and Redoubt Bay is included in the in the May 1997 issue of National Geographic expedition cost. Airfare from/to your home city is Day 7 Spencer Glacier magazine, and his “canopy trek” through not included. Board the Alaska Railroad for the short journey Australia appeared in the March 2003 issue. to Spencer Glacier. After a picnic lunch on the Roman will accompany the August departure. Carl Tobin will join the July departure. See our website for Carl’s bio. Above: A bull moose pauses among the wildflowers of Denali’s tundra. 16
Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Hike three of the country’s most celebrated national parks with an expert naturalist and learn about the unique flora, fauna, and geology of the region. • Meander through a gallery of colorful pinnacles and spires in Bryce, and climb to a lookout for a panoramic view of Zion’s fascinating sandstone formations. • Watch the sun set over the Grand Canyon from the comfort of our lodgings on the less crowded North Rim. • Take in spectacular scenery on a rafting trip on the Colorado River just before it drops into Grand Canyon National Park.ITINERARY (8 days) walk between Inspiration and Sunset Points for aDay 1 Las Vegas, Nevada memorable view of Bryce Amphitheater. BRYCE CANYON LODGE (B, L, D DAILY)Arrive in Las Vegas and gather for a welcomereception and dinner.GREEN VALLEY RANCH (D) Day 4 Colorado River/Grand Canyon Sweeping vistas of spectacular mesas andDays 2 and 3 Kolob Canyons/Bryce Canyon mountains surround you on today’s journey to theOur journey into canyon country begins with Grand Canyon. Float down the Colorado River ona stop in Kolob Canyons, a spectacular, lesser a leisurely rafting trip, starting at the head of theknown area of Zion National Park. From here, Grand Canyon. After lunch, look for reintroducedbeautiful landscapes unfold as we continue to condors along the Vermilion Cliffs en route to ourBryce Canyon National Park. Stop for breathtaking lodge, the only accommodations on the Northviews at Fairyland Point. Later, settle into com- Rim. Settle into simple cabins for the next twofortable accommodations at the historic Bryce nights, and enjoy fabulous views of the sunsetCanyon Lodge. The next day, you may choose to over the canyon. GRAND CANYON LODGE (B, L, D) thrive here and which birds are attracted by thedrive along the rim or hike into the heart of Bryce,a maze of richly colored rock spires and eroded canyon’s oasis. The next day, explore the narrowsformations known as hoodoos. Take an evening Day 5 Grand Canyon of the Virgin River, and climb to Scout Lookout for From overlooks at Point Imperial and Cape Royal, a panoramic view of the stunning rock sculptures take in impressive vistas of the canyon, where in Zion Canyon. vivid, colored layers tell stories of ancient seas and FLANIGAN’S INN (B, L, D DAILY) life-forms. Experience the vastness of the chasm as you walk an easy trail along the canyon rim. EXPERT Look for wildlife and learn about the wildflowers Day 8 Zion/Las Vegas Following breakfast, return to Las Vegas for your and trees that grow in this stunning landscape. flight home. (B) KIRT KEMPTER Return to the lodge at day’s end for a stroll to Bright Angel Point. (B, L, D) Kirt Kempter is a field geolo- gist and teacher based in INFORMATION Days 6 and 7 Zion Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Head north to Zion National Park this morning. Dates: Fulbright Fellow, Kirt has led Lush hanging gardens, waterfalls, and massive 2011: September 3–10 • September 17–24 many geologic expeditions Navajo sandstone walls distinguish this park from to Bryce, Zion, and Grand Expedition Cost: $3,495 all others. Hike the Emerald Pools Trail, listening Price is per person, double occupancy. For a singleCanyon National Parks, and has published to the call of a canyon wren and passing under the room, add $820. Airfare from/to your home city isnumerous geologic maps and articles on the cool spray of a waterfall. Learn which wildflowers not included in the expedition cost.geology of the American Southwest. He hasconducted fieldwork on a National Geographic– Above: Russet rock pinnacles dwarf hikers in Bryce Canyonfunded project, as well as studies of plate tecton- National Park.ics and volcanism around the world.Kirt will accompany both departures. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-888-966-8687 17
NORTH AMERICA Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Walk through towering stands of giant sequoias, some of the largest living trees in the world. • Hike the lesser known Panorama Trail and encounter Yosemite’s legendary sights from a unique perspective. • Climb to Moro Rock to take in majestic views of the canyons, peaks, and cliffs of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. • Meet a Miwok Indian elder, and learn how Yosemite’s history intersects with the lives of conservationist John Muir and photographer Ansel Adams. ITINERARY (8 days) of towering granite cliffs and dramatic waterfalls, Day 1 Fresno, California/Sequoia National Park and an inspiration for photographer Ansel Adams Meet at the Fresno airport and drive to Sequoia and conservationist John Muir. Enter the park National Park. Along with its neighboring park, from the south, pausing for a breathtaking pan- Kings Canyon, the park is home to nearly half orama of these iconic landscapes. Our afternoon of the world’s known sequoia groves. Settle into walk brings us to the famed Lower Yosemite Falls. YOSEMITE LODGE AT THE FALLS (B, L, D) our mountain lodge and gather this evening for a welcome reception. WUKSACHI LODGE (D) Day 4 Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley Day 2 Sequoia National Park Drive to Glacier Point for a sweeping view of This morning, visit the largest tree (by volume) in Yosemite Valley. Then set out on the Panorama the world, General Sherman. Then explore Giant Trail through lesser known areas of the park. Forest on a variety of walks and hikes with our nat- Stand on the precipice of Nevada Falls, and enjoy uralists. Learn about forest ecology as you wander a unique perspective on El Capitan, Half Dome, between the massive trunks of ancient sequoias, and Sentinel Rock. (B, L, D) and enjoy a picnic among “the giants.” (B, L, D) view from Wawona Point. Tonight, celebrate your Day 5 Tuolumne Meadows adventure at a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D) Day 3 Yosemite National Park Head into the high mountain meadows and hike Journey to the magnificent Yosemite Valley, a land across the Tuolumne River, crossing over a large Day 8 Fresno mound of glacier-polished granite. If you wish, After breakfast, depart for the Fresno airport, climb up this granite dome and enjoy a fabulous arriving around noon. (B) panorama of the entire park from the top. After dinner, gather for an intimate discussion with a EXPERT Miwok Indian elder around a campfire. (B, L, D) INFORMATION BETSY ROBINSON Dates: Day 6 Southern Yosemite National Park 2011: August 20–27 • September 17–24 Travel to the south end of Yosemite and take a September 24–October 1 Wildlife biologist Betsy nature walk. This afternoon, a historian from the Robinson is a naturalist Pioneer Yosemite History Center joins us for a talk Expedition Cost: $3,995 guide, a teacher, and an avid Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single about the fascinating history of the park. outdoorswoman who has room, add $1,130. Airfare from/to your home city is WAWONA HOTEL (B, L, D) hiked, camped, and explored not included in the expedition cost. Yosemite extensively. She What to Expect: Day 7 Mariposa Grove has researched grizzly bears on Kodiak Island This is an active exploration with numerous hiking Immerse yourself in a sea of colossal trees in and conducted bird surveys in Prince William options on well-maintained trails that may include Mariposa Grove, the largest of Yosemite’s three stairs and/or uneven footing. Elevations range from Sound. Betsy has taught courses at the sequoia groves. Then, if you wish, continue along 4,000 to 8,000 feet. Participants should be physi- National Audubon Society and San Francisco cally fit. This trip is not suitable for those who suffer the less traveled outer loop trail to take in the State University’s Wildland Studies program. from cardiac, respiratory, or circulatory disorders or Betsy will accompany the September departures. Larry a disability that limits mobility. Above: The stunning form of Yosemite’s Mount Watkins Prussin will join the August departure. See our website rises above Mirror Lake. for his bio. 18
Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS • Watch for elk, bison, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, foxes, coyotes, otters, and the elusive gray wolf. Yellowstone’s wildlife spend the winter in low elevation valleys, where they are easier to spot against the sparkling snow. • See famous sites like Old Faithful geyser without the crowds and discover some of the park’s lesser known areas, exploring in the comfort of heated snow coaches. • Learn about the reintroduction of Yellowstone’s wolves and a study, partially funded by the National Geographic Society, on their impact on the park. • Ride a horse-drawn sleigh through the quiet, snowy landscape.ITINERARY (6 days) about wolves and other wildlife for the NationalDay 1 Bozeman, Montana/Mammoth Geographic Society. (B, L, D)Hot Springs, WyomingTravel from Bozeman to Yellowstone National Days 3 and 4 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone/Park, on the lookout for bald eagles, mule deer, Old Faithfulantelope, and bighorn sheep. At Mammoth Hot Travel by private snow coach to the Grand CanyonSprings, settle into a historic national park lodge, of the Yellowstone. Walk to the rim of the spec-and stroll the steaming, colorful mineral-spring tacular gorge to see its thundering waterfall andterraces outlined in pure white snow. the ice arch that forms from the spray. WanderMAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS HOTEL (D) amid the bubbling mud pots and fumaroles of the Upper Geyser Basin. Then continue to OldDay 2 Lamar Valley Faithful to explore on foot or by snowshoe aHead to the open, rolling meadows and wide dramatic landscape of erupting geysers, frozenvistas of the Lamar Valley, where wolves were first waterfalls, and gem-colored mineral pools. Keeprestored to Yellowstone in 1995. Using a spotting an eye out for wildlife—bison, encrusted in ice,scope, search among herds of elk and bison for often stand among the pools for warmth. After INFORMATIONcoyotes, eagles, and the elusive wolf. An Emmy® dark, step outside to admire the incredible canopyaward–winning wildlife cinematographer joins us of stars in one of the world’s best constellation- Dates: viewing spots. 2011: Dec. 20–26*this evening to discuss his career shooting films OLD FAITHFUL SNOW LODGE (B, L, D DAILY) Dec. 26, 2011–Jan. 1, 2012* Dec. 28, 2011–Jan. 2, 2012 Day 5 Yellowstone/Big Sky, Montana 2012: Jan. 15–20 • Jan. 22–27 • Feb. 19–24 After visiting the whimsical Fountain Paint Pots, EXPERT leave the park via the West Yellowstone gate. * The December 20 and 26 departures are one day longer and include an additional night at the 320 Guest Travel to the Gallatin Canyon—near Big Sky, Ranch, with more time to explore the Geyser Basin and JEREMY SCHMIDT Montana—and settle into a comfortable log opportunities for activities such as snowshoeing or cross- cabin lodge. Relax or enjoy a sleigh ride through country skiing. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary. Few people know Yellow- the countryside. Then celebrate your winter Expedition Cost: $2,995 stone country better than adventure in Yellowstone at a farewell dinner. Price is per person, double occupancy. For the wildlife biologist Jeremy 320 GUEST RANCH (B, L, D) December 20 and 26 departures (which are one Schmidt. He has worked day longer) add $500. For a single room, add $620 in and around the park on the December 28, January, and February departures; Day 6 Bozeman and add $750 on the December 20 and 26 departures. for more than 20 years, Return to Bozeman for your flight home. (B) The cost per child 16 years old or younger sharing aincluding stints as a park ranger; a naturalist; room with at least one adult is $2,350 on the Decembera photographer; and an author, writing several 28 departure and $2,850 on the December 20 andarticles for National Geographic Traveler 26 departures. Airfare from/to your home city is not Above: Insulated by thick skin, fur, and layers of fat, a bison included in the expedition cost.magazine. On daily walks, he will interpret wades through an icy stream.the flora and fauna, and give you a newappreciation of the magnificent scenery.Jeremy will accompany all departures except forDecember 28. See our website for the expert on thisdeparture. RESERVE ONLINE AT NATIONALGEOGRAPHICEXPEDITIONS.COM 19