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Top 10: Most Popular Adventures for 2022

Posted on 8/10/2021 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

Herds of zebra are among the many species we’ll spot on game drives in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe during our most popular adventure for 2022.

As we look toward the day when we can travel the world freely again, many travelers are looking ahead to 2022—and already, nearly 56,000 travelers have reserved a 2022 adventure with O.A.T. These are our 10 most popular journeys.

To accommodate travelers who are planning even further ahead, we have opened 2023 departures of many O.A.T. adventures—and you can reserve any adventure with confidence with our Risk-Free Booking Policy through 12/31/21.

1. Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari —17-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

Rudy Maxa's World: South Africa, Cape Town

Discover the singularly beautiful city of Cape Town with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

Travelers reserved for 2022: 2,411

From world-famous Chobe National Park to the majestic Okavango Delta—this safari has it all. On this adventure, we’ll spend 12 nights in small lodges and tented camps and enjoy up to 19 game-viewing drives with our sharp-eyed Trip Experience Leaders and expert, naturalist driver-guides. We'll also truly get to know the people of Southern Africa when we spend A Day in the Life in a small village and share a meal with a local family during a Home-Hosted Dinner.

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2. Egypt & the Eternal Nile by Private, Classic River-Yacht —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

5 nights aboard the privately-chartered 16-passenger Asiya, Aida, Amunet, or Aton

Our most popular independent film:

Egypt Land of the Nile

Gain insights into American perceptions of Egypt in this nostalgic travelogue filmed in the 1960s.


Travelers reserved for 2022: 2,198

On this adventure, journey back to the days of the pharaohs and experience the romance of the golden age of travel. We’ll spend five nights aboard an elegant classic private river-yacht—exclusive to our small group of 8-16 travelers—as we slowly drift along the fabled waters of the Nile. Discover ancient Egypt’s enduring legacy, from the treasures of Tutankhamen in Cairo and great temples of Luxor to the remote Valley of the Kings and tranquil enchantment of Aswan.

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3. Sicily’s Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Tradition —15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Sicily

Join Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa for a tour of Sicily’s timeless treasures.


Travelers reserved for 2022: 1,743

On this Sicily travel experience, you'll discover an Italian island with more than 3,000 years of history. Once home to a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate, a Norman kingdom, and more, traces of ancient conquerors can still be found in Sicily’s well-preserved ruins, elegant architecture, and gastronomic delights. And thanks to our expert Trip Experience Leader and small group size—just 8-16 travelers, with an average of 13—you can go behind the scenes and off the beaten path, where you’ll discover authentic cultural experiences with the friendly, fiercely-proud Sicilian people.

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4. Crossroads of the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia —18-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Discover Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast—including its crown jewel of Dubrovnik—with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.


Travelers reserved for 2022: 1,682

Discover the heritage of the Balkans while witnessing stunning coastal scenery, exploring ancient walled cities, and experiencing the pride and resilience of the people of these re-emerging nations. Because we travel in a small group, we'll get to engage with locals in each country we visit and learn about their current lives, thoughts on Tito’s legacy, and wartime experiences—and discover how varied ethnic identities and traditions have often led to differing views about the events of the complicated breakup of Yugoslavia.

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5. Morocco Sahara Odyssey —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

The Blue City

Learn from a local about the distinctive colors of Chefchaouen, a historic Moroccan city in the Rif Mountains.


Travelers reserved for 2022: 1,607

Morocco travel enthralls even the most experienced adventurer. Tradition infuses its labyrinthine medinas, overflowing with centuries-old customs and the colorful bounty of the Earth. Village oases seem to rise from the desert, and the mighty Sahara, a timeless sea of sand, stretches to infinity. During this comprehensive adventure, we’ll camp under the Sahara’s starry skies in a tented camp for two nights—and even explore by camel.

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6. Japan's Cultural Treasures —15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film: Japan:

Japan: The Contemporary and the Ancient

Follow the Grannies on Safari in Kusatsu, Kyoto, and Tokyo as they attend a tea ceremony, belt out some karaoke tunes, and more.


Travelers reserved for 2022: 1,462

Travel to Japan with O.A.T., and discover an Asian land both modern and ancient. Join us as we explore more than 2,000 years of Japanese history and culture, from ultra-modern Tokyo to the former imperial capital of Kyoto, and all the way back to Kanazawa’s unique samurai architecture. In this unequaled country, colorful Shinto festivals snakes past Tokyo skyscrapers, a modern bullet train speeds past a farmer tending his rice paddies, and majestic Mount Fuji provides an iconic backdrop for Hakone, where locals and travelers alike relax in volcanic hot springs.

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7. Northern Italy: The Alps, Dolomites & Lombardy —15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Milan and Lake Como

Join Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa on a journey through Italy’s stunning Lombardy region.


Travelers reserved for 2022: 1,300

Witness the awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural treasures of Northern Italy on a journey from the fashion capital of Milan and romance of the Lombardy Lakes to the snow-covered Alps and towering pinnacles of the Dolomites. Witness hidden gems and off-the-beaten path locales that are exclusive to O.A.T. And thanks to our small group size, get up close and personal with the people who live and work amidst the verdant valleys and Alpine splendor of Italy’s northernmost lands.

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8. The Baltic Capitals & St. Petersburg —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

Rudy Maxa's World: Estonia

Visit Estonia with host Rudy Maxa and discover the relatively new freedom of this small nation emerging from 50 years of Soviet occupation.

Travelers reserved for 2022: 1,179

Few regions possess a more turbulent history than Russia and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. After countless wars, occupations—even a “singing” revolution—these countries have re-emerged to reveal their splendor to the world. Immerse yourself in these destinations through NEW features, such as a visit to the Cold War museum coupled with a conversation about the tumultuous time, exploring the grounds where the “Singing Revolution” took place, and admiring Latvia's signature architectural style at the Art Nouveau Museum. Plus, be among the first of our travelers to discover an Estonian village, a NEW Grand Circle Foundation site, where you'll make cross-cultural connections with the local residents during A Day in the Life experience.

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9. Irish Adventure: Dublin, Belfast & the Northwest Counties —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Ireland’s West Coast

Be charmed by the Celtic culture that abounds on Ireland’s west coast with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.


Travelers reserved for 2022: 1,133

Encounter many sides of Ireland’s legendary wonders and tumultuous past as you explore thousands of years of history throughout the island. The country holds a controversial history that often goes undiscovered, and we'll uncover the good, the bad, and the ugly of Ireland's heritage though conversations with those who've endured these tough times. Whether it’s the stunning Cliffs of Moher rising from the Atlantic or the cozy pubs lining cobbled city streets, the rich history and natural splendor witnessed across Ireland is sure to captivate you.

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10. Machu Picchu & the Galápagos —17-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 13)
3 or 4 nights aboard a privately-chartered 16-passenger Galápagos small ship

Our most popular independent film:

Peru – Cuzco & Machu Picchu

Discover the folk art of Cuzco and the history of Machu Picchu with the "Grannies on Safari."


Travelers reserved for 2022: 876

Travel to Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands with O.A.T. to discover two of Latin America’s most fascinating destinations. First, follow in the footsteps of the ancients as you walk among the impressive ruins of the “Lost City of the Incas” and experience Peruvian culture in the Andean landscape of the Sacred Valley. Then continue to Ecuador's Galápagos Islands, where you may swim in unspoiled waters with rollicking sea lions as your playmates. You'll also find a living laboratory of Darwin’s theory of evolution in these "Enchanted Isles."

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