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NEW Adventures

Our travelers are always looking for new opportunities to explore the world. That’s why we’re excited to share our newest adventures with Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.)—and Small Ship Adventures with Grand Circle Cruise Line (GCCL). Departures are ready to reserve now, and filling quickly. Be among the first to join our brand new adventures to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Antarctica, and be sure to check this page often— we’ll be announcing more new adventures soon!

Call us at 1-800-955-1925 to reserve a 2017 or 2018 departure today.

7 NEW adventures to Europe

Trip Highlights

  • Journey to the enigmatic Hill of Tara, where folklore places the seat of the ancient High Kings, and artifacts reveal stories as tied to Ireland’s history as they are to myth.
  • Explore Belfast like a local in one of the city’s famed black taxis, gleaning personal insights from your driver into Northern Ireland’s turbulent past, still evident in the city’s monuments and murals
  • Discover Ireland’s breathtaking cliffs, including the iconic, 700-foot Cliffs of Moher, and the cliffs at Slieve League which, though lesser known, are nearly three times as high.

County Clare • Connemara • Donegal • Derry • Belfast • Dublin
16 day Small Group Adventures from $4795
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
County Kerry: Killarney & Dingle
7 nights pre-trip from $1995
Dublin, Ireland
5 nights post-trip from $1495

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Alpine villages where a trio of languages—German, Italian, and Ladin—are spoken, and uncover the melding of Italian and Austrian cultures beneath the towering peaks of the Dolomites
  • Cross the Alps into Switzerland aboard the Bernina Express, one of just a handful of rail journeys recognized by UNESCO as “universally outstanding,” and step off the train to walk on an ancient glacier
  • Uncover the region’s culinary riches by connecting with a variety of artisanal producers including a family that has been producing bresaola for generations, a historic wine cellar in Franciacorta, an Italian cooking lesson, and more

Milan • Tirano • Franciacorta • Verona • Bressanone (Dolomites) • Bassano del Grappa
15 day Small Group Adventure from $4595
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Genoa & Cinque Terre
5 nights pre-trip from $1495
Venice
4 nights post-trip from $1495

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness Iceland’s iconic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, as they frost the surrounding cliffs in a layer of sparkling white ice
  • Join locals in an evening soak at Secret Lagoon, the natural hot springs of a geothermal field complete with nearby geyser, and keep an eye on the heavens for a lucky sighting of the northern lights
  • Learn how one of Iceland’s core industries—fishing—is getting a 21st-century makeover at the Ocean Cluster House, where we’ll discuss whaling, fish quotas, and sustainability with an Icelandic entrepreneur

Reykjavik • Golden Circle • Fludir
9 day Small Group Adventures from $3645
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Copenhagen, Denmark
5 nights pre-trip from $1695
Worlds of Fire: Iceland’s Westman Islands
3 nights post-trip from $1595

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit a local mozzarella cheese factory and learn from the cheesemakers how—by using rarer and more flavorful buffalo milk—Italy’s iconic soft cheese is made using a centuries-old technique. You’ll get to taste the delicious results as well
  • Discover a confluence of ancient Albanian traditions and Italian hospitality as you lift a glass and exclaim salute (health) during a Home-Hosted Lunch with a local family in Civita, an ancient mountainside village set on the slopes of Italy’s Mount Pollino
  • Stroll the ancient streets of Siracusa’s historical center, Ortygia, stopping to admire the magnificent Greek-temple-turned cathedral that anchors the grand Piazza del Duomo (central square) before enjoying free time to explore the colorful markets overflowing with produce and fishmongers proudly displaying the catch of the day

Italy: Rome, Anzio, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Civita • Sicily: Salina, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Mdina
16 day Small Ship Adventure from $6995
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Tuscany: Florence & Siena
5 nights from $1,395
The Langhe Countryside & Lake Orta
5 nights from $1,595

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Trip Highlights

  • Uncover another side of Venice when you visit the quieter islands of its lagoon—peaceful, sparsely-populated Torcello and the colorful fishing village of Burano. And of course, you’ll explore the main island—a city enchanted—where waterways replace pavement
  • Step into the pages of a fairytale as you wander Alberobello—a small town nestled in Southern Italy. Lining the streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site are its characteristic trulli, charming conical-roofed homes of crisp, white limestone
  • Get a true taste of Italia—literally and figuratively—as you make your way through the twisty, winding groves of a family-owned olive farm. Learning about the plants and their cultivation as you stroll, and enjoy a sampling of the resultant olive oil during a light lunch onsite

Italy: Venice, Ravenna • Republic of San Marino • Italy: Urbino, L’Aquila, Tremiti Islands, Monopoli, Alberobello, Otranto, Stilo, Riace • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Marsaxlokk, Mdina
17 day Small Ship Adventure from $7395
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Ljubljana & Trieste
5 nights from $1,495
Rome, Italy
4 nights from $945

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Trip Highlights

  • Take a sobering tour through World War II history when you explore Risiera di San Sabba, a five-story rice factory that was converted into a concentration camp. Here, more than 3,000 enemies of the Nazi Party were killed—and thousands of Jews passed through its gates en route to Auschwitz
  • Imagine the roar of an ancient Roman crowd as you explore Pula, Croatia’s three-level arena—the most complete ancient Roman amphitheater on Earth, which has hosted gladiator battles, knightly tournaments, and even rock concerts from the legends of today
  • Wander through Piran, admiring the eclectic mix of architecture—from the romantic structure of the Venetian House to the medieval Punta Lighthouse and the baroque Cathedral of St. George. Discover another cultural staple of the Slovenian peninsula when you stand before the towering Giuseppe Tartini statue in the main square

Italy: Venice • Slovenia: Piran • Croatia: Pula, Rovinj • Italy: Aquileia, Trieste
12 day Small Ship Adventure from $3795
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Ravenna & Padua, Italy
6 nights from $1295
Verona & Lake Como, Italy
5 nights from $1395

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Trip Highlights

  • Get swept up in a garden described as the most romantic in the world: Ninfa, a 260-acre English-style park encompassing an ancient Roman settlement. During your exclusive visit, witness vines creeping up crumbling castle walls, rivers trickling under medieval stone bridges, and sky peeking through moss-covered archways
  • Discover an authentic slice of Italian life in Procida—a tiny island in the Bay of Naples that no other Americans-only company visits. Stroll among the multi-hued buildings, gaze out at the sparkling turquoise waters, and revel an authentic locals-only vibe as you explore at your leisure
  • Set sail for Isole Tremiti, an archipelago of three islands heralded as the pearls of the Adriatic. Ruggedly beautiful, these uncovered gems offer both spectacular natural scenery and a long, rich history—the two larger islands have been inhabited since the second millennium B.C. But it’s the inviting turquoise waters that will truly leave visitors breathless

Italy: Rome, Anzio, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Civita • Sicily: Salina, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Mdina • Italy: Riace, Stilo, Otranto, Alberobello, Monopoli, Tremiti Islands, L’Aquila, Urbino • Republic of San Marino • Italy: Ravenna, Venice
27 day Small Ship Adventure from $11,590
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Tuscany: Florence & Siena
5 nights from $1395
Trieste & Ljubljana
6 nights from $1495

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NEW adventure to the Middle East

*Information below pertains to 2018. Itinerary and pricing for 2017 may vary.

Trip Highlights

  • Behold the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the last of the remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and a bastion of pharaonic influence and ingenuity that towers over the swirling desert sands of Giza. As you gaze up at this commanding structure—and the Khafre and Menkaure pyramids that flank it—you’ll be transported to a bygone era of deep spirituality and profound mystery
  • Explore the rose-hued edifices of Petra, a former Nabatean capital that was painstakingly carved into the sandstone cliff faces of modern-day Jordan around 300 BC. Comprised of a series of temples, tombs, and tunnels, 85% of this UNESCO World Heritage Site remains buried by the sands of time
  • Join the ranks of ancient sailors and tradesmen when you embark our privately owned 89-passenger M/V Clio small ship for a voyage from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea along the storied Suez Canal, a 150-year-old waterway that courses through the Egyptian desert, splits the African and Asian continents, and serves as a vital route for world commerce

Israel: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Tiberias, Golan Heights • Egypt: Suez Canal, Giza Pyramids, Luxor & Valley of the Kings • Jordan: Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Petra, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Dead Sea, Bethany Beyond the Jordan • Allenby Bridge Border Crossing • Israel: Jerusalem
17 day Small Ship Adventure from $8,095
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Palestinian Discovery
5 nights from $995
Jerusalem & Masada, Israel
4 nights from $895

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NEW adventure to Africa

Trip Highlights

  • See South Africa’s rich diversity of wildlife—lions, zebras, rhinos, and more— during a bush-walk at Kruger National Park and multiple game-viewing drives in both Kruger and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
  • Gain insight into the dark legacy of apartheid in Johannesburg as you visit historic sites in Soweto, including the place where young protestor Hector Pieterson was killed in 1976, becoming a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government
  • Interact with students and teachers at a rural school near Kruger National Park to see how contributions to Grand Circle Foundation have been helping to make a difference in the lives of African children

Johannesburg • Kruger National Park • Swaziland • Hluhluwe • Port Elizabeth • Tsitsikamma • Cape Town
19 day Small Group Adventures from $5495
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Big Five Bush Safari: Entabeni Game Reserve
4 nights pre-trip from $1195
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
3 nights post-trip from $1395
Cape Town
3 nights post-trip from $795

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3 NEW adventures to Asia

*Information below pertains to 2018. Itinerary and pricing for 2017 may vary.

Trip Highlights

  • Meet and enjoy lunch with the impressive “ama”—or “sea women”—who make their living free-diving for pearls, octopus, lobster, sea urchins and more in the waters off of Mikimoto Pearl Island
  • Experience two distinct cultures in South Korea and Japan, witnessing relics dating back to the Silla dynasty, and exploring shrines to Buddha and the Shinto gods
  • Venture into the Demilitarized Zone, the buffer area between North and South Korea established at the end of the Korean War to encourage peaceful negotiations

South Korea: Seoul • Daegu • Gyeongju • Japan: Tokyo • Toba • Kyoto
17 day Small Group Adventure from $6395
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Eastern China: Shanghai & Suzhou
6 nights pre-trip from $1795
Hiroshima
3 nights post-trip from $1395

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover age-old Sikkim traditions in the small countryside hamlet of Martam, India, where you’ll meet with a local shaman in his home, have lunch with a village leader and his family, and see what life is like at a local organic farm
  • Visit one of the oldest tea estates in the Darjeeling Hills, where you’ll talk to a planter, learn about the tea-making process, and sip some of the famous blends introduced by the British during the colonial era
  • Journey to Bhutan’s holiest site—Tiger’s Nest Monastery—a Buddhist temple complex perched on the face of a sheer cliff 3,000 feet above the mist-filled clouds of the Paro Valley

India: Delhi • Martam • Darjeeling • Bhutan: Thimphu • Gangtey • Punakha • Paro
19 day Small Group Adventure from $5395
including international airfare

Stopover in Dubai: 3 nights $595

Trip extensions:
India’s Sacred Cities of the North: Amritsar & Dharamsala
6 nights pre-trip from $1595
Nepal's Modern & Ancient: Kathmandu & Bandipur
5 nights post-trip from $1395

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Trip Highlights

  • Relive the days of the Silk Road by journeying across the vast sands of the Kyzyl Kum Desert to Bukhara, stopping at a small village to relax at a local tea house like merchants in ancient camel caravans have done for centuries
  • Witness legendary Uzbek hospitality firsthand while visiting Khiva, where you’ll sit down to lunch with a local family and be entertained by the music of traditional Karakalpak throat singers
  • Visit an Akhal-Teke horse farm to view the golden stallions considered the pride of Turkmenistan, and meet with the farm’s owner to learn about one of the oldest equine breeds in existence

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan • Uzbekistan • Khiva • Bukhara • Samarkand • Tashkent
16 day Small Group Adventure from $5995
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Kyrgzystan & Kazahkstan
7 nights pre-trip from $2495
Tajikistan: Khujand & Dushanbe
6 nights post-trip from $2595

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NEW adventure to Antarctica

Trip Highlights

  • Set off in pursuit of 66° 33´S—the Antarctic Circle—and celebrate a momentous travel milestone as you cross over this latitude to the “bottom of the world.” Experience an icy paradise unlike anywhere else on earth—a realm that most Antarctic travelers rarely visit
  • See more of Antarctica with three additional nights aboard the M/V Corinthian expedition ship. Witness the delicate pink light of the summer sun, miles of snow-capped mountains, and massive tabular icebergs larger than any you’ll find in more accessible areas of the seventh continent
  • Venture out into less-frequented waters during additional Zodiac excursions, and enjoy even more landings on the unspoiled shores of the peninsula and its surrounding islands (when weather allows)

Argentina: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego • Antarctic Expedition Cruise: Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Circle
17 day Small Ship Adventure from $13,895
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Bariloche, Argentina: Patagonian Andes & Lakes
5 nights from $1695
Iguassu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
3 nights from $995

With just two departures available, this 2018 adventure will sell out. Reserve today!

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