NEW Destinations to Explore with O.A.T. in 2019

Our travelers are always looking for new opportunities to explore the world. That’s why we’re excited to share our newest adventures on the road less traveled. Departures are ready to reserve now, and filling quickly. Be among the first to join our Small Group Adventures to Argentina’s rugged northwest, Egypt, Bhutan, southern Africa—plus Small Ship Adventures to the east and west coasts of Italy, and more.

Call us at 1-800-955-1925 to reserve your departure today.

Small Ship Adventures

South America
The Middle East
Europe

Small Group Adventures

Africa

Trip Highlights

  • Experience a jungle trek in the mist-covered slopes of the Virunga volcanoes for a face-to-face encounter with one of last remaining sanctuaries of mountain gorilla families on the planet
  • Learn about Rwanda’s colonial past and its history of ethnic tensions that culminated in the 1994 genocide through haunting exhibits at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which was conceived both as a tribute to genocide victims and to ensure that this history is never repeated
  • Go on up to four game-viewing drives in Akagera, one of the continent’s oldest national parks, a scenic wonderland that is home to the “Big Five” and considered one of Africa’s best-kept safari secrets

Rwanda: Kigali, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park
11 day Small Group Adventure from $7995 including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Uganda: The Pearl of Africa
5 nights pre-trip from $2995
Tanzania Safari: Manyara, Ngorongoro & the Serengeti
6 nights post-trip from $3495

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend three nights aboard a ten-cabin safari cruise boat, exclusively chartered for our small group, and moor in private bays, only sharing space with other boats at the main harbor when we begin and end our cruise
  • Explore scenic Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe’s largest lake, and its neighboring Sengwe and Rusi River systems, witnessing a more aquatic side of African wildlife—including hippos, crocodiles, and more—during game-viewing cruises and fishing excursions on small tender boats
  • See billions of gallons of water tumble over a cliff at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and explore the lush rainforest that thrives in the mist thrown off by the cascade

South Africa: Kruger • Zimbabwe: Hwange, 3-night Lake Kariba Cruise, Victoria Falls • Botswana: Chobe
18 day Small Group Adventure from $5695 including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Botswana's Okavango Delta
5 nights pre-trip from $2295
Cape Town & The Cape of Good Hope
4 nights post-trip from $1395

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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

South Africa: Johannesburg, Kruger National Park • Swaziland: Mbabane • South Africa: Hluhluwe, Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma, Cape Town
19 day Small Group Adventure from $6095 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 $1495

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Asia

Trip Highlights

  • Set off on a rafting excursion along the scenic Mo Chhu (Mother) River, a gently-flowing waterway that links up with the Pho Chhu (Father) River at one of Bhutan’s most ancient monasteries
  • Meet with the monks and learn about the most ancient form of Tibetan Buddhism at Gangtey Goenpa, a remote 17th-century monastery set on a forested hill overlooking Bhutan’s Phobjikha Valley
  • 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 • Bhutan: Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha, Paro
16 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
7 nights pre-trip from $1995
Nepal: Kathmandu & Annapurna Mountain Trek
5 nights post-trip from $1595

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience Central Asian culture in Bukhara, where you’ll mingle with locals at the city’s domed bazaars, learn about centuries-old Jewish heritage at a 16th-century synagogue, and meet with a puppet maker to learn about his ancient craft
  • Journey to Nukus, capital of the autonomous Karakalpakstan Republic, a remote locale near the Aral Sea, where you’ll visit a prestigious museum housing the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art
  • 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

Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Nukus • Turkmenistan: Ashgabat
18 day Small Group Adventure from $6295 including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Tajikistan: Khujand & Dushanbe
5 nights pre-trip from $2395
Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan
7 nights post-trip from $2595

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Europe

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the hidden coves and ancient ruins of the Turquoise Coast for four nights aboard a private Turkish gulet, where you can dive off the teak-lined decks and spend restful nights bobbing in the sheltered, tranquil waters of the Aegean
  • Visit some of Istanbul’s more off-the-beaten path locales, including hidden markets where the locals go to shop, and take a short ferry ride “across the continent” to visit Kadıköy, a trendy neighborhood popular with the locals on the Asian side of the city
  • See what everyday life was like in ancient times along the marble streets of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world, and receive a “behind the scenes” tour of some ongoing archaeological excavations

Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, 4-Night Turquoise Coast private gulet cruise, Ephesus
17 day Small Group Adventure from
$3995 including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Azerbaijan: Baku & the Land of Fire
6 nights pre-trip from $2895
Northwest Turkey: Kazdaglari, Canakkale & Istanbul
6 nights post-trip from $1395

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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

Ireland: County Clare, Connemara, Donegal • Northern Ireland: Derry, Belfast • Ireland: Dublin
16 day Small Group Adventure from $5095 including international airfare

Trip extensions:
County Kerry: Killarney & Dingle
5 nights pre-trip from $2195
Dublin, Ireland
4 nights post-trip from $1595

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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

Italy: Milan, Tirano, Franciacorta, Verona, Bressanone (Dolomites), Bassano del Grappa
15 day Small Group Adventure from $5095 including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Genoa & Cinque Terre
4 nights pre-trip from $1895
Venice
4 nights post-trip from $1695

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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

Iceland: Reykjavik, Vik, Fludir
9 day Small Group Adventure from $4045 including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Copenhagen, Denmark
4 nights pre-trip from $1795
Worlds of Fire: Iceland’s Westman Islands
3 nights post-trip from $1795

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The Middle East

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise for five nights aboard our dahabeya, a classic river-yacht that glides along the Nile south of Luxor and north of Aswan, exclusive to our small group of just 16 travelers
  • Discover ancient monuments such as the Temple of Khnum in Esna, cruise to small islands and riverside villages, and drift along a narrow stretch of the river to a sandstone quarry whose stones were used to build Egypt’s greatest ancient temples—all places the big river ships must rush by
  • Complement your timeless river cruise by spending nights in Egypt’s most historic hotels, including a former royal palace in Cairo, a Luxor hotel built by British explorers, and a legendary 19th-century Victorian palace along the Nile in Aswan

Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, 5-night Nile River-Yacht cruise, Abu Simbel, Aswan, Cairo
16 day Small Group Adventure from $4295
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Jerusalem, Israel
4 nights pre-trip from $2595
Alexandria, Egypt
5 nights post-trip from $1195

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South America

Trip Highlights

  • Behold the otherworldly rock formations and vast salt flats of the Atacama Desert—the driest place on earth—and watch the Valley of the Moon turn gold and pink at sunset
  • Cross the Andes Mountains during the literal highpoint of your adventure, briefly reaching an altitude of 15,800 feet and passing through dramatic mountain vistas and stark desert landscapes of the Andean high plateau
  • Sip local wines—including the regional specialty, a fruity white called torrontés—at a winery in Cafayate, a burgeoning wine-producing region in Argentina known for its high-altitude vineyards

Chile: Santiago, Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama • Argentina: Purmamarca, Salta, Cachi, Cafayate, Buenos Aires
16 day Small Group Adventure from $4995
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Santiago & Easter Island, Chile
5 nights from only $2595
Buenos Aires & Coastal Uruguay
6 nights from only $2195

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Small Ship Adventures

South America

Trip Highlights

  • Navigate the glacier-lined alleys of Chile’s winding fjords aboard the MV Skorpios III, a family-owned small ship with a reinforced hull for threading through narrow fjords and bays
  • Hear the thundering roar of Iguassu Falls from both the Brazil and Argentina sides, and explore the surrounding tropical vegetation that thrives in the Falls’ misty climate
  • Witness unusual wildlife such as guanaco, condor, and the ostrich-like rhea in Torres del Paine and explore the park on a trio of hikes through serene beech forests, past rushing waterfalls, and along the shores of Lago Grey

Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls • Argentina: Buenos Aires, El Calafate •
Chile: Santiago, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Fjords
19 day Small Ship Adventure from $7095
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Brazil: Manaus & Amazon Rain Forest
5 nights from only $2395
Machu Picchu, Cuzco & Lima
7 nights from only $1995
Santiago & Easter Island, Chile
5 nights from only $2395

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The Middle East

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, Mount Nebo, Dead Sea, Bethany Beyond the Jordan • Allenby Bridge Border Crossing • Israel: Jerusalem
17 day Small Ship Adventure from $7995
including international airfare

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

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Europe

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, Riace • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim Temple, Marsaxlokk, Mdina
17 day Small Ship Adventure from $7395
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Ljubljana & Trieste
5 nights from $1695
Rome, Italy
4 nights from $1095

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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, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Salerno • Sicily: Aeolian Islands, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim Temple, Marsaxlokk, Mdina
16 day Small Ship Adventure from $7095
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Tuscany: Florence & Siena
5 nights from $1495
The Langhe Countryside & Lake Orta
5 nights from $1795

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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 $3995
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Ravenna & Padua, Italy
6 nights from $1395
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, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Salerno • Sicily: Salina, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim Temple, Marsaxlokk, Mdina • Italy: Riace, Otranto, Alberobello, Monopoli, Tremiti Islands, L’Aquila, Urbino • Republic of San Marino • Italy: Ravenna, Venice
27 day Small Ship Adventure from $12,590
including international airfare

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

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