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 Rwanda, Argentina’s rugged northwest, Egypt, Turkey—plus Small Ship Adventures to Brazil, Israel, and more.

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

Small Ship Adventures

South America
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

Stopover in Amsterdam: 3 nights $695

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
20 day Small Group Adventure from $6095 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, Knysna, Cape Town
20 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
17 day Small Group Adventure from $5495 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)
15 day Small Group Adventure from $5195 including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Genoa & Cinque Terre
5 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, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, 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
NEW Jordan
5 nights pre-trip from $1695
Alexandria, Egypt
5 nights post-trip from $1195

SOLD OUT for 2019 – call our Adventure Specialists to reserve your 2020 departure

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 pre-trip from $2595
Buenos Aires & Coastal Uruguay
6 nights post-trip from $2195

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Small Ship Adventures

South America

Trip Highlights

  • Navigate the glacier-lined alleys of Chile’s winding fjords aboard the M/V 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: Torres del Paine National Park, 3-night Chilean Fjords Cruise, Santiago
19 day Small Ship Adventure from $7095
including international airfare

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

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Europe

Trip Highlights

  • Soak up the transporting beauty of Santorini, strolling the lanes of Oia, a quintessential island village where blue-domed churches and whitewashed homes spill down the slopes of an ancient caldera and a quaint harbor is lined with cafés overlooking the sea.
  • Revel in the magic of Aphrodite’s birthplace: the city of Paphos on Cyprus, a setting so lovely that Marc Antony deemed it the perfect gift to Cleopatra. From the Byzantine fort casting its shadow on the water to the cozy tavernas serving “Turkish delight,” there is a cinematic quality to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the ruins of Caesarea Maritima, an ancient city that rose to prominence between 23 and 13 BC, when Herod the Great constructed a deep harbor surrounded by markets, temples, and baths. Located in modern-day Israel, the site is believed to have served as both Pontius Pilate’s home base, and as the burial place of Herod himself.

Greece: Athens, Santorini, Patmos, Symi, Rhodes • Cyprus: Paphos • Israel: Haifa, Jerusalem
12 day Small Ship Adventure from $6195
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Ancient Glories: Olympia, Nafplion & Athens
7 nights pre-trip from $945
Jerusalem & Masada, Israel
5 nights post-trip from $1195

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Trip Highlights

  • Journey 100 miles off the coast of mainland Spain to Mallorca, a popular playground for international artists and the Spanish royal family. Admire the Italianate avenues, glittering turquoise seas, and commanding La Seu cathedral that define Palma, the capital of this sun-soaked island.
  • Venture deep into the Sardinian countryside to see a world that most Americans never travel to: the Barbagia. Here in the rustic windswept heartland, time seems to stand still, as shepherds tend their flocks in the shadow of prehistoric stone towers. Share a meal with the locals and learn how they’ve kept their ancient traditions alive for thousands of years.
  • Discover a realm of myths and legends as you spend three days exploring Greece. On the island of Zakynthos, hear about the local heroes who saved the Jewish residents from the Nazis. Feel the spiritual tug of Delphi, where the Oracle once prophesied. And explore the iconic Acropolis, strolling from the mighty open-sided Parthenon to the fifth-century Temple of Athena Nike, during your time in Athens.

Spain: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca • Sardinia: the Barbagia • Sicily: Trapani, Erice, Agrigento, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta • Greece: Zakynthos Island, Delphi, Corinth Canal Crossing, Athens
19 day Small Ship Adventure from $7395
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Madrid, Spain
4 nights pre-trip from $1595
Ancient Glories: Olympia, Nafplion & Athens
5 nights post-trip from $945

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Trip Highlights

  • Sail for 6 nights along the ruggedly beautiful Norwegian coast, making your way towards the Arctic Circle. Along the way, step ashore in ports such as the medieval city of Trondheim and peaceful fishing villages like Rorvik—all the while marveling at snowcapped peaks, forested hills, and sparkling blue inlets.
  • Ride aboard the vintage Flam Railway train with your small group and pass some of the most stunning scenery that Norway has to offer, including cascading waterfalls and glacial ravines.
  • Discover the unique culture of the indigenous people who inhabit Lapland during a memorable visit with a Sami family. Our small group will spend an afternoon with these hearty Arctic people, learning about their traditional lifestyle, including meeting their reindeer herd.

Norway: Oslo, Flam, Bergen, Alesund, Trondheim, Rorvik, Bodo, Svolvaer, Tromso, Kirkenes • Finland: Ivalo, Helsinki
18 day Small Ship Adventure from $7295
including international airfare

Trip extensions:
Copenhagen, Denmark
4 nights post-trip from $1795
Stockholm, Sweden
3 nights post-trip from $1595

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