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Legendary History and Wild Nature

Departure: May 10, 2021

British Isles

Legendary History & Wild Nature

10 May – 22 May 2021 (13 days)

Embarkation: Plymouth (England) / Disembarkation: Edinburgh (Scotland)


 

Special Guest

Dan Brown

Ornithologist

Dan is a nomadic British naturalist who has spent his entire life searching for weird and wonderful wildlife around the world. He grew up in Bangor University’s botanic garden where a passion for birds, mammals, invertebrates in fact any form of nature developed. As a teenager, he spent six weeks exploring the Drakensberg Mountains of Lesotho and was part of the first youth expedition to the Antarctic at 18 followings in Shackleton’s footsteps to South Georgia and Elephant Island. After studying Ecology at the University of East Anglia, Norwich he became a professional Ornithologist and Ecologist publishing two books on British birds whilst also undertaking work as varied as studying Basking Sharks and marine mammals along Scotland’s West coast and identifying biodiversity values in lowland Guinea.

Dan now works all around the world as a lecturer, naturalist, photographer, consultant ecologist, and scientific advisor to the BBC natural history unit. When not working Dan heads off in search of exciting wildlife in hard to reach places from Snow Leopards in Tibet to Sand Cats in the Sahara.

Main Itinerary

Day 1: May 10 – Embarkation in Plymouth, England

Welcome to the port city of Plymouth in southwest England, where a rich maritime heritage sets the mood for the beginning of our exciting voyage. Upon your arrival at Heathrow Airport you will be met by Poseidon Expeditions representatives and transferred to the M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get settled in your comfortable and spacious suite. Then join us on deck and feel the sense of adventure build as we slip our moorings and sail out of the historic harbor.

 

Day 2: May 11 – Tresco, Scilly Isles, England

The Isles of Scilly is a group of small islands off the coast of Cornwall boasting mild weather, secluded beaches, enchanting wildlife and a relaxed lifestyle. On the lovely, sand-fringed island of Tresco, Bronze Age burial sites and romantic 17th-century castle ruins reveal a long and dramatic history. On the hallowed grounds of a Benedictine abbey we discover the exquisite Tresco Abbey Garden with its spectacular collection of more than 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world. Here we also find the Valhalla Museum, a collection of colorful figureheads salvaged from the islands’ shipwrecks. Delightful cafés and local shops enrich your experience even further.

 

Day 3-4: May 12 & 13 – Republic of Ireland

We are planning to visit the the Saltee Islands. The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland. These Islands are privately owned and are one of the world’s major bird sanctuaries. The Saltees are a haven for sea birds, nurturing an impressive array of birds, from Gannets and Gulls to Puffins and Manx Shearwaters. They also lie on an important migratory route and a popular stopping-off place for spring and autumn migrants.

Dunmore East is a popular tourist and fishing village in County Waterford on Ireland’s southeastern coast. From here it is a short journey through scenic countryside to the House of Waterford Crystal. Here you can take a guided tour of the factory to see the master craftsmen at work as well as the world’s largest collection of their wares. Also nearby is Mount Congreve, a magnificent 18th-century Georgian estate and botanical gardens containing thousands of plant species on 70 acres of intensively planted woodland and a four-acre walled garden.

 

Day 5: May 14 – Llandudno, Wales

Our port for today is the vibrant seaside town of Llandudno in the north of Wales. From here we embark on a scenic overland tour of Snowdonia National Park. We drive through some of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes in Britain as we discover craggy mountains, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, dense woodlands and flowering meadows. Snowdonia is also renowned for wildlife including otters, water voles, wild ponies and rare birds such as dotterel and peregrine falcon. We enjoy a delightful stop at the charming and distinctively Welsh town of Betws-y-Coed in the Gwydyr Forest.

Visit to the Conwy Castle is also on our list. UNESCO considers Conwy to be one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”, and it is classed as a World Heritage site. Divided into an Inner and an Outer Ward, it is defended by eight large towers and two barbicans, with a postern gate leading down to the river, allowing the castle to be resupplied from the sea.

 

Day 6: May 15 – Northern Ireland

Today we disembark at the small seaside resort town of Portrush in Northern Ireland. We travel overland to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. Here we discover a geological masterpiece—40,000 closely packed hexagonal basalt columns of varying heights descending like a staircase into the sea. According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. In this area, we are also able to spot various seabirds such as fulmar, petrel, cormorant, shag, redshank, guillemot, and razorbill.

 

Day 7: May 16 – Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Weather permitting, we also plan to visit the uninhabited island of Staffa. This island of volcanic origin is easily recognized by its striking colonnade of hexagonal basalt pillars. Here we hope to explore the island’s most famous feature, Fingal’s Cave. Reaching deep into the island, the undulating sea plays upon the stunning matrix of columnar basalt to create an eerie melody which was the inspiration for Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. The rugged island also provides nesting sites for seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins.

Today we also explore beautiful and serene Iona, a small island in the Inner Hebrides just off the Isle of Mull in western Scotland. At the gorgeous Iona Abbey, founded in 563 AD, we are spellbound by one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites and indeed one of the oldest Christian religious centers in Western Europe. The adjacent graveyard is said to be the final resting place of numerous medieval kings, including Macbeth. In addition to its historical and religious significance, Iona is well known for its soul-soothing tranquility, white sand beaches, and excellent birdwatching.

 

Day 8: May 17 – Outer Hebrides, Scotland

The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, are a chain of dramatically rugged islands off the west coast of mainland Scotland. The most isolated of these is St Kilda. This remote and storm-ravaged island was continuously inhabited for at least two millennia by peoples of extraordinary hardiness. But as the modern world closed in after World War I, the remaining inhabitants chose to evacuate. Now we find only their rough stone buildings and distinctive storehouses called cleitean, all set amidst some of the most dramatic island scenery in the British Isles. Nature-lovers will be delighted, as the island is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, two early types of sheep, and over 130 species of flowering plants.

 

Day 9: May 18 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Upon arrival at the historic port of Kirkwall, we embark on an overland tour of Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands off the northeastern coast of Scotland. Attractions such as the well-preserved 5000-year-old village site at Skara Brae and the ancient Ring of Brodgar within the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” showcase the world-class cultural heritage of the island. Back in the charming village of Kirkwall we also find the impressive Saint Magnus Cathedral, built in the Romanesque style by Vikings in the 12th century.

 

Day 10-11: May 19 & 20 – Shetland Islands

On the uninhabited island of Mousa, we find the famous Broch of Mousa, the finest preserved Iron Age fortification in the British Isles. At over 40 feet tall, this 2,000-year-old round tower is the tallest broch still standing and is among the best-preserved prehistoric buildings in Europe. The island itself supports a rich diversity of plant life and is also known for grey and common seals, Arctic terns, and a significant colony of storm-petrels.

We come alongside at the port of Lerwick on Mainland, the largest of the Shetland Islands. On a walking tour of this historic town, we visit the award-winning Shetland Museum to learn all about Shetland’s fascinating heritage and culture. From here we take a scenic overland coach ride through the fertile countryside of Dunrossness to discover Shetland’s best destinations. Birders will relish the opportunity to visit the historic lighthouse at Sumburgh Head, the southernmost point of Mainland Shetland. These rugged cliffs attract thousands of seabirds and the grassy slopes above are particularly great for enjoying close encounters with puffins amongst beautiful wildflowers. Also on the itinerary is Jarlshof, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the British Isles. Here we discover beautifully preserved stone structures spanning 5,000 years of human settlement, including Bronze Age oval houses, Pictish wheelhouses, an Iron Age broch, a Viking longhouse, and a medieval farmhouse.

On Fair Isle—an isolated island of rolling moorlands and rugged coastlines—one is easily enchanted by historic crofts, picturesque lighthouses, and friendly locals. The island is famous among birders for its abundance of British birds and for its numerous records of eastern rarities and migrants. Fair Isle is also one of Europe’s best places to watch seabirds, especially puffins, at close range. Additionally, the island is notable for the abundance and diversity of its wildflowers. Seals are also commonly seen in their bays. Finally, during our visit, it will be possible to see and purchase articles hand-knitted in the intricate and distinctive style for which Fair Isle has been celebrated for hundreds of years.

 

Day 12: May 21 – Bass Rock, Scotland

Bass Rock is an uninhabited island in the outer part of the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland. This bastion of volcanic rock, also known as “the Bass”, plays host to over 150,000 northern gannets in the breeding season, making it the world’s largest colony of these magnificent birds. The island’s steep walls are white with guano and the sky all around is darkened by the vast multitude of seabirds in flight. Our voyage is perfectly timed to coincide with this amazing spectacle—truly one of the wildlife wonders of the world.

 

Day 13: May 22 – Disembarkation in Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland

After breakfast onboard Sea Spirit, we say farewell in Leith, Edinburgh’s vibrant port district. We provide transfers to the airport or to Edinburgh city center if you wish to spend more time in the wonderful capital of Scotland.

The Ship – M/V Sea Spirit

 

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 114
Crew: 72

Departure Date

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Rates

Please call us for details.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals onboard throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi onboard.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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  • Birdwatching

Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea you take a time machine back to experience the way our ancestors lived in the Stone Age. The ancient cultures of the highlands have remained nearly unchanged for thousands of years, as they had lived in complete isolation until 1935.

While the culture of the peoples of PNG is considered to be that of the Paleolithic Era, it is fascinatingly complex, with 800 of the world’s 6,000 languages being found in culturally diverse Papua New Guinea. It is also interesting to note that agriculture has been practiced here for the last 9,000 years, and these long years have created the unique stone age cultures and societies that populate the Island today.

 


Highlights:

  • Port Moresby
  • Mount Hagen
  • Mount Hagen Sing Sing Festival
  • Visit Tari ‘ The Home of the Huli
  • Crocodile Men of the Sepik Headwaters
  • Sepik Spirit Navigation
  • Upper Karawari River & Lodge

Details in Brief:

Duration: 13 days in country

Is this the right expedition for you?

New Paths Expeditions has crafted a journey to Papua New Guinea like no other, designed to provide you with the maximum exposure not only to the natural wonders of the island but also to the culture of the indigenous peoples. We will visit the Huli tribe in Tari, arriving by small aircraft chartered flight. The Huli are known as the Huli Wigmen, for their elaborate decorative wigs made from the hair grown by selected tribe’s young men during their initiation period.

Wildlife and natural wonders make PNG – along with Madagascar, the Amazon, and the Congo – one of our planet’s ‘Mega-Diverse Hotspots.’ This Island not only has 10% of the world’s vertebrates but 7% of the world’s higher (vascular) plants, including some spectacular orchid species. For those who love to discover nature first hand, Papua New Guinea’s rainforest offers you the opportunity to enjoy this unique endemic wildlife. The flying jewels of the forest, the birds of paradise, will astound you with their colorful and flamboyant plumage; 38 of the known 43 species of this bird are found in PNG.

The use of small chartered aircraft will provide an aerial panorama view of the Papua New Guinea forests and mountains. We guarantee they will be a highlight of the expedition.

Our carefully crafted expedition also includes an exploration of the Sepik River Basin aboard the comfortable Sepik Spirit, designed to resemble a native spirit house. Our river journey will give us access to primitive Crocodile Men of the Chambri tribe, who receive scars on their bodies that resemble the scales of these dangerous reptiles.

New Paths Expeditions has been exploring Papua New Guinea for over 15 years, and our expedition will provide you with an experience unlike any other. Travel back in time and witness the origins of men and some of the most incredible natural wonders on earth. Because the group will be limited to only 16 explorers, I urge you to make your reservations early, and I look forward to meeting and joining you on our PNG adventure.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby

Arrive today in Port Moresby. After clearing immigration and customs and exiting the arrival lounge, you will meet our representatives and check-in at the Airways Hotel, the best hotel in Papua New Guinea, located just 5 minutes from the airport.

Use the rest of the day to rest and recover from your flight. Later, join your Senior Expedition Leader for a cocktail, a complete expedition briefing, and orientation followed by dinner at the hotel’s poolside restaurant.

Overnight at Airways Hotel Dakota Room (The best rooms of this, the best hotel in PNG).

Please note that your room will be ready at 2 PM. If you need an earlier check-in, please let us know. Extra fees may apply depending on availability. (D)

Overnight: AIRWAYS HOTEL DAKOTA WING (D)

Day 2: Charter Flight to Karawari – Embark Sepik Spirit

Transfer from your hotel to Jackson’s airport for your flight to Mt Hagen. At Mount Hagen, connect with your private chartered flight to Karawari, an amazing morning flight over the highlands that later descends to the tropical rain forest of the Karawari River. Upon landing, we embark on jet boats for travel to the junction of the Karawari and Krosmary Rivers, where we plan to arrive in time for lunch on board the Sepik Spirit. This river cruiser will be our home for the next 3 days and nights. Inspired by the spirit houses of the native tribes, this is a small, intimate, and unique-looking ship, and the only one that allows for exploration of these very remote waterways.

Overnight: SEPIK SPIRIT (B, L, D)

Days 3 & 4: Explore the Head Waters of the Sepik River

We will use these two days to explore, on our jet boats, the remote villages found on the headwaters of the Sepik River. Among the people we meet will be the Crocodile People, who were formerly cannibals. These people scar themselves in a ceremonial process to honor their totem, the crocodile, and also their ancestors. We will even be invited into the most sacred of their places – their spirit houses. If you are an art lover, you will also find traditional art to add to your collection.

Needless to say, birdwatching is fantastic both on the river and in the areas surrounding the clan villages, and we will hopefully see more birds of paradise.

Overnight: SEPIK SPIRIT (B, L, D)

Days 5 & 6: Explore the Nature and Cultures of Karawari

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Karawari Lodge. Karawari Lodge, poised on the ridge overlooking the river and jungle-clad Sepik Basin, is a world entirely unique. The real fascinations here are the people and how they live with the land and how it molds their lives. They still live as they have for generations – rituals, sing- sings, storytelling, food gathering and preparation. With Karawari’s carefully planned cultural program, daily visits in river boats are made to selected villages allowing one the opportunity to be able to observe village life and customs, participate in typical daily activities and see traditional ceremonies. We will visit remote jungle waterways where we will find huge lichen and vine – festooned trees, masses of brilliant flame flowers, and a profusion of orchids. The soft dawn glimmers on these waterways and the vast plain erupts with a myriad of birds – the raucous jungle music. Dug-out canoes glide close by the river banks – stilt villages suddenly spring in sight along the flowing waters. Here we will see man and the environment as it has been for thousands of years. We also have the possibility to birdwatch for the Twelve Wired Bird of Paradise!

Overnight: KARAWARI LODGE (B, L, D)

Day 7: Chartered flight to Madang (Coast)

Travel by boat to the Karawari Airstrip to meet your charter aircraft. Fly from the tropical rain forest up to the highlands and then descend towards the coast to reach Madang. Picked up at the airport and drive past Machine Gun Beach and Golf Coast enroute to the Madang Resort Hotel. After lunch enjoy a village visit and get to see a builum and a carving demonstration.

Overnight: MADANG RESORT HOTEL (B, L, D)

Day 8: Explore Madang

After breakfast, you proceed on your first full-day tour. First stop will be at the Madang Cultural Centre Located in the town center, the Haus Tumbuna (cultural center) on Modilon Road was officially opened in 1981 to celebrate the culture and history of Madang. Although small it contains significant culture items along with a pictorial history of early European settlement and WWII occupation by the Japanese. Leaving town you will travel to Balek Village to see the flora and fauna sanctuary operated by the villagers. A sulfur creek runs through a steep rock escarpment and empties into the ocean three kilometers away, the villagers feed freshwater eels and the occasional turtle by ‘calling’ them with food scraps. The flora consists of orchids, wild pepper, and many different tropical palms. In 1997 the area become a film set for a gravesite in the movie “Robinson Crusoe” starring Pierce Brosnan. The final stop before returning to Madang will be Bilbil Village which is renowned for traditional pottery; all made by hand, no pottery wheel. Prior to German settlement the pottery from Bilbil and Yabob villages was traded along the coast as far as the volcanic island of Manam Island past Bogia to the north, and eastward to the Siassi Islands off the north coast of the Huon Peninsular in the Vitiaz Straits. These trade trips were made onboard specially built canoes known as Balangut. In 2013 the villagers built a Balangut to celebrate PNG Independence Day, the first time a vessel had been built in 30 years. A (Cultural Performance) singing will also be witnessed in the village. Your excursion now returns to town and will stop at the Coastwatcher’s Memorial Lighthouse. This working lighthouse was unveiled inAugust1959 and was built in recognition of the Coastwatcher’s and their native helpers who provided valuable intelligence to allied forces during WWII, not only in PNG but throughout the Solomon Islands. Today the site also serves as a memorial for the remembrance of those who fought the Japanese in and around Madang as well as those who served in WW I and II. Tour should terminate back at the hotel by mid-day, in time for lunch. Proceed with lunch than followed by an afternoon tour to Alexishafen Catholic Mission Station and the Japanese Airstrip. Back at our hotel, enjoy free time and dinner.

Overnight: MADANG RESORT HOTEL (B, L, D)

 

Day 9: Cruise the Madang Harbor and Snorkeling

After breakfast you depart Madang Resort wharf by small cruise boat, cruise into the harbor passing the Bilia Island on the starboard side and the township of Madang on the port side. Proceed further into the harbor then

onto Bode Point where the main port facility is located. Pass the Bode point and cruise into the Industrial Harbor of Binen. Exiting the Binen Harbor and the Bode Point cruise further into narrow channel into the Meiro Riverdelta then into the Madang Lagoon passing many small islands including Siar. Krangket, Wangat and Tab Island where a stop will be made at Wangat or Tab to enable you to enjoy a snorkeling /swim. While enjoying the warm clear waters swimming and snorkeling, a BBQ lunch will be organized. Lunch will be served around 12:00noon. You after lunch can do some more snorkeling before returning to the Resort.

Overnight: MADANG RESORT HOTEL (B, L, D)

 

Day 10: To the Highlands on a Private Flight – Nature Walk

Early morning breakfast and check out for your room. Transfer to the airport in time for your charter flight to Mt. Hagen over vast tracts of highlands grasslands, beside some of the tallest mountains in the country. This is a spectacular flight. Mount Hagen town is in the upper Waghi Valley – some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Once in Mount Hagen, enjoy a scenic drive up the mountains to the beautiful Rondon Ridge Lodge. The views and nature that surrounds it are simply amazing. An afternoon guided nature walk and birding tour will enable you to explore the area surrounding the Lodge grounds in search of Birds of Paradise.

Overnight: RONDON RIDGE (B, L, D)

 

Day 11: Pre-Show Sing Sing

In preparation for the Mount Haggen Sing Sing (Show), this gathering is attended by over 100 men and women from more than 10 tribes scattered across the highlands and mainland coastal areas. While this sing is relatively small in comparison to others, we will be more than compensated not only by the beautiful setting, including the stunning village location, but also by the absence of crowds of tourists; this is a meaningful, friendlier, and intimate experience for all of us.

We will be able to watch the participants prepare their bilas, or traditional dress, paint their faces and bodies and embellish themselves with bird of paradise feathers. The group will be able to mingle with the performers and take their pictures. Once the dancing begins, we will really be able to appreciate these preparations and take part in the festivities.

In true “Tumbuna style”, a big mumu (underground oven) is fired up for lunch, and while the food is cooking the sing sing’s guests are free to explore the village and socialize with the local residents.

At the conclusion of this amazing celebration, we will return to our hotel to enjoy dinner, share photographs, and receive a complete briefing about the next day event: The Mount Hagen Sing Sing.

Overnight: RONDON RIDGE (B, L, D)

 

Day 12: Mount Hagen Sing Sing – Back to Port Moresby

This is one of the greatest experiences of your life. After breakfast you will be transferred from the lodge to the show ground in Mount Hagen. Today you will spend the full day at the Mount Hagen Show – world famous for its colour, culture and vibrancy. It is a truly spectacular event where 60 to 100 tribes (Thousands of participants, all dressed in traditional customs and body paintings). The diversity of the coastal, lowland and highlands sing sing groups at the Hagen show reflects the incredible diversity of the Papua New Guinea’s landscape – an unforgettable experience to all the senses, and a photographers dream. After the show experience, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from Mt. Hagen to Port Moresby. Upon arrival, transfer to your modern and very comfortable hotel, located just 5 minutes away from the airport.

Overnight: AIRWAYS HOTEL DAKOTA WING (B, L)

 

Day 13: Explore Port Moresby

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the National Parliament Building, built in the style of a Spirit House. The National Museum will be our next stop where we will be able to see and appreciate the superb collection of artifacts collected from the country’s 800 different tribes.

Port Moresby’s beautiful Nature Park is a wonderful introduction to the flora and fauna of this island paradise. Not only will you meet some of the country’s wildlife such as cassowaries and tree kangaroos, but you will also be introduced to the park’s excellent and extensive orchid collection. Enjoy lunch at the gardens before visiting Hanuabada (“big village”) to see the collection of ramshackle houses built on stilts.

Once back at the hotel and after time to relax, enjoy a cocktail and farewell dinner.

Overnight: AIRWAYS HOTEL DAKOTA WING (B, L, D)

 

Day 14: Fly Back Home

Transfer from your hotel to Jackson’s airport for your international flight. (B)

Accommodations

AIRWAYS HOTEL (Port Moresby)

This is the best hotel in all of Papua New Guinea. Located just 5 minutes from the airport, it not only has modern facilities, but also lovely surrounding vistas. We have blocked rooms in the Bacchus Wing on the ground floor, and these are comfortable rooms with air conditioning, safety deposit box, and modern bathrooms with all the needed amenities. The restaurants and bars on the hotel’s upper floor provide great views and the best food in the country. The Airways includes a gym, and shops where fine and tribal art objects, as well as souvenirs, are available. WiFi is available in the guest rooms and lobby, but it can be slow or fail altogether temporarily.


MADANG RESORT HOTEL (Madang)

Today the old Hotel Madang is now the Madang Resort one of the most iconic resorts in the Pacific Region. Whilst the Resort has 120 guest rooms with a further 20 under construction, the adjacent Kalibobo Village, also owned by the Barter family has a further 80 rooms, cottages, apartments catering for longer term guests and tenants – together offering more than 200 rooms.


MOUNT HAGEN (Rondon Ridge)

Rondon Ridge is located 7,100ft above sea level on the fringes of the Kubor mountain range. With panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley down below, it is a great location for an exploration of the Highlands.

The lodge is a 40-minute drive from Mt Hagen town and features 24 rooms with modern en-suite bathrooms. Electricity is generated from the lodge’s own hydroelectric power plant which harnesses the power of a nearby mountain stream. There is also a bright and spacious restaurant and lounge area overlooking the forest.


SEPIK SPIRIT (Sepik River)

The Sepik Spirit is the best, and only, ship that navigates the headwaters of the Sepik River. This is a comfortable ship designed to look like a tribal spirit house, and features artistic, handcrafted woodwork make by the local tribes. Air conditioning is available in all the guest rooms and the common areas. Rooms have comfortable beds, large windows, and ensuite bathrooms with hot running water. The food aboard ship is good and the lounge cozy and relaxing. The Sepik Spirit is equipped with jet boats for exploration (please be aware that jet boat engines are loud and vibrate, so if you have sensitive ears, please include ear plugs in your luggage).


KARAWARI LODGE (Karawari)

Perched high on the banks of the remote Karawari River, and built to resemble a spirit house, the Karawari Lodge includes an impressive collection of tribal art as well as providing beautiful vistas, especially the unforgettable, color saturated sunsets. The lodge rooms are basic, with fans and mosquito nets. Electricity is spotty, and although it is a beautiful property, because of the rusticity of the rooms, we are staying here only one night. However, your stay will be unforgettable in a good way.

Departure

This expedition can depart at any time of your preference.

Prices

Please contact us or request your quote.

Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of an English-speaking Local Head Naturalist.
  • Services of local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) if arriving on day one, and leaving on the last day (If you arrive before day 1, or leave after the expedition ended, extra charges for airport transfers may apply).
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Local Guides; Drivers and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of US $1,500.00 per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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  • 3 Small plane flights
  • The most beautiful drives are included
  • Window seats guaranteed during drives
  • The best lodging available
  • Gorilla, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys
  • Close contact with local culture
  • Multiple private boat excursions
  • The best naturalist guides
  • NPE Senior Leader with you
  • Rwanda Extension with Gorillas and Golden Monkeys
  • The best pricing in the market

Details in Brief:

Duration: 11 days in country (Plus a 4-day Extension)

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 – Arrive in Entebbe

Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you will be met by NPE representatives and taken to the upscale Hotel No. 5. You will be able to rest and relax after your journey at this centrally located hotel, which is considered the best in town. Enjoy a complete pre-departure and geographic orientation briefing by your Senior Leader and Local Head Guide followed by a welcome dinner tonight. Overnight at Hotel No. 5. Meals aloft.

Overnight at Hotel No. 5 (B)

 

Day 2 – Murchison Falls National Park
This morning we start our journey in Uganda transferring to the airport and taking a scheduled flight to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, with an area of 3840km2. It lies in the core of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. This impressive park protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. The dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below, strikes an exhilarating impression on all 5 senses. Murchison Falls is occupied mainly by lush grasslands. The highest diversity of wildlife is found on the open plains north of the Nile, where elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a vast variety of antelope are regularly encountered. The Nile itself boasts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill.

We will enjoy game drives in this fascinating park. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 3 – Game Drive at the Top of the Falls & Private Boat Descend

Today we get to explore the wonders of this magnificent park, by safari vehicle and a private boat. Enjoy a morning game drive and visit the top of the falls. The private boat trip takes us along the Nile to the bottom of the falls. Murchison Falls National Park is said to be the best game park in Uganda. During a typical game drive, you can be expected to see a large number of antelope species, including the bushbuck, the waterbuck, and the dik-dik to name but a few. Larger herbivores, such as giraffe and elephant are present in the park in great numbers and often the lumbering giraffe will cross the roads right in front of you. MFNP is the most accessible park in Uganda to see the giraffe. Huge groups of buffalo are a common sight whilst exploring the park on a game drive. Primates, such as the baboon and the patas monkey, stare at you as you pass by and if you are a bird lover then Murchison Falls National Park will not disappoint.

Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 4 – Victoria Nile River Delta Boat Excursion & Game Drive

This morning we go for a private Delta boat trip and then game drive in the northern sector of the park, most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the movie The African Queen was filmed. Game is now returning quite rapidly and game drives can be very exciting. Game often seen includes elephant, oribi, giraffe, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, hyena, jackal, and bat-eared fox.

Overnight at Baker’s Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 5 – To Kibale Forest via Kasese

This morning we take a scheduled flight to Kasese and then drive to Ndali Lodge. We will enjoy a nature walk at the impressive nearby crater lake.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 6 – Chimpanzees, Local Flavors & Culture of Kibale

This morning we get the opportunity to spend a full day in the life of Chimpanzees. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species, and a guided forest trek will be taken in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher than 90%. You will go on a forest walk in search of primates. While trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by birdsong and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primates, most probably the grey-cheeked mangabey and the red-tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. For lunch we will visit Tinka’s home, a local community leader, to sample a variety of traditional Ugandan dishes. Tinka will advise on the preparation and cooking process of all of the foods. During the afternoon we will enjoy a cultural walk around the Bigodi village.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 7 – The Great African Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park Impressive Biodiversity

This morning we will enjoy a Bigodi swamp walk.

In the afternoon we gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s greatest savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978km2. It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps, and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result, it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds. (Approx. 3hrs)

Overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 8 – Queen Elizabeth National Park Impressive Biodiversity

This morning we head out onto the northern savannahs of QENP for a game drive. After lunch, we will drive to the Kazinga Channel and take a private boat ride along the river (2hrs). The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is one of the most popular activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides a fantastic chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh river breeze while observing a large selection of animals. Those species commonly seen along the riverbank are elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, and Ugandan Kob. On occasion, visitors will also see the giant forest hog, leopard, and lion. The waterbirds in the area are plentiful; in particular, water thick-knee, yellow-billed stork, various plovers, white pink-backed Pelicans, and white-bellied cormorants, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. You will also view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world {reported to be about 30,000}.

Overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D).

 

Day 9 – Tree Climbing Lions and to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Land of Gorillas

Today we drive through the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search
of tree climbing lion (75% success rate). We leave behind the lush savannah grass plains of QENP and drive to Buhoma/ Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Bwindi forest is a magnificent luxuriant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age
– is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for its Mountain Gorillas population, slightly more than half the world’s mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 10 – Gorilla Tracking Day (And optional activities)

Today we will enjoy one of the greatest natural history experiences of our planet, Gorilla tracking.

Those participants that will not participate in the demanding hike will enjoy an easy walk in the forest and visit a local community.

Tonight we will celebrate not only the Gorilla trek but also we will say goodbye to Uganda.

The Gorilla Trek: After breakfast, we take a short drive to the Park Headquarters and meet with highly experienced local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where
the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes, not more than 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking unforgettable. Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided, and it is essential to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 11- Return Home or Continue to Rwanda

Those that choose not to participate in the Rwanda Extension will enjoy a morning at leisure before driving to Kihihi airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Entebbe. Once in Entebbe and with the assistance of our representatives, you will check in for a day-use at the Protea Hotel (Check-out of the hotel is 9:00 pm). At the appropriate time, you will be escorted to the airport to connect with your international flight back home. (B, L)

Those who participate in the Rwanda Extension will drive to the Uganda-Rwanda border and after taking care of the formalities, will continue to Volcanoes National Park, where the American Naturalist Dian Fossey did her famous research on gorillas.

 

The Rwanda Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 4 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide

 


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 1 – To Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Today we leave Uganda behind us as we have a scenic drive through the Switzerland of East Africa to Kinigi in Rwanda. We travel via the Kanaba Gap, Kisoro, and the Cyanika border into Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills. We arrive at Volcanoes National Park and Five Volcanoes Lodge. “In the heart of Central Africa, so high that you shiver more than you sweat,” wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, “are the great old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet and heavily covered in rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”.

The Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen, bamboo forests, open grassland, swamp, and heath. Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is situated in north-western Rwanda. It borders Virunga National Park in the Demographic Republic of Congo And Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. It is a 90-minute drive for Kigali, the Capital of Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo). The park was first gazetted in 1925 and was the first national park in Africa.

Volcanoes National Park was the base for the famous American Naturalist, Dian Fossey to carry out her research on gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre. Dian Fossey is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the international community. Dian Fossey was later murdered by unknown assailants and she is buried near the research center.

Best known for the mountain gorillas, other mammals that reside in the park are the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bushbuck. There are 178 recorded bird species with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and the Rwenzori Mountains.

Overnight at Five Volcanoes Lodge (B, L, D)

 

Day 2 – Gorilla tracking day

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes between 2300-3500 meters above sea level. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain in a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including a waterproof bag for cameras and film. Please note: plastic (e.g. carrier/shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda.

Overnight Five Volcanoes. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3 – Drive to Park Headquarters & Golden Monkey Trekking

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of golden Monkey trekking lunch at the lodge afternoon drive to Kigali.

Overnight at Hotel Des Mille Collines (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 – Return Home

This morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight (B)


Important Note

Using decades of experience and with the help of our local partners, we have crafted this itinerary in detail and have created a program that maximizes the opportunities for exploring sites and to facilitate wildlife encounters while using the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on-site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

HOTEL NO. 5

Hotel No. 5 is a stylish boutique hotel nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Uganda. Ideally located 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, Hotel No. 5 may be located in Uganda’s second largest city, but the peaceful hotel grounds will provide an escape from the buzz and activity of Entebbe.

 


BAKER’S LODGE

The lodge provides a thatched central lounge, bar and dining area which is raised with wooden decks all around, allowing guests to savor the morning sunrise for breakfast, sunset in the evening and 180-degree river views throughout the day. Laundry, open bar (Imported brands at an extra charge) and wifi in the main building are included.


NDALI LODGE

The lodge is perched 100m (328ft) directly above Nyinambuga Crater Lake and has eight individual cottages set on the hillside. Designed to blend with the landscape, the lodge was built using all local materials such as traditional mud render and thatching, providing the lodge with its key qualities of light, space, simplicity, and openness to nature. Each cottage consists of an airy bedroom with en-suite bathroom (containing bathtubs and showers, plenty of hot water and flushing WC) and private veranda. Includes complementary laundry and wifi in the main house.


KYAMBURA GORGE LODGE

The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning and contemporary living space, balancing the history of the building with a series of distinct luxurious spaces for guests to relax. Laundry, open bar (Imported brands at an extra charge), wifi in the main building and 1 massage per guest are included.


MAHOGANY SPRINGS LODGE

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team.


THE FIVE VOLCANOES BOUTIQUE HOTEL

All services ranging from high-end accommodation with heated rooms, fully fledge spa services, modern restaurant etc. to packed lunch and refreshment packages to non-resident guests – as the only facility in that region and is situated 10 minutes from park HQ.

 


HOTEL DES MILLE COLLINES

This is a 4-star hotel situated in the middle of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The hotel boasts 112 exclusive rooms, which have all been completely refurbished and upgraded to a high standard. All of the rooms have their own balcony and access to wireless internet. The hotel will be having its Grand reopening in February 2011.

Departure

You can depart at any time of the year. For more information please contact us.

Prices

Please call us at 888 832 7280 for more information or request your quote.

 

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of an NPE Senior Leader during the expedition.
  • Local Guides
  • Comfortable, modern, 4X4 vehicles, customized for maximum viewing with open roof hatches. These are usually Toyota Land Cruisers or comparable vehicles.
  • Professional, experienced drivers, and guides, who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Uganda and Rwanda Safaris.
  • All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • Emergency International communications available.
  • Books available in the vehicles to help identify the flora and fauna.
  • Umbrellas, bean bags, and blankets in the vehicles.
  • A courtesy bag which includes tea, coffee, biscuits, and paper napkins.
  • Coolers in our vehicles
  • Bottled water in vehicles
  • Laundry included in several of our lodges.

 

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Master Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader (may be added to your final invoice, if desired).
  • Gratuities for optional treks guides.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

 

Deposits and final payments:

  • In order to guarantee your space on the Uganda Expedition, a deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining cost will be charged 120 before the expedition begins.
  • Using these funds, New Paths Expeditions will make a deposit of 30% of the cost of your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will make the mentioned deposit, the domestic air tickets are not included and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies, we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant.
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After 24 years taking explorers to Patagonia, we bring to you the ideal Southern Patagonia Itinerary: Using the most upscale services in the destination, you have the option to cross Tierra del Fuego to encounter King penguins in the wild and meet Gauchos before navigating to the legendary “end of the world” (Cape Horn) and continue through the Beagle Chanel, Darwin Mountain Range and the Straight of Magellan before disembarking to reach the UNESCO Biosphere reserve of Torres del Paine in Chile (superb wildlife and nature views). If you take the Easter Island Extension you will be traveling from the to the most isolated-inhabited place on earth – Easter Island, to the most remote landmark before Antarctica – Cape Horn. A true epic expedition.

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Highlights:

  • Cross Tierra del Fuego to encounter King Penguins, birdwatch, and spend quality time with Gauchos.
  • Cruise the Magellan Straight, the Beagle Channel, and the fjords of the Darwin Mountain Range to the enigmatic Cape Horn.
  • Visit the biggest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the World
  • Spend four nights and days at the award-winning Explora Hotel, right in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park (The best location by far)
  • All excursions and activities are included.  The itinerary is flexible and adapts to your interests.
  • The best accommodations, transport, and guidance in Patagonia, guaranteed.

The Main Expedition

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas today. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Cabo de Hornos Hotel, located in Punta Arenas Main Square. The rest of the day is yours to recover from international flights.

Overnight: Hotel Cabo de Hornos. No Meals.

Day 2: Free morning in Punta Arenas – Board Australis

After breakfast, you will have some free time to explore Punta Arenas before boarding your first-class ship, the M/V Stella Australis. Board the vessel at 6 PM. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night you cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian.

Overnight: M/V Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.

Day 3: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islets

You go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Leaving our Ainsworth Bay tour behind, you sail west along with the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, you board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth, and nurture their chicks.

Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 4: Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley

By morning you are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a Pia Glacier tour. After disembarking you take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. Back on board the ship, you continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley.

Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.

Day 5: To UNESCO Cape Horn, the legendary “end of the world”, and Wulaia Bay

During the morning you cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos).

In the afternoon you navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand-delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.

Overnight: O/N Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.

Day 6: Disembark – Tour The Estancia-Rio Grande City

Early in the morning, you will say goodbye to Stella Australis and disembark at Ushuaia, Argentina. Meet your Argentinian Guide and drive to Estancia Las Hijas. Enjoy a delicious lunch and the tour in the Estancia. If you desire you can birdwatch. After this, you will drive to Rio Grande City and check-in at the Grande Hotel. (3 Star. Please do not expect luxury. It is just Ok. Services are slow. This is a remote town. It is fine for one night).

Overnight: Grande Hotel. B, L.

Day 7: King Penguin Park – Tierra del Fuego

After breakfast, you will drive to the Chilean Border, then you will arrive at the King Penguin Park, a private reserve wherein 2011, a king penguin colony established itself; this is the only one found outside of South Georgia and Antarctica. You will enjoy close sightings of this species, arguably the most beautiful penguin on earth. You will enjoy lunch at Porvenir. Check-in in your hotel.

Overnight Hotel Cabo de Hornos. B, L.

Day 8: Torres del Paine National Park – Explora

You will be picked up and travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park. Once in the park, you will travel to its heart, where the award-winning Explora hotel is located. Explora, our home for the next four nights, is recognized as one of the best expedition hotels in the world, by far the finest in the area, and a winner of so many awards it would be hard to mention them all here. Food is great and services are exceptional. Staying at Explora is a true highlight of the expedition. You will arrive in time to enjoy, and photograph, one of the greatest sunsets you have ever seen.

Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 9, 10 & 11: Torres del Paine – Explora Base

Torres del Paine is big, the activities are plenty, and its weather is unpredictable. With Explora we have secured the shortest drives to each destination, thus maximizing the time to explore and enjoy. Also, Explora is right in front of the Pehoe Lake and the Paine Horns. Sunsets and Sunrises are spectacular. It doesn’t matter what your level of fitness is, you will find the right excursions to explore the highlights of the park, at your pace. You have included, every day, two half-day excursions or one full day. All meals are included, and you will be amazed at the quality of them. They are served paired with an assortment of Chilean wines (included), and you will also have access to the open bar.

Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 12: Drive to Punta Arenas and fly back to the US

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive from Torres del Paine back to Punta Arenas, and then fly to Santiago de Chile and connect with your flight back to home.

B, L.

The Easter Island Extension

Days 12, 11 & 13: Explore Easter Island – Explora Base

After an included overnight at the Santiago Hilton Hotel with breakfast included, walk to the airport check-in counter and embark on a 5-hour flight to Easter Island, always assisted by our representatives. Once you reach the Island (arrival scheduled for 1:10 pm), transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch.

Your home at Easter Island will be another Explora property, the Explora Rapa Nui, that will provide you with the same standards as in Torres del Paine: Small-group guided excursions, first-class guides, all fine meals paired with wines, open bar and great common areas to enjoy.

After some time to rest, you will start your detailed exploration of Easter Island by visiting Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akivi, the famous ceremonial site with 7 standing moais.

During the next two days, you will continue exploring the enigmatic Island’s main sites. You will have two half-day or one full-day excursion that includes Rano Raraku (the Moai Quarry), Ahu Tongariki, Vinapu and Puna Pau (ceremonial sites), and Orongo (the Stone Village). You will also have time to visit the beautiful Anakena Beach.

Overnight: Explora Rapa Nui. B, L, D.

Day 14: Explore Easter Island – Fly to Santiago – Fly US

During the morning, you will visit Hanga Roa, the main town of Easter Island. You will have the opportunity to shop, interact with locals, get a free stamp on your passport, visit the local church (Interesting for everyone, mass is celebrated in the local language and the songs are to be heard) Then you will transfer to the airport and fly back to Santiago de Chile and connect with your flight back home.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.


Other Extensions

  • Santiago overnight and tour
  • Buenos Aires Overnight and tour
  • Chile Wine Country
  • The upscale Atacama Desert
  • Northern Patagonia with Valdivia and Bariloche, starting or ending in Buenos Aires.
  • El Chalten (Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre hiking)

Important Note:

Using decades of experience and with the help of our local partners, we have crafted this itinerary in detail and have created a program that maximizes the opportunities for exploring sites, for deep cultural interaction, and to facilitates wildlife encounters while using the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on-site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS

Built in 2010, the M.V. Stella Australis has 100 outside-facing cabins and was made specifically to cruise the spectacular Patagonian waterways. All cabins are the same size and feature a large window, an ensuite bathroom, and individual temperature controls. Cabins are available on three levels: Category A on the second level, Category AA on the third level, and Category AAA on the fourth level. Facilities aboard include an open deck, three lounges, a library, a game room, an exercise room, a single seating dining room, and an infirmary. We have secured A cabins for all expedition participants (A cabins are on main deck and are ideal. Upgrading to AA and AAA cabins is possible for an additional charge).

Meals are buffet-style for breakfast and lunch and are served to the table for dinner. All beverages, including wine, are served at no extra charge with meals. The complete bar is free of charge, although some imported upscale brands could require an extra charge.

All excursions are included and are done using well-maintained zodiacs. The expedition guiding team is one of the best of the world. Superb wildlife and panoramic views are guaranteed.

Electricity is 220V in the cabins, but 110V are available in all bathrooms. Hairdryers are available. No laundry.


EXPLORA HOTEL

On the shores of Lake Pehoe and beside the Salto Chico waterfall, right in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. Its construction is based around essential luxuries, allowing the traveler to inhabit the remote location in its essence without distractions. Explora Patagonia has won several architecture and tourism awards since 1996.

The 3000-sqf rooms are designed to take full advantage of the superb views and ensure a deep rest after a day of exploration. We have secured rooms with Paine mountains views.

The massage room and pool area are located 300 feet away from the main building, connected by a sloped wood path. It is equipped with a heated pool, sauna, and four open-air Jacuzzis with views of the Pehoe Lake and Paine Massif.

All meals are exceptional and accompanied by Chilean wines. The bar is a great place where to gather after a day of exploration. Open bar is included (Certain brands will require extra payments).

All Guides are top rated and have WFR certification. The vans are in good conditions and driven by a certified driver. The perfect team to explore Torres del Paine natural marvels.

Explora has its own horse stable, directed by renowned French horse expert Gaella Hourcq and managed by local Gauchos. Each of the horses has been rigorously prepared for riders of different levels of expertise. At least one horseback-riding excursion is included, and you will be able to spend time with the local gauchos.

Electricity is 110V and 220V. Laundry is available for an extra charge.

Departure Date

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Rates

Please contact us for details at 888 832 7280 or request your quote.


Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader/Lecturer during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Accommodations as noted (The best available in each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Group photography fees.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Local Head Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancelation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • US$ 1500.00 at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance is due 90 days before the expedition.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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India – Tigers & Golden Triangle

India -Tigers & Golden Triangle

Explore the Indian Jungle looking for the amazing tigers and iconic species in the National Parks. Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra and much more.

India – Tigers & Golden Triangle

Highlights:

  • New & Old Delhi
  • Raipur
  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Khajuraho
  • Varanasi
  • Agra –  Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur

Details in Brief:

Duration: 15 days in-country

Itinerary in Brief

Getting there

Your expedition package does not include your international flight ticket. We highly recommend that you arrive a day before the expedition begins. NPE will be pleased to arrange for the extra overnights needed.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On your arrival at the international airport in Delhi and after clearing customs & immigration, our representative will greet you and transfer to the hotel.

Delhi, the capital of India, is a city that offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern-day India.  It is the third-largest city in India and one of the fastest-growing in Asia. This city is rich in culture, always changing with time but never hiding its splendid past. The various ancient ruins seen in the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history. The city of Delhi is a blend of two different yet perfectly balanced parts, the Old and the New Delhi.

Overnight at Delhi. (Meals aloft)

Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of the Walled city called Old Delhi.

As a city wakes up, after breakfast will pick you from the hotel and get transported to the times of the grandeur and subsequent ruin of the Mughal Empire. After breakfast, we visit India’s second-largest & most aesthetically designed Mosque, the Jama Masjid. Then we walk through streets and markets of this 17th-century imperial capital city of the Mughal empire where once royalty descended…where you savor the fragrances of the boisterous Spice Markets, one of Asia’s largest and be dazzled by the glitter of India’s largest Jewellery markets and get a glimpse of the once-glorious Havelis (Royal Mansions) of Old Delhi.

In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to enjoy rickshaw ride.

Rickshaw Ride: A ride in the old city market laid by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, would give you an experience of a lifetime. Pass through the colorful shops of bustling Chandani Chowk, one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia also an important landmark in the history of India. If you feel up to it take a short walk in the market and explore another facet of Indian life.

Afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Delhi.

The city named New Delhi offers more historical sites than the Old Delhi. The city founded by the imperial British government founded in 1911 to move their capital from Kolkata (called Calcutta earlier).

The sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, and the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.

Overnight at Delhi. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Delhi – Raipur – Kanha

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Raipur. Upon arrival at Raipur airport, drive to Kanha (230 kms / 4-5 hrs).

Kanha National Park-Set on The Chhota Nagpur Plateau in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha provides breath taking vistas of grassy plains and strands sal forests. This 366 sq mile preserve was set to save two endangered species i.e. Tiger and Barasingha. The park offers a variety of species including Tigers and Leopards, Cheetal, Gaur, Barking Deer, & Sambhar Deer.

Lunch and afternoon safari by 4×4 jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest guide. Return to lodge for evening tea and rest of time free to relax.

Overnight at Kanha. (B, L, D)

Day 4 & 5: Kanha

Early morning wake-up call with a knock on your room door and a cup of tea or coffe. You will wake up to misty mornings and sounds of birds calling, which will make an exciting start to your day. As soon as dawn breaks, leave for your Jungle Safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4×4 Jeeps. A picnic breakfast in the middle of the jungle with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Rest of the morning at leisure or go for nature walk, visit to nearby village/school or engage yourself in cooking demonstration.

Lunch and afternoon safari by 4×4 open jeep.

Return to the lodge for evening tea and rest of time free for stargazing.

Overnight at Kanha. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kanha – Bandhavgarh

After morning Jungle Safari, drive to Bandhavgarh (290 km / 6-6 ½ hrs). Upon arrival check in to the lodge.

Bandhavgarh National Park: Set amongst The Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of 168 sq. miles of Sal & a mixed forest of bamboo, grassland, and a complex of deciduous forests. There are at least 150 species of birds in the park, along with other mammals such as Tigers, Sloth Bear, Langur Monkeys, Wild Boar, Mongoose, 3 Kinds of Deer – Chital, Sambar, and Barking, to name a few.

Overnight at Bandhavgarh. (B, L, D)

Day 7 & 8: Bandhavgarh

You will wake up to misty mornings and sounds of birds calling, which will make an exciting start to your day. As soon as dawn breaks, leave for your Jungle Safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4×4 Jeeps.

Lunch and afternoon safari by 4×4 jeep accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest guide. Return to the lodge for evening tea and rest of time free to relax.

Overnight at Bandhavgarh. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Bandhavgarh – Khajuraho

After morning safari, drive to Khajuraho (270 km/ 05-06 hrs).

Khajuraho Located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho has emerged as a renowned tourist destination from a tiny unknown village to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Chandela rulers in 9th and 10th century AD, the temples exhibit carved images of gods and goddesses, celestial maidens and dancers, animals, and musicians, all frozen in stone.

Upon arrival in Khajuraho, check-in to the hotel.

Overnight at Khajuraho. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Khajuraho – Varanasi

After breakfast proceeds for sightseeing of Eastern and Western group of Khajuraho temple.

Later transfer to the airport to board a flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi airport, our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel.

Evening visit Dashaswamedh Ghat for glittering “aarti” ceremony of the holy river the Ganges Huge lamps are set ablaze and the priest holds forth the lamp as the multitude chants the hymns. You will be driven to a place called Beniabagh and from there walk to Dashaswamedh Ghat amidst crowded local market famous for spices, local shops, clothes, and daily vendors selling fruits, pickles, vegetables, etc. on hand-pulled carts.

Overnight at Varanasi. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Varanasi

Sunrise boat ride on River Ganges to see people praying and bathing and to witness burning ghat, later a walk through the mystical landscape of poets, sacred temples, holy ponds near Assi ghat, the southernmost embankment of the holy Ganga river, walk in the footsteps of 16th century Banaras poet and mystic Pandit Goswami Tulsidas, translator of the sacred Ramanyana text.

Later a walk through the mystical landscape of poets, sacred temples, holy ponds near Assi ghat, the southernmost embankment of the holy Ganga river. Visit the small alleys surrounding the Ghat for photography.

Later excursion to Sarnath, once of the most sacred places for Buddhists, where Lord Buddha gave the first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Visit famous Dhamaekha Stupa, Moolgandha Kuti Vihar.

Overnight at Varanasi. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Varanasi – Agra

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Later visit Agra Fort and sunset Mehtabh Bagh to see Taj Mahal.

Agra Fort, a massive structure with 70-foot high, 1.5-mile long walls encompassing an astounding collection of well-preserved buildings, many of them completed during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. The most unusual story about the Taj is that there might have been two of them. The emperor intended to build a second tomb in black marble, a negative image of the white Taj for Mumtaz. Tragically, before he could begin, he was deposed by his son and imprisoned in the Agra Fort where he remained until his death, spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting-place of his wife.

Overnight at Agra. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Agra – Jaipur

Rise early for morning coffee and prepare for a truly spectacular sight, the legendary Taj Mahal.

Morning visit of Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist’s visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Return to the hotel for breakfast and afterward drive to Jaipur (240 km / 5 hrs).

Jaipur: The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is awash in pink – the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture.  Built-in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh JI, Jaipur displays a remarkable harmony and architectural splendor.  The ancient heart of the Pink City still beats in its fairytale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city.  The only planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.  There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colorful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets.  Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels (once the residence of Maharajas), are worth admiration.  Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that makes your trip to the pink city a memorable one.

Overnight at Jaipur. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Jaipur

After breakfast proceeds for an excursion of Amber Fort.

“Gems of Jaipur City Tour”:

This morning visit the magnificent Amber Fort, the most iconic monument of Jaipur. You can have the experience of traveling by Jeep on top of the hill where the fort is situated. Housing many palaces, halls,

gardens, and temples. Including Sheesh Mahal, an elaborate mirror Palace work adds to the grandeur of this historic part, a visit to Amber is indeed well worth.

Later embark on our uniquely designed Cycle Rickshaw tour.  This tour is planned to offer you an insight into the socio-economic aspects of the city. Every lane in the walled city has something interesting to offer and the relaxed Rickshaw ride is the best way to explore the city as the locals do.

Afternoon proceeds for Wonders of Pink city tour.

Later Wonders of Pink City Tour: For the visitor, the Pink City of Jaipur is definitely a feast for the eyes. This planned city built in AD 1727 by a visionary King Sawai Jai Singh II. He designed a city so perfect, so beautiful, the likes of which cannot be found the world over.

Join us on this memorable guided tour to visit City Palace, the residence of the present Royal family who has opened their gates to visitors and converted a part of their palace into a museum. Afterward, visit the Observatory (Jantar Mantar) which boasts of having the largest Sun Dial of the World.

Also enjoy a heritage walking tour, a great way to explore Jaipur’s architecture. You see an amazing variety of historic landmarks and buildings, interaction with local people and witness some of Jaipur’s famous art and craft.

Optional Cooking Demo along with meal:

Cooking Demo along with Lunch/Dinner: The cooking demonstration and meal involves the cooking instructor working and demonstrating to the guests all ingredients and techniques neatly typed cooking recipes in a Sanganeri handmade paper folder given as a take away to every guest. 

Overnight at Jaipur. (B, L, D)

Day 15: Jaipur – Delhi

After breakfast drive to Delhi (265 kms/5 hrs).

Upon arrival at Delhi, check in to the hotel for wash and change.

On-time departure transfer to International airport to board the flight to home / onward journey.

(B, L, D)


Important Note

Using decades of experience, and with the help of our local partners, we have crafted this itinerary in detail to create a program that maximizes opportunities for exploring sites, and to facilitate wildlife encounters. Our expeditions use the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays, or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on-site.

These events or realities are out of our control and are an inherent risk when traveling, especially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities arise to improve cultural or wildlife experiences.

Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

GOLDFINCH HOTEL – BANGALORE

Goldfinch Hotel Bangalore is centrally located in Bangalore. This boutique hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available. Fully air-conditioned, rooms at Goldfinch are fitted with flat-screen cable/satellite TV, sofa and work desk. Tea/coffee making facilities and a mini-bar are also included. Free bottled water is provided. Kebab Studio and Banjara Restaurant feature all-day dining and a buffet of international dishes. The hotel’s sports bar offers drinks and big-screen viewing for sports enthusiasts.

ROYAL ORCHID METROPOLE – MYSORE

Royal Orchid Metropole offers modern amenities in a heritage building, featuring 4-star accommodations in a former Maharajah’s residence. It features an outdoor pool and fitness center. Spacious rooms at Metropole feature wooden four-poster beds and private balconies with views of tropical greenery. Rooms have dining and seating areas. Metropole Royal Orchid has a well-equipped business center and a tour desk that helps with travel arrangements. Shikari serves a range of barbecued dishes and local specialties, accompanied by views of the hotel’s tropical gardens. Room service is available.

THE SERAI – KABINI

This 4-star resort sits on the banks of the Kabini River. It features an outdoor pool and a hot tub and is well-located for wildlife watching. The Serai Kabini offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms and villas which feature views of the Kabini River from either private or shared patios. The private bathrooms all include a hairdryer and free toiletries. A free breakfast is served each day at the Wild Grass restaurant, which also serves Indian, Western, and Chinese cuisine. Room service is also available. Guests can use the free weights or cardio equipment at the fitness center or relax at the resort’s spa with a massage treatment. The staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide dry cleaning and laundry facilities.

TRANQUIL RESORT -WAYANAD

Located in Ambalavayal, Tranquil Resort provides accommodations with a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a shared lounge. This 4-star resort features free WiFi and a garden. The resort features family rooms. Guest rooms at the resort are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. All guest rooms will provide guests with a desk and an electric tea pot. Tranquil Resort offers a buffet or American breakfast.

EIGHTH BASTION – KOCHI

Located in Ambalavayal, Tranquil Resort provides accommodations with a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a shared lounge. This 4-star resort features free WiFi and a garden. The resort features family rooms. Guest rooms at the resort are equipped with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. All guest rooms will provide guests with a desk and an electric tea pot. Tranquil Resort offers a buffet or American breakfast.

Departure

This expedition can depart at any time of your preference.


Rates

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of an NPE Guide during the expedition.
  • Local Guides
  • All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • Bottled water in vehicles
  • Laundry included in several of our lodges.

 

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Master Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader (may be added to your final invoice, if desired).
  • Gratuities for optional treks guides.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

 

Deposits and final payments:

  • In order to guarantee your space on the expedition, a deposit of $1,500 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining cost will be charged 120 before the expedition begins.
  • Using these funds, New Paths Expeditions will make a deposit of 30% of the cost of your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will make the mentioned deposit, the domestic air tickets are not included and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies, we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant.
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Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Kingdoms of Peru-2

Kingdoms of Peru

Starts in Lima Peru – 11 days – Min 6 Guests – Max 14 Guests – Ends in Lima Peru

Expedition Highlights Brief:

Unique NPE Events: Meet Dr. Walter Alva, the discoverer of the Lord of Sipan, at his home. Spend time with the Lady of Cao field archeologists and see undisplayed mommies and artifacts. Explore Chan Chan, the biggest mud city that ever existed with the resident archeologist. Birdwatch with Fernando Angulo, the leading ornithologist in Peru. Meet the Ballumbrosio family, international music award winners.

Another of our pioneering expeditions. Explore the coast of Peru to meet the fascinating Pre-Inca Cultures including the Pyramids of Tucume & Museum, the Lord of Sipan Museum, the biggest mud citadel of the world Chan Chan, the archeological site of the Lady of Cao, the temples of the Sun and the Moon in Trujillo, a private museum in Paracas, the temples of Pachacamac, and fly over the Nasca Lines (Optional)

Enjoy superb wildlife encounters at Ballestas Islands and look for endemic birds and Spectacle bears at Chaparri Reserve. Birdwatch with renowned ornithologist Fernando Angulo Pralongo at Bosque de Pomac.

Learn about the colonial times in Chincha, experience first hand the Afro Peruvian culture through its music with the Ballumbrosio family, and visit the colonial hacienda San Jose.

Taste the superb and quite diverse Peruvian cuisine every day, and enjoy three unique culinary experiences. Pisco Sours, Chilcanos, and local wines abound.

You will be led by an NPE Senior Leader who will be assisted by local guides and naturalists along the way. Be prepared for many talks and to be amazed.

GUIDANCE & SPECIALS
  • NPE Senior Leader

  • Master Local Guides
  • Meet Luminaries
  • Meet Scientists in the Field
  • Access to Back-of-the-house Collections

CONTENT
  • Archeology
  • Natural History
  • History
  • Culture
  • Close Contact with Locals
  • Culinary Experiences
Lodging & Transport
  • 5 & 4 Star Hotels & 1 Basic Lodge
  • Tourism Vehicles with A/C and 20% empty seats
  • Speed Boat Excursion
  • Optional 12 pax Airplane Overflight
  • Unlimited Water and All Meals
EXTENSIONS
  • Cusco & Machu Picchu

  • Galapagos

  • Titicaca Lake

  • Uyuni Salt Lake

  • Birds of the North of Peru

  • Amazon

I was impressed I knew so little of the remarkable history of this part of our Planet. Spending time with Walter Alva (the discoverer of the Lord of Sipan), and getting access to the undisplayed pieces and mommies of the lady of Cao during a private tour with the field archeologists were my highlights. But also the food, the unique wildlife, the people! I feel I know a side of Peru other travelers not even dream about, and they should!

Jane Fole – San Diego – CA
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Expedition Details
Day 1. January 9: Arrive in Lima

Most flights from the US land in Lima after 8 pm. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel.

We have selected this 5-star hotel because of its location, just blocks away from lively Parque Kenedy, the heart of Miraflores district. A short stroll away you can nd many great restaurants, the wonderful Mercado de Surquillo -where most great chefs buy their fresh products and the best, and biggest arts and crafts market in South America.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel (Meals aloft)

Day 2. January 10: The Southern Coast

After breakfast, the day begins with a drive through the Southern Coastal desert of Peru, crossing fertile valleys and oasis.

After the very interesting 2 hours and 45-minute drive, we will visit El Carmen town, the heart of the Afro Peruvian community of Peru. Afro Peruvians are an important component of Peru’s identity.

Later on, we will enjoy lunch at the beautiful Hacienda San Jose, built during the seventeenth century. This was the heart of Colonial cotton production and of the slave trade of the time, considered as one of the last colonial architectural treasures in the Peruvian coast.

After lunch, we will explore Hacienda San Jose before driving for an hour to the Paracas Bay, where we will lodge at Hotel La Hacienda. A fine dinner with Pisco Sours included follows.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D)

Day 3. January 11: The Nasca Lines, The Paracas Pre-Inca Culture, Pisco, Paso Fino & more.

After breakfast, we will drive 20 minutes to the Pisco airport to embark in one of the most enigmatic experiences in the world, an overflight over the Nasca Lines.

The lines started to be drawn 4000 years ago by the Paracas pre-Inca culture, but it was 2000 years ago when the descendants of the Paracas, the Nascas used the 12000 square mile desert plateau as a canvas to draw thousands of lines, including 10 mile straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals. For reasons unknown until now, at the intersections of these lines they draw many zoomorphic complex gures.

Our 1 hour and 30-minute flight will take us to enjoy good sightings of the most elaborated figures of the Nasca and Palpa plateaus. At the last, you will be able to observe the anthropomorphic figures -believed to be drawn in the early stages- including that known as the astronaut.

After this unique and unforgettable experience, we will drive 30 minutes to the Julio C. Tello Museum.

We will then continue to the beautiful Tacama vineyard and factory, the best in the country, to learn the secrets of the production of Pisco –the Peruvian traditional spirit, similar to brandy- in a more than beautiful setting. There, we will also enjoy lunch followed by a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show and a Pisco and wine sampling session.

We will then return to the hotel to enjoy the coast of Peru and freshen up before dinner. Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D).

Day 1. January 9: Arrive in Lima

Most flights from the US land in Lima after 8 pm. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and escorted to Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel.

We have selected this 5-star hotel because of its location, just blocks away from lively Parque Kenedy, the heart of Miraflores district. A short stroll away you can nd many great restaurants, the wonderful Mercado de Surquillo -where most great chefs buy their fresh products and the best, and biggest arts and crafts market in South America.

Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel (Meals aloft)

Day 2. January 10: The Southern Coast

After breakfast, the day begins with a drive through the Southern Coastal desert of Peru, crossing fertile valleys and oasis.

After the very interesting 2 hours and 45-minute drive, we will visit El Carmen town, the heart of the Afro Peruvian community of Peru. Afro Peruvians are an important component of Peru’s identity.

Later on, we will enjoy lunch at the beautiful Hacienda San Jose, built during the seventeenth century. This was the heart of Colonial cotton production and of the slave trade of the time, considered as one of the last colonial architectural treasures in the Peruvian coast.

After lunch, we will explore Hacienda San Jose before driving for an hour to the Paracas Bay, where we will lodge at Hotel La Hacienda. A fine dinner with Pisco Sours included follows.

Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D)

Day 3. January 11: The Nasca Lines, The Paracas Pre-Inca Culture, Pisco, Paso Fino & more.

After breakfast, we will drive 20 minutes to the Pisco airport to embark in one of the most enigmatic experiences in the world, an overflight over the Nasca Lines.

The lines started to be drawn 4000 years ago by the Paracas pre-Inca culture, but it was 2000 years ago when the descendants of the Paracas, the Nascas used the 12000 square mile desert plateau as a canvas to draw thousands of lines, including 10 mile straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals. For reasons unknown until now, at the intersections of these lines they draw many zoomorphic complex gures.

Our 1 hour and 30-minute flight will take us to enjoy good sightings of the most elaborated figures of the Nasca and Palpa plateaus. At the last, you will be able to observe the anthropomorphic figures -believed to be drawn in the early stages- including that known as the astronaut.

After this unique and unforgettable experience, we will drive 30 minutes to the Julio C. Tello Museum.

We will then continue to the beautiful Tacama vineyard and factory, the best in the country, to learn the secrets of the production of Pisco –the Peruvian traditional spirit, similar to brandy- in a more than beautiful setting. There, we will also enjoy lunch followed by a Peruvian Paso Fino horse show and a Pisco and wine sampling session.

We will then return to the hotel to enjoy the coast of Peru and freshen up before dinner. Overnight: La Hacienda Bahia Paracas (B, L, D).

North Pole Cruise

North Pole Cruise

The North Pole is the world’s northernmost point and a prize still zealously pursued by adventurers and explorers today.

North Pole

This amazing trip starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. Anticipation heightens as the mighty ship take you smashing through the frozen Arctic Ocean toward your goal.

 


Highlights

  • The 50 Years of Victory. Powered by two nuclear reactors generating 75,000 horsepower and capable of crushing a clear path through multi-year ice up to three meters thick, is the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built.
  • Cruising aboard this marvel of engineering is an unforgettable experience in itself.
  • You will disembark onto the frozen sea. You are now able to stand at the top of the world.
  • Visit Franz Josef Land Archipelago. This remote wilderness is home to a variety of iconic High Arctic wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters it is possible to spot seals, walrus, and the elusive bowhead whale. 

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1:Murmansk, Russia (hotel night)

Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, starting point of our adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

Murmansk is easy to reach by regular flights with stopovers in Moscow or Saint Petersburg. You may wish to extend your stop in Moscow.

Day 2: Embarkation in Murmansk

Today we provide a group transfer to the port where we welcome you aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy. Explore the ship and get orientated as we slip our moorings and sail north out of Kola Bay.

Day 3-6: The Voyage North

Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the fun”. As we cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You are also treated to a tour of the engine room. As we make our way across the ice cap, you witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is surreal and unforgettable.

We also take advantage of 24-hour daylight to offer helicopter flightseeing tours. From the air you can observe the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast polar icescape.

Day 7: North Pole

Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea.       Now is the time to experiencing the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during our special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water! After our memorable time at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!

Day 8-10: Exploration of Franz Josef Land

The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.  Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere.  Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our expert lecturers. Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby, the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.

Day 11-12: The Voyage South

After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land we cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas, warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows.

Day 13: Disembarkation in Murmansk

Our once-in-a-lifetime journey comes to an end. After breakfast we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

The Ship – I/B 50 Years of Victory

 

The most powerful icebreaker ever built generates 75,000 horsepower and crushes multi-year ice layers three meters thick. After a few days aboard, you’ll feel her sharing power as you together battle your way through the Arctic icecap to 90º north.

I/b 50 Years of Victory is not a tourist ship. Rather, the icebreaker was purpose-built to pilot scientific and cargo ships to hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and along the Northeast Passage. It is just during the short summer months when adventurers get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel aboard this real working icebreaker to the geographic North Pole.

Length: 160 m (525 ft.)
Beam: 30 m (98 ft.)
Speed: 21 knots
Passengers: 124
Crew: 140

Dates

  • 10 Jul – 22 Jul 2021
  • 21 Jul – 02 Aug 2021
  • 01 Aug – 13 Aug 2021

Prices

Please call us for details.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

With this special itinerary you can experience the highlights of the South Georgia & Falkland Islands as well as Antarctica.

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. Weather and ice conditions permitting, we also plan to make a continental landing on the Antarctic Peninsula. Each of these destinations is legendary for abundant marine mammals, exceptional subantarctic birdlife, spectacular scenery, and fascinating history.

 


Highlights

  • The waters around the Falkland Islands are home to various species of cetacean including the southern right whale, killer whale, and Peale’s dolphin.
  • The windswept and treeless Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise.
  • The island’s beaches are packed with fur seals and elephant seals jostling for space alongside innumerable king penguins.
  • The island is home to albatross, petrels, prions, skuas, shags, gulls, terns, and the carnivorous South Georgia pintail duck.
  • Witness the breeding behavior of the world’s largest seabird, the wandering albatross.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina (hotel night)

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. The name of the city can be translated as “fair winds” but it is also referred to as the “Paris of South America”. This is an exuberant brew of traditions, languages and different types of culltures.

Upon your arrival at the airport, we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming city.

Day 2: Embarkation in Buenos Aires

We provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds.

Day 3-5: South Atlantic Ocean

As we head south, ocean breezes become cooler and seabirds become more abundant. We keep a sharp eye out for cetaceans such as Commerson’s dolphins and southern right whales in these productive southern seas. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough weather. Presentations by our expert naturalists and historians prepare you for our arrival in the Falkland Islands.

Day 6-7: Fakland Islands

Our exploration of the Falklands includes visiting the isolated outlying islands. These bleakly beautiful isles are havens for wildlife. Large colonies of seabirds, perched on windy bluffs overlooking azure seas, are easily accessible by hiking over lush meadows. At this time, black-browed albatross has returned to the islands and are just starting to lay their eggs amongst the tussocks while feisty rockhopper penguins leap up surf-battered cliffs to start building their nests nearby.

On sandy beaches below, gentoo penguins are also starting to lay their eggs while king penguin chicks of all ages look on. They are joined by female elephant seals suckling their newborn pups. Just offshore, you may see Peale’s dolphins and even killer whales patrolling the coasts. A wide range of land birds, including the endemic Cobb’s wren and inquisitive striated caracara, contribute to an abundance of wildlife that will leave nature lovers breathless.

On these days we intend to come alongside the wharf at Stanley, the historic capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, various war memorials, quality gift shops, and charming pubs. Christ Church Cathedral features an impressive whalebone arch and dramatic views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

We also plan to offer an excursion to Gypsy Cove, a national nature reserve where white sand beaches are frequented by numerous bird species, including the endemic Falklands flightless steamer duck. Here you can also see Magellanic penguins, who have just started to lay their eggs in burrows by the seashore.

Day 8-9: Southern Ocean

We sail east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures and presentations by our lecture staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 10-14: South Georgia Island

The next five days will be devoted to the exploration of the unique and spectacular wilderness of South Georgia, home to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This isolated subantarctic island is said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, shags, skuas, gulls and terns. Among these is one of the largest flying birds in the world—the wandering albatross. Here you have the opportunity to see large downy chicks stretching their wings after spending the long Antarctic winter on snowy nests overlooking the wild Southern Ocean.

On South Georgia’s legendary beaches, king penguins are gathered in huge colonies that stretch from sandy shorelines to the foothills of glaciated mountains. Also at this time, hundreds of thousands of macaroni penguins are coming ashore to start their breeding season. Rare birds such as the endemic South Georgia pipit and yellow-billed pintail round out the list of 78 bird species found across the territory. The successfully completed rat eradication program has made this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

South Georgia is also home to staggering numbers of southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals. At this time, thousands of massive bull elephant seals are defending and occasionally fighting to maintain their harems of females, who have recently given birth. Meanwhile, male fur seals are just arriving to stake out their mating territories. Once hunted nearly to extinction, large whales are also returning to the bountiful seas surrounding South Georgia. With the whalers long gone, the historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum. Here you will also find the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, heroic polar explorer and leader of the famous Endurance expedition.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active adventure. There are many opportunities for guided treks through this snowy wilderness, including the famous Shackleton Walk. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of South Georgia offer the chance to paddle with hordes of seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather in this wild and remote corner of the world. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions and circumstances at hand. You can be sure that we will take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this challenging environment.

Day 15-16: Scotia Sea
After our amazing time in South Georgia, we proceed southwest toward Antarctica. We keep a constant lookout for humpback and fin whales along the way. The majestic wandering albatross and other graceful subantarctic seabirds are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks and balconies.
Day 17-21: Scotia Sea

During the next five days, we undertake an in-depth exploration of the islands near the Antarctic Peninsula. This region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and the best wildlife viewing in Antarctica. Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to huge numbers of marine mammals and seabirds. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will be our primary area of exploration. This wildly beautiful island chain contains many landing sites with historical significance and abundant wildlife. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s Endurance expedition spent the winter of 1916. We continue west to King George Island, home to numerous Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.

Weather and ice permitting, we also hope to visit the supremely picturesque Gerlache Strait area of the Antarctic Peninsula, a pristine wilderness of spectacular white landscapes, colossal icebergs, obliging marine mammals and bustling penguin colonies. Here we have a chance to land on the continent of Antarctica.

Throughout this area, we encounter Gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, sometimes nesting side by side. At this time of the season, all three species are busy courting and mating. This is a good time to observe the importance of pebbles in penguin culture, as prized nesting material to be stolen from rivals and given to mates. Also at this time, very high concentrations of sea ice provide more opportunities for seals and penguins to congregate on ice floes, a situation that attracts killer whales. Photographers will appreciate the pristine appearance of fresh, undisturbed snow across the landscape in this early summer month.

Antarctica is a true wilderness with unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which will dictate our route and exploration opportunities. With more than 17 hours of daylight per day, we seize every chance to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery via Zodiac cruises and shore excursions.

Day 22-23: Drake Passage

It is now time to head north across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow. Finally, as we enter the calm Beagle Channel, we enjoy a night of smooth sailing toward Ushuaia.

Day 24: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After a final delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time in Tierra del Fuego. As you look back on your wonderful experience in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure!

The Ship – M/V Sea Spirit

 

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 11
Crew: 72

Dates

  • 19 Oct – 11 Nov 2020

Prices

Please call us for details or request a quote.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula

This classic voyage to Antarctica departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. The air gets colder and daylight grows longer as we head south across the infamous Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross. This cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.

Antarctic Peninsula

Your time in the Antarctic Peninsula region focuses on the Gerlache Strait area, where towering mountains, immense glaciers, and blue icebergs create a picture-perfect setting for incredible penguin and marine mammal encounters. This cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.

 


Highlights

  • In the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula you can go ashore at sites where gentoo, chinstrap, and adélie penguins come together in boisterous nesting colonies.
  • The waters of Antarctica are also home to impressive numbers of marine mammals. Humpback and killer whales can be spotted feeding in bountiful seas.
  • The scenery in Antarctica is unique in the world.
  • You will be following in the historic footsteps of early whalers, polar explorers, and scientific expeditions.
  • Have the opportunity to appreciate modern human ingenuity at scientific research stations of various nationalities.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1:Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina (hotel night)

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our Antarctic expedition! Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to a quality hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the itinerary. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore this vibrant port city and adventure hub.

For an introduction to local history and wildlife, the interesting Museo del Fin del Mundo is worth a visit. If you have time to spare, a variety of nature activities can be arranged to suit all interests and fitness levels, from hiking in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park to wildlife viewing in the Beagle Channel. For dinner, Ushuaia offers a wide range of restaurants featuring Patagonian lamb and delectable Fuegian seafood.

Day 2: Welcome Aboard!

After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to enjoy Ushuaia. Explore the delightful waterfront and savor views of the snowcapped Martial Range, the southernmost peaks of the Andes. Take advantage of shopping for souvenirs or some last-minute necessities such as cold-weather gear. Just remember, you will soon receive your very own parka to keep and waterproof boots to borrow onboard the ship. For lunch, the many cafés, parrillas, and gelato shops on Avenida San Martín will be sure to satisfy any appetite.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the luxury expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. After getting underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the scenery and gorgeous evening light as we pass through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4: Across the Drake Passage

After passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we turn south to begin our crossing of the Drake Passage. We watch for humpback and fin whales along the way. The majestic wandering albatross and other graceful subantarctic seabirds are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks and balconies. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and presentations by our lecture staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica. We hope to arrive in the South Shetland Islands on the evening of our second day at sea.

Day 5-8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

During the next four days, we explore the highlights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and the best wildlife viewing in Antarctica. Sheltered bays and channels sparkle with ice and reflect towering mountain peaks coated in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to huge numbers of marine mammals and seabirds. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land. Here we also find Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first area of exploration. This wildly beautiful island chain contains many landing sites with historical significance and abundant wildlife. We will also explore the supremely picturesque Gerlache Strait area of the Antarctic Peninsula, a pristine wilderness of spectacular white landscapes, colossal icebergs, obliging marine mammals, and bustling penguin colonies. We hope to pass through the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the narrow channel reflects the image of sheer snowy mountains.

Throughout the islands and on the mainland, we find nesting colonies of Gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, sometimes side by side. At this time, penguin eggs are just starting to hatch, causing parents to rush to the sea and back to gather krill for their tiny, helpless chicks. Predatory skuas are quick to capitalize on this new food source. As sea ice continues to recede, humpback whales arrive in great numbers and begin non-stop feeding. Killer whales are also on the hunt for seals and minke whales. Groups of crabeater seals occupy the last of the ice floes while Weddell seals haul out on land. Solitary leopard seals can be spotted patrolling the coast near penguin colonies.

In this rugged yet accessible environment, superb wildlife viewing is best complemented by active adventure. Our knowledgeable guides will offer hiking and hill-climbing for an even greater perspective of this raw polar wilderness. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of Antarctica offer many chances to paddle with seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways. With long daylight hours and the summer’s warmest temperatures, camping is also a great way to make the most of your time on the White Continent.

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our precise route and exploration opportunities will be shaped by weather and ice. Our experienced captain and expedition leader will continually adjust plans to take maximum advantage of the conditions in this challenging polar environment. With nearly 22 hours of daylight per day, we seize every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery onshore excursions and Zodiac cruises.

Day 9-10: Back across the Drake Passage

It is now time to head back across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow. Finally, as we enter the calm Beagle Channel, we enjoy a night of smooth sailing toward Ushuaia.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After yet another delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure!

The Ship – M/V Sea Spirit

 

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 114
Crew: 72

Dates

  • 18 Dec – 28 Dec 2020
  • 27 Dec – 07 Jan 2021
  • 17 Feb – 28 Feb 2021
  • 10 Nov – 21 Nov 2021
  • 08 Feb –  19 Feb 2022
  • 18 Feb – 01 Mar 2022

Rates

Please call us for details.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

Read More>

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Svalbard Expedition

Svalbard Expedition: Polar Bears

This is the ultimate Arctic expedition, onboard the ideal ice-strengthen small-ship, and with the most experienced expedition crew in the archipelago

  • Puffin

Svalbard

This remarkable expedition departs from the far northern settlement of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen in the famed Svalbard archipelago. You will explore the island’s northwestern coast, home to dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities.

 


Highlights

  • Svalbard boasts one of the Arctic’s highest concentrations of polar bears.
  • The unique Arctic ecosystem of Spitsbergen is almost entirely protected in a network of nature reserves and national parks.
  • The area of exploration is rich with historical sites including early whaling camps, trappers’ cabins, deserted coal mining operations, and an abandoned polar research station.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (hotel night)

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Svalbard and starting point of our Arctic expedition! At the Longyearbyen airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to a quality hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the itinerary. You will then be free to explore the charming, walkable town center.

We recommend starting your discovery of this fascinating Norwegian High Arctic territory at the excellent Svalbard Museum, where you can also purchase hard-to-find polar books and maps. Afterward, you can enjoy an excellent dinner at one of Longyearbyen’s many delightful restaurants. If you are still awake at midnight, you will notice the sun has not set. In fact, the sun will not set for the entire duration of our time in Svalbard.

Day 2: Welcome Aboard!

After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to enjoy Longyearbyen. Take in the views of icy fjords and glaciated mountains surrounding this historic former coal-mining town. Take advantage of shopping for souvenirs or some last-minute necessities such as cold-weather gear. Just remember, you will soon receive your very own parka to keep and waterproof boots to borrow on board the ship. For lunch, Longyearbyen offers quick and easy meal options including the most northerly pizzas and kebabs in the world.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the deluxe expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. After getting underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the gorgeous scenery in 24-hour daylight as we pass through the wildlife-rich waters of Isfjorden.

Day 3-11: Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge

The goal for this voyage is a circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Along the way, we hope to experience the many facets of this incredible High Arctic territory. Our exact schedule and route will be shaped by weather and ice. At the peak of the summer season, we expect ice conditions to be favorable for a circumnavigation. We also expect there will be enough sea ice around to support ice-dependent animals such as polar bears and walrus. In addition to seeing Spitsbergen from every angle, this itinerary offers the appealing possibility of setting foot on all four of Svalbard’s main islands.

The first of many pristine natural areas on this itinerary is South Spitsbergen National Park, a vast region of varied landscapes including polar deserts and impassible mountain ranges. The centerpiece of this park is Hornsund, a picture-perfect fjord where countless mighty glaciers cascade from soaring mountaintops into icy inlets. The park also includes the southern shores of Bellsund, a picturesque bay where we find the remains of historical whaling operations, including wooden boats, cabins, and thousands of whale bones—a scene from the distant past, literally frozen in time. Throughout the park, there is always a high probability of wildlife sightings. There are also plenty of possibilities for world-class hiking through wild polar landscapes with fascinating geology. Wildflowers will be at their peak during this time.

Next along our route is the wildlife-rich Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve, a pristine and rarely visited wilderness containing hundreds of uninhabited islands. On the large islands of Edgeøya and Barentsøya, we discover broad tundra valleys supporting the territory’s densest population of endemic Svalbard reindeer. We are likely to see rapidly growing reindeer calves at this time of year. The valleys are also important breeding areas for ground-nesting birds such a geese, eiders and sandpipers. Arctic foxes prowl the vast landscape, seeking to provide food for their young cubs, who are just now emerging from their dens. Shallow, murky seas are ideal feeding grounds for walrus, which can be seen resting in large numbers on gently sloping beaches. Historical sites throughout the islands provide glimpses into the region’s bygone era of trapping and hunting.

During this voyage, we expect to encounter significant sea ice concentrations in the enormous Northwest Svalbard Nature Reserve. In this remote and isolated region, ice can persist very late into the summer, giving it a truly polar character. This reserve covers the rugged northwestern parts of Spitsbergen and the entirety of Nordaustlandet, the second largest island in Svalbard. Here we find the massive Austfonna ice cap, part of which meets the sea along the 45-kilometer ice cliff known as Bråsvellbreen—one of the great wonders of the Arctic world. The polar desert environment supports little in the way of vegetation but hosts prodigious numbers of seabirds at breeding sites such as the spectacular sea cliffs of Alkefjellet. The probability of encountering polar bears and walrus in this icy wilderness is very high.

At this time of year, we expect to find the edge of the polar pack ice not too far from Nordaustlandet. We hope to sail along this dynamic boundary between solid sea ice and open ocean. Here we have an unparalleled opportunity to witness the dramatic interplay between polar bears and seals. We will take the ship as close as safely possible to the jumbled and constantly shifting ice floes in the hope of observing polar bears in their preferred habitat.

Finally, we reach Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, the crown jewel of Svalbard’s scenic wonders. Here we find deep fjords flanked by serrated mountain ranges and immense tidewater glaciers calving icebergs into turquoise waters. The skies are filled with millions of murres, guillemots and little auks, whose eggs are just now hatching at countless breeding colonies located on small islands, mountainsides, and sea cliffs within the park. This is also a great time to encounter marine mammals, including beluga whales and various Arctic seals. Set among these incredible scenery and wildlife activity, we also find evidence of Svalbard’s earliest sealers and whalers.

Human habitation along our route can be found at Ny Ålesund, a former mining town and airship base that is now home to an international community of Arctic researchers. This is one of the world’s most northerly settlements where we find a museum, gift shop and post office.

The ambitious Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge route offer a comprehensive view of the Arctic’s many faces. Every day offers something new and exciting. We will not miss a single opportunity to encounter amazing Arctic wildlife, to witness incredible polar scenery, and to walk in the footsteps of historic expeditions that came before.

Day 12: Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

After filling up with one last buffet breakfast on board, we bid you farewell in Longyearbyen. We provide transfers to the airport or to the town center in case you plan to stay longer in Svalbard. By this time, you may already be making plans for your next amazing trip with us into the polar worlds!

The Ship – M/V Sea Spirit

 

 

The M/V Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears, or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 114
Crew: 72

Dates

  • 30 Jun – 11 Jul 2020
  • 29 Jun – 10 Jul 2021

Rates

Please call us for details.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team;
  • Parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.

Not Included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Kayaking;
  • Staff gratuities.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of 25% per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

Testimonials: 

“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!”
Jack N. Douglas-CO

“Our three expeditions with you were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!”
Harriet T. Saugerties-NY

“NPE always provides excellent expedition guiding services where ever in the world we go. They attend to every detail, and NPE always has surprising added elements that are delightful. The best!”
Charlene P. La Jolla-CA

“Well planned, good local guides, top expedition leader. The trip far exceeded all expeditions.”
Frederic K. Orange-CA

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