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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.

160 m (525 ft.)

30 m (98 ft.)

21 knots

124

140

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

Read More>

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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. 

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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.

90.6 meters (297 ft.)

15.3 meters (50 ft.)

15 knots

114

72

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

Read More>

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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 on board 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 on shore 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.

90.6 meters (297 ft.)

15.3 meters (50 ft.)

15 knots

114

72

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

Read More>

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Svalbard Expedition

Svalbard Expedition Private

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

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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.

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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.
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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

Award-winning itinerary! The most complete and well-paced expedition to southern and northern coast of Peru, including the history, culture and natural history of the destination. Extensions to the Titicaca Lake, Lima Colonial, Amazon, and Machu Picchu.

Kingdoms of Peru

The expedition will first explore the southern coast of central Peru. Here we will meet the Paracas and Nascas, some of the most advanced ancient civilizations of the planet. You will also experience the Colonial period, the much important Afro Peruvian culture, and the natural history of the area. Superb cuisine, cooking classes and close contact with locals will add much fun to the complete days we have planned.

We will then fly to the northern coast of Peru, the land where the Mochicas and Chimu cultures flourished. It is here that we will find the richest archeological discovery of the Americas, the Lord of Sipan, only comparable to Tutankhamun, and Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the world, which at its peak, housed over 100 000 inhabitants.

The north is covered by the Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most threatened habitats of the world. A paradise for birders, full of endemics and where the award-winning Chaparri Reserve is located. We will spend two days at Chaparri and will also bird watch at Tinajones and Pomac Forest.

Itinerary in Brief

Getting there:

Your expedition package does not include your international flight ticket. The latest that you should arrive in Lima is during PM on day 1. It is never a bad idea to arrive a day or two earlier. New Paths Expeditions will be glad to arrange extra hotel overnights and activities.

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Most ights 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 Mira ores Hotel.

We have selected this 5-star hotel because of its location, just blocks away from lively Parque Kenedy, the heart of Mira ores 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 Mira ores Hotel (Meals aloft)

Day 2: 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: 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 gures of the Nasca and Palpa plateaus. At the last, you will be able to observe the anthropomorphic gures -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 4: Ballestas Islands, Natural History Paradise, and Pachacamac.

We will start the day with a 2-hour speed boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, part of the Paracas National Reserve, Peru’s largest coastal wildlife sanctuary. The Islands are home to thousands of resident and migratory sea birds, including several endangered or threatened South American species. We will be looking for Red-legged Cormorants, Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Pelicans, Band-tailed Gulls, Inca Terns, Humboldt Penguins, Otters, and South American Sea Lions, among many other species. It is truly a great natural history experience, and this time of the year, blue skies promise superb photographic opportunities.

We will then drive back to Lima arriving in time for lunch at Hacienda Los Ficus where you will be in contact with nature, with horses being bred in the pasture while enjoying typical Peruvian avors.

After lunch, we will drive only 4 miles to the Pachacamac Pre-Inca and Inca remains in the Lurin Valley. This is a huge adobe citadel, where, in pre-Inca times, the oracle Pachacamac was consulted and later, under Inca conquest, it became the main commercial and administrative city in the coast of South America and where Wiracocha, the sun god was adored. The brand new site museum is superb, and we will also visit the main sites of the 4 square mile remains.

After the visit, we will drive one hour or so to Lima.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L (Dinner on your own. Your leader will propose great options)

Day 5: Culinary and Pre-Inca Lima.

After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit a very well kept market, located over the Lima cli that overlooks the beautiful Lima bay. There we will see and taste and learn about the impressive array of local products including potatoes, fruits, seafood and others that together with local creativity have shaped Peruvian cuisine into one of the nest of the world.

We will then drive for 20 minutes to a private culinary experience local where you will learn to prepare and taste in small portions multiple avors from all over Peru. This is truly a feast!

After the Peruvian cuisine complete experience, you will have free time to shop at the huge Handicraft Market of the city, walk at the heart of the lively Mira ores district, visit LarcoMar shopping mall that overlooks the Lima bay and has superb Alpaca and Vicuna shops, or just relax at the hotel. There are many options at walking distance for you to enjoy thanks to the great location of our 5-star hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed today at Huaca Pucllana, a beautiful restaurant located overlooking a well restored and beautifully illuminated pre-Inca temple right in Mira ores district. A perfect way to say goodbye to Lima, the “City of the Kings”

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D

Day 6: To Chiclayo, North of Peru.

In the morning, we will drive to the Lima airport and y north, 1 hour, to Chiclayo. The ight is beautiful, providing great views of the “Cordillera Blanca” mountains, a massive that includes Huascaran, the highest peak of Peru. Upon arrival, we will check in at the Hotel Casa Andina Select, the best hotel in town, and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tucume, a complex of 26 pyramids of the Lambayeque culture located in the middle of a beautiful Equatorial Dry Forest, one of the most endangered habitats of the world.

Upon arrival we will walk around some of the pyramids, understanding the cultures of Northern Peru. We will also visit the site museum before moving to Horcones Hotel and Restaurant.

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 7: Bosque de Pomac & the Lord of Sipan Museum

Early in the morning, we will drive one hour to Pomac forest, a reserve that combines some of the best-preserved patches of Equatorial Dry Forest, providing great birding for endemics.

The forest is dotted with dozens of ancient pyramids belonging to the Sican culture, descendants of the Moche. The site was rst excavated in 1978 by the Japanese archaeologist and anthropologist Izumi Shimada, but it wasn’t until 1992 that his team discovered a tomb of an elite member of Sican society. From this grave, 1.2 tonnes of precious metals in the form of jewelry and religious artifacts were removed, now stored in the National Sican Museum.

Upon our early arrival to Pomac, we will birdwatch for endemics, including the endangered Peruvian Platcutter, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Fasciated Wren, the delicate Amazilia Hummingbird, and the tiny Tumbes Tyrannulet.

We will then continue with some people to people experiences and crafts shopping. An opportunity to see the Pre-Inca pyramids from an overview point will provide great photographic opportunities.

Back in Chiclayo, we will enjoy lunch at Fiesta Restaurant, considered one of the best in the whole country and Latin America. Some consider that the best ceviche in the world is served here!

Later we will return to the hotel and enjoy time to freshen up before departing to visit the Lord of Sipan Museum.

After the complete Lord of Sipan experience, we will enjoy dinner at a basic but traditional restaurant while enjoying a traditional “Pena Nortea”, our rst exposure to the music and dances of the north coast of Peru. This is a night of fun and celebration!

Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 8: Chaparri Reserve.

After breakfast, we will drive two hours to Chaparri Reserve, the greatest communal conservation project in Peru. Along the way, we will stop at Tinajones reservoir where we may nd Great Grebe, Black-faced Ibis, Chilean Flamingo, waders and other water birds.

Upon arrival at Chaparri, we will check in, enjoy lunch and meet the local rangers.

Chaparri is a true natural history highlight of South America. The Ecological Reserve is a private community- owned and managed protected area that encompasses some 38,412 hectares, covering an altitudinal range from 150 m to 1350 m, which contain a range of habitats, including semi-desert, sparse dry forest, lowland Prosopis- dominated forest, and foothill dry forest. It is home to 21 species of mammals, and 126 species of birds – with 46 endemics, being White-winged Guan, feared extinct for nearly a century, the best prize of the reserve.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a comfortable hike along the “Huachuma” trail, where we may nd several Tumbesian endemics and other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and where we will analyze the ora of the unique ecosystem. The walk should be crowned with a good sight of Spectacle Bears.

In the evening, and after dinner, a night birding walk follows, along the main track, looking for Scrub Nightjar, Pacific Pygmy-Owl, West Peruvian Screech-Owl, and endemic insect species.

Overnight Chaparri Ecolodge. B, L, D.

Day 9: Chaparri and back to Chiclayo.

We will start the day near the lodge, watching hummingbirds bath in the stream. After breakfast, we will embark on another hike looking for wildlife and enjoy lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon we will drive back to Chiclayo with birding and panoramic stops along the way. Overnight Casa Andina Classic. B, L, D.

Day 10: Lady of Cao and Trujillo

Today we will drive south, towards Trujillo. Lunch will be enjoyed at the old and charming coastal town of Pacasmayo, one of the countries world famous sur ng spots.

We will then continue crossing deserts and valleys until reaching Cao. It is here that the Lady of Cao was discovered. We will visit the archeological site and first class museum and meet the researchers.

After Cao, we will drive to the colonial city of Trujillo, one of the rst Spanish cities in South America, and where the Spanish Conqueror, Francisco Pizarro, first disembarked. We will check in at the fine Casa Andina Private Collection hotel.

Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel tonight.

Day 11: Trujillo: UNESCO Chan Chan, Arcoiris, Cooking Class and Huanchaco Ree Rafts.

After breakfast, we will visit Chan Chan, the biggest mud citadel of the World, known as the “Machu Picchu of the North”.

We will then continue to Huanchaco beach, where we will enjoy a Cebiche and Pisco Sour cooking class at the best restaurant in town, with great ocean views.

After lunch, we will walk to the beach to meet local shermen and their “Caballitos de Torora”.

We will return to the hotel to freshen up. During the good light hours, we will visit Trujillo main square to photograph the beautiful colonial center (We have arranged a small surprise for you during that time), before dinner at the classic members-only Club Central, where the leading members of Trujillo’s society have been gathering for a century. It is located inside the beautiful Iturregui Palace.

Overnight Casa Andina Private Collection. B, L, D.

Day 12: Huacas del Sol y la Luna. Farewell Lunch. Transfer to Airport. Fly the US.

In the morning we will visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, remains of the capital city of the Mochicas, the most ancient culture that ruled the north.

We will first visit the small, but well displayed Moche Huacas museum, which has an architectural design that represents the building traditions of the Moche culture.

Then, we will be impressed with the visit to “Huaca de la Luna”. In English “Pyramid of the Moon”, is a masterpiece of human creative genius. Its 12,000 square meters of polychrome murals are an outstanding example of the construction techniques that the Moche mastered.

After the visit, we will enjoy a wonderful lunch of modern Peruvian delicacies before transferring to the airport to fly to Lima and connect with ights back home.

NOTE: Late checkouts have been requested to the hotel and will be confirmed closer to the departure date.

Accommodations

Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores, Lima 5*

With a strategic location in the heart of Miraflores, the Private Collection Miraflores has been designed to express the local flavor with all the amenities, facilities and services of a first class hotel. The Private Collection Miraflores provides an unmistakable local style, and includes an exquisite collection of contemporary art, which along with valuable colonial antiques, decorates the rooms and common areas.

La Hacienda Bahia – Paracas: Pisco, Ica 4*

It is located on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Paracas. Luxury and simplicity blend perfectly. Every room has been designed to provide a comfortable stay and the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of life on the bay. The restaurant, o ers the best view of the bay. Multiple activities are available, from a good spa to water adventure sports, including sailing, fishing and much more.

Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo, Lambayeque 3*

This hotel is the refurbished Hotel de Turistas Chiclayo. A landmark of the city, it o ers its visitor center of the city Location, just minutes from downtown and the airport.

This is a modern and functional hotel, with spacious common areas, terrace, pool and event areas. distributed in 7 floors. Internet center, Wi-Fi and ATM are just some of the services that are o ered to customers. AC Included.

Chaparri Eco-Lodge – Chaparri, Lambayeque. Basic Lodge.

Chaparri Ecolodge is located in the dry forests of northern Peru. It provides a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes, with excellent wildlife viewing. It is a communal award-winning project. Even though basic, the sta is truly warm. The 6 Rooms available are clean, feature en suite bathrooms, solar hot water, and electricity. Food is served on a simple terrace. A stream pool and hammocks are available. No AC (One night stay).

Casa Andina Private Collection – Trujillo. 5*

This is a hotel with 147 rooms, distributed in 14 levels, that proposes, through its architecture and decoration, the integration of the Pre-Inca culture symbols and the modern design. This five-star hotel has an ideal location at the entrance of the Golf Urbanization, providing our guests with easy access from the airport and the city center. Internet Center, high-speed Wi-Fi, Fitness Center (open 24 hours), swimming pool, hair salon, and spa are part of the amenities. AC included.

Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel Lima.

Most international flights to Lima arrive during the late PM. The Lima Airport hotel makes it easy to take the early flights the next morning. The hotel is only a short walk from the gate, and using this hostelry will spare you a 1 to 2-hour drive to the city. The hotel includes a full range of leisure facilities: 24/7 restaurant, bar, and spa. The rooms are modern and very comfortable.

Aranwa Sacred Valley Cusco 5*

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Spa is built on the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the lands of an old colonial hacienda of the 17th century, just one hour and a half from the city of Cusco, and 30 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu. The hotel rooms are decorated in Colonial, Modern, and Minimalist styles. The gardens, restaurant, bars, and spa are some of the best in the whole country.

Inkaterra Pueblo Machu Picchu 5*

Inkaterra luxury Machu Picchu Hotel is located one of the most bio-diverse spots on Earth. Composed of 81-casitas, the hotel resembles an Andean village secluded in 12 acres of cloud forest. The hotel includes a Spa, first-class restaurant and a large living room filled with fire-places. Natural history activities are included, such as world-class birding excursions, visits to the hotel s Orchid Garden (the biggest in-habitat orchid garden in the world!), walks through the tea plantation, and much more.

Casa Andina Premium – Cusco

Casa Andina Premium Cusco is strategically located and beautiful hotel just a few blocks from the Main Square, ideal place to initiate visits of the surroundings, cultural walks to the tourist places more known like the Cathedral of Cuzco or the convent Santo Domingo and to discover the charms of the historical center. It has 93 rooms that are characterized by a personalized service and all the comforts that our guests may need with free extras like: bu et breakfast, free Wi-Fi, restaurant and bar, concierge service, room service, among others.

Belmond Andean Explorer

There are many different options for train travel in Peru, yet there nothing is quite like the luxury of the Belmond Andean Explorer.

With spacious cabins, decadent furnishings, a piano bar, library and observation carriages (plus delicious food prepared by incredible chefs), it really is something else. As a result, you will experience the best of Peru in utmost comfort, luxury and style.

The Belmond Andean Explorer travels through many di erent areas of Peru including Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and Puno.

Titilaka Lodge

Located on a tranquil bay of Lake Titicaca with some of the most amazing views of the lake, this all-inclusive first-class lodge has only 18 ample suites (booking in advance is important to secure your reservation). Service is impeccable, and all excursions, meals, and beverages are included. The lodge has a spa, multiple terraces, as well as kayaks and bicycles for exploration. Titilaka Lodge is a destination in itself that should not be missed.

Details

Included in Land Cost:
  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • Services of a NPE Local Guide 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 at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water at included meals, transfers and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local sta .
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance and restaurant staff.

 

Not Included:
  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver 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.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

 

Deposits and final payments:

To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost 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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Colombia, a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth and endless bounty. One of the world’s most exciting emerging wildlife watching destinations.

  • Prime Cathedral of Bogota

Colombia

Colombia – a country associated with color, beauty, tropical warmth and endless bounty. The natural riches found within its borders aren’t found here by chance, however. It’s Colombia’s rugged, broken and unique geography that makes it one of the world’s most diverse countries, a literal treasure trove of biological evolution, where this same geography has created many restricted-range species, found across Colombia’s 5 main geographical regions – Andean, Pacific, the Caribbean, Llanos (plains) and Amazon.

 


Highlights:

  • Explore Bogota in full, including the Gold Museum, Botero Museum and a welcome dinner at Cerro Monserrate, overlooking the city, during sunset.
  • Travel deep, by plane and 4×4, to the heart of the Colombian Llanos in search of South American mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds by boat, 4×4 and on horse (Optional).
  • Return to Bogota for deeper immersion in the Colombian culture. Gourmet coffee tasting included.
  • Climb to the recently-opened-to-travelers Santa Marta Highlands for superb panoramas, a coffee plantation experience, and to bird watch at one of the most important habitats on earth.
  • Travel down to the Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Tayrona National Park, for more impressive birding, and to interact with the Kogi tribe. Leisure time on this remote piece of paradise is included.
  • Spend three amazing days in colonial Cartagena, one of the greatest UNESCO sites in South America.
  • 4-Day extension to the Colombian & Peruvian Amazon for superb wildlife encounters.

Itinerary in Brief

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Day 1: Arrive in Bogota.

Arrive in Bogota (8530 ft). Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in guaranteed. Rest. 2 PM Detailed brie ng and geographic orientation by your Leader. Visit the impressive Gold Museum. Visit Cerro Monserrate for sunset photographs. Early welcome dinner. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (Dinner) NOTE: If you wish to arrive a day early, your room will be ready and paid for, but extra transfer charges may apply.


Day 2: Fly to Yopal & Wildlife observation in Llanos Savannah.

Early AM commercial flight to Yopal. Full morning 4×4 transfer with packed breakfast to the lodge, in route we will penetrate very remote territories in the Llanos savannah with wildlife that can be spotted at any time. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Boat ride (2-3 hrs), and Safari. Sunset over Llanos + introductory talk. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 3: The Llanos Wildlife.

4×4 Wildlife search excursion (Horseback riding available if desired). Typical lunch at the lodge. PM: at leisure to relax. Nighttime wildlife excursion. Dinner at the lodge followed by folklore show. Overnight at Juan Solito Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 4: Birding & Visit to La Aurora original farmhouse.

Birding. Visit of La Aurora original farmhouse. Possible fishing if wished. Lunch at the lodge. Early PM: Transfer to Yopal and flight to Bogota. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L)


Day 5: Bogota City Tour.

Bogota city tour; Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, and La Candelaria walking tour. Upscale cofee sampling included. PM: short rest time followed by a visit to Usaquen township for arts, crafts and local culture. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at B.O.G Hotel (B, L, D)


Day 6: Fly to Santa Marta. Birding time at Mica on route to the lodge.

Morning transfer to the airport. Fly to Santa Marta and transfer to the Lodge (5 hrs). This drive climbs from the sea level to over 7217 ft asl up a winding mountain road. Along the way, stop for a picnic lunch at a co ee plantation, and to learn all about Colombian coffee. Check-in and rest at the lodge. PM: Late birding for endemics in the reserve. Dinner. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 7: Cuchilla de San Lorenzo.

Drive up to the Cuchilla de San Lorenzo gap, for more birdwatching, nature walks, and outstanding views. Lunch at the lodge. PM: Leisure birding around the lodge or enjoy a nature walk and panorama photography. Dinner. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 8: To a Remote Corner of the Caribbean.

AM: Optional early AM birding for those interested. After a leisure breakfast, drive down to the coast, arriving at our beach and jungle hotel for lunch. Evening at leisure to enjoy the beautiful setting. Short lecture followed by dinner. Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)


Day 9: Tayrona National Park and the Kogi Tribe.

At 7.30 AM, transfer to Tayrona National Park for morning birding. Return to the hotel for lunch and then visit a Kogi settlement and interact with this fascinating human group. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at Villa Maria (B, L, D)


Day 10: The Caribbean Coast and Cartagena.

7 AM: Transfer to Cartagena along the coast highway (5 hrs). Lunch. PM: City tour part 1. Free time to explore and photograph Cartagena. Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)

(B, L)


Day 11: Cartagena.

Complete Cartagena tour including Barrio Manga, Popa Monastery, Saint Philip Castle, The Vaults. Farewell dinner in a cozy upscale restaurant. Overnight at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa (B, L, D)


Day 12: Fly Home

Time to further explore Cartagena until your transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to the US (B)

The Extension

Details in Brief:

Duration: 4 days in country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide


Itinerary in Brief:

Day 11: Fly to Leticia. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. PM: Transfer to Tanimboca Nature Reserve for wildlife watching.

Arriving in Leticia, the main city of Colombia’s Amazon region, you’ll be met by the transport that will take you to the hotel. You’ll then head out to the private Tanimboca Reserve. Here at the reserve, we’ll begin to search for wildlife typical of the Amazon region. You’ll head back to the hotel for dinner, ready for an early start the next day.

Overnight at the Waira Suites Hotel – Standard room (B, D)

Day 12: Discover the Marasha Nature Reserve.

Today you’ll head out on a private launch to the excellent reserve of Marasha for a full morning’s birding and wildlife watching. Lunch at the reserve before you’ll head out again by boat to your accommodation for the night – a wonderful jungle lodge in its reserve – Calanoa Amazonas. Dinner at Calanoa.

Overnight at Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (B, L, D)

Day 13: Wildlife watching and meeting with the local Tikuna indigenous group.

Today will begin with a relatively short boat ride to the Amacayacu River. Along the river, we’ll be looking for Red Howler-Monkey, Yellow-handed Titi, soaring raptors that dominate the skies and those that also perch typically by the riverside such as the massive Black-collared Hawk and Laughing Falcon. Lunch will be had at a local restaurant before heading out to one of the Colombian Amazon’s main attractions – Tarapoto Lake. You’ll make your way across the ‘Correo’ canal into the lake looking out for species of monkey, bird and if fortunate, river otters. Upon arrival at the lake, the main headline species here are the Pink River Dolphins. Dinner at Calanoa.

Overnight at Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (B, L, D)

Day 14: Morning birding at Calanoa Nature Reserve and y back to the U.S.

This morning will be dedicated to exploring the 40 hectares of primary forest that make up this reserve. An early lunch will be had at the reserve, and the private boat will head back to Leticia for the flight back to Bogota and onward connection to the US. (B, L)


Important Note

The Colombian Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. 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 Master Local Guide might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the Master Local Guides and hotels could change without notice due to conditions beyond our control. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

Bogota: The B.O.G. Hotel – Superior room (3 nights)

A new and very stylish luxury hotel located in the heart of Bogota’s Chico sector and between the Zona ‘T’ and Zona ‘Rosa’ nightlife districts which o er the very best regarding restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.

Your comfortable room offers a wide space including a work desk, hydro-massage shower, 500 thread count bedding, and subtle details that help create the perfect balance to live the B.O.G. Hotel experience. Wi wireless is available from the commodity of your room.



La Aurora: Juan Solito Lodge – Standard room (2 nights)

This lodge, part of a working ranch and private wildlife reserve, o ers very basic accommodations given its location at over 5 hours from the nearest city (Yopal). There is no hot water here, but temperatures dictate that nobody complains about the lukewarm showers. Bathrooms are private, and furniture is basic. Everything is very clean. Mosquito nets are provided for each bed. Food is full board.

Due to its remote location, no wi-fi is available.



Santa Marta: El Dorado Lodge – Standard room (2 nights)

This is Colombia’s most beautiful location for a lodge. We have selected rooms, which are small and basic, but clean and with great views. Rooms are in a wood cabin type building with amazing views over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the Caribbean Sea can be seen on a clear day. The rooms are cool, given the lodge’s altitude.

They also have “The Kogihabs” their new constructions with morning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada itself. Even though we love the Kogihabs, they are located at about a 15 minutes inclined walk from the main house of the lodge. Because of this, we have only blocked 4 of the Kogihabs. Please let us know if you would like to enjoy the beautiful Kogihabs (If you are a hiker, this rooms would be perfect for you)

Free wi access is available in the social parts of the Lodge, though service could fail.



Tayrona: Villa Maria Lodge – Superior room with sea view (2 nights)

Villa Maria combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the Caribbean ocean. A 5-minute walk through a jungle path takes you to the virgin, white sand beach. All rooms are quite beautiful, with AC. This is the best hotel close to Tayrona National Park, and we have selected ocean view rooms for all our guests. Wi is available, though, due to the remoteness of the lodge, service could fail. Please also note that the beach, even though particularly beautiful, may provide choppy waters.



Leticia: Waira Suites Hotel – Standard room (1 night)

Located in Leticia, the capital of the Colombian Amazon, the lung of our planet and meeting point of three different cultures is Waira Suites Hotel, a mixture of paradise, elegance, comfort and sublime images, bathed by magical Amazon River for the enjoyment of all visitors, making your stay an unforgettable experience.

This hotel is a new and modern option in Leticia, which provides a clean, comfortable and efficient service. All rooms have air conditioning, local hot water, safe boxes and cable TV.



Amazon: Calanoa Amazonas – Standard Hut (2 nights)

This architecturally wonderful hotel is the result of an initiative started by the two owners to integrate artwork, conservation, scientific investigation and sustainable tourism altogether. Cabins are maloka-like designs and typical of the region. A perfect place to relax and listen to the sounds of the jungle around you. The visitors’ cabins have a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a loft, with a capacity for six people each. The cabins are fully covered with mosquito screen, and each bed has its own mosquito net for extra protection from bugs. A board path connects the cabins with the dining/social pavilion and has an observation platform ideal for birds and monkeys watching.

No wi-fi at the hotel.

Departure

This expedition can depart on the day of your preference.
Because we use the best hotels, booking in advance is highly recommended.

Prices from:

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy. 2019 prices are estimated at the moment.

If prices increase more than 5% over what is advertised here, registered participants may cancel without penalties. 

Call your Travel Agent or us for details.

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Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • 24/7 services of a Naturalist guide during the expedition.
  • 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).
  • Safari vehicles excursions.
  • 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.
  • Gratuities 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 $1500.00 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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Madagascar Private Expedition

Lemur Madagascar Safari Tour Expedition

Madagascar Expedition

The most complete itinerary to explore the Island of endemics, Madagascar. One of the greatest wildlife expeditions on earth. A wildlife photographer’s dream!
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Madagascar, the Island of Endemics

Set like a jewel in the western Indian Ocean, the Island of Madagascar holds the World record in endemic species. New Paths Expeditions is proud to bring to you the opportunity to explore it following the most complete itinerary offered today – you will visit the center, south, west, east and north of the island- guaranteeing the greatest possible sightings of the most iconic, and some of the most elusive, wildlife species of Madagascar.


Highlights:

  • Explore all main ecosystems of Madagascar. We guarantee it: You will see and photograph more with New Paths Expeditions itinerary.
  • Travel with a vastly experienced Senior Expedition Leader and a top class Local Naturalist, plus, meet local guides at each destination.
  • Visit the Berenty Private Reserve, a paradise for ringed tailed lemurs, and the Verreaux’s Sifaka (Dancing Lemur)
  • Explore the Kirindy Reserve, the most threatened forest of the planet for superb wildlife encounters.
  • Photograph BaoBab avenue at sunset time and to your heart’s content.
  • Get close contact with Locals at Morondava. Enjoy a pirogue ride in the mangroves, visit a local fishing village and relax at its beautiful beach.
  • At Andasibe National Park look for the Indri Indri, the largest lemur of them all, together with superb birding, lots of other Lemurs and enjoy close sightings of multiple endemic chameleon species.
  • As part of the extension, explore the Nosy Be Lokobe reserve in search of the famous Black Lemur and snorkel at the greatest underwater reserve in Madagascar.
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Nosy Be.
  • Use the best transport and hotels in each destination.

Details in Brief:

Duration: 13 days in the country (Plus a 5-day Extension)

Is this the right expedition for you? The expedition involves multiple wildlife search hikes that last up to 2 hours, but cover short lengths of terrain. The trails are mostly flat and easy, though, at Andasibe, some inclined terrain could be involved. Trails could be muddy.

Rides on bumpy and dusty roads are part of the expedition. The longest one being 4 hours. We use top class tourist buses (With air conditioning) and 4×4’s (With air conditioning). Bottled water is provided throughout the expedition.

There is a combination of warm weather with occasional cold fronts. At Andasibe high humidity and cool nights are expected. Short rains are a possibility as well as unexpected cold fronts.

Accommodations were selected based on their proximity to top wildlife habitats. Some could be rated as basic. Some have air conditioning and all are clean and comfortable. Do note that Camp Amourex (1 night) is a basic camp. Hotel Colbert is the best hotel in Antananarivo and we have secured superior rooms for the expedition participants. The Hotel Colbert is a 4-star property.


Itinerary in Brief:


Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo.map-mad

Arrive today in Antananarivo from the US. Superior rooms at Hotel Colbert (a 4-star considered the best in town) have been booked for all the expedition participants. (Meals Aloft)

Day 2: Explore Antananarivo

Drive through the city most iconic areas on your way to Lemur Park. A well managed Lemur orphanage project that we support, and a great introduction to the country’s species. In the afternoon enjoy some endemics birding. (B, L, D)

Day 3 & 4: Berenty Private Reserve

A morning flight and then a 4-hour drive will take us to the Berenty Private Reserve, a paradise for Ringed-tail Lemurs and Verreaux’s Sifakas (Dancing Lemurs). Visit both ecosystems during night and day encountering multiple endemic species of lemurs, reptiles, insects and flora. (B, L, D)

Day 5 & 6: Fort Dauphin and Fly to Antananarivo

Drive 4 hours to the Fort Dauphin, in the Southern Malagasy coast. Visit the local market and rest. The next day, visit the Nahampoena Private Reserve to look for new species of Lemurs, including the Bamboo Lemur and then fly to Antananarivo and lodge at a comfortable hotel located close to the airport. (B, L, D)

Day 7: To Kirindy

Fly to Morondava and board 4×4’s to drive one and a half hours to Camp Amourex. The drive takes you through Baobab ‘avenue’. Camp Amourex is a very basic tent camp, where we will stay 1 night (It is the greatest lodging facility in the area). Enjoy a very productive night walk in the reserve looking for the Pygmy mouse lemur, the smallest primate of the world. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Kirindy Nature Reserve and back to Morondava via Baobab Avenue

Spend a full day exploring this fascinating and unique ecosystem that provides superb lemur encounters, several species of chameleons and first class birding. The Kirindy forest is the most threatened habitat, home to the biggest predator of Madagascar, the Foosa. In the afternoon drive back to Morondava going through Baobab avenue at sunset. Cameras ready, please! (B, L, D)

Day 9: A day in Morondava

Enjoy a morning pirogue ride through the nearby mangroves that will finish at a local fishing village. You will stay at very comfortable seaside hotel and will have time to enjoy the beach and explore the town. (B, L, D)

Day 10 & 11: Andasibe National Park

Fly to Antananarivo and then drive three hours to Andasibe. Enjoy an evening wildlife excursion. On day 11, spend the day exploring the Andasibe National Park in search of the Indri Indri, the largest lemur of them all. Many other species abound. Superb lemur, reptiles and flora photography is guaranteed. (B, L, D)

Day 12: To Antananarivo via Chameleons’ Park

After one more excursion at Andasibe, drive back to Antananarivo. On the way, stop at a private park that holds a superb collection of reptiles and amphibians. You will dine and overnight at Hotel Colbert. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Fly Home

Today, after breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly back to the U.S, or continue with the Nosy Be Extension. (B)

Nosy Be Northern Island Extension

Details in Brief

Duration: 5 days in the country
Leader: Local Naturalist Guide


Itinerary in Brief

Day 14: Fly to Nosy Be

Today, fly from Antananarivo to Nosy Be Island, located on the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is considered a natural paradise of beautiful beaches, supreme natural diversity -both on ground and underwater, and welcoming locals. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Lokobe Natural Reserve

Lokobe is considered one of the most beautiful and well managed Natural Parks in Madagascar. Spend a full day exploring it in search of unique wildlife, including the endemic Black Lemur and the Panther Chameleon. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Snorkel at Tanikely Marine Reserve

In the morning, take a boat ride to Tanikely Marine Reserve, consider the greatest one in Madagascar, and enjoy top class snorkeling in the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy the afternoon relaxing while enjoying Malagasy hospitality at the hotel’s beach. (B, L, D)

Day 17: Fly to Antananarivo and back home

After breakfast fly to Antananarivo and check in at the Colbert Hotel. You have the choice to fly back home tonight, or stay the night and fly on day 18. The overnight, and breakfast are included for your convenience. (B, L)

Day 18: Fly to Antananarivo and back home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly back home.


Important Note

The Madagascar Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. 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 unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Accommodations

Hotel Colbert

This is considered the best hotel in Tana and offers visitors clean rooms, good food and modern amenities. New Paths Expeditions have secured Superior Rooms to guarantee the best possible comfort for you. This hotel also features a business center, gym, spa, and casino. The two restaurants offer some of the best food in the city, and the outdoors terrace provide great views of the city. Free WIFI is provided in the hotel lobby and plug in internet is available in all rooms.


Berenty Lodge

Built in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Berenty Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, and hot running water. The Berenty not only provides you with good lodging but gives you the chance to observe Lemurs right outside your door and very close access to two distinct types of forest.


Croix du Sud Hotel

A modern and comfortable small hotel, the Croix du Sud supplies you with clean rooms that include a TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot running water. All rooms look to a small central garden. WiFi is available in the lobby.


Relais De Plateaux

This small hotel has been selected due to its close to the airport location. Rooms are comfortable, with air conditioning, hot running water, minibar, kettle for tea or coffee and a hair dryer. A full-service restaurant and dining room are in the hotel, as well as a bar. Rooms also come with a minibar, kettle for tea or coffee and hair dryer.


Camp Amourex

Camp Amoureaux is a very basic camp and provides tents on platforms which are equipped with mattresses. All tents feature a simple, but clean bathroom. Hot water is not available, and electricity is limited to morning and evening hours. Having a flashlight is a must. Food is basic but safe. Service can be slow. This property is the best accommodation available close to Kirindi Reserve.


Palissandre Cote Ouest

You will certainly be delighted with your stay at the Palissandre Cote Ouest, considered one of the best hotels in Madagascar. Located on the beach, with a nice pool, bar and with free WIFI at the lobby, this hotel provides lodgings that are based on the traditional Malagasy style while providing every modern convenience. Bathrooms are quite large and showers are very good.


Vakona Lodge

Set in the middle of a reserve, Vakona lodging consists of bungalows that provide you with clean comfort. Screens will allow you to keep the windows open for good air circulation. The restaurant provides good food, and you can dine either inside or on the terrace. This is the ideal location to explore the Andasibe National Park.


Palm Beach Nosy Be Hotel

Balconies come with all standard rooms in this top level hotel so that you can sit and enjoy the sea breezes. All rooms are modern and equipped with air conditioning, television, and Wi-Fi among other amenities. The Palm Beach Hotel is the perfect spot to enjoy the beach in between excursions.

Departures

This expedition can depart on the day of your preference.
Because we use the best hotels, booking in advance is highly recommended.

 


Prices from:

Main Expedition Price: US$ 6950.00 (based on double occupancy)

Single Supplement: US$ 812.00

Domestic Air: US$ 1190.00


Extension Price: US$ 2850.00

Single Supplement: US$ 597.00

Domestic Air: US$ 656.00


Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy. 2019 prices are estimated at the moment.

If prices increase more than 5% over what is advertised here, registered participants may cancel without penalties. 

Call your Travel Agent or us for details.

Would you like to become a club member?
Call us now at 888 832 7280 or click here


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition (Please note: The extension is guided by a first class local naturalist guide)
  • Services of English-speaking local guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, 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:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges, departure fees, and airport taxes.
  • Gratuities for Local Guides; 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:

  • A deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking (Part of this deposit will be used to make the domestic flight 30% deposit, required by Air Madagascar. Please note that due to limited flight spaces, booking well in advance is highly recommended)
  • The remaining expedition cost will be charged 90 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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Pantanal Private Expedition

Jaguar Pantanal Expedition Safari Tour

Pantanal Private Expedition

Go deep into the Pantanal, to the heart of Jaguar country, in search of the South America ‘Big Six’. Also, one of the best birding destinations of the Planet.
Led by NPE Master Guide!
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Pantanal Expedition

We are proud to present to you one of the greatest wildlife adventures of the world: an expedition to the heart of the Brazilian Pantanal in search of the South America ‘Big Six’ – Jaguar, Giant River Otter, Giant Anteater, Capybara, South American Tapir, and Anaconda. Your chances to enjoy good sightings and photograph all of them are quite high!

With nearly 81,000 square miles, the Pantanal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the largest tropical wetland in the world and harbors some of the most unique wildlife found anywhere.

It lies mainly in Brazil but also spills over into Paraguay and Bolivia. The Brazilian Pantanal comprises the Mato Grosso (North), and Southern Mato Grosso regions. Both of them offer a deep natural experience in an unspoiled and primeval world like no other.

During the pantanal expedition, you will explore the Northern Pantanal Wetlands and Rivers as deep as it is possible, using safari vehicles, boats and on foot. Here you will have higher chances to spot all Big 6. Northern Pantanal is the World Jaguar hotspot!

During the Southern Pantanal Extension, you will find yourself on a private preserve that offers one of the best birding destinations on the planet. The centerpiece of this 130,000-acre preserve is the award-winning Caiman Lodge. The lodge not only offers excellent accommodations (bordering luxury) but is also a supporter of multiple research and conservation efforts designed at preserving this unique ecosystem, including the Hyacinth Macaw Reproduction Project.

New Paths Expeditions have crafted a truly comprehensive Pantanal expedition. Despite the last, the itinerary may be tailored to your own interests and needs. Through the years we have taken scientists, hardcore wildlife enthusiasts and luxury travelers to most remote corners of Brazil.


Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO world largest tropical wetland
  • Superb Wildlife observation looking for “the Big Six.”
  • Jaguars Guaranteed
  • Extensive birding opportunities
  • Many endemics species
  • Accompanied by a Head Naturalist Guide
  • Upscale Pre-Extension at the Belmond Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls
  • Post-Extension at the award-winning Caiman Lodge

Pantanal Expedition

Details in Brief:

Duration: 9 days in country (Plus a 5 day Extension)

Is this the right expedition for you?: This involves wildlife excursions by boat and safari vehicles (Easy to board). Short (1-hour) hikes in flat terrain (Possibility for longer hikes available – Terrain could be muddy). Rides on bumpy and dusty roads (Transport vehicles other than boats and safari trucks have air conditioning). Warm temperatures. Unexpected cold fronts are a remote possibility. Short Showers are possible and expected. The accommodations were selected based on their wildlife proximity, but some could as basic. All have air conditioning, are clean and comfortable.


Main Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cuiaba, Brazil

Arrive today’s afternoon on a flight from the US (Via Sao Paulo). Meet our representatives and drive to the town of Pocone and then to Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel over the Transpantaneira “Highway”. Multiple stops for wildlife spotting will include abundant Yacare Caimans, Capybara and Jabiru Storks, among many other species. (B,L,D)

Day 2: To Porto Jofre on the Transpantaneira

Enjoy a morning boat excursion on the Pixaim River in search of Giant River Otters. Then drive to the deepest point in the Northern Pantanal, Porto Jofre. Check in at Porto Jofre Hotel (best in the area) and go out on your first wildlife excursion. (B, L, D)

Day 3 to 5: Jaguar and the ‘Big Six’ Search

Using excursion boats explore the Cuiaba, Tres Imaoes and Piguiri Rivers in search of the ‘Big Six’. This is Jaguar territory and your chances of spotting and photographing this specie in the wild are estimated at 95%! Safari vehicle explorations, short hikes, night excursions and top quality lectures by your Master Guide will also fill up the days. (B, L, D)

Day 6: To Araras Eco Lodge Private Reserve plus Superb Birding

Drive to the Araras Eco Lodge and arrive in time for lunch. Then enjoy some of the best birding in the world at the lodges canopy towers. (B, L, D)

Day 7 & 8: Araras Wildlife Reserve Exploration

The Araras private nature preserve consists of 7,500 acres that includes three main ecosystems: wetlands, savanna, and forest. On short hikes and safari vehicle excursions explore the surrounding countryside. Superb birding, encounters with Capuchin, Howler, and Marmoset monkeys and even some of the ‘Big Six’ species await you. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Enjoy a Morning Wildlife Excursion – Drive to Cuiaba – Fly Home or Continue with the Upscale Southern Pantanal Extension

Southern Pantanal Extension (Refugio Caiman)

Details in Brief:

Duration: 5-day Extension

Is this the right expedition for you?: Based on award-winning Refugio Caiman (Caiman Lodge), the most upscale Eco Lodge in all of South America and the leading one in ecotourism conservation and with the greatest service standards. The extension involves wildlife excursions by boat and safari vehicles (Easy to board). Short (1-hour) hikes in flat terrain (Possibility for longer hikes available – Terrain could be muddy). Rides on bumpy and dusty roads (Transport vehicles other than boats and safari trucks have air conditioning). Warm temperatures. Unexpected cold fronts are a remote possibility. Short Showers are possible and expected.


Itinerary in Brief

Day 9: Morning Wildlife Excursion – Fly to Campo Grande

Enjoy a morning wildlife excursion at Araras Eco Lodge and then drive to Cuiaba. Fly to Campo Grande (1-hour flight) and drive 20 minutes to the Grand Hotel. Enjoy a night at this modern hotel, considered the very best in town. (B,L,D)

Day 10 to 12: To Caiman Lodge

Drive to Caiman Lodge with multiple, outstanding wildlife sighting stops. Spend the next days exploring the 14000 Acre, award winning, private Reserve in search of its superb wildlife, including top class birding, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and a plethora of plant species. Caiman Lodge accommodations, services and travel operations are really top class. It also supports some of the main conservation projects in Pantanal, including the renowned Hyacinth Macaw reproduction project. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Caiman Lodge Wildlife Excursion and Fly Home

After a last wildlife excursion in the morning, it will be time to drive back to Campo Grande and fly back home.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Accommodations

Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel

We selected this hotel because of its excellent position on the Pixain River. The river is a hotspot for Giant River Otters as well as a plethora of birds. The Mato Grosso Hotel has hot running water, air conditioning, decent food, and clean, basic rooms as well as granting you greater access to wildlife.

Porto Jofre Hotel

You will find that despite its remote location in the heart of the Pantanal that the Porto Jofre Hotel provides comfortable accommodations. The rooms are clean with hot water and air conditioning, and the food is fresh. This is one of the best places to observe the Pantanal wildlife, and there is an excellent chance for Jaguar sightings. You will be able to see Macaws and Toucans right on the hotel grounds. The lodge is the best place to stay when you’re in the heart of the Pantanal.

Araras Eco Lodge

Built in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Araras Eco Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans and hot running water. The three distinct ecosystems in the adjacent area provide great opportunities for wildlife observation, especially birds. Canopy towers provide access to the upper reaches of the forest, and a boardwalk meanders through the wetlands towards the nearby forest.

Grand Park Hotel

While the Grand Park Hotel is only a stopover between expeditions, it will still provide a memorable stay due to its modern and comfortable rooms, excellent dining facilities, and nearby shopping opportunities. The hotel includes a gym, sauna, and Wi-Fi among its many services. This city hotel has a 4-star rating and it is considered the best in town.

Refugio Caiman (Caiman Lodge)

The Caiman Lodge is considered to be the best eco-lodge in South America. You will find that the rooms are charming and modern and are situated in groups of 5 or 6 to provide a more personalized and private atmosphere. The service at the Caiman Lodge is perfect and the food excellent. The tourism operations at the lodge are the best available in the Pantanal. The lodge provides among the best opportunities for wildlife observation in the world.

Departures

This expedition can depart on the day of your preference between late May and early November because we use the best hotels in Pantanal, early booking is highly recommended.

 


Prices from:

pantanal-private-table-prices

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to price variation by the airline.

Prices are subject to change depending on availability.
Talk to an expert for more information.

 


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Services of English-speaking Master Local Naturalists.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions 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 and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges, departure fees, and airport taxes.
  • Gratuities for Master Local Naturalists and Drivers.
  • 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:

  • A deposit of US$ 750.00 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
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Pantanal Private Expedition

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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Morocco Expedition Tour Travel

Private Morocco Expedition

To the Sahara through the Imperial cities and the Atlas Mountains. The most complete and best paced Morocco Expedition offered today. Atlantic Coast extension available.
  • Camels on Sahara Desert

Private Morocco Expedition

Morocco offers an unparalleled cultural and natural diversity that, combined with its unbeatable hospitality, great roads, beautiful architecture, and superb cuisine, provides one of the greatest travel experiences in the world today.

Multiple UNESCO sites are included in the expedition, and deep cultural immersion is guaranteed: you will meet the several Berber groups who populate Morocco, as well as the Sahrawi desert nomads, a unique ethnic group resulting from the mixture of Berber and Tuareg. The Sahrawi show a fascinating blend of Bedouin Arab and black African characteristics and cultural traditions.

Morocco is a destination that encompasses beautiful, but sometimes lengthy drives. Our new itinerary has been successful in reducing those long drives to a minimum, and has increased the opportunities for off-the-beaten-path experiences. We are very proud of our Morocco Expedition and can’t wait for you to experience it with us!

The Morocco Expedition is limited to 10 participants and we only offer three departures every year. We highly recommend that you book at the earliest possible date. To do so, please check the complete details and contact us.


The Ideal Morocco Expedition

  • The itinerary is the most complete being offered today.
  • You will explore the Sahara, the Imperial cities, three Atlas ranges in Morocco and its Atlantic coast.
  • Drive times have been reduced to their minimum, resulting in the best pacing possible.
  • We use first class upscale Riads and Kasbahs for accommodations, instead of modern hotels (Only one night at a basic hotel is included, and we do it to break the long drive to the Sahara). Our hotel selection is the best being offered today!
  • You will be accompanied by a Master Local Guide.
  • New Paths Expeditions upscale Sahara Desert Camp is the finest that exists. You will feel like nomad royalty while exploring the desert.
  • You have two chances to ride camels over the Sahara dunes: one during sunset and the other on your way to a Berber nomad town.
  • Window seats when using 4×4, and 20% of empty seats when on board tour busses are guaranteed.
  • We include 2 nights at award winning Bab Ourika. Our relation price / quality is unbeatable

Private Expedition

This expedition is led by a certified and vastly experienced NPE Local Head Guide.

All departures are guaranteed, and private for your party, being it of 2 or more participants.

Considerable discounts apply when booking 4 or more participants at the same time.

Even though this itinerary has been crafted in detail and is the most complete Morocco experience, NPE will be glad to customize it to your particular interests and needs.

Morocco Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive in CasablancaMorocco Expedition Map

Casablanca is Africa’s largest port and Morocco’s commercial capital. After you are met at the airport, you will be taken to the Le Doge Hotel, located close to the Boulevard de la Cornich and other famous landmarks. The Le Doge is a Relais & Chateaux property. Your Local Master Guide will provide you with a pre-departure briefing followed by a welcome dinner at Rick’s Café, built in remembrance of the café where Sam played it again.

Overnight at Le Doge (D).

 

Day 2: To Fes via Meknes and Volubilis

The day begins with a brief visit to the largest religious building in Africa, the Hassan II Mosque. Then you drive to Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Morocco’s youngest imperial city. Meknes was founded in the 12thCentury, but was fully developed under Sultan Moulay Ismail and contains numerous palaces, mosques, and other historical buildings.

Volubilis is the site of one of Rome’s African colonies and was established during the first centuries of the Christian Era. The partially excavated ruins of Volubilis are a World Heritage Site and provide excellent photo opportunities. Arrive at Fes tonight.

Dinner and overnight at Riad Palais Amani (B, L, D)

 

Day 3: Fes

Fez will then stimulate all your senses as you explore with your Local Guides the insides of Fes el Bali (old Fes) across food and spice markets, handicraft quarters, auction sectors and colorful Souks. Visit artisan workshops to discover the secrets of their ancestral arts and skills. Stop at the public bakeries and pastry makers in the residential quarters and see their historical fountains, mosques, Koranic schools and sanctuaries.

A superb lunch will be served at a beautiful Riad, and you will then visit a royal palace of the late 19th century where King Hassan I lived. This palace is now a museum of Fez traditional arts. Continue to Fez El Jedid (new Fez) for a stroll in the Jewish quarter where you will be able to visit a 17th-century synagogue and have some time in the jewelers market.

Dinner and overnight at Palais Amani (B, L, D)

 

Day 4: Through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt

You leave Fes after breakfast for a journey through the Middle Atlas Range to the small town of Midelt. Midelt is located on a high plain between the Middle and High Atlas Mountain ranges. You will enjoy a light hike in a cedar forest in search of Barbary macaques. As you journey to Midelt, you will continue through the Middle Atlas Mountains where you will stop periodically to admire the scenery and meet some of the local Berbers.
The ending day will bring the expedition to the Taddart Hotel in Midelt where you will have dinner and overnight. The accommodations at the Taddart are comfortable, but basic.
Overnight at Taddart Hotel (B, L, D)

 

Day 5: To the Sahara

You will be able to view some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in North Africa as you travel through the High Atlas Mountains. Villages dominated by their Kasbahs are perched on mountainsides and alternate with snow covered peaks and lush valleys filled with date palms. After lunch when you will drive in 4×4 vehicles to the Merzouga sand dunes (Window seats are guaranteed to all expedition participants) and then mount camels and ride under the warm evening light to our top class Sahara Desert Camp; being greeted upon your arrival by mint tea and dishes of nuts or fresh dates.

Overnight at New Paths Expeditions Exclusive Sahara Desert Camp (B, L, D)

 

Day 6: Life on the Sahara

Photograph the Sunrise over the Sahara Desert and then travel over the dunes on camels (or by 4×4 vehicle) towards Tanamouste, a village inhabited by seminomadic Berber families. You will have an opportunity while here, to interact with the local people and learn their culture and traditions. Lunch will be provided by one of the Berber families. Then pile into 4×4 vehicles to explore the area before returning to New Paths Expeditions exclusive desert camp A candlelight dinner accompanied by music will round out the day. Our deluxe tents await us.
Overnight at New Paths Expeditions Exclusive Sahara Desert Camp (B, L, D)

 

Day 7: Draa Valley

Drive along the impressive volcanic mountains of Sarhro where fossils abound.Lunch will be taken in the city of Nekob, at the beginning of the Draa Valley – a date palm oasis that stretches for almost 150 miles. In sharp contrast to the Sahara you just left behind, you will find a rich valley filled with orchards, rose farms, date palms, and vegetable gardens. The 18 types of dates that grow in the Draa Valley are considered to be the best found in Morocco, and you will be present during the date harvest!

Dinner and overnight at the lovely Kasbah Azul (B, L, D)

 

Day 8: To Ait Ben Haddou via Ouarzazate

Drive through the Draa Valley to view its magnificent Ksars (palaces) and Kasbahs to Ouarzazate, where you will visit the Taourirt Kasbah, as well as to an art gallery that features a collection of Berber arts and crafts will engage part of the day. You will also have an opportunity to visit a “Berber pharmacy” that offers the best quality Argan oil and saffron.

The expedition will then proceed to Ait Ben Haddou, the backdrop for many of the above-named films. The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is a World Heritage Site.
You will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the lovely Ksar Ighnda (B, L, D)

 

Day 9: Ait Ben Haddou

Today you will spend the morning exploring Ait Ben Haddou. This Ksar was originally a very important point on the caravan route between Timbuktu and Marrakech, and was able to exert control over the region’s trade. It has been restored by UNESCO. You will then enjoy the hospitality of a local family learn how to prepare a traditional tagine, which you will subsequently be served for lunch. Free time in the afternoon will allow you to absorb some of the local colors on your own. A sunset photographic walk will be offered by your Local Master Guide. Once again, you will enjoy the Ksar Ighnda for dinner and rest (B, L, D)

 

Day 10: Across the High Atlas Mountains to Ourika Valley

Drive across the most impressive part of the High Atlas Mountains. You will journey through valleys and pass through mud-brick villages until you achieve the Tizi N’Tichka Pass at 7,000 feet. This is the turning point, and you will now descend to the plains, driving through landscapes that change from gorges and mountains until you reach the unforgettable Ourika Valley.

The Ourika Valley will seem almost like a fairytale realm with its forested foothills, clear mountain streams, tree-filled bottom lands, and villages perched on the hillsides.
Spend the night at the award-winning Bab Ourika, set on a hill with spectacular views of the valley spread out below. (B, L, D)

 

Day 11: Ourika Valley

An easy 1.5-hour walk is scheduled along the valley, allowing us to meet some of the local people and learn something of their traditions and culture, as well as keeping a look out for wildlife such as painted frogs and green woodpeckers. Our stroll will continue to the local village to visit the weekly market, where you will find not only local crafts but spices and other regional specialties. After you return to Bab Ourika, you will have the remainder of the afternoon to rest, use the hotel pool, or simply enjoy the beautiful hotel gardens. Be sure to try the traditional scrub followed by a massage – the hamman – before getting ready for dinner.
Overnight at Bab Ourika (B, L, D)

 

Days 12 & 13: Marrakech

A short morning drive will take us from Ourika to Marrakech. You will now enjoy a complete tour of the famous Marrakech Medina. This is the old, walled part of the city and is filled with an incredible variety of vendors with their small stalls. The Medina is an unforgettable riot of color, sounds, and smells. Free time to simply explore and shop is provided after you visit not only the Medina but also the gardens in the surrounding area.

The expedition will be staying on the 12th at a small, comfortable boutique Riad, which offers easy access to the Medina. On the 13th, you will enjoy a Moroccan gourmet farewell dinner and you will spend the overnight at the luxurious and exotic Palais Khum. If you like, you can sign up for a cooking class to learn some traditional recipes for your lunch.

 

Day 14: Marrakech – Fly Home, or Continue with the Coastal Morocco Extension

You will be taken to the airport for your return flight to your home unless you have signed up for the extension.

The Extension

Day 14: To Essaouira

After breakfast, you will leave Marrakech and make your way towards the Atlantic coast. Stop on route at a women’s cooperative where they make Argan oil. 

Enjoy lunch in Essaouira before going on a walking tour of the city.

The architecture is a blend of Portuguese and Moorish, and you will soon become aware that blue is what might be considered the ‘color theme’ of the city. Your guided tour will take you through the jewelry market, spice souks, and various artisan markets.  

Dinner and Overnight at l’Heure Bleue (B, L, D)

 

Day 15: Essaouira

Today, you will take a short drive south to Tizi Village. Your drive through the argan forest will allow you to view some of the endemic bird species. Once at Tizi, you will have the opportunity to explore a rustic Berber market.

Ounarra is your next destination, and the expedition will stop at the Val d’Argan Wine Estate. The winery produces red, white, and rose wines, which will be available for wine tasting. Lunch will be served on the roof terrace overlooking the entire estate.

For your return to Essaouira, you will drive through the lovely thuya forest. 

Dinner and Overnight at l’Heure Bleue (B, L, D)

 

Day 16: Essaouira / Oualidia / Casablanca

A coastal journey will provide you with stunning views. Your first stop will be the fishing village of Bhibih, where you can observe shore birds, then you will head to Safi Town, originally a Portuguese trading post in the 15th Century, famous for its unique ceramic workshops.

Oualidia is an idyllic location with a beautiful beach and lagoons where oysters are bred. From Oualidia, you journey to El Jadida, another old Portuguese trading center, where you will enjoy lunch at the old Medina. Your afternoon travel will continue along the coast, crossing the fertile lands of Zemmour until you arrive at Casablanca. 

Farewell dinner and overnight at the Le Doge Hotel (B, L, D).

 

Day 17: Casablanca / Casablanca Airport

According to your flight schedule, you will be driven to the Casablanca Airport and assisted to check-in for your flight home.

Departures

This expedition can depart on the day of your preference throughout the year though our preferred months are October, November, December and early May. We recommend avoiding January and February due to the higher chances of sand storms in the Sahara, and June to September due to extremely hot weather. Because we use boutique first class accommodations, booking in advance is highly recommended.


Prices from:

morocco-private-prices

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
Please note that all departures are dependent on hotel availability, and prices may change during special holidays, or if hotels or room categories change. Please call us for details.

Prices are subject to change depending on availability.
Talk to an expert for more information.


Details

Included in Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete pre-departure documents, including a map, book, expedition details, luggage tags and more.
  • 24-7 Services of a NPE Local Head Guide
  • Services of local guides
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3 year old vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Window seats guaranteed when using 4×4.
  • Accommodations as noted, including the Sahara Luxury Camp.
  • 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.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuities for Local Head Guide and Driver.
  • 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:

To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 90 days before the expedition begins.

Accommodations

Le Doge in Casablanca

Hôtel & Spa Le Doge is a luxury 5-star “Relais & Châteaux” establishment located a few steps from the Sacre Coeur Cathedral and within a short walk of Place Mohammed V.  The sumptuous Hassan II Mosque is 1.4 miles away.

Rooms are cosy and carefully decorated to create a warm atmosphere that makes you feel like in a cocoon.

At the “Jasmine” restaurant, you will be able to enjoy a traditional and tasty Moroccan cuisine with authentic flavors.

If you wish to enjoy a drink, a library bar with superb chimney offers an intimate space. You also have the option to visit the new roof floor lounge bar with an incredible view over the white city.

If you need a relaxation time, you will find a wellness area including a hammam, a steam room, and also the possibility to have a relaxing massage.

Note that a multilingual staff is available at the front desk 24/7.

Free Wi-Fi access is provided at the hotel.

Riad Palais Amani in Fes

Situated in the walls of Fez’s ancient medina, just a few minutes walk from the Golden Triangle. It is ideally located near the Cultural, Historical and Religious Center.

Housed in an ancient palace, Palais Amani offers spacious rooms and suites. Each is decorated with traditional furniture and has en-suite facilities. You can choose to have breakfast in the dining room or on the terrace with a lovely view on the garden. The hotel’s restaurant serves an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner offering a savory Morrocan and French cuisine. You will also find many beauty treatments, including massages, facials and manicures.

Palais Amani is one of the largest riads in the medina. It underwent a three years restoration to repair and replace the complex mosaic, stained glass, plaster carving and woodwork that one would expect in a Moroccan listed building. It has also been an opportunity to add all the modern comforts making the riad the fine luxury hotel that it is today. Palais Amani is very spacious so to respect your privacy providing at the same time an intimate atmosphere and the personal attention you deserve.

A Wi-Fi access is available.

Exclusive Sahara Desert Camp in the Sahara

This luxury camp is nestled deep within the dunes providing a very private atmosphere that gives you the chance to feel like a very special guest as if you were the only one.

The en-suite sleeping tents are equipped with a king-size bed with a high quality sprung mattresses, percale sheets, duck down duvets and lovely pillows. Each tent has a ‘wall-to-wall’ plush rugs, a full-length mirror, bedside tables, an armchair and space to hang your clothes; all items being handmade in Morocco. The en-suite bathroom has a toilet, dressing table and silver pewter buckets for washing. Light is provided by solar-power.

The camp offers relaxing areas outside with day beds, cushions, and hammocks.

Breakfast is served under the morning sun, and dinner is served under the stars. Cold drinks, including beer and wine, are always available.

Many activities are proposed to discover the incredible surroundings, such as; camel trekking, guided walks, picnic lunches and sundowners on the dunes.

Kasbah Azul in the Draa Valley

In the heart of the palm grove of the Draa Valley, is located the gorgeous guesthouse Kasbah Azul, built of natural materials in the authentic tradition of antique techniques of southern Morocco.

This majestic house is harmoniously set into the natural and protected ecosystem of its surroundings. A peaceful Garden of Eden for those who love nature. Here you will find a one-hectare garden, with palm trees, oleanders and many flowers. At night, you will probably smell the sweet perfume of jasmine, orange trees and henna plants.

The room are spacious and comfortable, decorated in vibrant warm colors for a ravishing stay in an oriental atmosphere.

Engaged in an ecological perspective, the owners grow vegetables and fruit, which they use to prepare a subtle French-Moroccan mixture cuisine.

The hotel offers a Wi-Fi access.

Ksar Ighnda in Ouarzazate

At Ouarzazate, on the edge of the desert where the light shines on a setting of natural beauty is the Riad Ksar Ighnda. Its situation onto the Atlas Mountains provides a unique relaxing atmosphere.

In the village, you will come across Berbers, local artisans and discover typical local crafts.

Rooms are spacious and nicely decorated with Moroccan furnitures and painted or sculpted ceilings. It has a modern bathroom in a traditional style and a magnificent view of the desert.

You will be able to enjoy a relaxing time using the jacuzzi and hammam, testing a traditional black soap scrub, or having a wonderful oil-argan treatment in the wellness area.

Bab Ourika in the Ourika Valley

All the magic of Kasbah Bab Ourika lies in its unique situation at the apex of the Ourika Valley, dominating the green fields and groves of olives, orange or lemon, surrounding at 360º by the extraordinary landscape of the Atlas Mountains. With panoramic views, the hotel receives warm sunlight all day and offers unforgettable sunsets.

You will relax in rooms that are decorated individually all of them have a great terrace (2 Suites also include a secluded private pool). They all offer stunning views of the Atlas, the National Park and the Valley of Ourika.

A peaceful place you must experience at least once in your life!

Palais Khum in Marrakech

Palais Khum is situated at 10-minute walking from Djemaa El Fna square and a 5-minute driving from Majorelle Garden.

Rooms are comfortable and equipped with air-conditioning. Each room is unique and tells a story by its name and concording decoration. They are all thematically furnished. Private bathrooms come with a shower or a bath.

The onsite restaurant combines the traditional Italian techniques with Moroccan ingredients which result in great flavors that will convince the finest palates.

The elegant spa is a highlight of the hotel. It offers an indoor heated pool and a well-equipped wellness centre with two traditional hammams where you can realize Moroccan beauty rituals and personalized massages. A cozy location for a break

Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas.

L’Heure Bleue in Essaouira

Heure Bleue Palais opened in June 2004 after three years of renovation, with a vocation as a luxury hotel being part of “Relais & Châteaux” association. Today Heure Bleue Palais is the pride of Essaouira and pure serendipity for its guests.

This historic home is one of this special place where you can feel the art of Moroccan hospitality at its very best. The rooms & Suites are dispersed around a central courtyard that immerses the house with a warm light.

Rooms are nicely furnished and decorated with different styles. It is a mix of inspirations from Africa, Orient, Portuguese or also British spirit!

You can choose from several dining options. The outdoor restaurant, “Courtyard Patio”, serves international and Moroccan dishes, and the Moroccan Restaurant serves a gourmet cuisine in a very cozy atmosphere. Light lunches can also be relished on the panoramic terrace.

“The English Lounge” is the hotel’s bar featuring a piano and a chimney. It has a Colonial atmosphere adorned with precious woods, leather and Oriental rugs.

There is also a billiards & cinema room, a heated rooftop pool, and a wellness centre where you can enjoy a relax time in the hammam or having a massage. The hotel uses 100% natural beauty products!

Free wi-fi is included in the many hotel’s facilities.

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Morocco Private Expedition

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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We have combined the very best services in the area, some so upscale that you will not see them included in any other expedition packages. This is truly a unique, groundbreaking itinerary that will not only be outstanding for wildlife enthusiasts, but also for adventurers, soft and hardcore hikers, and photographers alike, all while doing it in upscale expedition style. Bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, superb meals, puma searches, open bar, rooms with the greatest vistas of the planet, the list of highlights is nearly limitless!

Spaces on the Australis cruise and at the Explora hotel are limited and fill up well in advance, so we highly recommend that you contact your Travel Agent or us soon to secure your spaces.


Highlights:

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  • All excursions and activities are included.  The itinerary is flexible and adapts to your interests.
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  • Start in Santiago or Buenos Aires!

Private Expedition:

This expedition is served by certified and vastly experienced Local Guides.

All departures are guaranteed, and private for your party, being it of 2 or more participants.

Even though this itinerary has been crafted in detail and is the ideal Patagonia experience, NPE will be glad to customize it to your particular interests and needs.

The Main Expedition

Patagonia Expedition Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina – Board Australis

Fly from the Us to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representatives and transferred to the Stella Australis ship. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the opportunity to explore Ushuaia, a charming town.

At 4 PM embark Stella Australis. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, briefing and gourmet dinner while you cruise towards Cape Horn.

NOTE: NPE will arrange any extra overnights you may need in Buenos Aires or Ushuaia, and extra activities if desired.

Day 2: Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

You will be sailing through Murray Channel to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, you shall go ashore. Legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For years, it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the World.’ It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

In the afternoon, you will go ashore at Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. You will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation.

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

Day 3: Agostini Sound and Aguila Glacier

Today you will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range. This is where you shall see glaciers sliding down the mountainside straight into the sea. During the journey, bird life will be prolific and diverse. In the afternoon, in well-equipped Zodiac boats, you will travel to the Águila Glacier where you will embark upon an easy walk to its base. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.

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

Day 4: Magellan Penguins – Disembark-Torres del Paine Nat. Park – Explora Base

Early in the morning, you will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan penguins that you will be able to see during your walk to the lighthouse. Note: Numbers of penguins decrease during late March.

At 11:30 AM you will say goodbye to Stella Australis and disembark at Punta Arenas, Chile. You will then take first class vehicles, and travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park. This is a 5-hour drive on comfortable vans, that will be broken up by lunch, and panoramic stops.

Torres del Paine is one of the world’s most spectacular national parks. It is an unrivaled landscape of jagged peaks, impossibly blue lakes, iceberg-loaded rivers, and pampas filled with guanacos. It has the highest density of Andean condors and South American pumas in the world. Its unique microclimate creates high temperatures up to 82 F, but part of its beauty is that one can experience the four seasons every day.

Once in the park, you will travel to its heart, where 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. Weather permitting, 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

Days 5, 6 & 7: Torres del Paine – Explora Base

Torres del Paine is big, the activities are plenty, and its weather is unpredictable. That is why we suggest four nights and days in the park for a complete and memorable experience.

Also, and for the same reasons, we have selected Explora hotel, the only upscale property located in the middle of the park. 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.

During your days at Explora Torres del Paine, you will have a varied menú of small-group activities to choose from (No more tan 6 participants), all guided by well trained Explora local guides: From birdwatching, soft walking, horseback riding (The horse operation is top class) hiking, and even demanding hiking (You may even choose to climb to the base of the Paine Towers). 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 activities are planned daily based on the weather conditions and the guests interests. The hotel also has an indoors pool (With incredible vistas), hot tubs, lecture rooms (Daily lectures are offered) and a great lounge with several fireplaces.

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. Your days at Torres del Paine using Explora as your base will remain in your memory as some of the most beautiful and rewarding of your life.

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

Day 8:  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.

If you flight back to the US forces a long layover or an overnight at Santiago, we will arrange any day-use or overnights you may need at the conveniently located Santiago Airport Holiday Inn Hotel (4-Star)

If you take the Easter Island or Atacama extensions, the overnight tonight is included at the Santiago Holiday Inn Hotel (4-Star).

Meals included: B, L.

The Easter Island Post Extension

Days 9, 10 & 11: 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 12: 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.


The King Penguins & Gauchos of Tierra del Fuego Pre-Extension

This magnificent Pre-Extension will add, in just 3 days, superb wildlife and cultural encounters. It will also allow you to start and finish your expedition in Punta Arenas Chile, which may reduce the costs of international flights.

Getting there

The international flight tickets are not included in your expedition package. If you take this extension, your flight from the US will fly you to Santiago de Chile where you will need to connect with a flight to Punta Arenas. We recommend departing your home city for Punta Arenas-Chile, 1 or 2 days before the start of your expedition, depending on whether you fly direct to Santiago de Chile, or with layovers.  We can take care of arranging your international flights, add hotel overnights in Santiago de Chile, or one of the several extensions. Please download the complete details or call your Travel Agent or us at 888 832 7280.

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas today. The flight from Santiago is simply beautiful: You will fly right over the Southern Patagonian Icefield, the 3rd largest freshwater reserve on the planet composed of 220 miles of ice (17,000 cubic miles), forming one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. 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 the international flights. You can visit the interesting museums (great for learning the history of the now extinct Patagonia Natives), and enjoy walks along the streets of this, the southernmost former city on the planet.

Overnight: Hotel Cabo de Hornos. No Meals.

Day 2: Magellan Strait – King Penguins – Tierra del Fuego

Early in the morning, take a ferry across the legendary Magellan Strait towards Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire – 2.5 hours). The ferry ride itself is superb and will allow sightings of multiple bird species, including black-browed albatrosses, four species of petrels (including the southern giant petrel), skuas, dolphin gulls, and South American terns, among many others.

Upon arrival in Tierra del Fuego, you will drive across this iconic island along Inutil Bay with excellent chances to spot guanacos, flamingos, and upland geese among other species. You will enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by superb vistas, before arriving at King Penguin Park, a private reserve where in 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 then continue driving through Tierra del Fuego and will cross the border into Argentina. Once you arrive at your hotel, a simple but comfortable property, you will enjoy dinner.

Overnight: Grande Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Tierra del Fuego – Gaucho Experience – Ushuaia – Board Australis (Same as day 1 of the main expedition)

After breakfast, you will continue driving through beautiful Tierra del Fuego and soon will arrive at a traditional gaucho farm. Here, you will spend time with the local gauchos, learn their uses and customs, see how they use dogs to manage their lambs, and enjoy a traditional “mate” before a delicious lunch, prepared gaucho style, with great Argentinian wines. A little birding and botanizing is also included.

After your gaucho experience, you will continue towards Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. You will have some free time in town before boarding your first class ship, the M/V Stella Australis.


Other Extensions

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

Call your Travel Agent or us for details. TOLL FREE 888 832 7280


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, f!ight 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, specially 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.

Accommodatios

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.

2018 Departures and Prices

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* All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
**Other upgrades available. Please contact us for details at 888 832 7280.

Easter Island Post-Extension:

P/p $ 3500.00 / Single Supplement $ 990.00

King Penguins & Gauchos of Tierra del Fuego Pre-Extension:

P/p $ 2598.00 ($ 700.00 p/p discount if you book 4 or more at the same time)


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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