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National Geographic Expeditions is adding three new itineraries spanning five countries for its 2024 line-up.The new Signature Land trips, which will be group-guided itineraries, will bring travelers to Bhutan, Colombia, and the Baltics. The tours will provide an in-depth look at the history, culture and natural heritage in each destination and will be hosted by a National Geographic expert.Bookings for the new itineraries will open on June 13. Here’s a closer look at the highlights of the new offerings.
Bhutan: Land of Mysticism and Mythology – Monks (Photo Credit: Courtesy National Geographic Expeditions)
The remote kingdom of Bhutan is known for its dramatic landscapes and storied cities. The exploration of this Buddhist kingdom located on the Himalayas’ eastern edge will delve into its culture, as well as its commitment to tradition, the environment, and the happiness of its people. The 11-day, 10-night trip includes visits to such major destinations such as Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Phobjikha Valley. Highlights of the expedition include:
Renowned medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham will be among the
National Geographic experts slated to join the Bhutan departures. Dunham
has lived in Nepal studying Buddhism for the past 30 years. She is an
avid storyteller with a focus on environmental conservation related to
sacred spaces of Southeast Asia. Dunham has authored four books
exploring the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture, and
she has also produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic
and others on topics ranging from Living Goddesses to polyandry,
nomadism and geology. There are five Bhutan departure dates in
2024 beginning in March and extending through December. Specific expert
dates will be released later this year.
Landscape in Colombia. (photo via DC_Columbia/ iStock / Getty Images Plus)
The new nine-day, eight-night Colombia tour will take participants through beautiful landscapes of Colombia from the mountains to the beaches. Highlights include a journey across Bogota, the Cocora Valley, Pereira, Santa Marta, and through Tayrona National Park and Barranquilla en route to Cartagena. Highlights of the expedition include:
National Geographic Explorer Rosa Vásquez Espinoza will be among the
experts set to join select Colombia departures. Chemical biologist,
educator, conservationist and TV personality, Espinoza travels to the
most extreme ecosystems of the planet searching for the tiniest
creatures, from heat-loving microbes to Amazonian stingless bees. She is
passionate about driving awareness for conservation. There are
six Colombia departure dates in 2024 beginning in January and extending
through December. Specific Expert dates will be released later this
The Baltics — Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia: Enchanted Forests and Medieval Castles – Trakai Castle (Photo Credit: Courtesy National Geographic Expeditions)
The Baltics are classified as one geographic region, but there's actually three distinct countries, all sitting on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Travelers on this itinerary will explore all three countries—Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The trip has been developed to provide a deeper understanding of what makes each region unique, from language, traditions and beyond. During the 11-day, 10-night itinerary travelers will explore destinations such as Vilnius, the Curonian Spit, Klaipeda, Riga, Sigulda, Gauja National Park and Tallinn. Expedition highlights include:
Photographer and naturalist Jeff Mauritzen has been confirmed as one of
the Experts slated to join select Baltics departures. With adventures
taking him to more than 60 countries around the world, Mauritzen’s
photography has appeared in dozens of National Geographic books, several
National Geographic Traveler magazine articles and on the @natgeotravel
Instagram account. There are four Baltics departure dates in
2024 beginning in May and extending through October. Specific Expert
dates will be released later this year. Bookings for any of the
new trips can be made through NationalGeographicExpeditions.com or
contact a travel agent to learn more or to book an expedition.
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