13 May 2014: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has released their 2014-15 Explorations catalogue which highlights all itineraries for their upcoming global expeditions. The catalogue features voyages on all seven continents on the line’s fleet of six National Geographic branded small ships and four seasonal charters.
A total of eight new itineraries have been added for the 2014-15 season, including four new expeditions aboard National Geographic Orion. These itineraries span the Polar regions, Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean.
The following are Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s new global voyages for 2014-15. Rates are per person, in Australian dollars based on a double occupancy in a category one cabin:
Wildlife and Cultures of South Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar
This voyage spans five countries and a range of diverse habitats. Guests can experience Mozambique’s capital, coast and marine life, the lemurs of Madagascar and bush country of South Africa, to name a few. The 22-day voyage begins 21 March 2015 and November 3, 2015 with rates from $28,820, departing Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and disembarking in Cape Town, South Africa aboard the National Geographic Orion.
Treasures of the Indian Ocean: Zanzibar and the Seychelles
This trip provides an opportunity to see tropical nature at its best in almost every location. Guests will learn about Zanzibar’s history and the Swahili culture, explore the unique coco-de-mer on Praslin Island and encounter three world heritage sites – Zanzibar’s Stone Town, Aldabra, and Praslin’s Vallée de Mai. The 13-day voyage begins 9 April 2015 with rates from $14,770, departing Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and disembarking in Victoria, Mahe aboard the National Geographic Orion.
Indian Ocean Odyssey: Seychelles, Maldives and Sri Lanka
On this voyage guests will explore the middle of the Indian Ocean – home to tiny tropical islands with pristine ecosystems. Here they can snorkel with more than a thousand types of fish species including manta rays and whale sharks, search for blue whales near the Maldives and Sri Lanka and walk the ramparts of the walled city of Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 19-day voyage begins 20 April 2015 with rates from $22,140, departing Mahé, Seychelles and disembarking in Colombo, Sri Lanka aboard the National Geographic Orion.
Wild Islands of Sri Lanka, Borneo and the Andaman Sea
This is an expedition of rare opportunities, where guests can search for leopards or elephants on game drives and meet welcoming people of ancient cultures. Highlights include a two-day visit to the orangutan infant care centre at Camp Leakey in Borneo, exploring the seldom-visited Andaman Islands and visiting Sabang, at the western end of Indonesia. The 20-day voyage begins 6 May 2015 with rates from $23,380, departing Colombo, Sri Lanka and disembarking in Denpasar, Bali aboard the National Geographic Orion.
Sailing the Greek Isles
Explore the iconic Cyclades in the Aegean Sea under the sails of the exquisite four-masted tall ship Sea Cloud. Guests can discover ruins in the ancient sanctuary of Delos (birthplace of Apollo and Artemis), ride a donkey or cable car down a cliff side to the harbour of beautiful Santorini and soak up the culture and Venetian legacy of the age-old villages. The eight-day voyage begins 25 May, 5 July, 13 and 20 September 2015 with rates from $9,770, departing and disembarking in Athens, Greece aboard the Sea Cloud.
Voyage to West Africa: The Gold Coast to
Experience an immersive, in-depth voyage exploring nine countries from Ghana to Morocco across wildly diverse habitats from deserts to jungle to idyllic islands. Expedition highlights include the chimpanzee rehabilitation centre in Sierra Leone, tracing the history of the transatlantic slave trade at Ghana’s Cap Coast Castle and a boat ride across Benin’s Lake Nahoué to explore a village built solely on stilts. The 19-day voyage begins 24 March 2015 with rates from $21,280, departing Accra, Ghana and disembarking in Casablanca, Morocco aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Along the Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland
This is the chance to channel the explorer within and discover the landscapes and traditions of the Vikings throughout Greenland and Iceland. Explore Iceland’s western fjords by Zodiac; kayak among the magnificent icebergs of East Greenland; and hike amid charming northern hamlets. Explore Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city, and discover the wild western coast of Iceland. The 11-day voyage begins 20 July 2015 with rates from $11,760, departing Reykjavík, Iceland and disembarking in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic
This is the best way to explore deep into the far reaches of the Arctic, tracing the fjords of Greenland and navigating the mouth of Canada’s legendary Northwest Passage. Guests will travel the Ilulissat Glacier, a UNESCO site and a tongue of the Greenland ice cap; and spend a week in the Canadian High Arctic observing polar bears, walruses, ringed seals, and maybe even a narwhal. The 13-day voyage begins 28 July and 8, 18 and 28 August 2015 with rates from $14,430, departing and disembarking in Ottawa, Canada aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
To order the Explorations catalogue, obtain additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic or to book, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1-800 EXPEDITION (1800 397 3348) or see your travel agent.
About Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
Lindblad-Expeditions announced the acquisition of Orion Expedition Cruises in 2013. The inaugural voyages of the National Geographic Orion, formerly the Orion, took place in March 2014.
Lindblad Expeditions‐National Geographic, pioneers in expedition travel, offers voyages in the Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic, Baja California, Alaska, Costa Rica, Panama, the Amazon, Asia & Pacific, Africa, Europe and beyond. They work in alliance to inspire travellers to explore and care about the planet. Their collaboration in exploration, research, technology and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe.
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