Expeditions You Might Like
Go off the beaten path along the ancient Silk Road through Central Asia, an enigmatic region of rugged mountains and rural backwaters that sits at the very crossroads of civilization. It was here were Marco Polo garnered exotic tales of despotic khans and desert kingdoms, and its former eminence is on display in age-old bazaars and some of the finest Islamic architecture to survive the Middle Ages. Lost for a time behind Soviet rule, today the ‘Stans and their neighboring countries remain as evocative as ever.
This extraordinary Japan expedition blends an array of fascinating wildlife with the exquisite wintertime landscapes of the country. Birders and photographers are in heaven as we visit Arasaki, Kyushu, where nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes winter each year. We continue on for our snow monkeys expedition, visiting these stirring creatures in Jigokudani in central Honshu, as they soak in the region’s thermal baths.
This unique voyage reveals the cultural highlights, natural attractions, and dramatic coastlines of Honshu Island as we sail the Inland Sea. Discover Japan’s rich historic legacy as we explore fabled shrines and temples, magnificent castles and fortresses, superb parks and formal gardens, and elegant pagodas. Visit the ultimately moving Peace Memorial Park in the heart of Hiroshima and photograph the iconic red Torii gate at Miyajima—entrance to a 6th-century Shinto shrine.