We are thrilled to announce our 2015 expedition line-up! Our founders, field directors, and program managers have crafted 39 unique adventures for the 2015 season, with itineraries spanning all seven continents. Not only are we offering 19 overland adventures and 20 small-ship cruises, we'll also be using eight vessels—Caledonian Sky, Isabela II, Island Sky, La Estrella Amazonica, Oceanic Discoverer, Sea Adventurer, Sea Spirit, and Variety Voyager.
By small ship, we are offering several new itineraries, beginning with Insider’s New Zealand: Milford Sound to Auckland, February 4 – 20. This fascinating voyage showcases the natural history and culture of both the North and South Islands, plus visits off-the-beaten-path Tiritiri Matangi Island and Waiheke Island. From February 7 – 27, our Philippines expedition will visit the most intriguing destinations within this 6,000-plus-island archipelago. Explorers will cruise up a subterranean river in St. Paul National Park; snorkel or dive in the region’s crystal clear waters; and search for over 600 species of birds, among other highlights. Then, from March 11 – 28, we will trace nearly 3,000 miles of Coastal Brazil with Buenos Aires & Montevideo. This 18-day journey offers the perfect blend of natural history and culture, from snorkeling in the clear waters of Abrolhos Marine National Park and the Ilhabela Islands to discover some of Brazil’s healthiest marine systems, to visiting a small seaside artist community and exploring Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
In addition to new small-ship cruises, we are also offering a number of innovative overland adventures. Veteran expedition leader, Mark Brazil, reveals Wild Southern India’s amazing wealth of birds and wildlife (plus a good dose of local culture) from January 1 – 17. In the company of Zegrahm Cofounder, Jack Grove, enjoy the unique opportunity to explore the Heart of Cuba on an 11-day adventure from January 15 – 25. Explorers will not only immerse themselves in the local culture, but also enjoy the country’s natural wonders like the Zapata Wetlands, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that is home to 171 species of birds. And, on the March 19 – April 3 Oman: Jewel of the Arabian Gulf expedition, adventurers can admire the stunning landscapes and architecture of this fascinating and seldom-visited country.
These new expeditions will be complemented by a number of our signature voyages from Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands, Ultimate Galápagos, and Circumnavigation of the Black Sea to Snow Monkeys and Cranes of Japan, Classic Botswana, and Iran: Wonders of Persia.