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Around the World by Private Jet
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24 days

from $132,174 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($89,945 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Ultimate expeditions feature sweeping, themed itineraries that cover great distances using a specially configured private jet. These itineraries are fully planned and comprise private performances, special access to sites, and visits with local experts. Services include travel by private jet, a team of National Geographic experts, local guides, a dedicated flight staff and expedition manager, world-class meals and accommodations, and ground transportation.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Alongside a team of National Geographic experts, embark on a globe-trotting expedition featuring 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites, from Easter Island to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Visit with National Geographic explorers and grantees in the field and learn about their groundbreaking research in marine biology, anthropology, archaeology, and paleontology.
  • Gain insight into local cultures as you visit a women’s cooperative in Samoa, cook alongside a Cambodian chef, and sip mint tea with a Berber family in Morocco.
  • Stay at world-class accommodations, with options that include two spectacular National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, in the hills of Bhutan, and on the rim of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.
Itinerary

Set out on the adventure of a lifetime with top National Geographic experts and discover some of the world’s most celebrated treasures—all in one extraordinary journey. Explore the architectural marvels of Machu Picchu, Petra, and the Taj Mahal; encounter the incredible creatures of the Great Barrier Reef and the Serengeti Plain; and experience diverse cultures from the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet to the Polynesian paradise of Samoa.

Day 1: WASHINGTON, D.C.

Our extraordinary adventure begins with a reception with experts, staff, and fellow travelers at National Geographic headquarters, followed by a welcome dinner at our historic hotel, just steps from the White House.

Days 2-4: CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU OR TRUJILLO AND CHICLAYO, PERU

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Fly by private jet to Lima, where we board a local charter flight to Cusco (11,200 feet)—the gateway to Peru’s Inca heartland. The next morning, set out on a tour of this charming city. Then head north into the Sacred Valley of the Inca and explore the intriguing ruins of Moray, believed to have been an Inca agricultural laboratory, and the terraced salt mines of Maras. If you wish, embark on a spectacular hike along a section of the Inca Trail. Meet master Andean weaver Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a National Geographic grantee who has helped revive traditional weaving practices throughout Peru. We’ll also join National Geographic grantee Peter Frost or one of his colleagues for a talk on his archaeological expeditions in Peru, which have been featured in National Geographic magazine.

Opt for an early-morning visit to the former Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before we board our privately chartered train to Machu Picchu (8,000 feet). Accompanied by private guides, explore this legendary 15th-century Inca citadel, which was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from the National Geographic Society. Then enjoy an elegant dinner aboard our train as we return to Cusco.

Alternative: Travelers who may have already visited Cusco and Machu Picchu can choose to explore Peru’s sun-soaked northwestern coast. Visit the historic cities of Chiclayo and Trujillo, the second oldest Spanish city in Peru. Discover remnants of the ancient Moche and Chimú cultures, including the towering Temples of the Sun and Moon and the sprawling ruins of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world.

Alternative Accommodations: Wyndham Costa del Sol Trujillo Center and Belmond Miraflores Park

Days 5-6: EASTER ISLAND, CHILE

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Fly by private jet to Easter Island, located 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile. Questions still linger about this isolated island’s ancient Polynesian society and the mysterious moai—colossal stone statues—that they left behind. Discover its ancient ruins with resident archaeologists Edmundo Edwards, Patricia Vargas Casanova, and Claudio Cristino. If you wish, rise early for a photo shoot with our National Geographic photographer, capturing the sun as it rises over this enigmatic landscape. Explore volcanic calderas, lava fields, and windswept grasslands; and delve into the theories surrounding the stone behemoths, which archaeologists believe were carved in honor of ancestors or chiefs. Visit the stone village of Orongo, the ceremonial center of the island’s intriguing Birdman cult, which was defined by a treacherous annual competition to retrieve a rare egg. Later, enjoy a splendid performance by the Kari Kari dance troupe.

Day 7: CROSS THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE

From Easter Island we continue our journey across the Pacific, crossing the international date line. We lose a day en route and arrive in Samoa the following evening.

Day 8: APIA, SAMOA

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This idyllic island, known as “the heart of Polynesia,” is one of the few places where Polynesian culture remains little changed from ancient times. Here, you’ll find a deep reverence for hospitality, tradition, and community (known as fa’a Samoa, or “the Samoan way”). Check in to our beachfront hotel set within lush gardens, and take in dazzling views of the Pacific. Enjoy a memorable introduction to the island during a fiafia—a lively performance of Samoan dance and song. The next day, opt to spend time at a local women’s cooperative or visit the former homestead of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, now a museum dedicated to the final years of his life.

Days 9-10: GREAT BARRIER REEF OR DAINTREE RAINFOREST, AUSTRALIA

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Fly to Cairns and transfer to the seaside town of Port Douglas. Here, we have an opportunity to explore the unparalleled marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef—spanning more than 1,200 miles of islands, submerged reefs, and vast expanses of coral, it is one of the most biologically rich places on the planet. Experience this UNESCO World Heritage site aboard a privately chartered vessel, accompanied by marine biologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Jamie Seymour. Snorkel among rainbow-colored corals with schools of unicorn fish, surgeonfish, bumphead parrotfish, and sea turtles. In the evening, join Jamie for a talk about his work.

Alternative: Instead of exploring the Great Barrier Reef, discover the natural wonders of the Daintree Rainforest—a place of staggering biodiversity and beauty that is estimated to be 180 million years old. The Earth’s oldest rainforest is home to the greatest diversity of plants and animals found anywhere in Australia. Explore this World Heritage site and its Aboriginal culture on a walk through the forest with local guides.

Days 11-12: ANGKOR OR BENG MEALEA, CAMBODIA

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Fly by private jet to Siem Reap, our base for exploring the stunning Angkor temple complex, once the capital of the Khmer Empire. One of civilization’s greatest architectural achievements, this vast temple complex spans some 500 acres. Spend a morning exploring Angkor Wat’s soaring towers, carved murals, and courtyards, which reflect the ambition and ingenuity of the Khmer dynasty. In the afternoon, opt to embark on a cruise to nearby floating villages on Tonle Sap lake (water levels permitting), visit an artisan market, or delve into Cambodian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class. In the evening, enjoy traditional Cambodian music and dance during a private dinner on the grounds of a magnificent temple.

Alternative: If you have already visited Angkor Wat, enjoy a full-day excursion to the lost jungle temple of Beng Mealea (water levels permitting), one of the largest Khmer temples, and get immersed in the colorful cacophony of a local market.

Days 13-15: CHENGDU, CHINA AND LHASA, TIBET*

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Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, and tour the city’s historic highlights. Gather for a special dinner with a private performance of bian lian, or “face-changing,” a feature of Sichuan opera where actors seamlessly change masks by sleight of hand. The next day, take a local flight to Lhasa (11,975 feet), the center of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit Jokhang, Tibet’s most sacred temple; and step back in time at the Barkhor, where market stalls mix with pilgrims circumambulating the temple. Learn about traditional healing customs during a talk with a Tibetan doctor. Later, venture into the labyrinthine corridors of the World Heritage–designated Potala Palace— seat of the Tibetan government for more than 300 years and home to the Dalai Lama until 1959.

Alternative: Instead of visiting Lhasa, remain in Chengdu for further exploration. Spend a day observing pandas at a nearby reserve and hear about care and conservation efforts, as well as initiatives to reintroduce them to the wild. Learn to play mah-jongg, take part in a traditional tea ceremony, and browse a local market. In the evening, enjoy a savory hot pot—a local specialty—and a Sichuan opera.

Days 16-17: TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, INDIA

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Continue by private jet to Agra and check in to our luxurious hotel, offering views of the Taj Mahal from every room. This afternoon, you may explore the sandstone Agra Fort, a maze of palaces, courtyards, mosques, and
private chambers modified by Mughal rulers over hundreds of years. Or you may choose to join local youth on a heritage walk to Agra’s lesser known monuments—part of a project to improve livelihoods in disadvantaged communities.

If you wish, join our National Geographic photographer to capture images of the Taj Mahal during an early morning photo shoot. Then take a guided tour of the Taj, the most iconic site in all of India. Explore the palace’s exquisite construction and serene garden, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. In the afternoon, encounter the exquisite tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah—also referred to as the “baby Taj”—the first Mughal structure in India made entirely from marble. Or visit the tomb of Akbar, one of the most famous Mughal emperors, and examine this architectural marvel built of red sandstone inlaid with white marble.

Alternative: On a full-day excursion, visit the impressive red-sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, once a Mughal capital and now a World Heritage site. Founded in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, this renowned site—which blends both Muslim and Hindu architectural styles—reveals a vast complex of royal homes and pavilions, elegant courtyards and grand gateways, as well as a beautiful mosque.

Days 18-19: SERENGETI PLAIN OR NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

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Fly by private jet to Kilimanjaro International Airport and continue by private charter aircraft to Serengeti National Park. One of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations, the Serengeti Plain is home to the legendary "big five"—rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffalo. Head out across the savanna on game drives to witness Africa’s greatest concentration of wildebeests and zebras. During our stay, meet National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Louise Leakey or one of her colleagues to hear about the many important fossil discoveries made by the Leakey family in the region. Celebrate our visit with a traditional singing and dancing performance.

Alternative: Instead of exploring the Serengeti, travel by private charter aircraft to the Ngorongoro Crater (8,000 feet), where volcanic slopes shelter more than 25,000 animals. Spend your days on safari with local guides, and in the evening, return to your luxury villa at a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World perched on the crater’s rim. Meet National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Louise Leakey or one of her colleagues for a private tour of Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakey family discovered Homo habilis on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition. Enjoy a bush lunch on the floor of the crater.

Days 20-21: PETRA AND WADI RUM, JORDAN

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Petra, the once thriving capital of the Arab tribe known as the Nabataeans, is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. Situated between Arabia, Egypt, and the Levant, it was an important crossroads of trade before the city was mysteriously abandoned in the seventh century. Half-built, half-carved into rose-red sandstone cliffs, Petra was left to the winds and sands until it was rediscovered in 1812. Excavations of the city continue today, and include the pioneering work of National Geographic Fellow Sarah Parcak, who has used satellite imagery and aerial drone photography to document a long-unknown structure twice the length of a tennis court and six times as wide at the site.

Enter the city along a winding path through the Siq—a narrow canyon flanked by sheer cliffs—and arrive at the Treasury, the most iconic of Petra’s sites. Discover many other intriguing buildings chiseled from rock walls. As we explore, you may encounter members of the local Bedouin community—Arabic-speaking nomadic peoples of the Middle Eastern deserts who reside here. Learn more about the traditions of this tribal society tonight, when we gather for a festive dinner accompanied by a Bedouin folklore performance.

The following day, depart Petra and drive south to Wadi Rum, an otherworldly desert landscape made famous by T. E. Lawrence and the 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia. Explore the desert in 4x4s, and see the intriguing rock formation known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Enjoy tea with Bedouin villagers amid this stunning backdrop.

Days 22-23: MARRAKECH OR THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO

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Set out on a morning tour of Marrakech, Morocco’s legendary “pearl of the South.” Examine historic Moroccan architecture at the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa, the splendid Koutoubia Mosque, and the exquisitely carved Bahia Palace. Then venture further into the labyrinthine streets of the medina—a World Heritage site lined with market stalls and craftspeople. Visit the Museum of Perfume to learn about the olfactory history of Morocco, and meet with a renowned perfume-maker to create your own scent. Alternatively, sample local Moroccan delicacies on a food tour of Djemaa el Fna square, where snake charmers, magicians, and musicians entertain passersby. Later, stroll amid exotic plants in the lush Majorelle Garden, once owned by Yves Saint Laurent.

Alternative: Instead of exploring Marrakech, venture into the Atlas Mountains—the highest mountain range in North Africa, which presents a dramatic contrast to the surrounding desert. Take in sweeping views of this enduring terrain, known for its deep gorges, dense forests, and Berber villages. Experience Berber traditions during lunch at a local home, and sip mint tea while soaking up the timeless atmosphere of rural Morocco. In the evening, rejoin the group in Marrakech for a farewell dinner celebrating our adventure.

Day 24: WASHINGTON, D.C.

Following breakfast, fly by private jet to Washington, D.C. Upon arrival, you may connect with your commercial flight home; or, if you wish, we will provide complimentary accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Dulles for the night.

 

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate; travelers should be in good health; comfortable climbing stairs and walking or standing for extended periods; and prepared for multiple hours of activity on some days. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to historic or cultural sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking. A signed medical form from your doctor will be required for participation in certain activities, such as visiting high-altitude areas like Cusco, Peru (11,200 feet). Alternative destinations or activities can be arranged if necessary. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment should be reported when booking so accommodations can be made.

Accommodations
We stay in world-class or best available hotels throughout the expedition.

Expedition Team
A top-notch team of experts will accompany each expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Well suited for this incredible journey, a Boeing 757 provides unparalleled flexibility with its long-range capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports. Flying direct and avoiding layovers, we are able to maximize our time in each destination while delivering a superior travel experience. Instead of the standard 233 seats, the jet’s interior has been customized to accommodate just 75 passengers in two-by-two, VIP-style leather seating. You’ll enjoy excellent access to experts and staff, who provide informative briefings and lectures throughout the expedition.

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PRICES & DATES

  • date Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 20, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $132,174 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $145,392 AUD Per Person

  • date Jan 8-31, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $132,247 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $145,399 AUD Per Person

  • date Mar 26-Apr 18, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $132,247 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $145,399 AUD Per Person

  • date Oct 1-24, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $132,247 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $145,399 AUD Per Person

  • date Oct 26-Nov 18, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $132,247 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $145,399 AUD Per Person

  • date Dec 28, 2020 - Jan 20, 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $132,247 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $145,399 AUD Per Person

2020 departures: The expedition cost includes transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary. Airfare to/from Washington, D.C is not included in the expedition cost. For your protection, all payments are protected by a surety bond. Please click here to view the Operator-Participant Contract and Terms and Conditions for this departure.

2019 departures: The expedition cost includes transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary. Airfare to/from Washington, D.C. and return from Miami, Florida is not included in the expedition cost. For your protection, all payments are protected in an escrow account. Please click here to view the Operator-Participant Contract and Terms and Conditions for this departure.

  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Transportation by private jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary
  • Deluxe or best available accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals, from dinner on the first night to breakfast on the final morning
  • Daily activities, excursions, options, and special events as indicated in the itinerary; enrichment program, including lectures by a team of experts.
  • All beverages, including liquor, aboard the private jet and during special events and cocktail parties; house wine and beer at lunches and dinners
  • $50,000 medical evacuation insurance for covered reasons and services of an expedition physician
  • Gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Commercial airfare to the departure city, and return from the final destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, and beverages not listed above

PLEASE NOTE

Except where specifically indicated, the information shown on this page pertains to the 2020 departure of Around the World by Private Jet. The 2020 departures will be operated by National Geographic Partners Chicago, the tour operations branch of National Geographic, on flights operated by Icelandair.

To see our 2019 itinerary, click on the trip date above, or call 1-888-227-7265 for more information relating to this departure. The 2019 departures of Around the World by Private Jet will be operated by TCS & Starquest Expeditions, Inc., on flights operated by TUI Airways Limited (March 24, 2019, October 3, 2019 and October 31, 2019 departures) and Titan Airways (December 28, 2019 departure).

Stephen Alvarez
Photographer Filmmaker
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Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning National Geographic photographer and filmmaker who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture and archaeology. He has published over a dozen feature stories in National Geographic magazine. On assignment he has traveled from the highest peaks in the Andes to some of the planet's deepest caves. His latest National Geographic story on the Origins of Art led from early human sites on the southern coast of Africa to Paleolithic art caves in France and Spain. For the past two years, he photographed the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Microsoft Smartphones<\/a>. His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts, and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. Recent appearances include NPR, PBS, and CBS Saturday Morning. Stephen is also a frequent consultant and commenter on how new photographic technology is changing the world.

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  • Oct 26-Nov 18, 2020
Stephen Cunha
Author Educator Geographer
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Geographer, educator, and author Stephen F. Cunha spent ten years as a national park ranger in Yosemite and Alaska. Recently retired as a geography professor at California's Humboldt State University, he studies diverse landscapes around the world. He is the author of National Geographic's Our Fifty States and How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: The Official Study Guide. For more than a decade, he directed the California Geographic Alliance, which promotes geographic education and literacy among California teachers, students, and the public. Stephen often travels to and lectures on U.S. and Canadian national parks with National Geographic Expeditions travelers, and on private-jet expeditions that circumnavigate the globe. He spent four years developing the Pamir National Park in eastern Tajikistan, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. He received the California State University system’s highest award for exemplary contributions and achievements in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service.

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  • Mar 26-Apr 18, 2020
Jack Daulton
Art Historian
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Jack Daulton is a popular lecturer on the cultural history of non-Western civilizations and has been an expert on trips to more than 50 countries. His research has focused on the art and architecture of Asia and Africa as well as the study of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Jack is also an attorney with a focus on international law relating to the preservation and conservation of the world’s cultural heritage. In a widely reported 1995 federal case, he recovered a thousand-year-old sculpture that had been stolen from a temple in Southeast Asia.

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  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 20, 2020
  • Mar 26-Apr 18, 2020
  • Oct 26-Nov 18, 2020
Jay Dickman
Photographer
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Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jay Dickman's career has spanned a multitude of experiences. As a photojournalist for more than 40 years, Jay has covered topics as diverse as the Salvadoran civil war, Olympics and Super Bowls, national political conventions, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for National Geographic, he lived in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack submarine. Jay has been joining National Geographic Expeditions for over a decade and has traveled to all seven continents. A popular photography instructor, he has also published a best-selling guide called Perfect Digital Photography, as well as numerous articles for National Geographic, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Time, and Forbes.

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  • Jan 8-31, 2020
  • Oct 1-24, 2020
Carroll Dunham
Anthropologist
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Medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has been based in Nepal for the past 30 years studying Buddhism, spending the last 17 summers living with her family among nomads in the Khangai mountains of Mongolia, exploring Bronze Age horse culture. Author of four books, she has explored deeply the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture. She has produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic, PBS, the BBC, and others on subjects ranging from Living Goddesses to polyandry, nomadism, and geology. She has worked with female immolations at a hospital burn unit and has delved extensively into the history of women’s relationship to fire and sacrifice in the Hindu world. On the board of the Nekorpa Foundation, which preserves sacred pilgrimage sites and traditions, Carroll has a keen interest in environmental conservation issues regarding sacred spaces of South Asia. A practitioner of yoga and ayurveda, committed to fostering income generation among marginalized women so they may support their families' health and education, Carroll has formulated ayurvedic products for The Body Shop and founded Wild Earth, a sustainable social enterprise producing handcrafted herbal products in the Himalaya. Carroll is a storyteller at heart, fascinated by the human story of diversity revealed in life rites and rituals. Engaged as a social entrepreneur working with women’s cooperatives, engagement through cross cultural trade in herbs and textiles, makes her passionate about ancient Silk Road trade. Inspired by early Silk Road traders to better understand Bactrian camels and their relationship to humans and the environment, she is embarking on a winter expedition in the Gobi desert on Bactrian camels.

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  • Jan 8-31, 2020
Andrew Evans
Author
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Andrew Evans is an author, travel writer, and TV host for National Geographic. He shares stories from around the globe on pixel, paper, and screen. Andrew has completed some 50 assignments for National Geographic, reporting live from all seven continents and over 100 countries. He was the first person ever to live tweet his ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro and gained a worldwide following when he broadcast his 12,000-mile overland journey from National Geographic headquarters to Antarctica using public transportation. In 2017, he thru-hiked The Jordan Trail, reporting in real time as he walked 400 miles from Syria to Saudi Arabia. Andrew is a regular contributor to National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, BBC Travel, Outside, and The Chicago Tribune. He is the author of five books, including two bestselling guidebooks, and his award-winning memoir The Black Penguin. Andrew has received five Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Andrew’s television work highlights people and places around the world, including his tech-centered series “World’s Smartest Cities,” which still airs in more than 65 countries. A renowned influencer in the world of travel media, he calls for responsible and respectful storytelling that promotes local culture and environmental welfare. Andrew holds degrees from Brigham Young University and Oxford University. He lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • Dec 28, 2020 - Jan 20, 2021
Don George
Author Editor
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Travel writer Don George is an editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, as well as host of the National Geographic Live series of conversations with notable authors. In four decades as a travel writer and editor, Don has visited more than 90 countries on five continents. He has traveled throughout—and written extensively about—Europe and Asia. He has also lived in France, Greece, and Japan, working as a translator in Paris, a teacher in Athens, and a television talk show host in Tokyo. Don is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George, and has received dozens of writing awards, including the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award.

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  • Oct 1-24, 2020
David Harrison
Anthropologist
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Anthropologist and linguist David Harrison has been a National Geographic Fellow and co-director of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures around the world. He has done extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities from Siberia and Mongolia to Peru, India, and Australia. His global research is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Linguists, and his work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and Science. David is both a professor of linguistics and associate provost for academic programs at Swarthmore College.

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  • Jan 8-31, 2020
Tim Jepson
Author
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Tim Jepson is a British, London-based writer, traveler, and broadcaster. He began his traveling life at the age of 12, exploring the mountains of Britain and Ireland. After graduating from Oxford University, he lived and worked in Italy, writing for a variety of British newspapers and leading high-level expeditions in the country’s remotest corners. His experiences were recorded in a book, Wild Italy. He has since written more than 20 books, including several titles for National Geographic, and numerous articles for publications worldwide. Tim worked as a travel editor for London’s Daily Telegraph, and continues to travel extensively, with a passion for the farthest-flung destinations and the untrammeled cultures of Bhutan, Laos, Tibet, and Myanmar. He recently completed The British World: An Illustrated Atlas for National Geographic.

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  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 20, 2020
William Saturno
Educator Archaeologist
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William Saturno is an archaeologist and storyteller specializing in the myths and histories of early civilizations and the politics of empire. A National Geographic Explorer and a former NASA research scientist, he has conducted fieldwork around the globe, both on the ground and from space, to understand the ideological and environmental foundations of how the great Czars, Khans, Emperors, and Ajaws of the past ruled over their societies. As an avid student and scholar of the ancient world, Bill weaves together data from archaeology, anthropology, and history spanning from the jungles of Central America and Southeast Asia to the deserts and grasslands of Eurasia and from the shores of the ancient Mediterranean to those of Scandinavian fjords, narrating the tales of adventurers, artists, commoners, and kings alike to bring the past vividly to life. He has joined numerous National Geographic Expeditions over the years in diverse geographies, including Mexico, Guatemala, China, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, and beyond.

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  • Dec 28, 2020 - Jan 20, 2021
David Silverberg
Geographer Geologist Conservationist
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David Scott Silverberg is a geographer working on conservation projects spanning six continents. His mix of exploration, research, and digital photo-video storytelling has been popular with National Geographic travelers for many years. A fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asia Society, David was the executive science director at Earthwatch Institute, set up and managed Boston University environmental field research programs in British Columbia and eastern Africa, and was a founding White House staff member for AmeriCorps. David has worked in more than 100 countries, manages the Environmental Learning Institute, and teaches at several international universities.

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  • Oct 1-24, 2020
Maggie Steber
Photographer
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Award-winning photographer Maggie Steber has worked in nearly 70 countries around the globe, from Peru to India and Nepal to Australia. She has shot more than 15 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, focusing on culture, history, society, and people. Maggie was also one of 11 photographers celebrated in Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment and was a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for her three-year coverage of “Story of a Face,” the cover story for the September 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. Other honors include the Lucie Award, First Prizes from both the Pictures of the Year competition and the World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club President’s Award, and the Leica Medal of Excellence. Maggie’s work is exhibited worldwide and is included in the American Women Collection at the Library of Congress.

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  • Mar 26-Apr 18, 2020
Paula Swart
Art Historian
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Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, she studied at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam and holds degrees in art history, history, archaeology, and Chinese studies. Paula speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. She has researched Dutch trade and exploration, and has a special interest in 17th-century Dutch still life paintings. Paula studied and helped curate an exhibition of artifacts from the shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Witte Leeuw (White Lion), which was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine.

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  • Oct 26-Nov 18, 2020
Nevada Wier
Photographer
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Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer specializing in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. Nevada’s journeys have taken her to many of the planet’s deserts, mountains, and urban jungles, and more than 100 countries across the globe, from Colombia to Mongolia and Iceland to India. Her work has appeared in National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, as well as Geo, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Smithsonian, and numerous other publications. Nevada is a well-known keynote speaker and workshop instructor, and her images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. She has also been featured in television productions such as National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Through the Lens. Wier is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and a member of the Society of Women Geographers.

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  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 20, 2020
  • Dec 28, 2020 - Jan 20, 2021