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Explore Australia & New Zealand
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23 days

from $9,239 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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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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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide, watch the sun rise over Uluru, and opt to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Journey across New Zealand’s Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine, one of the world’s most scenic railways.
  • Take a private tour of the James Cook University research aquarium in Cairns, founded by a National Geographic grantee.
  • Join naturalists on a cruise through spectacular Fiordland National Park (seasonal), spotting dolphins, seals, and penguins.
Itinerary

Why choose between Australia and New Zealand? Experience both on an extraordinary 23-day adventure. Discover iconic Sydney, fashionable Melbourne, and welcoming Auckland; stand in the presence of sacred Uluru; explore ancient rainforests; and get your fill of city life, mountainscapes, glaciers, cultural moments, deserts, hot springs, and photo ops.

Day 1: Sydney

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Sydney

Enjoy a traditional Aboriginal welcome and a walkabout around The Rocks area and Sydney Harbour to learn the history of the Aboriginal people’s saltwater heritage and their spiritual connection to the area. In the afternoon, board a private vessel and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with a barbecue dinner. While navigating the bays and coves, sit back and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Day 3: Sydney/Port Douglas

Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest. Continue on to the resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights.

Day 4: Port Douglas

Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets and enjoy the beach.

Day 5: Port Douglas/Cairns

Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures. We'll also hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.

Day 6: Cairns

Enjoy a free day to relax at the beach. Opt to explore North Queensland’s tropical rainforests or get your adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or bungee jumping.

Day 7: Cairns/Uluru

Catch a flight to Uluru. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music before witnessing an incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.

Day 8: Uluru

Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala Walk around the base of Uluru, gaining insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Later, take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 9: Uluru/Melbourne

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night.

Day 10: Melbourne

Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne. Opt to visit wineries, explore the Great Ocean Road, or discover hidden gems in the city's famous laneways.

Day 11: Melbourne

Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne.

Day 12: Melbourne/Auckland

Fly to Auckland, New Zealand and enjoy free time in the city.

Day 13: Auckland

Enjoy a morning orientation walk before catching a ferry to Waiheke Island. Visit two local wineries to learn more about New Zealand's burgeoning wine industry and the history of wine production in the country while sampling some of the local blends, of course.

Day 14: Auckland/Rotorua

Drive to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves where you'll take a boat ride through the cave and see thousands of flickering glowworms lighting up the walls.

Day 15: Rotorua

Enjoy a free day in Rotorua which sits over an active geothermal zone with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools. Opt to visit one of the geothermal sites, or go whitewater rafting. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). After, watch an extravagant performance about local myths and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine.

Day 16: Rotorua/Christchurch

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. This afternoon, meet with a local expert and explore lesser-known paths around Christchurch on a unique walking tour of the city.

Day 17: Christchurch/Franz Josef

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand's glacier region. Disembark and finish the journey over the highest pass in the Southern Alps in a private vehicle before transferring to a beautiful rainforest lodge, our home for two nights.

Day 18: Franz Josef

Enjoy free time to explore the area. Opt for a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in hot pools among stunning scenery.

Day 19: Franz Josef/Queenstown

Take a stunning scenic drive through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown.

Day 20: Queenstown/Fiordland National Park

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Fiordland National Park. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds, and penguins, with the option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins (seasonal) with time to relax on deck and stargaze.

Day 21: Fiordland National Park/Queenstown

Enjoy early morning wildlife viewing along the fiord as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown.

Day 22: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day to explore on your own, visit a winery, or cruise on a historic steamship. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Opt to go bungee jumping, jet boating, skydiving, paragliding, or mountain biking. This evening enjoy a gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape.

Day 23: Queenstown

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 23 Oct 2019 - 14 Nov 2019
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  • date 30 Oct 2019 - 21 Nov 2019
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    $11,299 AUD Per Person
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  • date 06 Nov 2019 - 28 Nov 2019
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  • date 13 Nov 2019 - 05 Dec 2019
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    $11,549 AUD Per Person
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  • date 20 Nov 2019 - 12 Dec 2019
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  • date 04 Dec 2019 - 26 Dec 2019
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  • date 18 Dec 2019 - 09 Jan 2020
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  • date 08 Jan 2020 - 30 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $9,775 AUD Per Person
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    $15,744 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Jan 2020 - 06 Feb 2020
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  • date 29 Jan 2020 - 20 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $10,386 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $16,355 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Feb 2020 - 27 Feb 2020
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    $10,386 AUD Per Person
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    $16,355 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Feb 2020 - 05 Mar 2020
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    $10,386 AUD Per Person
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    $16,355 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Feb 2020 - 12 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Mar 2020 - 26 Mar 2020
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Mar 2020 - 09 Apr 2020
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Apr 2020 - 07 May 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $11,839 AUD Per Person
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    $17,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 May 2020 - 11 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $11,559 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $17,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Jun 2020 - 16 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $17,168 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Jul 2020 - 06 Aug 2020
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
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    $17,168 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Aug 2020 - 27 Aug 2020
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
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    $17,168 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Sep 2020 - 08 Oct 2020
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    $11,559 AUD Per Person
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    $17,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Oct 2020 - 29 Oct 2020
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    $11,839 AUD Per Person
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    $17,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Oct 2020 - 12 Nov 2020
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    $11,839 AUD Per Person
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    $17,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Nov 2020 - 26 Nov 2020
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Nov 2020 - 03 Dec 2020
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Nov 2020 - 10 Dec 2020
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  • date 25 Nov 2020 - 17 Dec 2020
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  • date 02 Dec 2020 - 24 Dec 2020
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  • date 09 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
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  • date 16 Dec 2020 - 07 Jan 2021
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  • date 06 Jan 2021 - 28 Jan 2021
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Jan 2021 - 04 Feb 2021
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Jan 2021 - 11 Feb 2021
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Jan 2021 - 18 Feb 2021
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Feb 2021 - 25 Feb 2021
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  • date 10 Feb 2021 - 04 Mar 2021
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Feb 2021 - 11 Mar 2021
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Feb 2021 - 18 Mar 2021
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Mar 2021 - 25 Mar 2021
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Mar 2021 - 08 Apr 2021
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Mar 2021 - 15 Apr 2021
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Apr 2021 - 06 May 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $11,839 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $17,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 May 2021 - 10 Jun 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $11,559 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $17,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 Jun 2021 - 15 Jul 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $17,168 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Jul 2021 - 05 Aug 2021
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
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    $17,168 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Aug 2021 - 26 Aug 2021
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
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    $17,168 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Aug 2021 - 16 Sep 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
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    $17,168 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Sep 2021 - 07 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $11,559 AUD Per Person
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    $17,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Oct 2021 - 28 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $11,839 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $17,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Oct 2021 - 11 Nov 2021
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    $11,839 AUD Per Person
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    $17,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Nov 2021 - 02 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Nov 2021 - 09 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Nov 2021 - 16 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Dec 2021 - 23 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Dec 2021 - 30 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Dec 2021 - 06 Jan 2022
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    $12,219 AUD Per Person
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    $18,188 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Jan 2022 - 27 Jan 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $17,168 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Jan 2022 - 03 Feb 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $11,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $17,168 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (21 nts), cruise boat (1 nt, seasonal).
  • Meals: 22 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Mini-bus, plane, train, boat.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming and Welcome Tour, Sydney
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: James Cook University Research Aquarium, Cairns
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Melbourne Foodie Walk, Melbourne
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Waiheke Island Wineries, Waiheke Island
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet a Maori Elder, Rotorua
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour with Local Expert, Christchurch
  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi, Christchurch
  • Your Discover Moment: Cairns
  • Sydney Harbour dinner cruise
  • Aboriginal walk through the Daintree Rainforest
  • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru
  • Melbourne orientation walk
  • Visit glowworm caves
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train
  • Queenstown gondola ride
  • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) in Fiordland National Park
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $11,838

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.