Today we are focusing on National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures and Lindblad Expeditions. The main difference between the two is that G Adventures is mostly land based off the beaten path tours, while Lindblad Expeditions is mostly cruise based with several different small ship types. Either company will give you a great adventure vacation, choosing one over the other is going to base on what you want to do and see. Both companies operate small group tours that still cater to the individual with unique once-in-a-lifetime type tours.
Lindblad is about expedition travel, exploration, research and conservation. There tours are cruise based; their fleet is small scale, nimble expedition ships that are able to go where the big boys cannot. This allows you to get closer to our planet’s more remote locations and wildlife. Their tours consist of remote locations such as Antarctica; best accessed by ship locations such as the Galapagos Islands and Baja’s Sea of Cortez. Their ships are equipped with exploration tools which allow you to get a more focused look into the marine or terrestrial environment. Also on board is Lindblad’s fantastic expedition team whom help you understand and appreciate everything you are looking at and will not let you miss anything!
“You will see and do things that are cool. Watching killer whales circle a seal on an ice flow, devising hunting strategies before your eyes is cool. As is having a marine biologist with you when it happens. Having a gray whale calf surface alongside your Zodiac is cool. And having the world’s best whale photographer, National Geographic’s Flip Nicklin right there with you, is great too.”
~Exert from their website: www.expeditions.com
If expedition cruises are not quiet your thing, Lindblad also offers cruises on a 1931 hand-sailed tall ship that cruises the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Seas. She is called the Sea Cloud and she is beautiful. Sea Cloud has itineraries that focus on “off the beaten path” islands and provide authentic local experiences. Sail the Greek Islands, the Dalmatian Coast, or the Caribbean Sea on an unforgettable journey aboard the Sea Cloud.
Lindblad has expeditions from Antarctica, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Alaska, the Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands.
G Adventures’ slogan is “Adventure, Enhanced” which is what they do; they enhance your travel experience. Their small unique tours are “designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the places we explore.” Their tours with National Geographic are mostly land based, they include internal flights and private rides in order make transportation quicker, they also use a select set of accommodations that represent the area you are located in. The National Geographic G Adventure tours include more meals than G Adventures other tours; these can range from high end restaurants to meals with local families. One thing that is really great about G Adventures as a company is that they work in community development worldwide, and then you have the National Geographic Society’s non-profit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education. Thus by going on one of these tours you are supporting the betterment of the world.
G Adventures National Geographic tours are worldwide. They have a 9 day Morocco Journey tour, an 11 day Discover Sri Lanka tour, a 10 day Botswana Safari Experience, and a 10 day Burgundy by River Barge tour just to start. They take you to locations you didn’t even know you could go to and had only ever dreamed about. Would you like to learn the art of Flamenco? How about learn to cook in a Balinese chef’s home? What about take a tour of Petra with an actual archaeologist? G Adventures with National Geographic can make these things happen!
“Each tour includes opportunities to learn about our world through unique interactive experiences with local experts like historians, marine biologists, photographers, Buddhist monks, chefs, and others.”
~exert from their website
Now you are asking yourself how much can these fantastic trips cost? Can I afford them? The answer is “yes, you can!” For what is included these tours are very affordable, and there are a range of prices and length of travel, so there is something for everyone. I am itching to book one myself!
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