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Five Countries and Three New Itineraries Offered by National Geographic Expeditions in 2024

Travelers will soon have even more exciting destinations and countries to explore with National Geographic Expeditions. Beginning in 2024, three new itineraries spanning five countries will be added to the leading global travel portfolio, all featuring the incredible access, deep knowledge and extraordinary storytelling that only National Geographic can provide. Travelers will be inspired by the insights, beauty, landscapes and architecture as they discover the wonders of the world. 

The three new Signature Land trips will visit Bhutan, Colombia and the Baltics. These group-guided itineraries will provide an enriching, in-depth look at the history, cultures and natural heritage of each destination. Each Signature Land trip is hosted by a National Geographic Expert who provides a one-of-a-kind perspective. With specialties such as filmmaking, conservation, photography, archaeology, geography and many more, the Experts who travel on Signature Land expeditions are passionate storytellers who have a close connection to National Geographic, and their unique insights foster a travel experience that enlightens, inspires and goes in-depth like no other.

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Bhutan: Land of Mysticism and Mythology 

The remote kingdom of Bhutan welcomes travelers to experience the wonders of its dramatic landscapes and storied cities. An exploration of this Buddhist kingdom found on the Himalayas’ eastern edge is filled with a rich and unique culture and reflects its commitment to tradition, the environment and the happiness of its people. The 11-day, 10- night itinerary includes visiting much of Bhutan through major destinations such as Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Phobjikha Valley.

Highlights of the expedition include: 

  • Unparalleled access: dining with Bhutanese dignitaries such as business professionals and government officials who will engage with guests and provide insights on everyday life in Bhutan and, a meet and greet with a Buddhist scholar and a privately guided hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
  • Architectural wonders: touring Punakha Dzong to learn and appreciate Bhutanese architecture and visiting the golden Buddha Dordenma Statue and the Divine Mad Monk Monastery.
  • Cultural immersion: enjoying hands-on experiences such as participating in the butter lamp lighting tradition and lessons in the national sport of archery.

Renowned medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has been confirmed as one of the National Geographic Experts slated to join select Bhutan departures. Dunham has lived in Nepal studying Buddhism for the past 30 years. She is an avid storyteller with a focus on environmental conservation related to sacred spaces of Southeast Asia. Dunham has authored four books exploring the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture, and she has also produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic and others on topics ranging from Living Goddesses to polyandry, nomadism and geology.

There are five Bhutan departure dates in 2024 beginning in March and extending through December. Specific Expert dates will be released later this year.

Colombia: Connections to the Land and the Past 

Travelers will dive into a nine-day, eight-night tour through beautiful landscapes of Colombia from the mountains to the beaches. They will embark on a journey across Bogota, the Cocora Valley, Pereira, Santa Marta and through Tayrona National Park and Barranquilla to make their way to Cartagena.

Highlights of the expedition include:

  • Insider experiences: visiting San Basilio de Palenque, the first free town for enslaved people in the Americas, which was proclaimed a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2005.
  • Inspiration from the past and the present: exploring the archaeological ruins of Taironaka, learning about the modern-day Kogi people or being immersed in the music and traditions of the celebrated Barranquilla Carnaval.
  • Delicious journeys: sampling local delicacies and savoring the flavors of the coffee region while learning how Colombia became one of the most popular coffee exporters in the world.
  • Spectacular wildlife: hiking through the towering wax palms of Cocora Valley or gazing in wonder at the endemic species of birds and mammals found in Tayrona National Park.

National Geographic Explorer Rosa Vásquez Espinoza has been confirmed as one of the Experts set to join select Colombia departures. Chemical biologist, educator, conservationist and TV personality, Espinoza travels to the most extreme ecosystems of the planet searching for the tiniest creatures, from heat-loving microbes to Amazonian stingless bees. She is passionate about driving awareness for conservation.

There are six Colombia departure dates in 2024 beginning in January and extending through December. Specific Expert dates will be released later this year.

The Baltics: Enchanted Forests and Medieval Castles 

The Baltics are classified as one geographic region, yet it consists of three distinct countries sitting on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Travelers will visit all three countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, to gain a deeper understanding of what makes each region unique, from language, traditions and beyond. The 11-day, 10-night itinerary will take travelers across destinations such as Vilnius, the Curonian Spit, Klaipeda, Riga, Sigulda, Gauja National Park and Tallinn.

Highlights of the expedition include: 

  • History brought to life: delving into medieval times during privately guided excursions to Cesis Castle and Gusmanas Caves and more recent history of World War II and the Soviet Era during guided visits to the Ninth Fort, Hill of Crosses and Maajamae Palace. Each experience showcases how these countries changed over time and were influenced by foreign occupations.
  • Cultural preservation: cruising along the UNESCO recognized Curonian Spit or venturing through the UNESCO celebrated Old Town Centers of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.
  • A taste of the destination: touring a local market in Riga and seeing — and trying — the local ingredients that make up Latvian cuisine. 

Photographer and naturalist Jeff Mauritzen has been confirmed as one of the Experts slated to join select Baltics departures. With adventures taking him to more than 60 countries around the world, Mauritzen’s photography has appeared in dozens of National Geographic books, several National Geographic Traveler magazine articles and on the @natgeotravel Instagram account. 

There are four Baltics departure dates in 2024 beginning in May and extending through October. Specific Expert dates will be released later this year.

Bookings for all three National Geographic Expedition itineraries are available now.

Additionally, travelers interested in booking a vacation in 2024 with National Geographic Expeditions can also save with an early booking offer! Book before September 5, 2023 and you can save $400 per person on select 2024 North America Signature Land itineraries and $500 per person on select 2024 international Signature Land itineraries.

Get Up to $1,500 Onboard Credit with Royal Caribbean


You can get up to $1,500 onboard credit with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line when you book your next cruise by November 16, 2014! You can use your on board credit however you’d like!

If you book a 3 or 4 night Bahamas or a 4 or 5 night Caribbean Royal Caribbean Cruise Line sailing by November 16, 2014, you will receive the following on board credit, based on your room category:

  • Suite- $400 on board credit
  • Balcony- $200 on board credit
  • Oceanview- $100 on board credit

If you book a 6+ Night Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Dubai, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Transatlantic, Repositioning, or Asia Royal Caribbean Cruise Line sailing by November 16, 2014, you will receive the following on board credit, based on your room category:

  • Suite- $1,000 on board credit
  • Balcony- $600 on board credit
  • Oceanview- $400 on board credit

If you book a Europe, Alaska, or 7+ night Australia Royal Caribbean Cruise Line sailing by November 16, 2014, you will receive the following on board credit, based on your room category:

  • Suite- $1,500 on board credit
  • Balcony- $1,000 on board credit
  • Oceanview- $600 on board credit

This on board credit offer does exclude Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, and all China departures.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email for more information. 

Why an Adventures by Disney vacation is a great way to see the world!

Adventures by Disney vacations are offered throughout six different continents. On an Adventures by Disney trip you are a traveler and an adventurer, not a tourist. You and your family of all ages are able to become active participants in incredible stories, experiences and cultures through immersive activities only Disney can bring you. You may be wondering though, why an Adventures by Disney vacation is a great way to see the world!

Here are some of the benefits included on an Adventures by Disney vacation:

  • Hassle-Free Guided Group Travel experiences, including meet and greets at the airport, transportation within the trip, luggage services, spectacular dining and truly unique hotels that bring you closer to the destinations you visit, and concierge services. With practically all of the details taken care of, you won’t have to worry about a thing!
  • Active Family Experiences that everyone will enjoy! Together, enjoy a leisurely bike ride, float or raft down whitewater rapids, and hike through ancient ruins. Junior Adventurers will embark on activities just for them such as an art detective game in the Louvre Museum or stomping grapes while adults enjoy a taste of winemaking history. From morning until night, these trips are designed with families in mind.
  • Two Adventure Guides + Local Experts with Adventures by Disney are some of the greatest storytellers in the world. No matter where you go or what you do, the Adventures by Disney Adventure Guides are there to share their knowledge, insights and passion for the places you visit. In addition, you will get to interact with local expert guides during your vacation too!
  • VIP Treatment & Admissions are included such as private events and privately guided tours, backstage access, entertainment, and special performances. Plus, you can bypass the lines at popular museums and attractions and all admission fees are included to national and regional parks as applicable.
  • Magical Moments and Experiences That Only Disney Could Create! Adventures by Disney will take you on an adventure off the beaten path to places you would not find on your own. Adventures by Disney will introduce you to the locals where you will experience such things as:

• Living just like the kings and queens of yore with a stay in Dromoland Castle.

• Trying your hand at the age-old Greek tradition of cheese making with a local shepherd.

• Learning Tai Chi from a local master with the gum drop mountains as a backdrop!

• Private dining among priceless works of art inside the famed Louvre Museum.

• Cuddling a husky puppy in training for the Iditarod race.

• Saddling up and riding horseback among the wilderness of your private Dude Ranch.

Would you like more information about planning your own Adventures by Disney vacation? Email for more information or a free quote! 

Up to $10,000 Bonus Savings & unlimited Shore Excursions on Regent Seven Seas Cruises

You can receive up to $10,000 Bonus Savings per suite plus unlimited Shore Excursions on Regent Seven Seas Cruises!

The All-Inclusive Regent Experience …

•2-for-1 Fares
• Additional Bonus Savings of up to $10,000 Per Suite
• FREE Roundtrip Air
• FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions
• FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package
• FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities
• FREE Transfers Between Airport, Hotel and Ship
• FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits
• FREE Open bars and Lounges plus in-suite mini-bar replenished daily
• FREE Specialty Restaurants
• FREE 24-Hour room service

Seven Seas Mariner
January 4, 2014
21-Night Rio de Janeiro to Miami
2-For-1 Fares from $11,999 Per Person
Including $3,800 Bonus Savings

Seven Seas Mariner
February 28, 2014
10-Night Buenos Aires to Rio de Janerio
Fares from $8,499 Per Person
Including $5,000 Bonus Savings

Seven Seas Mariner
March 10, 2014
18-Night Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona
2-For-1 Fares from $7,499 Per Person
Including $4,000 Bonus Savings

Seven Seas Voyager
March 21, 2014
18-Night Beijing to Bangkok
2-For-1 Fares from $10,999 Per Person
Including $5,000 Bonus Savings

You can book this offer now through August 31, 2013.

Would you like more information on a Regent Seven Seas Cruise, including up to $10,000 bonus savings and unlimited shore excursions? Email Siera at for more information or your free quote for one of these great cruises! 

Hands-On Experiences with Adventures by Disney

Adventures by Disney allows you to become active participants in incredible stories, experiences and cultures through immersive activities that only Disneycan bring to life. From biking around the grounds of a historic French chateau to meeting Aboriginal tribe members in Australia, Guests become travelers and adventurers, instead of simply tourists.

Here’s just a sample of the amazing hands-on experiences Adventures by Disney vacations offer:

Viva Italia –9-days/8-nights

You will live the stories of Italy’s most famous sites through unforgettable experiences on this breathtaking vacation. You will journey to a Tuscan estate for private pasta-making lesson, followed by an al fresco picnic surrounded by rolling hills and farmlands. In Venice, you can create your own Carnevale mask with the help of a renowned mask-maker.

Cowboys and Canyons –8-days/7-nights

You will experience the awesome expanse of the Grand Canyon, the power of the mighty Colorado River and the quiet majesty of the Southwestern desert. In Monument Valley, you will take in the sights from an off-road vehicle. Next, in the Grand Canyon, you will set off by foot on a stunning hike led by a naturalist guide. Finally, you will enjoy an exciting, yet leisurely, rafting adventure, followed by a Cowboy Cookout on the banks of the Colorado River.

Enchanted China –12-days/11-nights

This unforgettable vacation immerses you in China’s history and culture. You will observe delightful pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding–China’s premier institution devoted to the preservation of these rare animals. Then, in Beijing a pedicab takes you through the ancient Hutong neighborhoods. Along the way, you can participate in demonstrations of traditional crafts such as knot-tying, decorative paper-cutting, as well as a display by a yo-yo master!

Email today to book your Adventures by Disney vacation!

What Is Included on an Adventures by Disney Vacation?

Traveling the world on your own can be a challenge. However, with Adventures by Disney, it’s as much about the things you don’t have to do, as it is about the things you get to do. You can choose from a variety of destinations on six continents. Each itinerary is unique and has something for everyone to enjoy! You may be wondering though, what is included on an Adventures by Disney vacation?

Here are some of the benefits included on an Adventures by Disney vacation:

Hassle-free Travel:
  • Airport meet and greet upon arrival
  • Transfers providers to and from hotels
  • Transportation provided within your trip (e.g. internal flights and trains)
  • Snacks and refreshments en route
  • Luggage service
  • Concierge services helps plan time
  • Travel taxes
Hotel & Dining
  • Travel components that meet Disney standards of quality and comfort
  • Outstanding accommodations, from exceptional hotels to unique lodging
  • Scheduled meals featuring local cuisine
  • Dinner or movie night especially for kids
  • Adult experience with wine tasting
  • Taxes and gratuities
Authentic Experiences
  • Disney-trained Adventure Guides
  • Immersive activities for everyone
  • Activities with local experts
  • Fun thrills for Junior Adventurers
  • Special programs with the local community
  • Costumed historical characters bring stories to life
VIP Treatment and Admission
  • Private events and privately guided tours
  • Backstage access
  • Special entertainment and performances
  • Bypassing the lines at popular museums and attractions
  • Fun surprises and gifts
  • Tickets and admissions to events and attractions
  • National and regional park entrance
  • Nature and wildlife educational programs

All of these are included on an Adventures by Disney vacation as part of your cost!

Would you like to learn more about the great Adventures by Disney vacations available? Contact Siera at for more information or a free quote! 

Adventures by Disney Gift for Annual Passholders

There is a special offer available for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort annual passholders. There is an Adventures by Disney gift for annual passholders when you book a 2014 Adventures by Disney vacation!

Adventures by Disney is celebrating its 2014 itineraries with a special offer for Disney World and Disneyland passholders. Any annual passholders who book a select Adventures by Disney vacation will receive a special Adventures by Disney gift pack. This offer is valid on all Adventures by Disney departures traveling between March 22, 2014 and April 24, 2015.

Book this special offer by August 23, 2013 to receive the Adventures by Disney gift pack!

You can travel to one of six continents and numerous countries on an Adventures by Disney vacation! Your vacation will include outstanding accommodations, local cuisine, immersive activities, private events, entertainment, and so much more! Did you know you can even combine select European itineraries with a Disney Cruise Line cruise?

Plus, have you heard about the exciting new itineraries available for 2014? On the new family trip to Austria, Germany & Czech Republic, you can spend 9 days immersed in the treasures and hidden stories of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and the Bavarian Alps. The newly enhanced Italy vacation includes added VIP experiences from Rome to the Tuscan countryside. Also, there will be specialty departures for families traveling with teenagers on trips to Peru, Costa Rica and the American Southwest.

Check out the video about these new 2014 Adventures by Disney itineraries:

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