Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Around the World by Private Jet (24 days)

National Geographic Expeditions

Washington, DC, United States To Marrakech, Morocco

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Washington, DC United States
The Hay-Adams, Washington Dinner

WASHINGTON, D.C.

We begin this extraordinary adventure with a reception at National Geographic headquarters, followed by a welcome dinner on the rooftop of our historic hotel. Get to know experts, staff, and fellow travelers as you take in breathtaking views of the White House and the Washington Monument illuminated at night.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2
Machu Picchu, Peru
Washington, DC United States
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion or Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA, AND MACHU PICCHU OR AMAZON RAIN FOREST, PERU

Fly by private jet to Lima, where we board a local charter flight to Cusco—the gateway to Peru's Inca heartland. The next morning, set out on a tour of this charming city, discovering its blend of Inca and Spanish colonial sites. Then head north into the spectacular Urubamba Valley—also known as the Sacred Valley of the Inca—to explore the ruins of Moray, believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Inca priests tested soils and crops. Make our way to the white salt mines of Maras—a seemingly endless hillside of terraced salt pans. Later, if you wish, embark on a spectacular hike along a section of the Inca Trail, winding your way amid Andean peaks.

You may opt for an early-morning visit to the former Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before we board our privately chartered train to Machu Picchu. 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. Examine the artfully cut stone altars, temples, foundations, staircases, and terraced gardens that make this one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological treasures. Then enjoy an elegant dinner aboard our train as we return to Cusco.

Alternative: Instead of visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu, fly to Puerto Maldonado. Enjoy a scenic motorized canoe trip down the meandering Madre de Dios River to arrive at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World nestled deep in the Amazon rain forest. Over the following days, learn about the complex ecosystem of the Amazon as you take part in an array of activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 3
Machu Picchu, Peru
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion or Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA, AND MACHU PICCHU OR AMAZON RAIN FOREST, PERU

Fly by private jet to Lima, where we board a local charter flight to Cusco—the gateway to Peru's Inca heartland. The next morning, set out on a tour of this charming city, discovering its blend of Inca and Spanish colonial sites. Then head north into the spectacular Urubamba Valley—also known as the Sacred Valley of the Inca—to explore the ruins of Moray, believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Inca priests tested soils and crops. Make our way to the white salt mines of Maras—a seemingly endless hillside of terraced salt pans. Later, if you wish, embark on a spectacular hike along a section of the Inca Trail, winding your way amid Andean peaks.

You may opt for an early-morning visit to the former Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before we board our privately chartered train to Machu Picchu. 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. Examine the artfully cut stone altars, temples, foundations, staircases, and terraced gardens that make this one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological treasures. Then enjoy an elegant dinner aboard our train as we return to Cusco.

Alternative: Instead of visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu, fly to Puerto Maldonado. Enjoy a scenic motorized canoe trip down the meandering Madre de Dios River to arrive at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World nestled deep in the Amazon rain forest. Over the following days, learn about the complex ecosystem of the Amazon as you take part in an array of activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 4
Machu Picchu, Peru
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion or Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA, AND MACHU PICCHU OR AMAZON RAIN FOREST, PERU

Fly by private jet to Lima, where we board a local charter flight to Cusco—the gateway to Peru's Inca heartland. The next morning, set out on a tour of this charming city, discovering its blend of Inca and Spanish colonial sites. Then head north into the spectacular Urubamba Valley—also known as the Sacred Valley of the Inca—to explore the ruins of Moray, believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Inca priests tested soils and crops. Make our way to the white salt mines of Maras—a seemingly endless hillside of terraced salt pans. Later, if you wish, embark on a spectacular hike along a section of the Inca Trail, winding your way amid Andean peaks.

You may opt for an early-morning visit to the former Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before we board our privately chartered train to Machu Picchu. 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. Examine the artfully cut stone altars, temples, foundations, staircases, and terraced gardens that make this one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological treasures. Then enjoy an elegant dinner aboard our train as we return to Cusco.

Alternative: Instead of visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu, fly to Puerto Maldonado. Enjoy a scenic motorized canoe trip down the meandering Madre de Dios River to arrive at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World nestled deep in the Amazon rain forest. Over the following days, learn about the complex ecosystem of the Amazon as you take part in an array of activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 5
Machu Picchu, Peru
Easter Island, Chile
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EASTER ISLAND

Fly 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 Cassanova, 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 6
Easter Island, Chile
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EASTER ISLAND

Fly 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 Cassanova, 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 7
Easter Island, Chile
None None

CROSS THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE

From Easter Island we continue our voyage 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
Easter Island, Chile
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

APIA, SAMOA

Adorned with waterfalls, jungles, and white-sand beaches, the tropical paradise of Samoa is a place of astounding natural beauty. This idyllic island world, 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9
Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Apia, Samoa
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GREAT BARRIER REEF OR DAINTREE RAINFOREST, AUSTRALIA

Fly to Cairns and transfer to the seaside town of Port Douglas. Here, we have an opportunity to explore the extraordinary marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef—one of the most biologically rich places on the planet, spanning more than 1,200 miles of islands, submerged reefs, and vast expanses of coral. 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 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 rain forest 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 10
Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GREAT BARRIER REEF OR DAINTREE RAINFOREST, AUSTRALIA

Fly to Cairns and transfer to the seaside town of Port Douglas. Here, we have an opportunity to explore the extraordinary marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef—one of the most biologically rich places on the planet, spanning more than 1,200 miles of islands, submerged reefs, and vast expanses of coral. 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 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 rain forest 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 11
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ANGKOR OR BENG MEALEA, CAMBODIA

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 100,000 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. Alternatively, 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. In the evening, enjoy traditional Cambodian music and dance during a private dinner on the grounds of a magnificent temple.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 12
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ANGKOR OR BENG MEALEA, CAMBODIA

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 100,000 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. Alternatively, 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. In the evening, enjoy traditional Cambodian music and dance during a private dinner on the grounds of a magnificent temple.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 13
Chengdu, China
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The Temple House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

CHENGDU, CHINA

Fly to Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, and enjoy a brief tour of the city’s historic highlights. Gather for a special dinner accompanied by traditional entertainment, including a private performance of bian lian, or “face-changing.” This classic Chinese art form—a central element in Sichuan opera—features actors rapidly and seamlessly changing masks by sleight of hand.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14
Xi'an, China
Chengdu, China
St. Regis Lhasa Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

LHASA, TIBET OR CHENGDU, CHINA

Take a local flight to Lhasa (12,000 feet), the capital of Tibet and an important center of Tibetan Buddhism. Situated on the stark Tibetan Plateau, this holy city attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. Visit Jokhang, Tibet’s most sacred temple; and delve into the timeless atmosphere of old Tibet at Barkhor, the oldest street situated in the center of Lhasa that serves as a popular circumambulation for pilgrims and commercial center. Learn about traditional healing practices and customs during a talk with a Tibetan doctor. Later, venture up to the World Heritage–designated Potala Palace—seat of the Tibetan government for more than 300 years and home to the Dalai Lama until 1959. Explore the palace’s labyrinthine corridors to discover lavish rooms adorned with thangka paintings, statues, and frescoes. We’ll also visit the 600-year-old Sera Monastery, where monks can often be seen debating Buddhist philosophy in the courtyard.

Alternative: Instead of Lhasa, remain in Chengdu for further exploration. Sichuan is home to more than 30 percent of the world’s giant pandas—considered a national treasure in China. Spend a day observing these beloved animals at a local panda reserve. Here, we’ll learn about the care and conservation of pandas, and efforts to reintroduce them to the wild. Later, delve into local culture during a variety of activities. Learn the age-old Chinese game of mah-jongg; take part in a traditional tea ceremony; and soak up the sights, sounds, and scents at a local market. In the evening, enjoy a savory, spice-infused hot pot—a Sichuan favorite—at a local restaurant; and attend a Sichuan opera—a dramatic performance incorporating vivid masks and costumes, singing, and acrobatics.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15
Xi'an, China
St. Regis Lhasa Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

LHASA, TIBET OR CHENGDU, CHINA

Take a local flight to Lhasa (12,000 feet), the capital of Tibet and an important center of Tibetan Buddhism. Situated on the stark Tibetan Plateau, this holy city attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. Visit Jokhang, Tibet’s most sacred temple; and delve into the timeless atmosphere of old Tibet at Barkhor, the oldest street situated in the center of Lhasa that serves as a popular circumambulation for pilgrims and commercial center. Learn about traditional healing practices and customs during a talk with a Tibetan doctor. Later, venture up to the World Heritage–designated Potala Palace—seat of the Tibetan government for more than 300 years and home to the Dalai Lama until 1959. Explore the palace’s labyrinthine corridors to discover lavish rooms adorned with thangka paintings, statues, and frescoes. We’ll also visit the 600-year-old Sera Monastery, where monks can often be seen debating Buddhist philosophy in the courtyard.

Alternative: Instead of Lhasa, remain in Chengdu for further exploration. Sichuan is home to more than 30 percent of the world’s giant pandas—considered a national treasure in China. Spend a day observing these beloved animals at a local panda reserve. Here, we’ll learn about the care and conservation of pandas, and efforts to reintroduce them to the wild. Later, delve into local culture during a variety of activities. Learn the age-old Chinese game of mah-jongg; take part in a traditional tea ceremony; and soak up the sights, sounds, and scents at a local market. In the evening, enjoy a savory, spice-infused hot pot—a Sichuan favorite—at a local restaurant; and attend a Sichuan opera—a dramatic performance incorporating vivid masks and costumes, singing, and acrobatics.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16
Agra, India
Xi'an, China
The Oberoi Amarvilás Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

AGRA, INDIA

Continue by private jet to Agra, where we check in to our luxurious hotel, which offers stunning 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. Alternatively, join local youth on a heritage walk to Agra’s lesser known monuments—part of a project to improve livelihoods in poorer communities.

If you wish, join our National Geographic photographer the following morning to capture images of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. 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, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife after her death. Alternatively, visit the impressive red-sandstone city of Fatepuhr Sikri, once a Mughal capital and now a World Heritage site. In the afternoon, encounter the exquisite tomb of Itmad-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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 17
Agra, India
The Oberoi Amarvilás Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

AGRA, INDIA

Continue by private jet to Agra, where we check in to our luxurious hotel, which offers stunning 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. Alternatively, join local youth on a heritage walk to Agra’s lesser known monuments—part of a project to improve livelihoods in poorer communities.

If you wish, join our National Geographic photographer the following morning to capture images of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. 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, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife after her death. Alternatively, visit the impressive red-sandstone city of Fatepuhr Sikri, once a Mughal capital and now a World Heritage site. In the afternoon, encounter the exquisite tomb of Itmad-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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 18
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Agra, India
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti or andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SERENGETI PLAIN OR NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

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, Serengeti National Park is home to the legendary “big five”: rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffalo. Over the following days, take in the grandeur of the Serengeti, which means “extended place” in the local Maasai language. Head deep into the savanna on game drives to witness Africa’s greatest concentration of wildebeests and zebras. During our stay, meet Louise Leakey, a National Geographic Explorer at Large whose family of renowned anthropologists has discovered many important fossils in the area. Celebrate our visit with a traditional singing and dancing performance.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Accommodations: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Alternative: Instead of exploring the Serengeti, travel by private charter aircraft to the Ngorongoro Crater, where volcanic slopes shelter more than 25,000 animals. The crater is home to wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, incredible birdlife, as well as endangered black rhinos. Spend your days on safari with local guides; 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 for a private tour of Olduvai Gorge, where her family discovered Homo habilis on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition. Enjoy a bush lunch on the floor of the Crater and a festive evening with local musicians.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Accommodations: andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Day 19
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti or andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SERENGETI PLAIN OR NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

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, Serengeti National Park is home to the legendary “big five”: rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffalo. Over the following days, take in the grandeur of the Serengeti, which means “extended place” in the local Maasai language. Head deep into the savanna on game drives to witness Africa’s greatest concentration of wildebeests and zebras. During our stay, meet Louise Leakey, a National Geographic Explorer at Large whose family of renowned anthropologists has discovered many important fossils in the area. Celebrate our visit with a traditional singing and dancing performance.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Accommodations: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Alternative: Instead of exploring the Serengeti, travel by private charter aircraft to the Ngorongoro Crater, where volcanic slopes shelter more than 25,000 animals. The crater is home to wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, incredible birdlife, as well as endangered black rhinos. Spend your days on safari with local guides; 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 for a private tour of Olduvai Gorge, where her family discovered Homo habilis on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition. Enjoy a bush lunch on the floor of the Crater and a festive evening with local musicians.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Accommodations: andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Day 20
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Mövenpick Petra Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PETRA AND WADI RUM, JORDAN

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—perhaps due to earthquakes and changes in trade routes. 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 site continue today, and include the pioneering work of National Geographic Explorer Sarah Parcak, who has used satellite imagery and aerial drone photography to document the structure.

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, including royal tombs, houses, and a monastery. 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, traveling below red sand dunes and towering arches, and see the spectacular rock formation known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Enjoy tea with Bedouin villagers amid this spectacular backdrop. In the afternoon, fly by private jet to Marrakech and check in to our hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 21
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Mövenpick Petra Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PETRA AND WADI RUM, JORDAN

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—perhaps due to earthquakes and changes in trade routes. 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 site continue today, and include the pioneering work of National Geographic Explorer Sarah Parcak, who has used satellite imagery and aerial drone photography to document the structure.

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, including royal tombs, houses, and a monastery. 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, traveling below red sand dunes and towering arches, and see the spectacular rock formation known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Enjoy tea with Bedouin villagers amid this spectacular backdrop. In the afternoon, fly by private jet to Marrakech and check in to our hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 22
Marrakech, Morocco
Wadi Rum, Jordan
La Mamounia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MARRAKECH OR THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO

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 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 soaring 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 23
Marrakech, Morocco
La Mamounia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MARRAKECH OR THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO

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 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 soaring 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily

Day 24
Marrakech, Morocco
Washington, DC United States
None Breakfast, Lunch

MARRAKECH/WASHINGTON, D.C.

Following breakfast, board our private jet and fly 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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AROUND THE WORLD BY PRIVATE JET

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 Amazon rain forest, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Serengeti Plain; and experience diverse cultures from the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet to the Polynesian paradise of Samoa.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

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: one situated deep within the Peruvian Amazon, and the other on the rim of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.

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National Geographic Expeditions offers a broad array of travel experiences to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents, each led by a National Geographic expert, a dynamic trip guide, or an expedition team. National Geographic taps into their vast network of resources around the world when designing trips to create authentic and transformative travel experiences. The official travel program of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Expeditions aims to fulfill the organization’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet by providing meaningful opportunities to explore it.


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By: Howie


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2015

Wonderful and busy tour.

Very Well done and professional

By: Judd


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2016

Our 14 day Antarctica adventure was wonderful: the National Geographic team were extremely knowledgeable and very much enjoyed their jobs! All were really in to teaching and conveying their devotion to Antarctica and their particular area of expertise. We are already planning our next adventure with NG!
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart
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Outstanding

By: The ayotollah


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2016

She has helped me with a number of trips and always shines. I know I can rely on Linda to be certain that all of the details are taken care of, and her recommendations are well though out. She is a superstar.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Rainwater

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By: Ron


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

This was my third trip with National Geographic and, like the others, it was interesting, professional, and well managed.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Galapagos/ Nat Geo 2017

By: Sree


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

National Geographic was on my bucket list for an expedition to the Galapagos. The Islands are amazing and Nat Geo had great programs in place to highlight this ecological paradise. The partnership with Lindblad was a plus. My kids had a blast with the ships young explorers program which was the kind of quality education I expect from Nat Geo. The naturalists were real professionals. The entire team succeeded in making it a memorable trip.

Wild and Windswept, for sure!

By: RobinBG


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2017

Always the best trip out there if you want history, culture and adventure. We learned so much about the places we visited, were able to hear local musicians play, and went to places that are hard to reach any other way than by a small ship. And - the food and service is beyond compare.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald

Morocco Private Expeditions

By: Morocco Traveler


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2017

Good trip. Fair amount of driving but most of it is on the autoroutes which are good roads. Going to the south the road is under construction so it is longer. Good representation of the various areas of Morocco. Our private guide, Ali was excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen

Morocco

By: Jud


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2017

Outstanding in every respect except Casablanca Sofitel and some of the guest on the tour
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

NatGeo Photo Workshop

By: Lance R


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2017

The NatGeo photo workshop was a great experience. Myrna was wondering to work with. Can't wait for my next trip through her!
Travel Advisor:  Myrna Arroyo

The White continent - Antarctica

By: Anissia


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

Absolutely amazing! They ran a tight ship literally. Everyone was so pleasant to deal with, all naturalists were so knowledgeable. Expedition Leader Lucho had all zodiac outings running smoothly. I would repeat this trip if it was not so expensive though it is worth the money!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

excellent

By: oh my


Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

Natalie was excellent. Very good to work with and very helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Natalie Rael

Yellowstone

By: Dana


Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2018

Nat Geo hosted a wonderful tour of Yellowstone in winter. We would use Nat Geo again in a minute!
Travel Advisor:  Loni Truitt

Antartica, South Georgia and Falklands

By: Lin


Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2018

The Antartica, South Georgia and Falklands trip exceed my expectations. Travelling on the National Geographic Orion provided an exceptional experience which included spacious well appointed accommodation, delicious food, attentive good natured staff and interesting daily presentations and outings with knowledgeable experts. I can not think of a better way to explore and enjoy the incredible beauty of this pristine and its abundant wildlife. I now understand why there were a number of returning visitors on this fabulous trip.
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer

Exploring Patagonia

By: Greg


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Nat Geo Expeditions is awesome! This particular expedition provides an excellent overview of this unique area of the world. Our tour manager Sylvina and expert Constanza Ceruti were excellent guides for our expedition providing high-level insights into the culture, history and ongoing research of Argentina, Chile and Patagonia. We would highly recommend this expedition!
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan

Great guides

By: Beverly


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2018

Good job in every way. National Geographic has a tendency to over schedule activities, leaving no down time. I believe photographers need a little time each day, or every other day to organize photographs. The only time we have on National Geographic trips is bedtime when we are wiped out from a full day of activities.
Travel Advisor:  Meg Harrison

Churchill Wild

By: Island Bell


Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2018

This was without a doubt the trip of a lifetime.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Larson

National Geographic Expeditions

By: Fred


Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2018

I thought the guides were really worthwhile. Their end-of-day recaps were quite interesting and presented in a professional manner as were the activities they guided us to. I was struck by their very obvious love for the work they were doing in their individual fields.
Travel Advisor:  Deb Velli

Tanzania and Rwanda

By: Dave


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2018

As always first class-the itinerary was perfect for us and the expert was very informative and helpful. Travelling with NatGeo is a real experience and having travelled 4 times with them, can't say they need to improve anything just keep up the great work.
Travel Advisor:  Rose Rende

Great Apes and Uganda & Rwanda

By: Nikki D


Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2018

National Geographic Expeditions tour of Uganda and Rwanda was amazing. Whilst the main purpose was to see the great Apes, the game drive we did was a real highlight as well. The tour leaders were great and fun to be with and our Nat Geo Expert was a real delight and so informative. Really added to the trip. The trip is extremely busy with not a lot of time to yourself. Accommodations we stayed at were fabulous and all meals were excellent.

train trip

By: Camilla


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Beautiful, and worth every penny. The tour leader took care of everything. The entire trip went on schedule and smoothly. Our archaeologist was very enthusiastic which was contagious. Each area a guide familiar with that area was used to show the highlights.
Travel Advisor:  Nora Elzy

Provence Hiking Tour

By: World Traveler


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

Nat Geo provide a great travel experience. Amazing to hike on centuries old trails through vineyards, orchards and forests with a gourmet picnic lunch every day. Highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan

Nat Geo Expeditions

By: Traveler


Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2018

These are the most intense and gratifying explorations of the natural world. Accommodations and staff are beyond excellent. Well worth the money, time, and exertion .
Travel Advisor:  Karen Schmiser

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By: ca


Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2019

Very good trip !
Travel Advisor:  Natalie Rael

Antartica trip

By: Rod


Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2019

NG did a great job! Very educational. Accommodations were very good. Food ok.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Salloum