Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Around the World by Private Jet: The Northern Route (22 days)

National Geographic Expeditions

Seattle, WA, United States To Boston, MA, United States

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Seattle, WA United States
Fairmont Olympic Hotel or Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Home City/Seattle, Washington

Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner at our hotel, located in the heart of downtown near Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Space Needle. The next day, depart for Japan, and lose a day crossing the international date line.

Day 2
Seattle, WA United States
Fairmont Olympic Hotel or Four Seasons Hotel Seattle Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Home City/Seattle, Washington

Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner at our hotel, located in the heart of downtown near Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Space Needle. The next day, depart for Japan, and lose a day crossing the international date line.

Day 3
Kyoto, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kyoto and Nara, Japan

After landing in Osaka, travel to Kyoto, home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, shrines, and gardens that vividly recall the glory of Old Japan. Visit Kinkaku-ji golden pavilion, the wooden temple of Sanjusangendo, the striking torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the palaces and gardens of Nijō Castle. In ancient Nara, an imperial capital of Japan, see the Tōdai-ji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building, and peruse an outstanding collection of sacred Buddhist art at Kōhfukuji National Treasure Museum. Stroll along an enchanting path to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, passing by 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns.

Day 4
Kyoto, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kyoto and Nara, Japan

After landing in Osaka, travel to Kyoto, home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, shrines, and gardens that vividly recall the glory of Old Japan. Visit Kinkaku-ji golden pavilion, the wooden temple of Sanjusangendo, the striking torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the palaces and gardens of Nijō Castle. In ancient Nara, an imperial capital of Japan, see the Tōdai-ji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building, and peruse an outstanding collection of sacred Buddhist art at Kōhfukuji National Treasure Museum. Stroll along an enchanting path to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, passing by 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns.

Day 5
Kyoto, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kyoto and Nara, Japan

After landing in Osaka, travel to Kyoto, home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, shrines, and gardens that vividly recall the glory of Old Japan. Visit Kinkaku-ji golden pavilion, the wooden temple of Sanjusangendo, the striking torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the palaces and gardens of Nijō Castle. In ancient Nara, an imperial capital of Japan, see the Tōdai-ji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building, and peruse an outstanding collection of sacred Buddhist art at Kōhfukuji National Treasure Museum. Stroll along an enchanting path to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, passing by 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns.

Day 6
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar; Terelj Hotel or Three Camel Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi, Mongolia

Our next stop is the land of Genghis Khan, where one of the world’s last nomadic cultures lives amid the stark beauty of the steppe. In Ulaanbaatar, explore the Gandan Monastery, one of the few monasteries to survive the communist religious purges in the 1930s. Then take a private local flight to the majestic Gobi, where we’ll spend two nights at a traditional ger (tent) camp, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. In addition, visit with a nomad family and experience their way of life firsthand. At the fossil quarries of Bayanzag, also known as the Flaming Cliffs, hunt for dinosaur fossils with a local paleontologist. Or discover the stunning landscapes of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

Day 7
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar; Terelj Hotel or Three Camel Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi, Mongolia

Our next stop is the land of Genghis Khan, where one of the world’s last nomadic cultures lives amid the stark beauty of the steppe. In Ulaanbaatar, explore the Gandan Monastery, one of the few monasteries to survive the communist religious purges in the 1930s. Then take a private local flight to the majestic Gobi, where we’ll spend two nights at a traditional ger (tent) camp, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. In addition, visit with a nomad family and experience their way of life firsthand. At the fossil quarries of Bayanzag, also known as the Flaming Cliffs, hunt for dinosaur fossils with a local paleontologist. Or discover the stunning landscapes of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

Day 8
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar; Terelj Hotel or Three Camel Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi, Mongolia

Our next stop is the land of Genghis Khan, where one of the world’s last nomadic cultures lives amid the stark beauty of the steppe. In Ulaanbaatar, explore the Gandan Monastery, one of the few monasteries to survive the communist religious purges in the 1930s. Then take a private local flight to the majestic Gobi, where we’ll spend two nights at a traditional ger (tent) camp, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. In addition, visit with a nomad family and experience their way of life firsthand. At the fossil quarries of Bayanzag, also known as the Flaming Cliffs, hunt for dinosaur fossils with a local paleontologist. Or discover the stunning landscapes of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

Day 9
Irkutsk, Russia
Courtyard by Marriott, Irkutsk City Center Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Russia

After the Decembrist Revolt in 1825, exiled nobility settled in Siberia, bringing culture and infrastructure to cities like Irkutsk. Follow in their footsteps on a walk through the central square, where traditional wooden houses stand out in bright shades of blue and green—the colors of Siberia. Visit the Church of Our Saviour, the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk, and wander among the tombs of famous Siberians at the Znamenskaya cathedral. Delve into the city’s pivotal role in Russian history at the Monument to Russian Pioneers of Siberia. The next day, cruise Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the world’s oldest and deepest lake. In the evening, enjoy a classical concert at the Volkonsky Manor, once the center of social life for the exiled Decembrists.

Day 10
Irkutsk, Russia
Courtyard by Marriott, Irkutsk City Center Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Russia

After the Decembrist Revolt in 1825, exiled nobility settled in Siberia, bringing culture and infrastructure to cities like Irkutsk. Follow in their footsteps on a walk through the central square, where traditional wooden houses stand out in bright shades of blue and green—the colors of Siberia. Visit the Church of Our Saviour, the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk, and wander among the tombs of famous Siberians at the Znamenskaya cathedral. Delve into the city’s pivotal role in Russian history at the Monument to Russian Pioneers of Siberia. The next day, cruise Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the world’s oldest and deepest lake. In the evening, enjoy a classical concert at the Volkonsky Manor, once the center of social life for the exiled Decembrists.

Day 11
St. Petersburg, Russia
Hotel Astoria None

St. Petersburg, Russia

Designed by Peter the Great in the 18th century to rival the cities of Europe, elegant St. Petersburg still entices travelers with its magnificent palaces, superb art collections, and riveting history. At the lavishly restored Catherine Palace, marvel at the magnificent Amber Room, then delve into the world-renowned art collection at the State Hermitage Museum and examine jewels and the works of Fabergé at its Treasure Galleries. Stroll through the gardens of Peterhof, the tsar’s homage to Versailles. Tour Peter and Paul Fortress, the city’s oldest structure, to see the stunning grounds and historic cathedral, topped with a needle-thin spire. Attend a performance at one of St. Petersburg’s grand theaters, or discover the Neva and its tributary canals during an evening boat cruise before a gala dinner.

Day 12
St. Petersburg, Russia
Hotel Astoria Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

St. Petersburg, Russia

Designed by Peter the Great in the 18th century to rival the cities of Europe, elegant St. Petersburg still entices travelers with its magnificent palaces, superb art collections, and riveting history. At the lavishly restored Catherine Palace, marvel at the magnificent Amber Room, then delve into the world-renowned art collection at the State Hermitage Museum and examine jewels and the works of Fabergé at its Treasure Galleries. Stroll through the gardens of Peterhof, the tsar’s homage to Versailles. Tour Peter and Paul Fortress, the city’s oldest structure, to see the stunning grounds and historic cathedral, topped with a needle-thin spire. Attend a performance at one of St. Petersburg’s grand theaters, or discover the Neva and its tributary canals during an evening boat cruise before a gala dinner.

Day 13
St. Petersburg, Russia
Hotel Astoria Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

St. Petersburg, Russia

Designed by Peter the Great in the 18th century to rival the cities of Europe, elegant St. Petersburg still entices travelers with its magnificent palaces, superb art collections, and riveting history. At the lavishly restored Catherine Palace, marvel at the magnificent Amber Room, then delve into the world-renowned art collection at the State Hermitage Museum and examine jewels and the works of Fabergé at its Treasure Galleries. Stroll through the gardens of Peterhof, the tsar’s homage to Versailles. Tour Peter and Paul Fortress, the city’s oldest structure, to see the stunning grounds and historic cathedral, topped with a needle-thin spire. Attend a performance at one of St. Petersburg’s grand theaters, or discover the Neva and its tributary canals during an evening boat cruise before a gala dinner.

Day 14
Bergen, Norway
Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret or Hotel Ullensvang Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bergen, Norway

Founded by the 12th century as a trading outpost, the coastal city of Bergen is our base for exploring the craggy fjords and verdant valleys of western Norway. After a walking tour of the colorful harbor district on World Heritage-listed Bryggen, choose from several options. Embark on a cruise of extraordinary Nærøyfjord and a thrilling ride on the Flåm Railway, one of the most dramatic train journeys in Europe. Take a guided excursion through historic Bergen, followed by a breathtaking funicular ascent to the summit of Mount Fløyen. Or hike through the gorgeous countryside and enjoy lunch. Alternatively, opt to spend your days immersed in the fjords of western Norway, discovering waterfalls, exploring the scenic Mabo Valley, visiting a local family, or paddling serene waterways.

Day 15
Bergen, Norway
Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret or Hotel Ullensvang Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bergen, Norway

Founded by the 12th century as a trading outpost, the coastal city of Bergen is our base for exploring the craggy fjords and verdant valleys of western Norway. After a walking tour of the colorful harbor district on World Heritage-listed Bryggen, choose from several options. Embark on a cruise of extraordinary Nærøyfjord and a thrilling ride on the Flåm Railway, one of the most dramatic train journeys in Europe. Take a guided excursion through historic Bergen, followed by a breathtaking funicular ascent to the summit of Mount Fløyen. Or hike through the gorgeous countryside and enjoy lunch. Alternatively, opt to spend your days immersed in the fjords of western Norway, discovering waterfalls, exploring the scenic Mabo Valley, visiting a local family, or paddling serene waterways.

Day 16
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg, Reykjavík Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Reykjavík, Iceland

In Iceland’s vibrant capital of Reykjavík, explore the Old City and the traditional wooden houses of the Árbær Open Air Museum. Relax in the geothermic hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, whose warm, mineral-rich waters have long eased the muscles and raised the spirits of travelers. At Thingvellir, stand astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. See the geothermal fields of Geysir, home to hot springs, mud pots, and boiling pools; and feel the mist on your face at the majestic Gullfoss. You’ll also have time to choose your own adventure, including visiting a geothermal power plant, hiking through a nature reserve, or snowmobiling on a glacier.

Day 17
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg, Reykjavík Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Reykjavík, Iceland

In Iceland’s vibrant capital of Reykjavík, explore the Old City and the traditional wooden houses of the Árbær Open Air Museum. Relax in the geothermic hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, whose warm, mineral-rich waters have long eased the muscles and raised the spirits of travelers. At Thingvellir, stand astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. See the geothermal fields of Geysir, home to hot springs, mud pots, and boiling pools; and feel the mist on your face at the majestic Gullfoss. You’ll also have time to choose your own adventure, including visiting a geothermal power plant, hiking through a nature reserve, or snowmobiling on a glacier.
Day 18
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg, Reykjavík Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Reykjavík, Iceland

In Iceland’s vibrant capital of Reykjavík, explore the Old City and the traditional wooden houses of the Árbær Open Air Museum. Relax in the geothermic hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, whose warm, mineral-rich waters have long eased the muscles and raised the spirits of travelers. At Thingvellir, stand astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. See the geothermal fields of Geysir, home to hot springs, mud pots, and boiling pools; and feel the mist on your face at the majestic Gullfoss. You’ll also have time to choose your own adventure, including visiting a geothermal power plant, hiking through a nature reserve, or snowmobiling on a glacier.

Day 19
Ilulissat, Greenland
Arctic Hotel, Ilulissat Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ilulissat, Greenland

Our next stop is Kangerlussuaq, a town of about 500 residents in western Greenland founded as a military base during World War II and now a hub of scientific research. Continue by charter flight north to the remote town of Ilulissat, which abuts the massive Ilulissat Icefjord, the source of many of the icebergs in Greenlandic waters. Cruise through the mist among craggy icebergs at the mouth of the fjord, take an easy walk along the ice fjord, and meet a dogsled team. Or take a longer guided hike alongside the massive glacier to the Inuit village of Sermermiut, or visit the brightly colored houses and church of a tiny hunting and fishing settlement.

Day 20
Ilulissat, Greenland
Arctic Hotel, Ilulissat Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ilulissat, Greenland

Our next stop is Kangerlussuaq, a town of about 500 residents in western Greenland founded as a military base during World War II and now a hub of scientific research. Continue by charter flight north to the remote town of Ilulissat, which abuts the massive Ilulissat Icefjord, the source of many of the icebergs in Greenlandic waters. Cruise through the mist among craggy icebergs at the mouth of the fjord, take an easy walk along the ice fjord, and meet a dogsled team. Or take a longer guided hike alongside the massive glacier to the Inuit village of Sermermiut, or visit the brightly colored houses and church of a tiny hunting and fishing settlement.

Day 21
Boston, MA United States
Mandarin Oriental, Boston Dinner

Greenland/Boston, Massachusetts/Home City

Fly to Boston and celebrate with a festive farewell dinner. The next day, connect with your commercial flight home.

Day 22
Boston, MA United States
Mandarin Oriental, Boston Dinner

Greenland/Boston, Massachusetts/Home City

Fly to Boston and celebrate with a festive farewell dinner. The next day, connect with your commercial flight home.

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Around the World by Private Jet: The Northern Route

Delve into the worlds of emperors and exiles, Arctic explorers and fossil-finders, and nomads of the desert and the ice as you circumnavigate the northern hemisphere by private jet. Explore Japan’s exquisite spiritual architecture amid the gardens and shrines of Kyoto and Nara. Experience nomadic life in Mongolia’s Gobi and trace Russian history in St. Petersburg and Irkutsk. Then head further north to encounter Norway’s fjords, Iceland’s wondrous geology, and the glittering glaciers and icebergs of Greenland.

Trip Highlights

- Examine fossils with a paleontologist at Mongolia's Flaming Cliffs, and experience nomadic life in the Gobi from a stunning ger camp that is part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.

- Cruise Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and attend a private concert at a historic manor house in Irkutsk, Siberia.

- Discover Norway's dramatic fjords by boat and by cable car and witness waterfalls, volcanoes, and geysers in Iceland.

- Meet Greenland's Inuits, take walks along the glacier at Ilulissat Icefjord, and peer at iridescent icebergs on a cruise.

About Us

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

Maya

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