Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Asia by Private Jet (14 days)

National Geographic Expeditions

Dubai, United Arab Emirates To Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Dinner

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We begin our journey in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city with a futuristic skyline that stands in contrast to the vast Arabian Desert that encircles it. Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner.

Day 2
Thimphu, Bhutan
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu; Zhiwa Ling Hotel or COMO Uma Paro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu, Nepal and Paro and Thimphu, Bhutan

Fly by private jet to Kathmandu, Nepal, and visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, a former royal capital whose stunning pagodas, palaces, and squares still captivate today. The next morning, take a local flight to Bhutan, the last remaining Buddhist kingdom of the Himalaya.

Arrive in Paro, situated deep in a valley dotted with hilltop Buddhist monasteries and brightly decorated fortresses, or dzongs. Venture into the great Paro Dzong, one of the oldest in the country and still home to a large monastic community. At the Choeding Temple, witness a Buddhist prayer ceremony. Then enjoy lunch accompanied by traditional dancing. In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Royal Textile Academy and Museum, and Dechen Phodrang Monastery, part of the larger Tashichho Dzong. Or, weather permitting, you may choose to set out on a vigorous hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Taktsang Lhakhang, perched more than 10,000 feet above sea level.

Day 3
Thimphu, Bhutan
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu; Zhiwa Ling Hotel or COMO Uma Paro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu, Nepal and Paro and Thimphu, Bhutan

Fly by private jet to Kathmandu, Nepal, and visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, a former royal capital whose stunning pagodas, palaces, and squares still captivate today. The next morning, take a local flight to Bhutan, the last remaining Buddhist kingdom of the Himalaya.

Arrive in Paro, situated deep in a valley dotted with hilltop Buddhist monasteries and brightly decorated fortresses, or dzongs. Venture into the great Paro Dzong, one of the oldest in the country and still home to a large monastic community. At the Choeding Temple, witness a Buddhist prayer ceremony. Then enjoy lunch accompanied by traditional dancing. In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Royal Textile Academy and Museum, and Dechen Phodrang Monastery, part of the larger Tashichho Dzong. Or, weather permitting, you may choose to set out on a vigorous hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Taktsang Lhakhang, perched more than 10,000 feet above sea level.

Day 4
Thimphu, Bhutan
Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu; Zhiwa Ling Hotel or COMO Uma Paro Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu, Nepal and Paro and Thimphu, Bhutan

Fly by private jet to Kathmandu, Nepal, and visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, a former royal capital whose stunning pagodas, palaces, and squares still captivate today. The next morning, take a local flight to Bhutan, the last remaining Buddhist kingdom of the Himalaya.

Arrive in Paro, situated deep in a valley dotted with hilltop Buddhist monasteries and brightly decorated fortresses, or dzongs. Venture into the great Paro Dzong, one of the oldest in the country and still home to a large monastic community. At the Choeding Temple, witness a Buddhist prayer ceremony. Then enjoy lunch accompanied by traditional dancing. In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Royal Textile Academy and Museum, and Dechen Phodrang Monastery, part of the larger Tashichho Dzong. Or, weather permitting, you may choose to set out on a vigorous hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Taktsang Lhakhang, perched more than 10,000 feet above sea level.

Day 5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Park Hyatt Saigon Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Continue to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s pulsating urban hub. This afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, left untouched since 1975 when the city fell to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Explore the building’s ornate reception rooms, presidential living quarters, and the underground compound of fortified communication rooms linked by a series of tunnels. Step into the grand 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral, where faithful Vietnamese Catholics still flock to see its statue of the Virgin Mary. Directly across the street sits the ornate Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century. In the heart of the city, discover the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre, a monument to culture and a shining example of French colonial architecture. Cap off your explorations with an exciting ride through bustling streets in a traditional cyclo.

Day 6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Park Hyatt Saigon Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Continue to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s pulsating urban hub. This afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, left untouched since 1975 when the city fell to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Explore the building’s ornate reception rooms, presidential living quarters, and the underground compound of fortified communication rooms linked by a series of tunnels. Step into the grand 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral, where faithful Vietnamese Catholics still flock to see its statue of the Virgin Mary. Directly across the street sits the ornate Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century. In the heart of the city, discover the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre, a monument to culture and a shining example of French colonial architecture. Cap off your explorations with an exciting ride through bustling streets in a traditional cyclo.

Day 7
Luang Prabang, Laos
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao or Amantaka Resort Luang Prabang Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luang Prabang, Laos

Travel to Luang Prabang, a stunning city nestled in a dramatic mountain setting at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Due to its historical significance, as well as its intricate Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture, UNESCO has designated the entire town a World Heritage site. Explore the Royal Palace and its fascinating museum housing the golden Phra Bang Buddha statue, for which the town is named. Visit the area’s most revered temples, including Wat Xieng Thong, layered with gold leaf and featuring an elaborate mosaic depicting the fabled Tree of Life. Then browse the central market, where members of the local hill tribes offer their fine wares. In the afternoon, cruise the Mekong River to the cave temples of Pak Ou, home to thousands of lacquered and gilded Buddha figures. Before departing Laos, you may witness the ancient tradition of almsgiving. Leaving their temples to the sound of drums, saffron-robed monks walk single file through the city to receive food that they will eat that day.

Day 8
Luang Prabang, Laos
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao or Amantaka Resort Luang Prabang Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luang Prabang, Laos

Travel to Luang Prabang, a stunning city nestled in a dramatic mountain setting at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Due to its historical significance, as well as its intricate Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture, UNESCO has designated the entire town a World Heritage site. Explore the Royal Palace and its fascinating museum housing the golden Phra Bang Buddha statue, for which the town is named. Visit the area’s most revered temples, including Wat Xieng Thong, layered with gold leaf and featuring an elaborate mosaic depicting the fabled Tree of Life. Then browse the central market, where members of the local hill tribes offer their fine wares. In the afternoon, cruise the Mekong River to the cave temples of Pak Ou, home to thousands of lacquered and gilded Buddha figures. Before departing Laos, you may witness the ancient tradition of almsgiving. Leaving their temples to the sound of drums, saffron-robed monks walk single file through the city to receive food that they will eat that day.

Day 9
Taunggyi, Myanmar
Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan and Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bagan and Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

Once a key part of the historic overland trade route between India and China, Myanmar is home to mist-shrouded lakes, Buddhist temples, and rural villages that remain largely unspoiled by the modern world. Upon arrival in Yangon, take a private local flight to the ancient capital of Bagan. On this vast plain east of the Ayeyarwady River, devotees built more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, stupas, and monasteries in the centuries before Kublai Khan overran the region. Visit the Ananda Temple, the complex’s holiest site, and the iconic Htilominlo Temple.

Then fly to remote Inle Lake to discover the traditions of the Intha people. Explore Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, set on stilts and teak planks in the lake, and learn about silk weaving from the craftswomen at Inn Paw Khone village. The next day, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and, in the evening, enjoy a private poolside dinner with traditional entertainment and dishes drawing on influences from local cuisine.

Day 10
Taunggyi, Myanmar
Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan and Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bagan and Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

Once a key part of the historic overland trade route between India and China, Myanmar is home to mist-shrouded lakes, Buddhist temples, and rural villages that remain largely unspoiled by the modern world. Upon arrival in Yangon, take a private local flight to the ancient capital of Bagan. On this vast plain east of the Ayeyarwady River, devotees built more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, stupas, and monasteries in the centuries before Kublai Khan overran the region. Visit the Ananda Temple, the complex’s holiest site, and the iconic Htilominlo Temple.

Then fly to remote Inle Lake to discover the traditions of the Intha people. Explore Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, set on stilts and teak planks in the lake, and learn about silk weaving from the craftswomen at Inn Paw Khone village. The next day, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and, in the evening, enjoy a private poolside dinner with traditional entertainment and dishes drawing on influences from local cuisine.

Day 11
Taunggyi, Myanmar
Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan and Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle None

Bagan and Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

Once a key part of the historic overland trade route between India and China, Myanmar is home to mist-shrouded lakes, Buddhist temples, and rural villages that remain largely unspoiled by the modern world. Upon arrival in Yangon, take a private local flight to the ancient capital of Bagan. On this vast plain east of the Ayeyarwady River, devotees built more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, stupas, and monasteries in the centuries before Kublai Khan overran the region. Visit the Ananda Temple, the complex’s holiest site, and the iconic Htilominlo Temple.

Then fly to remote Inle Lake to discover the traditions of the Intha people. Explore Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, set on stilts and teak planks in the lake, and learn about silk weaving from the craftswomen at Inn Paw Khone village. The next day, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and, in the evening, enjoy a private poolside dinner with traditional entertainment and dishes drawing on influences from local cuisine.

Day 12
Udaipur, India
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Udaipur and Lake Pichola, India

Board our private jet and fly to the Indian state of Rajasthan, the “land of kings,” where aristocratic Rajputs channeled their wealth from overland trade into sumptuous palaces and majestic gardens. Land in Udaipur, known as the “city of lakes,” and admire the grand palaces that appear to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Venture into a spectacular labyrinth of courtyards within the City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake’s edge. This palace complex blends Rajasthani, Mughal, European, and Chinese architecture, and is richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, mosaics, and frescoes. Later, wind your way through Udaipur’s old town and its bustling bazaars, and visit the local folk art museum, which boasts an impressive collection of traditional toys, musical instruments, puppets, and other regional curiosities. Enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise aboard a royal barge on Lake Pichola. On our final evening in Udaipur, celebrate our journey with a festive farewell dinner overlooking the city’s shimmering palaces.

Day 13
Udaipur, India
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Udaipur and Lake Pichola, India

Board our private jet and fly to the Indian state of Rajasthan, the “land of kings,” where aristocratic Rajputs channeled their wealth from overland trade into sumptuous palaces and majestic gardens. Land in Udaipur, known as the “city of lakes,” and admire the grand palaces that appear to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Venture into a spectacular labyrinth of courtyards within the City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake’s edge. This palace complex blends Rajasthani, Mughal, European, and Chinese architecture, and is richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, mosaics, and frescoes. Later, wind your way through Udaipur’s old town and its bustling bazaars, and visit the local folk art museum, which boasts an impressive collection of traditional toys, musical instruments, puppets, and other regional curiosities. Enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise aboard a royal barge on Lake Pichola. On our final evening in Udaipur, celebrate our journey with a festive farewell dinner overlooking the city’s shimmering palaces.

Day 14
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
None None

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Return to Dubai and connect with your commercial flight home.

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Asia by Private Jet

Journey across Asia by private jet and experience treasures both ancient and exotic with top National Geographic experts. Step back in time amid the gilded temples of Myanmar; take in French colonial architecture set against rolling emerald mountains in the Laotian city of Luang Prabang; and stroll medieval plazas in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Immerse yourself in the intoxicating scents, sights, and sounds of Vietnam on a cycle ride through the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City; climb to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery in the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan; and discover the grand palaces that line the shores of India’s Lake Pichola.

Trip Highlights

- Soar from the medieval city of Bhaktapur high in the Himalaya to lush Laotian jungles on the banks of the Mekong and the neon-lit streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

- Step into some of the more than 2,000 temples that rise above Myanmar’s Bagan plain, and then see the iconic leg-rowing fishermen of Inle Lake.

- Wander the opulent palaces and manicured gardens of Udaipur, and then watch these marble monuments shimmer at sunset while cruising Lake Pichola aboard a royal barge.

- Enjoy a traditional dance performance and witness a Buddhist prayer ceremony in Bhutan.

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.
Travel Advisor:  Dennis Wallace

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