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Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

February 20 - March 1, 2019

Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the Bahía Magdalena lagoons. For most travelers, the only opportunity to observe the mothers and calves is to bus across the peninsula for a day trip. Fortunately, our ships, the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion, have exclusive permission to drop anchor and spend ample time inside the bay. Your ship becomes your mobile base camp, as you live for three whole days among these gentle giants, making daily Zodiac forays for up-close observations, before heading out on an itinerary that features these opportunities:

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Israel: Timeless Wonders
Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 3, 2018
Price: $5,984 per person (including airfare)

Discover a land of transcendent beauty and belief, of history and hospitality.  Begin your singular 12-day small group journey in Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural capital, where touring includes Independence Hall and the “White City” district.  Visit ancient Jaffa, followed by the artists’ village of Ein Hod.  In Galilee, your hotel sits on the grounds of a kibbutz.  Encounter important biblical sites:  Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Nazareth.  Continue to Jerusalem for a five-night stay at the legendary King David Jerusalem Hotel.&nbsp

Oct 27, 2018 to Nov 5, 2018
Price: from $6,990
Duke Leaders: TBD

Three-toed sloths, piranhas, squirrel monkeys, tamarins, and white-throated toucans. The tell-tale snort of a pink river dolphin makes all eyes turn to see it glide through mysterious tannin-rich waters.

You may see hundreds of birds roosting and feeding along the riverbanks. The wildlife of Amazon is remarkable in its abundance and staggering diversity. Each day you will set out in search of new creatures in this unique habitat.

Oct 30, 2018 to Nov 13, 2018
Price: From $5,872 (including international airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

Your exhilarating 15-day small group Himalayan journey, limited to just 18 guests, begins in Kathmandu.  Visit iconic Swayambhunath Temple, an ancient Buddhist complex.  Continue to culturally rich Patan and enjoy a walk through Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO site.  Share lunch with a Nepalese family and visit renowned 15th-century Boudhanath, Nepal’s largest, most important Buddhist stupa.  See Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal’s holiest Hindu shrine, and proceed to Nepal’s former capital, Bhaktapur, a UNESCO site.  Take a scenic drive to hilltop Nagarkot village, command

Jan 26, 2019 to Feb 8, 2019
Price: $10,890 plus international air
Duke Leaders: Andy Read

Join us for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night exclusively chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate L’ Austral, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95% of the 110 deluxe, ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales—during the lingering light of the austral summer.

Feb 15, 2019 to Feb 28, 2019
Price: from $4,979 per person (including airfare)
Duke Leaders: TBD

On this fascinating 14-day small group journey, your eyes and heart are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.  Begin with a tour of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, and cross the river to Sale for lunch in a private home.  Visit Volubilis’ Roman ruins, one of five UNESCO sites you encounter.  Travel on to Fez with its fascinating medina, and embark on a sunset camel excursion to Merzouga’s breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes.  View spectacular scenery en route to Ouarzazate in the snow-topped High Atlas, including drama

Feb 20, 2019 to Mar 1, 2019
Price: from $7,530
Duke Leaders: TBD

Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the Bahía Magdalena lagoons. For most travelers, the only opportunity to observe the mothers and calves is to bus across the peninsula for a day trip.

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