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New Zealand expedition, the story of Aotearoa

Aotearoa, the indigenous Maori name for New Zealand, is the last significant landmass of the world to be settled by humanity. Occurring around 1300CE from a cluster of island groups in Eastern Polynesia, the arrival of these skilled navigators and explorers marked the birth of a fascinating new society that evolved into the distinct Maori culture. This one-of-a-kind expedition tells the story of Aotearoa, delving deep into its history, people, culture and incredible wilderness environments. As we journey north to south in the company of renowned archaeologist Dr James Robinson and award-winning Maori guide Ceillhe Sperath, each destination is a new chapter in the story. In the North Island ...Read more >
From AU $28,750 including domestic flights only

Colombia expedition, the legend of El Dorado

The arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the Americas is one of history’s most fascinating stories. Following Columbus’s first contact between the civilisations of the old and new world, a series of brutal expeditions commenced that plunged deep into the heart of South America, which for sheer endurance, distance and discovery, rank as one of the most dramatic bursts of exploration in history. As these almost unbelievable tales of adventure, heroism and suffering unfolded, a myth emerged that became a thrilling new inspiration for the conquistadors – El Dorado. The legend took shape in 1539 during a famous moment in South American exploration when three conquistadors converged on the ...Read more >
From US $11,750 including domestic flights only

India expedition, Kipling & The Raj

The Englishman who wrote with an Indian voice, this one-of-a-kind expedition explores the life and times of Rudyard Kipling in India. An epic adventure that sweeps across this intriguing land, we immerse ourselves into his world at the height of the British Raj. Led by acclaimed Kipling biographer Harry Ricketts, the expedition provides unparalleled access and insight into Kipling’s life, habits and haunts, as well as the locations of his most popular books - including Kim, The Jungle Book and Plain Tales from the Hills - classic stories that defined the empire and the times. Staying in some of India’s most iconic hotels, former palaces and a luxury tented camp, we take in the very best ...Read more >
From US $16,750 including domestic flights only

Cuba history and culture expedition

Taking in the captivating highlights of Cuba, this one-of-a-kind expedition is led by renowned Cuban-American historian Michael Bustamante and takes a deep dive into the history of the Revolution and its fraught contemporary legacies. In the 1960s, Cuba underwent the greatest period of social upheaval and change in its history. Led by Fidel Castro, the Cuban Revolution bucked traditional U.S. influence over island affairs and forged an alliance with the Soviet Union that put Cuba on the front line of the Cold War. Critical events such as the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, which bought the world closer to the brink of nuclear war than it had ever been, ...Read more >
From US $11,750 per accommodation

Georgia luxury food & wine expedition

Led by John Wurdeman, one of Georgia’s most passionate expatriate winemakers, this expedition traces the evolution and revolution of Georgian food and wine. Staying in Georgia's very best luxury accommodation, small groups will form a traveling dinner party, sampling the country’s very best gastronomical experiences, with Georgia’s leading chefs and vintners joining our table each day on this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Taking in the stunning highlights of Georgia, including visits to ancient monasteries, cathedrals and the incredible scenery of the Caucasus Mountains and Black Sea, our expedition gains exclusive access to the key players in Georgia’s burgeoning food and wine scene. ...Read more >
From US $9,850 excluding flights

Vietnam expedition, the road to independence

The Vietnamese left an indelible mark on the history of the 20th century. As the French War (1946-54) sounded the death knell of colonialism in Indochina, the subsequent American War (1965-75) became an international political, social, and cultural phenomenon that shaped the Cold War and irrevocably changed the world. Yet, so much more defines Vietnam. This expedition immerses our travelers into the modern history and culture of this fascinating country. We engage Vietnam’s past through exclusive private meetings with key witnesses, as well as serious explorations – not mere visits – of iconic sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Hanoi residence, Dien Bien Phu, the DMZ and the infamous Cu Chi ...Read more >
From US $9,990 including domestic flights only

Turkey Rumi and Sufism tour

One of the world’s best-known poets, Jalal al-Din Rumi was a Sufi mystic, philosopher and Islamic theologian whose humanist message of universal love, devotion and tolerance have left a spiritual legacy that has transcended faith, language and geography. His teachings have inspired millions of readers and became the base for the Mevlevi Order, whose disciples are known today as the Whirling Dervishes. This expedition takes in the stunning highlights of Turkey with an in-depth exploration of the life of Rumi. Led by Seemi Ghazi, an expert on Sufism and comparative religion, we journey into the mysterious realm of mysticism and examine the exceptional spiritual path taken by Rumi, a path ...Read more >
From US $9,750 including domestic flights only

Silk Road expedition, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan

This one-of-a-kind expedition explores the incredible story of the conquest of the Silk Road in Central Asia. From Cyrus the Great and the Persian God Kings, through to the invasion of Alexander the Great and the Seleucids, the early days of conquest saw the bloody transfer of power among the great empires of the day. Following the Arab invasions and the Islamic Golden Age, the Silk Road was almost totally destroyed by Genghis Khan and the waves of Mogul attacks, whilst the rise of Timur saw the rebuilding of this fabled trade route to its former glory. Taking in the iconic sites of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, our expedition explores the life and times of these great conquerors and the ...Read more >
From US $17,650 per accommodation

Namibia luxury wildlife expedition

In the remote wilderness of Namibia, an extraordinary revolution is taking place. Wildlife and its habitat are being conserved by involving indigenous people; and from that involvement, giving them a direct benefit from the wildlife among which they live. Led by the world’s foremost chronicler of African rock art David Coulson, this 4×4 expedition travels deep into the remote north-western Namibia to meet the Guardians of the Game - leading wildlife conservators, scientists and community elders as they conduct their conservation programmes in the regions rich and varied biospheres. Limited to just 10 clients, this one-of-a-kind expedition puts our travelers on the front line of African ...Read more >
From US $24,750 including domestic flights only

Sudan history expedition, the three Niles

Today, but for the life-giving waters of the Nile, Sudan appears a trackless, lifeless desert. However, this land is truly enigmatic. Half buried beneath the sands are the remains of an extraordinary series of civilizations that include three times the number of pyramids in Egypt. Less than 5,000 years ago, the southern edge of the Sahara was some 500 km further north and at that time there were not two but three River Niles. What remains of the ancient Yellow Nile is known today as Wadi Howar, and it’s here where our journey truly begins. This one-of-a-kind expedition, led by historian David Adams, explores the story of the ‘three Niles’ and the extraordinary cultures and history they ...Read more >
From US $14,900 including domestic flights only

Ethiopia & Kenya expedition, cradle of humanity

For humanity, perhaps the greatest unanswered question is…where did we come from? Where is the home of our earliest ancestors, the so called ‘cradle of humanity’? “If you imagine our human origins as a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle”, says palaeontologist Patricia Kramer, “then today we have maybe eight pieces near the east edge of Africa and four pieces from the south. We can grasp a bit of the pattern, but we’re nowhere near seeing the whole picture.” During this expedition, we will explore part of that jigsaw – the remarkable biosphere of the World Heritage Listed Omo River Valley and Lake Turkana. However, our journey will not be one of simply ‘stones and bones’. As well as exploring the very ...Read more >
From US $24,900 including domestic flights only

Iran ancient empires expedition

This one-of-a-kind expedition explores the incredible story of Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia and the destruction of the Achaemenid Empire. Taking in the iconic highlights of Iran, our journey first investigates the rise the Achaemenids and their warrior kings Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes – conquerors of much of the ancient world. We then meet Alexander’s army, as they cross from what is today Iraq, to take the ancient city of Susa, and follow in their footsteps through the decisive battle of the Persian Gates and the sacking of the Royal complex at Persepolis. During our travels, we explore the great cities Alexander spared and those he destroyed, the sites of battle, as well as the ...Read more >
From US $11,200 including domestic flights only

Papua New Guinea culture & history expedition

With over 1000 distinct cultural groups and 800 different languages, Papua New Guinea is the most culturally diverse country on the planet – a vivid testament to its long and complex history. The dramatic landscapes of this intriguing country have been home to people for at least 60,000 years. The early inhabitants of New Guinea were the world’s first long distance sailors, navigating their way on treacherous ocean crossings to reach these unfamiliar shores. Over the course of 2500 generations, these industrious people ventured out to settle the most remote island atolls, and developed unique systems of agriculture and trade. The indigenous cultural groups are intimately connected to the ...Read more >
From AU $22,490 including domestic flights only

Jordan & Saudi Arabia history expedition

This expedition, the first of its kind, combines the fascinating history and archaeology of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Tracing the Frankincense trade route of antiquity, we discover the magnificent highlights of Jordan and then venture overland into the vast remoteness of northern Saudi Arabia in search of ancient ruins and rock art. Following in the footsteps of key historical figures such as Saladin and Lawrence of Arabia, throughout our journey we explore Neolithic, Hellenistic, Nabataean, Roman, Early Christian, Arab and Crusader monuments as well as visits to some of the most spectacular archaeological sites anywhere in the world including Petra in Jordan and the rarely-visited oasis ...Read more >
From US $20,900 including domestic flights only

Okavango Delta photographic safari in Botswana

Declared a World Heritage site in 2014, the Okavango Delta is the jewel of the Kalahari and is one of a very few large inland delta systems without an outlet to the sea. Known as an endorheic delta, its waters drain instead into the desert sands of the Kalahari Basin. It supports the world’s largest remaining population of elephants, who by their passage, shape and reshape the delta’s channels and landscapes. Beneath its crystal waters, each square metre of peaty deposit may contain as many as 50,000 crustacean eggs and myriad other building blocks for life. Each winter, floods pulse down the Cubango River from the highlands of Angola to refresh and reset this extraordinary ...Read more >
From US $19,750 per accommodation
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