Designed to take you deep into the cultures and habitats of some of the world’s most enticing travel destinations, National Geographic Journeys will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
So what makes these tours different to your average organised tour? Firstly, each one is carefully curated and led by a professional Nat Geog CEO (Chief Experience Officer) with specialised training and a deep, local knowledge of your destination. And secondly, they’re designed to be more interactive, with greater hands-on exploration, engagement with locals, and the freedom to roam, all within the structure and security of travelling in a small group. If that’s succeeded in whetting your appetite, then check out our pick of 7 of the best National Geographic Journeys currently available.
Mexico’s Day of the Dead in Oaxaca (7 days)
This week-long tour invites you to experience one of the world’s most quirky but captivating festivals – Mexico’s Day of the Dead – in the enchanting city of Oaxaca, home to a rich indigenous culture. During the annual Day of the Dead, which draws revellers from across Mexico and beyond, pre-Hispanic traditions honouring the dearly departed fuse with Catholic feasts to create a truly mesmerising event. Enter the spirit of the occasion, with its spectacular street dances, costumes, and altars, while soaking up the picturesque landscapes of Oaxaca. From $1,542 per person.
Paris & Normandy Highlights (8 days)
Immerse yourselves in the long and illustrious history and culture of France, journeying from pristine gardens at Giverny to hallowed battlegrounds in Normandy on this action-packed 8-day tour. Marvel at the medieval cities of Bayeux and Rouen, see and feel World War II uniforms and other D-Day artefacts, and discover the imposing monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel, an officially designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Cap off your French odyssey by exploring the sights and sounds of Paris – the City of Lights – and toasting the captivating French capital with fine French wine and cheese. From $2,099 per person.
Wild Encounters in Rwanda (8 days)
Safaris are something you’ll never forget and there are few better countries to embark on one than Rwanda. The Central African nation is teeming with incredible wildlife, much of which can be discovered on this 8-day tour of Akagera National Park. During the expedition, you’ll track mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in the rainforest, visit a research centre set up by Dr. Dian Fossey, who spent 18 years studying gorillas in the Virunga Mountains with support from National Geographic, and get up close and personal to these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, all the while learning about the incredible conservation efforts that have gone into the park. From $4,902 per person.
Discover Portugal (8 days)
Situated on the western parameters of mainland Europe, Portugal is an enticing mix of cultural and natural attractions – both of which are aplenty during this 8-day tour, which takes in the country’s most famous cities of Porto and Lisbon as well as several other lesser known spots. Travellers who embark on the trip will discover a nation rich in scenic beauty, fascinating history, and enduring cultural traditions. Ambling leisurely from historic streets and meandering waterways to an assortment of UNESCO World Heritage sites, you’ll quickly encounter the multi-layered legacies of Portuguese royalty and Romantics, the Knights Templar and Franciscan monks – as well as meet port wine makers, cork farmers, and fado folk singers along the way. From $1,856 per person.
Iconic Japan (12 days)
There are few more beguiling destinations anywhere in the world than Japan. This 12-day tour invites you to take in its unique combination of tradition and modernity that continues to coexist in harmony. Beginning in the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo, you’ll immerse yourselves in the country’s intriguing culture, taking in traditional villages and ancient shrines as you traverse the country by a mix of road and rail. Explore charming geisha districts and inspiring gardens, sample the distinctive flavours of Japanese cuisine; and get a glimpse of the ancient soul of this ever-fascinating, futuristic nation. From $4,991 per person.
Morocco: Sahara & Beyond (15 days)
Morocco’s rich cultural heritage encompasses a remarkable diversity of people, all of whom have left an indelible mark on the North African nation – from the region’s indigenous Amazigh and Berbers through to ancient Romans, Arabs and French. On this two-week tour, you’ll get to explore the atmospheric souks of Marrakech and Fez, witnessing age-old crafts like damascening and hand-painted ceramics. There’ll also be the chance to visit the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou, used for filming for several Hollywood movies, and sit down to lunch with an authentic Amazigh family in a small village. Finally, you’ll head to Essaouria, the windy Atlantic city that was a one-time haven for pirates – and is now a magnet for bohemian musicians. From $2,844 per person.
The Great Southern African Safari (21 days)
Southern Africa is home to some of the continent’s most incredible natural wonders – including the dazzling array of majestic creatures that have roamed these lands for centuries. If you have the time and budget, this wonderful three week odyssey will leave you with life-long memories as you make your way through the magical safari destinations of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, travelling from the wilds of Kruger National Park to the mesmerising Victoria Falls and the verdant green waterways of the Okavango Delta. Along the way, you’ll keep your eyes peeled for the “big five” and meet with National Geographic–supported researchers in the field to learn more about your surroundings. From $7,738 per person.