National Geographic Expeditions will add eight new itineraries and three new destinations to its Journeys program, operated in partnership with G Adventures, in 2020. Now in its fifth year, the National Geographic Journeys explore the history, culture and natural heritage of a destination.
The new Journeys, on sale now, have been added as a direct response to feedback received from travellers.
National Geographic Journeys tours combine hands-on experiences, local connections and a range of optional activities that create truly memorable moments. On the new 2020 trips, for example, travellers will have the opportunity to learn about Irish folklore at a storytelling dinner in Dublin, Ireland; taste a flavorful culinary fusion on a street food walking tour in Singapore; and explore Athens’ ancient sites, including the Acropolis, alongside an archaeologist guide.
The new additions visit multiple countries on three continents and range from eight to 22 days in length. Each small-group tour will be led by a specially trained G Adventures CEO (Chief Experience Officer).
“We are thrilled to announce the new program of trips for 2020,” says Heather Heverling, Senior Vice President of Product Management, National Geographic Expeditions. “These itineraries will allow travellers to learn, experience, see and taste more than ever before.”
Adding to an already robust offering that includes 91 different National Geographic Journeys in 54 countries, the new trips for 2020 expand the product’s global reach even further, and offer travellers combinable itineraries that allow more time to explore a wider region.
The new tours for 2020
Cultural Wonders of Mexico – 9 Days from $2,799
Mexico is a feast for the senses – the sounds of chaotic Mexico City, the sights of ancient civilisations, the flavors of regional cuisine. On this journey, experience the many intriguing faces of Mexico, from UNESCO-World-Heritage-listed monuments dating to the country’s pre-Hispanic past to avant-garde art and thriving night life. Then try your hand at whipping up mouth-watering mole, and enjoy a sip or two of mezcal.
Explore Chile and Argentina – 8 Days from $3,349
Eat and sip your way through the vibrant cities and colourful landscapes of Chile and Argentina on an eight-day adventure from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Tour the stunning Argentine wine region of Mendoza, home to over a thousand wineries, and indulge in a meal of local specialties with wine pairings. Explore the charming historic quarter of Valparaíso and relax in the elegant sidewalk cafés of Buenos Aires before heading home with lasting memories.
Iconic Ireland – 9 Days from $3,799
A land of ancient legends, epic folktales, and grand traditions, Ireland is a destination that will truly transport you back in time. Uncover Celtic culture and admire medieval architecture across the stunning countryside, and delve into historic Dublin and the ‘rebel city’ of Cork. Eat, dance, and sing with locals – even kiss the Blarney Stone – as you follow the roots of Irish culture to its core and come home with some Irish ballads of your own.
Singapore to Bangkok Journey – 15 Days from $3,899
Experience a whirlwind of unforgettable flavors, sights, and sensations on an exploration of three Southeast Asian countries. Discover bustling markets and fascinating museums, tranquil temples and turquoise waters as you venture from futuristic Singapore to Malaysia’s multicultural cities, and from Thailand’s idyllic Ko Yao Yai island to the delightfully chaotic urban hub of Bangkok.
Greece: Ancient Ruins & Iconic Islands – 12 Days from $3,899
Step back in time on a journey to Greece, where iconic ruins bring ancient history to life. Explore the awe-inspiring monuments of Athens and the stunning Cyclades islands; and run and jump in the footsteps of ancient Greek athletes at the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Then venture to the olive-covered hills and rugged coasts of the Peloponnese, where some of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey played out; and savor the delightfully fresh flavors of Greek cuisine.
Explore Brazil – 9 Days from $3,999
Connect with the lively rhythms of urban culture and venture deep into extraordinary ecosystems on a nine-day adventure in Brazil. On the colorful streets and sun-drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro, learn to dance the samba and meet the costumers of Brazil’s famed Carnival. Venture into the tropical wetland wilderness of the Pantanal in search of caimans, capybaras, and other incredible creatures; and stand in the mists of spectacular Iguaçu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand Explorer – 22 Days from $5,299
Southeast Asia comes alive on this trip from the dynamic streets of Singapore to the lush rainforests of Malaysia and Thailand’s stunning temples. Cross the boundary between the city and the wild in Singapore’s Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, and explore echoes of extraordinary history in Melaka and the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya. Savour local flavors at bustling markets overflowing with exotic fruits and during a Thai cooking class.
Discover Brazil, Argentina, and Chile – 16 Days from $7,249
Experience the vibrant cultures and diverse wildlife of South America on a 16-day action-packed adventure to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. Sip world-class wines in the sweeping vineyards of Mendoza, dance the tango on the streets of Buenos Aires, and stroll the golden sands of Rio de Janeiro. Then discover the continent’s wilder side amid the verdant wetlands of the Pantanal and the thundering cascades of Iguaçu Falls.