Posts Tagged ‘adventure travel’

Book of the Week: Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Serengeti: The Eternal BeginningOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, take a journey to Africa with award-winning author and photographer Boyd Norton and Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning. Immerse yourself in two-hundred-and-fifty vivid color photographs of the Serengeti National Park, the Masai Mara, and the Ngorongoro Crater. Norton’s memorable stories about encounters with people and wildlife will transport you from your living room to the compelling wilderness of East Africa.

Our African Safari is one of our best-selling adventures. Reserve your place while we still have space available.

On Patagonia

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Glaciers of Patagonia - Photo: Allison Dale

Glaciers of Patagonia. Photo: Allison Dale

Veteran Smithsonian Journeys Study Leader Jeff Cole has led over forty of our tours in Latin America since 1992. He has also directed lecture series for the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program here in Washington. Here, Jeff shares his thoughts on a recent cruise around Cape Horn and a visit to Torres del Paine. For more on Jeff, including Q&A and his upcoming tours, click here.

I had seen Cape Horn from ships a number of times in the past, squinting through my binoculars to make out the handful of buildings and monuments. I always wondered what it would be like to step foot on that last little bit of the Americas, and promised myself that one day I would do just that. My hopes were only heightened by documentary films featuring the island (e.g. Captain Irving Johnson’s 1929-30 footage), or the written accounts of mariners, including Darwin and Fitzroy.

When at long last I was able to amble up those 67 stairs from sea level to the island’s top, and stand before the Albatross Monument erected in the memory of sailors who never made it home, I felt a real sense of joy and accomplishment. Now that I’ve done the landing twice, and gotten the t-shirt, I enjoy seeing our Smithsonian Journeys travelers realize their own ambitions, whether to step on Cape Horn, to walk with penguins on Isla Magdalena, or to follow condors circulating overhead in Torres del Paine National Park. Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn are magical places, and only a lucky few get to see them. For me, they are a second home.

Ready for the ultimate adventure? Click here for our tours to Patagonia and here for upcoming tours with Jeff Cole.

Video: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is home to some of nature’s most unusual animals – corals. Corals are animals, not plants, and have a remarkable way of reproducing to build their reef societies.

Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef

If Australia’s on your life list, now is a great time to go. Click here for more information on our tours to Australia. If you’re interested in coral reefs, click here for Smithsonian’s interactive coral reef exhibit, or here for more on the amazing Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, which will be at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History through April 24, 2011.

What’s on your life list? Let us know!

A Virtual Tour of Alaska

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Glacier Bay, Alaska

Don’t forget! Our virtual Alaska expedition launches tonight – Tuesday, October 26th – at 8:00pm, ET. It’s free and features Alaska expert Sue Perin.

Drawing from her vast experience in Alaska’s Inside Passage, Sue will share her insights on this remarkable expedition and what you could experience and enjoy on our May 22 – 29, 2011 voyage aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird.

- Discover Alaska and the value of expedition travel with an expert team of naturalists and Smithsonian Study Leader Patty Hostuick.
- See expedition highlights—humpback whales feeding, brown bears, soaring glaciers and lush, temperate rainforest.
- Get sense of daily activities – from onboard activities to kayaking, Zodiac rides, hiking and more.

Ready to go? Click here more more information on our virtual Alaska expedition, and here for more our Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness Cruise.

Where was your last adventure? Please share.

Our Sale Starts Today

Monday, October 25th, 2010

We’re having a sale! Our CALL and SAVE two-day sale starts today and goes through Tuesday, October 26th. We’re featuring a savings of $100 per person or $200 per couple on ten of our most popular tours. Call 877-338-8687 between 9:00am and 5:00pm and mention the CALL and SAVE sale to get your savings. Tours on sale include:

Ancient Civilizations of the Red Sea
Amazon River Voyage

Christmas in Canterbury
Egyptian Odyssey
Egyptian Family Odyssey

Exploring Australia and New Zealand
Grand African Voyage Part I – Madagasacar to Mozambique
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Grand African Voyage Part II – South Africa and Namibia by Sea
Guatemala: Land of Eternal Spring

Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone

As a bonus, we’re also featuring a 10% discount on apparel from TravelSmith. Just click to save!


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