Meet the King of the Arctic in its wild tundra habitat in Churchill, Canada!
Polar Bear Tours
See the King of the Arctic in its wild home on our world-class Polar Bear Tours! Our small-group adventures to Churchill, Canada – the Polar Bear Capital of the World – get you closer to more polar bears, in exceptional comfort and safety, than any other option out there. Each fall, the world’s greatest concentration of polar bears convenes at the edge of Hudson Bay, waiting for the ice to form and their northern hunting season to begin. Guided by our expert Expedition Leaders, we view them from custom-built Polar Rovers. Or, for the ultimate immersion in the kingdom of the polar bear, stay at our private Tundra Lodge. Read about what it’s like to spend a season with the bears on our Churchill Polar Bear blog.
There may be no nature destination on the planet as unique as the Galapagos Islands, where animals found nowhere else on earth show no fear at close range. Our Galapagos cruises and tours immerse you in this wondrous world, more intimately and with more insight into what you are seeing, than any other Galapagos trip out there. Our groups are the smallest. Our superb guides are the most highly trained in the field. On our privately chartered deluxe yachts, we experience what others miss while enjoying exceptional personal attention.
Epic small-group wildlife adventures based at remote luxury bush camps
Our focus is on authentic small-group African safaris in remote areas that offer exceptional wildlife encounters. By selecting only the highest-quality and most intimate camps and lodges, we ensure an experience that puts the African wilderness—not other travelers—front and center. Yet despite our private, out-of-the-way locales, you’ll enjoy surprising luxury in the bush, with exclusive amenities and personalized service that will exceed your expectations. As always, our guides, who are among the top safari Expedition Leaders in Africa, are the key to an amazing adventure. We are also the world leader in custom African safaris, so check out our interactive site where you can build your own tailor-made safari: iSafari.com.
See the wolves of Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier wilderness & more!
US Nat'l Parks Tours
Some of the planet’s most magnificent landscapes and wildlife habitat are protected within our U.S. national parks. If you think you can’t find a wild, less-traveled nature experience here, think again. Because we take a different approach. Our Expedition Leaders guide exclusive small groups to the most remote parts of America’s famed nature sanctuaries. We leave the crowds behind for spots that are secluded and close to wildlife. We stay at atmospheric lodges and small inns. The national parks have been called “America’s Best Idea”—we think so, too!
From Costa Rica's rain forests to the beaches of Belize, Mexico and Central America harbor a greater diversity of species than anywhere else on earth. Witness millions of monarch butterflies in Mexico’s forested highlands, 30-ton gray whales nurturing their young in Baja’s bays, or hundreds of orchid species in the cloud forest. Nowhere is the keen eye and intimate knowledge of our Expedition Leaders more imperative to a nature adventure than amidst this fantastic biodiversity, as we explore remote realms rich in wildlife and wonder.
Ponder nature, myth and mystery among the ruins of Machu Picchu. Stand in awe of world's most dramatic mountain scenery—the stunning rock pinnacles and glaciers of wild Patagonia. Visit remote villages in the Amazon Basin or see wildlife up close in the Galapagos Islands. South America's natural and cultural wonders are second to none, and our trips offer a unique perspective on these world-class destinations, custom-designed for small groups of nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
In the Northland, a mosaic of habitats hosts seasonal wildlife events equaled by few on Earth. Humpback and gray whales make the world’s longest migrations up the Pacific Coast. Grizzly bears congregate in the salmon-rich rivers of British Columbia and Alaska. Seabirds nest in massive rookeries in Scotland’s Western Isles. Our unique itineraries witness such events at intimate range, with interpretation from expert naturalists and personalized excursions not available to the standard tourist. You won’t find a more authentic way to experience the most rugged wilderness on the planet!
View endangered pandas, tigers & other rare wildlife
Asia & Pacific Adventures
For millennia, the treasures of Asia and the South Pacific have beckoned travelers from around the globe. Our diverse adventures are designed to bring you close to some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders: photograph India’s wild tigers and track rhinos in Nepal. Search for orangutans in the rain forests of Borneo. Get close to cuddly pandas in China. Watch whales and scout for kiwis in New Zealand. In remote wildlife reserves and national parks, our small groups stay at intimate lodges and inns where other travelers are few.
From Croatia's coast to Scottish highlands, explore Europe's wild side!
Think Europe is too predictable or too crowded for a real nature adventure? Think again! Our routes, far from ordinary, immerse you in places and experiences not available on standard tours. Discover a slice of the Old World as we kayak Portugal's River of Wine. Sail the Adriatic and paddle teal-blue bays among the islands scattered off Croatia's coast. See millions of nesting seabirds on the outermost edge of Scotland. Or, for the ultimate Europe-less-traveled adventure, hike the High Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. In Europe, there's plenty of natural habitat to explore!
Small-ship expedition voyages to the polar regions, Amazon, Borneo & beyond
Sometimes, the ends of the earth can only be reached by sea. Our Adventure Cruises are designed to take you there. From Antarctica to the Amazon and even the North Pole, our small-ship voyages immerse you in the most remote natural places on the planet. Each journey aboard an intimate vessel designed for exploration features comfortable accommodations, onboard experts including naturalists, scientists and historians, and a suite of equipment for investigating the coastline at close range and ashore, such as Zodiacs and kayaks. And, since our savvy staff has personally sailed aboard a large complement of small-ship cruises, we are able to carefully choose only those vessels and voyages that offer a truly exceptional nature adventure for our guests. Take advantage of our expertise, and let us help you select the cruise that's perfect for you!
A careful selection of small-ship cruises to the polar wilderness
Antarctic & Arctic Trips
The earth’s polar regions have long been the ultimate grail for adventure travelers. Fortunately, it’s possible to explore them in far greater comfort and safety than the original expeditioners did, while still discovering the matchless thrill of an encounter with the most primal wilderness on the planet. Antarctica holds a staggering amount of ice, yet its coastline boasts abundant wildlife, dramatic peaks and, during the southern summer, a surprisingly mild climate. The Arctic is home to polar bears, narwhals, caribou, vast seabird colonies, and indigenous peoples who have lived a traditional subsistence lifestyle for centuries—not to mention verdant tundra and blooming wildflowers during the short northern summer. Choose to explore either polar realm on a small-ship adventure cruise, discover Antarctica aboard our expedition sailboat, or opt for a journey to the edge of the Greenland ice sheet from our new Base Camp Greenland.
Have fun in nature and build lifelong memories across generations!
In our mobile age when families are fragmented by distance and distracted by devices, there is nothing like a vacation getaway to bring generations closer. When you make it a family nature adventure, the advantages are even greater. You’ll be together in a small group, in a remote place where it’s just you, the wildlife, the scenery, and the amazing memories you’ll make. Our seasoned Expedition Leaders understand the needs of all ages and abilities, and will ensure that your family has an exciting, fun and worry-free adventure of a lifetime!
Check out our newest trip offerings around the world!
New & Exploratory Adventures
Each year our team of explorers scours the planet in search of new and exciting nature encounters to stimulate the minds and spirits of our avid travelers. Tracking down rarely visited places where wildlife abounds, finding jungle ecolodges in inspirational settings, adding extra elements of discovery in our Exploratory Adventures, and training our renowned Expedition Leaders to present these captivating new adventures... well, it's all in a day's work for us! We think you'll be as excited as we are about the results of our global vagabonding. Go, explore, enjoy...