A truly meaningful journey is one that connects you deeply to your surrounds — from exploring nature’s riches to engaging with local communities. Responsible travel allows you to reap all those rewards while your destination grows sustainably and holds tightly to its essential treasures. Let us introduce you to some of our favorite travel experiences that benefit everyone involved.
The majesty of nature is quietly revealed as you sit in silence observing snow-white polar bears roaming Canada’s subarctic tundra. Natural Habitat Adventures specializes in excursions into nature’s deepest reaches and boasts an exclusive partnership with World Wildlife Fund. Seasoned experts thoughtfully escort small groups with a light footprint — from trekking in the paths of Africa’s Great Migration to exploring the last wild habitat of China’s giant pandas. A 360-degree approach to sustainability also includes community initiatives, such as providing scholarships to children of the Galápagos Islands and developing a carbon-offsetting wind farm in the Balıkesir Province of Turkey.
Wildlife conservation and economic justice are the cornerstones of each and every G Adventures experience. We’ll help you select one of 20 excursions endorsed by the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, dedicated to providing responsible encounters with creatures in the wild. Meanwhile, G Adventures’ 50 in 5 campaign is an unprecedented commitment to establish 50 community projects over the next five years. In Peru, a visit to a women’s weaving co‑op reveals how villagers support themselves by dying and weaving alpaca wool into brightly patterned shawls and blankets, ideally suited for your journey along the Inca Trail. Your view of the world will be transformed as you meet Maasai women in Kenya who have been trained as engineers to build clean indoor cookstoves; or get to know your female driver who is part of India’s empowering Women on Wheels program.
From chaotically colorful city surrounds to the golden blades of a wildlife-filled savanna, a journey with Micato Safaris is truly life‑changing. Your support is effortless: the Micato One for One Commitment ensures that for every safari sold, Micato sends a child to school. On your bespoke Micato tour, discover just how deeply connected this family-run company is to Kenyan communities: enjoy an illuminating conversation over a meal with Micato’s founders, Felix and Jane Pinto, and see first-hand how funds support important projects like a vibrant community center in Nairobi’s Mukuru slum. On safari, we can also arrange for meaningful conversations with wildlife conservationists who have helped to save populations of rare Rothschild’s giraffes, orphaned elephants and threatened white rhinos.
Slow down and let the world reveal its beauty from close-up perspectives with Butterfield & Robinson. You’ll walk and cycle your way through remote lands, rather than in four-wheeled vehicles, and enjoy spontaneous moments engaging with nature and local communities. Experience Thailand by bicycling past rice paddies and into lush jungles, resting in the evenings over traditional performances and memorable meals. On a cycling tour of magical Myanmar, glide toward the vineyards near Inle Lake as you learn how the Butterfield & Robinson Fund has helped build 36 homes here; while trekking through Peru’s Sacred Valley, take time to visit a local school that directly benefits from your travel dollars.
Whether your passions lie in protecting our natural world and the wildlife that inhabits it or empowering local communities through vocational training and economic support, we’re here to help connect you with those making a real difference. Contact us today to find out where you can travel responsibly on your next global adventure.
ULTIMATE CHURCHILL ADVENTURE
Natural Habitat Adventures
Travel in heated Polar Rovers over the tundra to watch the bears play and interact, helicopter in to their denning area, experience the northern boreal wilderness on an authentic dogsled ride, and enjoy cultural activities with local residents.
VACATION INCLUDES: First-class accommodation; all meals; cold-weather gear; intra-tour flights; services of a professional Expedition Leader; some gratuities; helicopter flight; dogsled excursion; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; permits and park fees; all taxes and service charges.
6 NIGHTS from $7995
Select travel dates through 11/13/17
EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU
G Adventures – National Geographic Journeys
This Peruvian cultural and historical adventure is the ideal introduction to Machu Picchu — one of the world’s most spectacular travel destinations.
VACATION INCLUDES: Upgraded accommodations; breakfast daily; Chief Experience Officer throughout and local guides; photography advice from National Geographic; intra-tour flights; two-day Sacred Valley tour; Traditional Andean Experience; lunch at Sacred Valley community restaurant; adobe- and ceramic-making demonstration; traditional pachamanca-style lunch; scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu; Cusco planetarium visit; all transport between destinations and included activities.
7 NIGHTS from $1899
Select travel dates through 12/23/17
MYANMAR TO THAILAND ACTIVE EXPEDITION
Butterfield & Robinson
From biking the lush countryside to strolling through ancient villages and spectacular temples, we take in Myanmar and Thailand at a pace that reflects their gentle character and reveals a world that will forever live in your imagination.
VACATION INCLUDES: Deluxe accommodations; all meals, including wine; intra-tour flights and boat transfers; use of a hybrid bicycle, handlebar bag and helmet; B&R guides and local experts; special events and private tours; baggage transportation; detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle; gratuities for local guides, baggage, porters and hotel service.
7 NIGHTS from $7895
Select travel dates through 2/2/18
Prices are per person in U.S. dollars, land only (unless otherwise noted), based on double occupancy, subject to availability and change without notice and are not guaranteed until paid in full. Prices and amenities may vary by travel date. International airfare is additional. Additional restrictions, terms and conditions may apply.
[Cover Photo: © Can Stock Photo – KeriBevan]