On the Scottish island of Skye, the landscape’s raw beauty is the perfect backdrop to a scattering of ancient castles. The volcanic Portuguese archipelago of the Azores feature awe-inspiring scenery of their own, marked by soaring peaks, hidden volcanic caverns and thundering waterfalls. And Madeira offers a different Portuguese experience yet again. Here, the verdant inland areas beg to be hiked, while the pristine beaches are gateways to a treasure trove of marine life, including dolphins, whales and manta rays. In Iceland, Greenland and Norway’s Svalbard island, explore sparsely populated, ice-riven countryside by day and chase the northern lights by night.
Our destinations include Japan’s Hokkaido, with its eight national parks, and UNESCO-protected Yakushima, an ethereal, lavishly forested island where loggerhead turtles nest. In Sri Lanka, you can explore tropical rainforest, lush paddy fields and centuries-old ruins, while Indonesia and Malaysia are the only two countries where you can spot orangutans in the wild. And in the Philippines, you can encounter everything from gigantic whale sharks in the ocean to tiny, saucer-eyed tarsiers in the jungle. Finally, the frozen reaches of Russia’s Wrangel Island offer something altogether different.
Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands
Join us on an African adventure and you could find yourself staring into the eyes of an endangered lemur deep in the Madagascan jungle; enjoying crystal-clear waters and remarkable visibility as you dive reefs filled with turtles and swirls of colorful fish in the Seychelles or the Mauritius; or flying in to land on one of Mozambique’s picture-perfect san-fringed islands on a light aircraft.
New Zealand and Australia’s remoteness have led to the evolution of some of the most spectacularly unique species of flora and fauna in the entire world. Marvel at the expansive protected wildernesses of Tasmania and discover ancient Maori culture in New Zealand. To the north, Fiji’s tropical islands offer endless possibility, whether mountain, jungle, beach or ocean is your habitat of choice.
Our North American trips are focused on the bounteous natural attractions of Canada. In British Columbia, rain-nourished forests that hide snaking hiking trails invite you in, while the coastal areas offer up a huge variety of life, including elephant seals, orcas and whales of many kinds. And on Baffin Island, polar bears roam the Arctic tundra and Inuit culture can be discovered in all its richness.
South America and the Caribbean
The iconic stone heads of Easter Island, the windswept landscapes of the Falklands, the diving iguanas and giant tortoises of the Galápago , the sparkling lakes of Chile’s Navarino Island and the pure white coasts of Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha archipelago and Ilha Grande… this part of the world has as many faces as a rare jewel, and sharing them with you is our pleasure.