WILDERNESS TRAVEL TOUCAN NEWS

March 13, 2012

Welcome to our TOUCAN NEWS offering special discounts and the latest Wilderness Travel updates.

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EXPLORATORIES: The incredible Raja Ampat archipelago
NEW TRIPS & ADDED DEPARTURES
THE MAYA MYSTERY OF 2012
FEATURED DESTINATION: Journeys under Mongolia’s Great Blue Sky
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NEWS FROM WT

 

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Corsica and Sardinia LandscapeCORSICA & SARDINIA, April 24 – May 4 & May 22 – June 1, 2012
Discount: $700 per person, limit 2 people per trip
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AMALFI & CAPRI, April 24 – May 1 & May 14 – 21, 2012
Discount $700 per person, limit 2 people per trip
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SNORKELING THE MISOOL ARCHIPELAGO, April 30 – May 11 & November 26 – December 7, 2012
Discount: $1400 off the cabin price, double occupancy ($700 discount per person) limit 1 cabin
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THE GREAT SERENGETI, May 16 – 25, 2012
Discount $1000 per person, limit 2 people
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A Woman in Burma with a decorative umbrellaLAND OF THE CZARS, May 18 – 29, 2012
Discount $700 per person, limit 4 people
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CZECH CASTLES & COUNTRY WALKS
May 17 – 25 & June 14 – 22, 2012

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Our boat at sunset in Raja Ampat Indonesia

EXPLORATORIES

RAJA AMPAT EXPLORATORY: An Extraordinary Journey to the World’s Most Pristine Archipelago
June 25 – July 6, 2012

Experience the wonders of the world’s most pristine coral reefs in a remote corner of the already remote Raja Ampat archipelago—a region that no other snorkelers have ever been to! Join marine biologist and ace Trip Leader Ethan Daniels for a true exploratory amidst the aquamarine seas that shelter an absolutely dazzling array of tropical reef fish and brilliantly-colored coral. Snorkeling—and adventure travel—does not get any better than this.
For info, email our Pacific Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

SONG OF THE ANDES: A Musical and Cultural Journey, August 12 – 22, 2012
Ethnomusicologist and long-time WT Trip Leader Holly Wissler has a deep connection with the Andean people. Her friendships open many doors as we explore awe-inspiring Inca ruins, enjoy spirited private performances of many musical styles, meet traditional weavers, and witness the lively Mamacha Asunta festival in an Andean village—it’s cultural adventure unlike any other!
For info, email our Latin America Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

 

Stone Carving in South India

NEW TRIPS & ADDED DEPARTURES:

Hagia Sofia in IstanbulCIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE BLACK SEA
September 22 – October 6, 2012

Six intriguing countries surround the Black Sea: Turkey, Georgia, Russia, the Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria. On this new voyage on the 110-guest Clipper Odyssey, walk the cobbled streets of picturesque Amasya, explore Georgia’s famed 12th century Gelati Monastery, visit Sochi on the Russian Riviera, enjoy Odessa, cruise the Danube in Romania, and marvel at Bulgaria’s vast Roman ruins. The journey begins and ends in storied Istanbul.
For info, email our Expedition Cruise Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

TREASURES OF SOUTH INDIA—A NEW ITINERARY
January 8 – 21, January 24 – February 6, 2013
Our journey in South India brings you into another world and another time: wander the French Quarter in colonial seaside Pondicherry, explore tranquil villages where astounding 10th century temples soar above palm forests and rice paddies, travel by houseboat in Kerala amid a pageant of riverside life, visit a spice plantation in the Cardamom Hills, mingle among the devotees at Madurai’s breathtaking Shri Meenakshi-Sundareshwarar temple.
For info, email our Asia Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

A Woman in Burma with a decorative umbrellaBURMA: WONDERS OF A GOLDEN LAND, February 9 – 22, 2013
Positive new political changes have come to Burma, and we’ve added a departure of our popular journey. Burma abounds with visual delights, from magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, bustling with monks and pilgrims, to traditional hilltribe markets, but for us, it’s encounters with Burma’s people—graceful and deeply spiritual—that stay with us long after journey’s end.
For info, email our Asia Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

INDOCHINE CULINARY EXPEDITION, March 10 – 23, 2013
This fantastic exploration of Laos and Vietnam combines the cultural treasures of these ancient lands with their renowned cuisine. In addition to the great sites, we join noted chefs to shop at local markets, enjoy cooking lessons, and savor fine dining from magical Luang Prabang on the Mekong River to Hanoi’s medieval Old Quarter. Join Trip Leader Mathew Smith for a whirlwind of sights, sounds, and tastes.
For info, email our Asia Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

 

Special Event World of the Maya Uxmal

SPECIAL EVENTS: THE MAYA MYSTERY OF 2012

Burma templeWORLD OF THE MAYA: CYCLES OF TIME, December 19 – 31, 2012
Space is filling fast on our Special Event celebrating “the end of time!” The 5,126-year Maya calendar cycle comes to an end on December 21, 2012. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we’re gathering world-renowned Maya scholars at ethereal Uxmal, Mexico for a fascinating 3-day symposium, followed by special scholar-led trips across the Maya world. Space is still available on some of the tours, including UXMAL TO TEOTIHUACAN, led by acclaimed archaeologist and author Dr. Karl Taube, with visits to the iconic Great Pyramid at Cholula, exquisite Maya-style murals at Cacaxtla, and the monumental city of Teotihuacán. Don’t miss this once-in-a-5,126 year event!
For info or to make your reservation, email our Latin America Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

 

Ger Camp near Lake Hovsgol Mongolia

JOURNEYS UNDER MONGOLIA’S GREAT BLUE SKY

Mongolia is a boundless wilderness of mountain, desert, forest, and sky, unfenced and wild, where nomads roam and horses thunder across the grasslands!

Decoratively tiled roof in MongoliaMONGOLIA’S REALM OF THE FIVE KINGS
June 29 – July 12 (Naadam Festival), August 2 – 15, 2012.
Our hiking adventure out in Mongolia’s “Wild West” brings trekkers beneath the snow-capped peaks of the High Altai Mountains, land of Kazakh nomads and eagle hunters, as colorful Bactrian camels and pack horses carry our gear.
For info, email our Asia Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

IN THE LAND OF GENGHIS KHAN, July 1 – 16, (Naadam Festival), August 3 – 18, 2012
The haunting ruins of Kharakorum (Genghis Khan’s capital), the wild horses of Hustain Nuruu National Park, impossibly beautiful Lake Hovsgol—it’s all on this cultural immersion in an unfenced land where age-old traditions of nomadism are cherished.
For info, email our Asia Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

 

Kayaking in Alaska's Inside Passage

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MOROCCO: CAMELS & CASBAHS, April 14 – 28, 2012
ARGENTINA: EL NORTE, April 10 – 21, 2012
SNORKELING & SEA KAYAKING IN PALAWAN, May 4 – 15, 2012
MEDIEVAL HILLTOWNS OF TUSCANY, May 6 – 14, 2012
CASTLES & CAVES OF DORDOGNE, May 13 – 20, 2012
GRANADA TO SEVILLA, May 18 – 25, 2012
LAND OF THE CZARS, May 18 – 29, June 15 – 26, 2012
MAGICAL TIBET, June 2 – 17, 2012
OUT OF AFRICA, July 1 – 12, 2012
ALASKA’S INSIDE PASSAGE, July 8 – 14, 2012

 

Musicians at a Festival in Mustang Region Nepal

NEWS FROM WT

Bon: Mustang to MenriTrip Leader Andrea Heckman’s award-winning documentary, Mustang to Menri, tells the story of ancient Bon traditions of the kingdom of Mustang. Experience Mustang’s ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture firsthand on MUSTANG TREK, a 13-day trek into magical, hidden valleys. Veteran Himalayan Trip Leaders Hashmat Singh (May) and Gary McCue (August) bring their incredible knowledge and energy to this unforgettable adventure.
For info, email our Asia Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

 

BOOKMarine biologist Ethan Daniels has authored a new natural history and photographic book, Coral Triangle Seascapes, to be published by Asian Geographic in April 2012. You can travel with Ethan on our RAJA AMPAT SNORKELING EXPEDITION and SNORKELING THE MISOOL ARCHIPELAGO adventures.
For info, email our Pacific Manager or call 1-800-368-2794

 

Marine Lide of the PhilippinesLee Goldman, marine biologist and leader of our SNORKELING & SEA KAYAKING IN PALAWAN journey, has written the Snorkeler’s Guide to the Marine Life of the Philippines, covering over 650 species from sponges to marine mammals.
For info, email our Pacific Manager or call 1-800-368-2794