TEST THE WATERS
The water crashing beneath the bow, the wind in your hair and views you would otherwise miss out on - there is nothing quite like getting out on the water to give you a different perspective.
Over 70% of our planet is made up of H2O, from burbling mountain streams to mighty meandering rivers, iceberg-laden oceans to tropical turquoise seas, idle lakes to cascading falls. Life on Earth depends on these vital waterways and they harbour a rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Discover islands teeming with extraordinary wildlife in the Galapagos, experience the whitewater rush of Slovenia’s Soca River, drift by ancient wonders along the Nile in Egypt or kayak into a serene wilderness in Canada; whatever part of the globe you want to test the waters in, there’s an Exodus adventure to take you there.
A wildlife spectacular! Follow in Darwin’s wake as you cruise around these prolific islands spotting Blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, albatross and sea lions, to name just a few species that thrive in this unique habitat.
When to go: June – November
YUKON CANOE EXPEDITION
Paddle deep into Canada’s vast wilderness on this spectacular canoe expedition along the Yukon River. These unobtrusive water vessels give an excellent vantage point from which to spot Black bear, moose and Bald eagles nesting over the riverbanks without disturbing the serenity of the area.
When to go: June - August
ASIAWHALES & LEOPARDS OF SRI LANKA
There can be no better wildlife encounter at sea than witnessing a Blue whale surfacing from the depths and fluking its tail before diving to forage for krill. Couple a majestic sighting like this with one of a leopard in Yala National Park and you have a wildlife holiday many people will only dream of.
When to go: November - April
IMPERIAL CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Enjoy two days of cruising along one of the world’s most iconic waterways, the mighty Yangtze, on this comprehensive China tour. While on the water, you’ll pass through the dramatic limestone karst scenery of the Three Gorges en route to Yichang where your adventure continues by sleeper train. Other highlights include Beijing’s Forbidden City and Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors.
When to go: March – November
This idyllic cruise, one of our Premium Adventures, takes you through the Land of Pharaohs in style. Set sail from Luxor, home the famous Valley of the Kings, and journey upstream towards Aswan. As well as the cruise, you will also take to the waters of the Nile in a traditional felucca boat.
When to go: Year round departures
THE ZAMBEZI VALLEY
Witnessing life along the banks of the mighty Zambezi on a canoe safari is a unique experience. Paddle past basking crocs and snorting hippos, commonplace in these waters, and camp out on secluded beaches with a soundtrack of exotic birdsong playing in the background.
When to go: May - October
GULET ACTIVITY CRUISE
Explore pirate caves, ancient ruins and secluded coves as you sail over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean off Turkey’s south coast. Travelling on a tradition Turkish Gulet, this aquatic adventure balances active discovery with relaxation perfectly. There will be plenty of time to get below the surfact too with snorkelling and scuba diving on offer, plus the chance to kayak over a sunken city.
When to go: May - October
WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING IN THE AZORES
The Azores archipelago, made up of nine volcanic islands, harbours a wealth of marine and birdlife. Sperm whales and Bottlenose dolphins frequent the waters around the islands, which also happen to be in the migratory pathway of the Blue whale. Their momentous tails flukes are regularly sighted during April and May. After staying in Horta, a famous port of call for mid-Atlantic stopovers, return to Sao Miguel for a volcanic 4WD adventure and another day at sea.
When to go: April – September
An exhilarating week of hydrospeed thrills, from rafting on the whitewater rapids of the Soca River to canyoning in the foothills of the Julian Alps. Set on the riverbank, the small town of Kobarid is a mecca for adventure seekers. Use your free day here to go hiking, try paragliding or, for the ultimate adrenaline rush, go sky diving!
When to go: July - August
Or why not push the boat out and take to the seas on one of our polar expeditions…
Splash out on the ultimate Polar bear pilgrimage and you will not be disappointed. Voyage deep into Arctic Norway to explore the paradise of ice and tundra that is the Svalbaard Archipelago. Though the bears will undoubtedly steal the show, other star performers will include the endearingly wily Arctic fox and aquatic heavyweight, the walrus.
When to go: June - October
SCORESBYSUND BY SCHOONER
With the wind in your sails, discover the world’s longest fjord complex on a beautiful 12-berth schooner. An intimate voyage through Greenland’s Arctic wilderness, wildlife enthusiasts won’t leave disappointed; as narwhals and belugas porpoise between the waves, Arctic foxes and muskoxen roam the tundra.
When to go: August
Many holidays try to claim the title, but an Antarctic voyage really is a ‘trip of a lifetime’. A pristine polar wilderness, the White Continent is home to an astonishing array of wildlife, from Humpback whales to Chinstrap penguins, Blue-eyed cormorants and Weddell seals. On our small expedition ship, you will get closer than any cruise liner can, and with only a hundred or so passengers on board, you will always have to opportunity to get out on the zodiacs (weather permitting of course!).
When to go: November - March