Looking for holiday ideas for next year but not sure where to go and when?
From Japan’s tropical south to Patagonia’s highest peak, wildlife adventures to photography trips, remote parts of Russia and Canada to discovering Melanesia with Professor Tim Flannery, we’ve put together our 2017 Calendar of New Adventures. So get out your new diary and mark in your next adventure.
JANUARY: SEE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS UP CLOSE ON A FLY-IN SAFARI
Park regulations allow only one hour with mountain gorillas that have been habituated to human presence but a close encounter with these incredibly shy primates is one of life’s bucket list experiences! You will trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where half of the world’s mountain gorilla population lives – flying there (and back) you can expect breathtaking aerial views. Uganda Gorilla Fly-In Safari (four days) departs daily in January, from $3590 per person.
FEBRUARY: SEARCH FOR TIGERS IN INDIA
World Expeditions has teamed up with World Animal Protection to develop a series of new trips for 2017 that will offer incredible wildlife encounters without causing harm to wildlife. Launching in India, the itinerary includes wildlife excursions in some of the country’s best National Parks spotting tigers, jungle cats, deer and sloth, all in their wild habitat and displaying their natural behaviours. Wild Animal Encounters in India (14 days) departs on 24 February, from $3690 per person.
MARCH: HIT THE DIRT IN THE KINGDOM OF MUSTANG
Adventure, author and mountain biker, Huw Kingston will lead our first ever mountain bike adventure into the Kingdom of Mustang, one of the great destinations of the Nepalese Himalaya. It’s a fully supported mountain bike 17-day adventure following 4WD and off road tracks through a semi-arid desert terrain with deep ravines and rock shelves, flanked by the snowy peaks of the Himalaya. Mustang Mountain Bike with Huw Kingston departs 18 March 2017, from $5490 per person.
APRIL: ENGAGE YOUR MIND IN IRAN
Journey through Iran and discover the unexpected on a custom-built excursion with world-travelled journalist, author and “inquiring mind,” George Negus. There are few places in the world which have a history and culture as rich as this remarkable country and, combined with George’s instinctive journalistic interest and questioning, this 15-day journey will engage and awaken your mind like no other. Travel for the Mind with George Negus – Iran departs 15 April 2017, from $7990 per person.
MAY: DISCOVER THE ‘CANADIAN GALAPAGOS’
The islands of Haida Gwaii are one of the richest biological and cultural areas in North America. Also dubbed the ‘Canadian Galapagos’, the archipelago is located off the north coast of British Columbia and consists of more than 100 pristine, isolated islands that are rarely visited due to their remoteness. Expect to see an abundance of wildlife including humpback whales, dolphins, orcas, sea lions & black bears as you sail around the islands onboard your 68-foot yacht. Haida Gwaii Adventure (nine days) launches on 29 May, from $5790 per person.
JUNE: CLIMB KILIMANJARO – FOR WOMEN ONLY
The number of women participating in its active adventures has increased from 38 per cent in 1996 to 54 per cent in 2016, so in 2017 World Expeditions will be introducing a new range of women only trips including Kilimanjaro. All Women’s Adventures will be fully guided and supported and, wherever possible, led by a female local guide. Women’s Kilimanjaro – Shira Route (10 days) departs on 18 June, from $4590 per person
JULY: GO WALKABOUT IN THE OUTBACK
Enjoy nine spectacular nights camping under the stars in the beautiful and remote Australian outback. Explore the treasures of our ancient landscape including Mitchell Falls, the Bungle Bungles, Emma Gorge, Home Valley, Mornington Wilderness and Windjana Gorge. Kimberley Explorer Walking Adventure (six days) with departures from May – Sept 2017 from $4,400 per person.
AUGUST: SET OFF TO WHERE VERY FEW HAVE BEEN BEFORE
Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiold completed the first ever transit of the Northern Sea Route in 1880 but, until today, only a handful of expedition vessels have transited this historic seaway along Russia’s remote North. This new itinerary features visits to the last archipelago on Earth to be explored, Severnaya Zemyla, and Wrangel Island, also known as the ‘Polar Bear Maternity Ward’. Northeast Passage: The Northern Sea Route (28 days) departs on 29 August, from USD$19,800 per person.
SEPTEMBER: CAPTURE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
The Northern Lights is one of the greatest natural shows on Earth – but how often do you get the opportunity to capture it on camera under the guidance of an internationally renowned photographer? Richard I’ Anson – author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography and Best Ever Photography Tips – will be escorting this new trip, sharing technical tips and creative guidance. Greenland and Iceland with Richard I’ Anson (16 days) departs on 24 September, from $18,390 per person
OCTOBER: GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF SCIENCE
Discover the secrets of Melanesia onboard the Spirit of Enderby with acclaimed scientist, Professor Tim Flannery. Discover the history, culture and wildlife of this fascinating region, marvel at some of the greatest marine diversity in the world and explore remote islands where few have been before. You will be travelling at a leisurely own pace with plenty of opportunities for landings, village visits, kayaking and snorkelling.Melanesia Discoverer with Tim Flannery (14 days) departs 8 October 2017.
NOVEMBER: FEEL THE SUN ON YOUR SKIN IN JAPAN’S TROPICS
Get carried away by the fabled South Sea Islands of Japan and their kaleidoscope of colours – from the aquamarine seas to the vivid reds and indigos of the Bingata textiles. A centre of trade between various ports in Asia, Okinawa was and remains a cultural melting pot. This is the warmest part of the country – perched on the same latitude as Florida and Hawaii, it enjoys similar sub-tropical weather. Okinawa Explorer (six days) departs on 18 November, from $3590 per person.
DECEMBER: CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN PATAGONIA
A challenging expedition led popular guide Soren Kruse Ledet, for the highly motivated, experienced mountaineer: the much sought after Mount San Valentin, which at 4,058m is the highest peak in Patagonia. Its location in the middle of the impressive Northern Patagonian Ice Field makes it a tremendous climb in one of the world’s most remote yet truly spectacular alpine environments. San Valentin Expedition (15 days) departs on 7 December, from $7690 per person.