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50 Tours of a Lifetime



Like many of our readers, the editors of National Geographic Traveler have always shied away from organized tours, feeling that unscripted, independent travel is the richest sort. But for some places in the world—those where road signs are nonexistent, or where the alphabet is a series of graceful curlicues, or where ceasefires among warring parties are tenuous—tours may be more a practical way to travel than going it alone, especially if, like most workaholic Americans, you've only got two weeks a year to tackle that challenging but worthwhile destination. That's why we've decided to dedicate this year's Next Great Places special issue to "Tours of a Lifetime: 50 of the World's Best." Here, in alphabetical order by country or region, are the tours. Read more about them in the October 2006 issue of National Geographic Traveler.


Afghanistan
"Central and Northern Route"
Hinterland Travel


Antarctica
"Across the Circle for Climbers and Divers"
Aurora Expeditions

"Emperor Penguins: Snow Hill Island Safari"
Quark Expeditions 


Arctic
"Last Degree Expedition"
Pen Hadow Travel


Australia

"Franklin River Rafting"
World Expeditions


Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova
"Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova"
MIR Corporation


Belize
"Undiscovered Belize Adventure"
Wildland Adventures


Cambodia and Vietnam

"Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River"
National Geographic Expeditions


Canada
"Labrador's Wild Coast by Private Yacht"
Arctic Odysseys


Chile
"Uniquely Chile"
Off the Beaten Path


China

"China: The Upper Mekong River" rafting adventure
Mountain Travel Sobek


Corsica

"Hiking the Tra Mare e Monti"
Distant Journeys


Croatia, Slovenia

"The Alps to the Adriatic"
Exeter International 


Ecuador

"Galápagos Unbound: Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, and Hiking Adventure"
ROW International 


Ethiopia
"Ethiopia Simien Mountains"
G.A.P. Adventures


Fiji
"Village Homestays"
Intrepid Travel


France

"Loire Valley Trail Ride"
Cross Country International Equestrian Vacations


Republic of Georgia

"Trekking In the Mountains of Poetry"
Explorers' Corner


Ghana

"Oboroni Grassroots Excursion"
Maame Koranchee's


Honduras
"Rafting the Río Plátano"
Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance


India
"Nagur Relief Ride" by horseback
Relief Riders International

"Spotlight Journey: Secret India, Tribal India"
Myths and Mountains

"Zanskar's Wild West"
KE Adventure Travel


Italy
"Splendors of Sicily"
Italian Connection


Maldives
"Seacology Expedition to the Maldives and Andaman Mountains"
Seacology


Morocco
"The Magic of Morocco: Palaces, Deserts & Kasbahs"
Academic Arrangements Abroad


Mexico
"Baja California: Among the Great Whales"
Lindblad Expeditions


Middle East (Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Dubai)

"Jewels of Arabia"
Travcoa


Mongolia

"Dinosaurs of the Gobi"
Nomadic Expeditions


Myanmar
"Burma: Land of the Golden Pagoda"
Asia Transpacific Journeys


Namibia
"Namibia Explorer"
Ker & Downey


New Zealand

"New Zealand with the Kids"
Butterfield & Robinson


Nicaragua

"Active Nicaragua"
REI Adventures


Niger
"Niger: Trekking in the Air Mountains"
Wilderness Travel


Peru

"Immersive Peru: Weavers Awards and Virgen del Carmen"
Culture Xplorers


Philippines

"Incomparable Calamian Kayaking"
Eco First Adventures


Rwanda, Uganda

"Rwanda/Uganda Highlights"
Big Five Tours & Expeditions


Slovenia

"Hiking the Julian Alps"
REI Adventures


South Pacific Islands

"Faces of Melanesia"
Zegrahm & Eco Expeditions


Sri Lanka

"Sri Lanka: The Isle of Serendip"
Geographic Expeditions


Sweden

"Reindeer Packing Expeditions"
Crossing Latitudes


Tanzania, Mozambique

"Western Tanzania and Northern Mozambique Surf and Safari"
Mango African Safaris


Thailand

"Tsunami Volunteering/Adventure"
Go Differently


Chinese Turkestan and Central Asia

"Chinese Turkestan and Central Asia"
MIR Corporation


United States
"Alaska: Active Inside Package"
Adventure Smith Explorations

"Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona: Where the Water Cuts Through Rock"
Moki Treks

"Wyoming: Wolves & Wildlife of Yellowstone"
Natural Habitat Adventures


Yemen
"From North to South to the Red Sea in Yemen"
Caravan-Serai


Worldwide


"The Great Faiths Journey by Private Jet"
TCS Expeditions

"Journey of Man: An Around-the-World Odyssey by Private Jet"
National Geographic Expeditions (Starquest Expeditions)


For more information on the countries visited by these tours, see our Destination TripMarks.


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