50 Tours of a Lifetime
ike 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.
"Central and Northern Route"
"Across the Circle for Climbers and Divers"
"Emperor Penguins: Snow Hill Island Safari"
"Last Degree Expedition"
Pen Hadow Travel
"Franklin River Rafting"
Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova
"Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova"
"Undiscovered Belize Adventure"
Cambodia and Vietnam
"Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River"
National Geographic Expeditions
"Labrador's Wild Coast by Private Yacht"
Off the Beaten Path
"China: The Upper Mekong River" rafting adventure
Mountain Travel Sobek
"Hiking the Tra Mare e Monti"
"The Alps to the Adriatic"
"Galápagos Unbound: Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, and Hiking Adventure"
"Ethiopia Simien Mountains"
"Loire Valley Trail Ride"
Cross Country International Equestrian Vacations
Republic of Georgia
"Trekking In the Mountains of Poetry"
"Oboroni Grassroots Excursion"
"Rafting the Río Plátano"
Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance
"Nagur Relief Ride" by horseback
Relief Riders International
"Spotlight Journey: Secret India, Tribal India"
Myths and Mountains
"Zanskar's Wild West"
KE Adventure Travel
"Splendors of Sicily"
"Seacology Expedition to the Maldives and Andaman Mountains"
"The Magic of Morocco: Palaces, Deserts & Kasbahs"
Academic Arrangements AbroadMexico
"Baja California: Among the Great Whales"
Middle East (Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Dubai)
"Jewels of Arabia"
"Dinosaurs of the Gobi"
"Burma: Land of the Golden Pagoda"
Asia Transpacific Journeys
Ker & Downey
"New Zealand with the Kids"
Butterfield & Robinson
"Niger: Trekking in the Air Mountains"
"Immersive Peru: Weavers Awards and Virgen del Carmen"
"Incomparable Calamian Kayaking"
Eco First Adventures
Big Five Tours & Expeditions
"Hiking the Julian Alps"
South Pacific Islands
"Faces of Melanesia"
Zegrahm & Eco Expeditions
"Sri Lanka: The Isle of Serendip"
"Reindeer Packing Expeditions"
"Western Tanzania and Northern Mozambique Surf and Safari"
Mango African Safaris
Chinese Turkestan and Central Asia
"Chinese Turkestan and Central Asia"
"Alaska: Active Inside Package"
Adventure Smith Explorations
"Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona: Where the Water Cuts Through Rock"
"Wyoming: Wolves & Wildlife of Yellowstone"
Natural Habitat Adventures
"From North to South to the Red Sea in Yemen"
"The Great Faiths Journey by Private Jet"
"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.