Winter 2018

It is never too soon to plan your winter vacation! Winter vacations are what get us through the darkest and coldest time of the year. Once the holiday season is over, winter vacations give us something to look forward to until the flowers bloom. Whether you're looking for a 4 day getaway, a trip to Latin America, or an African safari, we've got you covered.
Parks and People of Cuba
January 14, 2018 – January 21, 2018

Cuba has long been a subject of fascination for Americans, barred from visiting for political reasons and hearing conflicting information from people who fled the Castro dictatorship. What is not in dispute is that Cuba's forests, mountains, and oceans are beautiful; Cuban culture is vibrant; and the Cuban people are warm and welcoming. On this trip we go beyond Havana into the countryside, where we combine visits to national parks and nature reserves, with visits with naturalist guides, farmers, historians, national park officials, artists, and small business entrepreneurs. $3495 Rating  [2]  3  4  5

Nicaragua: Land of Lakes, Forests, and Volcanoes
January 19, 2018 – January 27, 2018

Explore Nicaragua's natural and cultural attractions at the largest lake and the oldest colonial city in Central America, 28 volcanoes, outstanding biodiversity, legendary hospitality, and emerging ecotourism. Nicaragua isn't an established ecotourist destination - yet - and this is the perfect time to visit!  $2495 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Paddling with Manatees - FULL
January 25, 2018 – January 28, 2018

Who can resist these gentle giants in their winter home of Florida's spring-fed rivers??  On this trip we experience the manatees up close and personal in their natural habitat, viewing them through crystal clear waters as we sit above and among them in our kayaks.  This is an ideal trip both for women who know they love paddling and for those who want to give kayaking a try: you'll learn basic kayak strokes on calm waters and by the end of the weekend you will be a competent and confident paddler. Even if you discover you don't like kayaking (which we doubt), the thrill of these wondrous creatures sticking their snouts out of the water beside your kayak, as if to be petted, is simply an amazing experience.  $1235  Rating: 1 [2] 3  4 5 

Parks and People of Cuba
January 28, 2018 – February 4, 2018

Cuba has long been a subject of fascination for Americans, barred from visiting for political reasons and hearing conflicting information from people who fled the Castro dictatorship. What is not in dispute is that Cuba's forests, mountains, and oceans are beautiful; Cuban culture is vibrant; and the Cuban people are warm and welcoming. On this trip we go beyond Havana into the countryside, where we combine visits to national parks and nature reserves, with visits with naturalist guides, farmers, historians, national park officials, artists, and small business entrepreneurs. $3495 Rating  [2]  3  4  5

Exploring Panama, the new Costa Rica - FULL
February 3, 2018 – February 11, 2018

Panama is rapidly emerging as a popular Central American destination. Combining a stable government and an incredible variety of ecosystems, it is possible to feel that you have gotten off the beaten track here. We'll spend nine days exploring this beautiful country from one end to the other as we explore the three jewels of Panama:  Panama City, the San Blas Islands at one end of the country, and Boquete and the Chiriqui highlands at the opposite end of the country. $2895 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Dog Sledding and Winter Fun - FULL
February 3, 2018 – February 7, 2018

Find out why winter is our favorite season! Whether you've always avoided winter or are already an experienced winter outdoorswoman, you'll enjoy 5 action-packed days of dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking on frozen rivers. Our home on this trip is an award-winning resort on the shores of Lake Superior. Pamper yourself with a sauna, outdoor hot tub, or perhaps even a massage. All rooms are private rooms on this trip. $1765  Rating: [1]  [2] [3]  4   5

Death Valley Delights - FULL
February 15, 2018 – February 19, 2018

Death Valley is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs! In February the skies are clear and sunny (but not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. Then there is the fascinating geology, unique ecology, and equally engaging human history. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mythic status for many of us, join us as we explore one of our newest National Parks with a professional geologist. $1725 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Walking and Wildlife In Tanzania
February 18, 2018 – February 28, 2018

Our new African safari combines a traditional jeep-based safari during the amazing wildebeest and zebra migration with a walking safari in a remote part of Ngorongoro Highlands and the Great Rift Valley. Visiting Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro National Parks by jeep allows us to quickly go where the wildlife is best. $4695 Rating: 1   2   [3]   4   5.

Belize: Beaches, Jungles, and Ruins
February 25, 2018 – March 5, 2018

On this trip we start with an exploration of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, the top neotropical birding site in Belize. We'll learn about the inland wildlife, conservation movements, and visit a Mayan ruin. We then move to our completely private island basecamp on Lighthouse Reef Atoll, a remote tropical marine park 55 miles offshore from the mainland that is managed by the Belize Audubon Society. From here we can paddle and sail kayaks, fish, swim and snorkel, go birding and beachcombing, and try the fun new sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP). No experience necessary, the guides will make sure you learn what you need to know to stay safe and have fun.  $2695  Rating:  [1]  [2]  [3]  4   5

Adventures in Patagonia
February 25, 2018 – March 9, 2018

Patagonia is one of the most stunning, diverse, and sparsely populated places on earth. Shared by Argentina and Chile, it is known for its pristine wilderness, magnificent snow-capped peaks, dramatic granite spires, sparkling lakes, and immense glaciers. On this 13 day trip, we have picked out the places that will stay in your memory forever: the breathtaking mountain environs of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Argentina's stunning Los Glaciares National Park. $5250  Rating: 1  2 3  4  [5]

Death Valley Delights - March
March 7, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Death Valley is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs! In March the skies are clear and sunny (but still not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. Then there is the fascinating geology, unique ecology, and equally engaging human history. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mythic status for many of us, join us as we explore one of our newest National Parks with a professional geologist. $1725 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Kayaking and Snorkeling Belize - FULL
March 10, 2018 – March 16, 2018

Kayak over reefs teeming with brightly colored fish, snorkel in clear water, feast on tropical foods, and sleep in a comfy bed every night. This is the perfect vacation for anyone with some kayaking experience who wants an active warm weather vacation with lots of kayaking and snorkeling. $2395  Rating  1  2   [3]  4  5

Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Jungle
March 11, 2018 – March 25, 2018

Located right on the equator, Ecuador has incredibly rich and varied geography and natural history. The Amazon Jungle is known for its exceptional biodiversity and the peoples who have lived there for centuries. The Galapagos Islands are loved the world over for their rich and diverse wildlife and plants, and fantastic geology. On this journey we experience both. We'll spend four days in the jungle learning about the flora, fauna and customs of the people who live there. We then spend 8 days in the Galapagos on three different islands, where we swim with sea lions, snorkel in clear waters teeming with brightly colored fish, and walk within a few feet of blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises.  $4095 / Rating: 1 2 [3] 4 5.

On the Suwannee River
March 17, 2018 – March 20, 2018

Most people have only heard about the Suwannee River in Stephen Foster's famous song, "Old Folks At Home". And so it comes as a surprise how incredibly rich the natural and human history of this area truly is. On this hiking and paddling trip we will immerse ourselves in the beauty, variety, and fascination of the Suwannee and the clear springs that make this a truly unique early spring destination. $1195  Rating: 1 [2] 3  4 5 

Northern Lights and Natural Beauty of Iceland - FULL
March 18, 2018 – March 22, 2018

The Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights) is one of the most unforgettable of natural phenomena. While a sighting is never guaranteed anywhere, Iceland in March is one of the best places to see the shimmering curtains of light. But our five days will pack in much more than just looking for Northern Flights: we'll tour Reykjavik, walk on a glacier, ride an Icelandic pony, feast on Icelandic specialties, and see evidence of Iceland's geothermal activity in all its many forms, from geysers to volcanoes. We'll hope to see the Northern Lights but even if we don't, we'll come away with a deep appreciation of this most magical of countries. $2885 Rating: [1]  2  3  4  5