Wildlife and conservation of Costa Rica: Central America’s Garden of Eden

Nestled between the Pacific and the Caribbean, fringed by powder-white beaches, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and is leading the way in environmental sustainability. Join archaeologist and UNESCO conservationist Dr Daniela Arroyo Barrantes in an educational exploration of the region’s diverse habitats, from rainforests and volcanoes to powder-white beaches. Local naturalist guides will introduce you to the incredible birdlife of the mist-covered cloud forests of Monteverde and the waterways of Tortuguero. 

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Voyage on the Mississippi

Cruise the mighty Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis on an authentic paddle wheeler. Take in the sights, sounds, southern culture and history of the American Civil War as you meander along. Your journey begins in New Orleans where you will enjoy a taste and flavour of the city’s vibrant music scene and fabulous Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Amazing Argentina

Join Joanne Page on this exploration of Argentinian culture, scenery and wildlife. Starting at spectacular Iguassu Falls, a natural wonder of the world, explore both sides and go in search of shy wildlife in the surrounding tropical forest. Travel to sophisticated Buenos Aires, with its grand colonial architecture, Latin passion and thriving arts scene. Continue south to the remote wilderness of UNESCO-protected Los Glaciares National Park, to discover the magnificent Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers.

Orangutans and rainforests of Borneo

For anyone with an interest in wildlife, and rainforest wildlife in particular, the Bornean rainforest is one of the most ecologically diverse habitats to explore. On this journey through the rainforests you will discover a wide range of plant and animal species, including the elusive wild orangutan. You will also enjoy a rare opportunity to meet the indigenous communities who have made the rainforest their home for millennia, and whose active involvement is so vital to its future survival. The Matang Wildlife Centre is a particular highlight of this trip.

Secrets of South Korea: 5,000 years of culture and history

A compact country full of delightful contrasts, South Korea’s juxtaposition of ancient tradition and fast-paced modernity make it truly unique. Travel in the company of Professor James B Lewis, Associate Professor of Korean History at Oxford University, on a journey exploring this incredible country. From tranquil Buddhist temples and UNESCO-listed fortresses, tombs and villages, to shimmering Seoul, South Korea’s economic powerhouse, you will discover the country’s culture and traditions, kept alive through its traditional music, poetry, religion and dance.

Exploring Indonesia: Secrets of the Spice Islands

Explore Indonesia and enjoy an opportunity to discover its incredible landscapes and diverse cultures. Your journey takes you to Java, Sulawesi and Bali. You will enjoy walks in the foothills of volcanoes and across rice terraces, as well as excursions to some of Indonesia’s most beautiful towns and temples. Visits to Gadjah Madah University in Yogya and an Islamic educational institution will also provide a unique opportunity to discuss the views and aspirations of Indonesia’s younger generation with staff and students.

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