Dynasties of China and Tibet:
The Himalayas and the Yangtze
 

October 2017

Join us on this exceptional, custom-designed and comprehensive journey encompassing the breadth of China from the Himalayan “Rooftop of the World,” with three nights in Tibet’s spectacular and seldom-visited city of Lhasa, through the dramatic gorges of the Yangtze River and to the historic neighborhoods of Old Shanghai for an in-depth appreciation of the juxtaposition of ancient culture with modern advancements. Experience the imperial dignity of Mandarin Beijing, the dynastic treasures of historic Xi’an and the Tibetan Buddhist “Sun City” of Lhasa with its architectural masterpiece, the Potala Palace, a symbol of peace and the historic home of the Dalai Lama. Read More...



Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet


Great Wall of China


                

Pearls of Southeast Asia:
Hong Kong to Saigon

 

October 2017

Cruise from the spectacular harbor of Hong Kong, the
“Crossroads of the East,” to vibrant Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship  m.s. L'Austral, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms and with access to ports inaccessible to larger vessels. Spend a full day exploring dynamic Hanôi, Vietnam’s culturally diverse capital showcasing a romantic blend of old Asian and French heritage. Sail beside the limestone karst pillars and islands and the lush, forested shores of majestic Ha Long Bay in a traditional Vietnamese junk. Walk among the incredible fortifications of the Forbidden Purple City in the former imperial city of Hué and enjoy stunning mountainous coastline views on the famous Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass. Read More...



Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Hué


Authentic Market. Hanôi


Cruising Patagonia's Chilean Fjords
 

October 2017

Cape HornMagnificient Glacier AlleyBeagle ChannelStrait of Magellan Torres del Paine National ParkSantiago

“It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers,” wrote Charles Darwin, awestruck by the unique iridescent blue-green ice while cruising southern Argentina and Chile in 1833. From the legendary Tierra del Fuego archipelago to magnificent glacier-studded fjords and sweeping pampas grasslands, you too can experience the extremes and contrasts of this spectacular tip of South America—Patagonia, which crosses the Andes Mountains from the Pacific to the Atlantic— aboard the small expedition ship m.v. Stella Australis. Read More...



Guanacos


Easter Island


                
Town and Country Life® in
Oxford English Countryside Cotswolds
 

July 2017

For many, the unspoilt nature of England, Shakespeare’s “blessed plot,” lies in the traditional ways of town and country life practiced for centuries in this storied island’s idyllic university towns, pastoral villages and picturesque countrysides. Experience the time‑honored quest for knowledge as played out in the hallowed classrooms, dining halls and quadrangles of Oxford University. Learn more about how the legacy of days gone by transcends time and forms the roots of contemporary country life as you interact with village residents. Call on stunning Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit incredible Windsor Castle, a royal residence of England’s monarchy since the 11th‑century and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Uncover the deep history behind Highclere Castle, the authentic Victorian manor house now known as “Downton Abbey.” Savor the extraordinary experience of traveling in a small, merry group to the university town of Oxford and through the Cotswold region—town and country juxtaposed—discovering the great heritage and character of England’s historic academic centers, great country manor houses and enchanting villages. Read More...


Highclere Castle


Randolph MacDonald Hotel, Oxford


                
Rivieras and Islands
France Italy Spain
 

October 2017

Monte CarloPortofinoCorsica
Barcelona FlorenceRomeMarseille
CarcassonneCinque Terre Aix-en-Provence

Join us on this exclusive small ship voyage along the splendid coastlines of the French and Italian Rivieras and their stunning landscapes, ancient villages and idyllic islands that became a favorite retreat for artists, writers, nobility and gourmands. Experience the dynamic history of contending civilizations and their legacy—some of the world’s greatest art and architecture—and travel through the timeless cradle of the Renaissance between two great cultural capitals aboard the exclusively chartered small ship, m.s. Le Lyrial.
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The Duomo, Florence, Italy


Marseille, France


        
 
Expedition to Antarctica
 

January 2018

Argentina /Antarctica

Retrace the sea-lanes traveled by storied explorers Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott as they sought out the final frontier
of “The White Continent” on this extraordinary 14‑day program featuring a nine-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, state-of-the-art, Five-Star, ice-class m.s. Le Soléal and m.s. Le Boréal, two of the finest vessels plying Antarctic waters. The custom-crafted vessels showcase private balconies in 95 percent of the all ocean-view, deluxe accommodations, encompasses a new generation of ship design and technology and sets the highest standards in elegance and comfort. Read More..


Shore Excursions


Lemaire Channel

 

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