Visit the World’s Greatest Wildlife Destinations

 

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Nothing compares to the once-in-a-lifetime moments you get to experience on a safari, wildlife cruise or National Park Hike. These moments, like watching a leopard stalk prey in Botswana or photographing a gaggle of penguins swimming in Antarctica, used to be nearly impossible (and expensive), since the areas were widely unchartered and remote. However, now, with more cruises and tours exploring these hidden wonders worldwide, there’s more chances than ever to watch wildlife dwell in their natural habitats. For the best viewing, visit one of these breathtaking destinations.

Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Located on the rugged shores of Hudson Bay in Northern Manitoba, Churchill is one of the few human settlements in the world that is also home to polar bears. Since they spend most of their summer hunting for food, the best time to view them is during the fall. The optimal way to experience the beauty of these bears is with a custom tundra buggy, which offers once in a lifetime chances to get up close and personal, while still remaining safe.

Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
Chobe National Park in Botswana offers truly unspoilt views of Africa’s famed wildlife. On a game drive here, you won’t be met with other jeeps, but instead with views of warthogs, bushbucks, monkeys, lions, leopards and hyenas. A cruise along the breathtaking Chobe river offers a chance to see the marine mammals, like hippos and crocodiles.

Antarctica Peninsula
Although it may be void of any human life, Antarctica is home to one of the largest populations of penguins, with over 40 million spread across the continent. Once unchartered, Antarctica is growing in popularity, and more cruise lines are adding the snow-capped glacial peaks and emperor penguin colonies to their itineraries.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This tiny archipelago off the coast of Ecuador has been an iconic destination for wildlife viewing for over 200 years. Thanks to more cruise lines charting the South American Coast, it’s much easier for anyone to view its many inhabitants, like the island iguanas, Blue-footed Boobies, giant green sea turtles, sea lions and more.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Stretching over 1,616 miles off the coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, comprised of 3,000 individual reefs, 900 islands and thousands of species of marine creatures, is one of the world’s greatest wonders. See the sharks, turtles, fishes and vibrant coral up close with a snorkel or dive.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
Aside from spewing geysers, gradient canyons and rushing waterfalls, Wyoming’s crowned jewel is also home to some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife. From black bears to bald eagles to bison and coyotes, this area is rich with a vast array of animals.

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West Africa Cruise – Cape Town to Accra

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West Africa is famous for its rich history and cultural diversity. For anyone who has traveled there, it is not hard to fall in love with the beautiful locals, breathtaking landscapes, fabulous food and variety of music. For everyone who has yet to travel there, what are you waiting for? Check out our amazing West Africa Cruise with G Adventures!

West Africa Cruise – Cape Town to Accra
People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either. More information here: http://bit.ly/1rCmMyc

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Croatia’s Perfect Island, Hvar

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HVAR: With its focus on the Venetian-era Hvar Town, Croatia’s most fashionable island warrants exploring beyond the capital’s 16th-century fortifications. Leave the design hotels and cocktail bars behind to hike or mountain bike through a rugged landscape of lavender fields and hillside vineyards. Or take a sea-kayaking trip to the Pakleni islets, perfect for those who want nothing more than to meet the beach and be kissed by the golden sun.
-ASTA, Worldwide Destination Guide 2013/14

So, what is Hvar all about anyway?

Picture a destination with such an ideal climate that it enticed even the earliest of Europe’s sun-seeking travelers; An island famous around the world for its pristine beaches and pellucid waters. Breathe in the fragrant fields of lavender, taste test some of the worlds best olive oil and sip wine from vineyards that are blessed by the most hours of sun in the Adriatic–all in one afternoon.

There is no shortage of entertainment in Hvar! Visit the oldest municipal theatre in Europe, let loose at the legendary Full Moon parties or get lost in nature with some of the best adventure sports around.

With just a skip and a hop to the Pakleni islands, you can slip into a secluded retreat with nothing more on the agenda than massage, gourmet dining and perfect sunsets.

Are you ready to go?! Check out our travel package to Croatia and the Balkans.
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Nicaragua: A little something for everyone!

Discover the vast natural wonderland that is Nicaragua. Volcanoes, lakes, rainforests, beaches, rivers and more abound in this Central American destination, and eco-friendly experiences and accommodations can be found throughout the country. Stay in an eco-lodge on a private islet in Lake Nicaragua, or at an eco-resort on the beaches of the Pacific Coast. No matter what experience you choose, Nicaragua will awe you with its nature and beauty.

For those who like to spend their vacations in a non-classical way, a visit to Nicaragua offers everything for the adventurous lovers and tranquility seekers alike! From surfing, horseback riding and canopy tours, to beaches, colonial towns and shopping–there is something for everyone in Nicaragua!

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Cruising for Elephants

Can’t decide between cruising or safari? Why not have both?! On this wondrous adventure travelers can explore Victoria Falls, cruise the Zambezi and Chobe rivers and safari on elephant back through the Greater Kruger National Park. Our 11-Day safari/cruise itinerary offers luxurious accommodation, meals, drinks, land excursions and game viewing on open safari vehicles.

Itinerary Breakdown

DAY 1 Arrive Victoria Falls (2 nights)

Met at the Airport by Great Safaris & transferred to Elephant Camp. Enjoy a multi colored sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos. Listen to the roar of the Falls and enjoy a sundowner cocktail as the sun slowly sets.

DAY 2 Victoria Falls

This morning explore the impressive Falls on a guided walking tour through the rainforest, learning about the fauna and flora. This afternoon join an elephant interaction.

DAYS 3 – 5 Zambezi Queen (3 nights)

This morning transfer to the Kazangula Border of Botswana, to board the Zambezi Queen. Enjoy the excitement of Africa from the luxury of a renowned cruise vessel. The Zambezi Queen is unique in that it’s a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is African. All inclusive touring, while viewing first hand the remarkable animals & birdlife of Africa.

DAY 6 Johannesburg (1 night)

Today disembark from the Cruise and head back through the border to Victoria Falls Airport for the flight to Johannesburg & overnight before heading off to Kruger Park tomorrow.

DAYS 7 – 9 Camp Jabulani (3 nights)

Daily game drives put you within touching distance of lion prides, unpredictable buffalo and herds of elephant. Two game drives each day – with hugely knowledgeable guides. Enjoy the all inclusive hospitality of Camp Jabulani and a night safari on elephant back, the utimate African exerience.

DAY 10 Johannesburg and home

After a final game drive and breakfast, transfer for your flight back to Johannesburg and connect to home or extend to Cape Town.

Want to know more about this incredible adventure? Call our travel specialists today and ask about our Great Safari’s African Elephant Safari & Cruise!

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This Winter Escape to Tropical Paradise in the South Pacific!

Cooks Islands

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As the days become shorter you can feel summer slipping away with fall and winter on its toes. Where can you go to for that endless summer escape? Why, the South Pacific of course!
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Firstly there is friendly Fiji with its legendary Melanesian hospitality that will have you seeking an extended stay. There is Polynesian elegance that is the essence of both culture and the idyllic Tahitian island experience. Or perhaps the Cook Islands where even the guests are considered locals and the promise of memorable South Pacific escape are delivered upon daily.
Bag the snow boots and sweaters for the sun dresses and flip-flops! Say goodbye to the cold-weather blues and hello endless sunshine, beaches and a drink in your hand.
*Tips for staying within the budget: Planning your winter escape earlier than later will help keep costs down! And remember, our travel specialists will always find you the best experience for the lowest price guaranteed! Call us today!
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Maryland’s Pet-Friendly Atmosphere Entices Travelers

Are you dreaming of taking that special vacation but don’t want to leave your special 4-legged friends behind? The Maryland Office of Tourism asks: Why not bring your pet along and experience everything the state has to offer travelers with furry friends?

Seventy-eight percent of pet owners say they plan to take their pet with them on vacation and the state of Maryland and many of its parks, hotels, restaurants, and beaches have taken notice.

Just as the national trend in pet travel grows, Maryland’s list of pet friendly destinations is increasing, too, with several more attractions, dog parks, and hotels/B&Bs opening their doors to pets in 2013. For travelers hoping to spend their vacation with their pets and for residents who want to bring their pets along on their travels, Maryland offers more than two hundred forty hotels, one hundred restaurants, and forty dog parks that are all pet-friendly.

“As more and more Maryland visitors and residents seek out pet-friendly events and locales, we’re proud to see so many local businesses and towns that have truly embraced the animal-centric trend and now offer a variety of travel options, making us a year-round destination for pet owners,” says Margot Amelia, executive director, Maryland Office of Tourism. “With National Dog Day celebrated on August 26, there’s no better time to take advantage of Maryland state parks, hiking trails, and attractions for pets and their people.”

Here is a sampling of other pet-friendly locales and activities where you can sleep, eat, and play with your pets while traveling in Maryland’s five regions.

Western Maryland

Play: The Hagerstown Dog Park just opened at Fairgrounds Park, at the corner of Jefferson Street and Cleveland Ave in Hagerstown.

Stay: The Antietam Guest House offers nonsmoking, quiet, comfortable, and private lodging, with off-street parking, for up to eight guests. The house is within a few miles of the Potomac River and the Antietam Creek for boating and fishing, and allows dogs for $10 per dog, per day.

Capital Maryland

Play: Don’t miss the Downtown Frederick Dog Park at Bentz and Carroll Parkway or the Baker Park Dog Park at 121 N. Bentz Street. The Ballenger Creek Dog Park features four acres, small and all dog areas, trails, benches, and water. TheBowie Dog Park in Bowie offers one acre and two fenced areas, one for small dogs and another for large dogs.

Stay: The waterfront views of the nation’s capital are even better when enjoyed with a tail-wagging friend. The Aloft Washington National Harbor offers a dog bed and bowl, and “woof-alicious” treats!

Eat: Looking to dine out with your pet? There are a number of pet-friendly eateries, including Frederick Coffee Company and CaféBen & Jerry’sClassic Cigars & British GoodiesBrewer’s Alley RestaurantCafé NolaGriff’s Landing, and La Paz Mexican Restaurant.

Central Maryland

Stay: The Loews Annapolis Hotel offers a pet placemat and water bowl filled with Fiji water, along with a full room service pet menu.

Play: Bring your pup to Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis for a day of walking, jogging, or biking along six miles of paved trails and two fenced areas for off-leash play. The dog beach at Downs Park lets pets play in the water and swim, perfect for the hot days of summer.

Eat: Some Annapolis restaurants allow your pet to hang out right next to their owners, offering water bowls and treats too. These include the Federal  House Bar and GrilleHarry Browne’sMcGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster BarRams Head Tavernand Stan & Joe’s Saloon.

Southern Maryland

Stay: With water views and acres of lawns and gardens to explore, Woodlawn Bed and Breakfast makes for a pleasant excursion. The owners of the B&B provide tasty treats for people and pet, with wine tastings for the human and dog treats for the pet.

Play: Rumored to be one of the most haunted places in America, you might feel better bringing the family pet along toPoint Lookout State Park. Pets are allowed along the beach on the Bay.

Eastern Maryland

Stay: The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore allows dogs up to seventy pounds to join guests during their stay. The luxury four-diamond resort offers nine pet-friendly rooms, as well as kennels available for canines. The property even offers a special “Doggie Delight” menu for these special guests. With veterinarian, grooming, and training services available nearby, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay encourages travelers to bring furry pals along for the getaway.

Play: Dogs who love to swim will find plenty to do at the Dog Beach at Matapeake Park and the Island Dog Park, both in Stevensville. The park features two fenced areas, agility equipment, benches, and water fountains for pets and humans. The Terrapin Beach Park offers paved, level, and shaded paths to the beach and swimming for pets.

Assateague Island State Park allows pets on leashes year-round with registered campers and in day-use areas from October 1 to April 30. Pets on leashes are allowed on the Ocean City Beaches October 1 – April 30 and at the Ocean City Dog Playground with a dog pass access card.

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