National Geographic Expeditions Debuts Family Trips!
National Geographic Expeditions has been providing great vacations and trips for travellers, but now they are doing something a little different. This holiday season, give the gift of travel with a range of exciting new family and student trips (geared toward students completing 9th through 12th grade) from National Geographic Expeditions!
Students can enjoy hands-on expeditions to Namibia or France, or you can treat your whole family to an adventure that celebrates the culture, landscapes and wildlife of an amazing place like Peru or Iceland. Head out on a safari with local naturalists on the Tanzania Family Adventure or monitoring manta rays and sea turtles with a National Geographic Emerging Explorer on the student expedition to South Africa and Mozambique. There are so many unique itineraries to suit every family.
National Geographic family expeditions are designed to inspire and enrich travelers of any age. The new China Family Adventure, offers hiking and rafting in karst landscapes featured in “Avatar.” You’ll be able to climb watchtowers on a less-visited part of the Great Wall and join local masters to learn Chinese cooking, kung fu or traditional kite-making.
The Iceland expedition includes spelunking in a massive cave system formed by lava and water, opportunities to explore myths and mysteries at the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum or dip in a “hot pot,” a tub-sized natural hot spring. Other new family trips include white-water rafting through Costa Rica’s tropical forest; spending time with the Maasai in their village in Tanzania; venturing into dungeons, ancient ruins and underground cities in Turkey; or exploring the mystery of Machu Picchu in Peru.
All new family trips in 2014 feature a “Kid-to-Kid Connection.” Young travelers will be linked with pen pals of about the same age before the trip. After corresponding from afar, pen pals will meet in person on the trip and share cultures through games, crafts or even a cooking lesson.
National Geographic Student Expeditions are and include expeditions, field and photography workshops and community service programs. A series of special conservation-in-action expeditions has students working alongside scientists on conservation projects supported by National Geographic, including marine mammal preservation in Mozambique and habitat restoration in the Pacific Northwest. This opportunity offers a scholarship program that provides financial support for students seeking educational summer experiences who could not otherwise afford them.