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National Geographic M/V Quest
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 October 30-November 6, 2021

Few travelers have explored the marvel of the Panama Canal in its entirety, taking in rich green shores by day and watching light-dotted ships sail through the night. On the 50-cabin National Geographic Quest, you’ll not only transit the canal, you’ll explore beyond it, to discover the Caribbean coasts of Panama and Colombia over the course of eight days.

Panama & Colombia Expedition Map

You’ll discover these two countries as an active explorer, not a tourist. You’ll learn the history of the canal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The canal bisects a wealth of natural treasures: the tropical paradise of Panama, and the vibrant natural and cultural history of Colombia. As you alight on the shores of Portobelo or cruise by boat through the backwaters of Cispatá Bay, watch in awe as a kaleidoscope of parrots fly overhead while wading birds hunt the mangrove-lined channels. You’ll journey deep into secluded islands and riverside towns, where you’ll meet fascinating local populations as they preserve and celebrate Colombia’s legendary beauty.

The National Geographic Quest is outfitted with Zodiacs, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and stand-up paddleboards, offering you myriad delightful ways to witness the Caribbean’s marine life. The ship’s expedition team of naturalists will ensure you don’t miss the plethora of mammals, birds, and insects hidden in the dense forest canopy, while the certified photo instructor will help you capture your best shots ever.

Few have gone where you will go and explored the abundance of this Caribbean coast the way you will on this expedition. I invite you to join us October 30-November 6, 2021. To make your reservation, please return the enclosed reservation form or call 800-252-4910.


Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
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