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ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION
TUAMOTU AND MARQUESAS ISLANDS
MAY 24-JUNE 4, 2023
Book by October 31, 2022, and receive a $1,200 air credit or waive the solo traveler premium on select cabin.
DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
In the deepest recesses of French Polynesia live towering volcanoes, lush green rainforests cascading down mountainsides to meet serene lagoons, reef atolls containing the most vibrant marine life you’ve ever seen, and welcoming communities of villagers who descended from wayfaring ancestors. Get up close to it all on our Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands expedition. Over the course of 12 days, you’ll join the legacy of explorers, writers, and artists like James Cook, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Paul Gauguin who crossed oceans seeking these distant primordial landscapes and distinct ways of life in a region that is the quintessential embodiment of paradise.
Set sail on the National Geographic Orion, your base for adventure, with 53 beautifully furnished cabins—all featuring ocean views—comfortably accommodating 102 guests. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the spacious deck with a dip in the plunge pool or by eating a locally sourced breakfast in the outdoor café. While on board, enjoy a host of welcoming public spaces to build camaraderie with your fellow travelers, including a lounge with bar, observation lounge, and library—plus access to the Bridge to meet your Captain and officers.
On Lindblad’s only expedition to the Marquesas Islands, the midpoint between Tahiti and Hawaii, debark for daily adventures to immerse yourself in the tropical beauty and cultural epicenters of Polynesian life. Our team of Naturalists will lead guided hikes to waterfalls and along mountainsides to witness unparalleled views and excellent birding—including endangered ultramarine lorikeets, zebra doves, manikins, and fairy terns. Throughout the voyage, enjoy some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world that provide close encounters with hundreds of curious species of colorful fish, turtles, and mammals. Plus, meet welcoming island residents, see ancient petroglyphs and moss-covered giant tikis, and immerse yourself in the culture with cuisine, traditional dance, and local music.
I hope you will join us for a deeper discovery of Polynesian history, culture, and natural beauty, May 24-June 4, 2023. To reserve your space on the Ancient Polynesia: Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands voyage, please return the reservation form or call (800) 252-4910.
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
With AAAS, Sigma Xi, and ACS
$12,110 + air. Book by October 31, 2022, and receive a $1,200 air credit or waive the solo traveler premium on select cabin.
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