Exodus Travels Launches New Collection Of Small Ship Voyages
Small-group tour operator Exodus Travels has just launched Small Ship Voyages, a new, premium collection of cruise experiences.
From dolphin-spotting on an HBO’s Succession-style luxury yacht in the Maldives to meeting the tribal communities of Melanesia, each small ship voyage combines cultural connections, impressive landscapes and wildlife experiences with first-class accommodation, cuisine and service.
All voyages are hosted by National Geographic Explorers, celebrated photographers, renowned marine biologists, naturalists, archaeologists, anthropologists and ornithologists, as well as local Exodus guides with firsthand knowledge of each destination’s customs and ecology.
Here are a few of Exodus’ new Small Ship Voyages for 2020:
Melanesia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu 18 days, departing 10SEP, 2020
Guests can learn from National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker and photographer George Kourounis as he shares stories from his first forays in the region. The voyage also includes a visit to the National Museum and Art Gallery, sightings of rare bird species in Papua New Guinea, witnessing the black sand nesting sites of leatherback turtles, and becoming acquainted with local tribal communities on the tiny island of Tikopia.
Ultimate Seychelles with Aldabra Atoll 14-days, departing 14FEB, 2020
Join ornithologist Brent Stephenson aboard Le Bougainville, a luxurious, environmentally conscious vessel. Experience ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the maze-like Stone Town in Zanzibar, and world-class diving and snorkeling alongside over hundreds of tropical fish. Visit the Aldabra Atoll, home to more than 100,000 giant tortoises, and anchor in the pristine Alphonse Islands for a few days of birding.
Ultimate Maldives: A Snorkeling and Diving Adventure 11-days; departing 21MAR & 31MAR, 2020
Sail the lesser-visited central islands, home to reef sharks, manta rays, dolphins and hammerheads aboard Emperor Serenity. Embark on daily underwater expeditions with divemaster Mike Murphy, and Brad Climpson, a marine biologist and divemaster with over 20 years of experience. With their expertise, examine thilas (pinnacles swathed in coral) up close, and observe elusive whale sharks in their natural feeding ground in Maamigili Beyru.
Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland 15-days, departing 11MAY, 2020
From the Star Wars film to Norse mythology to Irish giant, Finn McCool—discover the origins of these famed stories aboard Le Dumont d'Urville with Expedition Leader, archeologist and bird enthusiast Peter Wilson. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, discover Neolithic monuments and a Stone Age village, and explore Mousa’s Iron Age Broch and the 12th-century Iona Abbey.
Philippines with Palau and Taiwan 16-days, departing 29FEB, 2020
Led by travel veteran Mike Messick, gain a deeper understanding of the Philippines, Palau and Taiwan by way of guided excursions and lectures aboard the all-suite, 100-person Caledonian Sky. Trek through the home of the world’s largest marble gorge—Taroko National Park— and at Palau’s Jellyfish Lake, snorkel alongside thousands of melon-sized stingless jellyfish. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, hike the vertical cliffs of Coron Island, and see performances and local handicrafts in Banuang Daan.
Best of the Great Barrier Reef 12-days, departing 14JUL, 2020
Head Down Under aboard Coral Expedition II, a 42-guest ship with a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat. At the legendary Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a guided snorkel hosted by marine biologist Brad Climpson. Explore the reefs and corals of the Ribbon Reefs and remote Osprey atoll. Swim in the territory of minke whales, learn about the Aboriginal art of Stanley Island, and hunt for Australian monitor lizards on Lizard Island.