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Priced from $13,480   Days: 17 

July 14-30, 2017

Spend seventeen days in nine countires exploring the Baltic area by sea and land.  Discover the beauty of Bornholm Island graced with rolling country side, charming villages, the ruins of Hammershus Castle, and unique round churches. Visit the UNESCO site of Visby that was once a trading center of the Hanseatic League. Tour historic districts of Gdansk, Riga and Tallinn and spend two days in St. Petersburg enjoying the architectural styles of each area. 

Priced from $11,550   Days: 11 Last chance for 2017--SAVINGS!

This 11 day Antarctic cruise is for travelers who want to focus on spotting the majestic Emperor penguins well as see several other species of penguins:  Adelie, Chinstraps, Gentoo are all found on the Antarctic Peninsula. This cruise, aboard the comfortable 100 passenger M/V Ortelius, features many helicopter excursions that allow travelers access to remote, seldom seen areas where the landscape is truly otherworldly.

While crossing the Drake Passage, wildlife enthusiasts will see numerous species of seabirds, including Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.


 

 

Priced from $5,575 CAD   Days: 8-9

We are offering three ways to see the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia in 2018 on our Quest for the Spirit Bear. This is a richly biodiverse region that is home to black bears, grizzly bears, Orca whales, humpback whales, eagles, ravens, wolves, salmon, beavers, deer, and wolverines.  It is also the only place on Earth where the elusive Spirit Bear lives. The Spirit Bear, or Kermode, is a black bear with a rare genetic mutation that makes its fur translucent white.  The local First Nations people of the region, who serve as guides on this trip, consider the Spirit Bear to be sacred.  One of the Tsimshians' myths says that "Raven made one in every ten bears white to remind the people of the time when glaciers covered this land."

Check out our Spirit Bear Lodge of the Great Bear Rainforest tour!

On this truly unique 8 - 9 day trip, we explore the inlets, bays, estuaries and old-growth forest aboard a 68' ketch or the new motor yacht MV Island Solitude 82', as well as by kayak and on foot. Our knowledgeable captain and local guides will take us to the areas where we are most likely to spot wildlife, including the Spirit Bear. 

We hike the cathedral-like old growth forest, where trees are so large it takes sixteen people to encircle their trunks. We kayak in the crystal clear waters full of huge star fish, we float along the largest kelp forests in the world, we duck under water falls from glaciers, and we spot ancient First Nations carvings tucked into the trees along the shore.  We visit a bear stand inland at the mouth of a river, where we have opportunities for some of the best wildlife photography in the world.

Aboard our sailboat, whales often follow our boat playfully.  "I have looked into the blow hole of a humpback," says International Wildlife Adventures Director Susie Green.  "This trip is so moving it makes grown men sob in awe and wonder."

Read Susie Green's blog of her recent Spirit Bear cruise

See pictures from other travelers:  Spirit Bear trip pictures 


 

 

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"We had an amazing trip, probably the best we have ever done...We had marvelous viewing of the spirit bear, in sunshine, on the second day of viewing and a wonderful close encounter with a rather large black bear...The boat and crew were amazing, so much better than another company that was touring about the same area. Sensational!"

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