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is for VOLCANOES
Volcanoes tap into the imagination, calling explorers with their unpredictable power and beauty. In Costa Rica,
Cox & Kings' eight-day adventure spends two days at Arenal Volcano, formerly the country's most active (and
deadly) volcano, but dormant since 2010. In Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, National Geographic Expeditions
shepherds you into the rugged wild, where the attraction isn't so much the five volcanoes themselves, but the
chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and critically endangered mountain gorillas who make the park home. Winter sports
specialist Alpine Adventures can get you summer skiing in Chile, where vintage slopes, stunning lake views, and
soothing springs are on the menu at Lonquimay, Villarrica, and other geothermal hot spots.
Lake National Park.
The canyons and rifts of the American
West will always call to road trippers
and adventure seekers. National Parks
Revealed offers another side of wellknown parks, such as the birdlife of Glacier
and the best photo-ops in Yellowstone.
They'll also help you uncover lesser-known
parks such as Utah's Capitol Reef. National
Park packages from Austin Adventures
include family-friendly vacations and active
adults-only multisport trips, such as a hike/
bike/raft adventure in Oregon's Crater Lake
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A Mongolian couple backed
by their ger (yurt).
is for YURTS
In the vast wilds of Central Asia, hardy and portable yurts (gers) are frequently the lodging of choice. Zegrahm Expeditions' 17-day Mongolia adventure has you sleeping in
the round by night and riding Bactrian camels, making dumplings, and watching archery
competitions at the national Naadam Festival by day. Remote Lands' camping itineraries in
Tajikistan's Murghab District also take you well off the beaten path, to Rangkul Lake and the
15,000-foot Ak-Baital Pass.
is for XOXO
Beaches, Bora Bora, and bungalows:
French Polynesia can't help but be passionate. While sailing with Paul Gauguin
Cruises, island idylls are your playground
during 8- to 15-day cruises; on board, a
sarong-wrapped, flower-crowned Tahitian
vow renewal keeps love burning brightly.
Founded in 1987 and operated by an
Aussie-American husband-and-wife team,
Swain Destinations can uncover romance
all over the world, from secluded cabins in
the wilds of New Zealand to Champagne
toasts in Namibia's sand dunes.
is for ZAMBEZI
The river that makes the
renowned "smoke" of Victoria
Falls is the soul of Zambia and
The Royal Livingstone Anantara. Each
of the hotel's 173 rooms features a private
veranda with views of the thundering main
attraction. Before high tea is served, go
river cruising in search of the "big five," or
raft the rapids at Batoka Gorge.
THE 2017 COLLECTION