Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures

Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures

From low-lying Belgrade up through the Dinaric Alps, down to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and back up to mountainous North Macedonia, this overland journey ties together seven of the wildly divergent Balkan countries. Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox, politically contradictory, ethnically varied, this kaleidoscopic region offers an apprenticeship in diversity. Read More


Mongolia & Tibet: Steppes to the Roof of the World

Mongolia & Tibet: Steppes to the Roof of the World

The peoples of the Mongolian steppe and of the Tibetan Plateau have much in common. Both espouse Tibetan Buddhism and unfurl painted silk thangkas on festival days. Both were originally nomads, the Mongolians relying on the horse and the Tibetans on the yak for sustenance. From the “Roof of the World” to the Gobi Desert, dive deep into both enduring cultures.Please noteThis itinerary is currently only available as a custom or independent program.  For a small group tour to this region, see Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival.Read More


Central Asian Epic Overland Adventure

Central Asian Epic Overland Adventure

Get a taste of the incredible diversity along the Silk Road. Discover Kyrgyz nomads in the highlands, as well as the classic architecture of UNESCO-listed Samarkand and Bukhara. Overnight in a yurt camp and drive over 12,000-foot Torugart Pass into Western China. Browse the incredible Kashgar Animal Market, enjoy a meal in an Uzbek home, visit a silk master’s private workshop and have lunch at a ceramics master’s studio.Trip currently not available. Call for more information.Read More


Essential Slovenia & Croatia

Essential Slovenia & Croatia

Discover lively, compact Slovenia and laid-back, life-loving Croatia on this 10-day overland adventure. Enjoy both the green and glorious Julian Alps of Slovenia and the white beaches, blue skies, rocky islands, cream-colored limestone buildings and red-tiled roofs of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Begin in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, where traces of Belle Époque Vienna remain, then drive a mere 70 miles to the sophisticated capital of Slovenia, lovely Ljubljana.Read More


Siberian Odyssey:  Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva

Siberian Odyssey: Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva

Explore South Siberia, a remote and atmospheric land where mounted Scythians thundered across the steppe long ago. Meet the Buryats of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and the Tuvan and Khakass people, whose Mongolian neighbors imbued them with Buddhism, shamanism and khoomei, or throat-singing. Read More


Mongolia & Kyrgyzstan: Lands of the Last Nomads

Mongolia & Kyrgyzstan: Lands of the Last Nomads

On this search for Mongolian and Kyrgyz nomads, travel from the vast Mongolian steppe to the jailoo, the Kyrgyz summer pastures, visiting nomadic families in their gers and yurts and getting a feel for a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Learn about the trusted folkways, traditional methods of grazing animals and hunting game, familiar music, epic poetry and dance, the hospitality of the steppe and the close-knit life of families on the edge – some of the things that don’t change in this precarious, and inexorably changing, way of life.Please noteThis itinerary is currently only available as a custom or independent program.  For a small group tour to this region, see Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival.Read More


Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel Present: Cruise the Ob, Siberian Waterway

Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel Present: Cruise the Ob, Siberian Waterway

Cruise north to the Arctic Circle through the White Nights of summer on the mighty Ob River, an early north-south trade route in Western Russia. Bask in the Midnight Sun during the week of the summer solstice; by the time you reach the Arctic Circle, the sun won’t bother to set at all. Stop in little towns founded by indigenous peoples, fur traders, and gold miners, and visit sizable cities founded on more recent oil discoveries. Get to know the hardy people who call this northern region home. Read More


The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

Covering the portion of the 21-day Silk Road by Private Train between Moscow and Almaty, this journey provides the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate the dramatic contrasts of this region, stretching from Almaty, Kazakhstan to European Russia, visiting several UNESCO sites along the way. Read More


The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

The Princes of Muscovy traded precious furs – sable, ermine and fox – for the silks of China that reached their borders on the backs of swaying camels along the old Silk Road. Today you can make the epic journey between Beijing and Moscow on a comfortable private train instead of, as in the old days, hazarding the wild deserts and fierce tribes of Central Asia with a caravan of well-armed merchants. The Silk Road route operates from Beijing to Moscow and vice versa. Read More


Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans

Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans

More than 2,000 years ago, the great trade routes that linked Europe and China opened Central Asia to foreign cultures, customs and religions. Join a modern-day caravan on an epic journey to five of these exotic countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Read More