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Journeys International Announces New Trips for 2018

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The year was 1978, and Drs. Will and Joan Weber set off to Nepal with a group of curious souls who wanted to be immersed in and enlightened by a different culture in a very different part of the world. And so began Journeys International, the first travel company of its kind (and recently named one of the top six tour operators on the world), with boots on the ground and arms wide open, ready to embrace the world’s diversity.

It’s only fitting that as Journeys enters its 40th year, it continues to break down barriers and explore the cultural and ethnic differences of the world. And given the current climate of the United States, it’s more important than ever that Journeys stays focused on its mission of turning travel into an extraordinary adventure that sparks human connection, personal insight, global awareness, and the courage to be yourself. 

As Mark Twain famously wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness ….” So as Journeys planned for 2018, the company chose to broaden its offerings with new, unexpected, and unique adventures that would lend a hand towards minimizing bigotry.

After all, it’s so much more than travel; it's a way to help tear down walls and revel in the beauty of global diversity.

Adventure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Join this bold exploration to a previously impenetrable destination. A visit to Saudi Arabia is a safe experience that provides insight into a culture that is vastly different than the culture of the United States. Get to know the fascinating archaeology, rock art, geology, food, culture, history and hospitable people of Saudi Arabia. 

South Africa Sojourn

stellenbosch04.jpgSouth Africa is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. On this trip, spend your days discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scenes, fine beaches, and some of the world’s best wines. And, or course, experience the astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced reserves.

Brazil: Jaguar Jungle and Beyond

DSC_8365.jpgFrom the savannah grasslands to the Pantanal wetlands to the colorful city of Rio de Janeiro, this exploration of Brazil incorporates some of its finest natural beauty—including two full days in the Pantanal searching for jaguars!—plus time to experience the energy and buzz of the big city. (Photo by Marc Faucher) 

Tibetan Treasures

Potala Palace 2.jpgSatisfy your curiosity, fill your spiritual well and indulge your senses and intellect. With visits to cities, villages, mountains, palaces, and monasteries, this trip is a cultural, scenic, and sensory experience for the ages. BONUS: Join the August trip and participate in the Shoton Festival, the grandest festival in all of Tibet.

Volcanoes and Villages of Southern Italy

Day6---Etna---Piano-Provenzana.jpgExpert geologist Ian Lange joins this unusual exploration of Italy's Southern volcanic region, where travelers will climb various volcanoes to learn about the unique history and geology of each one, as well as explore the famous sites of Pompeii, Stromboli and Mount Etna and the villages and cities of Rome, Naples, and Matera.

Azores Archipelago Revealed

Ilha_do_Faial_Horta_City_Futurismo-593x.jpgShhhh...don't tell anybody. We've discovered what may just be the best-kept secret in the entire Atlantic Ocean. It's the Azores, nine islands about 800 miles off the coast of Portugal. And with hiking volcanoes, swimming in natural thermal pools, whale watching and more, this adventure is the best way to experience it. 

Magnificent Myanmar for Women

Festival-edited.jpgThis women's-only adventure in Myanmar provides the opportunity to proceed at a more contemplative pace, with time for in-depth exploration and opportunity for cross-cultural interaction. Travelers enjoy encounters arranged especially for this women's group, such as meeting with women's organizations, village groups, and fabric artists. 

Journey into Jordan

Camels-Sunset-593x393.jpgExplore Jordan from top to bottom on a cultural journey that goes from the splendid Nabatean ruins at Petra, to the Bedouin camps nestled in picturesque desert wadis, to homes of contemporary Jordanians. Splash in the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, and the Siq water trail at Wadi Mujib, and get lost in the sands and seas of the desert. 

Ancient Arts and Temple Gardens of Japan

7146-425-JPN-1113-KR-small.jpgGet to know the arts, crafts, and gardens that Japan is famous for with visits to the country's most interesting landmarks and museums, and meet locals off the tourist paths, with plenty of time to explore vibrant Tokyo before visiting Mt. Fuji and scenic Lake Ashinoko in Hakone. End with a bullet train ride to the old capital of Kyoto, where the simple elegance of the temples and gardens defy description. 

India: Wildlife from the North to the South

ITIG-01-836x540.jpgThis is a side of India most people never see—its wild and wonderful national parks. With eight days on safari exploring two of India's most treasured National Parks—Ranthambore and Nagarhole—visitors experience some of the greatest tiger sanctuaries in southern Asia, as well as time to become immersed in the fairytale town of Jaipur and its labyrinth of fascinating bazaars and opulent palaces. 

Broaden your horizons in 2018

Ready to join us on a new adventure? Let us know 
and we'll be in touch to answer all of your questions.  

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Category: Middle East, Africa, Brazil, South Africa, Tibet, Myanmar, Asia, Americas, Europe, Azores, Saudi Arabia, Tibetan Treasures, Volcanoes and Villages of Southern Italy, Magnificent Myanmar for WOmen, Azores Archipelago Revealed, Jaguar Jungles and Beyond, Adventures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa Sojourn, Italy


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