Travel Programs

June 19 - 28, 2019

National Parks and Lodges of the Old West (waitlist only)

The country our ancestors dreamed about still resides in America's national parks. Here where the buffalo roam and the great mountains rise into snow, where rivers thunder into rapids and the eagle soars, you can find breathing space and glimpse the mythic grandeur of our national heritage.

July 4 - 9, 2019

Wild Alaska Family Adventure (almost full)

Perfect for active travelers and families, this nonstop, high-energy expedition packs the best of southeast Alaska into six days. We invite you to join us as we kayak or paddleboard from our onboard fleet, head out in landing craft to observe bears feeding up-close, and hike old-growth forests. We'll also have opportunities to bike against the backdrop of Alaskan wildness and float a river through a preserve where bald eagles congregate or behold glacier views on a flightseeing adventure. We'll see humpback whales and search for killer whales in the wildlife-rich channels. Throughout our adventure, we'll keep a sharp eye out for brown bears, and bald eagles-the iconic wildlife of southeast Alaska.

July 8 - 18, 2019

Gems of the Danube (almost full)

European river cruising has long been among the W&L Traveller's most popular travel options. For our 2019 river journey, we're pleased to return to the Danube River. Cruising through the center of Europe on her most celebrated river, we'll visit the quaint river towns and old world capitals that have made a Danube River cruise such an appealing destination for travelers. As a special enhancement, this itinerary will begin with two days in Prague, the Czech Republic capital that boasts Europe's most impressive display of historic architecture.

August 2 - 11, 2019

Canadian Maritimes: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island

As you'll trace on the map here, we'll begin in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia's friendly capital, with a panoramic city tour, including visits to the Citadel National Historic Site and Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place for 150 victims of the RMS Titanic. During a tour of Nova Scotia's south shore, we'll admire the stunning landscape of Lunenburg, a charming fishing village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Peggy's Cove, we'll visit its famous lighthouse. En route to Digby, we'll stop at the national historic site of Grand-Pré, which commemorates the Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755.

August 23 - 29, 2019

Six-Day Getaway to Paris

Known as the City of Lights, Paris is deservedly renowned as Europe's cultural mecca, beloved for her remarkable architecture and appealing civic design, the wealth of her art collections, and her irresistible cuisine. In addition to guided visits to the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, our city tours will include a lunch cruise on the River Seine, walking tours of Montmartre and the Marais, and concert at the Saint-Sulpice Chapel, among other highlights. You'll also have free time to enjoy independent tours of sites particularly interesting to you, including an optional excursion to Napoleon's country estate, Château de Malmaison. Paris was built to the human scale, and it invites and amply rewards hours of independent exploration.

October 9 - 18, 2019

World Affairs Cruise: A Voyage in the Ionian and Aegean Seas

The Mediterranean world is well known as the cradle of modern civilization-the source of our democratic values and tradition of scientific inquiry. We caught our first glimpse of the human spirit in the literature, art and music of the classical world. Here is where we first encountered the teachings of the three great monotheistic religions. Our voyage in the Ionian and Aegean seas resonates with this rich legacy. Here at this great crossroads of cultures-intersecting Europe, the Middle East and North Africa-is where we will assess the current state of Western civilization, examining challenges to its values and traditions and opportunities for a shared future.

October 10 - 18, 2019 and October 17 - 25, 2019

Flavors of Chianti (waitlist only)

We invite you to savor the Tuscan countryside in early autumn as we explore the rustic villages and vineyards of Chianti. How happy we are to return to Tuscany for another eight-day sampler of delectable Italian flavors! This carefully paced itinerary showcases famous hill towns and food emporia, but with the leisure enjoy the rich traditions of country life: serene landscapes, delicious regional cuisine, ruby red Chianti served in thick glass cups, perhaps even a lively chat with the locals in the piazza. Together, we will learn the art of "vivere bene" - living well, Italian style.

November 8 - 21, 2019 and November 22 - December 5, 2019

Egypt and the Nile Valley (waitlist only)

No other place on earth reveals the ancient world as vividly and profoundly as does Egypt. To behold the pyramids emerging from the haze of dawn at Giza and to contemplate the serene, colossal figures of Ramses II at Abu Simbel is not only to marvel at their state of preservation across some 4,500 years but also to confront something timeless and true about human civilization. A trip to Egypt is a wondrous discovery of both past and present. Further, to stroll the teeming streets of Cairo, in the shadows of minarets and lofty palms, and to wander through the Khan El Khalili Bazaar is to move beyond the headlines to encounter a world that is both engaging and enlightening.

January 16 - 24, 2020

Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Where in the Western Hemisphere must one sail east to find the Pacific, west to enter the Atlantic? Yes, the Panama Canal. And that is only the beginning of its wonders. Just four years ago, the world came together to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the completion of the Panama Canal. That attention surely helped to hasten the completion of a monumental expansion of the canal. The project is now complete, doubling the capacity of the canal and enabling it to accommodate the huge tankers and freighters that ply the waves in world trade. Even in an age of engineering marvels, the canal's 50-mile passage through the narrow isthmus of Panama continues to astonish even today's most veteran traveler. During a specially arranged daylight transit, we'll experience firsthand the mighty locks that raise and lower oceangoing vessels 85 feet, employing only the force of gravity to accomplish in mere hours what once required a three-week circumnavigation of South America.

February 19-26, 2020

Galapagos Islands

Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands have been described as a “unique living museum and showcase of evolution.” The Islands are home to a fascinating array of wildlife inhabiting an unspoiled ecosystem, and living in unusual harmony with their human visitors.

February 19 - 29, 2020

Wildlife Safari to Botswana

Among frequent travelers to sub-Saharan Africa, Botswana is widely and wisely admired. In this, our third safari to Botswana, we'll again discover why. On an itinerary that takes us both to the Kalahari savanna and the fertile Okavango Delta, we'll come to know the immense variety and grandeur of her landscapes, the magnificence of her wildlife, and the remarkable comfort of her hospitality.

March 16 - 27, 2020

Israel: The Heritage and the Hope

A visit to Israel inevitably stirs a thousand impressions. While geographically Israel is the size of New Jersey, culturally it is the size of a continent. Even within its small territory, one travels through a variety of climates and populations, from the arid south to the cooler, fertile area of the north; from the sparsely populated desert and Dead Sea region to the teeming complexity of Tel Aviv, Nazareth, and Haifa. And yet what one discovers in every region of Israel is the tremendous depth of its history. By its very position on the map, and by its place in the heritage of the world's three great religions, Israel has been for millennia the great intersection of Western and Eastern civilizations. Each civilization that has claimed this land has left as much of itself behind as it has borne away in flight before the next conqueror.

April 2 - 13, 2020

Japan in Bloom (waitlist only)

Japan's dramatic coastlines, volcanic mountain ranges, and misty forests so often depicted in Japanese art reveal a country of extraordinary diversity and natural beauty. The soaring mountains of the nation's interior range combined with the proximity of her craggy coastline create deep valleys with swift rivers and pristine lakes. Scattered throughout the countryside are quiet villages, and yet, within a short distance by high-speed rail, teeming cities rise in steel and neon. Throughout her vast archipelago, Japan is also a country of varying climates, hot in summer, cold in winter, with spring and fall sweetly mild. Our objective on this 10-night cruise from Tokyo to Kyoto and beyond is to savor both the exquisite natural beauty of Japan in spring as well as the delicate complexities of her many traditions.

April 14 - 23, 2020

The Undiscovered Italy

The gentle breezes off the Mediterranean in southern Italy are balmy and fragrant in April. Beyond its sensual allure, southern Italy is a treasure trove of art and history. With their abundant sun and hospitality, Puglia and Calabria offer enchanted landscapes as well as towns and cities rich in history and distinctive cultural traditions. Romanesque and Baroque cathedrals and monuments dominate town squares, while venerable palaces, rusticated by the centuries, offer clues to southern Italy's storied past.

May 29 - June 6, 2020

The Ancient Stones of Athens

Founded during the Neolithic period (c. 5000 BCE), Athens is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. But her place in history is much more significant than mereage. More than any other city, Athens had a profound and lasting effect on the Western world. Many of the ideas and principles fundamental to our Western heritage were formulated here. Democracy was born in Athens, as was philosophy, historiography, and the theater, among others. Her Golden Age (fifth to mid-fourth centuries BCE) witnessed a remarkable flowering of creativity, when the city became a magnet to artists, poets and thinkers from all over the Greek world. Athens thrived especially during the leadership of Pericles (495 - 429 BCE), when most of the temples on the Acropolis were built.