Highbrow Travel

Experiential expeditions that span culture and history

By: Marissa Tinloy

For nearly 30 years, International Expeditions has provided meaningful experiences for educated, inquisitive travelers looking to explore foreign cultures and destinations. In the coming year, the nature-focused, small-group tour operator has a wide variety of expeditions planned, including trips to the Amazon, Brazil’s Pantanal, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Panama, Patagonia, Tanzania and Uganda.

According to Maggie Hart, president of International Expeditions, “The travel industry has seen increased demand for the kind of travel we offer. Our authentic, life-enriching experiences create memories that really stick with youexperiences like sharing a traditional meal with a local Egyptian family or sipping local tea around a fire with the pantaneiros (cowboys) in Brazil’s Pantanal.”

An expert Egyptologist accompanies travelers on their four-night journey down the Nile River and the 15-day tour of Cairo, the Pyramids, Great Sphinx and Luxor. A traditional family feast complete with hummus and baba ganoush and an open forum on Egyptian culture welcome guests. Expeditions depart Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 23, 2008. Prices start at $3,898 per person.

Other International Expeditions include dancing along the Chagres River with the Embera people of Panama; discovering the Willoq community at 14,000 feet on the Andes trip to Machu Picchu; exploring the wetlands of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in the Amazon and more.

Prices include accommodations, most meals, guide, local transportation and group transfers. Airfare is not included, but can be arranged through International Expeditions.