Set Out on a Private Expedition

National Geographic Private Expeditions are unique itineraries designed to bring you and the traveling companions you choose—whether it’s one, two, or ten—to extraordinary places all over the world.

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Get closer than you ever imagined. National Geographic opens doors across the globe, offering an intimate perspective of incredible places. During your trip, private guides will share their expert insight and show you each destination’s hidden gems.

Experience the world authentically. Our itineraries combine awe-inspiring sites, cultural interactions, and top accommodations—including National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World—as well as free time to explore on your own.

Enriching exploration made easy. We do all the legwork. All you have to do is choose when and where you’d like to go, and whom you’d like by your side.

Below you'll find our lineup of private expeditions that feature stays at Unique Lodges. View our complete collection of itineraries here or request a catalog.

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Alaska

Venture into the heart of Alaska, discovering remote corners of the far north. Delve into the backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve, experience the wilds of the historic Iditarod Trail, and see rugged peaks and tundra valleys on a scenic train ride. More

Featured Lodge: Winterlake Lodge

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Australia

Experience Australia’s diverse wonders, from Sydney’s iconic Opera House to the staggering monolith of Uluru. Delve into the Aboriginal traditions of Australia’s Red Center, and discover the Great Barrier Reef’s extraordinary marine ecosystem, found just beyond the shores of secluded Lizard Island.  More

Featured Lodges: Lizard Island and Longitude 131˚

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Bhutan

In the tiny Himalaya kingdom of Bhutan, explore emerald valleys, historic fortresses, and cliffside shrines. Experience the country’s deeply traditional culture on visits to dzongs, rural villages, and Buddhist monasteries and temples including the famous Tiger’s Nest. More

Featured Lodge: Zhiwa Ling

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Borneo

Uncover the rich biodiversity of Malaysian Borneo on a journey to the wild interiors of Sarawak and Sabah. Explore the world’s largest underground cave chamber, meet members of a hunter-gatherer tribe, and set out on hikes and river safaris to search for orangutans and leopard cats. More

Featured Lodge: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

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Botswana

Explore the Okavango Delta’s far-reaching network of flood plains and lagoons on land and water safaris. Seek out some of the continent’s most rare and endangered species, including African wild dogs and blue wildebeests. Cap off your trip with a visit to the thunderous Victoria Falls. More

Featured Lodge: Zarafa Camp

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Costa Rica

Discover exotic plants and animals in three distinct Costa Rican rain-forest regions. Raft the white water of Pacuare River to your palm-thatched bungalow, hike the forests around the mighty Arenal Volcano, and explore the biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula’s jungles and beaches. More

Featured Lodges: Pacuare Lodge and Lapa Rios Eco Lodge

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Ecuador

Immerse yourself in two of Ecuador’s most stunning landscapes on extended stays in the Altiplano and the Chocó Rain Forest. In the mountains, see volcanic craters, lush valleys, and sparkling lakes via foot, bike, and horseback. Then, head into the jungle and discover its incredible biodiversity. More

Featured Lodge: Mashpi Lodge

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Greece

Uncover the legends of ancient Greece on a journey from its bustling capital to the sun-drenched shores of the isles. Explore the iconic Parthenon, examine the Minoan ruins in Crete, and enjoy breathtaking views over Santorini’s sparkling caldera. More

Featured Lodge: Kapari Natural Resort

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Kenya

Observe Kenya’s legendary wildlife in three diverse protected areas—Chyulu Hills, Laikipia, and the Olare Motorogi Conservancy just outside of Masai Mara National Reserve. Stay in two spectacular safari lodges, and learn about conservation efforts, such as National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. More

Featured Lodges: ol Donyo Lodge and Mara Plains Camp

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Mongolia

Embrace the lifestyle of Mongolia’s nomads as you travel across vast steppe and the mysterious dunes of the Gobi. Along the way, sleep in traditional ger tents, track wild horses, go behind the scenes with paleontologists, and visit a camel-herding camp. More

Featured Lodge: Three Camel Lodge

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Morocco

From the lively bazaars of Fez and Marrakech to remote Berber mountain villages, Morocco is bursting with colorful cultures and dramatic landscapes. Delve into enchanting medinas, sip tea with a Berber family, and go on hikes in the Atlas Mountains. More

Featured Lodge: Kasbah Du Toubkal

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Patagonia

Take in Patagonia’s most spectacular scenery on a journey through Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks. Hike at the foot of the Fitz Roy and Paine Massifs, watch the powerful calving of the Perito Moreno Glacier, and visit a working ranch to meet with local huasos. More

Featured Lodge: Tierra Patagonia

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Peru

Trace the legacy of the Inca from vibrant Cusco to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu. As you travel across the verdant mountains of Peru’s Sacred Valley, learn about ancient and modern Andean life on visits to impressive archaeological ruins, active salt mines, and bustling local markets. More

Featured Lodges: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Inkaterra Urubamba and Inkaterra La Casona

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South Africa

Experience South Africa’s diverse landscapes and wildlife on an expedition from the Western Cape’s dramatic coasts to Kruger National Park. Explore colorful Cape Town, hike through flowering fynbos and spot whales off the southern coast, and see an astonishing range of species on safari. More

Featured Lodges: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

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Tanzania

Venture out on safari in three awe-inspiring landscapes in Tanzania. Observe enormous herds of elephants in Tarangire National Park, encounter the highest density of big game in Africa on the floor of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, and settle into a luxury camp near the Serengeti’s Mara River. More

Featured Lodge: Sayari Camp