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Discover Bhutan, Colombia and The Baltics with National Geographic Expeditions

Ruth Ruiz

by , Public Relations Manager, Adventures by Disney and National Geographic Expeditions

We’re excited to announce travelers can visit Bhutan, Colombia and the Baltics with National Geographic Expeditions, with trips beginning in 2024! 

Imagine exploring the remote kingdom of Bhutan, trekking through the beautiful landscapes of Colombia, or immersing yourself in the living histories of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia (each hundreds of years old!), which make up the Baltics. These Signature Land tours will offer incredible access and the deep knowledge foundational to National Geographic. Plus, a portion of every expedition that is booked supports National Geographic researchers and scientists around the world!

Let’s take a look into some of the amazing places you’ll see and experience.

Bhutan: Land of Mysticism and Mythology
Bhutan: Land of Mysticism and Mythology, National Geographic Expeditions
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Did you know Bhutan measures the happiness of its people? Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index was formally adopted in 2008, yet the practice is centuries-long and is considered a core responsibility of its government.

Located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, this country boasts dramatic landscapes and commitments to its traditions and nature. In fact, within the nine domains of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index are markers for culture, community and the environment. 

Architectural wonders including the Punakha Dzong, the golden Buddha Dordenma Statue and the Divine Mad Monk Monastery are seen throughout the country. You’ll participate in their butter lamp-lighting tradition, and even enjoy a lesson in Bhutan’s national sport of archery! 

One of the most meaningful and special activities is dining with Bhutanese dignitaries, including government officials and business leaders, for an incredible deep dive into the country. You’ll also meet a Buddhist scholar and take a privately guided hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Colombia: Connections to the Land and the Past
Colombia: Connections to the Land and the Past, National Geographic Expeditions
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Colorful landscapes, music, authentic customs and traditions greet you the moment you arrive in Colombia – this country is a treasure-trove of discovery. And speaking of treasures, you will enjoy a special tour of the Gold Museum to see the treasures that inspired the stories of El Dorado!

A National Geographic Expeditions itinerary is true to National Geographic’s extraordinary legacy of exploration, and this trip to Colombia will inspire travelers through its study of the Afro-Caribbean culture and visit to the UNESCO San Basilio de Palenque, the first free town for enslaved people in the Americas. The archaeological ruins of Taironaka are a living introduction into the modern-day Kogi people, who are descendants of the Tayrona. Naturalists will guide you on a hike through the towering wax palms of the Cocora Valley and point out the many species of birds and wildlife. At the Tayrona National Park, you’ll learn about the cotton-top tamarin and how the Disney Conservation Fund helps support Proyecto Titi, a non-profit committed to save this adorable and small monkey (which are one of the most endangered primate species in the world).

The Baltics — Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia: Enchanted Forests and Medieval Castles
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The stunning baroque architecture throughout the Baltic states is a remarkable testament to its eastern European roots. Tall spires, colorful rooftops and beautifully designed brick structures are marvelous to behold. The three countries are considered one geographic region and all enjoy beautiful eastern shores and sunsets along the Baltic Sea. Here are a few fun facts: In Estonia, forests cover more than half of the landscape, Lithuania is the geographical center of Europe and Latvia’s flag is one of the oldest in the world.

History comes to life in the Baltics, including discovering medieval times during exclusive excursions to Cecis Castle and Gusmanas Caves. At Rocca al Mare and its open-air museum, you’ll walk through a life-sized representation of a rural fishing village from the 18th to 19th century complete with a church, tavern, schoolhouse and farmyards. 

At the UNESCO celebrated Old Town Centers of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, you’ll be walking in culture preserved hundreds of years. Did you know Vailius was granted city rights in 1387, Riga was founded in 1201, and Tallinn’s first confirmed record was in 1219? You’ll also tour the royal residential palace of the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania of the 16th and mid-17th centuries. 

And let’s not forget about the food! The Riga Central Market, located just steps away from the Daugava River, will feature Latvia’s fresh food and local crops grown in the maritime, temperate climate. 

Come see the world with us! 

National Geographic Expeditions offers hundreds of trips each year to all seven continents and more than 80 destinations. Travelers have journeyed alongside National Geographic Experts, explorers, naturalists and local guides for deep dives into archaeology, photography, geography, conservation, wildlife, marine biology and more. Today’s announcement enhances the already amazing catalog of places to visit.

All of us at National Geographic Expeditions look forward to welcoming you on our new itineraries!

Bookings open to the public on June 13, 2023. More details can be found online at, by calling 888-732-2379 or 312-940-7403, or contacting your travel agent.