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Africa Selling Fast, into 2018

We've been experiencing tremendous demand for Africa safaris for 2017 and well into 2018. Many of our favorite camps and boutique properties are quite small, with as few as 3 or 4 tents in a camp so it doesn't take much for them to fill up. Many are actually sold out for the Christmas/New Years' 2017 time frame.

If you're keen to go on safari this year or next, please give us a call so we can help you start planning now. Our expert team is always ready to help you!

What's Up in 2017

Welcome to 2017! We have some great small-group adventures planned, starting with the ECUADOR SPRING BREAK trip. This is a "guaranteed departure": we have blocked space on one of our favorite Galapagos yachts, and we have some spots available with savings of US$ 1,075 per person. Designed to fit in with most secondary school Spring Breaks in Calgary, the trip spends 2 nights in Quito, 4 nights in the Galapagos and 2 nights in Otavalo. Stay in a converted mansion, a first-class yacht, and a historic hacienda! This trip is suitable for singles, couples - not just families with kids.

Denell Falk, President of Civilized Adventures, will host several small-group trips in 2017, including inaugural trips to ICELAND (June 4 departure; space is very limited), MONGOLIA, and UZBEKISTAN. Mongolia and Uzbekistan trips depart in September; they can be combined for a savings of US$ 250 per person. Denell also hosts a trip in October that showcases two gems of Asia: MYANMAR & CAMBODIA

ZIMBABWE & BOTSWANA offer amazing wildlife viewing experiences. If you have dreamt of a great safari, our September trip led by specialist guide Travis Steffens is highly recommended. Many of you will know of Brian Keating; Travis was inspired to study primates as a student of Brian's at the U of C. Now over a decade later, Travis has spent years in Madagascar studying lemurs (he will soon gain PHd status), and during this time he has led many safaris in southern Africa. He's dedicated, knowledgable, and extremely personable and we're sure you'll enjoy a great safari experience with him. Space is quite limited on this "guaranteed departure" where we have booked intimate safari camps in top wildlife viewing locations.

Our small-group safari to KENYA & TANZANIA starts on Sept. 11. This classic safari takes in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara at a time when the migration is at its height. Our top safari guides will take care of the group. Special activities - beyond wildlife viewing - include learning more about the programs and efforts behind saving endangered rhinos in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. 

Our "CUSTOM team" has been extraordinarily busy this past year working closely with our clients to create personalized journeys even into 2018. Favorite destinations include Peru & Machu Picchu, Ecuador & the Galapagos, Argentina & Chile (Easter Island, Patagonia, winelands), Costa Rica, Italy, Spain & France; and Asian gems like Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. We've seen increased interest in river cruises, from the Amazon and great rivers of Europe to the Mekong, and cruises on small and medium sized ships. Expedition cruises to the Antarctic, the Arctic, Alaska, the Baja and even Hawaii continue to be popular.

If you're keen to travel in 2017 and onward, please give us a call. Our expert team is confident that we can help you with your travel dreams.


Travel Series Event a Great Success

Last Wednesday, Oct. 8, Civilized Adventures hosted a fun and informative evening with our special guest speakers who presented a selection of inspiring travel ideas. We enjoyed wonderful images and video on Explora lodges and the Australis cruise in South America, various stops in Australia & New Zealand as well as Civilized Adventures hosted journeys (Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe & Botswana). We wrapped up the evening going around the world through the eyes of Brian Keating, who shared clips from his awe-inspiring travels. 

We promised that proceeds would assist the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, and we are proud to share that CA$1,500 was raised. Thank you to all who attended!

We hope you were inspired with new travel ideas. We look forward to hearing from you when it comes time for us to help you with your next great adventure.

Travel Series: Around the World

Join the team at Civilized Adventures and our special guest speakers as we visit a variety of exciting destinations. Tickets are $15 with proceeds supporting the Wilderness Wildlife Trust.

Purchase tickets online at:


Crystal Yacht Cruises: Alternative Cruising!

crystal-espritCrystal Cruises has reached the top as "World's Best Cruise Ship" in Conde Nast's Readers' Choice awards for 22 years. The line has been awarded Travel & Leisure's "World's Best Large Ship Cruise Line" for 20 years. Now they bring their expertise to the world of luxury yachting as they launch the newly refurbished Crystal Esprit.

The small size of this truly luxurious yacht is well-suited to discerning individuals who seek privileged access to some of the world's most beautiful maritime destinations.

NOW UNTIL AUG. 31, 2016: Book now to receive two-for-one fares with Crystal Cruises. If you choose a Crystal Yacht Voyage (there are 24 sailing in the Seychelles), this offer is valid for travel between Jan. 31 & Mar. 17, 2017.

6 day Seychelles sailings start at US$ 3,240 per person (at the 2-for-1 level). 

crystal-esprit-marinaFeatures of the new Crystal Esprit:

  • 62 passengers are taken care of by 94 crew members
  • Cabins range from 223-515 sq. feet on four decks
  • Enjoy Michelin star level of cuisine
  • Select fine wine, champagne and premium spirits are included
  • Curated shore excursions include cultural and even extreme adventures, depending on the port of call.
  • Access to kayaks, wakeboards, Jet Skis, fishing equipment
  • Wifi is included
  • Fitness &  Wellness @Sea programs are included
  • Butler Service is provided for every suite
  • a self-serve pantry and wine bar is accessible around the clock.
  • very special feature: a two-person submarine (with pilot) for deep-sea exploration!!

crystal-suiteTo see more about Crystal Yacht Cruises, click here.

To learn more and to reserve our yachting adventure,
please contact our Adventure Travel/Cruise Specialist,

Ajay Karah: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



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