TORONTO — Exodus Travels has partnered with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) for a new limited-edition of 2022 itineraries that promises plenty of adventure and life-changing moments.
Called ‘Exodus RCGS Quests,’ the series of small group journeys visits some of the world’s most fascinating destinations, from South Africa and Egypt, to Albania and Costa Rica. A portion of every journey will go towards supporting RCGS fellowship grants aimed at pushing boundaries and promoting modern exploration.
“After over a year and a half of staying put and staying safe, our appetite and humankind’s innate instinct to explore is stronger than ever,” said Robin Brooks, Exodus’ Marketing Director and RCGS Fellow. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide an amplified and enhanced experience to travellers, a unique opportunity to journey through a destination from the perspective of an accomplished adventurer.”
John Geiger, CEO of the RCGS, added: “Further understanding of people and places, cultural heritage and the natural environment is what contributes to the strength of the global travel community. As a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is very proud to be partnering with Exodus Travels, to have the opportunity to share our expertise, experience and curiosity with travellers.”
The Exodus RCGS Quests series currently includes:
- RCGS: Southern Africa Cape Town to Vic Falls with Mario Rigby: This 20-day journey, priced from $7,441, includes such highlights as views atop Table Mountain, wine tasting at a local wine farm, the sand dunes of Deadvlei, and a drive through Etosha National Park. Accompanying the group will be adventurer, author and speaker Mario Rigby, who’s internationally known for his solo two-year, 7,500-mile voyage from Cape Town to Cairo. This tour departs Feb. 20, 2022.
- RCGS: Egypt – Alexandra to Aswan with George Kourounis: Departing March 25, 2022 and priced from $4,224, this 13-day voyage will be led by renowned filmmaker, photographer and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence George Kourounis. Highlights include the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, a desert sunrise in Abu Simbel and a three-night river cruise ship down the Nile.
- RCGS: Kenya Photography Safari with Scott Forsyth: This seven-day itinerary, priced from $5,788 and departing Sept. 11, 2022, explores Kenya through the lens of celebrated RCGS Photographer-in-Residence Scott Forsyth. In addition to the wildlife in Lake Nakuru National Park, travellers will observe one of nature’s most breathtaking displays: The Masai Mara’s Great Migration.
- RCGS: Highlights of Morocco with Aliya Jasmine Sovani: Departing Sept. 18, 2022 and priced from $3,033, this 15-day adventure makes its way through the cities of Marrakesh, Meknes and Fez before exploring the sand dunes and kasbahs of the southern mountain ranges. Accompanying the group will be award-winning reporter and television producer Aliya Jasmine Sovani, who has reported on post-civil war Sudan and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
- RCGS: Highlights of Albania with John Geiger: This 10-day journey, priced from $2,464 and departing July 5, 2022,will be led by international bestselling author and CEO of the RCGS, John Geiger, who will take guests through this fascinating country that only opened up to tourists in 1991. Highlights include the Gramos Mountains, the artist havens of Voskopoje, Llogara National Park, the UNESCO-listed Berat and the famous food and wine of Permet.
- RCGS: Costa Rica Volcanoes and Beaches with Andrew Lovesey: Guests will experience the beauty of Costa Rica through the eyes of Andrew Lovesey, adventure influencer and director at Canadian Geographic and the RCGS. During this eight-day adventure, which departs Jan. 22, 2022, they’ll zipline through the rainforest, soak in mineral-rich hot springs and view some of the most diverse wildlife in the world.
- RCGS: Highlights of Nepal with Photographer Javier Frutos: This 12-day adventure, priced from $4,145 and departing April 4, 2022, will be led by acclaimed RCGS photographer and Canadian Geographic Creative Director Javier Frutos. Highlights include visits to Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, the charming villages in the Annapurna foothills, the wildlife of Chitwan, and a safari by jeep, foot and dugout canoe.