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Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrival / reykjanes peninsula

Did you land in Iceland, or on a different planet?Did you land in Iceland, or on a different planet?

You'll know you've arrived when you fly into Iceland's Keflavik airport, and your first glimpse is of a strange and rather other-worldly land, with a seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blanketing the peninsula as far as the eye can see.

Meet your guide at the airport and begin your tour of this land right away. Depending on arrival time, your first stop is the Blue Lagoon, where you can soak away the aches and pains of air travel. (If you don't arrive in time for a soak, you'll have another chance at the end of your trip.)

With the air travel melted away, it's time to explore the Reykjanes Peninsula. This tour introduces you to the culture and geology of Iceland, with possible stops at the Salt Fish Museum in Grindavik, Bryggjan (an old fishing net factory that is owned by former net workers and now serves as a restaurant), and Þingborg's traditional wool factory, where you can purchase a genuine Icelandic sweater.

On your way to your hotel, and if they aren't inaccessible due to snow cover, stop at one of the many lava tubes that are underfoot at all times. These incredible tubes were formed when flowing lava cooled beneath a hardening surface, leaving underground mazes available for exploration.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Selid (or similar)

Day 2: Þórsmörk, valley of the god thor

Explore the Valley of the God Thor in your super-jeepExplore the Valley of the God Thor in your super-jeep

Now that you've gotten an overview of Iceland, it's time to see some glaciers up close, which you'll do on a super-jeep tour in Þórsmörk, a mountain ridge named after the Norse god Thor. The valley of this region sits at the meeting of three glaciers: Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010; Myrdalsjökull; and Tindfjallajökull. The landscape of Þórsmörk formed from eruptions underneath the glaciers and gives the terrain a surreal effect.

Spend the day crossing unbridged glacial rivers, stopping at spectacular sites like Gýgjökull, where the eruption in 2010 first emerged. Today also presents several options for short hikes, but even if you choose not to hike, you'll find this a breathtaking and worthwhile day.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Selid (or similar)

Day 3: southern coast / search for northern lights

Search for the Northern LightsSearch for the Northern Lights

More fire and ice beauty awaits you today, along with possible Northern Lights sightings! From your hotel, head along the south coast where you'll see the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black beach at Reynisfjara, and the glacier Myrdalsjökull, the fourth largest ice cap in Iceland. 

Learn more about the culture of this region with a visit to the Skógasafn folk museum, which houses 15,000 regional folk craft artifacts throughout three museums and six historical buildings, including a church and a schoolhouse.

Since you will be staying in the countryside without any artificial light pollution, you might be able to end your night on a high note: a Northern Lights sighting! But if not, don't worry; throughout your trip, your guide monitors weather and predictions for celestial activity to present you the best possible chances to see this phenomenon. Hotel staff throughout your trip also offer middle-of-the-night wake up calls if light activity is ideal.

(Traveling in the summer? No problem! This trip can easily be modified to add more summer-appropriate activities and bypass activities—such as seeing the Northern Lights—that are best at other times of the year.)

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Geirland (or similar)

Day 4: vatnajökull park / jökulsárlón lagoon / home visit

Enjoy hikes in the Skaftafell areaEnjoy hikes in the Skaftafell area

The next two days you will delve into the culture and beauty of Iceland, while enjoying the region of Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe.

Drive along the ice cap and its outlet glaciers, and visit the Skaftafell area to enjoy short hikes. Walk along the coast of Glacier Lagoon, a large and incredibly deep lake that formed when Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier receded from the Atlantic ocean. The lake has expanded four-fold since 1970, and is expected to become a fjord (a clear example of global warming in action). You may see dramatic icebergs floating on the lagoon, or even calving from the glacier.

Get to know the history of this region a visit to the Þórbergssetur Museum of Literature and time at Skaftárstofa (the information center in Kirkjubæjarklaustur), where you can learn about the biggest eruption in Iceland's recorded history, the Laki lava flow of 1783. Cultural exchanges abound with a local food tour and visits to the homes of local residents and farmers. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Geirland (or similar)

Day 5: vatnajökull park / jökulsárlón lagoon / home visit

Continue your exploration of the Skaftafell regionContinue your exploration of the Skaftafell region

Today is a continuation of day 4, giving you an opportunity to see the sites you weren't yet able to see.

Note that because activities throughout Iceland are very weather-dependent, your guide will monitor conditions and adjust activities to fit the weather as well as possible. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Selid (or similar)

Day 6: the golden circle / farm visit

See dramatic landscapes on your Golden Circle driving tourSee dramatic landscapes on your Golden Circle driving tour

Today you'll experience one of the most iconic areas of Iceland: The Golden Circle. This popular driving route includes three key sites: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss golden waterfall, and Geysir, the geothermal area including active geyser Strokkur. (Fun fact: this is the site from which the word "geyser" originated.)

Also enjoy more cultural exchanges today when you eat lunch (tomato soup and fresh bread) at a local tomato farm.
 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Alda (or similar)

Day 7: reykjavík

Get to know ReykjavikGet to know Reykjavik

You've explored the glaciers, you've seen the Northern Lights, you've driven the Golden Circle...now what? You choose!

Today is a free day to spend as you wish. Reykjavík has many options, including museums, whale watching, horseback riding, a scenic helicopter ride, or, of course, just wandering the town and enjoying shops and cafes. Your guide can help you figure out what to do and "guide" you in the right direction, and depending on weather and availability, he or she may be able to offer a day trip from Reykjavík.

After spending a week exploring the country, you'll have a good sense of Iceland's people and culture. To that end, we cordially invite you to a 60-minute screening of "How to Become an Icelandic," a very humorous reflection of the people and places you've seen throughout your time in Iceland. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Alda (or similar)

Day 8: blue lagoon / departure

Soak in the warm waters of the Blue LagoonSoak in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon

Sadly, your trip comes to an end today. But, if there's time before your return flight, visit (or return for a second visit) the Blue Lagoon for a final soak. Or, continue to explore Reykjavík at your own pace. Later, your guide will transfer you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home. 

Not ready to leave? Consider extending your stay by driving further east for a visit to ice caves located in Vatnajökull, and enjoy local cuisine with the resident farmers. Or head west to the Snaefellsnes peninsula and the ice channels on Langjökull glacier. There's still plenty more to see in Iceland!

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$5,300
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1,200
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Oct 8-15, 2017

Need to Know

Weather in Iceland

Activities in Iceland are very weather-dependent, and the best time to go depends on what type of activities you are hoping to do. Here is a guide to weather in Iceland:

  • Mid-March through mid-June: With an increase in sunlight, there are many more options for active adventures during this timeframe. The ground is often still covered with snow and ice, so your best activities include hiking or skiing the mountains. Is it possible to see the Northern Lights, although your chances decrease starting in mid-April due to the days becoming longer.
  • Mid-June through late August: Mountain roads typically open in mid-June, making the highlands available for exploration. This is definitely the time for true nature lovers to be in Iceland. But, this is also the busiest tourist season in Iceland, so expect more crowds than in other times of the year. 
  • September and October: This time of year it is still possible to visit the highlands before they close up again due to snow, and it's also possible to witness the Northern Lights if conditions are right. But, this is a low season for tourism, so traveling during this timeframe helps avoid crowds.
  • Late October through mid-March: If you are interested in winter activities, or if seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of your list, this is the best time to go. The days are short and you can expect long afternoons and evenings at your hotel. But the darkness means there is plenty of time to seek out the Northern Lights.
Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable country hotels while exploring outside of cities, and modern hotels with full amenities while in the more rural areas.
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking with optional day hikes
Group Size:
7-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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What is the best time to visit Iceland?

  Iceland's recent popularity as a travel destination is well deserved, since the country has done an excellent job of developing tourism programs, building infrastructure to …

Iceland's picture-perfect waterfalls are the backdrop to your trip
Iceland's picture-perfect waterfalls are the backdrop to your trip
See climate change in action as glaciers float by
See climate change in action as glaciers float by
The beautiful black beaches provide a contrast to the sky
The beautiful black beaches provide a contrast to the sky
Learn about the turf houses of Iceland
Learn about the turf houses of Iceland
See the "fire" part of Iceland when you visit the hot springs
See the "fire" part of Iceland when you visit the hot springs
The Northern Lights are a must-see for any trip to Iceland
The Northern Lights are a must-see for any trip to Iceland
See the famous puffins of Iceland
See the famous puffins of Iceland
Deep canyons and wild rivers run throughout Iceland
Deep canyons and wild rivers run throughout Iceland
Hot springs seem to be around every corner
Hot springs seem to be around every corner
Soak in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon
Soak in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon

Best of Iceland’s Fire and Ice

Meet the locals and see glaciers, volcanoes, and Northern Lights

overview

This is no ordinary trip to Iceland! We've taken the best Iceland has to offer and added a cultural layer to it, providing you with an intimate small-group experience that takes you away from crowds and into the homes, farms and lives of its residents.

You'll know you've arrived when you fly into Iceland's Keflavik airport, and your first glimpse is of a strange and rather other-worldly land, with a seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blanketing the peninsula as far as the eye can see.

Throughout your journey, you'll see all of the glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, lagoons, volcanoes, and lava caves you'd expect from this truly exotic land. Sprinkled throughout your days, you'll also get insider opportunities to learn about the history of the island, visit homes of locals, and enjoy meals at farms.

And no trip to Iceland would be complete without the search for the Northern Lights. During your adventure, your hand-picked guide monitors weather and predictions for celestial activity to present you with the best possible chances to see this phenomenon. Hotel staff throughout your trip also offer middle-of-the-night wake up calls if light activity is ideal.

(Traveling in the summer? No problem! This trip can easily be modified to add more summer-appropriate activities and bypass activities—such as seeing the Northern Lights—that are best at other times of the year.)

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overview

This is no ordinary trip to Iceland! We've taken the best Iceland has to offer and added a cultural layer to it, providing you with an intimate small-group experience that takes you away from crowds and into the homes, farms and lives of its residents.

You'll know you've arrived when you fly into Iceland's Keflavik airport, and your first glimpse is of a strange and rather other-worldly land, with a seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blanketing the peninsula as far as the eye can see.

Throughout your journey, you'll see all of the glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, lagoons, volcanoes, and lava caves you'd expect from this truly exotic land. Sprinkled throughout your days, you'll also get insider opportunities to learn about the history of the island, visit homes of locals, and enjoy meals at farms.

And no trip to Iceland would be complete without the search for the Northern Lights. During your adventure, your hand-picked guide monitors weather and predictions for celestial activity to present you with the best possible chances to see this phenomenon. Hotel staff throughout your trip also offer middle-of-the-night wake up calls if light activity is ideal.

(Traveling in the summer? No problem! This trip can easily be modified to add more summer-appropriate activities and bypass activities—such as seeing the Northern Lights—that are best at other times of the year.)

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrival / reykjanes peninsula
    Did you land in Iceland, or on a different planet?Did you land in Iceland, or on a different planet?

    You'll know you've arrived when you fly into Iceland's Keflavik airport, and your first glimpse is of a strange and rather other-worldly land, with a seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blanketing the peninsula as far as the eye can see.

    Meet your guide at the airport and begin your tour of this land right away. Depending on arrival time, your first stop is the Blue Lagoon, where you can soak away the aches and pains of air travel. (If you don't arrive in time for a soak, you'll have another chance at the end of your trip.)

    With the air travel melted away, it's time to explore the Reykjanes Peninsula. This tour introduces you to the culture and geology of Iceland, with possible stops at the Salt Fish Museum in Grindavik, Bryggjan (an old fishing net factory that is owned by former net workers and now serves as a restaurant), and Þingborg's traditional wool factory, where you can purchase a genuine Icelandic sweater.

    On your way to your hotel, and if they aren't inaccessible due to snow cover, stop at one of the many lava tubes that are underfoot at all times. These incredible tubes were formed when flowing lava cooled beneath a hardening surface, leaving underground mazes available for exploration.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Selid (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: Þórsmörk, valley of the god thor
    Explore the Valley of the God Thor in your super-jeepExplore the Valley of the God Thor in your super-jeep

    Now that you've gotten an overview of Iceland, it's time to see some glaciers up close, which you'll do on a super-jeep tour in Þórsmörk, a mountain ridge named after the Norse god Thor. The valley of this region sits at the meeting of three glaciers: Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010; Myrdalsjökull; and Tindfjallajökull. The landscape of Þórsmörk formed from eruptions underneath the glaciers and gives the terrain a surreal effect.

    Spend the day crossing unbridged glacial rivers, stopping at spectacular sites like Gýgjökull, where the eruption in 2010 first emerged. Today also presents several options for short hikes, but even if you choose not to hike, you'll find this a breathtaking and worthwhile day.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Selid (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: southern coast / search for northern lights
    Search for the Northern LightsSearch for the Northern Lights

    More fire and ice beauty awaits you today, along with possible Northern Lights sightings! From your hotel, head along the south coast where you'll see the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black beach at Reynisfjara, and the glacier Myrdalsjökull, the fourth largest ice cap in Iceland. 

    Learn more about the culture of this region with a visit to the Skógasafn folk museum, which houses 15,000 regional folk craft artifacts throughout three museums and six historical buildings, including a church and a schoolhouse.

    Since you will be staying in the countryside without any artificial light pollution, you might be able to end your night on a high note: a Northern Lights sighting! But if not, don't worry; throughout your trip, your guide monitors weather and predictions for celestial activity to present you the best possible chances to see this phenomenon. Hotel staff throughout your trip also offer middle-of-the-night wake up calls if light activity is ideal.

    (Traveling in the summer? No problem! This trip can easily be modified to add more summer-appropriate activities and bypass activities—such as seeing the Northern Lights—that are best at other times of the year.)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Geirland (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: vatnajökull park / jökulsárlón lagoon / home visit
    Enjoy hikes in the Skaftafell areaEnjoy hikes in the Skaftafell area

    The next two days you will delve into the culture and beauty of Iceland, while enjoying the region of Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe.

    Drive along the ice cap and its outlet glaciers, and visit the Skaftafell area to enjoy short hikes. Walk along the coast of Glacier Lagoon, a large and incredibly deep lake that formed when Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier receded from the Atlantic ocean. The lake has expanded four-fold since 1970, and is expected to become a fjord (a clear example of global warming in action). You may see dramatic icebergs floating on the lagoon, or even calving from the glacier.

    Get to know the history of this region a visit to the Þórbergssetur Museum of Literature and time at Skaftárstofa (the information center in Kirkjubæjarklaustur), where you can learn about the biggest eruption in Iceland's recorded history, the Laki lava flow of 1783. Cultural exchanges abound with a local food tour and visits to the homes of local residents and farmers. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Geirland (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: vatnajökull park / jökulsárlón lagoon / home visit
    Continue your exploration of the Skaftafell regionContinue your exploration of the Skaftafell region

    Today is a continuation of day 4, giving you an opportunity to see the sites you weren't yet able to see.

    Note that because activities throughout Iceland are very weather-dependent, your guide will monitor conditions and adjust activities to fit the weather as well as possible. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Selid (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: the golden circle / farm visit
    See dramatic landscapes on your Golden Circle driving tourSee dramatic landscapes on your Golden Circle driving tour

    Today you'll experience one of the most iconic areas of Iceland: The Golden Circle. This popular driving route includes three key sites: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss golden waterfall, and Geysir, the geothermal area including active geyser Strokkur. (Fun fact: this is the site from which the word "geyser" originated.)

    Also enjoy more cultural exchanges today when you eat lunch (tomato soup and fresh bread) at a local tomato farm.
     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Alda (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: reykjavík
    Get to know ReykjavikGet to know Reykjavik

    You've explored the glaciers, you've seen the Northern Lights, you've driven the Golden Circle...now what? You choose!

    Today is a free day to spend as you wish. Reykjavík has many options, including museums, whale watching, horseback riding, a scenic helicopter ride, or, of course, just wandering the town and enjoying shops and cafes. Your guide can help you figure out what to do and "guide" you in the right direction, and depending on weather and availability, he or she may be able to offer a day trip from Reykjavík.

    After spending a week exploring the country, you'll have a good sense of Iceland's people and culture. To that end, we cordially invite you to a 60-minute screening of "How to Become an Icelandic," a very humorous reflection of the people and places you've seen throughout your time in Iceland. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Alda (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: blue lagoon / departure
    Soak in the warm waters of the Blue LagoonSoak in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon

    Sadly, your trip comes to an end today. But, if there's time before your return flight, visit (or return for a second visit) the Blue Lagoon for a final soak. Or, continue to explore Reykjavík at your own pace. Later, your guide will transfer you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home. 

    Not ready to leave? Consider extending your stay by driving further east for a visit to ice caves located in Vatnajökull, and enjoy local cuisine with the resident farmers. Or head west to the Snaefellsnes peninsula and the ice channels on Langjökull glacier. There's still plenty more to see in Iceland!

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$5,300
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1,200
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Oct 8-15, 2017

Need to Know

Weather in Iceland

Activities in Iceland are very weather-dependent, and the best time to go depends on what type of activities you are hoping to do. Here is a guide to weather in Iceland:

  • Mid-March through mid-June: With an increase in sunlight, there are many more options for active adventures during this timeframe. The ground is often still covered with snow and ice, so your best activities include hiking or skiing the mountains. Is it possible to see the Northern Lights, although your chances decrease starting in mid-April due to the days becoming longer.
  • Mid-June through late August: Mountain roads typically open in mid-June, making the highlands available for exploration. This is definitely the time for true nature lovers to be in Iceland. But, this is also the busiest tourist season in Iceland, so expect more crowds than in other times of the year. 
  • September and October: This time of year it is still possible to visit the highlands before they close up again due to snow, and it's also possible to witness the Northern Lights if conditions are right. But, this is a low season for tourism, so traveling during this timeframe helps avoid crowds.
  • Late October through mid-March: If you are interested in winter activities, or if seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of your list, this is the best time to go. The days are short and you can expect long afternoons and evenings at your hotel. But the darkness means there is plenty of time to seek out the Northern Lights.
Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable country hotels while exploring outside of cities, and modern hotels with full amenities while in the more rural areas.
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking with optional day hikes
Group Size:
7-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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