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French Polynesia
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Tahaa
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BEYOND THE POSTCARD
FRENCH POLYNESIA

July 12-21, 2018 - FREE AIR! Book by December 31, 2017, and receive FREE round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Papeete. Plus bar and crew tips included.

JULY 19-28, 2018 - FREE AIR! Book by December 31, 2017, and receive FREE round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Papeete. Plus bar and crew tips included.

DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
The South Pacific has exerted a hold on Western imagination for centuries—ever since the legendary European explorers who discovered it returned with captivating stories of azure seas, secluded atolls, and pristine shores. On this multifaceted expedition, you’ll venture into the heart of French Polynesian culture and wildness—viewing it beyond its postcard-perfect facade.

FRENCH POLYNESIA

On land, bike or take a jeep ride into lush island interiors to encounter unique flora and fauna, as well as connect with the welcoming locals, then discover Polynesia’s deep spiritual pulse as you visit the region’s marae, including Marae Taputapuatea. This sacred meeting ground, which just earned UNESCO World Heritage status in July, was the point from which Polynesian seafarers would begin their bold expeditions sailing into the unknown. You’ll delve into its mystery and history alongside cultural experts. At sea, there will be myriad opportunities to linger in the turquoise lagoons and vibrant reefs bursting with kaleidoscopic marine life—swim, snorkel, dive, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard.

The modern and comfortable National Geographic Orion will be your base for this journey, and an expert expedition team will add incomparable dimensions to your experience. Four naturalists/cultural specialists will illuminate every facet, two divemasters and an undersea specialist will maximize your time in the undersea, and an ethnomusicologist will curate exclusive musical performances. Orion is the only expedition ship exploring the South Pacific with National Geographic photographers. You’ll have the rare chance to capture epic photo ops side by side with Jonathan Irish, who has photographed on all seven continents.

Few have the chance to experience the South Pacific the way you will on this exceptional expedition, and I hope you are inspired to join us, July 12-21, 2018. To reserve your space, please send in the reservation form or call 800-252-4910.

Sincerely,

Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
For ACS Expeditions

July 12-21, 2018 Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)

July 19-28, 2018 Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)

Starting at $7,690 plus air

Bora Bora
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