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Escorted Tours Around the World
Extraordinary Ecotourism...The IE Way
When you travel with International Expeditions, you travel with pioneers in ecotourism. International Expeditions shows you some of the most remarkable places in the world — but does so in a way that’s as enriching as we can make it. Our escorted tours, planned and continuously refined over 34 years, include many elements that would be next to impossible to do otherwise. On our Amazon cruise, for example, we’ll take you further into the river's tributaries than anyone else, so that you have the chance for some exceptional sightings. And as you learn, you’ll also have a lot of fun and laughter — the joy that comes from making new discoveries in the company of friends who share in the excitement.
Our unique itineraries and trail-blazing ecotravel spirit have led International Expeditions to be awarded as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by the editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine (2008 & 2009). We are proud to be included on Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of “World’s Best” tour operators and safari outfitters for seven consecutive years (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010). And recently Travel + Leisure rated our 10-day Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the M/V Evolution as one of the “50 most romantic places on Earth.” For 2013, our Nicaragua tour was named a National Geographic Traveler "World's Best Guided Trip." Our Amazon cruise was recognized in National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine as one of the “25 Greatest Adventures in the World,” and by renowned writer Patricia Schultz as one of the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. And our Web site was voted part of the "Best of the Web" by Forbes magazine. These and other honors are a testament to our mission of providing guests with the very best ecotravel experiences we possibly can, and to the passion and dedication that our staff members bring to their work.
For a complete list, please see our Award-Winning Nature Travel.
A History of Ecotravel
In 1990, International Expeditions helped to form The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) by providing the major source of funding, and our founder and former president, Richard Ryel, also served as a member of the original board. TIES works to bring communities, conservation and sustainable travel together to promote ecotravel to natural areas, while conserving the environment and improving the well-being of local people.
For more information on The International Ecotourism Society, visit www.ecotourism.org.
International Expeditions is the “world leader in nature travel” for one reason above all others — the superb, English-speaking naturalists and historians who guide you through Earth’s great wildlife and cultural destinations. These are not typical “tour leaders.” Rather, our guides are consummate local experts with the uncanny ability to tell you about all the animals, plants, history and culture you’ll encounter, and who care that you enjoy yourself and get the most out of your experience. You can be sure that because of them, your IE journey will be interesting, enriching, fun and exciting.
Learn more about our Naturalist Guides.
Small Groups and Independent Travel
International Expeditions specializes in small group natural history tours. Our strong contacts around the globe and thorough knowledge of each destination enable us to serve "independent" guests like no other travel outfitter. That’s why so many people turn to us to customize their ideal journeys to Earth’s great nature and cultural history destinations.
Learn more about Small Group Tours.
Demonstrating Our Commitment Worldwide
International Expeditions is proud to be a pioneer in small-group nature travel. Throughout our history, we have supported conservation projects across the globe. For example, we organized the First International Rainforest Workshop in the Amazon in 1990, raising funds for a research center and the Canopy Walkway System. Our rainforest tours help to fund ongoing conservation efforts, like building water-treatment plants in villages, funding the Amazon Medical Clinic, and building the Las Malvinas Urban Garden Project. In Belize, we provided major support for the fledgling Belize Zoo, now a symbol of how to work together in wildlife education and ecotourism. Also, we and the villagers of Crooked Tree, Belize worked together to create the sustainable agriculture project “Crooked Tree Cashews.” The list is extensive. We are founding members of IGTOA, which protects the fragile reserves of the Galapagos. In 1994, we created the First African Savannah Workshop, enabling travelers to enjoy hands-on learning with renowned researchers and local naturalists. We are a corporate sponsor of the East African Wild Life Society. There are many more projects, and we are continually on the lookout for new opportunities.
Learn more about our ecotourism and conservation efforts.
Travel in Style
With International Expeditions, you’ll travel in small groups (seldom over 16 guests), with expert nature travel guides, on meticulously planned itineraries. And you’ll stay in top-rate accommodations. You’ll be well looked after wherever you go. From our stylish Amazon riverboats (which we helped design!) to romantic tented camps in Africa and everywhere in between, you can expect the very highest order of service. We’re detail-oriented, and it shows in our unrivaled pre-departure materials. From our picturesque brochures to the comprehensive Destination Handbook provided free of charge in your pre-departure package, no one prepares you for your journey like we do.