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Tour Newsletter Dated April 27, 2015

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Today, I'd like to share 12 special tours that offer unique wildlife-watching experiences. Click any link for more details, including dates and prices.

Journey to the "Polar Bear Capital of the World" -- the town of Churchill in the Canadian province of Manitoba -- with Natural Habitat Adventures. On the six- or seven-day Classic Polar Bear Adventure, guests spend two days on the tundra near Hudson Bay, in heated polar rovers, observing these ivory-furred animals. The bears congregate here for six to eight weeks each fall, waiting for the bay to freeze over so that they can resume their hunt for seals across the vast ice pack.

More than 100 pandas live at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. The facility is dedicated to the survival of this species, and dozens of cubs have been born at the center. You can spend a few hours with the cuddly looking creatures on a nine-day itinerary called In Pursuit of Pandas with Wendy Wu Tours.

Coastal Central & South America during the Whale Migration is a 13-day cruise with Haimark Line between Lima, Peru, and Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. View humpback whales off the coast of Ecuador and scarlet macaws and harpy eagles in the rain forests of Costa Rica. Isla Gorgona, Colombia -- which sheltered pirates in the 1700s and housed prisoners in the 20th century -- now is a refuge for sloths and white-headed capuchins. Guests travel aboard the 210-passenger MS Saint Laurent.

Several hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are home to species found nowhere else on Earth. The upscale Celebrity Xpedition sails to these amazing isles year-round, carrying up to 98 passengers on the 11- or 12-day Galapagos Experience Cruise designed by Celebrity Cruises. Scheduled stops include Isabela Island, inhabited by 5-foot-long land iguanas and giant tortoises; Bartolome Island, home to Galapagos penguins; and Santiago Island, where you'll see Galapagos fur seals.

Spend two nights in Denali National Park and Preserve, arriving via the Alaska Railroad, on the 10-day Spectacular Alaska trip from Globus. Join a guided expedition in search of grizzly bears, caribou and moose in the 6 million-acre reserve, and take day cruises in Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park, where you'll spot seals, orcas, humpback whales, sea otters and a variety of birds.

About one-quarter of Costa Rica is designated as a national park or conservation area. Trafalgar guests learn about the biodiversity of the Central American country on the eight-day Costa Rica Eco Adventure. In Tortuguero National Park, visit a green turtle research facility and take a cruise in search of howler monkeys, crocs and toucans. Traverse six suspension bridges strung through the treetops of Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you might spot the colorful, long-tailed bird known as the quetzal.

Venture to Antarctica with Hurtigruten on The Land of the Penguins, a 13-day expedition aboard the 318-passenger MS Fram. The ship departs from Ushuaia, Argentina, and navigates the rough waters of the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica. Onboard lectures focus on the history, environment and animals of the continent, and travelers go ashore in Polarcirkel boats for up-close views of gentoo and Adelie penguins, seals and whales.

Track rare and endangered mountain gorillas on Uganda & Rwanda in Depth, an 11-day adventure from SITA Tours. Experienced guides lead you through the thick forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park to family groups of mountain gorillas, which you'll be able to observe from just a few feet away. You'll also visit safari parks where chimpanzees, rhinos, elephants and lions dwell.

Get up close views of some gentle giants on the six-day Swimming with Mexico's Whale Sharks, offered by Natural Habitat Adventures. Averaging 40 feet in length, whale sharks are the world's largest fish. From May to September, the docile, plankton-eating creatures migrate to the waters off the Yucatan Peninsula, where guests can swim within arm's reach of them.

The eight-day Tanzania Highlights from Alluring Africa spends time in some of the continent's premier safari reserves, such as Serengeti National Park. Join game drives in Tarangire National Park, known for its large population of pachyderms, and Ngorongoro Crater, home to more than 25,000 large animals and the world's greatest concentration of mammalian predators (you're likely to see the "big five" here -- lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant).

Yellowstone National Park is best known for that reliable geyser, Old Faithful, but it also boasts the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states. Guests spend two nights in the park as part of the nine-day American Parks Trail, offered by Insight Vacations. You may spot some of the more than 60 types of mammals that live here, like grizzly bears, bison, elk and white-tailed deer. Travelers also overnight in Grand Teton National Park, another preserve that's rich in wildlife.

Seek polar bears, walruses and rare seabirds during the 11-day Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic, a cruise offered by Quark Expeditions. Spitsbergen is a Norwegian island that lies high above the Arctic Circle, and you'll cruise to its fjords and glaciers in an ice-strengthened ship, either the 117-guest Sea Adventurer or the 78-guest Ocean Nova. There is no fixed itinerary; the captain and crew select destinations for optimal wildlife viewing.

Here are this week's Top 20 Tours. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) The Balkans & Venice, 14 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Zagreb and ends in Venice with stops in Sarajevo, Dubrovnik and Ljubljana. Save up to 5%. Starting at $3,197. Departures from May 22 through October 2, 2015.

2) Best of Ireland South, 7 days with CIE Tours. Begins in Dublin and ends in Shannon with visits to Blarney Castle, the Dingle Peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher. Save 7%. Starting at $1,139. Departures from May 14 through October 31, 2015.

3) Classic Italy, 10 days with Keytours. Begins in Rome and ends in Venice with visits to Vatican City, Siena and Florence. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $2,125. Departures from May 7 through November 26, 2015.

4) The Classic Autumn Voyage North, 7 days with Hurtigruten. Begins in Bergen and ends in Kirkenes with stops in Alesund, Trondheim and Tromso. Save up to 30%. Starting at $2,292. Departures from September 1 through October 31, 2015.

5) In Pursuit of Pandas, 9 days with Wendy Wu Tours. Begins in Beijing and ends in Chengdu with visits to the Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and Leshan. Receive two free pre- or post-tour hotel nights. Starting at $2,340. Departs May 16, 23 & 30, 2015.

6) Best of Germany, 11 days with Insight. Begins in Berlin and ends in Frankfurt with stops in Dresden, Munich and Heidelberg. Save $500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $2,359. Departures from May 28 through October 8, 2015.

7) Southern Italy & Sicily, 16 days with Cosmos. Begins and ends in Rome with visits to Pompeii, Capri and Syracuse. Receive $200 per couple in air credit. Starting at $2,479. Departures from May 15 through October 9, 2015.

8) Good Old Summertime, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Cincinnati and ends in St. Louis with stops in Louisville, Cape Girardeau and Chester. Companion cruises for free, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $2,699. Departs July 12, 2015.

9) Christmas Time Cruise, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Budapest and Nuremberg with stops in Vienna, Passau and Regensburg. Save $2,000 to $3,000 per couple. Starting at $2,799. Departures from November 23 through December 21, 2015.

10) Enticing Douro, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Porto with stops in Barca d'Alva, Salamanca and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $3,499. Departs July 14 & 21 and August 11 & 18, 2015.

11) Scottish Highlands, Islands & Cities, 14 days with Brendan. Begins in Edinburgh and ends in Glasgow with visits to Loch Ness, the Orkney Islands and the Isle of Skye. Save up to 5%. Starting at $3,465. Departures from May 17 through September 13, 2015.

12) Complete Galapagos, 10 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins and ends in Quito with visits to Isla Floreana, Isla Genovesa and Caleta Tortuga Negra. Save 15%. Starting at $3,835. Departures from May 12 through October 27, 2015.

13) Icons of Britain, 16 days with CIE Tours. Begins in Glasgow and ends in London with visits to Loch Ness, Liverpool and Stratford-upon-Avon. Save 7%. Starting at $3,946. Departures from June 12 through October 9, 2015.

14) Gardens of the River, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in New Orleans and ends in Memphis with stops in St. Francisville, Natchez and Vicksburg. Companion cruises for free, plus receive free shore excursions. Starting at $3,999. Departs May 23, 2015.

15) Tulips & Windmills, 10 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins and ends in Amsterdam with visits to Antwerp, Bruges and Keukenhof Gardens. Companion cruises for free plus save $1,000 per couple off airfare. Starting at $4,149. Departures from March 25 through May 6, 2016.

16) Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong, 15 days with Uniworld. Travels between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with visits to Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Cai Be. Save $400 per couple. Starting at $5,099. Departures from July 19 through December 30, 2015.

17) Traditional Grand European with Extended Stay in London, 22 days with Globus. Begins and ends in London with stops in Vienna, Rome and Paris. Save 10%. Starting at $5,729. Departures from May 17 through September 27, 2015.

18) Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari, 10 days with Tauck. Begins and ends in Arusha with visits to Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Travelers age 11 and under receive $500 per person off family departures. Starting at $6,740. Departures from June 12 through August 14, 2016.

19) Discovery Down Under, 12 days with Adventures by Disney. Begins in Cairns and ends in Hobart with visits to the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Sydney. Travelers age 11 and under save $380 to $420 per person. Starting at $7,599. Departures from June 24 through December 16, 2015.

20) Epic High Arctic: Baffin Island Explorer, 13 days with Quark Expeditions. Begins in Toronto and ends in Montreal with visits to Beechey Island, Pond Inlet and Sisimiut. Save 15% to 25%. Starting at $7,995. Departs August 26, 2015.

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