Adventurer-Led Expeditions with Exodus Travels

Award-winning adventure travel company Exodus Travels has announced its 2023 offering of Exodus RCGS Quests, a series of expert-guided itineraries developed in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) and Canadian Geographic Travel.

These limited edition small group tours will answer the call of all wild and adventurous spirits looking for opportunities to challenge themselves and broaden their perspectives. Exodus RCGS Quests urge travelers to discover, learn, and explore, accompanied by world-renowned explorers, authors, photographers, and conservationists. A portion of each Exodus RCGS quest is used to support RCGS grants to further push the boundaries of modern exploration.

From Bolivia’s sweeping landscapes and Annapurna’s sky-swept mountains to Peru’s Colca Canyon, Egypt’s ancient temples and Italy’s classic Dolomites, Exodus RCGS Quests are designed to please the naturally curious and intrepid traveler.

“We are honored to once again be working with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society,” said Robin Brooks, Exodus Marketing Director and RCGS Fellow. “Following the massive success of our inaugural year of Exodus RCGS Quests and the continued demand to further explore and experience more, we are excited to once again offer this unique opportunity to travel a destination from the perspective of an accomplished adventurer.”

“Increasing understanding of people and places, cultural heritage and the natural environment contributes to the strength of the global travel community,” added RCGS CEO John Geiger. “As a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is very proud to once again partner with Exodus Travels to have the opportunity to share our expertise, experience and curiosity with travelers.”

The 2023 Exodus RCGS Quests series currently includes:

George Kourounis

RCGS: Highlights of Bolivia with George Kourounis

This special departure of Exodus’ popular Highlights of Bolivia itinerary will be accompanied by George Kourounis, Filmmaker, Photographer, TV Personality, Daredevil, Chapter Chair of the Explorers Club, National Geographic Explorer and Canadian Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Whether it’s sharing travel and expedition stories from around the world, learning about the exciting adventures and expeditions of Kourounis, or getting tips and training on photography techniques, this epic adventurer will be there every step of the journey to share his expertise to share.

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Bolivia is a typically South American country, both in terms of the vastness of its landscapes and its strong indigenous culture. Amboró National Park has near-unparalleled biodiversity and the charming town of Samaipata provides access to the nearby pre-Columbian UNESCO site of El Fuerte. Marvel at the incredible salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, the largest in the world! This exhilarating journey includes a comprehensive 3-day 4WD adventure that reveals Bolivia’s eye-catching colorful lagoons, cacti islands and bubbling geysers. In stark contrast to the incredible nature, visit the vibrant cities of Sucre, Potosi and La Paz, whose history and culture are deeply rooted in the Incas and Spanish conquistadors. End your adventure with a night in an eco-lodge on Isla del Sol overlooking the deep, calm waters of Lake Titicaca – surrounded by snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real.

Javier Frutos

RCGS: Annapurna Sanctuary Photography Trek with Javier Frutos

This special Annapurna Sanctuary Photography Trek departure from Exodus, Nepal is led by acclaimed photographer and Canadian Geographic Creative Director, Javier Frutos. Trek through Annapurna Base Camp with this incredible RCGS photographer, explorer and adventurer. This particular photographic descent involves stunning landscapes and trekking with the eye of a helpful photographer by your side. From photographing glaciers in the Alps to penguins in Antarctica, Javier has extensive experience and will be on hand to share the secrets of wildlife and nature photography amidst some of the world’s most fascinating landscapes.

The Annapurna Himal is a huge mountain range with multiple peaks over 7,000m. Part of the range forms a natural amphitheater known as the Annapurna Sanctuary surrounded by giants such as Annapurna 1, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Fang and Machhapuchhare. The trek begins through forested hills before reaching the sanctuary with its panoramic views of Annapurna. At higher elevations, the mountain views up close are among the finest in the world. You have a day to explore this impressive mountainous arena before returning to Pokhara via a different route.

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Jill Heinerth

RCGS: Essential Peru with Jill Heinerth

This special departure from Exodus incredibly popular Essential Peru voyage is led by author, photographer, cave diver, underwater explorer and filmmaker for BBC, National Geographic and PBS, Jill Heinerth. With over 30 years of filming, photographing and exploring projects in submerged caves around the world, Heinerth is a member of the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame and has been awarded the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration by the RCGS and the William Beebe Award by the Explorers Club .

A spectacular journey through the varied landscape of Peru with coastal deserts, snow-capped Andean peaks, the high Altiplano and lush cloud forests. The most famous sites will all be visited including the mysterious Nazca Lines, the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu in its incredible mountaintop setting, Lake Titicaca where the night will be spent in an island homestay, and the remarkable 3000m deep Colca Canyon. Along the way, the group will encounter traditional culture, condors, llamas and a warm welcome from the Peruvian people.

Joe Frey

RCGS: Nile Cruise Egypt with Joe Frey

Discover ancient temples and tombs on a Nile River cruise with the Chairman of the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Joe Frey. Joe has visited more than 80 countries and all seven continents. He is an accomplished science writer who has been published in TIME, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Canadian Geographic and DIVER to name a few.

Let yourself be enchanted by the legacy of the mighty pharaohs on this special descent. Immerse yourself in Egypt’s fascinating history and wealth of well-preserved monuments and treasures. You’ll visit the main sights and attractions along the Nile with ease, and taste traditional Egyptian cuisine. The group boards the cruise ship in Luxor and travels upstream, observing local life and visiting the spectacular temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo along the way. Cruising past the lush green shores and beautiful sunsets over the Nile, with incredible onboard facilities make Cruising the Nile an unforgettable Egyptian odyssey.

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Marlis Metzger

RCGS: Classic Dolomites in Italy with Marlis Butcher

Marlis Butcher is an environmentalist, author and photographer. As a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, Marlis achieved her goal of visiting all 47 national parks in Canada in 2019. Based in Ontario, Canada, Marlis is a board member of the Royal Botanical Gardens and a board member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, which protects the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. She is a canoeist, kayaker, hiker, cyclist, cross-country skier and world traveler.

The village of Niederdorf – close to the Austrian border and nestled between the spectacular, rugged limestone peaks – is the perfect starting point for this hiking week in the Dolomites. From here the group will enjoy an excellent choice of routes with the opportunity to relax in comfort at the end of a day’s hiking.

The route enters the Fanes-Sennes and Sesto Dolomites National Parks to enjoy a magnificent view of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Along the way, the group will also visit numerous open-air museums reflecting the status of these imposing mountains as the front line of World War I fighting between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

DR Travis Steffens

RCGS: The Zambezi Valley with Dr. Travis Steffens

Embark on an exciting and intimate experience of nature, canoeing and hiking through the Zambezi Valley hosted by Dr. Travis Steffens, naturalist, primatologist, professor of anthropology and executive director of the Planet Madagascar charity. A Fellow of the RCGS and Explorers Club, Travis has spent over 15 years leading wildlife expeditions, safaris and conservation projects worldwide.

The mighty Zambezi is an excellent location for a canoe safari, turning the excitement and thrill of safari into an active adventure. You camp on secluded beaches and spend the days enjoying the magnificent scenery and abundant wildlife while passing the ubiquitous crocodiles and hippos basking. Away from the water there is also plenty of time for game drives and drives to experience the diverse wildlife and remarkable scenery this region has to offer.

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