National Geographic, the legendary magazine that inspires countless travelers around the world, is teaming up with Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours to offer one-of-a-kind river journeys.
The new offering, to be called National Geographic River Cruises, was revealed in a joint announcement issued by the two companies today.
The cruises will include an onboard National Geographic expert who will provide educational presentations and lead informal discussions throughout the trip.
In addition, the European National Geographic cruises will offer a chance for some one-on-one time with a photographer from the publication who will share professional techniques with guests.
Cruise excursions meanwhile are to be experiential and range from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences focused on the natural world, culture, and history.
“We are excited and proud to align ourselves with a brand as historic and well respected as National Geographic,” Glen Moroney, chairman of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, said in a statement.
“We believe Scenic’s dedication to providing guests with the most exceptional five-star, all-inclusive river cruise experience available is a perfect complement to the enriching and authentic experiences for which National Geographic Expeditions is known.”
This is not the first time the legendary company has branched into offering travel experiences.
In addition to the new river cruises, National Geographic designed opportunities include land and train expeditions, active adventures, family and student expeditions, value-priced journeys, expedition cruises, and private jet trips.
The company is behind a collection of 55 National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
“Our trips are designed to celebrate remarkable destinations, to foster genuine interactions with local cultures, and to promote a deeper understanding of the natural world,” Nancy Schumacher, head of travel and tour operations for National Geographic, said in a statement.
“Bringing river cruises into our portfolio allows our travelers to reach spectacular parts of the world in a unique way. We are pleased to partner with Scenic, as they share our commitment to delivering outstanding experiences to guests.”
The National Geographic River Cruises will sail in Europe on the Rhine, Danube, Main, and Moselle Rivers. There will journeys in Holland and Belgium, through France’s Bordeaux region and Portugal’s Douro Valley. Sailings on the Irrawaddy in Myanmar are also being planned.
Departures are scheduled to begin in 2018.