RCGS Exodus Quests

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is thrilled to unveil eight exciting adventures with Exodus Travels, our newest land travel partner. Led by renowned explorers, authors, photographers, and fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society — this curated collection of trips will bring Canadians to the furthest reaches of the globe as part of transformative Exodus RCGS Quests.

Discover the rose-coloured city of Petra with a RCGS Honorary Vice-President and award-winning author Wade Davis. Journey under the Northern Lights and through Norway’s spectacular island archipelago, with Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth. Delve into the hypnotically exotic history and culture of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam with storm chaser George Kourounis. With only 8 exclusive departures for 2020, These are the kinds of adventures travel legends are made of.

Scroll down to learn more — and to reserve your spot before the trips have booked up!

Hidden treasures of Jordan with Wade Davis 

An arid land of towering sand dunes, desert castles and a rose-red necropolis awaits on Exodus’ Hidden Treasures of Jordan tour, where filmmaker, best-selling author and RCGS Honorary Vice-President Wade Davis awaits as the ultimate travel companion. Join Wade on an adventure spanning Jordan’s Desert Loop east of Amman, Madaba’s sacred Mount Nebo and the Crusade-era castles of Petra. See the Dead Sea Scrolls, overnight in an authentic Bedouin Camp and snorkel the coral reefs of the Red Sea—all while accompanied by one of the most celebrated explorers in the game. 

12 days from $3,050 CAD
Departing March 13, 2020

Cape Town to Victoria Falls with Michelle Valberg

Treat yourself to an epic journey through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe on Exodus’ Cape Town to Victoria Falls with Can Geo Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg. Meet the friendly giants of the world at the elephant-filled Chobe National Park, trek the lunar landscapes of Deadvlei and capture mantle-worthy shots of Africa’s charismatic wildlife before toasting the trip at one of South Africa’s local vineyards.

20 days from $6,960 CAD
Departing June 7, 2020

Highlights of Nepal with Javier Frutos

Who better to explore the ancient temples, extraordinary wildlife and medieval cities within the mountaintop kingdom of Nepal than with Javier Frutos, Canadian Geographic’s Creative Director. On Exodus’ Highlights of Nepal special photographic departure, search for tigers, crocs and sloth bears by Jeep, in dugout canoes or on foot. Hike through the rugged Annapurna foothills, ride an ox-cart through the village of Tharu, climb to the World Peace Pagoda on Lake Phewa, and roam the artisan markets of Kathmandu valley where monks chant in the streets.

12 days from $3,850 CAD
Departing April 6, 2020

Norway Arctic Lights and Whales with Jill Heinerth 

Join filmmaker, photographer and underwater explorer Jill Heinerth beneath the Arctic lights of Norway on this exclusive northern journey. Hone your photography skills with Jill as she shares tales of her incredible adventures on this trip inspired by the original Arctic expeditioners. Try your hand at ice fishing on a remote island, engage in a space mission simulation at the Andoya Space Center, and brave chilly Arctic waters in search of orca and humpback whales. Keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights while overnighting in wilderness cabins and guesthouses, then top off the trip with an authentic Nordic meal around a roaring fire in a traditionally-styled Sami teepee. 

5 days from $4,190 CAD
Departing March 19, 2020

Italy’s Chianti Walking and Wine with Gilles Gagnier

Step foot inside a world of vineyards and varietals on the Chianti Walking & Wine experience, led by wine aficionado—and publisher of Canadian Geographic—Gilles Gagnier. Gilles will lead oenophiles on tastings from the historic streets of Florence to the famous emerald vineyard valleys of Radda in Chianti. Treat yourself to an in-depth exploration of flavour in Italy’s famous Chianti region with vineyard visits, expert-led tastings and culinary classes. Stroll through olive groves and medieval market towns, take in a lecture on Italian wine at the Wine School of Siena, and unwind poolside (glass in hand) each evening at Villa Casalta, a gorgeous converted farmhouse. 

8 days from: $2,440 CAD
Departing: June 27, 2020​

Peru’s Inca Trail with Aaron Kylie

Follow in the wake of the Peruvian Incas with Canadian Geographic’s Editor-in-Chief Aaron Kylie as your trusted guide on an iconic trek of Peru’s Inca Trail. Join Aaron on a guided tour of Cuzco’s museums and ancient churches, then immerse yourself in the legacy of the Incas with a visit to Sacred Valley, the ruins of Pisac, and the legendary tail itself, with its tiny hamlets, ancient tunnels, the “Gate of the Wind” ridge-top shrine and the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. Finally, reward your efforts with a guided tour of the Lost City of Machu Picchu, one of the great architectural enigmas of the world. 

9 days from $3,570 CAD
Departing April 3, 2020​