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In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.
However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.
Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.
The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.
This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!
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|1. Norwegian Fjords & Arctic Circle: Cruise through the Scottish Isles, along the Norwegian Fjords and the wildlife-rich island of Spitsbergen. From the remote Orkney and Shetland Islands, continue along Norway’s spectacular coastline to explore an intricate maze of rarely visited inlets and outer islands before crossing the Arctic Circle and sailing to the Lofoten Archipelago, catching glimpses of Polar Bears and Beluga Whales. Book Now|
|2. Antarctica - Ross Sea: A true voyage of discovery, tracing the voyages of early explorers and their legendary expeditions, with abundant wildlife encounters including penguin rookeries and whale sightings. Stop at the research bases of Ross Island, follow the fringe of the pack ice through the Amundsen Sea and, weather-permitting, step back in time to visit the huts of famed British explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott. Book Now|
|3. Russian Arctic & Far East: Rugged and off-the-beaten-track, this is a region that was until recently "off limits" to western visitors. Truly a land that time forgot, it lies mostly north of the Arctic Circle. The native Chukchi people (predominantly reindeer herders) have adapted to this extremely harsh environment, while many migratory bird species come here to breed during the brief Arctic summer. Book Now|
|4. Canadian Arctic: Sail in the wake of Arctic explorers Ross, Franklin, Parry, and Amundsen from Devon Island and Grise Fiord, to the ice-filled wonderland of Smith Sound and Davis Strait. Then, drop anchor in Greenland where 80% of the land mass is cloaked in ice and glaciers, studded with dramatic dramatic peaks, and its coastline necklaced with jagged fjords. Book Now|
|5. Antarctic Peninsula: Explore the White Continent the active way - kayaking, snowshoeing, climbing and cruising. There's the option to camp on the ice, although those who prefer a more relaxed journey can utilise the ship’s fleet of zodiacs. There is no shortage of photo opportunities, with workshops organised to ensure you capture the stunning natural beauty of this ice-bound land. Book Now|