Private Jet, TCS Expeditions
September 17 - October 7, 2011

 
ITINERARY
·  London, England
·  Karasjok, Norway
·  Yerevan, Armenia
·  Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
·  Lijiang, Yunan, China
·  Papua, New Guinea
·  Yogyakarta, Indonesia
·  Paro, Bhutan
·  Petra, Jordan
·  Cappadocia, Turkey
·  London, England
 
 
LECTURES
·  Sami People & Norway/Destination
·  Briefing - (Total 20 min)
·  Mongolia: New nation on Horseback
·  Papua New Guinea:
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An Anthropologist's Dream
·  The Journey Of Man: The Story of
·  Human Dispersal Over the Earth
·  Petra & the Ancient World
 
LINKS
·  TCS Expeditions
·  Trip Specific Photos

 
 
   
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We started out in London, boarded out prívate first class fitted Icelandair jet, and took off for the most exciting series of destinations, I have ever experienced. It was extremely interesting to "drop in" on Sami reindeer herders and compare their lifestyle to the nomadic herders of the Mongolian steppe or the former herders of southern China and Turkey. The contrasts between settled urban life and the life of the nomad are quite striking. Nomads have few possessions and build no great architectural temples or palaces. Their life is simple and close to the land. Yet, the Mongols, because they once conquered most of Europe and Asia, have a rich musical and artistic tradition which they imported from China Persia. In contrast, we also saw a number of places where early people had carved out fantastic temples and Christian churches out of living rock. In Armenia, the first nation to embrace Christianity, some of the oldest mountain monasteries are still maintained to this day. Petra, a wondrous ancient city built by the Nabataeans probably around 300 BC or earlier, is carved out of sandstone and was once fed by a sophisticated system of cisterns and wells which captured the scarce desert moisture and channeled it into the city and into agricultural field. In Cappadocia, we walked through an 8 story underground city, probably dating back to the Hittites but later used by Medieval Christians. On this voyage there was also one surprise and one breathtaking experience. Bhutan is a little gem I had never expected, a true Shangri La. But the breathtaking experience that capped off this extraordinary voyage, was watching the sunrise over the strange coned volcanic landscape of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon on our last day. What a way to end a rich and thought provoking experience!

 
     

WEST AFRICA - ACCRA TO DAKAR

WEST AFRICA - CAPE TOWN TO ACCRA

RAIN FORESTS AND REEFS

BALTIC

TRACING THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - HAVANA TO ANTIGUA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - PUERTO LIMON TO HAVANA

LOST ISLANDS LOST WORLDS - BRIDGETOWN TO PUERTO LIMON

LEGENDARY CULTURES

BALTIC ODYSSEY

EXPLORER'S AFRICA, CAPE TOWN TO DAKAR

CHILE TO TAHITI VIA EASTER AND PITCAIRN ISLANDS

AROUND SOUTH AMERICA THROUGH THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2010

VINTAGE EUROPE - LISBON TO PORTSMOUTH

ISLAND DAYS AND ARABIAN NIGHTS - TENERIFE TO LISBON

CHRISTMAS IN THE CARIBBEAN

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2009

TROPICAL WILDLIFE & WONDERS CRUISE

ANCIENT POLYNESIA, CIVILIZATIONS PROGRAM

CAPE TO CAPE

CALLAO, PERU TO PUERTO MONTT, CHILE

CULTURE & NATURE, PANAMA CANAL TO LIMA, PERU

EXPLORING THE BALTIC'S HISTORIC WATERWAYS 2008