Exodus Travels is taking travelers back to school, figuratively speaking, with educational vacations available through 2017 where visitors can visit archaeological sites, participate in hands-on cooking classes and go on responsible wildlife safaris. For example, the Iceland Northern Lights itinerary features some of southern Iceland’s top sites on the 5-day small group tour visiting glaciers, lava tubes and waterfalls such as the Glacial Lagoon and Thingvellir National Park. Of course, the highlight of this tour is the search for the Northern Lights. Exodus monitors the forecast to maximize the chance of guests seeing this natural lightshow; however, it is not guaranteed.
Accommodations are provided in Reykjavik at the sophisticated Hotel Klettur located roughly a 20-minute walk from the city center and a short walk from the downtown and harbor areas, and at the family-run Hotel Laki which offers 24-hour room service, complimentary WiFi, and views of the pseudo craters dotting the view on the edge of the hotel’s land. The Hotel Cabin, a laid-back property located an additional half-mile further from the city center, is occasionally used instead of the Hotel Klettur when availability requires. Land-only rates for the Iceland Northern Lights tour start at $1,745 pp through Dec. 11, 2016, and include accommodations, all breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners, and transportation, plus listed activities and a tour guide. Departures are available through February 2017.
Additional itineraries allow guests to cycle by ancient Greek sites, such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Roman Forum and the towering Acropolis in Greece (8-days starting at $1,475 pp); jaunt across Jordan’s ancient cities like Petra (12-days starting at $1,905 pp); and explore ancient Persian relics and study the Zoroastrian heritage in Persia (15-days starting at $3,315 pp). For more information, visit exodustravels.com.