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Wild islands, rich history, and picturesque cities

From the rocky islets, forested waterfalls, and lobster fishing villages of the North to the windswept sand dunes, swamp forests, and crabbing communities of the South, the U.S. Eastern Seaboard is a fascinating study. Shared among these regions is a surprising plethora of under-the-radar islands—some uninhabited and teeming with wildlife, and others wholly unique as they preserve rare maritime cultures. Outside the din of nearby metropolises lie remote islands and critical nesting and feeding grounds for sea turtles and puffins. Beyond these nurseries, encounter 17 species of whales and rookeries with tens of thousands of gray seals. Time stands still in estuarian backwaters, secluded coves, and island villages with no paved roads. Discover an American east coast that few know exists, and even fewer will ever experience.

(7) U.S. East Coast Itineraries

U.S. East Coast

New and Noteworthy

New Exploring the Low Country: Cumberland Island to Charleston 

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Length

8 days

  1. Apr

From

$5,590

Prices are per person

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Highlights

U.S. East Coast

New and Noteworthy

New Exploring the Low Country: Cumberland Island to Charleston 

Length

8 days

  1. Apr

From

$5,590

Top Highlights

  • Kayak in salt marshes and coastal lagoons rich with wildlife including American alligators and dolphins.
  • Get acquainted with the fascinating Gullah-Geechee culture of the Sea Islands, a blend of West African and English languages and traditions developed by enslaved people in the 18th-century.
  • Meet researchers at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island; and enjoy excellent spring birding, watching for roseate spoonbills, wood storks, and tricolored herons and up to 20 species of migrant warblers.
  • Experience the historic city centers of the south on walking tours through Brunswick, Savannah, and Charleston.

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U.S. East Coast

New New York City to Cape Cod: Whales, Great White Sharks, and Seafaring History

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Length

8 days

  1. Jun
  2. Aug
  3. Oct

From

$5,590

Prices are per person

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Highlights

U.S. East Coast

New New York City to Cape Cod: Whales, Great White Sharks, and Seafaring History

Length

8 days

  1. Jun
  2. Aug
  3. Oct

From

$5,590

Top Highlights

  • Hike, kayak, and Zodiac-cruise little known archipelagos along the north shore of Long Island Sound.
  • See historic whalers, schooners, and well smacks at Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the world.
  • Visit Plum Island, a haven for wildlife and bird species, and learn about efforts to save the island from development from a conservation specialist.
  • Explore and learn fascinating histories of islands like Penikese Island—a former leper colony.
  • Learn about the diverse ecosystems of the area and speak with researchers doing important conservation work.
  • Watch for whales in some of the richest marine waters in North America.
  • Search the Atlantic for great white sharks along the outer shores of Cape Cod

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Wild Escapes

U.S. East Coast

New Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape: Waterways, Watermen, and Wildlife

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Length

6 days

  1. May
  2. Jun

From

$3,990

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Wild Escapes

U.S. East Coast

New Wild Chesapeake Bay Escape: Waterways, Watermen, and Wildlife

Length

6 days

  1. May
  2. Jun

From

$3,990

Top Highlights

  • Visit Smith Island and Tangier Island—some of the Chesapeake’s only inhabited islands—and discover the unique culture and history of the bay’s watermen.
  • Paddleboard, kayak, and ride Zodiacs along the tributaries, remote islands, inlets, and coves of the Chesapeake.
  • Learn about the delicate ecosystems of the Chesapeake and the work of conservation organizations dedicated to preserving the ecological balance of the bay.
  • Experience the diversity of the birds of the Chesapeake—black skimmers and royal terns on the open water, snowy egrets, tricolored herons wading in the shallows, and summer songbirds in bayside woodlands.

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Wild Escapes

U.S. East Coast

New and Noteworthy

New Wild South Carolina Escape: Beaufort and the Barrier Islands

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Length

6 days

  1. Apr
  2. May
  3. Nov

From

$3,990

Prices are per person

Special Offers (1)
Highlights

Wild Escapes

U.S. East Coast

New and Noteworthy

New Wild South Carolina Escape: Beaufort and the Barrier Islands

Length

6 days

  1. Apr
  2. May
  3. Nov

From

$3,990

Top Highlights

  • Explore Beaufort, where opulent mansions and historic churches and schools tell stories of the past. 
  • Watch for birdlife, alligators, and loggerhead turtles on St. Phillip’s Island, a pristine wilderness area once owned by conservationist Ted Turner. 
  • Venture to the ruins of historic plantations at Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area, and discover unspoiled beaches and coastal forests. 
  • Coast in a Zodiac along the shores of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, keeping an eye out for dolphins and seabirds. 

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Expedition Highlights

Navigate wild Southern barrier islands, rugged Northern coastlines, America’s largest estuary, and a serene river valley in their peak seasons for scenic beauty and wildlife encounters. Actively discover tiny remote communities, little-known islands, and pristine natural landscapes on the lookout for puffins and whales, sea turtles and seals, and bald eagles and roseate spoonbills. Kayak past lighthouses and fishing villages, stroll squares lined with graceful mansions and live oaks, and hike trails under a canopy of vivid autumn foliage. Visits to regional historic and cultural treasures and exceedingly fresh, locally sourced foods are added delights.

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