On this expedition, we will stay in some of the world's finest accommodations. Each one has been chosen for its fine amenities and prime location. In remote areas where choices are limited, we have selected the very best available accommodation to ensure your comfort. Below are several of the accommodations featured on this expedition.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
The Ritz Carlton, Kyoto is a modern-day ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) boasting expansive views of the famous Higashiyama Mountains and spacious, contemporary rooms. Conveniently located near such downtown districts as Gion, Kawaramachi, and Pontocho, the hotel is set on the serene banks of the Kamogawa River. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, steam room, and full-service spa. There are also four distinctive restaurant and bar venues offering both fine dining and casual cuisine.
Located next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the State Hermitage Museum, the Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg is a landmark hotel set in the heart of this landmark city. Rooms blend contemporary elegance with timeless charm. Sample Beluga caviar, sip ice-cold vodka, or enjoy other Russian culinary delights in the hotel’s Astoria Café. Be pampered in one of two spas that also feature a 24-hour gym, sauna, yoga classes, and a Turkish steam bath.
Handmade using a latticed wood structure covered with layers of felt and canvas, each ger at the Three Camel Lodge is heated by a wood stove and appointed with hand-painted wood-framed beds and furnishings. The elegantly simple design of the gers blends with the Gobi's remarkable landscape, and each has a southward-facing door, a nomadic Mongolian tradition, providing an unobstructed view of the desert and the Gobi-Altai Mountains.
In the center of Reykjavik overlooking scenic Austurvöllur Square and across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, the Hotel Borg is a luxurious Art Deco style hotel completed in 1930. All 56 of the property’s rooms feature custom-made furniture and such modern amenities as flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet connections. Guest bathrooms are equipped with Philippe Starck fittings and heated marble floors. The hotel’s Borg Restaurant offers sumptuous Icelandic cuisine along with a café and bar.