As Norie Quintos, executive editor of the magazine wrote, This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society. The tours we selected capture that spirit of exploration,they push the boundaries of mainstream tourism, whether taking travelers to the far corners of the globe, or helping them dive deep into the culture of familiar destinations.

This is a huge honour for us and we would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to our success over the years: Our customers, our team, our suppliers and also friends of Vagabond who have all made a massive input. And not to mention National Geographic Traveler for considering us.

We are the first Irish company* to be chosen as one of the '50 tours of a lifetime', and this just adds to our sense of achievement. We feel like we have won as Oscar

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