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Exciting trips with a twist—science and technology experiences handpicked by the editors of Popular Science. From South Africa to China to Egypt to Dubai, you’ll experience these bucket-list destinations alongside a PopSci writer or editor. Questions? Call a reservation agent at (844) 565-8582.

Sand dunes and skyscrapers meet in the United Arab Emirates. This country became a unified nation less than 50 years ago, but it has a long and rich history—not to mention a uniquely future-confronting mission. Join Popular Science as you journey to the top of Burj Khalifa, the largest tower in the world, and learn about this modern engineering marvel. Back on the ground, visit Masdar City, which is planning an environmentally sustainable future in the desert. Then, rollick with flamingos and falcons at wildlife reserves to learn about the varied ecosystems of the U.A.E.

Africa’s southern tip offers some the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, plus sites of ancient human history and some of the planet's most spectacular natural beauty. This excursion to South Africa takes you on a cultural journey peppered with nerdy detours and delights. You won’t just see the native penguins, you’ll learn how conservationists are creating new habitats for the colonies. And you won’t just tour Johannesburg, you’ll take a drive to see the Cradle of Humankind, where a scientist will talk about the vast number of early hominid fossils found there.

You can thank science for all we know about Egypt's ancient civilizations, so it's no wonder the PopSci tour digs deep into the intelligence that created an architectural legacy that's lasted thousands of years. Instead of gazing at the pyramids from afar, you'll get an intimate tour with an Egyptian antiquities expert as your guide. You'll visit Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika and the "Nilometer" on Elephantine Island, where every year the Nile's flood was first detected. And then there's King Tut's tomb, the Khan El Khalili Bazaars, and so much more.

It’s time to see all the science and tech that China has to offer. Learn how Chinese scholars advanced humanity's understanding of time and space with visits to the Forbidden City’s Hall of Clocks and the Beijing Ancient Observatory. Sample intriguing treats—including bugs, the environmentally-friendly food of the future—along Wangfujing Street. Learn how experts are uncovering the mysteries of the Terra Cotta Warriors with expert guides in Xian and see “Paradise on Earth” through the eyes of a botanist. There's so much to uncover.