ac­tive tours

From the crack of a polo club across Bueno Aires to a stroll along Aus­tralia’s coastal ex­panse, the nat­u­ral el­e­gance and adventure of these six ac­tive tours cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion like noth­ing else, writes Ryan McGoldrick.

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Get phys­i­cal with these six ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences, from fish­ing to cy­cling.

POLO IN AR­GENTINA

www.ex­sus.com

Mix South America’s sport­ing pas­sion and ac­com­mo­da­tion in exclusive coun­try es­tates with ex­sus’ seven-night Lux­ury Ar­gentina Polo Hol­i­day. Stay three nights at the ex­quis­ite coun­try es­tate, es­tan­cia La Bamba, home of the La Bamba de Areco in­ter­na­tional Polo Team, and four nights at el colibri es­tan­cia in the moun­tain­ous cor­doba re­gion. Per­fect for both polo en­thu­si­asts and those who just love the Ar­gen­tinean spirit, you’ll en­joy horse­back ex­cur­sions, hot stone mas­sages and polo lessons with exclusive ac­cess to world-class Ar­gen­tinean polo fa­cil­i­ties.

CY­CLE AL­SACE

www.but­ter­field.com cy­cle through the vine­yards of Al­sace by day and en­joy the three-Miche­lin-starred Hae­ber­lin fam­ily estab­lish­ment by night. But­ter­field & Robinson’s pri­vate guided six-day and five-night Stras­bourg to Stras­bourg tour is per­fect for the cy­cling en­thu­si­ast with re­fined tastes. The best time to visit is be­tween May and Septem­ber, when you’ll ex­plore his­toric towns and or­chards with au­then­tic Al­sa­tian lunches, pic­nics and wine tast­ings along the way. Dur­ing the tour you’ll stay at But­ter­field & Robinson’s se­lected range of sig­na­ture hotels in­clud­ing the Hô­tel des Berges, a Re­lais & châteaux prop­erty, and spa-based hotels with din­ner and cock­tails in­cluded.

RANCH­ING AT PAWS UP

www.paw­sup.com

Un­leash your in­ner rancher on nearly 15,000 hectares of cow­boy coun­try Mon­tana. Paws Up lux­ury ranch re­sort com­bines Amer­i­can hos­pi­tal­ity with mid-west adventure and ac­com­mo­da­tion rang­ing from pri­vate homes, in­clud­ing wilder­ness es­tates and large tim­ber fam­ily homes, to el­e­gant sa­fari-style tents as pic­tured. ex­plore the grace of the Mon­tana wilder­ness on horse­back, by fly fish­ing the pris­tine wa­ter for trout, tack­ling the nearby cham­pi­onship golf course, hot air bal­loon­ing, or just by slip­ping into a world-class spa and en­joy­ing the gourmet cui­sine on of­fer from ex­ec­u­tive chef Ben Jones. The large va­ri­ety of guided ac­tiv­i­ties, win­ter ex­pe­ri­ences and wilder­ness work­shops at the Paws Up lux­ury ranch re­sort are truly for those with re­fined senses, gourmet taste buds and a wild, ad­ven­tur­ous heart.

FISH THE PONOI AT RYABAGA CAMP

www.fron­tier­stravel.com

One of the best Al­tan­tic Salmon fish­ing spots in the world, Ryabaga camp just above the Arc­tic cir­cle, be­gins with a he­li­copter ride over wild Rus­sian tun­dra to­wards the fa­mous Ponoi River. With an­glers cast­ing off from the more than 80 kilo­me­tres of dou­ble-bank wa­ter that can be ac­cessed by jet boats or hov­er­craft, the camp of­ten boasts a catch rate of more than 1400 fish per week. An­glers who stay at Ryabaga camp can ex­pe­ri­ence a tra­di­tional Rus­sian sauna and an on­staff masseuse while stay­ing in re­fined sin­gle cabin ac­com­mo­da­tion with en­suite bath­rooms and Wi-Fi through­out.

BIG FISH CHAR­TER BY Y.CO

www.y.co To catch big fish, you’ll need big equip­ment, and it doesn’t get much big­ger than the BIG FISH yacht for char­ter by Y.cO. Ac­com­mo­dat­ing up to 10 guests across five cab­ins, this mul­ti­award-win­ning su­pery­acht is fit out with world-class kitesurf­ing, dive and game fish­ing gear to pro­vide the ul­ti­mate fish­ing adventure. The first in a new gen­er­a­tion of el­e­gance, in­no­va­tion and adventure by Y.cO, BIG FISH is 45 me­tres of world-beat­ing power and style. in­clud­ing a ded­i­cated on­board crew of fish­ing and div­ing ex­perts, she also boasts a deck­ing of eco-friendly epoxy-in­fused gran­ite, a full-beam mas­ter cabin with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, 270-de­gree views and a pri­vate deck area, a Jacuzzi, jet skis, a cus­tom ten­der with a 200-nau­ti­cal mile range, and a cov­ered ex­te­rior din­ing area.

WALK THE CAPE

www.walk­in­tolux­ury.com.au Take in one of the most pic­turesque re­gional ar­eas in Western Aus­tralia with Walk into Lux­ury’s pri­vate, fully sup­ported eight-day all-in­clu­sive walk­ing tour of the Mar­garet River on the cape to cape route. With daily tracks rang­ing from six to 12 kilo­me­tres, high­lights in­clude stay­ing at the in­jidup Spa Re­treat, a mem­ber of Small Lux­ury Hotels of the World, with a gourmet break­fast ham­per, a one-hour mas­sage at the in­jidup spa and an exclusive four-course tast­ing menu with pre­mium wine matches at chef Malcolm chow’s Stu­dio Bistro. ex­pe­ri­ence all this while tak­ing in the majesty of Western Aus­tralia’s sparkling coast­line.

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