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‘LUXPEDITIO­N’ IS THS LAT­EST BUZZ­WORD TAK­ING OVER THE TRAVEL IN­DUS­TRY, SERV­ING UP AC­TION AND AD­VEN­TURE ALONG­SIDE ALL OF THE CREA­TURE COM­FORTS YOUR HEART COULD DE­SIRE

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Ex­pe­ri­ences are the new pos­ses­sions and ex­pe­di­tions are the new va­ca­tions. In­stead of buy­ing and giv­ing “things” to clut­ter up the home, more peo­ple are turn­ing to bucket-list items, once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ences and adrenalin-charged travel in pic­turesque cor­ners of the globe to fill their hearts and minds with mag­i­cal mem­o­ries in­stead.

But de­spite this ad­ven­tur­ous spirit, many trav­ellers aren’t ready to let go of their crea­ture com­forts just yet.

So the new­est buzz­word in the travel in­dus­try is “luxpeditio­n”.

Cy­cle through Europe or Asia and rest your legs in lux­ury ho­tels. Reach the trails of the Alps by lux­ury river cruise and train.

Ex­plore the wilds of Patag­o­nia while en­joy­ing fine din­ing.

Here are 11 hol­i­days that bring to­gether some of the world’s best ac­tive ad­ven­tures and lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tions.

PATAG­O­NIA EX­CUR­SIONS

Visit the Awasi Patag­o­nia Lodge with Surtrek and ex­plore in Chile’s Tor­res del Paine Na­tional Park with a per­sonal guide, se­lect­ing from ex­cur­sions such as hik­ing to panoramic views, horse­back rid­ing be­neath the tow­er­ing spires or tak­ing in the ice­bergs from Grey Glacier.

Visit: www.surtrek.com

ALPINE CY­CLING

On So­journ Bi­cy­cling and Ac­tive Va­ca­tions’ new tour in France, ex­plore the dra­matic land­scape of the Alps by bike and stay in lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tions. Start at the pic­turesque lake in An­necy, ride a Tour de France climb and fin­ish at the foot of Mont Blanc in Cha­monix, rest­ing at a Re­lais & Chateau ho­tel.

Visit: https://goso­journ.com

INCA TRAIL IN STYLE

Camp in style on a clas­sic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. Af­ter ac­cli­ma­tis­ing in lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tions in Cusco, en­joy hot show­ers, fine cui­sine in a portable din­ing tent, a cot to sleep on and ex­cel­lent ser­vice dur­ing the guided trek through spec­tac­u­lar An­dean scenery to the Inca ruins.

Visit: www.ad­ven­ture-life.com

JOUR­NEY TO THE EAST

Ride nearly 2900km across South Korea and Ja­pan on TDA Global Cy­cling’s new­est ho­tel-to-ho­tel tour, the Jour­ney to the East. Pedal through mod­ern cities and over lonely moun­tain roads, past tem­ples, vol­ca­noes, hot springs and her­itage sites.

Visit: tda­glob­al­cy­cling.com

RIDE, ROPE, RE­TIRE

At Wy­oming’s 10,000ha Red Re­flet Ranch, spend the day rid­ing horses, shoot­ing, herd­ing cat­tle and learn­ing the ropes. Once the work is done, sit down to a gourmet meal made of beef from the ranch’s butcher shop and pro­duce grown in its gar­den be­fore re­tir­ing to a lux­ury chalet.

Visit: https://red-re­flet-ranch.net/

RHINE AND RAIL

On a new itin­er­ary from Riviera River Cruises, cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Switzer­land, then travel by train into the Alps, climb­ing over jaw-drop­ping precipices aboard the famed Glacier Ex­press. In Zer­matt, ex­plore the trails on foot or ride a cog rail­way to 3050m.

Visit: www.riv­ier­a­travel.com.au

FLY FISH­ING IN AR­GENTINA

Cast for big brown and feisty rain­bow trout in Ar­gen­tine Patag­o­nia with Fron­tiers and stay in the new Alu­mine River Lodge, which of­fers com­fort and un­par­al­leled ac­cess to the Pilo­lil Canyon and nu­mer­ous trib­u­tary rivers and spring creeks.

Visit: www.fron­tier­stravel.com

GRAVEL AND WINE

On a new trip with Touris­simo and Ride & Seek, cy­cle the hal­lowed gravel strade bianche (white roads) of Tus­cany through rolling hills cov­ered with vine­yards and quaint me­dieval vil­lages, and en­joy the food and wines of one of Italy’s finest culi­nary re­gions.

Visit: ride­and­seek.com

BIG SKY SKI­ING

Rent a lux­u­ri­ous moun­tain home in Mon­tana’s ex­clu­sive Moonlight Basin com­mu­nity and ski Big Sky Re­sort’s 2350ha of steep and deep ter­rain. A stay at Moonlight Basin also pro­vides ac­cess to the pri­vate Moonlight Lodge, and Nordic ski­ing, snow­shoe­ing and fat bik­ing on snowy trails. Visit: www.moon­light­basin.com

BIK­ING THAI­LAND

Cy­cle from Bangkok to Phuket, Thai­land, with Grasshop­per Ad­ven­tures and take in the Gulf of Thai­land, Khao Sok Na­tional Park and the An­daman Coast from the sad­dle, then rest at a four-star ho­tel, a golf re­sort and a beach­side re­sort.

Visit: www.grasshop­per­ad­ven­tures.com

SIBERIAN ESCAPADE

Ex­plore wild and wooded Siberia on a MIR Cor­po­ra­tion trip in win­ter, when Lake Baikal freezes hard enough to travel over its sur­face. Dash through the taiga on a tra­di­tional troika ride, race teams of sled dogs and sweep across the frozen lake by hov­er­craft to sa­cred Olkhon Is­land.

Visit: www.mir­corp.com .

PHOTO: AD­VEN­TURE LIFE PHOTO: TDA GLOBAL CY­CLING

PHOTO: VLADIMIR KVASHNIN/MIR COR­PO­RA­TION

CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT: Jour­ney to the East; Big Sky Ski­ing; Gravel and Wine; Patag­o­nia Ex­cur­sions to Chile’s Tor­res del Paine; Ride, Rope, Re­tire at the Red Re­flet Ranch; French Alps cy­cling; Siberian Escapade; Inca Trail in Style.

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