TOP 25 EX­PE­RI­ENCES

Chal­lenge your own per­cep­tion of what’s pos­si­ble for your next so­journ with our top 25 most awe-in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Signature Travel & Lifestyle - - Contents -

Which of th­ese thrillseek­ing ad­ven­tures and ul­ti­mate in­dul­gences are on your travel wish list?

1 SEARCH FOR PO­LAR BEARS

Join the mi­gra­tion of ma­jes­tic white po­lar bears as they make their way over icy rivers and across the sub­arc­tic plains to the seal-rich wa­ters of Hud­son Bay in Man­i­toba, Canada. Tauck’s six-day BBC Earth trip will have you dog sled­ding and po­lar bear spot­ting on full-day ex­cur­sions, and hun­ker­ing down in cosy Lazy Bear Lodge. tauck.com.au

2 VOY­AGE ON THE AMA­ZON

Ha­pag-Lloyd’s new in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­di­tion ship HANSEATIC in­spi­ra­tion will make its de­but in Oc­to­ber 2019, prov­ing that gen­uine voy­ages of dis­cov­ery are still pos­si­ble, and in five-star com­fort. As well as po­lar re­gions, she’ll cruise the Ama­zon, South Amer­ica and Cape Verde. The 17-day Ama­zon voy­ages ex­tend as far as Iquitos, Peru, a des­ti­na­tion only able to be reached by small ex­pe­di­tion ships. hl-cruises.com

3 CLIMB KILIMANJARO

One doesn’t usu­ally as­so­ciate moun­tain climb­ing with lux­ury, but sign up for a nine- or 14-day trek with Ad­ven­ture Con­sul­tants and you’ll con­quer mighty Kilimanjaro in the high­est de­gree of com­fort avail­able on the moun­tain. Your lug­gage and camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties are car­ried ahead by the porter staff and set up for your ar­rival at the end of each day, un­til you are re­warded on sum­mit day with grandiose views look­ing out over the roof of Africa. ad­ven­ture­con­sul­tants.com

4 SNAP­SHOT OF AUS­TRALIA

Lux­ury lodges, pris­tine set­tings and culi­nary treats await those lucky enough to join a nine-day Cap­tain’s Choice pri­vate jet jour­ney. Leav­ing from Syd­ney, you’ll fly south to Tas­ma­nia’s Saf­fire Fr­eycinet Lodge be­fore land­ing at Kan­ga­roo Is­land’s South­ern Ocean Lodge and then fly­ing on to Uluru’s Lon­gi­tude 131° for a taste of the Red Cen­tre. cap­tain­schoice.com.au

5 WALK NEW ZEALAND

Av­er­ag­ing 10–15 kilo­me­tres a day over three to six hours, Bill Peach Jour­neys’ nine-day walking tour from Welling­ton via the Queen Char­lotte track to Queen­stown show­cases some of the area’s most spec­tac­u­lar scenery. Ac­tive days are fol­lowed by in­dul­gent nights in peace­ful, gor­geous lodg­ings. bill­peachjour­neys.com.au

6 HI­MALAYAS BY HE­LI­COPTER

Step out of your com­fort zone and into a he­li­copter that zips you and seven other guests to eight of the world’s eight-thou­sanders (peaks over 8000 me­tres). Wheeler Ex­pe­di­tions’ eight­day tour leaves from Kath­mandu, fly­ing peak to peak and touch­ing down for yak-but­ter tea with Ti­betan monks and a visit to the Nepalese King­dom of Lo. wheel­erex­pe­di­tions.com

7 IRAN BY RAIL

The 18-day Per­sian Odyssey itin­er­ary on board the Golden Ea­gle lux­ury train traces one of the most im­por­tant trad­ing routes of an­cient civil­i­sa­tion be­tween Moscow and Tehran: the Silk Road. You’ll ex­plore sites rarely vis­ited and gain a deep un­der­stand­ing of this fas­ci­nat­ing part of the world. gold­e­nea­glelux­u­ry­trains.com

8 DIG UP EGYP­TIAN HIS­TORY

Take in some of the world’s great­est sites of an­tiq­uity on board the Oberoi

Phi­lae river ship, by pri­vate jet and from your base at one of sev­eral lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels on this unique 12-day tour that marks Lind­blad Ex­pe­di­tions’ re­turn to Egypt. You’ll travel with Egyp­tol­o­gist guides and a Lind­blad Cer­ti­fied Photo In­struc­tor. au.ex­pe­di­tions.com

9 SA­FARI BY JET

Take in the best of Africa aboard your own jet. From your first stop at Gi­raffe Manor in Nairobi, andBeyond’s 12-day tour will fly you and 11 other guests to exclusive set­tings and ex­pe­ri­ences in Kenya, Tan­za­nia, Zim­babwe and South Africa. Dine un­der the stars, cruise Matetsi River and assist rhino con­ser­va­tion ef­forts in Kruger Na­tional Park. andbeyond.com

10 LAND­SCAPES OF MON­GO­LIA

Ex­plore the won­ders of Mon­go­lia on a Seven Skies tour, float­ing down pris­tine rivers from one deluxe camp to the next, trekking through wild­flower mead­ows and over end­less plains, en­joy­ing warm no­madic hos­pi­tal­ity, and stay­ing in a tra­di­tional ger. sev­en­skies.com

11 PYRA­MIDS OF AN­CIENT NUBIA

Jour­ney into the heart of an an­cient civil­i­sa­tion in his­toric North­ern Su­dan. You’ll travel by 4WD, boat and camel on a route taken by early ex­plor­ers, fol­low­ing the Nile, vis­it­ing the pyra­mids of an­cient Nubia and ‘wild camp­ing’ in the desert. jour­neys­by­de­sign.com

12 JOUR­NEY THROUGH ETHIOPIA

Spend­ing 15 days of your life on an exclusive Roth­schild Ethiopian Sa­fari is 15 days well spent. You’ll ex­plore the cas­tles of Gon­dar, an­cient rock­cut churches and unique tra­di­tions from Ad­dis Ababa to Lal­i­bela, look­ing for ba­boons and other wildlife in the Simien Moun­tains along the way. roth­schild­sa­faris.com

13 DIVE FOR DI­A­MONDS

Ex­plore the min­eral-rich west coast of South Africa in a day trip un­like any other. Benguela Di­a­monds will whisk you from your grand Cape Town ac­com­mo­da­tion, Eller­man House, by pri­vate plane to a beach villa near Port Nol­loth. There, you’ll go div­ing for di­a­monds with Benguela dive masters be­fore se­lect­ing a rough gem to be cut, pol­ished and set into a piece of cus­tom jew­ellery. bengue­la­di­a­monds.com

14 CY­CLE WITH HAN­NI­BAL

Ride & Seek’s 29-day epic Septem­ber cycling tour, di­vided into two stages, fol­lows in the foot­steps of mil­i­tary com­man­der Han­ni­bal Barca. You’ll ride along some of Europe’s most pic­turesque bike routes through Spain, France and Italy, en­joy­ing the gas­tro­nomic de­lights of each re­gion on the way. ride­and­seek.com

15 TAKE TO THE SKIES IN A SPIT­FIRE

Imag­ine loop­ing and rolling in a Spit­fire over a scene of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain, and even hav­ing a go at tak­ing charge of the con­trols. You’ll spend the night at The Lanes­bor­ough in London, take a limou­sine to Good­wood Es­tate, and en­joy lunch and the Spit­fire ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore re­turn­ing to the ho­tel with a video of your war­bird ad­ven­ture as a sou­venir. eden­be­ing.com

16 GOLF’S HEART­LAND BY TRAIN

Keen golfers will de­light in tee­ing off at Scot­land’s finest golf cour­ses, in­clud­ing Royal Dornoch, Cas­tle Stu­art and Kings­barns. The trip in­cludes four nights aboard the Belmond Royal Scots­man train and vis­its to Cul­lo­den Bat­tle­field and other leg­endary sites. belmond.com

17 HELI-SKI ICE­LAND

Heli-ski­ing in north­ern Ice­land has se­ri­ous ‘best day of my life’ po­ten­tial, with long day­light hours max­imis­ing the fun. You’ll ad­mire the North­ern Lights, ride Ice­landic horses, go whale-watch­ing, in­dulge in a mas­sage or two and even go for a surf in the north­ern At­lantic Ocean. eleven­ex­pe­ri­ence.com

18 CRUISE THE CY­CLADES

Dis­cover the Aegean Sea aboard a tra­di­tional gulet. You’ll drop an­chor at is­lands through­out the Dode­canese and Cy­clades ar­chi­pel­a­gos, ex­plor­ing the high­lights as you go. pe­ter­som­mer.com

19 REACH THE NORTH POLE

Quark Ex­pe­di­tions’ 14-day Ul­ti­mate Arc­tic Ad­ven­ture takes you to the North Pole aboard 50 Years of

Vic­tory, the world’s most pow­er­ful nu­clear ice­breaker. You’ll sight­see by he­li­copter, go wildlife watch­ing by hot air bal­loon and re­trace the foot­steps of early ex­plor­ers. quark­ex­pe­di­tions.com

20 AMER­I­CAN ROAD TRIP

After the US Grand Prix in Austin and din­ner with F1 su­per­star Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, get be­hind the wheel of your favourite su­per­car – a Corvette Z07, per­haps, or maybe a Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán – and hit the road from Napa Val­ley to Las Ve­gas. The nine-day Ul­ti­mate Driving Tours ex­pe­ri­ence takes in some of the USA’s best driving roads. ul­ti­mat­edriv­ing­tours.com

21 TREK ALASKA’S GLACIERS

Ar­riv­ing by he­li­copter at the newly opened five-bed­room Shel­don Chalet is a fit­ting way to be­gin your Alaskan get­away. Lo­cated by North Amer­ica’s tallest moun­tain, De­nali, the chalet is a re­fined base from which to do a glacier trek. Af­ter­wards, get com­fort­able and take in the Aurora Bo­re­alis over fine food and wine. shel­don­chalet.com

22 NAT­U­RALLY SRI LANKA

Home to leop­ards, ele­phants, sloths and vi­brant birds, a Sri Lankan sa­fari com­bines wildlife with cul­ture. Nat­u­ral Fo­cus Sa­faris cre­ates cus­tomised jour­neys across the coun­try, with re­fined overnight stays in Uga Es­capes prop­er­ties. african­wildlife­sa­faris.com.au

23 SWIM WITH WHALES

Look a hump­back in the eye in Tonga or watch a pod of or­cas feast­ing in Nor­way with Whales Un­der­wa­ter’s im­mer­sive multi-day ex­pe­ri­ences. Ocean pho­tog­ra­pher and Canon Mas­ter Darren Jew will be on hand to help you cap­ture this once-in-a-life­time en­counter. whale­sun­der­wa­ter.com

24 GO WILD IN CHILE

Em­bark on a South Amer­i­can ad­ven­ture in Chile, be­gin­ning by div­ing into the vi­brant cul­ture of San­ti­ago and then ven­tur­ing into the wilder­ness of Patag­o­nia. An ex­pert nat­u­ral­ist will guide you to cap­ture in­cred­i­ble pho­tos of pumas, foxes, ñan­dues, gua­na­cos and soar­ing con­dors. andbeyond.com

25 TRAVEL THROUGH TIME WITH YOUR DNA

After hav­ing your DNA tested to re­veal your ge­o­graphic ori­gins, you will em­bark on an exclusive and cul­tur­ally au­then­tic jour­ney to ex­plore the lands of your ances­try. Go on a long odyssey or break up the trip. tuelite.com

04

0201 Go in search of Canada’s po­lar bears 02 Jour­ney to the North Pole in a nu­clear ice­breaker © Dave Mer­ron/Quark Ex­pe­di­tions 03 Walk your way through New Zealand 04 Go on an Alaskan ad­ven­ture at Shel­don Chalet 05 En­joy the ro­mance of Africa by pri­vate jet © andBeyond 06 See the USA’s nat­u­ral won­ders on an ul­ti­mate road trip 07 Go on a sa­fari with a dif­fer­ence © andBeyond 08 Train for an epic Euro­pean cycling trip © Ride & Seek

03

05

07

06

08

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.