What's on your Travel Bucket List? 2021 and beyond...
Living through a pandemic has sparked a re-evaluation of traveller’s priorities and attitudes. For many of us confined to our homes during lockdown, it has been a time to make plans and dream up the kind of big bucket-list trips we never normally get around to planning. Writing our bucket lists is one of those things that gives us something to look forward to in the future and if you haven’t done one yet, this should be your first New Year’s Eve resolution. To get you started, here are a few questions you should ask yourself; questions that will help you identify your travel style and help your travel advisor create the perfect trip for you!
What are some things that you really want to achieve in your lifetime?
Which skills do you want to develop, or parts of yourself do you want to build on?
How intense of an adventure do you want?
What balance of culture, nature and adventure is best for you?
What are your hobbies? Which activities do you enjoy?
Which kinds of environment do you enjoy the most?
Are you comfortable in large groups, or do you prefer quiet atmospheres far way from big crowds?
Is there anything that’s a no-go for you? Extreme cold, for example, or heights?
What level of luxury are you looking for from your accommodation?
Do you prefer staying in one location or travel across country?
What is your preferred length for a trip to last?
There are various considerations of this kind to take into account before writing your bucket list. Take the time to think them through, and perhaps write a few notes to keep them in mind when you’re in the brainstorming stage.
This way you will be able to choose destinations and activities that actually suit your personality, rather than being attracted by the most popular trips that might not actually be the best for you. Yes, many people might have diving in the Great Barrier Reef on their bucket lists, but if you’re claustrophobic under water, then it’s probably not for you!
But don’t be afraid to extend your horizons and allow yourself to think about the epic trips you want to take some day. Then get planning for 2021 and beyond!
Here’s some inspiration to get you going. Our Road trip journeys are always tailor made to you and your travel companions and will be adapted to your travel goals and personal interest. Our sample itineraries are intended to give you a flavour of what we can do. Each program includes 24/7 concierge support, carefully selected luxury boutique hotels with a "local flair", unique experiences and private tours during your journey. We will also help you navigate the new rules of travel and will be on top of every evolving element related to your trip.
If you want to find out more and receive a tailor-made proposal, give us a call or write to us! We're here for you!
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Sultanate of Oman
Off-Road Expedition following the footsteps of infamous explorers
This expedition will lead the travellers in the footsteps of Simbad - the Sailer, Ibn Battuta - the infamous explorer, Sir Wilfried Thesiger, the first western explorer to cross the eastern sands of the Empty Quarters, and great travel writers. It is a unique adventure inspired from the historic journey that was once made by the Sultan in 1955 from Salalah, in the South, to Muscat, in the North - the first crossing of the Omani desert by motorcar - depicted by a great travel writer Jan Morris, who took part in this trip, when the winds of change were beginning to blow across the Sultanate of Oman.
This road trip gives the traveller access to the Essence of Oman, experiencing it's hidden treasures, exploring diverse landscapes from desert, sea, mountains and wadis, with a range of unique activities and sleeping arrangements from luxury hotels, eco-lodge, luxury camping to 4x4 rooftop camp.
Highlights of your trip:
· Discover Salalah, the capital city of southern Oman's Dhofar province. It's known for its banana plantations, Arabian Sea beaches and waters teeming with sea life. The Khareef, an annual monsoon, transforms the desert terrain into a lush, green landscape and creates seasonal waterfalls. The Frankincense Land Museum, part of the Al Balid Archaeological Site, recounts the city’s maritime history and role in the spice trade.
· Diving or Snorkelling Trip through the magnificent Hillaniyat island, the largest island in the area, island contains some ancient sites.
· These islands are characterized by an enormous range in elevation, embracing deserts, highlands and islands, springs, bays and headlands. They are home to large groups of turtles, birds and Arabian humbpack whales.
· Journey through Jebel Qara Mountains towards the lost city of Ubar, the sunken Atlantis of the desert, and enter the Empty Quarters, Rub Al Khalid Desert for a 2-days off-road expedition in the desert, surrounded by 200m high dunes, plunging you into the Bedouin way of life.
· Follow a panoramic road towards Wadi Shuwaymiah, a canyon with bizarre rock structures and snow white sand dunes. Let your dinner be prepared by local fisherman cooking a delicious 'catch of day' on the grill.
· Discover Barr Al Hickmann, Oman's vital centre for biodiversity and the most critically important area for waterbirds in the West Asian East African flyway, sustaining to a half million waterbirds such as flamingos.
· Have fun dune bashing in the coastal Sugar Dunes, unfolded miles of untouched ivory desert. The area is also great for kite surfing.
· Learn about turtle conservation at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
· Adventure yourself in Wadi Tiwi, adjacent to the very popular Wadi Shab but unique in its own way with numerous farms and plantations dotting the wadi, and a stunning pool deep inside towards Mibam village.
· Explore Muscat. Visit Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and venture through the narrow streets of the Muttrah Souq.
· Swim in the large pools of turquoise and emerald colored waters of Wadi Bani Khalid, lined with lush green palm trees.
· Traverse the Wahiba Sands to spend a night in an authentic desert camp with local cuisine and entertainment.
· Drive towards Jebel Akhdar mountains, discover the Saiq Plateau, 400-year old villages and forts, and learn about date plantations and the old Falaj irrigation system.
· Your way back to Muscat offers an exhilarating off-road ride through Wadi Awf. Visit the hot springs of Nakhl and stop at charming villages.
A life enriching journey - Conservation safari expedition.
A taste of KA-ZA.
The KAvango-ZAmbezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KA-ZA TFCA) is the largest contiguous nature reserve on earth with an area of approx. 520,000 km2. The countries of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have set themselves the task of promoting the sustainable development of tourism and the economy and the conservation of biodiversity by combining a total of 36 national parks, nature reserves and reserves. KA-ZA TFCA is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and Tsodilo Hills.The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola and is fanned out in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
This is a Safari without borders, an unforgettable journey of species protection trip to the Kavango-Zambezi Nature Reserve passing through Namibia, Botswana & Zambia.
Highlights of your trip:
· Your expedition will start at the Stanley and Livingstone Boutique Hotel, with a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the world. The adrenaline junkies can partake in activities such as bungee jumping, ziplining over the gorge or taking a helicopter flip over the falls to witness the beauty of the natural wonder from above.
· You will then be transferred to the Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge where you will spend 2 nights. Beside the mysterious Savute Channel, this tented oasis is the perfect base to discover the wonders of Chobe National Park. Followed by 3 nights at the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, at the heart of the Okavango Delta.
· You journey will then continue in Namibia, where you will experience the exclusive Sossus Under Canvas camp in the Sossusvlei area. The Camp Sossus is built in a naturally formed amphitheatre of a south-facing granite outcrop within striking distance of Sossusvlei, and is ideally positioned to avoid the harsh desert sun. As a result of this design, the camp is virtually invisible from any distance and, together with Camp Huab, it carries the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia.
oMagical excursion with your guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs
· The expedition continues to Damaraland area, staying at Mowani Mountain Camp to search for desert adapted elephants in the area, and visit an authentic Himba village in Sesfontein. Damaraland Camp is the successful result of a partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Torra Conservancy and has become an inspiration for communities and conservationists throughout Africa. In addition, the camp has been built to be as eco-friendly as possible, minimising its environmental footprint and expressing our vision
oVisit the geological site of the pre-historic Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
oVisit an authentic Himba settlement – you may have to search for a while as the semi-nomadic Himba people sometimes move location with no notice. Your guide’s presence and contacts with the local community will ensure you will be welcomed as a ‘friend of a friend’ and that you will be able to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and will be given insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine.
oExciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area.
· From here you will then go to Desert Rhino Camp where you will have the opportunity to track Rhino and learn more about the Save The Rhino Trust.
oYou will embark on an exciting Rhino Tracking activity on foot with the Safe The Rhino Trust, returning to the lodge during the heat of the day. You also can embark on scheduled afternoon drives and nature walks with your guide, as offered by the lodge.
· After 2 nights here you will travel to the southern boundary of Etosha, visiting a Himba Living Museum en route, arriving at Anderssons at Ongava in the late evening. Anderssons at Ongava are very active in Research and Conservation a lot much to learn here.
oMemorable morning game drive within the southern section of Etosha National Park with your guide. You return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Ongava Game Reserve.
· After Anderssons, you will then go to Okonjima - the AfriCat Foundation for a 2-night stay to learn more about the cat conservation work done here, before ending with a final night in Windhoek.
Another memorable guided activity to learn more about the conservation work done on Okonjima, before you return to the Bush Camp for a sumptuous brunch. Your early afternoon can be spent relaxing by the swimming pool overlooking the waterhole and enjoying the tranquillity of the sun until you go out on another AfriCat excursion after ‘coffee and cake’ in the afternoon.
An epic adventure at the bottom of the world.
Patagonia, adventure of a Lifetime.
In the following itinerary we have included some of our favorite places in Argentina and Chile, as well as a variety of experiences we know will add context and texture to this trip.
From the vibrant capital cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago, with their leafy parks, plazas, rich museums, and world-class restaurants, to the remote landscapes of the Patagonia region. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds, food and nature of these locations in the company of professional, knowledgeable guides.
Begin this trip in Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest metropolis. Then travel south to visit Chilean Patagonia, near Torres del Paine National Park. This park is home to guanacos, foxes, pumas and over 100 bird species. Singular Patagonia Hotel offers several guided expeditions so you can discover the region’s ancient glaciers, grasslands, and lakes at your own pace.
Continue your trip across the Argentinian border, where you will be able to explore the Perito Moreno glacier and other wonders of the southern ice fields, ride horses at a traditional Estancia, and have a closer look at the ‘gaucho life’.
Navigate the Valdes Peninsula to observe marine mammals and penguins in their natural habitat, before flying to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Enjoy the last days of your South American journey visiting Buenos Aires’ best restaurants, cultural landmarks, and learn about its history with a local, specialized guide.
Highlights of your trip:
· Your journey starts in Santiago, Chile. Privately guided tour of Santiago’s most noteworthy historical and cultural sites. Possible stops include the City Center, Santa Lucia Hill, and San Cristobal Hill. This tour takes approximately four hours and can be adapted to fit your interests.
· Fly from Santiago (SCL) to Puerto Natales. The hotel where you will be staying for 4 nights, is the transition between our small existence and the majestic, eternal surroundings. Declared national heritage in 1996, The lodge, is a unique historic destination, set in a privilege setting and location which position it as one of the best in the south. Live a luxurious experience in what is known as the end of the world route.
· Full-day tour of Torres del Paine National Park. Driving north with several scenic stops along the way, enter Torres del Paine National Park. Take a hike to the Big Falls (Salto Grande), visit the colorful lakes of Nordenskjold, Sarmiento, Pehoe and Grey and witness the icebergs calving from the glacier.
· Activities available: Hiking, a horseback riding tour at one of the nearby estancias, or cycling around Laguna Sofia.
· Cruise to the Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. You may spot sea lions near the waterfalls in the fjord. Enjoy lunch at Estancia Peninsula, followed by a sheep shearing.
· Transfer to El Calafate, Argentina. Check in for a two-night stay at a historic Estancia, 12,000-hectare ranch on the south shore of Lago Argentino, now within the limits of Los Glaciares National Park. The gabled, main house was constructed more than 100 year ago by Croatian immigrant Santiago Peso. The name “Nibepo” is a contraction of the nicknames of three Peso children: Nini, Bebe, and Porota. Aike is a Tehuelche word meaning “place” or “home”.
· Guests can explore the estancia’s hiking trails. Loaner bicycles are available, and horseback rides can be arranged. Nibepo Aike is a working ranch, with more than 200 Herefords, as well as sheep and horses. Sheep shearing and cow milking demonstrations are offered, and gaucho horse-training techniques can be observed seasonally. Meals are prepared with family recipes using fruits, vegetables, herbs, and meat produced on the ranch. Traditional Patagonian barbecue ( asado) is offered regularly.
· Depart to the Los Glaciares National Park—a scenic drive of approximately 45 minutes. En route, you may see guanacos (cinnamon-colored camelids), foxes, hawks, eagles, condors, and flamingos. Reaching the Corner of Sighs, you will get your first full view of Perito Moreno Glacier. The glacier itself is over 18 miles long, reaching sheer heights of more than 200 feet. After reaching the trailhead, explore the walkways that overlook the glacier and Lake Argentino. Afterwards, take time with your private guide to view the glacier from the network of walkways and viewpoints on the Magellan Peninsula.
· Fly from El Calafate (FTE) to Trelew (REL). Check in for a three-night stay at a Boutique Hotel within a working sheep ranch (an estancia) on the coast of Argentine Patagonia.
· Privately guided visit to the on-property wildlife communities in near solitude. The Punta Ninfas elephant seal and penguin colonies.
· Full day whale-watching navigation tour. From August to December, southern right whales can be found in the waters and even seen from the shores.
· Fly from Trelew (REL) to Buenos Aires (AEP). Take a privately guided biking tour to visit the famous Palermo parks. This tour takes approximately two hours and can be adapted to fit your interests. Most visitors request time at the Cathedral and Plaza de Mayo, the port neighborhood of La Boca, the botanical gardens, and the Recoleta Cemetery.
Discover the Winelands of Argentina.
From Mendoza to Salta, ending at the Iguaçu Falls
Probably our best selling road trip tour, which is understandable when you consider the sheer variety of landscapes - sultry vineyards, high altitude deserts, salt flats, towering mountain ranges, and bright red valleys. Vibrant Andean communities and colonial cities give this tour a fascinating cultural angle which, added to the scenery, makes this road trip one of the most rewarding in South America.
Highlights of your trip:
· Your journey starts in Mendoza. This city remains the undisputed wine capital of Argentina and arguably the most important wine producing region in South America. A visit to Argentina is certainly not complete for wine lovers without a visit to Mendoza. Located around the towns of Chacras de Coria, Luján de Cuyo, Maipu, and further south in the Uco Valley, there are numerous vineyards ; many also serve as superb hotels and make excellent places to stay. There are world class restaurants showcasing some of the best food in Argentina. As Mendoza is such a fantastic destination for eating & drinking, it’s a good thing there are also ample opportunities for more active experiences to burn off the calories! The Andean foothills provide the perfect playground for trekking, rafting, and mountain biking activities. Alternatively why not combine the best of both worlds by taking one of our horseback or cycling vineyard tours!
· Satla is a hidden gem of a destination. Ask an Argentinean which part of their country they think is the most stunning and many will name the northwest regions of Salta and Jujuy. In terms of international tourism they have long been overlooked in favour of Patagonia or northern Chile, however word is slowly spreading about the incredible beauty that this corner of the country has to offer, and rightly so. Ideal for road trips (either self drive or led by a driver guide) due to the close proximity of highly contrasting natural and cultural attractions. Wine lovers should include a visit to Cafayate in the south of Salta Province, where Malbec and other varieties are grown at high altitude giving a distinctive regional taste. You will also discover otherworldly rock formations in the many gorges and valleys that give the landscape its highly distinctive character. Not to forget the Andean high plateau - the puna - where glistening white salt flats, pumice fields and otherworldly volcano peaks fill the landscape. Andean culture is abundant and easily accessible villages are scattered all over the region. The pace of life is slower in Salta, and the empanadas are as tasty as they get!
· Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world, are truly awe-inspiring to behold, spanning the border between Brazil and Argentina. Though Brazil boasts better views of the falls, Argentina is blessed with about 80 percent of this natural marvel’s 275 separate cascades. Paved trails and catwalks wind their way around the falls—sometimes reaching within an arm’s length of the water—and a free train connects the main trailheads.
Experiences key highlights:
· Asado Dinner. The idea is to offer guests the experience of how Argentines live the asado... we all sit together at a large table to talk and slowly enjoy every cut of meat that the grill has to offer. Our guests share a night together at a large table, enjoying the meat and the best Malbec wine. We also serve salads and grilled vegetables. After dinner, we serve you a dessert and to close the night ... fernet with coca!
· Full Day, Private Lujan de Cuyo Wineries Tour with Lunch. Luján de Cuyo is the heartland of the Malbec grape and arguably the most important wine growing region in South America. The wineries are subject to change, but they will always be excellent quality wineries. The first winery is Bodega Achaval-Ferrer. In recent years Achaval-Ferrer has represented Mendoza in Wine Spectator‘s list of Top 100 wines with various Malbecs. The winery, cozy and modern, is located on the banks of the Mendoza River amongst vineyards that are almost 100 years old. During the visit to this winery, guests taste wines from all of the different stages of winemaking – fermentation, oak barrels, and finally the wines from labeled bottles - a chance to experience the differences in aromas and flavours of the wine during its production, demonstrating how the wines evolve during the winemaking process. Last up is Bodega Dominio del Plata. In 1999, after 30 years advising companies in the wine sector, Susana Balbo decided to undertake her dream of having a winery herself, beginning the construction of Dominio del Plata in the heart of Lujan de Cuyo.
· Visit to the Talampaya National Park.
· Visit El Shincal Inca ruins.
· Visit Quilmes ruins, just south of Cafayate. The Ruins of Quilmes is an archaeological site in the Calchaquí Valleys, Tucumán Province, Argentina. The site was the largest pre-Columbian settlement in the country, occupying about 30 hectares. The area dates back to ca 850 AD and was inhabited by the Quilmes people; it is believed that about 5,000 people lived here during its heights. Although discovered in 1888 by Samuel Alejandro Lafone Quevedo, the ruins were first studied in 1897 by the archaeologist Juan Bautista Ambrosetti.
· Visit of the Argentinian Iguaçu Falls. We like to start the tour early in order to try and beat the crowds and get the first train to the Devil’s Throat. There are walkways over the islands which take you to a balcony over the falls and the most spectacular view of the entire Devil’s Gorge. You will then have plenty of time to walk the 800 metres of paths on the upper circuit. These new suspended walkways are detached from the jungle surface so as to protect the fauna by preventing disruption of the natural trails. From this circuit you have a higher sight of the falls, providing you with a magnificent panoramic view. It takes around 1 hour to cover the upper circuit. The lower circuit contains 600 metres of walkways, also detached from the jungle floor, and has great views from below and around the falls. If you have booked - or would like to book locally - the boat trip under the falls, the guide will take you to the boarding point.
· Half day tour explores the Brazilian side of the Falls. Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu), the largest waterfalls system in the world, are truly awe-inspiring to behold. Though Argentina boasts longer trails around the falls, Brazil is blessed with the best views of this natural marvel’s 275 separate cascades, which span the border between the two countries. Take in full-frontal views of Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), San Martin Island, and more from the short-but-sweet catwalks that wind their way around the Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls. Though less forested and natural than the Argentinean trails, you’ll find significantly better panoramic views of Iguaçu Falls in all its unforgettable glory—and they even offer an elevator to a postcard-perfect viewpoint over Devil’s Throat, considered the most spectacular scene in the park.
A seven stories journey across Sri Lanka's Ancient Civilisation.
Few islands in the world offer the diversity that exists in Sri Lanka, from ancient cities, to rich religious festivals, to colonial memories, to rolling tea plantations, to the best beaches in the Indian ocean, to an astonishing variety of bird and animal wildlife, and to a bustling and chaotic way of life, Sri Lanka intoxicates its visitors with its potpourri of cultures, religions, races, customs, its sheer natural beauty and its way of life.
If you like road trips, Sri Lanka is the perfect kind of island for you. We don’t recommend you rent a car yourself because the main rule of the road is to not follow any rules! You are better off hiring a driver with a comfy van to Explore Sri Lanka’s awe-inspiring heritage and rich modern-day culture whilst moving through its astonishingly varied landscapes and staying at some of the island’s leading luxury boutique hotels.
Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was previously known, is a treasure trove of religious and cultural heritage, and you are sure to stumble upon intricate elements of its history and heritage when you visit this paradise isle. From the abodes of prehistoric men to eight ancient capitals which were once the royal seat of residence, and from stupas that touch the sky to unbelievable artistry of our forefathers and elegant colonial edifices, Sri Lanka delivers an overwhelming dose of history. Topping it all off are the UNESCO world heritage sites scattered across the island including the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temple, the heritage city of Kandy and the Galle Fort.
Sri Lanka is a melting pot of culture and diving into the depths of the island is the ideal way to take in its exuberance. While travel is meant to transform you in a positive way, let it be Sri Lanka or any another corner of the world, do not forget to glimpse into its heritage of different cultures and contrasting aspects, for it is indeed an vital cornerstone in building a better world.
Highlights of your trip:
· Go on a Jungle Kayaking at Ulagalla (1 hr). Take to the waters of the Wannemaduwa Tank in a kayak at dawn or dusk, to experience the breathtaking wildlife at a time when it’s most active. Paddle quietly with your friendly staff guide through floating islands of lotus, strands of water reeds, and overhanging boughs. The soft light of the rising or setting sun makes for a picturesque setting for this excursion.
· For the nature-loving gourmet: we offer a guided tour of Sri Lankan organic farming and of our organic herb and vegetable garden, during which you can pick fresh, juicy fruits and vegetables for your lunch.
· Visit the UNESCO Anuradhapura citadel Anuradhapura consists of more than a dozen archeological sites. Typically one moves around from site to site either by bike or inside the vehicle.
· A walk through the Sri Lankan garden – Matale. At the farm you will be greeted by the planter with fresh juice sourced from the farm. Go on an easy hike around the farm with the planter to learn about the crops and trees for around 45 minutes. After the informative hike, enjoy a delicious, traditional home cooked rice and curry lunch, prepared with fresh herbs and vegetables sourced mainly from the plantation. The planter will join you for lunch and share his knowledge on the exotic vegetables and herbs. He may also teach you the local-style of consuming rice and curry, if you are up for the challenge!
· Visit to the Temple of Tooth. Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha.
· Explore the little hamlet. Once you approach the village, you will be greeted with the sight of lush paddy fields that stretch as long as the eye could see. Trek through the village with your guide and meet friendly locals. Stop at a paddy field and learn about Sri Lanka’s traditional paddy cultivation techniques and the island’s heritage of green farming.
· Discover Yala National Park. You will meet your tracker and driver, who will take you on a 2.5 to 3 hour game drive into the National Park. The Park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
· Learn how to prepare and cook your favorite Sri Lankan dishes such as brinjal pahi (deep fried and caramelized aubergine), pol sambola (coconut and chili sambol) , gotukola sambola (Indian pennywart salad), parippu (lentil dhal) and ratu alla hodi (beetroot curry). You will also discover how coconut milk is made, learn to crack open and scrape out your own coconut, and taste samples of each dish as you go along.
· Visit a cinnamon factory. A local cinnamon planter will greet you with a cinnamon infused juice before you make the climb to the estate. Wander uphill and encounter local peelers from the estate and nearby small-holdings gathered at a shed to process and extract cinnamon oil.
· Take the waters of the Wannemaduwa Tank in a kayak at dawn or dusk, to experience the breathtaking wildlife at a time when it’s most active. Paddle quietly with your friendly staff guide through floating islands of lotus, strands of water reeds, and overhanging boughs. The soft light of the rising or setting sun makes for a picturesque setting for this excursion.
Eco trip in the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador.
Read more about our Blaycation experience here
The Galápagos Islands, located roughly 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, remained a closely-guarded natural secret for millions of years. Over that time, the archipelago evolved into a home for an all-star cast of plants and animals. The Galápagos Islands may just inspire you to think differently about the world. This isolated group of volcanic islands and its fragile ecosystem has taken on almost-mythological status as a showcase of biodiversity. Yet you don’t have to be an evolutionary biologist or an ornithologist to appreciate one of the few places left on the planet where the human footprint is kept to a minimum.
A trip to Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most, and we understand how important it is that every detail of your trips comes off perfectly. Our Galapagos Cruises combine contemporary design, privacy, and comfort all within the marvelous setting of the Galapagos Islands.
A trip to this part of the world would not be complete without a road trip journey across Ecuador. Postcard-pretty colonial centers, waves splashing white-sand beaches, Kichwa villages, Amazonian rainforest and the breathtaking Andes – a dazzling array of wonders is squeezed into this compact country.
Highlights of your trip:
· Explore Quito and it the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas, visiting some its most important churches such as the impressive Cathedral, majestic Compañía and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage.
· Visit the textile market located at the “Plaza of Ponchos”; this is one of the most famous markets in South America. You will find all kinds of handcrafts including tapestries made on the Spanish weaving loom as well as the indigenous backstrap loom. After which you will enjoy some free time for bargaining and buying with the friendly Otavaleños.
· Galapagos Sea Star Journey, 5 days/4 nights
oVisit of Dragon hill, Santa Cruz Island. This site has been re populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands.
oBlack Turtle Cove. This little cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz island, this is a red mangrove lagoon very calm and quiet which made an ideal place as nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters permits to observe large groups of white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammerheads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays.
oChinese Hat. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.
oEl Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the tree.
oDarwin Bay. This bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, with and yellow warblers can be seen in the area.
oBartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island.
oThe Sullivan Bay, Santiago Islands. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.
· Napo Wildlife Center or Sani Eco Lodge 4 days/3 nights. Both lodges are deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon, and are dedicated to eco tourism, environmental conservation and community projects in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador.
oWildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment
oCultural interaction with local people
oTrekking time at the richest rain forest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park.
New Zealand - Wilderness Eco Trip
Set in the azure seas of the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is renowned for its clean green environment and remarkable scenic beauty from rugged mountains and ancient glaciers to beaches, bays and bush. Discerning travellers from all over the world rate New Zealand a destination not to be missed.
More than magnificent landscapes, New Zealand is about a people and a society that has a vibrant and rich culture; a melding of a proud Maori heritage and modern European and Polynesian influences. New Zealanders themselves — friendly and open are proud of their country and its achievements. They have an egalitarian approach to life that visitors find refreshingly calming and welcoming.
Highlights of your trip:
· On arrival to Auckland, continue by ferry across the sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island. This beautiful island offers visitors the opportunity to experience diverse natural wonders combined with world-class vineyards, local artists, boutique food artisans, olive groves and friendly locals. We have featured a privately guided tour of Waiheke Island featuring some of the island’s outstanding vineyards and scenery.
· Drive near the Great Lake Taupo, an area surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, national parks, native forests and the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. Here your will stay for two nights in a beautiful lodge, which is nestled in the secluded Taharua valley, this is luxury wilderness lodge preferred by the world’s most discerning fishermen, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. A wonderful retreat property to relax and explore 16,000acres of timeless wilderness. A guided half day hike has been included the following day.
· Drive south to Palliser Bay and the acclaimed Wharekauhau Country Estate. Here you will stay for two nights at this gracious lifestyle lodge which is well known for its award winning style and is situated on a 5,000 acre working farm surrounded by ancient, native forest, spectacular beaches, bountiful rivers and tranquil lakes. The following day you will enjoy a 4WD farm safari to introduce you to the workings of this remote coastal ranch, followed by an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the range of activities located at the lodge.
· Board a ferry to the South Island. This is a scenic crossing taking you across the Cook Strait and into the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds before arriving at the port town of Picton. Your accommodation is in Blenheim set in the world renowned Marlborough winery region. Being in Blenheim gives them opportunity to stay at a grand country estate nestled within 16 acres of secluded parklands, providing a wonderful retreat for guests to relax and enjoy inspired New Zealand cuisine. We have included a privately guided cycle excursion.
· From Blenheim you will enjoy a scenic drive down the East Coast to Kaikoura, home to Hapuku Lodge where you will stay for two nights. Your lodge is a country coastal retreat property, boasting a superb location set in between the majestic Kaikoura Mountain ranges and the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. It is set on a 1,500 acre property with a deer breeding farm, and is near to the idyllic seaside town of Kaikoura, acclaimed for its eco-marine tourism. The lodge is built in a canopy of native grove, giving opportunity to stay in a unique treehouse style accommodation. The dining experience features season vegetables and herbs from the property’s completely organic kitchen garden and the skilled executive Chef and kitchen team create memorable dishes using over 75% of ingredients and products from local farmers and artisan food producers. The following day, join an iconic Whale Watch Cruise.
· From Kaikoura you will drive further south to the city of Christchurch where you will connect with a flight to Queenstown. Your accommodation is located in the Lake Wanaka region, known for its breathtaking alpine and lake scenery. Wanaka is an idyllic town where locals get to enjoy life the way it should be. Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka which mirrors the magnitude of the surrounding Southern Alps, boasting endless adventure activities in an untouched picture perfect setting. Whilst in this region we have included a three night stay in a very special property that consists of four high country sheep stations (ranches), the property stretches from Queenstown to Wanaka and is over 55,000 hectares of towering mountains, lush green valleys, native bush, forests and meandering rivers. This is an Eco property which the owner ensuring that the working station uses sustainable farm practices and also has a native plant regeneration and native bird breeding programme, all being an integral part of this vast station/ranch. This unique property has 90% of the land protected by a covenant, making it the largest conservation undertaking of private land in New Zealand’s history. The name “Mahu Whenua” translates from Maori to “Healing the Land”. The homestead comprises of four King Suites (two in the homestead and two cottage suites) and offers its guests a fully hosted experience. During your time here we have included a helicopter excursion taking you over the magnificent Fiordland National Park and acclaimed Milford Sound.
Scotland - Epic Road Trip in the land of castles, cashmere, and whiskey.
This tailor-made programme is specially designed to showcase Scotland at its finest. Commencing in the historic capital city, it travels to the famed Isle of Skye, the majestic Highlands before travelling south to Perthshire. Your journey will combine a wealth of luxury accommodations and exclusive private experiences to create incredible memories that will be treasured for years to come.
Your chauffeur-guide will ensure you are taken off the beaten track and that you delve into the depths of both ways of life. With local knowledge and a gift for talking like no other nation, they will explain and expand on the country’s rich history and cultural heritage like no book can. Their stories and fun facts will live long in the memory.
Highlights of your trip:
· Private Walking tour through Edinburgh’s Old Town.
· Tour of St Andrews. It is the home of golf.
· Drive on the East Neuk route. This delightful part of Fife is full of picturesque villages and harbour that stand testament to the heritage of sea-fishing which once thrived in the area.
· Meet with a local ranger who will take you on a guided walk to learn about the deadly Highland Charge.
· Set off to experience the loch in a privately chartered luxury motor cruiser.
· Explore The Isle of Skye.
· Travel to Portree, the island capital, to board a privately chartered 40-foot catamaran.
· A local ranger will take you on a guided walk at Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen. It lies in the heart of an ancient volcano and is one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in Scotland.
· Discover Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working single malt distillery.
· Visit Lindores Abbey Distillery, the spiritual home of Scotch whisky since 1494.
On the trails of Southern Morocco.
An Enchanting & Colourful Adventure.
Start this wonderful road trip in Marrakech, the Red City with its glittering facets. Embark on a vintage style sidecar, go on a bespoke and off the beaten path adventure throughout the city. Discover the splendid world of Moroccan gastronomy with a chef one evening, at the big square “La Place Jemaa El Fna”, the city’s beating heart, an open theatre which is a feast for the five senses.
Your next step will be on the trails in the South of Morocco, where camel trains used to carry silk, spices and gold… travel through the green valleys and oasis to make your way towards the Saharan desert where the sky wears its starry adornment. The desert is not just another amazing nature scenery. Everything there is beyond standards, time and space. This exciting journey will also take you to the coast after spending memorable times in Berber lands. White sand and white medinas, wild beaches and coves. The little boats are waiting for their captains. They will have them sail for a miraculous catch of fish. The pearl’s name is Essaouira. Your final step will be Fes, the “Athens of Africa”, and cradle of Moroccan culture. People of different origins and faiths, living in a fertile harmony, have inspired the intellectual, spiritual and artistic life of the city and built wonders of architecture. The labyrinth medina shelters many treasures from all periods and is also an outdoor living museum of traditional handicraft: woodwork, brassware, weaving, pottery, leatherwork…
If you have dreamt of the responsible and green ways of travelling, you won’t be disappointed: meeting with locals, food tasting experiences, handicraft workshops…are some of experiences we will offer to you during this incredible tour. We have also selected the best accommodations in Morocco, all to make your stay the most comfortable as possible.
The Balkans - An epic Road Trip Adventure
On the crossroads between East & West
It is an ideal region with so much on offer, from thriving, metropolitan cities, to pristine blue seas and sandy beaches. This incredibly diverse and welcoming area has endless opportunities to offer. To take you to the Balkan Peninsula for the first time, we have created two itineraries that will guide you through several countries, like Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia.
Highlights of your trip:
· Private sightseeing tour in the town of Kotor. The medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have put it on the UNESCO list of “World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites”.
· Private sightseeing tour in the town of Dubrovnik. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day.
· Experience the magic of a day trip to Mali Ston bay, learn about shellfish farming that dates back over 800 years and enjoy the tasting of fresh oysters and mussels just taken out of the sea, where a local family has grown oysters for generations since 1980.
· In Konavle, Your hosts will welcome you with traditional liqueurs and figs made in their own production. You will have the chance to discover their beautiful garden and cook a traditional meal.
· Private tour of Mostarn the most beautiful town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Old Bridge Area and Mostar's old town were proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mostar is a bilingual town, place where the east meets west, divided by the Neretva River.
· Foodies tour in Sarajevo, trying some of the original local delicacies, such as ‘cevapi’, ‘burek’ and the rest of different traditional pies.
· Explore the cultural highlights of Belgrade city, with a special emphasis on the historical town of Zemun.
· Discover the historical city center of Zagreb, and explore all the famous sights and beautiful buildings built in Austro Hungarian period.
· Visit local Trakoscan Castle and enjoy a traditional lunch in Zlatna Gorica. You won’t forget this culinary experience, with all original flavors of this region.
· Foodies Tour in Ljubljana, one of Europe's best-kept secrets. During the tour, you will try 9 traditional dishes from a variety of different cuisines, from all parts and circles of Slovenia’s society and 4 sorts of wine will be tasted all while familiarizing Yourself with the downtown of Ljubljana and hearing an overview of the Slovene history.
Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, one of the best road trips in the world.
Take a journey along Iceland’s ring road on this 10-day privately-guided tour. Starting and ending in Reykjavík, your drive brings you to many of Iceland’s best known natural attractions, including beautiful waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, the famous “Golden Circle” route, the splendid south coast. You will also have a lot of opportunities to explore sights like the glorious glacier lagoon, marvellous Lake Mývatn and the northern towns of Akureyri and Húsavik.
Highlights of your trip · Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, one of the best road trips in the world · Explore the famous Golden Circle route, including hot springs and cascading waterfalls · Sail among the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon · Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice · Marvel at the powerful Dettifoss & Goðafoss waterfalls
An epic road trip on the longest Wine Route in the world.
At 850 kilometers, Route 62 in South Africa is considered to be the longest wine route in the world. It is the historic inland route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, connecting the east and west coasts of the country. Route 62 passes through the Cape Winelands and the Klein Karoo and is said to be the shorter, more scenic alternative to the N2 highway, and less-commercial than the famous Garden Route.
Route 62 is one of the road trips in South Africa that should be on your bucket-list if you have a knack for the uncommon. Why not find this out first-hand and experience this trip for yourself! The trip includes cosmopolitan Cape Town, often voted as one of the best cities in the world. to the famous winelands of South Africa. This self-drive trip allows you time to travel at your own pace with no rush between towns, thus allowing you plenty of time to explore, visit the sites, taste the local food and engage with the locals.
Highlights of your trip
· Discover Cape Town. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
· This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breath- taking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point. Note: The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open. Ou Kaapse Weg will be used as an alternative route when necessary.
· Explore Paarl. Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Paarl boasts an array of cultural and historical attractions and is surrounded by some spectacular nature reserves. The famous 11-kilometre-long Main Street features the Strooidak Church, Die Oude Pastorie Museum and the Patriot Building. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: wine tasting, scenic fynbos hikes, cycling, sampling local cuisine and much more.
· Situated in the beautiful province of the Western Cape in South Africa, Montagu is a popular stop along the famous Route 62, a scenic alternative to the N2 highway. This quaint town serves as the gateway to the Little Karoo and is well-known for its natural hot springs, heritage and idyllic setting. The rugged terrain features majestic mountains, spectacular passes, vineyards, orchards and rivers. It is a popular destination for rock climbers who flock here to scramble up the many rugged rocky outcrops and cliff faces encircling this charming town. Visitors can explore the wide picturesque streets lined with over twenty Cape Victorian national monuments, discover a wide range of wining and dining options, and soak up the scenic tranquillity on one of the many hiking trails in and around Montagu.
· Located along the well-known Route 62 in South Africa’s beautiful Klein Karoo, the charming town of Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. It is surrounded by numerous ostrich farms and the golden arid landscape of the Karoo. Visitors can enjoy the locally produced wine and port; sample ostrich meat and biltong; learn about the ostrich feather boom at the C.P. Nel Museum; and visit the world-renowned Cango Caves, the largest cave system in Africa featuring ancient rock formations and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Other popular activities include: mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, and taking a day trip to the quaint town of Prince Albert over the scenic Swartberg Pass.
· Sandwiched between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is surrounded by world-renowned forests, lovely lagoons and pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to an array of markets offering delicious food and organic locally-made goods, explore the town’s picturesque waterfront and quaint streets, adventure through the lush forest, skip over streams and catch a glimpse of the multicoloured Knysna Loerie, take a ferry trip to the famed Knysna Heads and sample the local oysters. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities including surfing, swimming, yachting, jet-skiing, boating, fishing, and golfing.
· Set on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth also referred to as PE, is known as the Friendly City as well as the Windy City and hopefully, if you stay here you will get a chance to experience the former and not the latter. Port Elizabeth was established to home British settlers who were brought out on a government-sponsored programme to provide a buffer between the Cape Dutch and the Xhosa conflict. The little port grew from there and today it is the gateway to the beautiful Garden Route and serves as an excellent base to explore the Eastern Cape’s magnificent game reserves and pristine beaches. Visitors can explore the Addo Elephant National Park, inhabited by hundreds of elephants; and other wildlife, climb the area’s largest dune at Maitland’s Beach and jump on a boat tour to spot rare seabirds and whales.