When it comes to remote island vacations, the Seychelles – a cluster of islands far out in the Indian Ocean – are hard to beat. Enjoy the serenity of the islands on this eight-day cruise, where you’ll kick back on the pristine beaches of Praslin and Grande Soeur, swim with sea turtles and tropical fish in Sainte Anne Marine National Park and hike through the ancient palm forests of Unesco-listed nature reserve Vallée de Mai.
A vacation to the Galápagos Islands means leaving the human world behind and entering the animal kingdom. Giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, sharks, iguanas and an abundance of colourful birds will be your company on this five-day trip around the islands. You’ll be led by our Local Insider and will get to see the more rugged side of the archipelago with an exclusive visit to some of the uninhabited islands. No roads, no cards, no bars or restaurants – just pure, unspoilt nature at its most majestic.
Not all island vacations are of the tropical variety. The remote Hebridean islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis, just off the west coast of Scotland, boast a particular kind of tranquil, windswept scenery you won’t find anywhere else. On Culture Trip’s week-long expedition through this remote corner of the UK, you’ll go wild swimming in the idyllic Fairy Pools on Skye, hike across the other-worldly landscapes of the Trotternish hills and wash it all down with Scotch whisky and artisan gin from the Isle of Harris Distillery.
Bottle-green crater lakes, sprawling fields of blue hydrangeas and steaming volcanic hot springs: you’ve made it to the Azores. Far out in the Atlantic Ocean, this string of Portuguese islands might lack the gorgeous sandy beaches of other isolated vacation spots, but they more than make up for it with their abundance of thrill-seeking activities. Get your adrenaline pumping on this six-day trip, where you’ll rappel down rushing waterfalls, kayak across shimmering lakes and hike through subtropical forests. Plus, you’ll learn how to make cozido – a traditional Azorean stew cooked underground using only geothermal energy.