Iceland’s resourcefulness and natural geothermal energy make it a no-brainer for an ecofriendly escape. And this whistle-stop five-day tour makes the most of the uniquely natural wonders on the island. You’ll start in the artsy capital of Reykjavik, spending your first evening trying local specialties, before venturing out the following morning to explore the lesser-trodden region of Borgarfjordur. From there it’s on to the legendary Golden Circle route, hopping between waterfalls and geysers, before rounding off with a glacier hike and a soothing dip in the Blue Lagoon.
Costa Rica is a beacon of sustainable tourism: more than 90 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources, while the country itself is divided into a patchwork of reserves and natural parks. This nine-day adventure kicks off with a local tour of San Jose, followed by a cup of not-so-average joe in a volcanic coffee plantation. From here it’s downhill, or rather downstream, as you speed through the Balsa River rapids in a dinghy, before sloth-spotting on a moonlight hike in Monteverde. You’ll swing from the jungle down to the beach, stopping at surf town Tamarindo for a boarding lesson, before finishing with a well-earned spa date.
With Nepal recently making commitments to shifting towards renewable energy sources, and its national parks serving as a refuge for endangered tigers and rhinos, this Himalayan country is geared up for ecofriendly holidays. Our epic 11-day itinerary includes a rickshaw tour of Kathmandu, cookery classes in a refugee camp, rafting the Seti River and wild camping. You’ll also canoe through Chitwan National Park, and head out on safari to look for Bengal tigers and Indian leopards, plus bears, crocodiles and bison. Finish up in the capital, Kathmandu, to meet and share stories with a Mount Everest summiteer.
This epic 11-day adventure starts with a bit of pedal power, as you cycle around clamorous Chiang Mai to sample street art and food. From here, you’ll hit the road deep into rural Thailand, stopping at waterfalls, ancient caves and thermal hot springs on your way to mountainous Mae Hong Son. Here, it’s all about exploring under your own steam, with a full-day jungle trek on the agenda, followed by a more demanding mountaintop climb. Your reward? A stop at the Elephant Nature Park, where you’ll get to meet former working elephants that have been rescued to live out their golden years in peace.
This once-in-a-lifetime 11-day adventure kicks off in the irrepressible capital, Hanoi, before leaving the buzz behind for the serenity of the Mai Chai, where you’ll cycle through rice fields and experience farm life with the locals. Next, steam ahead to La Han Bay on an overnight cruise, awaking to epic views of limestone karsts that rise from the water like giants’ fingers. Here you’ll try tai chi, and swim and kayak in the calm, clear bay waters. A culinary visit to the Imperial city of Hue is next, with a food tour and cooking lesson, before finishing with ancient meditation classes in Hanoi.