While the rest of the world plans busy city breaks to Barcelona and Berlin, you’ll find a smaller crowd in Georgia’s rural heartland. Allow your hiking boots to conquer the Caucasus Mountains and your palate to revel in one of the oldest wine-making cultures on earth. Even in the capital city of Tbilisi, visits to the Old Quarter and farmers’ market will feel like you’ve stepped back in time – and far from the typical tourist track.
If you thought merely getting to Iceland felt like an excuse to get away from it all, imagine how remote you’ll feel while exploring its frozen wilderness. To witness the immense beauty of this vast landscape, you’ll traverse trails, glaciers and mountains by any means necessary. Our Local Insider and a snowmobile will take you to parts unspoiled, but amazing sites like the Sólheimajökull glacier require two feet and an adventurous spirit.
It doesn’t get more far-flung than the Galápagos. Off the distant Pacific coast of Ecuador, you’ll hop a yacht and wander the waters of this animal kingdom, keeping your eyes peeled for the spectacular species found nowhere else on Earth. You’ll have ample time to mingle with the locals, with days spent snorkelling with sea lions, penguins and marine iguanas, and hours shooting the breeze with giant Galápagos tortoises, who’ll teach you a thing or two about slow travel.
When you’re traversing the seemingly endless rocky, dusty expanse of Wadi Rum in Jordan, it feels like you’re the first person on the planet to do so, at least until you stumble upon a luxury desert camp. That’s exactly what you’ll do on our eight-day adventure in Hollywood’s favourite playground. On top of Wadi Rum, you’ll explore ancient Petra, dine on street food in Amman, snorkel in the Red Sea and float in the Dead Sea.
This remote archipelago, miles and miles off Portugal’s coast in the Atlantic, is like one big adventure park for lovers of the great outdoors. Picture giant crater lakes, forged by volcanic rock and surrounded by verdant greenery, which you can kayak on and cycle around on our six-day trip. You’ll also have the chance to canyon down mountain streams, abseil down waterfalls and soak in geothermal hot springs, before cooking a traditional cozido stew using only natural underground heat.