On our 11-day scoot through South Africa, you’ll see the sights you’ve always wanted to, in a thoroughly authentic way. Table Mountain cable car, check. Stellenbosch winelands visit, check. Did you even know you could go kayaking with penguins? And there’s more – optional adrenaline-fuelled activities include the world’s tallest bridge bungee jump in Tsitsikamma National Park. End your trip on a high, photographing the Big Five across two nights and four safari drives in a stunning luxury game reserve.
This remote group of volcanic islands are home to species of wildlife that are actively protected – we humans are the visitors in their ecosystem. Our five-day trip weaves in ways to witness the amazing wildlife, including snorkelling among sea lions, turtles and marine iguanas, plus kayaking along the Itabaca Channel. Keep your camera close as you hike through cactus forests spotting red-chested frigatebirds. Everyone loves the archipelago’s most famous resident – the protected giant tortoises lumbering among the moon-like landscapes.
We’re betting Bali is on your travel bucket list. Our trip devotes 12 days to the idyllic Indonesian island, designed for you to see as much of it as possible. Climbing Mount Batur as the sun rises will be a highlight, as will bronzing on balmy beaches and hiking jungle-clad mountains. An exhilarating speedboat ride to tiny Gili Trawangan island is tempered by a soulful snorkel with sea turtles. Your last day will include a blessing on the beach before a group dinner; recreate the fragrant dishes once home with the knowledge gained from your cookery class in Ubud.
You asked for unique bucket list ideas and this five-day Iceland adventure delivers. Pinch yourself on a private journey through the Golden Circle – a route known for its rich landscapes connecting Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir blow holes and Gullfoss waterfall. You’ll bond with your tripmates while soaking in hot springs, snowmobiling across a glacier and hopefully spotting the Northern Lights play across the night sky. For another dip, head to the Blue Lagoon – nature’s own spa – and for a bite to eat, enjoy the warm bread made in the ground of a geothermal bakery.
Train travel is back in fashion, so why not embrace the trend and embark on one of our epic Rail Trips? Swapping wheels for tracks allows us to cover a lot of ground, so we can even cross continents within one 12-day adventure. We’ll start in the Spanish capital and head continually south to trace the cultural, historical and culinary evolutions (and crossovers) from Iberia to North Africa. We’ll stop off at the extraordinary historical city of Cordoba, home to the spectacular Mezquita mosque-cathedral, before visiting Seville and taking in a fiery flamenco show. We’ll cross into Morocco through the gateway to Africa, Tangiers, before visiting Casablanca, exploring the time-warping streets of Fes and, last but not least, the ever-vibrant streets of Marrakech.