Top 7 Bucket List Adventures
1) The Ultimate Trekking Experience (Nepal-Everest Base Camp Trek)
A trek to the base of Mount Everest will surpass your expectations. Ascend in true expedition style savouring the quintessential trekking experience with expert guides, crew and porters as you trek to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Experienced operators carefully devised an itinerary that reflects their proven track record, with time for safe acclimatisation – the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. The trail leads through the famous villages of Namche and Khumjung as well as Thyangboche monastery that reflect the renowned Sherpa culture. An included ascent to Kala Pattar (5545m) from where guides will point out the classic climbing routes to the summit. A foray is also included to Everest Base Camp from where expeditions prepare to climb the world’s highest peak. All nights are spent in exclusive private eco campsites and handpicked eco lodges.
2) Ancient History Lovers (Peru-Inca Rivers Trek – Choquequirao to Machu Picchu) -to Mach
Pristine campsites, stunning views of snow-covered Andean peaks, ancient cloud forest, abundant wildflowers and the Inca ruins of Choquequirao are just some of the highlights of this outstanding trek. The route follows a mountain traverse between two sacred Inca rivers – to the west the Apurimac and to the east the Urubamba. These mighty rivers are the main tributaries of the Amazon. Between them lies the great Vilcabamba Mountain Range – the last stronghold of the Inca Empire. Unique to this area is the spectacular ‘lost’ ruins of Choquequirao. Built by the Incas in the 15th century, like Machu Picchu, it became lost in high jungle which engulfed the ruins until being rediscovered in the early 20th century. A day is set aside to explore this impressive site before continuing your trek to the Inca site at Paltallacta which provides a stunning and rarely seen view of your final destination – Machu Picchu.
3) Ends Of The Earth (Antarctica – Springtime in South Georgia)
The sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia is a rare jewel, blessed with huge glaciers, a profusion of wildlife and rich in Antarctic history. From the old whaling station at Grytviken, the burial place of Ernest Shackleton, to the enormous King Penguin rookery at Salisbury Plain, the island provides visitors with an unforgettable Antarctic experience. Combine this with time to explore the natural wonders of the Falklands, the Orkneys, the Shetlands and the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, and you have the essence of this remarkable voyage. Your time in South Georgia will be spent visiting rookeries with literally thousands of King, Macaroni and Rockhopper Penguins. You will continue the voyage to the Antarctic, visiting the South Orkney Islands enroute, and attempting to land on the wild and spectacular Elephant Island. Exploring the western flanks of the Antarctic Peninsula provides a further highlight and, as with other voyages to Antarctica, there will be plenty of we time for regular shore excursions to walk among the many penguins and seals, and visit the scientific stations.
4) Wildlife Adventure (Tanzania Wildlife Adventure)
After a climb on Kilimanjaro or Meru, there are few better ways to glimpse the highlights of northern Tanzanian wildlife than to join this superb safari. The world famous Ngorongoro Crater is considered the “Garden of Eden” of Tanzania in terms of game viewing and we spend a day doing just that . Other highlights while on safari include huge herds of elephants in Tarangire National Park and abundant birdlife at Lake Manyara.
5) Tropical Exploration (Sea Kayaking in the Islands of Yasawa Fiji)
The Yasawa Islands are a sea kayaker’s delight – a region of sparkling azure waters and white sandy beaches fringed by pristine coral reefs. For six days paddle in modern expedition-style kayaks through the remote islands of the Northern Yasawas. Follow an itinerary dictated by the winds and the tides. During the trip you will stop at uninhabited beaches to enjoy picnic lunches and snorkel in the clear South Pacific water. You will kayak for three to four hours each day, leaving plenty of opportunity for swimming, visiting nearby traditional villages or just relaxing in a timeless tropical ambience. Camp each night will be on a pristine beach or near a traditional Fijian village where the friendly local people are always happy to share their culture, traditions and history.
6) Pilgrimage Trek (The Camino de Santiago – Spain & France)
Traverse the centuries of time and the borders of Europe on the medieval pilgrim trail of Compostela. In the 9th century, the tomb of the apostle St James was unearthed in Compostela. The site became the focus of a pilgrim trail beginning in France, and crossing northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. This journey, also known as the ‘Way of St James’ winds its way across borders, following in the footsteps of thousands of medieval pilgrims through the beautiful Sierras of Navarre and Aragon. The route passes a multitude of churches and monasteries that mark the Compostela Trail, resembling a travelling museum of Romanesque art. Four stages of this historic trail are included in this `The Full Spanish Camino’ self‐guided walking program. And altogether the Pyrenees, Logroño, Burgos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela brings life to the unique history of this fascinating route. the entire length of the Spanish Camino, from St Jean Pied de Port in France, across the Pyrenees and onwards to Santiago. The entire trip can be done over a month, or you can break it down further as this itinerary comprises of our separate a travelling museum of Romanesque art.
7) The Longest Wall (Trek The Great Wall Of China)
Trekking along a remote section of the Great Wall outside Beijing in Hebei Province ensures you gain an in-depth appreciation of this iconic structure. Camp in simple and comfortable exclusive locations and explore the Great Wall over seven days, trekking between villages and seeing the quiet sections of the Wall, generally away from the crowds. The scenery is vast and diverse as you trek your way through swaying corn cropped fields to distant green river valleys with one of the great wonders of the world as a backdrop. Camping near to villages provides you with true rural hospitality in the ‘real China’ and allows a rare interaction with the local people. Visiting a number of sections of the wall makes this particular journey so special. In Beijing visit the capital’s major historic sites such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Perhaps you may want to indulge in the culinary delights that Chinese cuisine is so famous for. The Beijing food experiences will no doubt compete with the trek itself as one of the highlights of this entirely unique adventure.