We asked you what you dream of for your next Great Escape, and from hiking to ancient civilisations in South America, to seeing the Northern Lights in Scandinavia, there’s so much of the world you’re aching to explore.
This ancient Incan citadel, built in the 15th century, is a pilgrimage site for tourists from right around the world. Immerse yourself in the history and stories of the site on a guided trek, or train journey that takes you to see its sophisticated dry-stone walls, astronomical alignments and spectacular views. Don’t forget your camera!
An isolated archipelago with some of the most unique wildlife in the world, the Galapagos inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Cruise the waters to see giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas, snakes, lizards, albatross, seals and sharks, and if you’re around during migration season (July through November) you may even glimpse groups of whales passing through.
Whether you choose to admire the epic scale of the canyon from the air in a helicopter ride or venture to the ground with a walk along the rim trail, the vivid rocks of the canyon are best seen as sunrise or sunset.
The city that never sleeps truly has something for everyone. From its world-famous museums and galleries, to intimate bagel shops in the villages of Manhattan. Enjoy a drink on a rooftop bar at sunset, stroll through Central Park and venture over the Brooklyn Bridge to one of the city’s trendiest suburbs.
The only man-made structure visible from outer space, the magnificent Great Wall lines the historic northern border of the ancient Chinese empires. Today you can visit the wall at multiple different locations, some more popular than others due to their close proximity to Beijing. Generally you can enjoy this incredible landmark in a day trip from the capital.
The heart of ancient Greece, one of the world’s most powerful empires, Athens is still today dominated by 5th Century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel with the colonnaded Parthenon temple at its centre. It is also the birthplace of the modern Olympics, home to a number of Olympic sites that surround the city’s lively laneways and shopping districts.
A bucket list experience for most of our customers, the northern lights is a truly awe-inspiring phenomenon to see. Whether you cruise the Norwegian coast to the North Cape, or choose luxury by staying in a glass-topped igloo in Finnish Lapland, there are incredible unique ways to glimpse the colourful lights in Scandinavia, Iceland, Alaska, Canada or even remote Greenland,
The vast desert landscapes of Tanzania and Kenya are a sight to behold in themselves. Once a year however, nature’s oldest pilgrimage plays out on the endless plains of the Serengeti and Masai Masai national parks. More than a million wilderbeest, gazelle and zebra migrate in the largest mass movement of land animals anywhere on earth. The timing of the migration varies from year to year but generally happens between April and September, when they move north to the Maasai Mara then back south again.
Is there anything more luxurious than sleeping in a private overwater bungalow in the majestic Maldives? The Maldives are composed of more than 1000 coral islands, home to protected lagoons, coral reefs and luxury beach resorts. Spend your days exploring the crystal clear waters, eating the freshest seafood and indulging in a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own bungalow.
In 2016, more Australians cruised than ever before, with the South Pacific the most popular destination. It’s not difficult to see why, with tropical islands, charming cultures and some of the world’s best snorkelling to keep you occupied. Not to mention the unpack once, wake up to a new place each day that cruising is best known for!
With some of the clearest skies on the planet, Uluru is one of the best places to star gaze in Australia. Enjoy the giant red rock during the day, before heading off on a Sounds of Silence Dinner for the night, starting with sunset over the rock then dinner beneath the canopy of stars. In the middle of the desert, lit only by candlelight, the dinner is accompanied by a lesson in astronomy by a professional star gazer.
Australia’s largest natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef is our most treasured national park. Battling a losing fight against global warming and coral bleaching, it’s important to protect the reef, one way of which is eco-tourism in the region. Snorkel or scuba dive, ride on a glass-bottomed boat, or fly above it in a sea plane, the majestic reef is truly a sight to behold.
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