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New Zealand

New Zealand is famous for its diverse and dramatic landscapes as well as its cosmopolitan cities and unique culture and history. No other country offers so much in such a compact area. The North Island offers subtropical forests, thermal geysers and golden beaches, while in the South Island you will find mountainous peaks, majestic fiords, ancient glaciers and tranquil countryside. 

 

Trip duration: 9 nights

Great for: Families, couples and friends

Trip style: Family Adventure

Highlights: 

  • Kayak at the spectacular Manupirua Springs Hot Pools on Lake Rotoiti in Rotorua
  • Traverse over half a kilometer long walkway among Rotorua’s gentle giants at the Redwoods Treewalk, consisting of a series of 21 suspension bridges between 22 majestic 110 year old Redwood trees.
  • View magnificent waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife on a cruise along Midford Sound and the Tasman Sea.
  • Saddle up and ride alongside braided, glacial fed rivers this adventure offers river crossings and spectacular scenery, including views of The Misty Mountains, The Wizard’s Vale and The Mighty Methedras.
  • Tackle ten rapids on the untamed Shotover River then raft through the darkness of the 170 metre Oxenbridge Tunnel and shoot the Cascade Rapid.

  • Experience a high-velocity zip-line reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour as you make your way down Bob's Peak Mountain, sitting 450 meters above Queenstown.

  • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Auckland



Plaza Bolivar, Bogota

Colombia (not Columbia) is South America's best kept secret. For decades the country was torn apart by drug wars and conflict but today the country is safe - and tourists are beginning to look to Colombia for their next getaway. Set amidst the striking backdrop of the Andes Mountains and bordered by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, it's a country bursting with colonial charm, aromatic coffee plantations, stunning greenery and wildlife in the Amazon rainforest, and silky-soft white sand beaches. Colombia boasts all of South America's allure, and more. Now is the time to explore.

 

Trip duration: 9 nights

Great for: Families, couples and friends

Trip style: Culture, adventure, foodie escape 

Highlights: 

  • Begin in the bustling capital of Bogota - a sprawling mix of people and architecture. 
  • Stroll the cobblestoned streets of the historic district, La Candelaria, the vibrant heart of the city. Don't miss the colorful murals of street art, the impressive Gold Museum, and the Botero Museum celebrating one of Colombia’s most accomplished artists, Fernando Botero whose unmistakable work depicts people and animals in exaggerated proportions and volumes. 
  • Just a short tram ride but a world away from the hustle of Bogota explore the mountain of Cerro de Monserrate (Montserrate), which dominates the skyline of Colombia's capital.
  • After a quick flight, bask in the city of Eternal Spring
  • Discover the turbulent history and miraculous transformation of the Comuna 13 district in Medellin, once considered the most dangerous neighborhood in Colombia and now a hub of growth and amazing art. 
  • Take a day trip to the colorful city of Guatape and climb the 740 steps to the top of "The Rock," otherwise known as Piedra del Peñol, for breathtaking views.
  • Relax at a tree-house hotel in Santa Marta the gateway to Tayrona National Natural Park and  the Lost City (Teyuna) archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.
  • End your trip in the festive port city of Cartagena.
  • Explore the Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. 
  • Spend a day island hopping by private boat in the Rosario Islands. 


Chinchero Weavers in the Sacred Valley, Peru

Visitors flock to the glorious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, but that is just a small piece of what you will find if you visit Peru. Here the ancient collides with the modern resulting in colorful diversity and energy. Peru is a foodie destination, an adventure-junkie's dream, and a cultural haven all rolled into one. Savor the culinary wonders of Lima, fly over the mysterious markings of Nazca, horseback ride the deepest canyons, explore the native communities of the highest lakes, and take in the amazing biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest by boat. Our founder's recent trip was just the tip of the iceberg...

 

Trip duration: 9 nights

Great for: Families, couples and solo travel

Trip style: Culture, foodie escape 

Highlights: 

  • Travel through archaeological Inca sites to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.  
  • Explore more than 30 walking, hiking and biking paths in the Sacred Valley and discover traditional villages still untouched by globalization, perfectly preserved ancient traces, and lost lagoons in the Andean pampa.
  • Savor the culinary creations of some of the greatest chefs in South America on a culinary journey through Lima. Indulge in delicious ceviche, learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour, and end your tour at the ancient adobe and clay pyramid known as Huaca Pullaca in the upscale coastal Miraflores neighborhood of Lima.
  • Explore the cultural and historic sites of Lima from the Plaza Mayor to the San Francisco Monastery as well as the Larco Herrera museum, the Awanakancha Center, Ollantaytambo and more.
  • Spend time exploring the charming colonial city of Cusco, the former capital of the Incan Empire, where you will find a bustling hub of textile markets, preserved Incan ruins, and whitewashed homes. 
  • Explore the otherworldly Amazon rainforest on a 3-night cruise. Head deep into the jungle - to areas inaccessible by foot - and explore the flora and fauna of the Amazon river and rainforest with a naturalist guide. 


Casa Dragones stables

San Miguel de Allende is probably the most well known of the Colonial cities. The UNESCO site has topped the World’s Best lists for the past two years and it’s not hard to see why. With its colorful, flower-draped architecture and cobblestoned streets, San Miguel has the feel of a village, but its large population of artists lends it a cosmopolitan flair.

With outstanding restaurants and accommodations, numerous galleries stocked with quality Mexican artesanías (handicrafts), a fantastic spring-like climate and a surfeit of cultural activities including regular festivals, fireworks and parades, San Miguel is an unmissable highlight for anyone visiting the northern central highlands. The entire area was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2008, and despite receiving huge numbers of visitors—and a large number of American expats—San Miguel absorbs them well and locals mix warmly with their foreign guests and residents.

Trip duration: 4 nights

Great for: Quick getaway with friends; romantic couple's getaway

Trip style: Culture, foodie escape, spa weekend 

Highlights: 

  • Take a tacos and tequila food tour and explore the varied cuisine of the region.
  • Taste small batch tequila at La Casa Dragones, the historic 17th century stables of the Dragones cavalry of San Miguel
  • Take a behind the scenes guided tour of local galleries and artists' studios.
  • Explore the surrounding countryside and communities by bike, foot or on horseback.
  • Indulge your taste buds with a cooking class.
  • Spend an afternoon at the pool or in the spa at one of the amazing hotels in the colonial city.
  • Sip mezcal cocktails on one of the many rooftop bars in the city as the sun sets on an amazing weekend.


tree frog

This tiny country is big on adventure and natural beauty, making it a consistently hot travel destination. Explore the country's myriad national parks and witness two- and three- toed sloths meander across treetops, hear the deep=throated call of howler monkeys, watch mischievous capuchin monkeys charm the crowds, and spot venomous snakes and scorpions in their natural habitat. Zip along the tree-tops in the jungle, ride the waves at a surfer's paradise, and rappel down a waterfall. Experience the warmth of the people and soak in the Pura Vida of this beautiful country. 

Trip duration: 8 nights

Great for: Families, couples

Trip style: Adventure, culture, beach

Highlights: 

  • Soar through the jungle on a zip-line.
  • Hang-ten at a world-famous surfing destination on the Nicoya Peninsula.
  • Learn how coffee is harvested and prepared and you will never take your morning cup of joe for granted again.
  • Hike to the to top of an active volcano.
  • Ride horses along the beach at sunset or through a valley of date palms and mango trees.
  • Indulge your taste buds with a cooking class in your villa with a renowned local chef.
  • Spend an afternoon in your very own hammock, listening to the waves lapping along the shore as you sip a cocktail made from the local rum, Cacique.
  • White water raft, snorkel, and kayak through the mangrove forest with a naturalist. 


Douro Valley

This compact country is big on culture, history and natural beauty, making it one of the hottest travel destinations in the past few years. Immerse yourself in the Old World charm of Lisbon, the vibrant capital city. Meander through the cobbled alleyways of the city's surrounding hilltop neighborhoods, savor exquisite Portuguese cuisine or indulge in the city’s legendary party scene. If you are looking for a more active vacation, Portugal's varied terrain offers a multitude of activities ranging from a leisurely bike ride past medieval castles and olive groves to kayaking past vineyards and ancient forests to surfing along Portugal’s stunning coastline. 

Trip duration: 8 nights

Great for: Couples, groups, solo travel

Trip style: Adventure, foodies, culture

Highlights: 

  • Get lost in the maze of cobblestoned streets of Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood.
  • Sail along the coast of Lisbon at sunset, sipping an assortment of Portuguese wines.
  • Explore the Alentejo region on bikes, pedaling past cork trees and vineyards.
  • Take a walking food and wine tour of Porto, sampling Portuguese delicacies and learning the history of the country.
  • Learn the secrets of Portuguese cooking from a chef in his home.
  • Indulge your taste buds in one of dozens of Michelin starred restaurants throughout the country.
  • Spend the day drinking in the beauty scenery - and delicious port wine - in the Douro Valley region.

 



Sunrise from Grootbas Private Nature Reserve - garden route

South Africa is not all about big game sightings, it is really many worlds in one. Expect stunning coastlines, dramatic mountainscapes, and huge areas of untamed bushland plus world-class wine, friendly locals, and Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Trip duration: 10 nights

Great for: Couples, families, and groups

Trip style: Adventure, foodies, culture

Highlights: 

  • Explore Cape Town from the back of a Harley Davidson.
  • Meet African penguins in a boulder-strewn coastal park.
  • Journey by rotating cable car and enjoy magnificent 360-degree views of the city and bay from the top of Table Mountain.
  • Spot the Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhino - during spectacular game drives in Mala Mala Main Camp, the oldest and most historical private game reserve in South Africa.
  • Come face-to-face with a Great White Shark from the safety of your cage. 
  • Board a luxury boat on a Marine Safari and head out to the ocean to spot the Marine Big 5: Southern Right Whales, Great White Sharks, Bottlenose Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins, as you soak up the exquisite natural scenery.
  • Spend the day drinking in the beauty scenery - and delicious wines - in the Cape Winelands region.
  • Enjoy a private sunset cruise around Table Bay and watch as a warm red glow spills onto the water and the sandstone folds of spectacular Table Mountain.


Kōtoku-in - Kamakura, Japan

From ancient temples to skyscrapers, Japan seamlessly fuses the historic with the futuristic. Experience the vibrant street life and 24/7 buzz of Tokyo; Soak up the ancient culture of Kyoto, the cultural heart of the country; Delve into the history of the Samurai in the ancient city of Kamakura.

Trip duration: 9 nights, 10 days

Great for: Couples, families, and solo travel

Trip style: Culture, foodie

Highlights: 

  • Touch down in Tokyo and hit the bustling streets with a tour of the fascinating Tsukji Fish Market to sample the freshest sushi.
  • Head to Asakusa to view the Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest and most significant temple.
  • Tech lovers will enjoy a stop off at Akihabara, a major electronic, anime, games and otaku shopping district.
  • Indulge in Tokyo's secret food destinations: the depachika (food halls) on a food tour through the basements of Tokyo's major department stores.
  • Take a day trip to Kamakura, the seaside resort town just an hour south of Tokyo, which was once the political center of medieval Japan to stand in the shadow of the nearly 45 feet tall Great Buddha.
  • Hop on a legendary bullet train and make your way to serene Kyoto, the cultural heart of the country, and home to over 1600 temples.
  • Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
  • Explore the beautiful Gion district, where you may spot some geiko (Kyoto Geisha) or an apprentice maiko scuttling off for their morning lesson.
  • Don an authentic Ninja costume and handle a variety of distinctive Ninja weapons such as throwing stars and blowguns. 
  • Indulge your taste buds in one of dozens of Michelin starred restaurants throughout the country.

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