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Bucket List: Authentic Travel Experiences for 2019

Featuring fascinating discoveries in Australia, the Americas, Asia & Africa


Wondering between Australia and New Zealand? Why not visit both on an amazing 22-day tour with G-Adventures National Geographic Journeys. Discover the Great Barrier Reef’s abundant marine life, explore Uluru – Australia’s Red Centre, visit the iconic Opera House in Sydney or simply immerse yourself into the wilderness of the Outback and the Kimberley. Then continue to the land of the Kiwis and experience the magnificent mountain scenery of New Zealand, learn more about the legendary Maori culture, explore the fascinating Waitomo caves, visit some Glaciers before heading to the country’s adventure capital – Queensland for extraordinary adventures. A bonus are the world famous valleys home to numerous traditional vineyards in both Australia and New Zealand, which exquisite wine will satisfy even the most sophisticated taste. 

22 Day Explore Australia and New Zealand | G Adventures | from £6,449

Join Amtrak for this unforgettable train journey of changing landscapes on the Coast Starlight in the USA. Experience the fabulous Hollywood life in Los Angeles and visit the famous Santa Monica Pier, explore the artistic San Francisco and hike its authentic hills to witness the great Golden Gate Bridge, discover the large metropolis of Seattle and travel to Chicago, the iconic “city of winds” situated on the coast of the beautiful Lake Michigan.

11 Day Western Rail Experience | Amtrak| from £1,349

Discover the majestic scenery of the legendary Canadian Rockies. Explore the wildlife abundant Banff, marvel at the breathtaking views of Lake Louise and discover the colourful culture of the local indigenous communities. Visit the breath-taking Jasper National park and experience the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. Not to miss is the extraordinary view of the mountains during a helicopter tour.

8 Day Journey through the Clouds Explorer | Rocky Mountaineer | from £2,089

No matter what we say when describing marvellous Hawaii, it will never be enough. Experience its unique natural heritage and visit its most iconic islands Moloka’I, Maui and Hawaii, the Big Island. Immerse yourself into the surfing culture of the locals, hike active volcanos, enjoy coconut cocktails on the white-sand beaches while marvelling at the turquoise waters surrounding the islands. Hawaii is also a popular adventure destination and once there you should definitely take advantage of exploring it by the sea – kayaking, snorkelling, paddle-boarding or taking a cruise are all must-do experiences.

8 Day Hawaiian Seascapes | UnCruise | from £3,995

Experience the colourful carnival culture of Brazil and explore its iconic Favelas while enjoying the sun on the Ipanema beach. Feel the Tango rhythm in Argentina and discover the colonial architecture in its authentic area - the Recoleta. Hike the legendary Inca Trail in Peru and take a look from the top of the famous Machu Pichu.

15 Day South America Discovery | Costsaver | from £4,363

Explore Quito, Ecuador’s historic capital and delight yourself with an expedition extravaganza in on of the most astonishing natural habitats on the planet, the famous Galapagos archipelago. Travel along the magnificent Avenue of the Volcanoes and journey on the famed Devil’s Nose train before a once in a lifetime exploration of the staggering Galapagos Islands.

13 Day Natural Wonders of Ecuador & the Galapagos | Just You | from £6,699

Lemurs, unspoiled wilderness, authentic villages, spectacular beaches – Madagascar might be an island but there’s nothing small about it. For the travellers loving to explore remote destinations, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, natural landscapes and people you’ll find nowhere else. (Plus everybody loves lemurs!) Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts – half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions.

14 Day Highlights of Madagascar | G Adventures | from £1,589

Cruise the iconic Ganges river and feel the authentic spirit of North India. Explore the vibrant capital of Delhi and treat yourself an authentic “shopping therapy” along the famous street bazaars. Discover the iconic Taj Mahal and immerse yourself into the traditional countryside way of life. From land to sea, dive into incredible India’s Golden Triangle to feel its unique culture and experience its full glory.

16 Day Explore North India & the Ganges | G Adventures | from £2,489

Lie back on the coast, cool down in the highlands and weave through the streets of the buzzing capital of Sri Lanka. Taste melt-in-the mouth desserts, cook seafood straight out of the hands of a fisherman, uncover fiery curries and spend time with welcoming locals keen to share the mysteries of Sri Lankan cuisine. There’s also time to explore the rich culture of Sri Lanka’s elaborate temples, ancient fortresses and wildlife-filled countryside. This is truly an adventure for the senses.

12 Day Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure | Intrepid | from £1,565

Immerse yourself into the magical lands along the iconic Mekong river and discover the authentic Cambodian and Vietnamese way of life. Marvel at the stunning ancient ruins of Angkor Architectural Park. Enjoy an exciting ox-car ride in the Oudong and explore the wetlands of Kampong Chang onboard an authentic small boat. Visit a Buddhist temple and discover Cambodia's vibrant capital Phnom Penh. Head to Vietnam and explore the intriguing Vietnamese folklore by visiting an evergreen island and several traditional river villages where you will experience the famous waterway by sailing amongst the traders in Cai Be’s floating market. Wander around the streets of the dynamic and culturally rich capital Ho Chi Minh City. Go underground to see what life was like as a guerrilla fighter in the iconic Cu Chi Tunnels.

14 day Vietnam And Cambodia Highlights River Cruise | APT | from £4,395

A true African odyssey, experience the spectacular African wildlife and discover one of the world’s most Iconic wilderness reserves – the Masai Mara, where you’ll have the chance to spot the ‘Big 5’ Explore the fascinating Amboselli National Park as elephants and giraffe walk gracefully by with the backdrop of breathtaking Mount Kilimanjaro. As you make your way to the Mombasa Coast, look out for the often disgruntled water dwelling inhabitants of Mzima Springs in Tsavo National Park such as African Crocodile and hippo.

8 Day Kenya Odyssey to Mombasa Coast | Alpha travel | from £1,682


All special tours featured in this article can be booked through Travel Club Elite.

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  • 26th November 2018
  • Martina Gardeva, Digital Marketing Executive