The best adventures can’t be replicated. These are the trips that leave lifelong memories etched in the mind. In this modern age of global tourism, truly once in a lifetime travel experiences can be hard to come by. Fortunately, we have spent the past forty years crafting and fine-tuning these one-off adventures.
Here are a few of our favourite once in a lifetime holidays for you to ponder…
Feel the Festival Fever in Bhutan
Every year, the remote monasteries in Bhutan play host to some of the most vivid traditional festivals in the world. High on the slopes, revellers don elaborate, colourful costumes and perform ceremonial dances and acts of worship. These celebrations, with their deep-rooted traditions, take place amidst a backdrop of towering mountain peaks, swift rivers and verdant forests, all combining to make Bhutan a singularly beautiful place.
Taking you there: Festivals of Bhutan
Embark on a South American Adventure
From the shimmering open expanses of the Bolivian salt flats, the scale of which defies comprehension, to the thunderous roar of the plummeting Iguassu Falls, South America is a continent with unfathomable wonders just waiting to be discovered. Starting in Buenos Aires, this trip takes you from the east coast to the west, passing through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile along the way.
Taking you there: South America Adventure
Follow the Fabled Inca Trail
One of the greatest treks on the planet, the Inca Trail winds through lush jungle, high cloud forests and countless ancient Inca ruins, culminating in the mysterious settlement of Machu Picchu. The trip is geared to towards spending as much time as possible at the legendary site, including a dawn tour; sunrise breaking over the crumbling yet dignified ruins is truly unforgettable. Very few are lucky enough to ever see the lost city in person – you can be one of them.
Taking you there: The Inca Trail
Trek to the Roof of Africa
Kilimanjaro really is the challenge of a lifetime. The mountain has become something of a holy grail for aspiring climbers; it’s one of the most rewarding and yet achievable missions you can set yourself. The views are indescribable, the people welcoming, the culture fascinating and the climb itself is accessible, while still requiring you to give your all. The sense of elation when you reach the summit is impossible to recreate.
Taking you there: Kilimanjaro trekking holidays
Pedal like the Pros in the Etape du Tour
How often do you get to race a stage of the Tour de France? The Etape du Tour was created to give keen cyclists the chance to emulate their professional heroes as they ride an actual stage of Le Tour – a thrilling test of skill and stamina. This year’s route follows stage 18 and involves over 3,000 meters of climbing, following the winding roads through the stunning Pyrenees. Booking your place on this trip will certainly motivate you to get in the saddle and shape up before departing for the big event in July.
Taking you there: Etape du Tour
Cycle the Empire of Genghis Khan
By the year 1279, the Mongol Empire spanned most of Europe and Asia. You might not get to cycle the whole thing on this trip, which focuses on the birthplace and home of Genghis Khan, the sweeping grasslands and low hills of Mongolia. You will, however, camp beneath the sky on the open steppe, stay in traditional Mongolian gers, and glide on two wheels through the land that spawned one of the largest empires in the history of the planet.
Taking you there: Cycling the Empire of Genghis Khan
Discover Darwin’s Enchanted Isles
Visitors to the Galapagos Islands will bear witness to the same mind-bending diversity of wildlife that helped plant the seeds of Darwin’s game-changing theory of evolution. Exotic birds and reptiles abound amongst the sapphire waters, sandy beaches and unusual plant-life. Due to the lack of natural predators and minimal human interference, animals in the Galapagos are known to be remarkably unafraid of visitors, making wildlife-spotting here a supremely intimate activity.
Taking you there: Holidays to the Galapagos Islands
Journey to the End of the Earth
The Earth’s southernmost continent is also its most remote, inhospitable and serenely beautiful. The enormous ice floes, colossal mountains and rumbling glaciers form a truly majestic icy landscape, in which only the toughest, best adapted animals survive. Penguins and seals are the rulers of this isolated kingdom, along with gargantuan whales and hardy seabirds. Wildlife watching here is an experience utterly unlike any other.
Taking you there: Holidays to Antarctica
Go Crater Crazy in Tanzania
Finding a holiday that’s suited to the whole family can be difficult. This trip, though, has something for everyone. From safaris in the Ngorongoro Crater, where lions, giraffes and elephants roam, to a walk on the great Mount Kilimanjaro and time exploring the archipelago of Zanzibar, there is an unforgettable adventure around every corner in this incredible land of vast open plains.
Taking you there: Tanzania Crater Capers
Taj, Tigers & Temples
India’s rich culture, alluring wildlife and gracefully curving architecture are all part of the great country’s irresistible charm. The white marble mausoleum that is the Taj Mahal stands tall over Agra, and hushed temples are ubiquitous. Tigers stalk around the undergrowth in Ranthambore National Park, alongside chattering monkeys and a dramatic rainbow of colourful birds.
Taking you there: Taj, Temples & Tigers Family Holiday