Kick your imagination into overdrive.
Dream trip. Fantasy vacation. Unforgettable getaway.While often tagged a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience, a so-called bucket-list trip is more likely to stoke your curiosity, invigorate your passions and encourage more exotic travel in your future. It’s the start of something new, an experience to awaken your senses and revitalize your love of travel.These three adventures are sure to rev you up:
Grand Prix of Monaco Cruise
Combine bucket-list experiences by land and by sea with the exclusive travel concept when you step aboard in a private yacht for a glamorous getaway. Your primo ports of call will include the finest on the French and Italian Riviera: Cannes, Portofino and Portovenere. The frosting on the cake? Getting the inside scoop with famed announcer Bob Varsha sailing on the cruise, Formula One time trials with Pit Pass access and the storied Grand Prix, with racers roaring through the streets of the tiny, independent city-state of Monaco. You might even spot a royal or two in this elegant, coastal principality adorned with palaces, opera houses and famed casinos.
African Safari in Zambia
Zambia is home to one of the world’s best-known natural wonders — Victoria Falls — but its less-visited network of national parks is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. For off-the-grid, immersed-in-nature enchantment, few places on earth compare to South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia. Enjoy the perfect mix of comfort and immersion in nature at intimate, award-winning bush camps. Dine under the stars as elephants stride by. Sip sundowners to the sound of hippos squelching in their wallow. Hear the music of thousands of birds by day, and by night a serenade of mysterious forest sounds. Zambia’s abundant opportunities for slow-paced, close-to-nature adventure — by foot or canoe — make this a uniquely appealing destination. This is the real Africa — with all the beauty, mystery and excitement that a safari promises.
Tea Trails of Sri Lanka
Today’s Sri Lanka was once known as Serendip, the land of happy accidents. A lush landscape that has inspired fables and folklore for centuries, Sri Lanka is a land few Westerners have experienced. Wander terraced fields and lotus ponds, follow cobbled lanes seemingly into the past, and watch the locals hand-harvest tea bushes. Take in the country by foot, by plane or by boat, but don’t miss the jungle-based rock formation, Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Finally, no visit is complete without an expertly guided tour of Anuradhapura, the UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with ancient temples and bell-shaped dagobas that transport visitors to another time.
How to Explore by Cruise
For anyone yearning for a more authentic and intimate travel experience, your ship has arrived. Windstar’s small, elegant ships take you off the beaten path and into unique ports-of-call and hidden harbors, to explore iconic destinations and exotic cultures. Visit windstarcruises.com or call 888-460-5098 for more information.
How to Explore on Foot
For more than 38 years, Country Walkers has provided active, immersive, and unforgettable travel experiences on five continents. They offer two distinct ways to explore: scheduled, small-group Guided Walking Adventures and independent Self-Guided Walking Adventures. On tour, guests enjoy superb local cuisine, first-class guides, fine accommodations, and authentic cultural and natural encounters. Visit countrywalkers.com or call 800-234-6900 for more information.
How to Explore by Bike
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations offers more than 55 deluxe, small-group bicycling, walking, and barge & sail vacations in 27 different countries and 10 U.S. states. It is the value leader in active biking vacations and has been rated among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for six years. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local trip leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full van support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes round-trip international airfare from more than 30 U.S. cities and select Canadian cities for all overseas vacations. Visit vbt.com or call 800-245-3868 for more information.For more travel experiences to Beautiful Places on Earth™ available from Xanterra Travel Collection and its affiliated properties, visit xanterra.com/explore.