The Best Luxury Travel Experiences in the Xanterra Travel Collection®
Sit back, relax, and scroll through our list of some of our best luxury travel experiences.
Can you remember the best meal you’ve ever had? Was it an extravagant dish designed to dance along your tastebuds? What about the best morning ever? Was it waking up to the sounds of a new city filling your suite as your cruise ship docked in foreign lands? How about the tastiest cocktail? Maybe it was a cool drink underneath the Milky Way as you’ve never seen it before. What might be considered the best-of-the-best for one person might not be the same for another. That’s why travel is so important. It opens your eyes and mind to the world in ways simply reading about a destination could never achieve. At Xanterra, we offer the best of every world, wrapped in the luxury and care you deserve. So, sit back, relax, and scroll through our list of some of our best luxury travel experiences.
The Oasis at Death Valley
The Oasis at Death Valley is a luxurious escape toThe Middle of Nowhere You’d Rather BeTM. Hidden away from the stressors of everyday life, The Oasis at Death Valley takes the sun-drenched desert and turns it into a perfect respite for the body and mind.
Live the life of the Hollywood elite like Marlon Brando, Clarke Gable, and Carole Lombard when you step through the doors of The Inn at Death Valley. Surrounded by nearly 100 years of history and character, this escape features a spring-fed pool, incomparable views of the milky way, and extraordinary guest services. Oh, did we mention the spa, too? The desert has never looked so appealing. The Inn’s Casitas, offer unparalleled privacy and luxury within easy walking distance of The Inn’s pool. Do you prefer to dine al fresco or indoors? The choice is yours at The Inn Dining Room. No matter your preference, expect to be wowed by stunning views of the desert salt pans and the majestic Panamint Mountains. Is this the escape you’ve been looking for? Luxury awaits under the California sun. You can learn more about The Oasis at Death Valley here.
Maybe your idea of the ultimate luxury travel experience includes visiting multiple locations while sailing the Mediterranean, along the Tahitian Islands, through Panama Canal, and beyond!
Aboard Windstar’s fleet of six extraordinary yachts, guests will find themselves a part of a well-traveled group of passengers looking for luxury and the opportunity to discover hidden gems and smaller ports only Windstar can access. The secret to an unforgettable cruise with Windstar? The yachts are smaller, which means there is only a limited number of guests per cruise. With a ratio of one crew member to every 1.5 guests, your comfort is top priority. Before you know it, the crew and fellow passengers are your friends. With Windstar, you can roam a new location by day, exploring museums full of culture, taking a guided tour from a local, or shopping along cobblestone streets. Then, return to your ship to experience the wonder of Windstar’s partnership with the James Beard Foundation to bring together the world’s most talented chefs and sommeliers to curate dishes for your enjoyment.
Have you ever watched the sun set over the ocean from your own king bed while sipping a glass of champagne? Windstar guests have. Looking to enhance your experience even more for a once-in-a-lifetime trip with your nearest and dearest? You can charter your own vessel. The first step to sailing away into your perfect holiday starts by learning more about Windstar.
The Grand Canyon Railway
The Wild West era of the 19th and 20th centuries was missing one crucial component: luxury train cars. Plan your trip on the historic Grand Canyon Railway and arrive at the Grand Canyon in style. Aboard this exquisite locomotive, find yourself mesmerized by the Luxury Parlor Class, fitted with a private bar and access to the open-air rear platform. Or, choose the Luxury Dome Class, where you’ll find oversized windows, an entertainment center, and beautiful panoramic views of the West. Both of these classes have exclusive snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and a sparkling wine toast! Looking to up the ante and really wow your traveling companions? Charter your own private car, set of cars, or even a private train from Williams, AZ, to Grand Canyon National Park and back with Rail Baron Charters. To ride on the Grand Canyon Railway is to experience the splendor of classic transportation while indulging in modern comforts.
Go ahead, romanticize your next trip — there is no better place to find your next getaway than in the Wild West, surrounded by history, adventure, and grandeur. Learn more about The Grand Canyon Railway here.
VBT Bicycling Vacations
Since 1971, Vermont-based VBT Bicycling Vacations has been devoted to creating the most immersive and authentic biking vacations for active travelers. Prefer to leave the planning up to the experts? With VBT, all you have to do is show up at the airport—they’ll handle the rest from there. From their tour consultants who help you find the perfect vacation to expert local leaders who show you the way to your luxury accommodations in a historic castle or boutique hotel, VBT takes care of all the little details that make your trip memorable.
Take the world for a spin! VBT’s six- to 14-day small group bicycling trips include remarkable rides, magnificent vistas, splendid accommodations, and authentic connections to local culture. Explore the Dalmatian Islands during a breathtaking Croatia bike tour, sailing aboard a private charter and cycling stunning coasts to historic towns. On a culture-rich Chile bike tour, cycle along spectacular coastlines and into the vineyard-cloaked Casablanca Valley past Andean foothills. No matter your destination, a world of discovery awaits with VBT.
At Vermont-based Country Walkers, every trail tells a story. For 40 years the company has been leading active, authentic, and immersive adventures with expert local guides complemented by stays in exceptional boutique accommodations. Tours are offered at various activity levels – the core belief being that walking is a great way to experience the world. With a dedicated flight concierge, custom air packages with plenty of upgrade options, a private car service and more, you can reserve your complete adventure with just one phone call or click of your mouse.
Gain a deeper appreciation for the work of Vincent Van Gogh, as you visit the sites where he created some of his most iconic paintings on a walking tour of Provence and St. Rémy in France. Enjoy iconic Greenshell mussels and local Sauvignon Blanc aboard a private cruise across Marlborough Sound, sailing past some of the most spectacular scenery on the South Island in New Zealand. From unmarked trails and hidden restaurants to private olive mills and home-hosted meals, you’re in for a truly unique travel experience.
Luxury is What We Do
From chartering your own private steam engine, to a spa weekend in the California desert, or across the Mediterranean sea, Xanterra has a luxury trip for every taste. What’s stopping you from living the life you’ve always dreamed of? Your next, best adventure awaits.
For more travel experiences available from the Xanterra Travel Collection® and its affiliated properties, visit xanterra.com/stories.