6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book For Your Next Vacation
We all crave a truly spectacular vacation—the sort of trip that really recharges your batteries, resets your perceptions, and introduces you to new and exciting sights. In short: the kind of trip you'll still be talking about decades down the line.
The only problem? Working out all of the details of a getaway like that—where to stay, what to see, which guides to use—can make your fantasy vacation feel like work. However, there is an easier way. Thanks to luxury travel companies that create incredible all-inclusive trips, there are plenty of options for life-changing, pre-planned vacations that take all the stress out of travel. Here are six of the best that are worth booking now.
Go Around the World
Why limit yourself to one awe-inspiring locale when you can have nine? Spectacular destinations—including multiple wonders of the world like the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal, and Machu Picchu — can be experienced via private jet throughout this 24-day trip from TCS World Travel.
The personally-tailored adventure begins in Peru, where you can see first-hand how ancient Inca and Spanish cultures intertwined to create a majestic blend of art, architecture, and lifestyle. Then it’s on to Easter Island, where the mysterious moai of the Rapa Nui loom over grassy hills and shimmering water.
For equally astounding manmade wonders, the elaborately carved temples and spires of Cambodia’s UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor Wat are sure to please. And just in case you needed an extra dose of majesty, follow it up with the iconic Taj Mahal, the wildlife of the Serengeti, and the glittering gem of Marrakech, with its winding markets and vibrant medinas.
Discover South Australia
Foodies looking to get off the beaten track should check out this 14-night tour from Black Tomato, co-curated with iconic Australian cook and author Maggie Beer. Starting with a weekend in Sydney, Australia’s culinary capital, you’ll taste the way that top chefs have blended the city’s rich cultural history with fresh local ingredients to create boundary-pushing new cuisine—all capped off with VIP tickets to the Sydney Opera House.
Then, head into the Barossa Valley for a food-foraging adventure, private wine tastings, and a cooking class with Beer’s daughter. As the cherry on top, you’ll head to Tasmania for freshly shucked oysters, sparkling wines, and a stroll through the national park.
Hunt for the Treasures of Eurasia
Discover the wonders of the Silk Road on an 18-day trip by private jet. You can take in some of the most picturesque cultural centers in Europe with stays in Vienna and Budapest, then uncover the beauty of Sofia, Bulgaria, and explore historical sites that date back to Roman times, as well as sweeping, gold-capped cathedrals and the technicolor frescoes of the 10th century Rila Monastery.
Next, get your travel credit in Tbilisi, Georgia, a rising-star travel destination that boasts one of the hottest up-and-coming wine regions around; and Montenegro, one of Europe’s newest countries, whose natural beauty will take your breath away.
Finally, whet your appetite for history in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, whose historic center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, see where ancient culture meets the modern world in Baku, Azerbaijan
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The trip wraps up in the Chilean capital of Santiago, where you can explore the city’s markets or enjoy the fruits of the country’s famous vineyards.
Experience Africa via Private Jet
The toughest part of an excursion to Africa is deciding which part of the continent to explore. You can venture into the forests of Rwanda to see their famous mountain gorillas or hit the stunning culinary scene of Cape Town to sample some of the region’s coveted wines. Trek the dunes of Namibia, photo-safari in the wildlife-rich wetlands of Botswana, or watch the migrations of wildebeests, giraffes, and rhinos across Kenya.
The correct answer, of course, is: “all of the above.” That’s where this 20-day, seven-destination African adventure comes in, giving you the chance to experience the true beauty and diversity of one of our planet’s most varied and awe-inspiring continents by private jet.
Swim with the Tortoises in the Galapagos Islands
Natural history buffs can find some truly unique experiences on this trip from Scott Dunn. The seven-night excursion starts out in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Ecuador’s capital. Perched high in the Andes, the 16th-century city (built on the ruins of an ancient Inca metropolis) is considered the best-preserved historic center in Latin America, blending cobblestone streets and Baroque cathedrals with indigenous architecture and crafts.
From there, travel to the Galapagos archipelago for six days and walk in the footsteps of famed naturalist Charles Darwin. From leaping dolphins and playful sea lions to the cluster's famous Galapagos penguins (the only species of the birds that live above the equator) and iconic tortoises, there’s plenty to learn and explore—and the pictures won’t be half bad either.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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