Planning a holiday comes with its own set of travails. Way before the trip starts, many hours are spent on calls and e-mail messages putting together the perfect itinerary and negotiating the best deals.
When it comes to vacation planning, let one of these travel agencies handle the legwork. Not only do they offer packages that take you through some of the world’s most memorable experiences, they're more than happy to help you design a bespoke adventure that suits your every taste.
One of this operator's more intriguing offerings is a cruise around the Galapagos Islands (from $6,695 or P333,002 per person). You’ll start off with a leisurely day in Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, before retiring to the Hotel del Parque, a luxury boutique hotel hidden inside the verdant Parque Histórico. After that, it’s four days of adventure on a cruise around the Galapagos Islands, the volcanic archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Disembark from the ship for
Amala Destinations is known for its tours of the Kingdom of Bhutan, a beautiful mountainous region
From Paro, you’ll travel to the capital of Thimpu, where you’ll pass by Tachog
The fourth through fifth days offer a taste of the royal experience, with a visit to the king’s ancestral home, Trongsa Dzong, and a meal in a farmhouse prepared by cooks serving the royal family. The next few days take you through an assortment of landmarks and gorgeous scenery, including the sacred “burning lake,” Mebar Tsho; the Punakha Dzong, where the king was married; the Paro Dzong; and Bhutan’s most famous monastery, the enormous Taktsang Goemba. Your last day will be spent sightseeing before departing for your return flight home.
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Although Adventure International Tours, Inc. built its name offering corporate packages, its menu of leisure options remains one of the best in the country. The agency is partnered with 5-star cruise providers like Crystal Cruises and Silversea. The former’s Sands of Time cruise (from $9,845 or P489,680 per person) takes you by sea through the world of antiquity,
Throughout the entire trip, you’ll be staying on board the Crystal Serenity, a state-of-the-art ship with spacious cabins, fabulous onboard entertainment, and fine dining. For the ultimate experience, upgrade your accommodations to the plush Crystal Penthouse (from $67,845 or P3,374,542), which includes a private verandah, butler, library, and a Jacuzzi with an ocean view, among other premium inclusions.
Inquire: (+632) 884-9400
For over 15 years, A2A Safaris has been
If you prefer a colder climate, they also offer a tour of Antarctica (from $13,000 or P646,607 per person). You’ll cruise through some of the world’s most breathtaking frozen landscapes–and even meet waddles of chinstrap penguins.
Inquire: (+632) 952-7414
For the more active set, Sea to Summit offers adventures that reward several hours of trekking with majestic
The next two days will take you through the scenic village of Khumjung to the Tengboche Monastery, ending at a rest stop at a lodge in Pangboche. At this point, you’ll spend two days exploring the surrounding peaks, with a stop at the Ama Dablam Basecamp. The return to Lukla will take you on an alternative route for even more sights. From Lukla, you’ll fly to Kathmandu and enjoy a full day of sightseeing before the tour guides see you off with a farewell dinner.
Inquire: (+632) 815-6948
If you prefer your vacations laid-back and carefree, try Access Travel, where itineraries are designed to help you explore your destinations however you prefer. Its Maldives package (from $4,200 or P208,903 per person), for instance, includes round-trip airfare, airport transfer, and a 4D/3N stay at one of
Inquire: (+632) 534-0116
Vacations don’t have to be all about flying outside the Philippines. The people at MAD (Make a Difference) Travel want to help make the Philippines a prime social tourism destination, where tourists fly in for fun and volunteer work. For instance, their 3D/2N Tribes and Treks package (P2,400 per person) takes you to
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