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The world's greatest bucket list adventures

Our most unusual adventures and itineraries

Written by
Jonny Humphreys, Ruth Jones

The world is full of opportunities for adventure, whether it is climbing the highest mountain in Africa or adapting to tribal life deep in the Amazon. If you are looking to experience some of the most active and exciting things that our world has to offer, dip into our experts' list of their favourite intrepid expeditions to get your pulse racing and your mind soaring.

The climb of your life
Kilimanjaro
Desert exploration
The Puna
Authentic cultural immersion
Ecuador

1) The Climb of your Life: Private Kilimanjaro Trek with Safari

The ultimate African climbing adventure: an eight day hike up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, the mighty Kilimanjaro, followed by an exhilarating safari in the Northern Serengeti. This is the perfect itinerary for adrenaline junkies in search of a true challenge in mind-blowing surroundings, plus wild animal action.

joyce at kilimanjaro

Professional guides, quality equipment, custom-made sleeping and dining tents, thorough training and plenty of time for acclimatisation will help make this daunting trek a realisable goal, whilst the breathtaking sights of sweeping savannah and lush forest that will meet you as you ascend are more than worth the effort.

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2) The Desert Exploration: Off-road expedition through the Puna

As close as you’ll ever come to exploring life on Mars (unless you’re lucky enough to actually hitch an interstellar flight), the Puna in Argentina is one of Earth’s most otherworldly landscapes and makes for some truly incredible trekking. This seven-night itinerary takes you on a spectacular adventure through the remote and hidden wonders of this part of northwest Argentina.

The Puna, Argentina

Beginning in Salta, travel through giant pumice-stone fields, ancient volcanoes, salt lakes, frontier towns, rocky gorges, high altitude wineries, vast lagoons and desert oases for a truly other-worldly experience. If all of that isn’t enough, this exploratory 4WD tour also takes you through pre-Incan Quilmes ruins and tiny local communities for a unique cultural experience.

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Flamingos streak across the Puna's stark salt flats

3) The Journey of Discovery: Faces of Africa

A thoroughly inspired and breath-taking three week voyage through this captivating continent, our Faces of Africa itinerary showcases Africa’s best natural wonders, locations and experiences. Track majestic gorillas through the mystical Bwindi Forest, and witness the infamous river crossings of the Migration in the Masaai Mara, before listening to the thundering rush of Victoria Falls.

South Africa Elephants Safari

Delight in exclusive encounters with Botswana’s beautiful wildlife on safari in the heart of the Okavango, watch the rippling ‘sand sea’ of the remote Namib desert, enjoy the vibrant life of Cape Town and then end with a luxury train journey through the stunning scenery of South Africa.

Group of happy African girls from Samburu tribe, Kenya, Africa
The Samburu tribe is found in north-central Kenya, and they are related to the Maasai.

4) The Authentic Cultural Immersion: Deep Exploration into Ecuador

If an authentic and in-depth insight into Ecuador is what you’re after, then this itinerary will certainly impress. Kick off with a visit to the first ever UNESCO site of Quito, then delve deep into the Amazon. Stay with the Huaorani tribe, a traditional Amazonian community shrouded in myth and magic.

Embroidery Ecuador

Learn their cultural quirks as they share and teach their ancient hunting techniques on nocturnal safaris. Three further nights in the cultural and pastoral Otavalo Region rounds off this exploratory encounter with trips to local markets, workshops and pre-Incan pyramids.

Wild Horses Cotopaxi Ecuador
Wild horses grazing in Cotopaxi, Ecuador

5) The Action Adventure: Namibian Flying Safari

For an active Namibian adventure, look no further than this extraordinary flying safari. Fly to the rippling Sossusvlei dunes where you can get as adventurous as you like with dune drives, quadbiking, hot air balloon rides and stargazing all available, before continuing on by another light aircraft to Damaraland.

Namibia Desert

Here you can experience further thrills and excitement including game drives and bushman art visits, while two nights of more wildlife fun at Etosha National Park rounds off this trip perfectly.

namibia desert antelope
Flights over these coppered and and stark landscapes really add a special dimension.

6) The Scenic Grand Tour: High Planes of Latin America

This impressive and extensive adventure offers twenty days of extreme Latin American discovery. Traversing the high regions of the Bolivian Salt FlatsLake Titicaca, the deserts of Chile and the Peruvian Andes, the High Plains Grand Tour is undoubtedly a magnificent journey.

Salt Flats Bolivia

Besides seeing some truly spectacular sights, you’ll also experience fascinating and authentic cultural exchanges including meeting the Quechua people of Bolivia.

Women spinning wool on Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Women spinning wool on Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru

7) The Out-Of-This-World Adventure: Ethiopia by Helicopter

Few places are simultaneously as culturally rich and as environmentally dramatic as Ethiopia. Explore the awe-inspiring rock-hewn churches of Labilela, the wild scenery of the Simien Mountains and the apocalyptic landscape of the Danakil Depression in this seven-day helicopter expedition.

Danakil Depression, Ethiopia, Heli Tour

Travelling by helicopter allows you to cover vast distances in comfort and, what’s more, to take in this exceptional landscape at its most epic and dramatic.

St. George Church in Lalibela Ethiopia
The rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

8) The Exotic Voyage: Vietnam from North to South

Go on an incredible journey from one side of Vietnam to the other, taking in the very best, most exciting and most authentic experiences that this vibrant country has to offer along the way – from history to culture, delicious cuisine and breathtaking scenery.

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Start in the bustling capital city, Hanoi, then cycle, hike, spelunk, fly and motorbike your way between marvels such as the spectacular archipelago of Halong Bay and the lush terraced mountains of Sapa.

Mangroves forest in Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Mangroves forest in Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

9) The Journey into the Unknown: Escape to Australia and Fiji

This is a rare opportunity to explore the mystical, rugged wilderness of Australia‘s Outback with a true expert, who will introduce you to local Aboriginal people allowing you to gain a unique insight into their way of life. All this whilst immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes, savannahs, wetlands and waterfalls of this amazing terrain with its incredible variety of wildlife.

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After the intensity of the outback, fly via Sydney to Fiji‘s Malolo Island for a magical island paradise like no other – the perfect chance to relax, unwind and process the incredible experiences of your journey.

Seaplane in flight on Fiji
Unwind in Fiji after exploring the Australian Outback

10) The Ultimate Adventure for the Intrepid Explorer: Iceland & Antarctica

Iceland

For the truly intrepid explorer, there are only two destinations on the map: Iceland and the Antarctic. On this week-long adventure in Iceland, you’ll fly, ski, swim in a rift valley, surf, climb, go whale watching, trek glaciers and waterfalls, explore lava fields, and much, much more.

Waterfall tumbling into river above cavern mouth Seljalandsfoss Iceland
Antarctica

Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Fly in to an expert, hi-tech base camp and choose from an incredible selection of daily activities such as kite skiing, exploring ice caves, giant abseiling, getting up close to observe an Emperor Penguin colony and spending the night at the Geographical South Pole.

Antarctica iceberg with cruise ship

Our top adventures at a glance...

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Faces of Africa: An Epic Journey

Journey across East and Southern African – and six diverse countries – on what might well be the ultimate luxury safari adventure.

Begin in green Uganda, heading into the dense forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of its mountain gorillas. Two treks will let you experience unforgettable time face to face with these gentle, deeply emotional apes.

Next fly east into neighbouring Tanzania for two days exploring the legendary grasslands of the Serengeti, ideally with the trip timed so that you can witness the Great Migration passing through, an unmatched safari spectacle.

Continue on into Zambia, beginning with two nights in South Luangwa National Park. This is the best place in Africa for walking safaris and there are few more evocative settings in which to get up close to elephants, giraffe and perhaps some predators than its savannahs and mopane woodland. Then it’s to the thundering waters of Victoria Falls, a must for any visit to this corner of Africa, for two nights alongside the Zambezi River.

A short way further south is another of the finest safari destinations on the continent – Botswana’s glimmering Okavango Delta. Spend two nights at Mombo, an exclusive quarter of wilderness regarded as the predator capital of Africa, and another two in the Delta itself at a more water focussed luxury camp.

Contrast this to the endless dunes of parched Namibia to the west. Start at the blissfully remote Serra Cafema, a wild oasis where you’ll find unique desert adapted wildlife and meet the nomadic Himba people, then follow the coast down to the red sand sea of Wolwedans, within reach of the surrealist landscapes of Sossusvlei.

Return to civilisation in Cape Town where you’ll take some unique tours to get a real feel for the city, spend a day tasting in the Winelands and have time to reflect on an incredible three weeks.

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High Plains Grand Tour

This is a phenomenal journey to some of South America’s more extreme regions, including the Bolivian salt flats, Lake Titicaca, the Peruvian Andes and the deserts of Chile.

Where the terrain gets higher so the culture becomes more extraordinary, giving you authentic encounters with the hardy Quechuan culture of Bolivia’s Altiplano, the colourful Aymaran people and their floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca, as well as the ancient Incan heritage of Peru’s Sacred Vallery and Machu Picchu.

Your adventure starts in the beautiful Sacred Valley, one of Peru’s must culturally significant destinations. You’ll visit the fascinating sites of Maras and Moray and visit the Andean village of Chinchero to catch a glimpse into the local culture. You’ll then make your way to the misty mountains of Machu Picchu on a luxury train, and explore the ancient citadel with an expert guide who will make the ruins come alive.

It’s then onto the charming city of Cusco, known for its colonial architecture and cobbled streets. After two days exploring, you’ll catch the Belmond Andean Explorer train to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You’ll overnight on the Peruvian side of the Lake then head across to the Bolivian side the next day, via Copacabana and Moon Island. The next day you will make your way to the capital, La Paz, taking a cable car ride that offers incredible views over the patchwork of teracotta roofs that bleed into the surrounding moutains.

Your next destination is the Uyuni Salt Flats, one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders. This vast landscape plays with your perceptions and offers otherworldly views. You’ll then head to Chile’s magnificent Atacama Desert for three days of epic exploration.

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Epic Ethiopia by helicopter

From the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the sweeping plateaus of the Ethiopian Highlands to the otherworldly Danakil Depression, a trip to Ethiopia is a chance to see the world at its most dramatic.

During your seven-day adventure, you will travel by helicopter – not only does this let you cover vast distances in comfort but it also allows you to really appreciate this country’s epic landscape. This trip is based on four people sharing – the maximum number the helicopter accommodates.

After arriving in Addis Ababa you will head straight to Lalibela, following the course of the Blue Nile Gorge. You will explore its famous rock churches, some of which sit 40 feet below the ground. This is Ethiopia’s holiest city and walking along the dimly lit passeways and into hidden crypts carved  a millennia ago is a really special experience.

From Lalibela you will fly through the spectacular Tekeze Gorge into the heart of the Simiem Mountains. Enjoy scenic flights through this incredible landscape and discover a wealth of wildlife, from the Gelada Baboon to the endangered Walia ibex who scamper across the craggy peaks with enviable ease and grace.

The northern province of Tigray will be your base for the next three nights. From here you’ll explore the fascinating churches of Gheralta and the ancient town of Aksum with its curious stellae stone monuments that soar towards the sky.

You will also discover one of the lowest, hottest and driest places on earth – the Danakil Depression. This is an alien landscape
of bubbling lava lakes, vast salt pans and hydrothermal fields in vibrant shades of green, red and yellow. To outsiders it may seem like one of the world’s most inhospitable environments, and in many senses it is, but the Afar people have made this place their home. As much as the landscape leaves those who visit in awe, so too does the human ability to adapt and survive.

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