Ready to make up for lost time exploring? Then it’s time to make some major check marks on your bucket list. We’re talking the most exotic, adventurous, unique destinations that this world has to offer.
There’s plenty of once-in-a-lifetime experiences to uncover in Africa. AmaWaterways’ Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is a thrilling experience that not only transforms the lives of those fortunate enough to participate, but also supports ongoing preservation of the majestic creatures. It’s an ultra-exclusive experience, as only eight people per day are granted permits to trek among each gorilla family. Go safari hopping with a touch of luxury with Micato, and get up close, stunning views of the Big 5 during one-of-a-kind private safaris, while staying in the finest camps, lodges, hotels, private villas and estates.
2. Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu gives travelers a look at ancient worlds past. Set out on a tour with Trafalgar, where you’ll ascend to the Lost City in the Clouds aboard the Vistadome train. Each tour’s assigned ‘Local Specialist’ will lead an exploration of the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana. If you’re looking for a way that the whole family can participate in the wonder, Tauck offers a Bridges Family Tour through Peru, full of Inca wonders, colonial treasures and local traditions. Explore lost Incan cities, meet llamas, alpacas and Peruvian Pasos, get blessed by a shaman, go riding and rafting, learn chocolate-making secrets and more.
If a luxury vacation to the Galápagos Islands wasn’t on your bucket list before, it definitely should be now. Celebrity Cruises offers diverse Galápagos expeditions available with 3 stunning ships and 6 unique cruise itineraries.Get ready to stroll among the giant tortoises and play alongside the fur seals, or grab your binoculars to check out the elusive Blue-Footed Booby and the Flightless Cormorant. There’s no shortage of wildlife on this archipelago. If you happen to be a traveler who is big on creature comforts and luxuries, Silversea is perfect for you, with its all-inclusive cruise fares, offering excursions from complimentary Zodiac tours, snorkeling and kayaking to nature hikes led by naturalist experts and certified guides. The luxury experience also includes butler service in every suite and in-suite dining and room service.
Its ruins may be ancient, but Egypt is a new hotspot. The Egyptians formed one of the most extraordinary cultures, revered for their impressive architecture, legendary Pharaohs and brilliant inventions that shaped the modern world. An Egypt exploration with Viking Cruises will take you down the Nile, where you’ll engage in once-in-a-lifetime activities such as camel rides, seeing temple hieroglyphics, and marveling at the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. Those craving more luxury in Luxor can opt for a cruise with Regent Seven Seas. Along with every elite amenity and service, this all-inclusive cruise also includes free excursions such as guided tours and jeep safaris.
5. World Cruises
The ultimate vacation is a cruise around the world! Most range from 90-120 days – just imagine all the amazing ports of call alone, mixed with the comforts of home, including laundry service, and happily entertaining requests for special menu options that remind you of home. Did you know you can take just a segment or two of most world cruise itineraries? It’s a great way to experience this type of cruise without the substantial time commitment. Like a world cruise test drive.
Choose Your Exploration Style
There is definitely an art to figuring out your ideal travel style, and that’s where your Cruise Planners®Travel Advisor’s expertise comes in handy. Cruise or tour? Expedition style or luxury? Active vacation or refined? This is your bucket list, after all, and your Cruise Planners Travel Advisor will ensure that every box on your bucket list is checked to perfection.