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Itinerary: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Zanzibar Beaches
High up in the lush rainforests of the Virunga Mountains is where you'll find Rwanda's incredible mountain gorillas, living in highly complex social groups in nests built from nearby branches and leaves. Gorilla trekking is one of the most phenomenal wildlife experiences in Africa, and for good reason: it's on foot, so you'll be fully immersed in the natural habitat of the gorillas from the start, experiencing all the sights and sounds unique to the Volcanoes National Park. You'll travel with an expert guide on our luxury itinerary to a habituated mountain gorilla group, learning about these fascinating animals whilst observing their playful and inquisitive behaviour; and with strict restrictions on the number of visitors who come through the national park each day, this is a truly special experience.
Itinerary: The Best of Oman and Dubai
Oman is renowned for its rugged, desert landscapes, but few get to experience this dramatic scenery from the air. With a stay at the luxurious Six Senses Zighy Bay, beautifully positioned in a secluded location in Oman's Musandam Peninsula, you can turn your hotel arrival into a unique travel experience by opting to arrive by paragliding. You'll be safely secured to a professional paraglider as you make your way to the resort, watching the Al Hajar Mountains unfold into a glistening coastline before landing spectacularly on the beach. The ultimate way to make an entry, this is an experience you'll never forget. The adventure doesn't end here though; on our itinerary, you'll experience the beauty of the Al Hajar mountains from the luxurious Alila Jabal Akhdar, as well as the thrilling attractions of Dubai.
For most, Antarctica is a landscape so unique and awe-inspiring that it seems to belong only to the imagination. But for those ready to travel to the end of the world, Antarctica isn't completely out of reach. On our incredible Antarctic cruise itinerary, you'll delve into this frozen continent, experiencing the ethereal landscapes and captivating wildlife that thrive in these harsh conditions. Whilst on the cruise, you can enjoy all the luxurious facilities that Ultramarine has to offer, from its sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows to its state-of-the-art fitness centre. Off the ship, one of the most invigorating activities you'll experience is snowshoeing; led by expert guides, you'll wear specialist shoes that distribute your body weight over a larger area so that your feet won't sink completely in the snow. These energising hikes across the snow will allow you to explore more of Antarctica's interior and less-visited places, whilst seeing the dramatic mountain landscapes up close.
Itinerary: The Best of Northern Madagascar
With approximately 90% of all its plant and animal species being endemic, Madagascar's unique wildlife continues to fascinate all travellers who visit this "eighth continent". Its many lemur species are the biggest draw to the island, each having remarkably adapted to the varying climates and terrains across Madagascar. There are over 100 species of lemur, all with long, furry tails to help their balance as they jump from tree to tree; the most notable of these is the ring-tailed lemur, with its distinct black and white striped tail. The exception is the Indri, the largest living lemur, which, unlike other lemur species, only has a small tail and leaps vertically through the trees. On our tour of northern Madagascar, you'll trek through the region's deciduous forests and rocky landscapes with an expert guide, having the opportunity to spot the intriguing Sanford’s lemur and crowned lemur - species which are only found in the north of the island - as they live and play.
Itinerary: Journey Across the Golden Route of Japan
Whilst no longer the capital city, Kyoto remains very much the cultural centre of Japan, its ancient rituals and traditions still widely practised within society today. With over 2,000 temples and shrines, Kyoto is best explored with a private guide, who will not only take you to the most prominent spots but to the lesser-visited, more intimate parts of the city. Experiencing Japan's beautiful culture is enriching and compelling, and with most temples you encounter in Kyoto on your private tour, you'll be able to participate in the ancient traditions, whether it's through writing your own prayer card, ringing a shinto bell, or saying a prayer to a shrine. The most mesmerising place to visit is Fushimi Inari, a 15th century shrine known for its iconic vermilion tori gates; for the more adventurous, you can take a pathway up to the mountain that lies beyond.
Itinerary: Discover Beautiful Borneo
With their bright, orange colouring, gentle nature, and strong social bonds, the orangutans of Borneo have always been one of the world's most alluring primates, famously championed by Sir David Attenborough throughout his career. To see these incredible animals in the wild is an extraordinary experience, though one that requires patience and a watchful eye. On guided walks through the Danum Valley during your stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, keep a careful lookout for Borneo pygmy elephants, the region's endemic bird species, and wild orangutans in the rainforest canopy - the orangutans are especially more visible during the fruiting season of June. For a particularly heartwarming experience, you'll also visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre on your itinerary, observing from afar as the orphaned animals interact during their feeding time.
Itinerary: Luxury Tahiti Island Hopping
Perhaps the most beautiful archipelago in the world, French Polynesia's Society Islands boast picturesque, tropical lagoons, a distinct Polynesian culture, and lush, volcanic mountains. On our island hopping itinerary, you'll start in Tahiti, the largest of French Polynesia's islands, before visiting Moorea, known for its tropical jungles and waterfalls, the "Vanilla Island" of Taha'a, and finally, Bora Bora, with one of the best lagoons in the world. The best way to explore the islands is undoubtedly by boat, and as part of our trip, you'll board a private catamaran charter for three nights to explore the Leeward Islands, enjoying snorkelling, kayaking, and forest walks along the way.
The Galapagos Islands offer some of the most remarkable wildlife viewing opportunities in the world; it was here, after all, that Charles Darwin drew inspiration for his theory of evolution. One of the most fascinating species to have adapted to this unique environment is the marine iguana, the only lizard to have adapted to forage in the sea for algae. The Galapagos tortoise, renowned for its size, is also one of the islands' most intriguing inhabitants, with the first tortoises thought to have arrived to the islands up to three million years ago. To experience these endemic creatures for yourself, it is best to visit the islands by cruise, as you'll have the opportunity to visit the more remote spots whilst being able to explore more islands. On our luxury itinerary, you'll also visit the cloud forests and rainforest of mainland Ecuador, perfect for wildlife enthusiasts.
Itinerary: The Highlights of India
In the tropical south-western state of Kerala lies Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, an intimate, luxury wellness retreat with a strong focus on ancient Ayurveda practices. Here, you'll embark on a personalised wellness journey in a beautiful tropical setting, from detoxification to mindfulness programs, whilst being moments away from a beautiful golden-sand beach. On our itinerary, you'll also experience a two-night stay on a traditional Keralan houseboat, where you'll meander through untouched coconut groves while glimpsing the rural lifestyle of the local people.
Itinerary: Ultimate West Canada Road Trip
With over 7,000 black bears, Vancouver Island has one of the densest populations in the world. Its vast coastal areas and low-lying forests make this the ideal habitat for these creatures to thrive in the wild; slightly larger than the black bears found on the mainland, and active during daylight hours, you'll have the opportunity on a guided tour to observe the bears as they forage for seafood and plants on the coast. September marks the return of the salmon, and for those visiting in the Autumn, you'll be captivated as the black bears strategically catch the salmon and share it with their young. As well as Vancouver Island, on our luxury itinerary you'll also visit Canada's spectacular Rocky Mountains and the surrounding turquoise lakes, enjoying a stay at the renowned Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the 'Castle in the Rockies'.
Whatever inspiring and immersive experiences are on your bucket list, our team of luxury travel specialists will craft an itinerary perfectly suited to you, with lots of unique extras to make your trip truly special. Get in touch with us today so that you can discuss your dream trip further.