Ultimate holiday destinations
By Martha Hales
What’s the number one destination on your wishlist? Do you dream of following the Inca Trail to the incredible Machu Picchu, or of drifting silently over the wilds of the Maasai Mara in a hot air balloon? Perhaps your travel ambitions involve going deep into the Amazon rainforest, or following ancient merchants along the Silk Route. Whatever your ‘once in a lifetime’ travel daydreams, it’s likely we can help you make it happen. Our handpicked local partners are based in their destination, and if anyone can arrange that special bucket-list trip, they can - with laser sharp attention to detail and up to the minute knowledge of their destination, there’s no one better to organise your bespoke adventure.
When you are thinking about a big trip, TravelLocal can help you go the extra mile with your dream itinerary, tweaking it and honing it until it is perfect for you and your travel companions, and you can pick accommodation, transport and activities to suit your budget. All that remains is for you to decide where to go, so here we have some inspiration for a selection of those awesome ‘trip of a lifetime’ destinations to help you narrow down your options.
How do you like the sound of combining Machu Picchu’s wondrous Inca empire with the magnificent Amazon rainforest? This ‘Travel Peru in Style’ trip idea contrasts the ancient secrets of the Sacred Valley with the cultured capital, Lima and the magic of a night spent on the fringes of the mind-blowing Machu Picchu with the Amazon’s explosion of wildlife.
See the highlights of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia on an Ultimate Southeast Asia trip which includes some unforgettable destinations such as the dreamy temple-dotted Laotian town of Luang Prabang, an overnight cruise in La Ha Bay (Halong Bay without the crowds) and an epic helicopter flight over the Angkor temples.
Make your dreams of romantic Africa come true when you embark on an Ultimate Safari holiday, where you will be immersed in the Kenyan wilderness, enjoying walking safaris in the Laikipia area, game drives in the Maasai Mara, and the once in a lifetime opportunity to see magnificent African beasts from a hot air balloon at dawn.
The Great Argentine Road Trip takes you beyond the usual sights and lets you get to know the real Argentina. Begin in vibrant Buenos Aires before discovering some of the most compelling natural glories in South America - from tropical Iguazu Falls to beautiful Bariloche, the wilds of Patagonia and the chill of Perito Moreno Glacier, there’s so much to see.
Combine headline attractions with hidden gems on the Ultimate Brazil trip, taking you on a voyage of discovery in this huge nation. Uncover the ample charms of Rio before venturing into the Amazon region to explore nature’s most extravagant display. The wildlife of the Pantanal and the drama of Iguazu Falls are yet more highlights to get excited about.
From colourful cities and peaceful backwaters to exotic wildlife and epic monuments, India has it all. To see the country up close and to experience the sheer variety on offer, the Ultimate India itinerary is perfect. From the cultural jewels of the north to the tropical backwaters of the south, India is waiting to be explored.
This iconic network was the initial connection between east to west and played a hugely important role in global history, trade and philosophy. Follow in the footsteps of the merchants of yesteryear with the epic Mysteries of the Silk Route trip, showcasing the cultural highlights of the Silk Route in China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Blaze a trail through the natural beauty of the Garden Route on this South African Adventure holiday which allows plenty of outdoor fun in the stunning wilds of the Cape. Gaze at Table Mountain, get to know friendly Cape Town and enjoy the wildlife watching opportunities at Hermanus - whales and sharks; and Addo Elephant National Park - elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, lions, zebra and many more!
Neatly packaged on a teardrop shaped island, the highlights of Sri Lanka are easy to explore. From cultural relics such as the ruined city of Polonnaruwa and the intriguing Sigiriya Rock to the wildlife of Yala National Park, the cool mist of the upland tea plantations and the heat of the beach our Ultimate Sri Lanka trip has got it covered.
Small and safe, Jordan packs a lot of variety into its borders. Unforgettable scenery awaits in the valleys of Wadi Rum, home to the Bedouin - traditionally the masters of the desert, while at the lost city of Petra incredible monuments have been carved into the rock. Consider the Ultimate Jordan itinerary which also takes in castles, Roman ruins, the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and even Jerusalem.
To see the best of Costa Rica and enjoy touches of luxury wherever you go, the Ultimate Costa Rica holiday is perfect. All the highlights are here - hike in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, explore the cloud forest at Monteverde, enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery at Manuel Antonio - with the finest hotels and lodges for that ‘trip of a lifetime’ vibe.
Release your inner Darwin with an immersive visit to the Galapagos Islands on a fabulous three-mast barquentine sailing yacht. This Complete Galapagos trip is one of the most comprehensive tours of the islands available, taking you to some of the lesser visited of these fascinating volcanic isles. See evolution up close and enjoy pristine nature on this unique Galapagos cruise.
Make it happen
Stop dreaming about that once in a lifetime trip and start planning it now! With our local experts on hand to help you with ideas and details, there’s no excuse not to get your dream holiday booked. Click on the links above to find out more about these bucket-list destinations, or browse the website to discover the full list of 49 countries we cover. If we haven’t featured your ultimate dream holiday in this blog, you can craft your own itinerary with the help of our trusted local experts who tailor make each trip according to your requirements. Contact them directly here, or to speak to someone in the TravelLocal office please call +44 (0)117 325 7898.