The top five ultimate adventure holidays
Rebecca McCosh on how you can shake up your summer holiday this year.
Ditch the generic package holiday. Ditch lounging on the same beach year after year alongside hundreds of other sunburnt tourists. Ditch dining in identical global chain restaurants. Ditch the dodgy cocktails and even dodgier karaoke. It’s time to shake things up.
Jump into the unknown, get out there and explore, experience alternative cultures and embark on a brand new adventure.
What better way to discover the unexpected than to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest ever explorers? We’ve therefore rounded up our top five historical routes that you can follow today, from trekking the Taklamakan Desert on camelback like a modern-day Marco Polo, to following Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica. Read on then book your ultimate adventure holiday…
Follow Shackleton’s footsteps
Polar explorer, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, was a key figure in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, braving the elements to conquer the South Pole at the turn of the 20th Century. With shipping to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica restricted by impenetrable ice to just two months each austral summer, few people have ever followed Shackleton’s footsteps to visit this area. Until now. Join Adventure Life on a 30-day voyage, helmed by skillful sailors and knowledgeable guides, to experience nature at its most truly awe-inspiring. Click here to book your adventure.
Take the Silk Road
Make like Marco Polo and head out on the Silk Road where precious fabrics, spices, teas and jewels were once transported from the East. Book a MIR Corporation adventure and experience the wonders of Kashgar, head out to the Taklamakan Desert on camelback and admire the breathtaking views across the 12,000ft Torugart Pass. Click here to book your adventure.
Join an Amazonian tribe
Despite the fact that indigenous people had been living in the Amazon for at least 10,000 years, the Amazon River was "discovered" by the Spanish explorer and conquistador, Don Francisco de Orellana. For an experience about as far removed from your everyday modern Western life as you can get, book yourself on the 10-day Gondwana EcoTour of Ecuador. Here you’ll visit the Achuar, a tribe of 6,000 indigenous people still living traditionally in small Amazon communities along the Ecuadorian and Peruvian border. Click here to book your adventure.
Head out on a Hannibal expedition
Cycle the epic journey from Barcelona to Rome, trail blazed by Hannibal who led the military forces of Carthage along this route in the Second Punic War. Ride & Seek will guide you through some of Europe’s most iconic and picturesque routes through Spain, France and Italy, from the iconic climbs of the Grand Tours to the rolling vineyards of the Languedoc, Provence, Piedmont and Tuscany. Click here to book your adventure.
Get to grips with Greenland
Hans Poulsen Egede was a Dano-Norwegian Lutheran missionary credited with revitalizing Dano-Norwegian interest in Greenland after contact was broken for hundreds of years. Thanks to Big Chill Adventures, you can experience Greenland on an even more intense scale than Hans. We’re talking dogsledding, hut camping with Inuits, touring the fjords surrounding Nuuk on a speed boat, kayaking amongst icebergs, mountain biking primitive trails, and helicoptering to a supra glacial lake. Click here to book your adventure.