Is this the year that your travel horizons will grow wider, glow brighter, generate more meaningful moments? Consider this curated collection of ideas from The Travel Corporation, which masterminds 29 vacation brands that celebrate “personal fulfillment through transformative travel,” says Brett Tollman, its CEO. This private, family-owned, fourth-generation hospitality company is a leading provider of more than 1,000 guided and independent trips, operating on all seven continents in more than 70 countries. That’s a lot of global ground from which to choose. Here, 7 choice picks for 2019:
Who Best For: Animal-loving adventurers. What Dazzles Most: Explore the epic wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania on this 14-day journey. Experience the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. Be introduced to Swahili culture and cuisine. Zoom your camera lens on wildebeests and hippos. Spy thousands of birds, including eagles, European rollers, flycatchers, Montagu’s harriers and owls. Gallop on horseback through a wildlife sanctuary. Walk on the wild side among cormorants, giraffes, impalas, pelicans, waterbucks and zebras. Sojourn to a private-owned conservancy that is Kenya’s most successful rhino-breeding reserve. Linger at enchanting lakes, splendid national parks and sublime landscapes. Traverse Ngorongoro Crater — its forests are home to elephants, flamingos and lions. Meet with Maasai to learn about their lives. Overnight at a lodge nestled in the foothills of Ngorongoro Highland Forest and count your wanderlust blessings. How To Go: Trafalgar.
Who Best For: Millennials and Gen Z. What Dazzles Most: This active, 10-day In-Depth Explorer getaway — exclusively for ages 18 to 35 — forges new friendships and is dedicated to garnering ample cultural immersion in one country. Relish breathtaking beaches, waterfalls, tea farms, national parks and ancient temples in the island nation of Sri Lanka. In addition to hotel stays, there is glamping (glamorous camping) for two al fresco nights. Stretch your imagination. Inspire your Instagram feed. How To Go: Contiki.
Who Best For: History buffs and sustainable tourism supporters. What Dazzles Most: Yesteryears come alive on this spectacular 14-day feast across two ancient countries. Be amazed by the dynamic travel power of Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Nazareth, Galilee, Jericho, Jerusalem and the buoyant Dead Sea in Israel. Meander impressive churches, fortresses, tombs, monuments, arches and museums. Swoon over the archeological splendor of Petra in Jordan, as well as share a meal under a vast sky in Wadi Rum at a Bedouin camp. Talk with artisans at the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, run by local women and supported by the TreadRight Foundation (see video, below). How To Go: Insight Vacations.
Who Best For: Water lovers, foodies, culture mavens. What Dazzles Most: On the River Queen (see video, below) — a swanky, sophisticated 128-passenger ship navigating a 10-day cruise from Cologne to Frankfurt — luxuriate with gorgeous accommodations, gourmet meals, fine wines and in-depth expert excursions. Wander notable German cities and storybook-like villages. Savor Kölsch beer halls, castles, cathedrals, wineries, hot springs and a monastery. Ride bicycles. Stroll picturesque cobblestone streets, Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace, Europe’s steepest Riesling vineyards, Karl Marx’s house, Imperial Baths and a Medieval-era marketplace. How To Go: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.
Who Best For: Asia admirers with independent spirits. What Dazzles Most: In Vietnam, tour Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. In Cambodia, revel in Siem Reap. On this enthralling 14-day foray, sample surprising flavors of local dishes. Applaud unique dances and acrobatics. Enjoy a mesmerizing mix of city hotspots and countryside escapes. Sail on a day-trip wooden junk boat among the 1600 Islets to Bai Tu Long. Try a Tai-chi lesson. Visit a floating fishing village. Eye colorful markets brimming with intricate woodcarvings, silks, fragrant herbs and spices. Cycle hushed inland trails. Behold: kumquat gardens, rice paddies and coconut palm tree groves. Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking class. Snorkel underwater coral reefs teeming with sea life. On the Mekong Delta, look at stilt houses and fish farms. Survey Ta Prohm, one of the famous temples of Angkor and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a location for the film Tomb Raider. How To Go: CostSaver.
Who Best For: Archeology fans. What Dazzles Most: Begin this enlightening, 12-day itinerary in Cairo, accompanied by an Egyptologist. Delve into the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx — and watch an evening sound-and-light show. Go to Sakkara for its Step Pyramid of King Zoser, dating to 2700 B.C. In nearby Memphis, the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx impress. Fly to Luxor. Be awed by Karnak: It is the most formidable temple complex in Egypt. Join a multi-day Nile river cruise on the 82-passenger, all-suite River Tosca ship. View the exotic Temple of Hathor, Temple of Luxor, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Egypt’s first woman pharaoh who ruled from 1479 to 1458 B.C.) and Valley of the Kings. Step aboard a felucca (wooden boat) for a sail past Kitchener’s Island in the Nile River. Sip fashionable high tea on a terrace of the Old Cataract Hotel. How To Go: Luxury Gold.
Treat yourself to London, the exciting capital of England and the United Kingdom. Feel pampered aplenty at this posh 30-guestroom hideaway minutes from Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews. Its interior is dashingly dressed in a head-turning black-and-white decor. With a boutique-mindset, personalized priorities and two staff for every guest, Hotel 41 delivers extra attention and is especially applauded for its 24/7 complimentary Plunder the Pantry amenity. Dine deeper at The English Grill with its glistening chandeliers, gleaming silver and gladdening tailcoat-wearing waiters. Wine aficionados will be pleased by its elaborate wine list, which features winning selections from Bouchard Finlayson, a notable South African vineyard. The Curry Room at The Rubens — next to Hotel 41 — presents dishes evocative of the best of India in a red-bedecked dining room accented with Rajasthani hand embroidery. How To Go: Red Carnation Hotels.
7 Awesome Bucket List Trips Curated By The Travel Corporation – Forbes