Best Luxury Adventure Travel Tours & Trips (2022)

1. Luxuriate in Argentina’s vineyards, glaciers and gauchos

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Organic vineyards near Mendoza (Shutterstock)

Pamper yourself in some of Argentina’s most iconic properties as you explore different sides of the country’s character on this indulgent South American holiday with Journey Latin America.

You’ll stay in five star establishments in three of Argentina’s most interesting and beautiful locations. First, a stunning colonial estancia in the wide grasslands of the pampas, the heartland of Argentina’s famous gaucho culture. Next, a luxurious country lodge in Mendoza, with the country’s best wineries close to hand. And finally, a breathtaking hotel in Patagonia, offering incredible views of the vast plains, snow-capped mountains and ancient glaciers.

Your journey begins –and ends – in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Latin America’s most sophisticated and European city, where you’ll a visit to Teatro Colón and enjoy dinner at a live tango show.

Trip: Luxury Argentina: Vineyards, Glaciers And Gauchos

Who: Journey Latin America

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 15 days

How much: From From £7,402 (exc. flights)

2. Explore the Great Barrier Reef in style

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Lone yacht near the Great Barrier Reef (Shutterstock)

This luxury 10-day adventure with Cox & Kings Travel is the ultimate tropical Queensland adventure, combining luxury stays on vast outback ranches with a four night private yacht charter around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Your journey begins on a remote cattle station, where you’ll stay in a well-appointed outback lodge, taking in the day-to-day workings of the ranch and exploring the local waterways for freshwater crocodiles and local birds. Next, an adventurous 4x4 transfer will take you across the Atherton Tablelands and down to the Daintree rainforest, where you’ll staytwo nights at the Silky Oaks Lodge, overlooking the Mossman river.

Finally, you’ll board the MV Bahama, a luxury yacht, forfour days of exploring the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll visit the inner and outer ribbon reefs, continental islands, sand cays and serene lagoons, snorkelling with sea turtles, visiting deserted beaches at Snapper Island and exploring the stunning coral reefs.

Trip: Queensland In Style

Who: Cox & Kings Travel

When: Flexible departures through the year

How long: 10 days

How much: From £8,695 (inc. flights)

3. Live like royalty in Rajasthan

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Your hotel, the Alila Fort Bishangarh (Alila Hotels and Resorts)

Explore Rajasthan’s most captivating sights and encounter its wildlife superstars on this sophisticated boutique journey through India’s most colourful destination.

You’ll be treated like Mughal royalty during your stay at Alila Fort Bishangarh, a heritage fortress with spectacular views overlooking rural Rajasthan. In Jaipur, you’ll explore the ancient Amber fort, lunching at the magnificent 1135 AD restaurant, before heading to luxury tented accommodation in Nimaj, overlooking a reservoir famous for its abundant bird life.

Finally, you’ll head to Jawai Leopard Camp, a luxury eco-friendly desert camp in the remote Rajasthani wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free.

Trip: Boutique Rajasthan

Who: Cox & Kings Travel

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 15 days

How much: From £5,825 (exc. flights)

4. All aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express

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The bar on board the Eastern and Orient (Belmond.com)

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Travel in style through the jungles, rice fields and cities of South-East Asia aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express.

The Eastern & Oriental Express is the last word in refined elegance, offering fine dining, a piano bar and luxurious observation car. En route, the train will stop for guided tours at the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai and the Malaysian town of Kuala Kangsar, the grand Ubudiah mosque, the Royal Museum of Perak and the Sultan Shah Gallery. Each night you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner and cocktails.

Your journey ends in Singapore, with three nights in the legendary Raffles Hotel, spiritual home of the Singapore Sling.

Trip: Eastern & Oriental Express

Who: Cox & Kings Travel

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 10 days

How much: £4,725 (inc. flights)

5. Immerse yourself in traditional Japan

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View from a ryokan (Shutterstock)

Experience Japanese hospitality at its attentive best on grand tour of Japan with Audley.

You'll stay in ryokans, traditional Japanese inns, often found in historic buildings and set in gorgeously manicured gardens. With their tatami mat flooring, delicate screen doors and beautifully prepared food, ryokans offer an intimate insight into Japanese culture and its focus on serenity and simple beauty.

Along the way, you’ll also experience the vibrant modernity of Tokyo, walk through the Geisha district of Kyoto with an experienced guide and relax in a hot spring spa in the Japanese Alps

Trip: Deluxe Grand Tour Japan

Who: Audley

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 23 days

How much: £16,295 (inc. flights)

6. Sri Lanka by seaplane

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Castlereagh Bungalow pool (resplendentceylon.com)

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If you’re looking for old school adventure and unmatched luxury, you can’t go past this trip of a life time in Sri Lanka – travelling by seaplane and staying in some of the country’s finest accommodation.

It’s journey that will take you through scenic hill country, tropical beaches and the island’s best known national parks. You’ll stay in a luxurious lakeside villa at Ceylon Tea Trails beside Castlereagh reservoir, then the Fortress Resort & Spa in Koggala Lake and finally, the beachside Chena Huts, located on the edge of Yala National Park.

You’ll enjoy two wildlife drives with a safari guide in Yala, known for its high density leopard population. It's also home sloth bears, wild elephants, spotted deer and crocodiles.

Trip: Luxury Sri Lanka By Seaplane

Who: Cox & Kings Travel

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 14 days

How much: From £5,345 (inc. flights)

7. A five star Antarctica expedition

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A cruise ship in Neco Bay (Shutterstock)

Venture to one of the planet’s last wild frontiers on this luxury cruise to Antarctica with Audley.

You'll enjoya five star experience on boardand enjoy the adventurous shore landings you would expect on an expedition. On board you will find full spa facilities as well dedicated hotel staff determined to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible.

A separate expedition team will organise shore landings and excursions on the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands such as Peterman, Livingston and Deception, each excursion accompanied by an expert in their field.It’s an adventure without compromise.

Trip: Luxury Antarctica Peninsula cruise

Who: Audley

When: March

How long: 16 days

How much: From £12.495 (inc. flights)

8. A sophisticated safari in southern Tanzania

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Your tented room in Jongomero (Jongomero Camp)

Live your Out of Africa fantasies on this sophisticated safari exploring two of Africa’s most remote and unspoiled wilderness areas.

You’ll fly from Dar es Salaam to the Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest wildlife reserves in the world. From your well-appointed base at the Selous Safari Camp, you will go in search of Africa’s most iconic wildlife on boat trips, and safari drives and walks.

A short flight will take you to Ruaha National Park and Jongomero, a luxury safari camp set under shady acacia trees on the banks of the Sand River. It is the only camp in this part of Ruaha, and the dining and living areas provide a comfortable vantage point from which to take in the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Your journey ends beside the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, enjoying the castaway chic of Ras Kutani. You’ll never want to leave.

Trip: Southern Tanzania Safari (Luxury)

Who: Cox & Kings Travel

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 12 days

How much: From £6,185 (exc. flights)

9. Costa Rica in style

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Lodge overlooking Arenal (Dreamstime)

Experience the lush forests and pristine Pacific beaches of Costa Rica on this stylishholiday with Rainbow Tours. Staying in some of Costa Rica’s finest properties and discovering some of its remote and less explored gems, this the perfect trip for those who like to mix adventure with luxury.

You’ll start with a little time relaxing among the coffee plantations and verdant green highlands of Costa Rica's Central Valley, staying in a beautifully restored finca. A scenic flight along the coast and over pristine primary rainforest will take you to your beautiful lodge on the very edge of Corcovado National Park.

After returning to the north, you’ll spend a few days relaxing at a hot springs resort in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano before then heading to the tranquil Pacific waters of the Nicoya Peninsula for a stay at the delightfully boutique Punta Islita.

Trip: Costa Rica in style

Who: Rainbow Tours

When: Flexible departures through the year

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How long: 14 days

How much: £4,120 (inc. flights)

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FAQs

Which tour company is best? ›

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  1. Cox and Kings.
  2. Thomas Cook. Thomas Cook has one amazing option that not too many travel companies do justice to fully, foreign exchange. ...
  3. SOTC. ...
  4. Kesari Tours. ...
  5. Club Mahindra Holidays. ...
  6. Expedia. ...
  7. Yatra. ...
  8. Goibibo.

Where are the best places for adventure vacations? ›

Best Adventure Vacations in the U.S.
  • Yellowstone.
  • Grand Canyon.
  • Yosemite.
  • Jackson Hole.
  • Lake Tahoe.
  • Kauai.
  • Maui.
  • Hawaii - The Big Island.

Who owns eldertreks? ›

Gary Murtagh

How do I choose a good travel agency? ›

Here are a few tips:
  1. Look for the right certification. If the agent is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) (www.asta.org), that's a promising sign. ...
  2. If at all possible, stay local. There's no substitute for the personal touch. ...
  3. Interview the agent. ...
  4. Find out how they react under pressure.

How do I choose a tour? ›

14 Tips for Choosing the Right Group Tour
  1. Understand the Variety of Group Tours Available.
  2. Understand What Type of Traveler You Are.
  3. Figure Out the Right Size Group for You.
  4. Check the Activity Level.
  5. Check How Open the Itinerary Is.
  6. Understand the Pace of the Tour.
  7. Research Transportation.
  8. Understand the Meal Plan.
31 Jul 2017

Which adventure is the best? ›

23 big bucket list adventures
  • Raft the Grand Canyon Arizona, USA. ...
  • See the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Italy. ...
  • Sleep at Everest Base Camp, Nepal. ...
  • Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru. ...
  • Hike the Milford Track, New Zealand. ...
  • Sleep under the stars in NamibRand, Namibia. ...
  • Swim with turtles in Ningaloo, Western Australia.
2 Feb 2022

Which country has the most adventurous people? ›

The results show that the Netherlands ranks highest for total searches of adventurous activities per capita, followed by Australia and Sweden.

What is the most adventures place in the world? ›

Iceland is one of the best countries in the world for adventure travel, with opportunities for everything from glacier hiking to snorkeling and diving.

What kind of trip would be an adventure? ›

This may include activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, scuba diving, rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, paragliding, hiking, exploring, canyoneering, sandboarding, caving and rock climbing. Some obscure forms of adventure travel include disaster and ghetto tourism.

What are adventure travel companies? ›

Best Global Adventure Travel Companies
ToursDestinations
1. G Adventures250+Worldwide
2. Intrepid250+Worldwide
3. Contiki250+Worldwide
4. Topdeck250+Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, Australia/Oceania
7 more rows

Who is backroads competition? ›

Backroads's competitors and similar companies include Toundra Voyages, Travel Counsellors, Kesari Tours and Bonton Holidays. Backroads is a company that organizes tours and travels.

Where is Audley Travel based? ›

Audley Travel is a travel company based in the UK based in Witney, Oxfordshire, with offices in London, Boston and Toronto. The company specialises in tailor-made travel; according to the Financial Times it is the largest operator in this market.

How do I know if a travel agent is real? ›

This should outline your travel arrangements and the money you have paid. A great way to check if a travel agency is legitimate is by checking that the company names on the paperwork match with who you have paid. There's no harm in double checking your bank account and credit card statements for names and amounts paid.

What are the different types of travelers? ›

Types of travellers
  • Holidaymakers. These people will travel to a holiday destination for a typical resort holiday. ...
  • Business Travellers. ...
  • Backpackers & Adventure Travellers. ...
  • Expedition Members. ...
  • Long Term Travellers. ...
  • Travellers with Special Needs. ...
  • Children. ...
  • Elderly Travellers.

Why would you use a travel agent? ›

A Travel Agent Can Handle the Unexpected. Between weather delays, natural disasters, flight cancellations, lost luggage and much more, a lot can happen on vacation. Travel agents act as the traveler's advocate in the event something goes wrong, helping navigate the challenge of making any necessary itinerary changes.

What makes a good tour company? ›

Professional tour guide skills

Every tour company will want that their tour guides leave a professional appearance. It instills trust and confidence in travelers. That way, it makes them feel safe and like they made a great tour company choice!

Why are guided tours better? ›

Joining a guided tour means there's no hassle of planning.

Group tours arrange the itinerary, activities, and schedules for you way ahead of time. They also give a definitive structure and plan for each day and allow you to see more than if you were figuring everything out on your own.

Is Tauck Tours still in business? ›

All tours are operating.

What is a fun adventure? ›

countable noun. If someone has an adventure, they become involved in an unusual, exciting, and rather dangerous journey or series of events.

What is adventure tourism give any four example? ›

Some examples include backpacking, birdwatching, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, safaris, sailing and surfing. Hard adventure travel is riskier and requires more skills and experience. Examples include caving, rock climbing and trekking.

Where is the best country to live? ›

  • Canada. #1 in Quality of Life. #1 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Denmark. #2 in Quality of Life. #12 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Sweden. #3 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Norway. #4 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Switzerland. #5 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Australia. #6 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Netherlands. #7 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Finland. #8 in Quality of Life.

Which adventure sport is famous in the coastal countries of the world? ›

Go sea caving in Mallorca, snorkeling, trail running, and cycling. Surfing, mountain biking and rock climbing are by far the most popular adventures.

What is adventure tourism Unwto? ›

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), adventure tourism is “a trip that includes at least two of the following three elements: physical activity, natural environment, and cultural immersion” (UNWTO, 2014, p. 12).

How many types of trips are there? ›

There are four (4) basic types of trips.

What is an itinerary document? ›

A travel itinerary document composed of two pages providing the travel location, dates and contact details with the travel, accommodation and activities schedule with all necessary details included. Itinerary.

What do adventurous people do? ›

An adventurous person is a person willing to take chances — someone who is fond of risks and excitement, and inclined to undertake new experiences. Being adventurous is a personality and adventurous people have certain traits that make them who they are.

What are outdoor and adventurous activities? ›

Outdoor and adventurous activities: (e.g. land-based (e.g. mountain walking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, high rope courses, caving, mining, skiing, snowboarding) water-based (e.g. canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, surfing) air-based (e.g. gliding, parachuting, ...

How long is an adventure tour? ›

Adventure travel tours can be as short as just one week or as long as six months to a year, depending on your preference. Many adventure travel tour companies will also offer trips of varying lengths to choose from, some with the opportunity to extend or shorten your stay from the same itinerary.

What does an adventure trip focus on? ›

Adventure travel is typically grouped into two categories -- "hard" and "soft" adventures. Hard adventures involve some kind of extreme and often dangerous sporting activity. Paragliding, rock climbing, surfing, spelunking and scuba diving in remote and exotic locations are some examples of a hard adventure.

What is Midcentrics tourist? ›

Midcentric. Midcentric tourists are not particularly adventurous and there will be no self effort to visit bizarre places. But at the same time these do not oppose to experiments regarding touring in terms of activities or strange places. Hence they are very receptive to new experiences.

How do you meet people to go to adventures? ›

Just use these 6 tips to find, connect with, and keep an adventure buddy.
  • Check out MeetUp.com for outdoor-based groups in your area. ...
  • If you join a MeetUp, don't be shy! ...
  • Chat up fellow adventurers on your solo excursions. ...
  • Get (or borrow) a dog. ...
  • Join a rock climbing gym. ...
  • Don't forget to keep in touch.
4 Feb 2019

How do I meet other adventurers? ›

6 Ways to Meet Fellow Adventurers
  1. Meet Up Groups. Online meet up groups exist for practically everything—including hiking, running, biking, and countless other outdoor activities. ...
  2. Clinics and Clubs. ...
  3. Friends of Friends. ...
  4. Facebook. ...
  5. Trail Maintenance. ...
  6. Back to School.

How do you have an adventure alone? ›

More Raising Rippers:
  1. Keep it simple. This doesn't have to be a major commitment. ...
  2. Camp in good company. Sleeping alone outside can be the biggest mental hurdle to going solo. ...
  3. Keep your options open. ...
  4. After the adventure, the R&R. ...
  5. Get an alpine start. ...
  6. Scout it out. ...
  7. Check in, but not too often. ...
  8. Know your gear.
9 Sept 2013

What happened to trek America? ›

We're incredibly sad to say that due to ongoing uncertainties from COVID, TrekAmerica won't be continuing to run trips. This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make. We're no longer taking bookings.

What happened to international expeditions? ›

International Expeditions (IE) was a travel company specializing in small-group adventure travel. The company was founded in 1980 and located in Helena, Alabama. In October 2021, it was rebranded as Exodus Travel, an existing brand owned by parent company Travelopia.

What is adventure tourism PDF? ›

Adventure tourism is defined as the movement of the people from one to another place outside their comfort zone for exploration or travel to remote areas, exotic and possibly hostile areas.

Who is the biggest tour operator? ›

Expedia Group

What makes a good tour company? ›

Professional tour guide skills

Every tour company will want that their tour guides leave a professional appearance. It instills trust and confidence in travelers. That way, it makes them feel safe and like they made a great tour company choice!

Is Trafalgar a good company? ›

Trafalgar tours is an excellent company. The tours and people are great and they handle everything. You can never see so much or learn so much on your own. This trip was phenomenal and I would definitely recommend it.

What is the average age on Collette Tours? ›

The average age of clients on the Explorations tours is about 45-65, with some older and younger, including families with children; the average age with the Classic product is 55-75.

Is Tauck Tours still in business? ›

All tours are operating.

Who are the 3 travel agents? ›

In this essay, we will outline three of the main 3 types of travelers who use travel agents: business travelers, leisure travelers, and special interest travelers.

What is Europe's largest travel company? ›

TUI Group owns five European airlines, inherited from TUI Travel, making it the largest tourism group in Europe.

What does a vacation package from a travel agent typically include? ›

Package, or vacation package, may include some or all of the following: flight, accommodation, rental car or transfer, day tours or activities, meals and travel insurance.

What's the average age on a Trafalgar tour? ›

Trafalgar tours are suitable for all ages. The average age is 40+. Insight tours cater for all ages.

What age group are Globus Tours? ›

Participation Eligibility & Reductions. The minimum age to participate in any Globus and Cosmos travel service is 5 years of age and the minimum age for Avalon Waterways is 8 years of age, unless otherwise specified in the information below.

Who owns Trafalgar Travel? ›

Having survived the '90s financial meltdown, Trafalgar Travel, under the leadership of Conrad Graham, Peter Monteith and Christopher Preston, has grown from its Garelli Avenue headquarters to branches in St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, Westmoreland, Portland and St James.

Where is Collette Tours located? ›

From those humble beginnings, Collette began running tours throughout New England and into Canada. Then, in 1927, the company transferred its base of operations to the New England Transportation Company Terminal in Providence, Rhode Island.

How many people are on Trafalgar Tours? ›

Do you have small-group tours? Yes, we certainly do. You can choose to travel on one of our small group departures with a maximum of 28 guests, or opt for one of our classic departures where you will travel with up to 50 guests from around the world.

What is Collette? ›

As the longest running tour operator in North America, Collette has been providing guided travel for over 100 years. We offer trips on all seven continents, allowing guests to fulfill their deepest travel aspirations.

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