Five Unique Holiday Experiences to Consider this Year

Early morning game drive in Ulusaba

Beach holidays offer a great opportunity for relaxing, recharging and taking some well-earned time out. But what if you’re seeking a more unique holiday experience that’s worlds apart from your usual getaway?

Here are some ideas that break the mould of a traditional sun-seeking break:

Take to the waters in India

Dakshineswar Kali Temple in India
Dakshineswar Kali Temple on the Hooghly River

Sail along the Ganges or discover the banks of the Hooghly on an unforgettable India river cruise. This is the perfect holiday to explore ancient temples and immerse yourself in the rich culture of the country.

Enjoy local cuisine on board and experience nature, wildlife and stunning architecture as you sail along. You’ll also get to see some rural Indian villages, providing a true off-the-beaten-track experience.

Safari in Tanzania

An African safari is a once in a lifetime trip and provides the opportunity to spot an array of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’. Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park offers some unique experiences including the chance to see the great migration, where huge numbers of wildebeest cross the vast plains. You can also discover more about the native culture and meet local people who relish the opportunity to speak about their traditions.

Meanwhile, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area features a unique landscape and is a fantastic location to spot some incredible animals in their natural habitat. You can stay on a lodge up on the crater rim for some of the country’s best views.

Greek island hopping

Acropolis in Rhodes
Acropolis in Rhodes

The Aegean Sea is home to some stunning scenery and Greek island hopping offers a wonderful way to see all that the area has to offer. From whitewashed buildings and historic ruins to turquoise waters and local delicacies, the Greek islands are ideal for a relaxing, yet cultural trip.

As well as the popular islands of Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and Mykonos, there are plenty of less touristy locations to visit if you want to escape the crowds. Donousa, Halki and Ios offer the same level of beauty as the other islands but provide a more tranquil experience.

Sail the Norwegian Fjords

Glaciers, cascading waterfalls and breathtaking mountain views are all in a days’ sail when you step on board a Norwegian Fjord cruise. See pretty villages and dramatic landscapes and take a hike to some of the regions most epic viewing points.

You might even get the chance to see the Northern Lights, depending on the time of year you visit, though remember that sightings are never guaranteed.

Hiking in Peru

The Inca site of Moray on a day trip from Cusco
Peru is the place to go for mountain treks

Explore the famous Andes region and become acquainted with the locals for an unrivalled insight into South American history and culture. If you’re a keen hiker, then trekking the Inca Trail is a must-do activity with the wonder of Machu Picchu a highlight of any trip to Peru.

There’s no doubt that there’s plenty to see and do in some unique and beautiful locations across the world and wherever you choose is sure to offer some immersive and unforgettable experiences.

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