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10:44 am in Activities G, H, I, Body by Activity

Day-hiking requires no specialist trekking equipment, just walking boots and a map. Head out into the countryside to lap up the sun, sights   Find out more.

Day-hiking requires no specialist trekking equipment, just walking boots and a map. Head out into the countryside to lap up the sun, sights and sounds, of some simply stunning scenery.
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AT48 – Fire & Ice

7:12 pm in Iceland, Northern Europe by Northern-Europe

One week from £795pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £795pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

In a land of extremes, Southern Iceland is famous for its volcanoes, geysers and glaciers, as well as its hot tubs in the snow and icy vodka by warm fires. It is a place of often surprising natural beauty and contrasts, where flowers bloom in snowy meadows, the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the night sky and whales splash amid icebergs. 

What to do there…

Southern Iceland is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Northern-lights, Glacier-treks, Volcano-treks, Hiking, Snow-mobiles, Scenic-flights, Bird-watching, Whale-watching, Fishing, Rafting, Horse-riding.
  • Other: Golf, Jacuzzi, Spa/Massage, Quad-bikes, 4x4-tours.

Where to stay…

4* Hotel Ranga is a cosy, eccentric lodge on the banks of a salmon river near the famous Mt Hekla volcano. From Sep-Apr there is a high chance of viewing the Aurora from one of the outdoor geothermal hot-tubs. The proprietors’ passion for their country is infectious and they know all the secrets of a great adventure here.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Keflavik airport is 2h by car; Reykjavik city about 1h.
  • Weather: cool/cold all year round, freezing Dec-Mar.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Iceland is a magical, elemental place that charms your socks off. The hotels might not have hand-carved Italian marble sinks, but luxury isn’t about that here. It is more essential, to be found in experiences such as bathing in a volcano-heated lagoon, or eating fish caught fresh that day. Iceland is just full to the brim with exciting things to do and friendly, engaging people ready to share it all with you. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Fire and Ice

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AT49 – Svalbard Skies

7:12 pm in Northern Europe, Norway by Northern-Europe

One week from £1095pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1095pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

High in the Arctic Circle, Svalbard is a land of glaciers, tundra, polar bears and reindeer. Perpetual night descends Nov-Jan and the Aurora Borealis heralds in the spring. From Apr-Aug it becomes a land of midnight sun, with a brilliant red-dawn sky and warm bright nights. 

What to do there…

Svalbard is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Northern-lights, Dog-sledding, Bear-tracking, Glacier-treks, Hiking, Kayaking, Boat-trips, Horse-riding, Snow-mobiles.
  • Other: Sauna, Fishing, Polar-safari, Arctic-dining.

Where to stay…

4* Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen is the northernmost full-service hotel in the world. It is situated in Longyearbyen and is the best on the island.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Svalbard is about 1.5h flight from Tromso and 3h from Oslo.
Weather: cold all year round, freezing Nov-May.  

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There is nothing quite like the warmth you feel wrapped up in fleeces and a windproof, staring out from your Husky-sled at a polar bear, or touring an ice grotto inside a glacier. Svalbard is truly exceptional. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Svalbard Skies

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AT50 – Lapland Cabins

7:12 pm in Northern Europe, Norway by Northern-Europe

One week from £1295pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £1295pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Lapland Alps rise out of Arctic fjords like enormous cliff walls straining to hold back giant snowdrifts. Speedboat along the water, picking out the lines you plan to carve down the mountainside. Then, with oxygen-rich air surging into your lungs, trek up 1,000m+ peaks, finishing the day with the off-piste ride of your life. 

What to do there…

Lapland is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Cross-country-ski, Northern-lights, Scenic-flights, Dog-sledding, Glacier-treks, Boat-trips, Fishing, Hiking, Nature-walks, Sailing, Kayaking, Horse-riding, Sleigh-riding, Photography.
  • Other: Sauna, Jacuzzi, Library, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

4.5* Lyngen Lodge is the perfect place to experience the magic of Arctic Norway. Beautiful, comfortable and homely, this fjord-side luxury cabin has startling mountain views from its decadent outdoor hot-tub. For pure dog-sledding magic, try 3* Engholm Husky Lodge – a series of delightful wilderness cabins, offering a multi-day tour.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Tromso is about 2h from Lyngen by car + ferry or the same from Karasjok via Lakselv (<1h flight + 1h car). Storfjord is about 2h from Oslo via Aalesund (<1h flight + <1h car).
  • Weather: freezing Nov-Mar, cool Apr-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The winter wonder of the Northern Lights is best seen from January to early March, while the ski season continues until May. If you go for the beautiful Karasjok dog-sled lodges, you forgo a little luxury but gain so much in charming remote exclusivity that you won’t notice. Laplanders go above and beyond to make sure you have an amazing time, whatever you choose to do – so just go for it! We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Lapland Cabins

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AT43- Captivating Cappadocia

7:12 pm in Southern Europe, Turkey by Southern-Europe

One week from £1095pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1095pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The rock fairy chimneys and carved-out temples of Cappadocia are simply incredible. Its weather-worn landscape, so unlike anywhere else on Earth, must be seen to be believed. Add to that the enormous hewn tunnels and sculpted mansion houses and it’s as if man and nature have worked together to create an adventure wonderland. 

What to do there…

Cappadocia is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Rafting, Skiing/Snowboarding, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Turkish-bath, Wine-tasting, Swimming, Sauna.

Where to stay…

5* Anatolian Houses marries luxury service with real character. Built in the traditional style with carved stones, its bedroom suites are set into caves. The hotel is filled with local art and oozes charm. A great alternative is 5* Argos in Cappadocia, with grand mansion house rooms and underground suites with private cave pools.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Istanbul to Nevsehir is 1-1.5h flight, then <1h drive; alternatively Kayseri 1.5h flight, 1.5h drive.
  • Weather: mostly dry all year, hot Jun-Sep, cool Dec-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

As much as we love adventure, we also appreciate coming home to a luxury retreat. After a day out horse-riding or trekking through the fairy chimneys, you are in for a simple yet wonderful surprise. Never have you been in a room more peaceful, dark and pleasantly cool, until you have slept in a Cappadocian cave. Close your door, turn out the lights and let the world melt away. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Captivating Cappadocia

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AT44 – Languorous Lakes

7:12 pm in Central & Eastern Europe, Slovenia by Central-Eastern-Europe

One week from £695pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £695pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Bled is a fascinating mix of West and East, old and new, active and laid back, yet somehow it succeeds in being all things to all people. Whether you gallop through the verdant Alpine hills, sip sparkling wine from your hot air balloon, descend a steep mountain on your bike or row across the still surface of the lake, a fun time is assured. 

What to do there…

Lake Bled is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Lake-swimming, Boat-trips, Hiking, Cycling, Mountain-biking, Rock-climbing, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Rafting, Kayaking, Hydro-speeding, Skiing/Snowboarding, Cultural-visits, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Swimming, Lake-side-lido, Golf.

Where to stay…

The 5* Grand Hotel Toplice is a 1930s icon set right on the lake and oozing authentic style and splendour. Take one of their rowing boats for a fabulous tour of the lake. 4* Vila Bled is a presidential manor house by the water, packed with old-fashioned Eastern European charm, warm hospitality and exciting activities.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: By car, Bled and Idrija are both about 1h from Ljubljana and <1.5h apart. Predjama is 1h from Ljubljana.
  • Weather: warm Apr-Oct, wet Oct-Nov, cold/snowy Nov-Mar.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

For a place with so many exciting, rejuvenating adventures on tap, the hotels and restaurants of Lake Bled have a charming, old-world quality. But loosen the collars of the well-to-do and you will find it is the same crowd jumping down a gorge with a hydro-speed float and distance swimming the refreshing lakes. Enjoy the rituals of dressing for dinner and acknowledging fellow guests. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Languorous Lakes

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AT45 – Uphill, Downhill

7:12 pm in Central & Eastern Europe, Switzerland by Central-Eastern-Europe

One week from £895pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Adelboden is nestled on a tranquil hillside under the grand peaks of the Swiss Alps. With pristine scenery and stunning views in every direction, you could enjoy just standing around and staring – but you’d miss out on lots of fun! Summer or winter, you could stay a whole month and only scratch the surface of the activities on offer. 

What to do there…

Adelboden is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Tobogganing, Snow-shoeing, Spa/Massage, Hiking, Nature-walks, Cultural-visits, Mountain-biking, Downhill-scooters, Paragliding, Boat-trips.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Bungee, Llama-treks, Games, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* The Cambrian is a luxury mountain lodge perched high on the hillside and ideally situated for both great views and epic adventures. Sophisticated, stylish and dedicated to great service, you will be excited, challenged, engaged and relaxed every day of your stay. The valley vista from the outdoor pool is simply heaven.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Adelboden and Interlaken are about 2-2.5h drive from Geneva, Zurich and Basel, 1h from Bern (train adds 1h or so).
  • Weather: warm/showery May-Oct, cool/snowy Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The slopes in these valleys have made the area famous for skiing, but don’t for a minute believe they go unused in summer. Downhill scooting is the new and accessible adventure activity that’s taking the area by storm. You leap on an elongated scooter with big fat tyres and plot your course down the mountains back to the gondola ski lifts. Lots of exhilaration and little effort, what more could you need? We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Uphill, Downhill

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AT46 – What’s the Matter

7:12 pm in Central & Eastern Europe, Switzerland by Central-Eastern-Europe

One week from £1895pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Beneath the mighty peak of the Matterhorn is the pretty, bustling town of Zermatt. The quiet buzz of electric cars is the only traffic noise, but the strains of jolly Alpine bands spill out from the shops on to the streets. Chocolate-brown houses, laden with flower boxes, contrast with the jagged, icy mountains on the close horizon. 

What to do there…

Zermatt is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Sledging, Snow-shoeing, Ice-climbing, Ice-skating, Paragliding, Spa/Massage, Cultural-visits, Hiking, Mountain-biking, Fishing, Rock-climbing, Downhill-scooters.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Yoga, Pilates, Cinema.

Where to stay…

High on a cliff-face above the centre of town sits gorgeous 5* The Omnia. Accessed through a tunnel and 45m lift through the rock, the drama of your entry is surpassed only by the amazing views from within. The epitome of designer chic, this hotel aims to magnify the splendour of nature and the elements, ensuring you an exciting stay.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Zermatt and Montana are about 3-3.5h drive from Geneva, Zurich and Basel or 2.5h from Bern (similar by train).
  • Weather: warm/showery May-Oct, cool/snowy Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The peaks around Zermatt have the altitude for year-round skiing, but in summer this area is a mountaineer’s paradise. Scaling the summit of the Matterhorn has been every climber’s dream since Edward Whymper first conquered it in 1865. Sadly, four of his party fell to their deaths on the descent, but the route is now established and readily achievable with the right guide, equipment and coaching. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: What's the Matter?

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AT47 – Black Ski

7:12 pm in Central & Eastern Europe, Russia by Central-Eastern-Europe

One week from £1295pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1295pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Every so often geography and geology throw us a nice surprise. Sochi is a warm spa town on the Black Sea coast and its neighbour Polyana is a great ski resort in the Western Caucasus. Together they create a fabulous adventure double act, allowing you to ski down a pristine piste then hit the beach for a scuba dive an hour or so later. 

What to do there…

Sochi/Polyana are packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Spa/Massage, Lake-swimming, Scuba-diving, Hot-air-ballooning, Sky-diving, Horse-riding, Skiing/Snowboarding, Heli-skiing, Cross-country-ski, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites Hiking.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Cycling, Tennis, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

Choose a seaside or mountain base, safe in the knowledge you can do all the available activities from either. 5* Rodina Grand Hotel & Spa is an imperious naval palace with opulent décor and world-class wellness centre. 5* Grand Hotel Polyana is a new luxury ski and spa resort, with amenity-rich rooms, stylish wooden villas and a private cable car station.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Adler/Sochi Airport is 2.5h from Moscow, 3.5h from St Petersburg. Sochi to Krasnaya Polyana is about 1h by car.
  • Weather: mild to warm and humid all year round in Sochi; mild May-Oct and cold and snowy Nov-Apr in Polyana.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

It is fabulous to find a hidden gem and right now Sochi is just that: a little wonderland where few from outside Eastern Europe have ever been. With the 2014 Winter Olympics looming, this place is only going to get bigger. Fortunately with so much attention on its way, Russia wants it done right, so bigger should mean better. We say go now for that ‘I was there’ feeling when the Games hit your TV screen. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Black Ski

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AT38 – Dolo-mighty

7:12 pm in Italy, Southern Europe by Southern-Europe

One week from £1195pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1195pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Jagged pale-hued mountains, stunning evergreen valleys, placid lakes and grand Alpine lodges – the Dolomites force you to stop and stare. But not for long! The clear air refreshes your senses and inspires you to get out there. Ski, cycle, hike and climb before retreating to a steamy hot tub or a steaming fondue. 

What to do there…

Trentino Dolomites are packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross-country-ski, Heli-skiing, Ice-climbing, Snow-shoeing, Spa/Massage, Hiking, Mountain-biking, Cycling, Rock-climbing, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Swimming, Wine-tasting, Golf, Fondue, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

5* Rosa Alpina blends gracious style and glamour with the inspiration to get active. This beautiful Alpine hotel offers Michelin-star cuisine, an exceptional outdoor activity centre and an innovative spa. 5* Vigilius Mountain Resort is an unbelievably stylish and exclusive designer retreat, accessible only by cable car and offering epic views.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Bolzano is 1-2h from Verona, Innsbruck, Bergamo and Venice by car and 1.5h from Rome by air. Ortisei, Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo are all 1-2.5h from Bolzano by car.
  • Weather: generally mild Apr-Oct, with occasional rain; cool to cold Nov-Mar, with regular snow.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Fine living and mutual respect is the Italian way, and just a few friendly words in the local language can open doors: a fabulous trattoria, a special wine recommendation, a stunning vantage point off the tourist trail, or a magically ornate church fresco. Make friends with your guides and bartenders and enjoy where they lead you. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Dolo-mighty  

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AT41 – Font of Knowledge

7:12 pm in France, Southern Europe by Southern-Europe

One week from £1495pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1495pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Near the delightful village of Barbizon (famous for its art school) sits the Chateau de Fontainebleau, surrounded by ancient forests. Today, its rocky grounds have achieved international acclaim as the world’s best bouldering location. Climbers now join the horse-riders, cyclists and woodsmen, sharing the amazing views and clean forest air. 

What to do there…

Fontainebleau is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Mountain-biking, Rock-climbing, Horse-riding, Fine-arts, Art-classes, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Swimming, Gardens, Tennis.

Where to stay…

4* Hotellerie du Bas Bréau is a charming huntsman’s lodge that has built its great reputation with a blend of exceptional service, fabulous cuisine and warm country style. Its passion for the area, and desire to show it off to the full, has led it to develop a truly great programme of adventure activities and relaxing excursions.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Fontainebleau is 1h from Paris.
  • Weather: warm May-Sep, cold Dec-Feb, occasional showers.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Fontainebleau, and the rest of the area south of Paris, offers a magnificent range and depth of experiences. There are wonderful cultural sites, adventurous and exciting activities, artistic and culinary delights – and not just a few of each, but loads!  You could try something new every day or focus on mastering your greatest passion for the whole holiday. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Font of Knowledge

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AT32 – Atlas Air

7:12 pm in Middle East & North Africa, Morocco by Middle-East-Northern-Africa

One week from £1595pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1595pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

With the heady sights, sounds and scents of the souks still intoxicating your senses, you escape to the clear air of the Moroccan countryside. There, beneath mighty Mount Toubkal, you find a luxurious Kasbah hill fort. You are welcomed warmly to your room, which is full of gold lacquer, bright woven fabrics and grand antiques. 

What to do there…

Toubkal is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Horse-riding, Mountain-biking, Hiking, Nature-walks, Mountain-treks, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Quad-bikes, Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Berber-tents, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Kasbah Tamadot is the epitome of style and charm. Every inch has been designed with you in mind. Many of the well-trained and caring staff come from the local villages and use their life-long experience of the area to enhance yours. With so much to do and nowhere you’d rather come back to, this is a stunning and special retreat.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Toubkal is 1h drive south of Marrakesh. Essaouira is about a 3h drive west of both Toubkal and Marrakesh.
  • Weather: warm and dry all year round, hottest Jun-Sep.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

When you find a perfect blend of exotic, accessible culture, intense sensory relaxation and challenging, exciting activities, you know it’s going to be a great holiday. The friendly Moroccan people welcome you warmly and are delighted to share the best their country has to offer. Whether you come to climb Toubkal or enjoy the verdant valleys below, you are near the peak of boutique travel experiences. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Atlas Air

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AT27 – Far & Away

7:12 pm in Chile, South America by South-America

One week from £2750pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £2750pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Atacama Desert plays host to the most incredible sunsets, shining over high volcanoes, twisted red rock and pink sand dunes. Wonder at how life survives in the driest place on earth, congregating around stunning oases and even on the caustic salt flats. Then return to a luxurious hotel – monument to another ingenious survivor, man. 

What to do there…

The Atacama is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Volcano-treks, Desert-treks, Bird-watching, Horse-riding, Cycling, Hot-springs, Star-gazing, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Cultural-visits, Wine-tasting, Historical-sites, 4x4-tours, Geyser-treks, Salt-pan-treks.

Where to stay…

5* Hotel De Larache in San Pedro is stunning and simple. Every corner oozes designer style and the service is world class. The clear air and on-site observatory offer magnificent views of distant stars. 5* Tierra Atacama is a beautiful artistic alternative, with romantic volcano-view rooms and wonderful split-level family suites.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Santiago to Calama (Atacama) takes 2h; San Pedro is then 1h by car. Easter Island is 5.5h flight from Santiago.
  • Weather: Atacama is dry; hot in the day and cold at night. Easter Island is tropical, warm and wet all year round.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The light seems brighter and air cleaner than anywhere you have ever been before. Pastel shades of pink, orange, green and blue dance through each new and magnificent vista. As the day draws to a close, a billion stars light up the sky while you settle in to your luxurious designer-chic bedroom for a cosy, silent night’s sleep. Chile is a great place to escape from it all, ‘far and away’. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Far and Away

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AT29 – Gaucho Falls

7:12 pm in Argentina, South America by South-America

One week from £2950pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £2950pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Argentine Pampas is Gaucho territory. Famed for their rugged toughness and epic horsemanship, these cowboys have long roamed the plains, protecting the best walking steaks in the world. Refined estancias offer warmth, luxury and polo culture, to complete the dream ranch holiday experience. 

What to do there…

Cordoba is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Horse-riding, Polo, Hiking, Nature-walks, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Cooking-classes, Star-gazing, Cave-treks, Cultural-visits.
  • Other: Swimming, Spa/Massage, Gym/Fitness, Shooting, Golf, Working-farm, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Estancia El Colibri is an opulent manor house, filled with art and chandeliers. Its elegant suites brim with style, and its balconies and verandas look out over stunning farmland. The stables are filled with elite horses, and expert tutors can coach beginners and experienced riders of all ages in the fine arts of equestrianism and polo.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Buenos Aires is 1-1.5h flight from Cordoba, <1h from the hotel. Iguazu is 2h flight from Cordoba and Buenos Aires.
  • Weather: generally warm Nov-Feb and cold Jun-Aug with wet periods in Mar-Apr and Sep-Oct. Can vary wildly day-to-day.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Simply the perfect ranch and riding holiday; there is no place on earth offering more to the experienced rider or absolute beginner. Fine, strong but gentle horses, a working farm to help out on, exciting excursions to head off and do, beautiful lodgings and simply wonderful food – what more could you ask for? We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Gaucho Falls  

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AT30 – Galapa-gosh

7:12 pm in Ecuador, South America by South-America

One week from £4750pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation on a featured vessel What it feels like to be ther   Find out more.

One week from £4750pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation on a featured vessel

What it feels like to be there...

Floating through the mild Pacific waters around the Galapagos, it feels like you are filming a wildlife documentary. Fantastic, unusual creatures with no fear of man allow you to get up close and personal. The underwater wonders are just as fabulous: seals, sea lions, manta rays and hammerheads make this a world-class dive site. 

What to do there…

The Galapagos is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Boat-trips, Sailing, Scuba-diving, Sea-kayaking, Hiking, Nature-walks, Photography, Bird-watching, Ecology.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Sun-bathing, Swimming, Jacuzzi, Library.

Where to stay…

The best way to see these amazing islands is from a boat. The key decision is whether you want an expedition vessel or a scuba diving live-aboard. We recommend 'Eclipse' as the best of the former and the ‘Galapagos Aggressors (I & II)’ for the latter.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Galapagos are a 2.5-4h flight from Quito via Guayaquil (connections vary). Cotacachi is 1.5h drive from Quito.
  • Weather: the mainland is warm and humid all year round, wetter Dec-May. Galapagos are dry and warm all year.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The Galapagos is about life; evolution playing out before your eyes. The diving is truly magnificent, so if you have any Cousteau fantasies, qualify before you come and log some warm-up dives. There is so much going on above the water and near the surface that you won’t miss out if you aren’t ready to take the plunge. Day after day of close encounters and perfect photo-opps will keep you fully entertained. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Galapa-gosh

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AT31 – Petra-fied

7:12 pm in Jordan, Middle East & North Africa by Middle-East-Northern-Africa

One week from £1035pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1035pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Jordan is truly blessed with an exciting history, culture, environment and geography. Bathe in the Dead Sea, visit grand ancient temples, hike in beautiful canyons, visit historic religious sites and learn to cook spectacular Arabic stews – all within just a few hours’ drive. And do it from luxury hotels at the very birthplace of Spa culture. 

What to do there…

The Dead Sea is a great location and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Canyon-treks, Spa/Massage, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Cycling, Camel-riding, Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Hot-springs.
  • Other: Dead-Sea-bathing, Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Library, Cinema.

Where to stay…

5* Evason Ma'In is situated in a quiet canyon with hot spring waterfalls gently splashing around you. Staff emphasise health, adventure and rejuvenation and really know how to pamper you. Alternatively, the 5* Kempinski Ishtar is right on the Dead Sea shore, packed with great activities and very family friendly.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Amman Airport is 1h from Ma’In and Ishtar, Dead Sea.  From there, Petra is 3h and Wadi Rum or Aqaba 2h more.
  • Weather: dry all year, cool Nov-Mar and warm Apr-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Petra is the most spectacular site in a country full of wonders. Give yourself 4-5h to explore it fully, especially if you make the fabulous trek up to the monastery and panoramic viewpoints. The moment you catch your first glimpse of the majestic library as you emerge from the winding canyons will stay with you forever. Breathtaking! We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Petra-fied

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AT26 – Pleasure & Paine

7:12 pm in Chile, South America by South-America

One week from £3395pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £3395pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The giant twisting rock towers of Torres del Paine, deep in Southern Patagonia, climb majestically out of a fairytale landscape where tiny snowflakes sparkle like falling crystals in the sunshine, flowers pop out through frozen meadows and out-of-place pink flamingos stand in an iceberg filled lake. 

What to do there…

Torres del Paine is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Boat-trips, Glacier-treks, Photography, Ecology, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Wine-tasting, Ranch-visits, Swimming, Jacuzzi, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

5* Hotel Salto Chico is the perfect place to experience the wonder of Torres del Paine, with the best views, facilities and their own stables. Adventure guides flock from all over the world to study here, such is their dedication to service. 5* Patagonia Camp is an exciting, eco-alternative, with luxury yurts around a stylish central lodge.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Santiago to Torres del Paine is 3.5-4h flight (to Punta Arenas) and 5-5.5h drive. Santiago to Portillo is 1.5-2h drive.
  • Weather: Santiago is warm and dry year round, Torres del Paine is cold and dry, with snow Jun-Sep.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There is something truly special about returning from an exciting day’s hike, lying back in a hot tub in a frozen wilderness and sipping champagne while your damp hair freezes and turns crunchy. Or taking a horse-ride through the snow to a lake where a great glacier ‘seeds’ sky-blue icebergs that float gently towards you. These are the moments that make Torres del Paine fantastical. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Pleasure and Paine

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AT22 – El Capitan’s Canyons

7:12 pm in North America, USA by North-America

One week from £1675pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1675pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Zion… this area has more stunning National Parks within a day’s travel than anywhere else on Earth. All around is unimaginable beauty that rejuvenates your spirit and inspires you to action. Climb over it, swim through it, squeeze under it, but above all enjoy it – this nature’s playground is open for all. 

What to do there…

Yosemite is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Rock-climbing, Rafting, Kayaking, Nature-walks, Hiking, Mountain-biking, Fishing, Horse-riding, Yoga, Spa/Massage, Photography, Cooking-classes, Wine-tasting.
  • Other: Gold-panning, Logger-railroad, Jet-skis, Golf.

Where to stay…

5* Chateau du Sureau is a luxurious fairytale lodge on the edge of Yosemite, surrounded by tall forests and elderberry bushes. The service is simply outstanding and the staff focus on providing amazing adventures, with a relaxing feel of old-world charm. Fine dining is a specialty here and the chef will happily share his secrets.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Yosemite is 4-5h by road from San Francisco and LAX, or drive 1h to Fresno for regional flights. The Canyonlands are served by Page and Moab Airports (allow 0.5-1d travel).
  • Weather: warmer Apr-Oct, cooler Nov-Mar with limited rain..

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Yosemite has so much to see and do you could spend a month here and not get bored. Nor will you find yourself tired out because the hotel is charming, comfortable and dedicated to refined relaxation. Challenge yourself to try something scary, something improving and something decadent for a complete body, mind and spirit workout. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: El Capitan's Canyons

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AT25 – Virgin Breeze

7:12 pm in British Virgin Islands, Central America & Caribbean by Central-America-Caribbean

One week from £1950pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1950pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Even the lure of fresh fruit cocktails beneath tropical palm trees on soft white sand won’t keep you off the water long. The inviting cool breeze that kisses the Virgin Islands makes this a sailing paradise. 

What to do there…

Virgin Gorda is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Sailing, Kite-boarding, Scuba-diving, Kayaking, Wind-surfing, Hiking, Cycling, Fishing, Horse-riding, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Tennis, Cultural-visits, Gym.

Where to stay…

The bright elegant suites of 5* Biras Creek Resort are a great place to enjoy an active Caribbean break in the lap of luxury. 5* Rosewood Little Dix Bay is an equally beautiful and family-friendly alternative.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: airports at Beef Island/St Thomas are <1h by boat.
Weather: hot with a cooling breeze; hurricane risk Jun-Nov.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Harness the wind by sail or kite and fly across the water or over it. BVI is an amazing country with a landscape you can hardly believe. Soak up the sunshine, devour the freshest seafood and relax with a refreshing drink before the call of the waves grows too strong again. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Virgin Breeze

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AT14 – South Island Spectacle

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £3995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £3995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Queenstown is the heart of South Island’s action zone. Elegant snow-capped mountains, giant creaking glaciers, fresh clear lakes, roaring waterfalls and towering fjords surround you. The people of this beautiful region practically invented adventure sports, such is their dedication to fun in the great outdoors. Join in, you will be amazed! 

What to do there…

Queenstown is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Heli-skiing, Glacier-treks, Jet-boating, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Wine-tasting, Fishing, Rock-climbing, Mountain-biking, Cycling, Bungee, Rafting, Kayaking, Scuba-diving, Golf, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Jacuzzi, Games, Library, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

The 5* Blanket Bay, Glenorchy, is one of the world’s very best super-luxury activity hotels. A stylish lakeside lodge nestled beneath beautiful mountains, this place offers something of everything adventurous. Add fine dining, great wine and Jacuzzis, and the full package will keep even the most demanding guests satisfied.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Queenstown (<1h from Glenorchy) is a 1h flight or 6h scenic drive from Christchurch, or a 2h flight from Auckland.
  • Weather: South Island is mild with relatively few rainy days per month year-round. Jun-Aug is coolest, Dec-Feb warmest.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

New Zealand’s amazing environment has long made it an adventure traveller’s destination of choice. Now it has found a whole new gear: luxury overdrive! To differentiate from the many good basic hotels, the very best lodges use helicopters to whisk you around, getting you off the beaten track and giving you a month’s worth of experiences in a week. If you have the means, this is truly the ultimate package. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: South Island Spectacle

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AT10 – Himalayan Nirvana

3:21 pm in Bhutan, Western Asia by Western-Asia

One week from £1995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

High in the majestic Himalayas, the amazing warmth of the Bhutanese people offsets the cool mountain climate. Colourful prayer flags flicker on bridges and peak markers, and the amazing Taktsang monastery clings to a near-vertical rock face. Become one of the few foreigners ever to have marvelled at this ancient land. 

What to do there…

Paro is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Fishing, Rafting, Nature-walks, Spa/Massage, Yoga.
  • Other: Archery, Mountain-biking, Golf, Swimming.

Where to stay…

5* Amankora is the perfect way to experience a Himalayan nirvana. Its 5 ultra-luxury lodges are positioned across the country, near all the top sights, to show off the very best of Bhutan. The 5* Uma Paro, located in Bhutan’s most accessible and adventure-packed region, is an epic alternative, offering great tailored experience packages.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: the airport is just a few minutes away from Paro’s hotels and around 1h from Thimphu by 4x4.
  • Weather: cool and mild all year round, getting colder with altitude and in winter months, Nov-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

As you walk across a windswept bridge, dodging the threads of the prayer flags whipping in the breeze, Bhutanese kids will run excitedly to welcome you. They will take you to watch their fathers competing in archery tournaments and point out the most beautiful temples and painted houses. Then, with a friendly smile, they will wave you on your way. Travel as it should be. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Himalayan Nirvana

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