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Ancient temples, grand public edifices and famous architectural curiosities make the world an exciting and varied place to travel. They reve   Find out more.

Ancient temples, grand public edifices and famous architectural curiosities make the world an exciting and varied place to travel. They reveal our past and inspire our future. Don't forget your camera!
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AT42 – Sparkling Santorini

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

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Elegant whitewashed buildings cling to the steep cliffs that surround Santorini’s famous volcanic caldera. The crater, filled with deep blue sea glinting in the bright sunshine, is said to hide the lost city of Atlantis. Its stunning natural beauty offers wonderful sailing and swimming opportunities, so get your bathers and deck shoes on. 

What to do there…

Santorini is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Sailing, Boat-trips, Wind-surfing, Sea-kayaking, Horse-riding, Volcano-treks, Nature-walks, Scenic-flights, Wine-tasting, Spa/Massage, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Library, Swimming, Jet-skis, Caldera-views, Motorcycling.

Where to stay…

5* Grace Santorini is the perfect place from which to explore this amazing island. Spectacular design, epic views and great service are a given. What is truly special is how they reveal the magic, myth and mystery that this island's name evokes, through a variety of inspired activities. The 5* Santorini Princess is a blissful alternative, with wonderful personal service.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Santorini is 1h flight or 6h ferry from Athens.
  • Weather: dry and sunny all year round, hot May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Santorini has traditionally been seen as a place with relaxing spas, great views and pretty churches, but it actually offers so much more. There are few better places to sail, starting in the sheltered caldera lagoon, then venturing out to nearby islands. Or jump on a horse and trek across the island, taking in the panoramic vistas of the Aegean, then finish the day tasting traditional sweet Vinsantos wine. 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: Sparkling Santorini

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AT43- Captivating Cappadocia

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

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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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AT47 – Black Ski

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

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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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AT39- Volcanology

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

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Sandwiched between imposing Mount Etna and the beautiful Ionian Sea, Taormina is a pretty Sicilian town in a treat of a location. There are so many great historical sites and exciting things to do it is a real struggle to work out what to leave out. Why not jump in a helicopter and pick your favourites from the air? 

What to do there…

Taormina is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Volcano-treks, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Sailing, Boat-trips, Fishing, Scuba-diving, Spa/Massage, Photography, Scenic-flights, Cooking-classes.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Library.

Where to stay…

The 5* Grand Hotel Timeo by Orient-Express is the perfect place from which to explore Sicily. Its pretty garden walkways and grand terraces have a real sense of occasion, and the cool opulence of the bedrooms puts you at ease. 4* Villa Carlotta is a stunning alternative, stylishly furnished, filled with artistic touches and blessed with panoramic viewpoints.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Taormina is 1h drive from Catania Airport, a 1.5h flight from Rome. Naples is 1h flight from both Catania and Rome and 1.5h from the Amalfi Coast.
  • Weather: warm all year round, hot Jun-Sep, wetter Oct-Feb.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

At over 3,300m, climbing Mount Etna is a challenge, but what makes it truly special is the scene that greets you at the top. A barren, black, lava-coated landscape, capped with ice and still fuming from some of its craters. At night you can often see the orange glow as molten rocks spurt out and run down the sides. Fortunately, it is so closely monitored there is little real danger! 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: Volcanology

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AT41 – Font of Knowledge

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

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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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AT38 – Dolo-mighty

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

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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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AT31 – Petra-fied

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

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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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AT28 – Incredible Inca

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

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Cuzco, high in the Andes, is the ancient seat of the mighty Inca empire. The dramatic ruins all around are fascinating, but none can compare with Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the ancient world. The mountains and valleys are bursting with exciting opportunities. Take a deep breath and prepare for an incredible adventure. 

What to do there…

Cuzco is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Mountain-treks, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Horse-riding, Rafting, Kayaking, Paragliding, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Spa/Massage, Art-classes.
  • Other: Fine-dining, Archaeology, Botany.

Where to stay…

5* Hotel Monasterio is a national monument. Built in 1592, it exudes the majesty and grandeur befitting its long history. Luxury adventure are ingrained in the stonework, and great service and fine dining are always on tap. For your trip to the famous ruins, 5* Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge lets you sleep in style right by the ancient stones.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Lima to Cuzco is 1-1.5h flight, then Machu Picchu is 3h by train. Puno is 6h drive or 1h flight to Juliaca and 1h drive.
  • Weather: cool all year, with rain or snow Jan-Mar.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Rafting steep-sided valleys, riding through ancient ruins, paragliding over high mountains – you could play in this area for a month. But the biggest draw is clear: mighty Machu Picchu is beyond belief. Delight in being first to enter from your hotel doorstep, then climb the famous dome-rock Huayna Picchu for a breathtaking panorama. 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: Incredible Inca  

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AT32 – Atlas Air

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

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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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AT24 – Mayan Blue

7:12 pm in Belize, Central America & Caribbean by Central-America-Caribbean

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Belize is an amazing adventure playground: turquoise oceans, white sand islands, vibrant reefs, startling caves, verdant jungle and ancient temples. It really is quite the most spectacular place – and not short of luxurious yet laidback lodges to pass the evenings in either. It is home to the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s premier dive sites. 

What to do there…

Placencia is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Scuba-diving, Sailing, Boat-trips, Fishing, Cycling, Caving, Nature-walks, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Kid-friendly, Waterfall-bathing, Spa/Massage.

Where to stay…

Staying in the stunning villas and cottages of 5* Turtle Inn is like being on your own tropical film set – as you might expect of a resort designed by a certain Mr and Mrs Coppola. The stylish cabanas are artistically furnished and the crew will direct you off on a fantastic range of adventures and experiences in the local area.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Placencia is 2.5-3h from both Belize City and San Ignacio by car. San Ignacio area is about 2h from Belize City.
  • Weather: hot all year round with a cooling breeze, Jun-Nov is wetter and has a higher risk of hurricanes.
 

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the second largest reef in the world and a great place to dive, whatever your level. The stunning caves you see on land are often replicated under the ocean, but colonised and capped by coral. Amazing! If you prefer your fun on land, check out the Mayan ruins scattered throughout the jungle. Less touristy than some Mexican sites, you can enjoy them in peace. 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: Mayan Blue  

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AT09 – Genghis Can

3:21 pm in Mongolia, North & Central Asia by North-Central-Asia

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Mongolia embodies adventure like no other country on earth, with genuine wilderness from the steppes to the Gobi desert. Stunning Gorkhi-Terelj National Park sits near the capital Ulaan Bataar like an ornate gateway to the harsher lands beyond. Trek in the footsteps of the young Genghis Khan at the nearby Burkhan Khaldun mountain. 

What to do there…

Gorkhi-Terelj is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Horse-riding, Camel-riding, Bird-watching, Cycling, Nature-walks, Fishing, Boat-trips, Kayaking, Ice-skating, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Photography, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The 5* Terelj Hotel has brought unbridled opulence to Mongolia, finally making it accessible to luxury adventurers. Its palatial style makes you feel like the guest of royalty, and the concierge staff treat you with helpful deference. Its location and the activities on offer make it easy to live out some great wilderness-conquering fantasies.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Ulaan Bataar airport is just over 1h away by car. Eznis Airways flights to Dalanzadgad take 1.5h, running 4 times per week. A 4x4 journey into the Gobi takes 1.5h from there.
  • Weather: this is a land of extremes, from below freezing Nov-Mar to pleasantly warm in Jun-Aug. Very little rain all year.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

It is an amazing experience being this far off the tourist trail. With so much wild space to explore in every direction, adventures seem to seek you out. To get the real Genghis Khan feel, don’t miss the chance to ride horses through the beautiful meadows, the wind in your hair and high mountains on the distant horizon. The friendly guides will proudly 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: Genghis Can

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AT10 – Himalayan Nirvana

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

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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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AT11 – Ocean Lion

3:21 pm in Sri Lanka, Western Asia by Western-Asia

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Sri Lanka’s Sigiriya rock is a gigantic natural wonder made even greater by human endeavour. Steps carved into its steep sides and precarious rope walkways take you up, past exquisite erotic art, to the fortress at the summit. Along the way you pass through the huge rock-hewn Lion gate, to the baths, palaces and temples beyond. 

What to do there…

Sigiriya is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Elephant-riding, Horse-riding, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Nature-walks, Boat-trips, Spa/Massage, Jungle-treks, Community-projects, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Safari, Cave-treks, Music, Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Ecology, Hot-air-ballooning Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Heritance Kandalama is an eco-design masterpiece from renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, who cleverly blended the 160-room hotel into the rock faces and surrounding jungle, using stilts so animals can pass underneath on their way to the lake. The stylish rooms and activities concierge make the hotel a great luxury adventure base.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Sigiriya to Colombo airport by car takes 2-3h and it is a further 3-4h on to Godellawela on the southern coast, or a short sea-plane transfer.
  • Weather: except the cooler mountain areas, Sri Lanka is hot all year. Tropical showers are frequent (less in Dec-Mar).

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

With dense, warm jungle all around, ancient temple complexes to the north and east, cool tea plantations in the mountains to the south and beautiful beaches just a day’s drive away, this area is packed with activities to excite your body, mind and spirit. Take time to enjoy the small things, such as a simple but refreshing jungle shower viewed from the comfort of your hotel. 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: Ocean Lion

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AT02 – Hill-tribe Haven

3:21 pm in South-East Asia, Thailand by South-East-Asia

One week from £1695pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

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What it feels like to be there...

The morning mist rolls through the hill tops, caressing the rice paddies and swirling around ornate temple spires. Art and cookery classes are available to intrigue the mind; jungle walks, elephant treks and climbing to energise the body; and meditation or yoga to enrich the soul. Let the ways of the hill-tribes refresh and enchant you in this luxurious haven. 

What to do there…

Chiang Mai is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Elephant-riding, Nature-walks, Bird-watching, Yoga, Meditation, Spa/Massage
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Boat-trips, Rafting, Rock-climbing, Golf, Tennis, Cycling, Music, Swimming, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

Set in its own idyllic 60-acre nature park, surrounded by rolling hills and paddy fields, the 5* Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi is every bit as beautiful as any of the famous 300 temples of Chiang Mai. Its staff are experts at tailoring and arranging activities for every mood. Our other favourite is the elegantly modern designer 5* The Chedi Chiang Mai.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Chiang Mai airport is 15 min away. Bangkok flights take 1h, with connections to most Asian capitals.
  • Weather: Nov to Mar has cool nights, but days are hot year-round. May to Oct the rains come in bursts from 2.30-4pm.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Get a local guide to take you into the mountains to spend time with the hill tribes. They are amazing and friendly people who live a fascinating lifestyle, which they will share with you in a very engaging way. Chiang Mai is famous in Thailand as the place to learn to cook, so taking a class will reward you time and again back home. 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: Hill-Tribe Haven

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AT06 – Amazing Angkor

3:21 pm in Cambodia, South-East Asia by South-East-Asia

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...

Angkor is everything an ancient temple should be – and more. The sheer scale is incredible, with mile after mile of stunning structures to explore, some covered in ornate carvings and others overgrown by giant trees and twisting vines. Culture, history and art are the highlights, but there are great opportunities for physical activity too. 

What to do there…

Siem Reap is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Art-classes, Spa/Massage, Bird-watching, Elephant-riding, Cycling, Hot-air-ballooning, Micro-lights, Scenic-flights.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Quad-bikes, Golf, Cooking-classes, Ecology, Horse-riding, Boat-trips, Swimming.

Where to stay…

The 5* Hotel de la Paix is a work of art in itself, offering stunning experience packages, especially in the areas of community, spa and culture. The 4* Heritage Suites is an exquisite alternative, providing an impressive range of activities through its in-house adventures company. Either would be a perfect base for experiencing Angkor.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (4h apart over land) both have international airports with connections across Asia.
  • Weather: hot and humid all year round, with short, sharp monsoon showers common from May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Walking through the Angkor temples is an exciting and intimate experience. Almost no other site in the world offers such unrestricted access to its ruins, yet the intense beauty makes it feel private despite the many other visitors. Stare in awe at sprawling temple-scapes, intricate carvings and the ravages of nature on stone. This is truly a wonder of the world and a great adventure. 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: Amazing Angkor

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