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Hot-air-ballooning Archives - AdventureTemples

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Hot-air-ballooning

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

Floating silently above the earth, the peaceful excitement you get from a balloon ride is a pure pleasure. Observe the world below, as it co   Find out more.

Floating silently above the earth, the peaceful excitement you get from a balloon ride is a pure pleasure. Observe the world below, as it continues its daily life, undisturbed by your aerial invasion.
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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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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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AT40 – Alpine Descent

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

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

What it feels like to be there...

The soaring mountains and tranquil valleys of the French Alps are a serene and beautiful place, where the locals relax in warm chalet-taverns dreaming up exciting new adventure activities. Find a cosy Alpine lodge of your own to unwind in, then hit the town and let the townsfolk persuade you to try something crazy too. 

What to do there…

Megève is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Dog-sledding, Snow-shoeing, Ice-skating, Tobogganing, Paragliding, Mountain-biking, Rock-climbing, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Rafting, Hydro-speeding, Kayaking, Zip-lining, Cooking-classes, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Gym, Curling, Fishing, Golf, Scenic-flights, Tennis.

Where to stay…

Just outside Megève you can find 5* Les Fermes de Marie: nine stunning and homely farm-chalets in their own mini-hamlet. Their luxury-cottage style transports you to a different age and the warm friendly service makes you feel like one of the community. If you can bring yourself to leave, the concierge will ably advise.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Megève and Chamonix are 1h from Geneva, Switzerland, and <1h apart.
  • Weather: cold and snowy Nov-Apr, warm May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

You can enjoy and challenge yourself in almost every way imaginable here. Start with something crazy, from grabbing a wetsuit and hydro-speeding down a canyon river, to paraglide-skiing off-piste. Then warm down with an intensive massage and a cooking class on the fabulous mountain-style cuisine of the area. 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: Alpine Descent

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AT34 – Crater Safari

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, Tanzania by Central--Southern-Africa

One week from £3195pp – 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 £3195pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Serengeti, meaning ‘endless plains’ in Maasai, is the goliath among safari parks. Home to the world’s largest mammal migration, seeing the colonial hunters’ Big 5 is almost a given here, and a photo collection to die for is guaranteed. With many of the world’s most luxurious safari camps and lodges, it is easy to see the beasts in style. 

What to do there…

Serengeti is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Safari, Game-drives, Hot-air-ballooning, Horse-riding, Bird-watching, Photography, Cultural-visits.
  • Other: Big-5, Swimming, Spa/Massage, Library, Yoga, Cycling, Tennis, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

5* Singita Grumeti Reserves has achieved almost cult status in safari circles as the ultimate in luxury wildlife adventure, with its four-poster beds, private infinity pools and 340,000 acres of private game park. 5* Bilila Lodge is a sleek and stylish alternative, blending the intimacy of a lodge with the facilities of a luxury hotel.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Nairobi is about 6h drive from the parks. Charter flights from Dar Es Salaam take 2-3h (Grumeti for Serengeti and Lake Manyara for Ngorongoro) or about 1h from Arusha.
  • Weather: generally hot and dry, some rain Nov–Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Serengeti lets you chalk up the Big 5 one after another: lions, rhino, elephants, buffalo and even the elusive leopard. Add an electrifying landscape and the many other extraordinary animals – zebra, wildebeest, crocs, hippos, giraffe, hyena, jackals, warthogs and a hundred types of deer – and this could be the only trip you ever need take to see the lot. Grab you camera and 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: Crater Safari

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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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AT21 – Pioneers Hideaway

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

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.

One week from £1695pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Vail is one of the great American mountain resorts, its magnificent luxurious hotels only trumped by the wonders of nature itself. Deep powder all winter and stunning scenery all summer, there is no bad time to come. Throw in a relaxing spa, some fine wine and beautiful cuisine and you are getting pretty close to perfection. 

What to do there…

Vail is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross-country-ski, Snow-mobiles, Dog-sledding, Snow-shoeing, Sleigh-riding, Ice-skating, Spa/Massage, Mountain-biking, Fishing, Rafting, Horse-riding, Hot-air-ballooning, Golf, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Kid-friendly, Tennis.

Where to stay…

The 5* Four Seasons Resort Vail is a grand mountain chateau with roaring log fires and stunning décor. Every corner oozes style and the service is impeccable. The hotel is also truly dedicated to helping guests enjoy the natural environment, with activities to suit every mood and ability level.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Denver Airport to Vail is 2h drive and DeBeque is 2h more. Dunton is 1h from Durango (a 1h flight from Denver).
  • Weather: cool or cold and dry with lots of snow Nov-Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

A classic destination in any season, the Colorado wilderness is a wonderful place to escape the city and feel like an intrepid pioneer. Of course, behind the scenes you now benefit from the very best modern infrastructure and service, so your adventure time is utilised to the full. Visit a few hidden out-of-the-way places to connect with the historical feel of the area: forest cabins and ghost towns. 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: Pioneers Hideaway

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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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