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That perfect travel moment immortalised: capturing the depth, intensity and vivid colour of a scene. The art of photography takes inspiratio   Find out more.

That perfect travel moment immortalised: capturing the depth, intensity and vivid colour of a scene. The art of photography takes inspiration and patience, so when better to practice than on holiday?
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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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AT39- Volcanology

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

One week from £725pp – 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 £725pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

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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AT33 – Spice Park

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

One week from £1450pp – 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 £1450pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Dolphins follow your boat as you sail across the warm ocean. Leap in for a swim over ornate corals, with a friendly sea-turtle for company – this is how life should be! Return for a luxuriant massage before eating the freshest of fish from a beachside barbeque, then retire to a sumptuous bed. 

What to do there…

Zanzibar is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Scuba-diving, Wind-surfing, Sailing, Sea-kayaking, Fishing, Boat-trips, Bird-watching, Dolphin-swimming, Turtle-hatching, Cultural-visits, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Library, Museum Visits, Historical-sites.

Where to stay…

5* andBeyond Mnemba Private Island Lodge is a luxurious barefoot paradise on its own private island, where you will be pampered and entertained in equal measure. You even share a beach with sea-turtles laying their eggs. The 5* Melia Zanzibar is a magnificent alternative on the main island, dedicated to holistic well-being and healthy adventures.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Zanzibar is <1h flight or 2h ferry from Dar Es Salaam. Selous is about 1h flight from both or 3h by 4x4 from Dar.
  • Weather: generally hot and dry, some rain Nov–Apr.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Zanzibar is a melting pot of African, Middle Eastern and European traditions, blending cultures, foods and architectural styles. This makes a historical tour of Stone Town a fascinating addition to a holiday where relaxation and adventure are almost too easy to come by. After a day on, in or by the sea, retreat from the sun to a shady Zanzibari banda for a cool, comfortable rest. 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: Spice Park

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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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AT35 – Mist & Spray

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, Uganda 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...

Climbing through the twisted vines of the forest, accompanied by armed rangers, you know you are on an adventure. Up ahead in the steamy jungle something is stirring. Then you catch sight of a mighty Silverback, standing his ground as his babies frolic almost within your reach. So intimate a family, so wild and yet so human. 

What to do there…

Bwindi is packed with activities and perfect for 4-7 days:
  • Major: Gorilla-watching, Jungle-treks, Cultural-visits, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Photography, Nature-walks.
  • Other: Dance, Community-projects, Spa/Massage.

Where to stay…

5* Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is the Silverback of Bwindi hotels. Eight volcanic stone cottages surround a grand central lodge, with sumptuous sofas and views across the botanical gardens to the cloudy mountains beyond. Your butler will pander to your every whim, setting you a roaring fire, ready for the cool mountain nights.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Bwindi is a 1.5-2h flight or 8h drive from Entebbe. Jinja is 1.5-2h drive from Kampala/Entebbe.
  • Weather: hot and humid all year round, wet Mar-May.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There is nothing quite like meeting a troop of Gorillas in the wild. They exude raw power yet treat each other with such tenderness. Soak it up and, if you can, go back for more. You will sense changing moods and social dynamics. But take time to see the area too. The volcanoes and forest valleys are a thing of beauty, and visits to the local communities are always rewarding. 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: Mist and Spray  

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AT37 – Kruger Bay

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

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

What it feels like to be there...

Kruger Park’s myriad of stunning lodges make it the most luxurious safari park in the world, and also one of the best. The dry plains camouflage lions perfectly, so watching this apex beast making a kill is very much on the agenda. Elephants bathe in the shady tree-lined watering holes while crocodiles lurk below and leopards crouch above. 

What to do there…

Kruger is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Safari, Game-drives, Nature-walks, Photography, Cultural-visits, Scenic-flights, Elephant-riding, Bird-watching, Wine-tasting, Star-gazing.
  • Other: Swimming, Library, Spa/Massage, Picnics, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The exquisite suites of ultra-luxury 5* Leopard Hills have private plunge pools overlooking a watering hole. At stunning 5* Ulusaba you can experience both epic cliff-side panorama suites and intimate jungle treehouses – and even indulge in a spot of tennis. Pafuri Camp has fabulous 4* en-suite cabins set in a gentle shady river bend.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Jo’burg to Kruger Park is a 6h drive, or a 1h flight to Nelspruit plus 2h drive, or a 1.5h direct charter flight to selected reserves. Jo’burg to Richards Bay is 1.5h flight.
  • Weather: warm and sunny all year round, showers May-Aug.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

That you can find such opulent lodges in such a wild place almost defies belief. Each morning your heart is in your mouth as you set out in an open-sided jeep to find lions and leopards that could kill you with one mighty swipe. Your guides will amaze you time and again as they spot animals completely hidden from your inexperienced eyes. Have no fear, they will keep you safe – but do keep your eyes open! 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: Kruger Bay  

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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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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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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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AT09 – Genghis Can

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

One week from £1395pp – 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 £1395pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

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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