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10:44 am in Activities P, Q, R, Body by Activity

On the long, gentle rides through stunning valley scenery, you relax, gazing in wonder at high mountain passes and peaks. The roar in the di   Find out more.

On the long, gentle rides through stunning valley scenery, you relax, gazing in wonder at high mountain passes and peaks. The roar in the distance grows closer; paddles ready; time for thrill of a big rapid.
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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.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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AT28 – Incredible Inca

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

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...

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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AT20 – Cowboy Creek

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

One week from £1795pp – 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 £1795pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Texan hospitality is famous in the US, and when you combine it with supreme luxury lodgings and world-beating adventures it creates something special. Be it rafting breathtaking caverns, riding the ranch or storming the historic adobe forts, excitement is never far away. And come home to classic Texan cooking - ribs never tasted finer. 

What to do there…

Cibolo Creek is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Horse-riding, Rafting, Cultural-visits, Star-gazing, Nature-walks, Cave-treks, Fishing, Hunting, Spa/Massage, Hot-springs.
  • Other: Quad-bikes, 4x4-tours, Ghost-towns, Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Cibolo Creek Ranch could have fallen right out of your Wild-West fantasies. Built in the classic adobe fort style, the rooms are warmly decorated with antique furniture and log fires. This is a working ranch with loads going on, and they promise to find more interesting things to do than you can spare days to stay.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Cibolo Creek has a private airstrip or is a 3h drive from Midland Odessa or El Paso (both about 1h flight from Dallas).
  • Weather: it is warm and dry all year round (hot May-Sep)

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

If you have ever fancied yourself as a rugged cowboy or perhaps a Southern country gent, this is the place for you. The guest list here is teeming with famous names, so you will be in good company as you ride over the plains and into the mountains, wrestle long-horn cattle or raft past high canyon walls. Take in some of the Native American sites too, for a relaxing spot of culture before retiring for margaritas. 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: Cowboy Creek

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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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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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AT15 – North Island Nexus

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

One week from £2450pp – 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 £2450pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Captivating caverns, icy mountain peaks, thunderous waterfalls, boiling mud pools, shimmering lakes, pristine beaches, the North Island is almost beyond belief. Excitement waits around every corner and now it comes served with supreme luxury, fine wine, elegant cuisine and a dose of culture. What more could you need? 

What to do there…

Taupo is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Fishing, Hunting, Golf, Scenic-flights, Cultural-visits, Wine-tasting, Caving, Jet-boating, Sky-diving, Micro-lights, Rafting, Kayaking, Bungee.
  • Other: Motor-racing, Para-sailing, Tennis, Swimming, Pètanque, Croquet, Beauticians.

Where to stay…

The 5* Huka Lodge is located right on the Waikato River, which borders the stunning Wairakei Park Reserve. The stylish country manor design blends in perfectly and offers so many fantastic activities you could do something new every day for a month.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Taupo is a 3.5h drive from Auckland, 4.5h from Wellington, 1h from Rotorua. Flying halves the journey time.
  • Weather: Mild and dry all year round.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Nothing can quite prepare you for the variety of amazing landscapes you find in such a compact area here, making North Island a ‘must see’ on every world traveller’s itinerary for years. Now, though, you can do it in supreme luxury, and without taking a month off. Flying around by helicopter lets you sample all the best bits in just a week or two, and there is no better base than Huka Lodge. 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: North Island Nexus

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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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