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Category: Itinerary

New York

New York

California

California

Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah

Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah

Florida

Florida

Back to the States

Take flight to the land of the free and home of the brave! Encompassing varied ecosystems, magnificent landscapes, old-growth forests, endless open road, idiosyncratic cultural charms and experimental cuisine, America proudly opens its borders to fully vaccinated UK travellers on the 8th of November. A place of limitless inspiration that demands exploration, whether you’re travelling as family, couples or flying solo, the vastness of the great unknown will be a transformative journey.

Focusing on a few of our favourite highlights to inspire your next getaway…

New York

The Manhattan skyline is like no other, and visiting the Statue of Liberty brings clarity to the melting pot that America consists of. The city so exceptional they named it twice, New York is where creativity comes to roost, with countless museums, distinctive street fashion and the best Broadway shows! Their diverse F&B scene will titillate your senses, from hot dog stands and bagel sandwiches to classic steakhouses, speakeasies and contemporary fine dining. A dynamic city break where Christmas comes alive with the unmissable Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree.

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

California

For road-trip aficionados looking to truly experience the stretch of the West Coast, driving through Washington, Oregon and finally California along the Pacific Coast Highway 1 is freedom at its finest. There is an undeniable magic in the air at sunset after a fruitful day of driving, facing out at the pounding surf and endless horizon line. Appreciate the natural wonders of giant Redwoods, Big Sur, elephant seal beach and isolated capes along the way.

Post Ranch Inn
Auberge Soleil

Ranch Life

Hone your inner cowboy, traverse by horse-back and learn from the Ranchers self-reliant outlook on life. The states of Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah all offer these experiences across pristine and undeveloped land, with countless National Parks offering something different at every season, and a chance to encounter roaming bison, moose and bears. Get closer to the great outdoors with a taste of Prairie life and a legendary piece of America’s ranching history.

Brush Creek Ranch
The Resort at Paws Up

Florida

Families have an array of choices from Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral to Orlando, the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Walt Disney World or jaw-dropping Universal Studios, where grand 2022 Mardi Gras celebrations are planned from February to April! A playground for all ages, the cool neighbourhoods of Miami beckon with white-sand beaches and Cuban restaurants, while the Florida Keys further South attract fishermen and scuba divers.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Faena Hotel Miami Beach

This is just the tip of the iceberg and the sky’s the limit! Speak to us to brainstorm and curate the most unforgettable American adventure.

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Barbados

Barbados

South Africa

South Africa

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Mexico

Mexico

Seychelles

Seychelles

Thailand

Thailand

Chasing the Winter Sun

“The Cure for Anything is Salt Water – Sweat, Tears or the Sea”
– Isak Dinesen

One must travel well, and choose travel wisely. Now more than ever, it’s important to identify what inspires you most, and highlight why you are travelling to a specific destination. We are here to walk you through the planning and research process, which makes arriving for the experience that much sweeter! As the seasons change and the bitter cold of winter begins to rear its head, trick your brain into savouring an endless summer and treat your loved ones to a paradisiacal escape. After all, there’s nothing that sun on your face and sand between your toes can’t fix…

Barbados

What to expect & where to stay: Expect generous sunshine on pristine powdery beaches, step at the edge of rugged cliffs or isolated caves, encounter sea turtles in crystal clear waters, and sail the Caribbean seas. With Northern hillsides and lush rainforests not far from the capital, the island’s rum varieties will also surprise you with its richly layered aromas, having refined its spirit for centuries.

Cobblers Cove Hotel Barbados
Fairmont Royal Pavilion

South Africa

What to expect & where to stay: The southern tip of Africa has it all – from cosmopolitan cities with exceptional value for stunning food & wine, a rich history as the cradle of humankind, a variety of safari options, and adventure across coastline, mountains and wild open wilderness. The perfect playground for all ages, be sure to tick off the Big 5, or take scenic drives to the Winelands and the Garden Route which are in close proximity to Cape Town.

The Silo Hotel
Lebombo Lodge

Costa Rica

What to expect & where to stay: For adventure seekers and nature lovers, the essence and biodiversity of Costa Rica is a must in your lifetime, where you’re guaranteed to walk on the wild side. Whether going with the flow with white water rafting down rivers and ziplines through mystical cloud forests, hiking volcanoes, surfing or scuba diving … the Pura Vida sensation will transform the way you live life to its fullest. Birdwatchers will also delight in their hunt for the Resplendent Quetzal and the Fiery-billed aracari.

Four Seasons Costa Rica
Lapa Rios Lodge

Mexico

Akumal bay - Caribbean white beach in Riviera Maya, coast of Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Mexico

What to expect & where to stay: There is a vastness to this country that would take many lifetimes to unravel, so Mexico is a must for your travels! The rich Aztec and Mayan history set this region apart from its neighbours, while cenotes are otherworldly in clarity, there are incredible playas galore, and oceans are thriving with marine life from coast to coast. When it comes to food, everything outside of the country is considered Tex-Mex – so be sure to get your culinary fix here for bragging rights.

Chablé Yucatán
One&Only Palmilla

Seychelles

What to expect & where to stay: With an archipelago of 115 islands nestled in the Indian Ocean, imagine luxuriating under the sun in the Seychelles off East Africa, home to the most enticing shades of blue. Petite Anse is a beach plucked out of a dream, you can spend time learning about rare giant Aldabra tortoises with naturalist guides, or simply take time for yourself at an opulent spa. You’ll access some of the best snorkelling, diving and fishing in the world at its remote outer coral islands, teeming with wildlife and rare bird colonies.

Six Senses Zil Payson
Mango House Seychelles, LXR

Thailand

What to expect & where to stay: Asia is on the verge of opening back up to the world, and Thailand beckons those seeking a diverse cultural, culinary, or Wellness retreat. This unique destination ranges from jungles and beaches to dynamic urban markets and tribal villages, where you’ll encounter wild animals, the best street food scene, gorgeous infinity pools, sublime beach bays, and the kindest people you’ll ever meet.

Amanpuri
Soneva Kiri

So let your worries completely melt away and make your holidays count, as you venture out on an unforgettable journey and bask in the warmth for a sun-kissed glow to last you until Spring. 

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The Raffles Hotel Le Royal

The Raffles Hotel Le Royal, 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh Sangkat Wat Phnom Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia
Raffles Hotel Le Royal website

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Pursat Province, Cambodia

Pursat Province, Cambodia

Krong Battambang, Cambodia

Krong Battambang, Cambodia

Phum Baitang Resort

Phum Baitang Resort, Neelka Way, Krong Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
Phum Baitang Hotel and Resort website

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kampong Khleang

Kampong Khleang, Cambodia

The Royal Sands Resort Koh Rong

The Royal Sands Resort Koh Rong, Preah Monivong Blvd (93), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Royal Sands Resort Koh Rong website

The Royal Sands Resort Koh Rong

Sok San Beach, Koh Rong Koh Rong Island Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia

Phnom Penh International Airport

Phnom Penh International Airport, 12000 មហាវិថី​ សហព័ន្ធរុស្ស៊ី, រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ, Cambodia

Classic Cambodia Tour, Southeast Asia

Classic Cambodia. Experience the best of Cambodia on this 10-day itinerary tour that takes you from Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor, to Battambang, Sihanoukville and the lively capital, Phnom Penh.

Best time to visit: Most travellers visit Cambodia from November to March, where there are more blue skies and little rain.

Day 1: Arrive in Phnom Penh

Arrive at Phnom Penh Airport, fast track and express visa services upon arrival and you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide.

Transfer to Raffles Hotel Le Royal, where you will be staying in a State Garden View room for 2 nights.

Stay in the State Garden View room at The Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Photo courtesy of Raffles Hotel Le Royal

A luxury hotel fit for Royalty. Raffles Hotel Le Royal has, for nearly a century, been the premier hotel in Phnom Penh, blessed with history and style, atmosphere and aesthetics. First established in 1929, it welcomes as it has always done a diverse international clientele of entrepreneurs, writers, journalists, royalty and intrepid travellers of all stripes.

Day 2: Exploring Phnom Penh

The Silver Pagoda, sacred temple in Cambodia
The Silver Pagoda sacred temple

This morning you will visit the Royal Palace, that serving as residence to the King, a venue for court ceremony and as a symbol of the Kingdom.

Silver Pagoda is also located within the Royal Palace compound, the name is because the floor is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The King meets here with monks for Royal ceremonies and it houses a collection of priceless Buddhist and historical objects including the ‘Emerald Buddha’ unlike other pagodas, no monks live here.

Please note that during the visit of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, visitors are required to wear proper attire, covering shoulders and knees as this temple is still considered as a sacred site.

The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Then, visit the National Museum, which houses Khmer art especially sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. There are over 5000 objects on display.

This afternoon visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. In 1975, Toul Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21) and soon it became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country. The museum serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.

Day 3: Travel from Phnom Penh to Battambang

Views from Battanbang

You will take a transfer overland to Battambang which is about a 6-hour drive.

Along the way, you will stop in Kampong Chhnang Province to visit the pottery village.

Upon arrival in Pursat, stop for a bamboo train through Cambodian villages and rice fields. Then continue direct to Battambang.

When you arrive in Battambang you will have dinner at your hotel, The Maison Wat Kor where you will be staying in the Frangipane room.

Maison Wat Kor, Frangipane room

Roofed red huts peer out of the lush green Cambodian jungle
Photo courtesy of Maison Wat Kor

Located in the heart of a Khmer Village with beautifully preserved traditional wooden homes on stilts, adjacent to Battambang, this boutique hotel is set amid an authentic atmosphere in the Cambodian countryside.

Eco-friendly, Maisons Wat Kor features 10 guestrooms within 3 wooden houses, a restaurant-bar and saltwater swimming pool, replete with Khmer cooking classes and classic Khmer massage services.

Day 4: Discovering Battambang

Cambodian monk walks the corridors of a sacred temple

This morning, you will be visiting a local village called One Village One Product where many families specialise and trade in individual products including dried banana and rice paper. (Take some time to have some samples.)

Also this morning, visit Wat Kandeng to see the monks having lunch (11:00am is the latest time monks eat lunch.)

This afternoon, it is off to Wat Kor a charming cultural village that is close to Battambang located in some of the most beautiful countryside in Cambodia. The heritage here comes from numerous old wooden houses with some being constructed in the early 20th century. They offer an insight into the Khmer’s simplicity in housing design and to discover the traditional Cambodian way of living.

Then it is onto visiting Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) a non-profit Cambodian association working with vulnerable children, young adults and their families through arts schools, social support and educational programmes. Please note that this will be closed during public holidays and at weekends.

Phnom Sampov is the next stop, an important religious site known throughout the whole of Cambodia. Phnom Sampov is a striking limestone mountain located on the road to Pailin. On top of the hill is a Wat and many stupas with various shrines and grottos.

The views from the top are simply breathtaking and there are a variety of food and drink stalls at the base of the mountain. At nightfall here, thousands of bats make their way out of caves in the hill hillside to feed before returning at dawn. This natural phenomenon really is a must see for visitors.

Day 5: Travel from Battambang to Siem Reap

After breakfast, take an overland transfer to Siem Reap. On route, you will stop and visit Banteay Chhmar which was constructed during the reign of Jayavarman VII in the 12th and 13th century.

After lunch you will continue onto Pouk Silk Farm at Pouk district, a picturesque village. All facets of Silk production from propagation of various mulberry trees, silk work reproduction, silk extraction from cocoons, cleaning, combing, dyeing and all the intricacies of Ikat weaving are explained and viewed. There is a display centre with items for sale.

After this, you will be driven direct to your hotel in Siem Reap, Phum Baitang Resort where you will be staying in a Terrace village room.

Phum Baitang Resort, Terrace Villa room

Phum Baitang Resort, Siem Reap

Phum Baitang, which means ‘Green Village’ in Khmer is one of Siem Reap’s most luxurious and elegant hideaways, with just 45 spacious stilted villas that are wrapped in luminous greenery and finished with high-quality interiors.

Day 6: Visiting Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia
Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia

This morning you will visit the largest temple in the world, Angkor Wat. Please note that during the visit of Angkor Wat, visitors are required to wear proper attire, covering shoulders and knees as this temple is still considered as a sacred site.

This afternoon, you will visit Ta Prohm a temple that has been left largely in its natural state since it was rediscovered by French explorers.

A unique way of seeing the area is by Gondola, travel along the water from west gate to south gate and enjoy sunset at Prasat Chrung of Angkor Thom.

Day 7: Seeing more of Siem Reap

This morning you will take a boat trip to the floating village at Kampong Khleang located on the northern lake-edge. In high season these stilted houses rise to 10 metres in the air.

This afternoon you will be driven to Banteay Srei, a tiny and enchanting temple. It is built of red sandstone and is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Sunset at Pre Rup temple.

Please note that during the visit of Banteay Srei temple, visitors are required to wear proper attire, covering shoulders and knees as this temple is still considered as a sacred site.

Day 8: Travel from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Sanloem island

Morning at your leisure and you will then take your transfer to Siem Reap Airport for domestic flight to Sihanoukville.

When arriving in Sihanoukville you will be welcomed by a local English speaking guide and transfer with you to Sihanoukville where you will go by boat to The Royal Sands Resort Koh Rong.

The Royal Sands Resort Koh Rong, Ocean View Villa room

Royal Sands Resort
Photo courtesy of The Royal Sands Hotel

The Royal Sands Resort is Luxury in Paradise, as is a stay in its magnificent Ocean Villa room. Experience the beauty and calm of an island in the most elegant of fashions… spanning a private 400-meter beach on the tropical island of Koh Rong, Cambodia.

The Royal Sands is a new 5-star resort offering an intimate glimpse of island life as it was meant to be. Relax on the white sandy beaches, swim in the crystal-clear ocean waters, admire the exotic wildlife, gaze at the mesmerising sunsets, enjoy the freshest foods.

The afternoon is for you to spend at your leisure.

Day 9: Relaxation in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville

Spend today recouping and relaxing after an activity-filled trip. Make the most of the white sand beaches and panoramic vistas across the ocean.

Dine in style at the hotel’s Ocean Restaurant, a chic yet relaxed dining area with foods to indulge your senses. Pamper yourself with a spa treatment or get your sweat on in their state of the art gym facilities.

Or, spend the day drinking cocktails and unwind at the Chill Beach Bar. The resort’s communal bar and restaurant located directly on the beach.

Day 10: Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh Departure

Depart with your guide from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh International Airport for your departure flight home.

If you would like to find out more about the best places to stay in Cambodia and for prices, get in touch with a friendly Camel Collection rep today.

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Sheraton

Augusta Hotel
1069 Stevens Creek Road,
Augusta, GA

Hilton Home2

Suites Augusta
3606 Exchange Lane,
Augusta, GA

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds

Lake Oconee
31 Lake Oconee Trail,
Greensboro, GA

Sheraton Augusta Hotel

Augusta Hotel
1069 Stevens Creek Road,
Augusta, GA

The Masters 2021 Luxury Golf Holiday Package, USA

Experience golf’s most prestigious tournament at the 2021 Masters. The luxury packages include your choice of Masters Badges (tickets), first class accommodations near Augusta National, transportation to and from the course, services of an experienced on-site host team, options for exclusive hospitality and much more.

We can offer custom-crafted Masters packages that provide you with the flexibility to create the perfect golf experience at this legendary tournament. You create your own itinerary that can include watching the practice rounds, following your favourite golfer through the tournament, or witnessing the Green Jacket passed on to the next winner.

We’ll help you design a personalised travel package to ensure the golf experience of a lifetime!

Sheraton

from $4,235 per person

A warm welcome awaits you at the full service Sheraton Augusta Hotel. The Sheraton invites guests to play around in either the indoor or outdoor pools or simply kick back and lounge on the patio. The state-of-the-art fitness center is equipped with Life Fitness machines enabling the continuation of your fitness routine even whilst away from home. The southern flair of the onsite steakhouse serves guests in a sophisticated setting all meals of the day while still maintaining a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere before guests are enticed over to The Sweetwater Lounge for the best martinis in town!

  • Complimentary high-speed wi-fi
  • Located conveniently close to cultural attractions and the Augusta National Golf Course
  • 24h fitness facility, indoor/outdoor pool, whirlpool, onsite steakhouse and Sweetwater Lounge
  • Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds in all guest rooms and 37” flatscreen TVs

Hilton Home2 Suites

from $3,755 per person

The modern Hilton Home2 Suites offers a convenient location in the Augusta Exchange neighbourhood, close to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. The spacious all suite accommodations are ideal for Masters week, providing guests with separate living areas, kitchenettes, and plenty of other features to make guests feel at home. When you’re not checking out the golf action at Augusta National, there’s plenty to experience at the hotel: enjoy a hot breakfast each morning at the Inspired Table, squeeze in a workout at the fitness room, try out the putting green, or take a dip in the salt water pool. Each evening during Masters Week the hotel hosts a complimentary reception with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.

  • Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2020
  • All-suite accommodations with kitchenettes
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Salt water pool and fitness center

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

POA

Escape to the solitude of the secluded shores of Lake Oconee, about an hour and fifteen minute drive from Augusta National. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee provides guests with luxury accommodations amid 35 acres of picturesque shoreline. This wonderful resort is the perfect combination of upscale accommodations and outdoor tranquility, offering a wealth of activities from golf and fishing to waterskiing and canoeing. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee offers its guests legendary services highlighted by gracious southern hospitality.

  • AAA Four Diamond Award
  • TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2020
  • Five championship golf courses
  • Sitting on 35 acres of picturesque shoreline on Lake Oconee
  • Indoor/outdoor pools; four onsite restaurants; RitzCarlton full-service spa
  • Private terraced guest rooms

The Ultimate Masters Experience

$12,675 per person (excludes dinner recommendations)

As the name suggests, The Masters is a tournament for only the finest golfers, who over the course of four days will face both incredible triumphs and gripping heartaches in their fight to become the Masters Champion.

Augusta National inspires a level of awe that is unmatched in the world of golf. With its incredible level difficulty, spectacular natural beauty and of course, exclusivity, to play Augusta National is to play one of the greatest golf courses in the world. While many have taken on the challenge, only a very few can claim the prestige and glory of winning The Masters and donning the elusive green jacket. From Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson, Augusta has provided the backdrop for some of golf’s most exciting moments and you could be there to witness it all. The historic city of Augusta, Georgia exudes southern charm and hospitality, and with its gorgeous surroundings on the Savannah River, it is a welcome spot for anyone who chooses to spend time in this wonderful city. Here you will find a suggested sample itinerary, please remember that we will completely customise your itinerary based on your tastes, desires and budget.

DAY 1 – Friday, April 9

Today you arrive in Augusta for the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your personal chauffeur who will take you to the Sheraton Augusta Hotel, your home for the next three nights. Nestled in the heart of Augusta, this property puts you in the perfect location to fully experience the Masters. After you have checked in and freshened up from your travels, you will be met by your onsite Host for a welcome drink to review your personalised itinerary and the opportunity to ask your host any questions or make any requests. This evening your chauffeur will meet you in the lobby and transport you to Calvert’s. As one of Augusta’s most well known fine dining establishments, Calvert’s has earned a reputation for their gracious southern hospitality and delicious food. After enjoying dinner, your chauffeur will be ready and waiting to return you to your hotel.

DAY 2 – Saturday, April 10

This morning you will be met by your chauffeur for transportation to beautiful Augusta National Golf Course for Round 3 of the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament. Your chauffeur will take you directly to your hospitality venue, located just a short walk from the main gates of Augusta National. Here you can enjoy a buffet breakfast before making your way onto the course to take in today’s competition. With your hospitality passes, you will be able to return to the Club at anytime during the day, including for lunch, afternoon hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, or to check out the action on the many viewing screens. Once you have had your fill of today’s exciting Round 3 competition, your chauffeur will be ready and waiting to return you to your hotel. After freshening up from your day at the course, your chauffeur will meet you in the hotel lobby and transport you to Frog Hollow Tavern for dinner this evening. You’ll enjoy some of Augusta’s finest cuisine complemented by exemplary service. After enjoying dinner, your chauffeur will be ready and waiting to return you to your hotel.

DAY 3 – Sunday, April 11

Today is the pinnacle of one of the golfing world’s most exciting tournaments, the final round of the 2021 Masters. This morning you will be met by your chauffeur for transportation to Augusta National Golf Course. You will again enjoy your hospitality venue before heading to the course. From the first drive to the last putt, today will be the culmination of days of hard-fought competition among some of the golfing world’s best. Whether you want to follow your favourite golfer or hope to see as many matchups as possible, your passes will allow you the freedom to choose how you would like to witness the final round of this year’s tournament. After taking in the Presentation Ceremony, your chauffeur will be ready and waiting to return you to your hotel for your last evening in Augusta. After the excitement of today, we suggest a relaxing dinner at the Sheraton’s own Prime 1079 Steakhouse. This American steakhouse features a menu with a southern flair served in a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere, the perfect place to unwind after your thrilling day on the course.

DAY 4 – Monday, April 12

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the charming surroundings of the Sheraton Hotel before preparing to return home. When you’re ready, your chauffeur will be ready and waiting to transfer you to the airport and your journey home.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Your Tickets at the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National

We can offer 2021 Masters ticket packages to any round of the tournament from the practice rounds through to the final round. Truly an event like no other, The Masters is one of the most sought after golf experiences in the world. Whether you would like to walk the course, choose a spot in the grandstands located throughout Augusta National, or set up folding chairs in your preferred location for the day, how you use your Masters badges is completely up to you. To take your Masters experience to the next level, we recommend enhancing your ticket package with one of our wonderful hospitality options. Between visiting Amen Corner and capturing the allure of the azaleas, come relax and enjoy access to VIP Masters hospitality. You will be welcomed with helpful staff, upscale food prepared by top chefs and an open bar with premium drinks.

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The Alyeska Hotel

Alyeska Resort & Hotel Alyeska
1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
Alyeska Resort Website

Chugach Express Dog Sled Tours

Chugach Express Dog Sled Tours
118 Lindblad Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre (AWCC)

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre
Mile 79, Seward Hwy, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
AWCC

Hotel Alyeska

Alyeska Resort & Hotel Alyeska
1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA

Tutka Bay Lodge

Tutka Bay Lodge
Homer, AK 99603, USA
Tutka Bay Lodge

Tutka Bay

Tutka Bay, Alaska 99603, USA

Kachemak Bay State Park

Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer, AK 99603, USA

Anchorage International Airport

Anchorage International Airport
5000 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502, USA

Ultimate Alaskan Adventure into the Wilderness, USA

Experience the wildest region of the United States, with ancient mountain ranges, pristine lakes and rivers full of leaping Salmon, while staying at remote lodges.

Try your hand at dog mushing, go fishing for massive halibut, land on remote glaciers, and watch bears eating berries in open fields. The highlights are the services of knowledgeable local guides and pilots who will show you around this truly remarkable US state, also known as ‘The Last Frontier’.

Here’s an itinerary we’ve put together for the perfect Alaskan adventure…

Day 1: Checking into The Alyeska Hotel

Hotel Alyeska, dramatic grey building with a lake in the front and Alaskan mountains in the background.

Upon arrival at the Anchorage International Airport, meet your driver for your private transfer to Girdwood (Approximately 1 hour).

We recommend staying for four nights at The Alyeska Hotel. Nestled in a lush, green valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers, and water views, The Hotel Alyeska offers guests sumptuous accommodation and convenient access to the Alaskan wilderness.

A recent multi-million dollar renovation included improvements to all 304 guest rooms, which now feature all the creature comforts you’d expect from a luxury hotel. Amenities include a gym, full spa, boutique, and four restaurants, including the four-diamond Seven Glaciers.

Alyeska Hotel and Resort in the Summer in Alaska

The Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway brings you to a viewing deck which provides breath-taking panoramic views of mountains, glaciers, streams, and an array of wildlife, plus access to myriad hiking trails.

A not-to-be-missed experience is a ride on the aerial tram to the summit of Mount Alyeska. The summit offers unrivalled views of the Chugach Mountains, Turnagain Arm and Glacier Valley.

The tram travels from the Hotel Alyeska to the upper tram terminal 2300 feet above the valley floor.

Day 2: Glacier Dog Sledding Tour & Nature Trail

Morning

This quintessentially Alaskan past time is hard to beat… and a great way to spend a crisp Alaskan morning. Experience the pure joy of Alaskan Huskies while mushing on an alpine snowfield. Take this exciting opportunity to learn about the dedicated dog sled teams of Alaskan Huskies over the course of a two-hour shared excursion.

Learn how the dogs are bred, see how they are trained to pull the sled, and learn how they keep up their everlasting endurance. Relax and enjoy the view as you ride on the sled around the glacier enjoying the scenic peaks and valleys surrounding you.

The dogs possess an inherent drive to run, and even if you pull on the brakes, it’s hard to hold them back!

Afternoon

In the afternoon, delight in a private nature hike in the nearby town of Girdwood (This should last for about three hours).

On this moderate and informative five-mile (8 kilometres) roundtrip hike along the Winner Creek Trail, you’ll experience North America’s northernmost temperate coastal rainforest, while exploring part of the Iditarod National Historic Trail. With graded boardwalks, including one over the Winner Creek Gorge, as well as plenty of rugged, rooty sections of trail, this trip is great for families and an exhilarating adventure for everyone.

With a naturalist guide to lead the way, you’ll learn about the native flora and fauna, nibble on edible leaves and flowers, explore traditional and contemporary herb lore, identify bird song and animal behaviours, and enjoy stories about Native and Alaskan history. (You may even spot a moose.)

During blueberry season, the trail is blooming with scrumptious delights. Make sure to dress in layers and don’t forget to bring your camera.

Day 3: National Parks, Nature and Alaskan Wildlife

Wild Alaskan brown bear with its tongue out.

Today you will meet your driver for your private scenic transfer to Seward (Approx. 3 hours). The 127-mile Seward Highway is itself a sightseeing highlight, revealing wildflowers and waterfalls, muddy waters and hanging glaciers, as it follows the stunning coastline of the Turnagain Arm.

Admission to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre

Stop to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre (AWCC), a 140-acre preserve surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers.

Dedicated to safeguarding Alaska’s wildlife through public education, the AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals all year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality care to animals that cannot be released back into the wild.

Residents include bears, bison, moose, caribou, elk, an eagle, owls, musk oxen, Sitka black-tailed deer, and a variety of game birds.

Visitors can walk or drive through the area in their vehicles; both experiences offer unparalleled opportunities to view and photograph Alaskan wildlife up close, and behaving as though in the wild.

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

6 hours departing at 11:30

Upon arrival at the Kenai Fjords Tour office, you will board a vessel (125-person capacity) for this six-hour cruise up into the Park, some 580,000 acres of pristine beauty on the rugged outer Kenai Peninsula coastline.

The Harding Icefield covers over 300 square miles, with 40+ outlet glaciers and snow and ice accumulations thousands of feet thick. Thousands of seabirds, including puffins, kittiwakes, and murres, seasonally inhabit the cliffs and rocky shores.

The park’s wildlife also includes mountain goats, moose, bears, wolverines, marmots, and other land mammals, and seeing them in their natural habitat is spectacular. You may also spot Steller sea lions, harbour seals, Dall porpoises, and sea otters, plus humpback, killer, and minke whales. At the end of the day, you’ll be returned to Seward.

Board the Kenai Fjords Tours shuttle for your shared transfer to the Seward Railway Station.

Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic, Seward to Girdwood, GoldStar Service (Approx. 3 hours departing at 18:00).

On this journey from Seward to Girdwood (considered by many to be the most scenic route in the state) you will travel by rail aboard the world-famous Alaska Railroad dome train.

The double-deck railcar features a glass-covered observation deck that is the first of its kind in the world, and your GoldStar service guarantees you upper-level dome car seating, priority check-in and boarding, outdoor viewing, exclusive lower-level dining, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, two alcoholic beverages, and dinner.

reflection on Kenai Lake, Alaska
Kenai Lake, Alaska

As you depart Seward, enjoy views of 16-mile-long Kenai Lake, whose turquoise colour is a result of sunlight striking suspended glacial silt in the water. Later, the track enters some of Alaska’s most pristine wilderness area.

Be sure to have your camera ready as you pass Spencer Glacier, Bartlett Glacier, and through Grandview Pass. The last leg of the route follows the Turnagain Arm, where beluga whales can often be seen following salmon on the incoming tide, and Dall sheep frequent rocky mountainsides.

Upon arrival at Girdwood Railway Station, board the Hotel Alyeska shuttle service for shared transfer back to the hotel.

Day 4: Hotel relaxation

After a busy day exploring the Alaskan wildlife, take a day to relax and, recoup and reset at the hotel.

Make the most of Hotel Alyeska and its amenities, which include a saltwater pool, whirlpool, fitness centre and spa.

 

Day 5: Transfer to Tutka Bay Lodge

Meet your driver at the hotel for your transfer to the Anchorage International Airport.

Scheduled commercial flight from Anchorage International Airport to Homer Airport (approximately 40 minutes). Upon arrival at the Homer Airport, you will board the Tutka Bay Lodge shuttle for your shared transfer to Mako’s Water Taxi.

Scheduled water taxi from Homer to Tutka Bay Lodge (approximately 30 minutes), the place you’ll be calling home for the next three nights.

Tutka Bay Lodge

Esteemed as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, this 4-star property is situated on Tutka Bay and nestled at the head of the rugged seven-mile fjord in Kachemak Bay. About 25 minutes by boat from Homer, the lodge sits on eleven acres surrounded by tide pools, natural estuaries, and twenty acres of old-growth Sitka spruce, which provides a unique trail system right from the large oceanside deck.

The property has a distinctly Alaskan maritime feel with the quiet cove offering a serene space in which to observe the resident marine life. The family-owned and operated lodge offers a remote, genuine, and transformative stay within Alaska’s coastal wilderness by pairing their regional expertise with guests’ envisioned objectives. Guests can launch from the deck for adventures within the region and neighbouring communities by kayak, boat, plane, or helicopter, or simply drink in the views of Broken Knife peak and Grace Ridge, a perfect junction of mountain and sea.

Lodging comprises of the main cabin, six private guest cabins, a large viewing deck, cooking school, a boathouse, a sauna, and hot tub, all interconnected by a boardwalk. All guest cabins are adorned with ocean treasures, have large living rooms, bedrooms, private bathrooms, and boast views of Tutka Bay and the Kachemak Bay State Park.

Note: All meals (breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and snacks), house wine (during lunch & dinner), and premium wine, beer, and soda (during appetizer hour) are included during your stay.

Day 6: See the Tutka Bay brown bears

Naknek Lake Katmai National Park

This morning you explore the most populated wild habitat of Alaskan brown bears. The day starts with an early rise at Tutka Bay Lodge and a water taxi to meet your pilot and guide.

At the hanger, you’ll be provided with waders for the day and then take off for a one-hour scenic flight. The destination flight takes you over glaciers, volcanoes, and the rugged coastlines of Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park to land on a remote beach.

Walk alongside bears in their natural habitat and depending on the time of year, you can see bears grazing on sedge grass, digging up clams, playing together, courting, resting, and fishing.

Day 7: Design your own adevnture

Alaska has a lot to offer by way of activities and adventure. Spend this day trying out something different, making new memories and trialling those unforgettable experiences!

Optional activities (payable locally) for the day include:

Guided Sea Kayaking

There is no better way to experience the Kenai Coast. Paddling areas may include the Herring Islands, as well as Kachemak Bay State Park. Sea kayaking provides close view of intertidal species and marine life, fast access to trails and beaches, and distinctive perspectives of surrounding terrain.

Kayak or Pack Raft Grewingk Glacier Lake

Boat across the bay to the glacier lake trail and stop by Gull Island along the way. The short, moderately strenuous hike opens up to a stunning view of the Grewingk Glacier.

See a dozen shades of blue as you paddle next to giant chunks of ice calved from a thousand-year-old glacier. The inflatable kayaks or pack rafts are easy for beginners to manage and your expert naturalists will share secrets of this ancient place.

Coastal Safari by boat

View stunning vistas, fascinating geologic formations, birds, and wildlife. This is a fantastic opportunity to photograph everyone’s favourite wild neighbours, endearing sea otters and bald eagles.

You may also see porpoise, whales (humpback, minke or orca), sea lions, seals, and sea birds such as puffins, harlequins, and oystercatchers. Visit the picturesque communities of Halibut Cove and Gull Islands, where boardwalks with art galleries hug the shoreline and the cove buzzes with summer visitors.

Stroll through Seldovia Village

Visit this quaint town where early Russian invaders established a sea otter hunting station in the late 1700s. Stroll the boardwalk, photograph 120-year-old St. Nicholas Russian Church, visit local shops, and hike the scenic Otterbahn Trail to Outside Beach.

Other activities at Tutka Bay Lodge:

  • Kachemak Bay State Park Walking and Hiking
  • Award-winning sea to table cuisine inspired by Chef Kirsten Dixon.
  • Explore the intertidal zone at low tide for sea stars, anemones, chitons, and mussels.
  • Forage for wild edibles and learn to create an Alaskan dish with the chefs.
  • Soak in the hot tub, or try a muscle relaxing, body warming session in the wood-fired banya.
  • Therapeutic massage, yoga, and stretch classes.

Day 8: Depart for Anchorage

Turnagain Arm, Cook Inlet, Anchorage, Alaska USA
Turnagain Arm, Cook Inlet, Anchorage, Alaska

Scheduled water taxi from Tutka Bay Lodge to Homer (30 minutes).

Upon arrival in Homer, you will board the Tutka Bay Lodge shuttle for your shared transfer to the Homer Airport. Here you can take a scheduled commercial flight from Homer Airport to Anchorage International Airport (40-minutes).

Note: we recommend allowing a minimum of three hours of layover in Anchorage for any connecting flights.

Want to head off to Alaska for your own adventure? Get in touch with a Camel Collection rep today and let us help you make the most of your trip.

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Cape Town

Cape Town,
South Africa

Franschhoek

Franschhoek.
South Africa

Walker Bay, Western Cape

Walker Bay, Western Cape
South Africa

Swartberg Pass

Swartberg Pass.
South Africa

Knysna Lagoon

Knysna
South Africa

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay,
South Africa

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth.
South Africa

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape
South Africa

The Garden Route, South Africa

South Africa offers so much that it is impossible to explore everything on one trip, unless you are ready for your ‘bucket list’ sabbatical.

One of our favourite destinations in the world, Cape Town allows you to experience some of the finest driving adventures we know.

The ideal time to spend on the Garden Route is a 14 day trip, first and foremost we will get to know what you are looking for and ensure that you have the time to experience everything without feeling rushed, its all about priorities.

You can enjoy a couple of nights in the the city, head into the wine country, looking for whales from Hermanus, discovering the beautiful Swartberg pass, stopping into the towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna and finishing up in Port Elizabeth your gateway into the Eastern Capes private games reserves as you look to spot the big 5.

Cape Town

Food & Drink , Adventure , Golf , Beach

How long to stay: 3 to 4 nights

Cape Town is probably my favourite city in the world, every time you visit there is always something else to do, and the exchange is usual pretty beneficial.

Whether you want to head to the beach in Camps Bay for a lunch by the water, get the legs burning by hiking up Table Mountain or our preferred hike up Lions Head for sunrise, take a day trip to Groot Constantia for lunch amongst the vineyards (this works nicely after an morning hike of table mountain).

A day trip down to Boulders Beach to visit the penguins is always fun and the driving route is pretty awesome. Or spend your time exploring the city, the V&A (Arthur not Albert!) waterfront, visit Robben Island and the District Six museum.

Franschhoek

Food & Drink , Adventure

Drive time from Cape Town: 1 hr 15 minutes

How long to stay: 2 to 3 nights

South Africa has some fantastic wine and one of the best places to go to learn more is Franschhoek (Dutch for French Corner), as soon as you arrive you will feel relaxed and ready to experience all on offer.

There are many different places to stay and with the one main street through the centre you can get most places on foot. Another must while you are would be to experience the Wine Tram offering you eight Hop-on Hop-off lines to choose from, each visiting a selection of wine estates showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley.

It is not all about the wine here and they also take their food very seriously with no less than 36 restaurants in the town. There are also other activities on offer; horse-riding, cycling, fishing and hiking are all on your door step.

Hermanus & Gansbaai

Whale Watching , Shark Diving , Hiking

Drive time from Franschhoek: 1 hr 15 minutes

How long to stay: 1 to 2 nights

Sitting on the southern coast of the Western Cape, Hermanus and Gansbaai are best known for their opportunities to see whales and great white sharks.

For those looking to get a sight of Whales there are a number of ways of seeing them. Either by taking to the Cliff Path which offers 12km of the best viewing spots along the coast, or you can take to the sea on a boat tour or for the more adventurous there are some great Sea Kayak tours (our pick!)

Just 40km along the coast is Gansbaai which is renowned for its Great White experiences, here you can get up close and personal, this is not for the faint hearted.

The best time to visit for the above is between July and November.

Swartberg Pass

Nature , Wildlife

Drive time to Knysna from Hermanus: 4 hr 45 minutes

How long to stay: 0 to 1 night

The Swartberg Pass runs along the north edge of the South Karoo, much of the pass is part of a UNSECO world heritage site. With sweeping views to the south and north across the Great & South Karoo, the area in well known for its plant life, including the Fynbos,  its referred to as the Cape Floral kingdom.

The drive is stunning with views for miles and many great waterfalls, a must when in the area is to go and check out the Meerkat adventures, stop into one of the Ostrich farms and head into the Cango Caves.

The drive time isn’t for everyone so you can stop on route to Knysna at Mossel Bay or stop for lunch on the way through if you aren’t looking to see the caves or animal farms.

Knysna

Golf , Adventure , Wildlife , Hiking

Drive time from Mossel Bay: 1 hr 15 minutes

How long to stay: 2 to 3 night

The setting of 5 rivers meeting, producing a picture perfect lagoon that opens out onto the Indian ocean, protected by the Knysna heads. Knysna has something for all, with the ocean-side Featherbed reserve full of Fynbos (the next Rooibos Tea), the Pezula golf course, luxury yacht trips and endless hiking trails.

This small town is full of cafes, seafood restaurants and galleries. It is widely known to be the most famous town on the Garden Route, be sure to make a trip to Thesen Island a multi award winning marina development. The island is linked by causeway and bridge and is within walking distance of the Knysna waterfront.

There also some exceptional hikes here along the rivers and past huge waterfalls, favourite hikes in the area include Jubilee Creek trail (3.8km) and Millwood Mine walk (5.6km).

Plettenberg Bay

Beaches , Adventure , Wildlife, Hiking

Drive time from Knysna: 30 minutes

How long to stay: 2 to 3 night

If you are looking for mountains, white sand beaches and crystal blue water look no further than the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay (Plett to the locals!). This is a very popular destination for South African holiday makers and there is an abundance of things to do. Home to the world’s highest bungee jump, canopy walks through the tress and whale watching opportunities the place is truly unforgettable.

For those enjoying the Garden Route in South Africa’s summer months this is generally consider a better stop off point than Knysna, especially for those looking for more of a beach break.

You can base yourself here and easily access the day trips to Tsitsikamma (be sure to walk across the Storms River Suspension bridge) and Crags area, where you can go zip-lining and canyoning. The Birds of Eden aviary is must for the twitchers amongst you with over 280 species of bird, and the Monkeyland Primate sanctuary and Jukani Wildlife Safari are worth a visit.

For hikers whilst you are here you must make the 8km trip out to the superb Robberg Nature Reserve which is a natural monument, sitting on the peninsula at the foot of the Mountain of the Seal.

Port Elizabeth

Culture , History , Beaches , Surf

Drive time from Plettenberg Bay: 2 hr 45 minutes

How long to stay: 1 to 2 night

The major draw of Port Elizabeth is the Algoa Bay, a 40km stretch of unspoiled coastline with sandy beaches and great surf. This really is a water sports enthusiasts ideal location; sailing, diving, fishing and surfing will keep you busy for days. It is also home to the forests of Kragga Kamma Game reserve, where you can find animals roaming freely before heading up further into the Eastern Cape game reserves.

The city centre has undertook a number of urban re-generation projects, and for the foodies amongst you it is well worth a visit to Richmond Hill. Being one of the largest cities in South Africa and rich in culture, be sure to visit the Red Location Museum which documents both the best and worst of South Africa’s history, from the institutionalised racism and then the heroic efforts of the anti-apartheid movement.

If on route to Port Elizabeth from Plettenberg Bay you fancy breaking up the journey a stop in Jeffreys Bay wont disappoint.

Private Game Reserve

Wildlife, Nature

Drive time from Port Elizabeth: from 1 hr

How long to stay: 3 to 4 nights

South Africa’s Eastern Cape provides some of the country’s most accessible game viewing within its malaria-free private game reserves. … Each game reserve offers a unique experience and they are all within easy reach of Port Elizabeth airport making the perfect start or finish to a Garden Route fly drive.

The Eastern Cape is extraordinarily beautiful and its landscapes are characterised by rolling green-topped hills, massive rivers, and little Xhosa villages. The reserves and national parks in the Eastern Cape are teeming with many of these exciting species. Many of the reserves and parks in the Eastern Cape are home to the Big Five; which is made up of the lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, and leopard.

The fact that this is a malaria-free zone, makes it a particularly great safari destination for the whole family, while staying at one of the many game lodges.

When it comes to choosing the perfect game reserve for you please get in touch and we will be able to guide you through the whole process.

Planning a trip to South Africa along the Garden Route and want someone to put together your prefect bespoke itinerary? Get in touch with a Camel Collection representative today and we can give you the insider scoop.

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Oslo

Oslo, Norway

Preikestolen

Pulpit Rock
Preikestolen

Flåm

Flåm, Norway

Fløibanen

Fløibanen, Vetrlidsallmenningen 23A, 5014 Bergen, Norway
Floibanen ticket prices

Fjord Adventure from Oslo to Bergen, Norway

This trip takes you through the Western Norway coastline, seeing some of the greatest and most striking fjords the country has to offer.

Best time to visit: May to September

Ride the Oslo-Bergen Railway

The best place to start your trip? Norway’s distinctive capital, Oslo. There’s a lot to explore in the streets and sites previously roamed by Vikings. But it also makes for a great introduction to life and culture in Norway, before a week’s worth of exploring its landscape.

Experience Norway by rail with a trip on the Bergensbanen. The Bergen line, or Bergen railway is 371-kilometre’s long and connects Bergen to Hønefoss, just outside Oslo. There really is no better way to witness miles of breathtaking Norwegian landscapes, as the train weaves through lakes, rivers, waterfalls and rugged mountainous countryside.

This 300-mile train journey is often referred to as ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ as it offers a wide cross section of Norway’s natural surroundings. It’s not often you can witness bright ice-blue lakes, waterfalls, rolling green hills and snow-capped mountains on the same train journey. It’s a great way to travel with young children, who can dip in and out of the aesthetic appreciation and catch up on some sleep after a long journey.

Hike to Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen

Even if you’ve never been to Norway before, it’s likely you’ve seen photos of Pulpit rock. The flat, table-top platform sits at more than 604 metres above land, overlooking the Lysefjorden below. Only 25 by 25 metres across, the plateau can become busy during the summer.

Find this staggering naturally-formed viewing platform in Strand in Rogaland county, Norway. Experience Preikestolen from the Lyse fjord, on a guided sightseeing boat or car ferry. Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy a long trek up the mountain, stopping off to take in the captivating scenes, or for a quick cool-off in one of the many mountain streams along the way.

On a clear day, there’s no better viewpoint to experience panoramas of the western Norwegian countryside and landscape. The spot has been named one of the world’s most spectacular viewing points by Lonely Planet. It’s popular with proposing couples for this reason and is arguably one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ryfylke.

Make sure you check the weather before you head off and don’t leave too late in the day (to avoid a return hike in the dark). When it’s snowing or weather conditions are extreme, the trail can become hairy, so be prepared for a change of plan.

Enjoy a brief stroll in Flåm

The train will take you to Flåm, the picturesque hamlet tucked up within the mountains where you can get a ferry through the grand Songefjord to the city of Bergen.

The Sognefjord (nicknamed the ‘King of the Fjords’) is the largest and deepest (reaching a maximum depth of 1,308 metres) of them all. It’s one of the longest in the world, stretching for 127 miles. The best views of the entire ferry from Flåm to Bergen can be experienced in the first two-hours of the trip, where imposing mountains cinch the fjord in at parts, and tower over the fjord.

Ascend the Bergen Funicular for sweeping views

Stop off at the bustling seaside city of Bergen, a lively historic harbour town surrounded by not one or two, but seven mountains on all sides. Brightly coloured waterfront store fronts and houses characterise the port, where you can find designer shops sat alongside traditional, port-side restaurants.

The fish market is a real highlight, but not for the fainthearted seafood lover. Here you can try whale burgers, monkfish, smoked whale meat, sea urchins and live king crabs. (For land-based earthly delights, we recommend the reindeer sausage.)

After sampling the best the city has to offer, we’d recommend the Fløibanen funicular, one of Bergen’s better-known attractions. With the five to eight-minute journey to the top station offering far-reaching views over Bergen.

It’s more tourist-heavy than other parts, but you can understand why. The views overlooking the fjord are unparalleled. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to expend some energy, purchase a one-way ticket and you can hike the rest of the journey down, taking in the views.

If you aren’t travelling with kids and you can wait until the evening, do so! Most of the locally docked cruise ships have left town by this point, the funicular is less crowded, and you can enjoy the city views at sunset on your descent.

If you’re travelling in May, know that this is Bergen’s festival season, so queues may be a little longer than normal. One of the best things about Bergen is that it serves as a gateway to some of Norway’s most famous and spectacular fjords.

Fancy a trip to Norway but not sure where to begin? Get in touch with Camel Collection today for tips and recommendations.

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Belém

Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Jardim Botânico Tropical

Jardim Botânico Tropical, Tv. Ferreiros a Belém 41, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal

Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo

R. da Bica de Duarte Belo, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal

Oceanário de Lisboa

Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005 Lisboa, Portugal

Senhor Vinho

Rua do Meio à Lapa 18, 1200-724 Lisboa, Portugal

How to Spend a Weekend in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal’s thriving capital, has so much to offer. It’s Europe’s second oldest city, after Athens, and has an unmistakeable style that’s hard to replicate anywhere else in the world.

Its rich culture and history can be felt throughout the city, in its grand, eclectic architecture, its distinctive dishes and friendly locals.

The perfect place for a city break

So, what makes Lisbon the ideal destination for a city break? It’s one of the last major European capitals (outside Eastern Europe) where you can eat, drink and make the most of the nightlife without the eye-watering price tags attached.

It’s a brilliant city to experience on foot, or by tram, if you’re looking to experience the area like a local.

Lisbon is a veritable feast for lovers of design and architecture. One of the most notable features of Lisbon’s charming architecture is its vibrantly patterned ceramic tiles dotted throughout the city. Filled with labyrinthine alleyways, secret nooks and hidden gems.

The hardest thing about visiting Lisbon is knowing where to start, and what not to miss. We’ve put together a few must-haves for any first-time visitor.

Eat Pastel de Nata for Breakfast in Belém

Pastel de nata pastries from Lisbon

Located to the West of Lisbon city centre is Belém, the historical heart of Portugal.

You can get to Belem very easily, via a 20-minute tram journey, departing from Praça da Figueira. There are also several riverboat services that can get you from the city centre to Belem in 45 minutes, with exceptional views of the waterfront architecture.

You don’t have to look too far to see evidence of Portugal’s colonial past, with buildings and monuments harking back to the 15th Century and Portugal’s Age of Discovery. It was in Belém where early Portuguese explorers set off to discover large parts of the globe, only to return with riches and bounty that would enrich the local area for centuries to follow.

It’s the birthplace of the Pastel de Nata, the egg tart pastry dusted in cinnamon, a source of Portuguese pride and certainly not to be missed! First made by the monks of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in the 18th century, in certain pastry shops, like Pastéis de Belém, you will find the same recipes are still being used.

If Belém were a country, the Torre de Belem is its emblem. Make sure you find time to visit this 16th-Century fortress and admire its intricate architecture.

Stroll through Lisbon’s Tropical Botanical Garden

Jardim Botânico Tropical gardens

Before leaving Belém, visit the historic gardens a short walk from Jeronimo’s Monastery. Designated a national monument in 2007, the gardens are the perfect way to escape the summer heat of the city, a tropical paradise overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

Find vintage, Victorian style terrariums and greenhouses nestled among towering great palms and banana trees. Sure to please the kids and provide the necessary respite from the lively city centre for everyone else.

Get lost in the lanes of Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo

Informally known as one of Lisbon’s most photogenic, Instagrammable streets. The Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo is filled with little shops, quaint cafés and bars. Take the Ascensor da Bica funicular up to the Bairro Alta and Bica neighbourhoods for sweeping views across the steep hills.

At the top, be sure to stop by the area’s best-known viewpoint, the Miradouro de Santa Catarina.

Stop by Oceanário, Lisbon’s impressive Oceanarium

The Oceanário de Lisboa is well worth a visit, for all manner of guests to the city, kids, families, single adults, big groups and small.

This vast aquarium is located in Parque das Nações, to the north-west of the city centre. Stroll down to the waterfront, taking in the contemporary art, green spaces and buildings along the way through this redeveloped quarter overlooking the Tagus river.

Woman looking at manta ray through aquarium glass in Oceanário, Lisbon’s Oceanarium

The Oceanário itself is an imposing building developed by American architect Peter Chermaeff for the Expo98 event. And when we describe it as vast, we really mean it. It’s the largest indoor aquarium in Europe and one of the biggest in the world, holding an impressive 5 million litres of sea water.

The permanent exhibition displays marine habitats from all four corners of the globe, from the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Antarctic. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see an out of this world exhibition, and to see otters, puffins and penguins in what comes very close to their natural habitat.

Listen to Fado music in one of Lisbon’s vibrant bars

Fado is one of Lisbon’s most proud heritages. This distinctive musical genre has been played in Lisbon since its birth in the early 1800s.

Listening to a live band play fado is a rite of passage for any far-flung visitors, even if you cannot understand the lyrics. Known for its distinguishing Portuguese guitar and dramatic, somewhat melancholic, vocals from both female and male fado singers. Fado was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2011.

Some of the best places to experience typical fado are in the streets, bars and restaurants, where singers and musicians perform among the tables.

Some great bars to experience fado music include Senhor Vinho (Yes, that’s Sir Wine to you), Clube de Fado and Tasca do Chico.

If you would like to find out more about this package and for prices, get in touch with a Camel Collection rep today.

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Kerikeri Airport

n/a

Eagles Lodge

Eagles Lodge,
60 Tapeka Road,
Russell 0242,
Bay of Islands,
New Zealand

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Auckland

Auckland Airport

Haku Lodge

Huka Lodge
271 Huka Falls Road
Taupo 3377
New Zealand

Huka Lodge Area

Huka Lodge
271 Huka Falls Road
Taupo 3377
New Zealand

Hawkes Bay

Hawke's Bay.
New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers
Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Hawke's Bay

Cape Kidnappers.
Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Taradale to Puketapu

n/a

Napier Airport

Napier Airport,
New Zealand

Annandale, Scrubby Bay

Annandale
130 Wharf Road
Pigeon Bay
RD3 Akaroa, 7550
New Zealand

Annandale Farm

Annandale Farm,
New Zealand

Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport,
New Zealand

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

Minaret Station
10 Lloyd Dunn Ave
Wanaka Airport
Wanaka, 9343
New Zealand

Minaret Station

n/a

Queenstown

n/a

Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Marine Parade
Queenstown, 9348
New Zealand

Queenstown

Queenstown,
New Zealand

Family Adventure, New Zealand

One of the most spectacular countries in the World we think! With so much to do and see the landscapes are mesmerising, this a trip the whole family will never forget.

Destinations: Auckland to Bay of Islands to Lake Taupo to Hawkes Bay to Christchurch to Queenstown
Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Guideline: £15,500 pp excluding international flights

Day 1: Arrival in Auckland, flight to Kerikeri

Image from Southern Crossings

On arrival at Auckland International Airport you will be met by a representative who will hand over your New Zealand documentation and transfer you by private vehicle to the Domestic Airport for your domestic flight from Auckland to Kerikeri. You will be met at Kerikeri by your private driver who will transfer you to Eagles Nest, on the Bay of Islands. You will be staying here for 3 nights in a Three Bedroom Eagles Spirit Villa.

Eagles Lodge - 3 nights

Image from Eagles Nest

3 nights Eagle’s Lodge – This multi-award winning New Zealand luxury hotel & retreat is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, where gardens and lodgings blend into the natural topography and foliage.

Day 2 & 3: Explore the Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Today enjoy a private sailing excursion around the stunning Bay of Islands. You will sail through the islands to a sheltered beach where you can choose to either swim, kayak or explore the beach/island while your crew prepares a kiwi BBQ lunch for you to enjoy back on board the yacht.

While at leisure in the Bay of Islands we recommend the following unique local experiences:

    • The Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds to learn the history between Maori and New Zealand Europeans and discover why this spot is so sacred to the nation.
    • Explore the historic village of Russell, dine at its beachside restaurants and try to imagine how this adorable village was once known as the ‘Hell-hole of the Pacific’.
    • Go on a dolphin spotting cruise, or even join them on a dolphin swimming excursion.
    • Dive or snorkel on one of the country’s most celebrated dive locations, the Poor Knights Islands.
    • Visit the town of Kerikeri, home to the oldest buildings in the country.Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’.
    • Play one of the world’s top 100 golf courses, scenic Kauri Cliffs.

Day 4: Flight to Auckland from Kerikeri

This morning you will be met at your accommodation by your private driver who will transfer you to Kerikeri Airport for your onward flight to Auckland. On arrival, collect your rental vehicle.

Enjoy a fascinating privately guided tour of the Hobbit Movie Set and step into the lush pastures of ‘The Shire’, discovering the real ‘Middle Earth’ from The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit film trilogies. Your guide will escort you around the set, showing the indicate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. At the end of the tour enjoy refreshments at The Green Dragon Inn.

You will then make your way to the Great Lake Taupo Region where you will be staying for 2 nights..

Huka Lodge - 2 nights

Enter through the gates of Huka Lodge and immediately begin to leave the real world behind. As guests journey the length of the drive and encounter the park-like grounds, a feeling of peace and tranquillity begins to gently envelop you.

Day 5: Explore the Haku Lodge & Surroundings

Tongariro Crossing

While at leisure at Huka Lodge we recommend the following unique local experiences:

    • Play golf at either of the two world class courses nearby, Kinloch and Wairakei.
    • Go fly fishing on the surrounding rivers or trolling on Lake Taupo.
    • Take a scenic cruise on New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo. See Maori rock carvings, go kayaking, or fish.
    • Get the adrenaline pumping on the Hukafalls Jet and view the staggering amount of water flowing over these falls every second.
    • Take a helicopter to the ever simmering White Island, an almost constantly active volcano in the Bay of Plenty.
    • Take a day to explore the geothermal wonders in the region including Craters of the Moon, Waiotapu, and the many different locations in Rotorua.
    • Put your hiking shoes on and walk the Tongariro Crossing, often named the best day walk in the world.
    • For the more adventurous, try bungy jumping, quad biking, sky diving, gliding, or even racing around a track in a real Formula Challenge race car.
    • Take to the bush on one of the many walks available, guided or unguided.
    • Play tennis, petanque, croquet or mountain bike, all available at Huka onsite facilities.

Day 6: Travel the Thermal Explorer Highway

Today you will drive along the Thermal Explorer highway to the Hawke’s Bay region and your accommodation. This afternoon experience visiting the treasured native bird, the kiwi, in the wild. There are five species of kiwi in New Zealand and they are all endangered but at Cape Kidnappers, they are a sanctuary to these precious birds. Tours are arranged with experienced guides who work within the sanctuary. You will be staying at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers for three nights in a Hilltop Family Suite.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers - 3 nights

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers sits atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs that give way to vast sea views and an ever-present horizon. Home to not only a lodge and spa, this unique property also boasts an award-winning Tom Doak-designed golf course and a sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s most precious flora, fauna and endangered animals.

Day 7: Explore Hawke's Bay Area

While at leisure at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers we recommend the following unique local experiences:

    • Take advantage of the many onsite activities including mountain biking, nature walks, clay bird shooting, quad biking and of course, golfing on one of the world’s 30 top golf courses.
    • Tour the farm to see the sheep dogs at work, watch the shearers shearing and spot the adorable lambs.
    • Maori cultural tour to a nearby marae to meet a Maori family and hear their stories.
      View the massive colony of gannets at Cape Kidnappers.
    • Tour the vineyards of the Hawke’s Bay, the second largest wine producing in the country, and particularly well known for its red wine varieties.
    • View the bright pastels and geometric motifs of Napier’s rich collection of Art Deco buildings from a 1930’s vintage vehicle, or on a walking tour. – Combine a visit to the Hawke’s Bay vineyards with an epicurean tour to meet local makers of cheese, olive oil and fresh produce.

Day 8: Morning Cycle and Afternoon Chill

This morning you will be met at your accommodation by your private cycle guide. You will enjoy a scenic riding experience along the stop banks of the pretty Tutaekuri River, on this round route from Taradale to the rural settlement of Puketapu. Enjoy lunch at the iconic Puketapu Pub before returning on the opposite side of the river. After a climb to enjoy the views of the surrounding region from the historic Otatara Maori Pa site, treat yourself to a chocolate delight at the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory and café. This afternoon will be at your leisure to enjoy the onsite facilities at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

Day 9: Travel to Napier Airport

Today you will drive to Napier Airport and return your rental vehicle prior to your onward flight to Christchurch. Upon arrival you will be met by your private driver and will be transferred to the Homestead at Annandale where you will be staying for three nights in a 4 bedroom Scrubby Bay Villa.

Annandale, Scrubby Bay - 3 nights

In an area of outstanding beauty lies Annandale, an iconic farm escape offering four award-winning luxury villas with relaxed Kiwi style informality.

Your Bay. Your People. Your Time. Warmly embraced on both sides by the surrounding hills and facing a private bay, Scrubby Bay is a magical and completely private setting for gatherings of up to 14 guests.

Day 10 & 11: Exploring Annandale Farm

Day 1: This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Annandale Farm. You will travel over rugged tracks while enjoying views from some of the higher, more scenic locations on the farm. Your tour will incorporate the historic woolshed, seeing livestock up close and experiencing some of the practical sides of a working farm. This afternoon explore Pigeon Bay and the surrounding waters of Banks Peninsula in your private powerboat. You will view the friendly hector dolphins, fur seals in their natural habitat, bird colonies around the coastline and other wildlife. Your cruise will provide an excellent perspective for you to see the fascinating volcanic topography and geology that created the Banks Peninsula millions of years ago.

Day 2: Today you are kayaking, this premium kayaking excursion showcases the best of Pigeon Bay and coastal Banks Peninsula. Your personal guide will share the natural beauty, key points of interest including flora, fauna, historical sites and fascinating geology. Annandale’s coast also boasts cormorant colonies, seal sunbathing shelves, shag nesting sites and is among the playground of penguins and Hectors’ dolphins.

While at leisure at Annandale we recommend the following unique local experiences:

    • Take part in a cooking class with the talented chefs and learn the recipes to replicate yourself at home.
    • Complimentary bikes are available to get you through the fields and down to the secluded beaches.
    • Take to the air or sea on a private sightseeing tour to some of the regions most scenic spots on helicopter or aboard Annandale’s very own boat.

Day 12: Travel to Minaret Station by Plane & Helicopter

This morning, you will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Annandale and transferred to The Homestead were you will be met by your private driver and transferred to Christchurch Airport prior to your onward flight to Queenstown. On arrival, you will be met and escorted to private helicopter for the scenic transfer to your accommodation. You will be staying at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge for two nights in a King Alpine and Chalet and a Twin Alpine Chalet.

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge – 2 nights

On the rugged South Island, Minaret Station provides guests with a taste of New Zealand’s great outdoors, offering warmth and authenticity at every turn. Minaret Station is proud to offer Minaret Station Alpine Lodge, Minaret Station Guided Experiences and Minaret Station Events.

Day 13: Explore Minaret Station

Today you will enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to explore Fiordland and Aspiring National Parks, along with Milford Sound and the Southern Alps. Fly up close to waterfalls, traverse the majestic fiords, observe New Zealand fur seals, hover over glaciers and make a snow landing. You will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch amongst the picturesque mountain skyline.

While at Minaret Station we recommend the following unique local experiences:

    • A guided fishing tour to well stocked high country streams and rivers.
    • Hike rocky ridge lines, grassy undulating valleys or luscious ancient rainforests.
    • Mountain bike on purpose built trails.
    • Tour the working farm and see stock including sheep, cattle and deer.

Day 14: Travel by helicopter to Queenstown

This morning you will be met at your accommodation by your private helicopter for the scenic transfer back to Queenstown. On arrival you will be bet by your driver who will transfer you to Eichardt’s Private Hotel where you will be staying for three nights in a King Lake View Suite and Twin Lake View Suite.

Eichardt’s Private Hotel - 3 nights

Eichardt’s Private Hotel is a Queenstown icon providing fine accommodation in seven luxurious Lake View Suites, four comfortably appointed Lakefront Apartments, The Residence and The Penthouse, all situated on premium lakefront positions in the heart of Queenstown.

Day 15 & 16: Explore Queenstown

Day 1: This morning you will be met at your accommodation by your private driver and will be transferred to Glenorchy for an exciting wilderness tour and jet boat excursion. Following your briefing you will journey by four-wheel-drive coach through the back roads to the upper reaches of the scenic Dart River. You may enjoy an optional guided forest walk en route. From the upper Dart River enjoy an exhilarating and scenic jet boat ride. Following your excursion, you will be returned to your accommodation by your private vehicle and driver. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.

Day 2: While at leisure in Queenstown we recommend the following unique local experiences: Ply the waters of Lake Wakatipu aboard the 100 year old TSS Earnslaw.

    • Ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for the best views over the town and Lake Wakatipu and for the more adventurous zip line or luge ride back down.
    • Hike the variety of landscapes available nearby the town including lakeside, rainforest, high country, alpine and farmlands.
    • Visit the picturesque historic gold mining town of Arrowtown and browse the boutiques housed in heritage buildings along the main street.
    • Play on Queenstown’s world class golf courses such as Jacks Point, The Hills or Millbrook.
    • Brave the iconic Kiwi adrenaline activity, bungy jumping, at the 134 metre Nevis River, the 43 metre Kawarau Bridge or the 47 metre Ledge.
    • Visit any of the dozens of surreal film sites used in the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, and other movies.
    • Sample some delicious drops at the regions leading cellar doors and restaurants such as Amisfield, Chard Farm, Peregrine and Gibbston Vineyards.
    • Of course, being the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, there are plenty of adrenaline activities on offer including skydiving, canyoning, white water rafting, quad biking, and so much more.

If you would like to find out more about this package and for prices, get in touch with a friendly Camel Collection rep today.

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