Combine wildlife experiences and cultural excursions for an unforgettable 11-day journey through Uganda and Rwanda. Explore Uganda's national parks on a series of wildlife safaris, then trek into the jungle to see rare mountain gorillas in the wild. Support community and conservation efforts along the way with visits to local villages, farms, and markets, and spend a day with the Batwa people to learn about their sacred relationship with the forest. Your trip ends over the border in Rwanda, where you'll discover the thriving modern capital of Kigali.
Hop between five of Uganda's greatest national parks on this two-week itinerary for nature lovers. Spot lions in rugged Kidepo, cruise along the Nile at Murchison Falls, embark on incredible wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth, and track chimpanzees through the jungle in Kalinzu. After a visit to the lush "Mountains of the Moon" in Rwenzori, you'll trek into the Bwindi Impenetrable forest to see endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
This 10-day tour showcases four of Uganda's most spectacular national parks, with an unforgettable itinerary of wildlife safaris and trekking excursions. Spot lions, elephants, and hippos on the protected savannahs of Queen Elizabeth, interact with rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, track chimpanzees in Kibale, and discover the lush, flowering mountainsides of Rwenzori.
Southwestern Uganda is home to two jewels of biodiversity and conservation: Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Parks. On this week-long adventure, you'll immerse yourself in the wonders of both—observing lions, giraffes, and elephants on Rift Valley savannahs, then trekking through mist-laden jungles to see endangered mountain gorillas in the wild.
One of the most popular white villages in Southern Spain, Ronda sits atop a dramatic cliff, providing stunning views of its surrounding countryside. In Ronda, you'll find a mix of relaxed vibes and exciting outdoor adventures. Explore the Old Town, listen to Spanish guitar, and learn about ancient winemaking techniques while savoring a glass or two. Then head out into the countryside to climb the Via Ferrata or peruse charming villages.
This 5-day Ugandan adventure takes you deep into the mist-shrouded hills of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park—home to over half of the remaining mountain gorillas on earth. With the help of specialized guides, you'll track, observe, and interact with these gentle giants in an unforgettable and environmentally-conscious way. After two nights in the jungle, transfer to the sweeping savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where lions, elephants, and giraffes roam the Rift Valley floor.
As the birthplace of ziplining, Costa Rica's Monteverde region is the prime location to zip through the jungle. With four main ziplining companies to recommend, you'll find adventure parks suitable for any traveler, including beginners, families with children, adventure-seekers, and nature lovers. Read on to discover which ziplining adventure park in Monteverde is best for you.
Known as the "jewel of the Mediterranean," Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and offers a tropical-like coastline, chiseled mountain peaks, and a vibrant culture. Travelers flock to the island to combine relaxation with adventure. For example, enjoy a catamaran cruise while snorkeling in the Mediterranean, visit idyllic villages while hiking in the mountains, or explore caves while wine tasting. And when you need a break, dive into the island's unique and flavorful culinary scene or walk the streets of buzzy Palma.
Bilbao is known for gastronomy and the architecture of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum. Combine modern art with the city's world-renown culinary scene, impressive architecture, and quaint historic core. Discover Northern Spain's gastronomy by savoring pintxos, learning how to make wine, or taking a cooking class. Pair a visit to the Guggenheim with a city tour and admire architecture beyond the quirky. Or, explore outside the city center and enjoy the Picos de Europa, a mountain range that rivals the Alps.
A trip to Mykonos means diving headfirst into island glamour—or dipping a toe in, at the very least. Stay on the edges with some more reasonably priced accommodations in the center of town or fully submerge in the scene with luxurious beachfront villas with this list, all of which blend beautifully into the white Cycladic seascape.
Ancient culture and spectacular scenery are the highlights of this 8-day journey through southeastern and central Turkey. Marvel at the mosaics of Gaziantep, explore the sunken city of Halfeti by boat, and see the archaeological wonders of Sanlıurfa. After a visit to the UNESCO-listed Mount Nemrut, you'll set out across the rugged landscapes of Anatolia to reach the famous, fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia—where you'll tour underground cities and take to the skies in a hot air balloon.
Perfect for active families of all ages, this adventurous 9-day itinerary highlights some of Turkey's most stunning natural scenery. Beginning among the famous "fairy chimneys" of Cappadocia, you'll explore the valley with easy hikes and bike rides, discovering ancient fortresses and underground cities. After an unforgettable hot air balloon ride, it's time to transfer west to the Mediterranean coast, where you'll trek some inviting portions of the famous Lycian Way against a backdrop of fragrant pine forests, rugged coastline, and mythical mountains.
Gallop across the plains of Tanzania on this short but unforgettable 4-day horseback safari. Starting in Arusha, you'll spend a night in a boutique wildlife lodge before setting out towards Tarangire National Park. Spend your days exploring the savannah on horseback, riding through herds of wildebeest, gazelle, and giraffes. As evening falls, you'll gather around the campfire for sundowners and stargazing in the African bush.
Experience the rich culture, tastes, and history across Peru and Bolivia during this exciting 11-day trip. Start in the imperial city of Cusco in Peru, where you'll visit ancient temples and religious sites that speak to its incredible history, then pop by the San Pedro Market for local produce and treats. Explore the Sacred Valley and see the ruins of Machu Picchu. Cross the border into Bolivia and explore the city of La Paz, then spend the next three days touring the Uyuni Salt Flats and all its wonders. Wrap up your journey with a catamaran cruise to the city of Puno and a scenic drive accompanied by llamas through the Andes.
If you have just a week to spend in Brazil — and you don't want to spend too much time traveling between destinations — this 7-day itinerary to Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande is ideal. The journey offers an unbeatable mix of sightseeing, outdoor adventure, and relaxation, starting in Rio with a full-day city tour that takes you to Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and key historic sites. After a hike in the rainforest of Tijuca, you'll catch a boat to nearby Ilha Grande, seemingly a world away from the bustle of "the Marvelous City." Spend the second half of the trip boating, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing on the tropical island before heading back to civilization to catch a flight out.
From mysterious Stonehenge to the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool to the historic campuses of Oxford and Cambridge, this two-week trip around England takes you to a wide range of classic sights. You'll get off the beaten path, too — the itinerary features a day trip to the gorgeous Isles of Scilly, horseback riding on the beach in Cornwall, hiking in the Cotswolds, and time to relax in the medieval Welsh village of Conwy. With a mix of outdoor activities and cultural sightseeing, this lively 14-day journey has something for everyone.
If you love wild natural landscapes and handcrafted spirits, this 9-day tour of Wales is for you. Offering a mix of outdoor adventures and gourmet experiences, the itinerary begins in the picturesque Welsh Borders. Sample beer at a historic brewery before moving on to the medieval castles and mountain scenery of Snowdonia National Park. Dine on foraged foods and freshly caught fish before following the rugged west coast to Pembrokeshire, a jewel by the sea. End with a scenic drive through Brecon Beacons National Park, toasting your adventure with a visit to a whiskey distillery or a biodynamic winery to finish the trip.
Adventure mode: on! During this thrilling 5-day tour around Rio de Janeiro, you won't just see the sights — you'll hike, climb, and cycle to them. Start with a train ride to the top of Corcovado to visit Christ the Redeemer, then hop on a mountain bike and ride downhill for lunch on the beach. You'll hike and climb to a sunset panorama at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain to finish the day. Cycle around the city on a history tour, then do some more hiking, scaling the heights of Pedra Bonita for spectacular views over Rio and the surrounding landscape. After trekking along the trails of Tijuca Forest, you'll finish the adventure with a dip in a waterfall.
Spend an unforgettable week exploring the Cidade Maravilhosa ("Marvelous City") of Rio de Janeiro! On this colorful journey around Brazil's most glamorous city, you'll hit the major highlights, including a cable car ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain and an excursion to Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer — both viewpoints offer truly stunning views over Rio and its surrounding landscape. You'll also learn about the city's African heritage, see what life in the favela is like, watch Carnival musicians and dancers in action, and hike in the lush Tijuca Forest. Finish the trip with a full day of relaxing with a local crowd on the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
The most famous lodging on Tinos may be its signature dovecotes, but these hotels can provide an equally distinctive stay. Opt for a spot in town or head out to one of the island's many beaches, where your hotel will be just steps away from the sand.
When in Heraklion, the best lodgings are centrally located. Sample an eco-conscious smart hotel, the residence of the first Aga of Heraklion during the Ottoman era, or a luxury hotel that once played host to the city's upper crust. If you're on a slower-paced trip, head to a local winery or the nearby village of Archanes for a sedate stay under the olive trees in your own cozy villa.
Chania's varied cultural influences are apparent in its hotels, which blend historical touches and sweeping Venetian and neoclassical architecture with modern conveniences. Stay in the Old Town for cobblestone streets and proximity to the main attractions, or in the modern town center for lower rates and larger facilities.
When staying in Athens, it makes sense to be amidst the bustle of the historic center. These hotels near Syntagma Square, the buzzy Monastiraki market, and in the Plaka neighborhood offer proximity to the top spots amid neoclassical architecture and Acropolis views.
Follow the sounds of fado through Lisbon's streets to one of these hotels in neighborhoods across the city. Stay near the sophisticated Avenida Liberdade and Marquês de Pombal area, celebrate the arts on Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Square, or take in the Bairro Alto from a rooftop at these standout spots.
Head south to the golden beaches of the Algarve at one of these seaside retreats. Whether you choose to stay in charming Tavira, along the cliffs of Carvoeiro, or at a wellness retreat just off the Ponta da Piedade, these hotels, ranging from former convents to sprawling resorts, can provide a vacation for any tastes.
Many of the colorful sea captain's houses that dot the Syros waterfront have been turned into hotels, giving travelers the opportunity to truly experience the island's past during their visit. Stay in one of the neoclassical buildings in the Vaporia neighborhood of the island's main town of Ermoupoli, or head to one of the beaches if you prefer more space.
The Arenal/La Fortuna region in Costa Rica is known for its hot springs. With 12 different thermal pools to choose from, you'll find facilities ideal for romantic getaways, luxury-seekers, backpackers, frugal travelers, families, adventurists, and more. Whether you're looking for peace and relaxation or hot springs with exciting waterslides, our list has them all.
Perfect your trip to Paros with a stay on one of the island's many beaches—and there are plenty to choose from. No matter which fishing village or sweep of sand you choose, enjoy spas, sea views, and pools amid Cycladic architecture and sea breezes that will have you floating away in no time.
With bright white interiors and accents from land and sea, the hotels of Milos echo the island landscape and its dramatic white rock beaches. Find your spot in town, on a private nature reserve, or even inside a windmill at these lodgings.
This exhilarating 10-day itinerary takes you beyond the Dominican Republic's famous beaches to discover an island of diverse landscapes and unforgettable adventures. Hike to waterfalls on the Samaná Peninsula, take your pick of world-class watersports in Cabarete, then head to the mountains to discover the rushing rivers and rugged canyons of Jarabacoa. Your journey ends in the historic capital of Santo Domingo, where you'll tour the Americas' oldest European settlement and visit the ancient caverns of Los Tres Ojos.
Escape to a paradise of turquoise waters and white sand beaches on this unforgettable 15-day journey through the Dominican Republic. Tour the oldest colonial city in the Americas at Santo Domingo, explore underwater worlds in Sosúa, and head to the pristine Samana Peninsula to discover towering waterfalls, hidden beaches, and the spectacular Los Haitises National Park. End your trip in the tropical haven of Punta Cana, where you'll unwind at the beach in between adventurous excursions.
History buffs will love this weeklong tour of Wales! The itinerary takes you to Pembrokeshire and Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII, a Welshman who became the King of England in 1509. Learn about Tudor history and the complex relationship between Wales and England as you tour the region and its many castles, museums, and monuments, including those relocated to the grounds of the famed St. Fagans National Museum. There's time for outdoor adventure, too — the journey includes hiking along scenic coastal paths and the option to mountain bike or canoe in beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
Porto's hotels echo the city's history, with locations dotted through the historic city center. Stay in a former manor house or comfortable guesthouse, with options at all points along the pricing spectrum and plenty of spots to enjoy a glass of the city's signature wines.
There are a few questions to answer when staying on the famous shores of Santorini. But whether you choose a beachside apartment or caldera views, the bustling cafes of Fira or quiet elegance of Imerovigli, one of these hotels is sure to hit the spot.
The best hotels in Rethymno combine the city's beach access with the Cretan culture, serving up local specialty dishes alongside historic stones under the sun. Whether you're enjoying a former schoolhouse turned boutique, savoring suites accompanied by one of Greece's best restaurants, or slowing down on a wellness-focused farm stay, it's hard to go wrong with these options.
Stay inside a historical mansion or hip design suites within the pedestrian-friendly center, or head into the countryside to a hands-on farm stay amidst the olive trees as you explore this Peloponnesian destination.
Explore the Scottish Highlands in style on this immersive week-long getaway. With a private driver at your disposal, you can sit back and enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel from the wilds of Cairngorms National Park to historic Inverness and on to the west coast fishing village of Oban. By day you'll fish for salmon in Highland rivers, tour historic battlefields, and cruise across the legendary Loch Ness—while nights are spent in a succession of luxurious country house hotels.
When traveling to the Azores, you want to make sure you're taking advantage of the many aspects of these lush islands. A stay on São Miguel or Terceira will put you in the center of the attractions, with options both in the city centers and out in the natural world, along with volcanic springs, lively city squares, and bay views.
During this 12-day journey, you will witness the rich culture, history, and landscapes across Peru and Bolivia. The first half of the trip is in Peru, where you'll explore the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient ruins in Cusco. Go on a Sacred Valley tour of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and — last but certainly not least — Machu Picchu. After seeing the floating Uros Islands, you'll cross the border into Bolivia and explore the city of La Paz, with day trips to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku and the Uyuni Salt Flats.
Taste your way through the Highlands and islands of Scotland on this 10-day self-drive itinerary that combines stunning scenery with unforgettable culinary excursions. Start in the capital of Edinburgh, where you'll visit local markets and artisan shops on a foodie's walking tour. Learn about the history and culture of the Highlands in Inverness, then head to the Hebrides to hop between the islands of Skye and Islay—where you'll savor local seafood and sample smoky single malts at the islands' famed distilleries.
Experience one of the world's most scenic driving routes on this 5-day journey along Scotland's North Coast 500. Beginning and ending in the Highland capital of Inverness, you'll follow the loop counterclockwise as you wind your way past mist-shrouded mountains, hidden lochs, and rugged coastlines. A relaxed pace allows you to take your time and explore plenty of sandy beaches, charming fishing villages, and unspoiled nature along the way.
You can have a great getaway in the Dominican Republic in as short as a long weekend if you stick to either Santo Domingo or Punta Cana. However, it’s recommended to spend at least a week to discover a more meaningful section of this Caribbean nation. Lucky travelers who have 10 to 14 days can comfortably explore most of the DR’s diverse regions, experiencing the best colonial cities, coastal venues, Taíno archeological sites, cultural highlights, fun activities, and even the mist-shrouded Cordillera Central and/or cactus-studded southwest. Read on for a breakdown of optimal itineraries, from short (4 days) to long (up to 2 weeks).
This epic two-week adventure brings together some of Scotland's most iconic experiences, from golfing at St Andrews to whisky tasting on the Isle of Skye. Explore the hidden corners of Edinburgh's Old Town, take a three-day trek along the famed West Highland Way, discover the wild beauty of Cairngorms National Park, and hop over to the Hebrides to sample world-class cuisine and tour the islands' distilleries.
From magnificent clifftop castles to quiet gardens to the busy streets of London, this 10-day road trip takes you to some of England's top highlights. Stops along the journey include the mysterious ruins of Stonehenge, historic Glastonbury, the idyllic villages of the Cotswolds, the lovely gardens at Hidcote Manor, the hometowns of Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, and the gorgeous Welsh coastline, home to various castles. You'll finish up the adventure in London with a rooftop film screening, a ride around town on a Hop-on, Hop-off Bus, and an elegant tea service at the Savoy Hotel.
This week-long itinerary is the perfect introduction to Scotland's most scenic locales—blending a self-drive adventure with unforgettable guided excursions and experiences. Beginning and ending in the charming capital of Edinburgh, you'll set off into the rugged Highlands for a road trip to remember. Step back in time at the Culloden Battlefield, cruise the legendary waters of Loch Ness, and tour whisky distilleries on the Isle of Skye.
If you're a Shakespeare lover, a Jane Austen enthusiast, or a Harry Potter fan, this weeklong tour around England is perfect for you! Focused on culture and literary history, the 7-day itinerary starts by following in Austen's footsteps — and later, seeing the filming locations for Bridgerton — in Bath. Then you'll tour Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon and see the landmarks around Oxford University that inspired J.K. Rowling. As an added bonus, this trip features ample outdoor time, from hiking in the Cotswolds to boating in Oxford to visiting one of the country's finest gardens.
Get in touch with Coimbra's history and famous university by staying at a hotel within its UNESCO World Heritage city center. Whether it's a cozy residence, literature-inspired guesthouse, or 18th-century palace, these options will have you sleeping in style.
The key to a stay in the city of Lagos is easy access to the sea. If you want to stay within the city, a spot along the marina will give you water views and easy walking access to shops and restaurants, or go just a bit farther along the cliffs to immerse yourself in a wellness retreat.
Visiting the Douro Valley is all about getting up close with its famous wines. While many visitors come to the area as a day trip, if you want to linger a little longer, stay onsite at one of the wineries, which offer manor houses, cozy bed and breakfasts, and modern touches for a memorable stay — complete, of course, with river views and plenty of time in the estate cellars.
Over in the Ionian islands, Corfu's main lodgings tend more toward the resort style. These expansive properties offer amenities like private beaches, infinity pools, options for private villas, and even have their own seaside promenades and piazzas to sweep you away.