As you step into 2014 and begin planning your year, why not think about pushing beyond the boundaries of mainstream holidays, taking in new, unique experiences and making it a year that leaves you truly inspired! Think about exploring India and parts of the planet beyond the usual ‘hotspots’. UNIGLOBE Experts have researched a collection of 12 unique vacation ideas that will take you out of the ordinary in 2014. Ready? Set? Read on!
When was the last time you did something extraordinary with your family or friends? Make 2014 an eventful journey with these captivating experiences. Take your pick from our ‘expert recommended’ top 12 vacation experiences and embark on the trip of a lifetime – it’s the secret to bringing back memories and inspiration that will last you a lifetime.
Experience: Be amazed by the ever-brown Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Adding to the allure of the Philippines, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol are a UNESCO heritage site.. Typically green, the hills turn brown during the dry season and give the appearance of little chocolate mounds, thus justifying its name. A must visit destination picked by UNIGLOBE experts for nature lovers and photographers.
The Great Wall of China
Experience: Hike along the unrestored section of the Great Wall of China
Securing its place among the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China stretches 5,500 miles from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west. Certainly one of the greatest wonders created by humans. While the Badaling track is the most paced, the real deal lies in walking the unrestored and difficult to reach areas of the wall. Do you have it in you to conquer the tougher track? “We found it to be a perfect treat for adventure enthusiasts,” say UNIGLOBE experts.
Experience: Swim with the elephants in the Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Plunge into the waters in the Havelock Island and splash around with the bull elephants. Watch the heavyweight of the land float like a leaf in the sea and swim along side these gentle giants. The feeling of sharing the same space with this magnificent beast is something that is beyond words. “You will never forget the picturesque sights of the island,” promise UNIGLOBE experts. Keep your cameras ready to capture the picture perfect underwater sights. Moreover, the reefs and clear tropical waters of the Andaman Sea are home to tens of thousands of colored tropical fish.
Experience: Experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains on a train journey through Canada
Feel the crispness in the air and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you experience the ultimate rail journey. Flanked by glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountains and untouched forests, this tour is one of a kind. Sample the grandeur of Canada, soak up the beauty of the dramatic views, see wildlife in its natural habitat all while enjoying excellent, relaxing on-board service.
Inca trail trek
Experience: Embark on the historic Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu
A famous path leading to a world wonder, the Inca trail is a four-day trek through Urubabma Valley towards Machu Picchu. The 43-km trek is a stunning mix of natural beauty including majestic mountains, lush green forests and Inca architecture including paving stones, ruins and tunnels. According to UNIGLOBE experts, this transformational journey will enlighten you about the rich culture of the Incas and the legacy left behind. But, it’s the final destination Machu Picchu that will make your heart skip a beat. Embark on this historic journey and unravel the mysteries of the "Lost City of the Incas".
Experience: Ride a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara during the Great Wildebeest Migration
The drumming of hooves from over a million beasts racing across the ground is African music to the ears. Fly over the plains in a hot air balloon and be amazed by the spectacular view of animals migrating from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Watch the games of nature play out below you as the herd crosses the Mara River in this one-of-a-kind safari experience.
Mykonos and Santorini
Experience: Sail the Aegean coast to Mykonos and Santorini
“This one is for all those who have a secret sailor inside them,” suggests a UNIGLOBE cruise expert. Awaken the sailor in you, sail the Aegean coast to Mykonos and Santorini in Greece and be enraptured by the scenic shores and pristine beaches. These island pearls are a perfect getaway to relax, unwind and get a taste of the Greek lifestyle.
Manali to Leh
Experience: Drive along the off-beat track from Manali to Leh
Do you have it in you to take the road less traveled? Connecting Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Ladakh (Jammu Kashmir), the track passes through some of the world’s highest mountain passes. It’s an adventurous road that can give you the adrenalin rush you have been seeking. Take the challenge and get a coup d’oeil of the spectacular landscape. The snow, the rocky terrain and the ever-present landslides make this adventurers journey the one not to miss.
Kanchenjunga at Sandakphu, Darjeeling, India
Experience: Watch the first sun rays emerge from Kanchenjunga at Sandakphu
You blink and the entire mountain range is enveloped in black. The next moment, as the first rays of the sun hit the pinnacle of the magnificent Kanchenjunga, everything turns gold. Watch the sky beam with hues of orange and gold as the sun wakes up. It’s a sight like no other and it will leave you speechless. A photographers dream.
Dead Sea, Israel
Experience: Heal yourself in the natural spa of the Dead Sea
Have you ever experienced floating on a sea bed? Get ready to invigorate yourself in the world’s largest natural spa- the Dead Sea in Israel. A mélange of different minerals makes this water body a natural healer. No artificial treatments can match up to the Dead Sea mud treatment. At 1,300 feet below sea level-the lowest place on the earth-even the air is pure. Enriched with oxygen and beads of soothing bromide, the air recharges your mind, body and soul. Feel the toxins and the stress drain away – and emerge restored, rejuvenated and relaxed. Emerge from the Dead Sea full of life!
The Great Ocean Road
Experience: Enjoy a drive of jaw-dropping sights along the Great Ocean Road
A 243-km stretch of land along the south-eastern coast of Australia. Endless jaw-dropping vistas. A network of trails and lookouts. Lose yourself! Feast your eyes on huge cliffs, humongous rock stacks, tranquil waters, and lush forests as you drive along the most scenic coastal routes. A feast for the eyes and a memory for forever.
Experience: Ski and snowboard across the Alps in Zermatt
A skiers’ paradise - Zermatt has the largest and highest summer skiing area in Europe. So, buckle up and get ready to feel the thrill of snow and sun. Be mesmerized by the picturesque locales that draw travelers over and over again. There are excellent options here for both intermediate and expert skiers, ranging from wide-open cruisers to mogul mashers to powder hounds.
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