7 Adventurous AF Trips Around The World
Want to sample some less visited but incredible adventure stops from around the world? We have selected seven tours from our adventure specialists that will give you a sneak peak into a different and definitely wilder side of places like North America’s West or more remote parts of Indonesia.
You can test the two extremes of mountains and beaches in the heady region of Morocco; or push yourself to the edge with the best thrill-seeking that the Land of the Long White Cloud aka New Zealand has to offer; and even closer to home, why not head to Australia’s red centre and see for yourself the world’s oldest living culture at Uluru.
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The best of the West with Contiki’s Wild Western
Starting in LA, if you want to make the most of your time in this part of the world and see everything above and below, then Contiki’s Wild Western has your name on it. Soak up the best of the West and take in San Diego, Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, Las Vegas and San Fran. Fill up your Instagram account with pics that any movie scout would kill for.
With Contiki’s #No Regrets commitment, this tour really is for the brave and the free. You will be cruising Las Vegas on a party bus one moment and then chillin in the very cool district of San Fran, the next – no time for regrets.
Gecko: The Real Cambodia
Discover that there’s more to Cambodia than Angkor Wat. Cambodia has the densest of jungles, idyllic beaches that contrast with its shocking and cruel modern history. Digitally disconnect from the world in Kampong Cham, where you’ll find yourself cycling over bamboo bridges to fetch baguettes and fried spiders, a bizarre but seamless mixture of two different food cultures.
Let your taste buds fall head-over-heels in love with Asian flavours and dine with a Cambodian family who'll offer up home cooked local delicacies in their own house.
Intrepid Indonesia – Discover Lombok
Keep heading south towards Australia, and the adventurous traveller will be sure to stumble across Indonesia – so much more than just Bali, Intrepid has created a tour, Discover Lombok that dispels the myth that Indonesia is just all big resorts and Bintang.
One minute you’re spotting orangutans in the jungles of Sumatra, the next you’re surveying the green terrain in Ubud, or hiking the slopes of Mt Batur, or soaking up the sun on the beaches of Gili Air.
Stay off the beaten track on Lombok and spend time in rural villages and take the time to meet the locals and perhaps chill out in beachside Sanur or the tranquil hill retreat of Tetebatu – plenty of authentic Asian Zen to be had.
Intrepid – Delhi to Goa
Intrepid has also created some fantastic tours of the sub-Continent for true adventurers. This incredible journey spans two weeks and takes you from spice-filled bazaars to white sandy beaches, opulent palaces to spice plantations, discover the very best and some hidden surprises of India. Take your taste buds on an adventure to a world of delicious street food located in pulsing alleyways, mingle with Mumbai merchants and explore centuries-old icons and witness the one and only Taj Mahal. Even the most seasoned and world-weary traveller gets a kick out of seeing this marvel in all its dazzling white marble.
Two of India’s most loved destinations and Intrepid’s all time favourites, are Jaipur and Udaipur. You will have the time to stroll the fascinating streets of these must-see Indian highlights.
Your journey finishes at Spice Central, Goa. This lesser known state on India’s West coast may be a golden-sand beauty, but there’s a vibrant tropical vibe here. You can chill by the beach or opt to tour an organic spice farm and feast on a tasty array of fresh Goan fare.
Geckos Adventures: Morocco Mountains and Beaches
Morocco conjures up images of big markets bordering on deserts that stretch out forever but there is a whole beach and surf scene too. Try out some different ocean waves at Taghazout with Atlantic surf and more of a beachey feel at seaside towns like Essaouria - perfect for soaking up a different kind of coastal vibe.
From coast to country living, the Atlas Mountains offers up some great insights and the chance to experience the blend of European, Middle Eastern and African cultures. Take the time to check out some of Morocco’s best secrets – from the mountains to the beaches.
Contiki – Kiwiana Panorama
It is all about the adrenalin when you hit these New Zealand hotspots of Rotorua, and 'Zorb'. Have a real hāngi, and be sure to cruise Lake Taupo before heading to Queenstown.
Known as the adventure capital of the World, Queenstown has it all for those seeking a wild rush where you can career millimetres away from a cliff face on the Shotover Jet or push yourself to the edge with a bungy jump or canyon swing. Then at sundown, Queenstown's legendary nightlife of great bars and restaurants comes alive in this picture perfect must-see township in NZ’s South Island.
Embrace your inner Frodo while you drive past World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and spot the dramatic volcanic landscapes that were used as backdrops in The Lord of the Rings.
Intrepid – Uluru Adventure
Travel across the sunburnt Australian outback to Uluru and Watarrka for a truly immersive cultural journey into the Red Centre. See the Centre’s greatest natural attractions where you'll get to admire Uluru by sunrise and sunset. Don’t be surprised at the size and the ancient energy that seems to emanate from one of the most recognised icons of our Great Southern Land.
Beyond the Rock, explore the natural wonders of Watarrka National Park/Kings Canyon – the Lost City, Amphitheatre, Garden of Eden and North and South Walls – meander through the huge red boulders and the deep gullies of Kata Tjuta.
As an essential part of this adventure, enjoy an evening of open air dining with Intrepid’s 1,000 Star Dinner – swap five stars for trillions.