These are the destinations of your dreams, perfect for small, select groups
Frolic on your private Fijian Island
Fiji, located in the heart of the South Pacific, is actually an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It's famous for its rugged landscape, blue lagoons, palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Luxurious private-island resorts take advantage of the white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Fiji is most widely celebrated for its culture, which uniquely welcomes visitors.
Relive the story of the Taj Mahal
Discover the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, deemed a “Token of Love, Devotion & Romance,” and explore the Mughal era forts and monuments, including the stunning Agra Fort. The white-domed Taj Mahal is India’s most recognized monument and is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built in 1630 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The incredible detail of this ode to eternal love must be seen to be appreciated. Everywhere you look, there are flower mosaic patterns and verses from the Koran skillfully cut out of marble. Arrive at Agra from Delhi via train or air-conditioned coach.
See the Moai statues on Easter Island
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is a place where history meets legend. Long ago on this tiny speck of land in the Pacific Ocean, tribal chieftains raised colossal stone figures to praise their dead. One day, the people nearly vanished. Memories were passed down by the survivors, but the story of the Moai remains a mystery. The Rapa Nui descendants strive to keep their cultural heritage alive through dance, art, and music. Easter Island is a territory of Chile and flights to the island depart daily from Santiago.
Take snapshots of the Big Five on Safari
Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo. Professional guides lead both morning and evening game drives with plenty of opportunities to spot the Big Five and take in the pristine wilderness of the national park. Comfortable accommodations on the boundaries of the park immerse you in the experience of the safari. Evening brings with it star-dusted skies and a gathering around the fire-lit boma (enclosure), as your tales of adventure are met by rustling from the bush.
Cruise the Nile past ancient temples
A river cruise is the perfect way to reveal the secrets of the pharaohs and the warmth of Egyptian culture. Begin with 3 nights in Cairo, with visits to the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Cairo Museum to see the mummies. Then board your beautiful ship and cruise the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, exploring timeless villages and ancient temples and tombs along the way. See the colossal temple of Abu Simbel and experience sailing on Lake Nasser.
Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Precariously perched on a saddle between two mighty mountains, simply reaching Machu Picchu is a feat. From Lima, Peru, fly to Cusco, your gateway to Machu Picchu. Take a couple of days to explore the incredible scenery of the Sacred Valley. It's a great place to experience the beauty and culture of Peru. If you are a hiker and camper, you can approach Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail and enter at the Sun Gate. If camping in the jungle is not your cup of tea, take the luxurious Hiram Bingham train and travel in comfort.
Discover the Amazon Rainforest
Experience the largest tropical forest in the world along with its abundant wildlife in one of the “wildest” places on earth. The Amazon is the largest river in the world (by volume) and the second-longest. Dig into water-buffalo steak, duck in manioc sauce, and fried piranha. Shop for traditional crafts. Indigenous guides ensure that you get to see the amazing wildlife—five different species of monkeys, caimans, tarantulas, and many varieties of birds.