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The WOW factor

Adventure holidays in style and comfort

Clive Wedderburn April 14, 2016

 Imagine embarking on an expedition to see the world’s tallest mountain, or winding through the Andes by train to explore ancient citadels, or cruising across rivers to find lost civilisations. Climb aboard; here are four exotic adventures to transport you to the far flung corners of the globe in luxury and style.

Legacy of the Nile

There’s no doubting that an all-inclusive week-long cruise on a luxury ship along one of the most enchanting rivers in Africa conjures scenes from old romantic movies. Witness the spectacle as Egypt transforms from modern country to ancient landscape as you embark on your cruise down the River Nile.

Disembark and wander through the Valley of the Kings, Luxor and Aswan, marvelling at the temple of Abu Simbel, the light and sound show at Karnak and the Avenue of the Sphinxes.  

Cosseted in elegant five star accommodation, the ship has its own swimming pool while the entertainment is provided by local belly dancers and singers. Sip a chilled drink from your lounger on the sun deck and absorb the beauty of this fascinating country as it slowly glides by. 

Cuzco and Machu Picchu with Belmond

If you’re seeking the finest available luxury travel, then Belmond is a byword for exceptional standards. And Machu Picchu, hidden away in the Andes, will surely satisfy your inner explorer.

Climb aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham train to discover the complex of palaces and plazas, temples and homes of ancient Machu Picchu. Begin your adventure by touring the historic old town of Cuzco, then board the train for your magical journey of discovery up the Andes to Machu Picchu. Afterwards, you’ll stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge for one of the best views in the world. In travel, they often say that it’s not the destination, but the journey that counts. When you discover Machu Picchu by luxury train, however, you get both in equal measure. 

Belmond Road to Mandalay Cruise

Discover the timeless quality of life on the Ayeyarwady River in magical Myanmar (Burma) on board a luxury cruise ship.  As you pass by tiered pagodas, farmers with ox-ploughs and the odd, rare river dolphin, you’ll soon appreciate that not much has changed in the region in centuries.

Begin your journey by exploring the important Buddhist spiritual centre, Mandalay, before transferring to your ship where you’ll experience the impeccable service of the Belmond Road to Mandalay Cruise. When the ship glides to a halt at Bagan and you encounter 2,000 temples stretching away into the distance you’ll soon understand why this trip is rated as one of the most beautiful river journeys in the world.

Further along, explore the ancient capital city Ava and transfer to a horse-drawn tour before returning to your ship for fine dining and immersive local entertainment. 


To start planning your next great adventure, visit our Tours page for more inspiration from Hayes and Jarvis.