6 T+L Editor-designed Dream Trips You Can Book Right Now
Issue by issue, story by story, the editors of Travel + Leisure bring places such as these and fascinating cultures to life, giving you advice on where to go and how to make the most out of every vacation. Now, our editors have teamed up with Butterfield & Robinson, the Canada-based luxury adventure outfitter, to give you the chance to travel and see the world through our eyes.
Travel + Leisure Great Adventures by Butterfield & Robinson is a portfolio of six thrilling trips to countries including Canada, Peru, Tanzania, Spain, Ireland, and New Zealand. Ranging in length from five to nine days, and customizable for any group size, these trips combine outdoor adventure with incredible culinary and cultural experiences; each night ends in a top hotel, some of which have been voted World’s Best winners by our readers. T+L worked with the team at B&R to vet each hotel and design each itinerary, which includes a special editors’ pick activity.
In Spain, for example, you can embark on a leisurely biking trip through the vineyard-laden hills of Rioja, visiting charming villages along the way, and taste the impeccable reds the region is known for at the Marques de Riscal winery, designed by Frank Gehry. In Tanzania, over the course of nine magical days, you’ll visit both Tarangire National Park, a lesser-known, off-the-beaten path protected area that is home to some 550 bird species, and the show-stopping Serengeti, famous for its annual migration.
For more details on each bookable journey, read on. And make 2018 your year to embark on a Great Adventure.
Ireland Great Adventure
This self-guided driving trip focuses on the country’s scenic west coast; you’ll stay in five-star castles throughout the journey. Explore the Burren, renowned for its alpine flowers and limestone landscape; the charming streets of Galway; and the bogs and bays of emerald green Connemara, what many consider to be the spiritual heart of Ireland. Spend the night at Ashford Castle — a T+L World’s Best Award Winner — where you can walk the beautiful grounds of the 12th century estate, sip a pint of Guinness, and take a falconry lesson. Six days from $5,295 per person.
Peru Great Adventure
From the culinary and cultural pleasures of Lima and Cuzco to the archaeological wonders of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley — including the Inca village of Ollantaytambo, the stone terraces of Tipón, and the Maras Salt Pools — this is the definitive Peru trip. In the Sacred Valley, you’ll stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a T+L It List winner for 2016, and an intimate property known for its restful atmosphere. Nine days from $7,995 per person.
Rioja Great Adventure
On this picturesque two-wheeled trip of Spain’s gorgeous wine region, which begins in San Sebastian, you will bike parts of the Camino de Santiago in Basque Country, see mind-bending architecture in Elciego, and taste delicious local tapas and Michelin-starred cuisine. This entire region is home to beautiful boutique hotels and inns — two of which, Hotel Viura and Marqués de Riscal, will be your home base after days spent on the road. Five days from $5,995 per person.
Canada Great Adventure
This Vancouver and Whistler trip offers the perfect combination of urban sophistication and outdoor adventure in British Columbia. In the city, you’ll bike through Stanley Park and on to Granville Island, renowned for its market, stopping for a bite whenever hunger hits; hike the magnificent old-growth forests above Howe Sound; and explore Whistler’s extensive Valley Trail Network, as well as the trails that surround the pristine Joffre Lakes. You’ll also get to enjoy plenty of downtime in Whistler village. Seven days from $6,495 per person.
Tanzania Great Adventure
With far more walking than the typical safari experience, this one-of-a-kind itinerary through the northern part of the country offers extraordinary opportunities for wildlife encounters in the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the often-overlooked Tarangire National Park. Over the course of your journey, you’ll connect with nature at top camps including Kuro Tarangire, Ngorongoro Entemanu, and Serengeti Safari Camp. Nine days from $7,895 per person.
New Zealand Great Adventure
The country’s South Island is renowned for its pristine lakes, mountains, and rolling hills — and with such wide-open spaces, it’s the ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts to unwind. On this week-long journey, you’ll begin in Christchurch, and board the TranzAlpine train, journeying through the Southern Alps to the amazing West Coast. Hike the Franz Josef Glacier and then kayak, fly-fish and jet boat your way around scenic Blanket Bay. You’ll stay at the rustic-chic Blanket Bay lodge, set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Seven days from $8,795 per person.