Top 10 Experiences by Land

Whether you want to enjoy the glamour of a luxurious train trip, get behind the wheel of a super car, or slow it down with a scenic sunset horse ride, our experts have selected their top land-based experiences which showcase our world in all its wonder.

Top 10 by Land

Take an epic rail journey through Peru

Peru

Glide elegantly through epic Peruvian landscape aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer luxury sleeper train for an unforgettable two-night journey from Cusco or Puno to the city of Arequipa, stopping in on the shores of the mirror-like Lake Titicaca (which is the world’s highest navigable body of water) along the way. Embrace slow travel and retreat to the spa car and indulge in fine Peruvian dining aboard.

Revel in the nostalgia of a glamourous rail journey

Venice, Italy

Step back in time to the golden age of travel with a journey onboard the opulent Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Enjoy timeless glamour and nostalgia wrapped up in one, with black-tie dinners and beguiling evenings unwinding in the Champagne Bar. Select the European destinations of choice for departures and arrival on this meticulously restored, legendary train.

Embark on a rail safari through Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe

Take a step back in time aboard the Elephant Express in Hwange National Park. This open-sided rail car offers a unique safari train journey through Zimbabwe’s largest national park. Enjoy serendipitous sightings of the wildlife and birdlife which amble into view, as the rail car makes its way along the tracks on a journey between safari lodges.

Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway in a vintage car

California, USA

Wind your way along the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles on an epic Californian road trip. Roll the windows down and feel the cool ocean breeze on your face while enjoying the exquisite coastal views on an escorted driving tour. Harmoniously combine authenticity and superlative luxury, travelling by vintage car and making stops in Sonoma Valley, Big Sur and Santa Barbara.

Take the scenic route in the Italian Lakes District

Northern Italy

Cruise along the scenic roads surrounding the enchanting Italian Lakes, in a vintage car, where each twist and turn unveils a panorama of serenity and sophistication. Traverse the scenic roads embracing Lake Como and Garda, where the timeless charm of cobblestone villages is reflected in the pristine waters. This is a classic journey, where every drive is a poetic ode to la dolce vita.

Satisfy your need for speed in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Spend a few days in Abu Dhabi, where you can combine epic experiences, fascinating museums, family-friendly fun and beachside bliss with a stay at Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas (one of our favourite properties for families visiting Abu Dhabi Capitalise Circuit). Follow in the tracks of professional racing drivers and experience life in the fast lane. Buckle up and experience the Formula 1 track at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. Choose between a Formula YAS 3000, an Aston Martin GT4 or join as a passenger in a Chevrolet Drift Taxi.

Experience the rush of the mush

Sweden

Mush your own team of huskies through the Arctic wilderness, an incredible activity for travellers of all ages. Husky sledding is synonymous with winter in Lapland and is an unforgettable way to traverse this winter wonderland. Choose to take a seat in the sled with a professional musher or take the reins and spend action-packed days whizzing through the snow.

Journey through the Rocky Mountains by train

British Columbia, Canada

Experience one of the world’s great train journeys during an adventure along the rails through the Rocky Mountains. Let the Rockies awaken your wanderlust, relishing the panoramic views through the expansive windows and see wildlife, emerald lakes, glaciers and pristine wilderness as the train winds through valleys and canyons. Enjoy comfort and elegance on board during a 2 or 3 day escape.

Admire Sumba Islands scenery by horseback

Sumba Island, Indonesia

Horses are described as being the ‘soul of Sumba’ and you can revel in connecting with these magnificent creatures during a stay at Niki Sumba. Depart from Sandalwood Stables and explore the variety of trails, including beach sunset rides, beach-to-bush outings through local villages and day trips to Rice Island and neighbouring Coconut Cove which includes trotting through calm waves. Explore golden beaches and the lush landscapes of the island's untamed beauty. Lose yourself in the rhythmic hoofbeats and remote beauty of Sumba Island.

Ride the Glacier Express

Swiss Alps

Drift through the Swiss Alps, where majestic peaks and pristine valleys unfold outside the panoramic windows of the Glacier Express. Travel in style between Zermatt and St Moritz, experiencing luxurious comfort and attentive staff as you travel at a leisurely pace along the tracks. Begin in Zermatt, which is touted as one of the best resorts in the Alps and is crowned by the Matterhorn, before setting off. Get ready to admire the symphony of snowy landscapes and alpine charm before arriving at St Moritz – home to the legendary Cresta Run and one of the most glamorous and cosmopolitan ski resorts in the world.

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