The hard work has paid off and exams are a fast-fading memory so why not treat your graduate to a hard-earned trip of a lifetime? Whether you decide to take the family or keep this is an adventure made for two, we’ll help you plan a dream graduation itinerary that’s the perfect blend of inspiration, rejuvenation and fun by the truck load.
Together, you’ll meet the locals, come face to face with wildlife, taste the food and gaze slack-jawed at natural wonders. Yet you may find it’s the simple things that stay with you, like chatting around the campfire late into the night and making new friends. A graduation vacation is your chance to appreciate how far they’ve come and to celebrate the start of a whole new chapter.
At a Glance
'A' is for Action
You've not come all this way to bake on a sun lounger so unleash your inner daredevil on a whitewater rafting trip along the class V rapids of the Zambezi, microlight through the mists of Victoria Falls or zip line through the jungle canopy in Costa Rica.
Meet the locals
Interact with people living in remote communities, some scarcely touched by Western culture, and experience firsthand their ancient cultures and traditions. Eat with local families, join in festivals and ceremonies, and visit schools. We'll get you up close and personal to give you authentic insight into the fascinating lives of others.
Be sure to schedule some serious downtime on a far-flung beach as precious time to reflect on your adventures. It's your chance to soothe away any cares and stresses with a freshly made cocktail in hand and the waves gently washing onto the beach as your soundtrack.
Blow their mind on a trek to see wild mountain gorillas in Uganda, go in search of the Bengal tiger in the heartlands of Indian, or kayak along the Amazon, spotting howler monkeys, toucans and pink dolphins as you go. Our travel experts have the insider scoop on the best wildlife experiences around the globe.
Discover Sami culture in Swedish Lapland
Visit the remote town of Flakaberg and discover the culture of the indigenous Sami people. Your host, Lars Eriksson, will tell you about his lifestyle as a reindeer herder, and his wife Annette will treat you to a delicious traditional lunch.
Game drives in the Okavango
Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.
Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda
Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcanoes, through the mountainous forest on the slopes of the Virunga range, is a magical experience. Seeing a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat is one of the world's most thrilling wildlife experiences.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the highlight of visits to Uganda, to see the fascinating mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Great White Shark Diving
Cape Town, South Africa
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Founded in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi is one of the leading conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
The Great Migration
Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya, Kenya
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain
Cape Town, South Africa
Table Mountain, at 1086 metres above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.
Harry Potter's Oxford & Studio Tour
England, United Kingdom
Leave the land of Muggles behind and discover the real-life sets of Hogwarts, hidden throughout beautiful Oxford. After exploring the city, enter the magic of the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio for a chance to see the props and sets from the films.
Highclere Castle - The real Downton Abbey
Berkshire, United Kingdom
Made famous worldwide by the television phenomenon, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is home to The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel
The Hotel de Russie is the place to be seen in Rome. In the heart of the hotel is a beautiful piazza, a secret garden, where many Romans come to enjoy an aperitivo. This gives the hotel a wonderful cosmopolitan and buzzing atmosphere.
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel
Machu Picchu, Peru
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and therefore a very convenient base for visiting the awe-inspiring ruins and the beautiful surrounding area.
Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel
Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Peru
Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel is a charming, luxurious property set in lush gardens on the banks of the Rio Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, perfect for exploring the many cultural & natural attractions nearby & relaxing before or after Machu Picchu.
Turrialba and Pacuare, Costa Rica
Pacuare Lodge is a luxurious nature and adventure lover’s paradise hidden away in the heart of Costa Rica’s most pristine jungle. Best accessed by white water raft, it combines thrilling adventure activities and an abundance of wildlife.
The Goring is possibly London's most quintessentially British hotel, located in Belgravia and around the corner from Buckingham Palace, the Goring offers that perfect blend of old-world English charm and fantastic attentive service.
Hotel Le Bristol
Located on the prestigious Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Hotel Le Bristol is at the heart of Paris' fashion and arts district, where it has been welcoming esteemed guests since 1925. Rooms are spacious and decorated in classic eighteenth-century style.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Danum Valley and Tabin, Borneo, Malaysia
Borneo Rainforest Lodge, located in Sabah, is one of the most luxurious of the lodges found in Borneo. This rather special lodge offers an off the beaten track wildlife experience in the heart of the Danum Valley, surrounded by primary rainforest.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge nestles in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes. The lodge accommodates guests in eight stone cottages, each of which has its own fireplace for keeping warm on cool evenings.
Pimalai Resort & Spa
Koh Lanta, West coast beaches and islands, Thailand
The Pimalai Resort & Spa is a peaceful, hidden Thai gem offering a range of luxurious rooms and pool villas, surrounded by the lush tropical forest of Koh Lanta and set on a beautiful pristine white sand beach.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans. This eight room lodge has fabulous views of the Virunga Mountains and is a great base from which to trek into the mountains to hopefully see the mountain gorillas.
Laikipia, Masai Mara & Nairobi
Astonishing wildlife, limitless landscapes and once in a life-time experiences. This adventure in Kenya is a sensational combination for travellers who enjoy the finer things in life. We’ve hand selected some of the very best luxury camps to make sure every aspect of the trip promises an unparalleled experience, coupled with seamless service. Top...
Ultimate Rwanda and Tanzania
Virunga Volcanoes, Serengeti and Zanzibar
Combine the wildlife thrills of tracking gorillas in Rwanda and watching big game in the Serengeti with the sandy beaches of vibrant Zanzibar. An ideal honeymoon or special celebration trip for true wildlife enthusiasts.
Family Fun in Uganda and Kenya
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest & Maasai Mara
This superb itinerary covers some of East Africa’s wildlife highlights - from the dense forests of Uganda, tracking the elusive mountain gorilla and chimpanzee, to the famous grounds of historic Giraffe Manor and finally the rolling plains of the wildlife rich Maasai Mara. A must for any wildlife enthusiast looking to tick off four major bucket...
Family Fun in Vietnam
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang & Saigon
For adventurous families looking to spend quality time together and enjoy the perfect blend of adventure, culture and chill-out time, look no further than wonderful Vietnam. Glide across emerald waters, whizz through rural villages by bike and soak up the wonderfully rich and varied culture of this fascinating country.
Siem Reap, Mekong River, Phnom Penh, Kirirom National Park, Koh Rong Archipelago
Glide through Cambodia on a glorious journey of ultimate luxury, serene landscapes, and palate tingling cuisine. Taking you to places few others have seen, staying at the most luxurious of properties with unprecedented service and all in effortless style. Kick-off in Siem Reap with private tours of the world-famous Angkor temple, head to Phnom...
Ski Switzerland by Glacier Express Train
Zermatt, Andermatt & St Moritz, Switzerland
This unique itinerary takes you to three exhilarating but very different ski resorts in Switzerland on the famous Glacier Express train, starting in Zermatt and travelling to St Moritz via Andermatt. You will travel in style through some of the Alps' most dramatic scenery, staying at exclusive hotels and skiing three of Switzerland's best resorts.