Bucket list vacations

Once the definitive scorecard of things you wanted to jump off or swim with before you die, the bucket list has expanded to embrace romance and adventure on an epic scale. Whether it's watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat, whirring above a bubbling Icelandic volcano in a helicopter, taking your family on a Galapagos expedition, or soaking up the golden age glamour of a luxury train ride through South Africa, there are no limits for the modern day explorer.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Experience the majesty of the ancient temples of Angkor Wat (the largest religious monument on the planet) for a magical experience of a lifetime. This World Heritage Site is well known for drawing huge numbers of people but in the company of your expert guide you'll arrive at sunrise to beat the crowds, discover hidden spots, and witness these beautiful buildings bathed in early morning light. Romantic and adventurous, this is a dream vacation that blends tranquility and excitement with intimate boutique properties, which makes it ideal for couples and families with older children.

Conquer Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

For many, scaling the world's tallest freestanding mountain is the ultimate challenge. At 5,895 meters (19,340 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak may be the 'roof of Africa' but when you summit, you feel like you're on top of the world. Three popular routes take you through afromontane forest, alpine meadows and glaciers, all under the watchful eye of your expert climb crew. The pace is slow and steady so, with a little training, accessible to most people. We only work with the best guides and crews via responsible operators, and as a result, our success rate is 98%. So, are you ready to take on Kili?

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The only World Heritage Site visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia checks all the boxes for adventure and stunning scenery. If it's romance you seek, lose yourself in a whirlwind of Champagne picnics on deserted cays and celeb-worthy resorts, and comb vast stretches of empty sun-drenched beach fringed by rainforest. And let's talk about that diving. With manta rays, turtles, whole coral cities of exotic fish going about their business; it's enough to make you dizzy with delight.

Great Wall of China

One of the world's most popular attractions for a reason, let us show you the best of the Great Wall of China away from the crowds. More a network of walls rather than one continuous structure, the historic Wall snakes 8,850 km (5,499.14 miles) so there are plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track in the company of an expert guide and snap some incredible photos. Stay in Beijing and experience the cultural melting pot of old and new, delicious food, a serious art scene and luxury boutique hotels.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Whether you choose the famous Inca Trail or one of the lesser known routes through the High Andes to Machu Picchu, you'll stay in swanky lodges with incredible condor's-eye views. As you weave higher, you'll roll by traditional colorful markets, stone houses and farmsteads and carpets of tiny wild flowers. When you finally reach the mist-shrouded lost city itself, you'll explore in the company of an expert guide and meet the resident llamas (easily the most photographed in Peru). From your first pisco sour to the last citrusy mouthful of ceviche, this trip is a moving, life-affirming adventure unlike any other.

Grand Tour of Europe

From the Houses of Parliment to the Eiffel Tower, this grand tour takes in the highlights of Europe's most famous cities. Follow in the footsteps of 18th century aristocrats who journeyed through France and Italy in search of art and culture. Enjoy the restaurants and fashion boutiques of Paris, take a scenic train through the Alps to Geneva, then forge ahead to Florence, the home of the Renaissance. Next, the energy of Rome which is equaled only by the romance of Venice where you'll happily lose yourself in winding streets and feel like a star from the silver screen on gondola rides through the city's waterways.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Cruise the Galapagos in style on a magical adventure aboard the Silversea Expedition, renowned for its expert naturalist guides, creative itineraries and exquisite butler service. As you snorkel alongside bobbing sea lions and graceful manta rays, boobies and pelicans plunge into the waters around you. On land, spot flamingos, frigate birds, iguanas, blue-footed boobies and much, much more. A journey to treasure for a lifetime, this cruise will make you feel like a time-traveler to a pre-historic natural world.

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

You'll never forget coming face to face with your first wild mountain gorilla. The smells, the sounds, their all too human interactions. With an expert guide, trek through dense forest in search of gorilla families going about their daily rituals in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. As the babies cling to their mothers or rough and tumble with playmates you'll be spoiled for photographic opportunities. Why not spend time with the Gorilla Doctors, vets on the ground working to protect these great apes? Perfect for a special celebration like a graduation or anniversary, gorilla trekking is tough to beat.

Northern Lights safari, Iceland

The Aurora Borealis is one of nature's spectacles. Once seen, the otherwordly beauty of the Northern Lights will remain with you forever. An isolated spot outside of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, is one of the world's finest places to observe this phenomenon. There, you can hike, fish, ride horses, and take a helicopter flight over bubbling volcanic craters. Soak up the dramatic landscapes, visit Thorsmork National Park's waterfalls and glaciers, and discover a hidden world below the lava field on a unique caving experience. Finally, a dip in the Blue Lagoon concludes this unforgettable journey.

Taj Mahal, India

The ultimate monument to eternal love, the Taj Mahal is still one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and a hit with culture lovers, romantics and design buffs. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth, the Taj is a World Heritage Site and remains in immaculate condition. Marvel at the structure's symmetry and intricate detailing then explore the ornamental gardens arm in arm with your loved one where you can sit beneath the shade of a tree and contemplate this incredible feat of design and engineering.

Venice, Italy

Journey back in time on a romantic, magical vacation to Venice where together you'll glide along canals by gondola or whiz across lagoons by water taxi for lunch at the Ciprinani, join fantastic masked balls, go to the opera, visit iconic bars and eateries and trawl markets and museums. Stay in a gloriously faded palazzo with frescoed walls and rose gardens, or a Venetian villa with exposed beams, terrazzo tiles and breathtaking views. Drenched in history and mystery, Venice will cast its spell on you.

Wildebeest Migration in Africa

Calm erupts in the blink of an eye into the thunder of hooves as millions of wildebeest migrate across the Maasai Mara and Serengeti in search of water and fresh feeding grounds...and predators are never far behind. This is life in the raw; the stage for one of the greatest spectacles on earth. With something to see all year round, from calves being born at the beginning of the year to the famous croc-infested river crossings in July, this is the ultimate wildlife drama for all nature lovers.

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