The newest innovative bucket-list tours combine luxury with adventure, some in places few Western travelers have had an opportunity to see.
Natural Habitat Adventures, for example, debuted Exploring Nature & Spirit in Myanmar & Thailand, a 13-day excursion through what it calls “the little-explored wild side of Myanmar” and the world’s oldest rainforest in Thailand, Khao Sok National Park.
Each trip has no more than 10 guests and takes travelers to national parks and wildlife reserves such as Popa Mountain National Park, home to rare langurs (leaf monkeys), and the Mergui Archipelago, where Burmese macaques, one of the world's few tool-using primates, live and breed.
Accommodations have been selected for “proximity to nature and reflection of the culture and spirit of each locale,” the company says. They include an ecolodge perched high on the side of an extinct volcano, the 6,000-foot Mount Popa; an overwater resort on stilts on Inle Lake; and a private luxury yacht with six cabins.
Natural Habitat has three trips scheduled in 2015 and four in 2016. The per-person, double rate is $8,895, with a single supplement of $2,295 and air within the country of $1,275.
Wildland Adventures, known for its unique “Founders Trips” that are built around founders Kurt and Anne Kutay’s own bucket list, has also unveiled its latest Founders tour, an 18-day South Africa and Zimbabwe Wines and Wildlife Safari,
The Kutays, along with David and Ruth Arista of Arista Wine Cellars, will host the inaugural departure of the safari April 12. The all-inclusive, per person double rate is from $9,850, with a $1,650 single supplement.
“We started our Wildland Adventures Founders Trips because there are so many places Ann and I have yet to explore and so much to learn from other cultures with which we share our planet,” says Kurt Kutay, who launched Wildland Adventures in 1986.
The Four Seasons Jet Experience has also unveiled its 2106 private jet adventures, which includes three around-the-world itineraries and one itinerary to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The 2016 trips include an adventure-based option that includes rock climbing in Malaysia, zip-lining in Costa Rica and surfing in Hawaii.
The Four Seasons trips start at $100,000 and include air travel aboard the Four Seasons private jet, ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals and luxurious accommodations exclusively at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.