Excursions can enhance your tour with additional activities that satisfy your travel cravings. Not sure which excursions to add? Follow this flow chart for inspiration.
Add more cuisine
Homemade pasta eaten side-by-side with the chef. Spicy street food in Myanmar. French wine from a centuries-old vineyard. Sushi straight from a fish market in Tokyo. There’s no question about it: Local cuisine is one of the best (and most delicious) gateways to culture. Here are a few tasty excursions that travelers love.
Khantoke Dinner on Thailand: The Golden Kingdom
Revel in a delectable dinner as you eat in the customary northern Thai way, sitting on floor mats at low-top tables while food is served in large platters. You’ll get to relax and enjoy your meal as you are entertained by a variety of cultural performances.
Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting on Amalfi Coast Walking Tour
See the rugged beauty of Southern Italy with a visit to a local farm. After touring the lush Mediterranean grounds, toast to your evening with a glass of prosecco, and then sit down for a four-course dinner and sommelier-led wine tasting.
Tango Show & Dinner on Grand Tour of South America
Spend a night in Buenos Aires celebrating traditional flavors and rhythms. As you dine on regional dishes and Argentine wine, live musicians and elegant dancers provide memorable entertainment.
Add more scenery
Near or far, our planet is full of breathtaking, diverse settings. Some of the best moments of a trip are the ones when you stop and sit back in awe of your surroundings. These three stunning landscapes have stood the test of time, inspiring artists, writers and travelers for generations.
Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny on Paris: The City Experience
Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series is made up of some of the most iconic works of art ever created. Visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny to discover the subtle colors, soft light and fragrant flowers that inspired the masterpieces.
Mount Pilatus on Germany, Switzerland & Austria
See the Alps from a different angle. After a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne, hop aboard the world’s steepest cogwheel train and make your way up 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus. From the peak, you can see 200 miles of stunning Alpine scenery on a clear day.
Aran Islands on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle
Pristine and remote, the Aran Islands off Galway Bay are an outpost of Irish culture that has remained essentially unchanged for the past few centuries—islanders still speak Gaelic and rely on fishing and farming to make a living.
Add more art
Whether it’s iconic works or local crafts, a culture’s artwork gives insight into the people that live there. These three excursions show very different types of art, each influential, important and striking in their own way.
Roskilde, Hamlet’s Castle & Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on Scandinavia: The Capitals to the Fjords
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is Denmark’s most popular art museum. On top of the unique collections, including a famous seaside sculpture park, the design of the museum itself is renowned as a stellar example of modern Danish architecture.
Iconic Sights: Vatican City on Venice, Florence & Rome
Vatican City showcases the pinnacle of Classical and Renaissance art. A few highlights: the sculptures in the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s ceiling at the Sistine Chapel and the enormity of St. Peter’s Basilica, whose contributors read like a rolodex of influential Renaissance artists, including Bernini, Michelangelo, Bramante, Peruzzi and Raphael.
Add more history
It’s almost impossible not to learn about history when traveling, whether you’re exploring ancient ruins or sampling recipes that have been passed down through generations. For those of us who seek out experiences all about history, the excursion options are seemingly endless. Here are just a few:
The Lost City of Herculaneum on Puglia & Southern Italy
Just like its famous sister city of Pompeii, Herculaneum was also glazed over by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. On this excursion, a guide shows off the small city’s well-preserved wonders, including frescos and mosaics that decorated the homes of the wealthy and the narrow streets that characterized the area.
Bethlehem & the Church of the Nativity on the Wonders of Ancient Israel
This excursion is all about Christian history. Travel to Bethlehem, a Palestinian city known as the birthplace of Jesus, for a tour of one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. Visit the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the spot where Mary gave birth to Jesus, as well as the Old City and Manger Square.
Windsor Castle on Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland
Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor Castle is the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. After stepping inside, it’s easy to see why it’s been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years.
Add more adventure
Sometimes it’s the moments that push us outside our comfort zone that create the most memorable experiences. Each celebrating nature and wildlife, these three excursions bring you right into the action.
Sky Walk on Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife
This excursion lets you walk where birds fly. Trek through the canopy layer of the Monteverde cloud forest on a series of suspended bridges for a whole new perspective on Costa Rican’s diverse flora and fauna.
Grand Tetons by Horseback on U.S. National Parks
National parks often bring out our most adventurous sides. Horseback riding in the Grand Tetons shows off Wyoming’s back country and the beautiful Snake River Valley from the ground level.
Elephant Sanctuary on South Africa: A Journey of Discovery
A visit to an elephant sanctuary means getting face-to-face with the largest living land animals on Earth. You’ll have the opportunity to pet these gentle giants and even feed them from the palm of your hand.
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