While lying by the pool with a cocktail in hand is certainly a relaxing way to spend some time off, some of us need a vacation that is a touch more stimulating. And if you’re like us, a sense of adventure is packed every time you touch down in a new city.
But navigating foreign currencies, accommodation services and transit options in far-flung places can often be a bit intimidating. To take the stress out of holiday planning, consider booking one of these luxurious and adventurous travel experiences. From stepping out of a helicopter onto a ski slope to hiking through the Australian bush, here are the best one-way tickets to adventure.
Luxury heli-ski with Scott Dunn Travel
Price: Approximately A$1,700 per person (La Thuile, Italy package)
If the thrill of skiing down a mountain slope isn’t enough to get your adrenaline going, the answer could be adding a private helicopter trip into the mix. Tour company Scott Dunn Travel specialises in tailor-made, luxury travel packages that span the globe. For avid skiing enthusiasts, the travel planner has elevated your typical snow trip to unprecedented levels of adventure. Offering fully-planned, all-inclusive heli-skiing trips, Scott Dunn Travel will take you beyond the busy slopes to discover private stretches of snow atop the mountains of Iceland or the Austrian Alps.
Watch the 2023 NBA in Paris with Sportsnet Holidays
Price: Approximately A$7,009.52 per person for the Hall of Fame package
If you want a seat amongst the action, Sportsnet has created an NBA experience that goes well beyond the court. On sale with options of front-row tickets, an NBA legends dinner, an in-arena postgame party or a Seine River cruise, the range of packages on offer provide ultimate behind-the-scenes access to the prestigious basketball league. If you’re a sports fan wanting to experience the game of a lifetime in the city of love, this travel experience is for you.
Cruise into the 2023 Australian Open with Sportsnet Holidays
Price: Approximately A$1,275 (prices vary according to rooms)
Sail into the 2023 Australian Open with this luxury travel package from Sportsnet. Promising the match experience of a lifetime, the all-inclusive experience departs Sydney aboard the luxury cruise ship P&O Pacific. Themed entertainment, celebrity appearances, main meals and transfers to Melbourne Park are all part of the cruise adventure and take place before the main action. A cruise fare with Sportsnet will also include a ground pass day section, meet and greet and a private viewing suite to enjoy the match from.
Luxury scuba dive with Dive Butler International
Price: Varies according to service
Dive Butler has built a reputation as a leader in the field of luxury scuba diving. Comprised of experts in the diving and travel planning industries, Dive Butler offers a wealth of underwater services to your preferred destination whether that’s on the golden sands of the Caribbean or in the calm waters of Belize. No matter your experience, the company aims to guide you every step of the way during a scuba dive, with all equipment, amenities and planning taken care of.
Stay in Monaco for six nights during the Grand Prix with Roadtrips
Price: Approximately US$38,950 (A$58,766.20) per person for a six-night package
Widely regarded as the most important event of the racing calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix is attended by thousands of fans each year. The highly exclusive event draws an affluent international crowd, booking out hotels and restaurants months in advance. Fortunately, sports travel master planners Roadtrips has put together a day-by-day itinerary as part of a luxe travel package that will take you to the most prestigious corners of Monaco. Airport arrival services, helicopter flights, six nights at the renowned Hotel Hermitage and a range of VIP add-ons are just a taste of the luxuries that await you as part of this luxurious package in the glamorous city.
Walk through the Flinders Ranges with Artisan Adventures
Price: From A$2,200 per person (twin share)
The Flinders Ranges are a series of ancient mountains, gorges and creeks set in the depths of the spectacular South Australian landscape. The Adnyamathanha people are the traditional owners of the land, which lies some 500 kilometres from Adelaide. This three-day hike put together by Artisan Adventures involves a 40-kilometre trek (approximate) from Wilpena Pound to the ranges of Arkaba. Three-course dinners, sleeping under the stars and breaks spent in bubbling creeks define this bush adventure, which presents a rare opportunity to experience a guided hike of the breathtaking Australian landscape.
Experience The Great Migration Safari with Abercrombie & Kent
Price: 14 days from A$26,785 per person
Within the heart of Great Migration African country is some of the world’s richest tribal cultures and concentration of wildlife. Abercrombie & Kent is a renowned travel planner who has curated a journey of six nights between the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Led by safari guides, you will be taken to local Maasai villages and safari lodges and drive by incredible scenes of hippos, elephants and lions in a magical display of wildlife.
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