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Travel Ditch the Tour Bus with These Three New Adventurous Tour Options

20:36  22 june  2018
20:36  22 june  2018 Source:   travelandleisure.com

Lengthy Layover? How to Turn One Trip Into Two

  Lengthy Layover? How to Turn One Trip Into Two Tours turn your waiting time into a mini-vacation.With so many places to see and limited vacation time and funds to see them, it can oftentimes feel like you can’t spend as much time as you’d like exploring new destinations. Add that to the time it takes to actually reach those far off, exotic places, and you might decide it’s much easier to stay local or take a staycation instead.

Changing your perspective can make even familiar destinations feel like uncharted territory.

The latest adventurous cycling, sailing, and walking tours from several veteran tour operators let you go beyond the well-trod sightseeing circuit for. Why drive when you can float, pedal, or just wander? The latest offerings from several veteran tour operators let you go Advertisement. Share options .

a rocky mountain© Allard Schager/Getty Images Why drive when you can float, pedal, or just wander? The latest offerings from several veteran tour operators let you go beyond the well-trod sightseeing circuit for a more active, immersive experience.

By Boat

With its just-launched Mallorca Flotilla, charter company Sunsail allows experienced sailors to steer themselves along the Spanish island’s striking, sun-dappled coastline, led by a flagship manned by guides. The itinerary starts in Palma de Mallorca, the largest city of the Balearic Islands, sailing from harbor to harbor up to the seaside village of Port de Sóller, before turning back and visiting the national park in the nearby Cabrera Archipelago. Expect plenty of stops for swimming, hiking, and drinking sangria on the beach. Seven days from $1,962.

You Can Now Take a Road Trip on a Tour Bus Built for Rock Stars

  You Can Now Take a Road Trip on a Tour Bus Built for Rock Stars We love a good road trip as much as the next person. But there are certain aspects to road travel — cramped quarters and a lack of facilities, to name a few — that can make the experience less than ideal. Enter Roadies, a new travel company that promises to elevate the classic road trip with a fleet of luxury coaches. Built for rock stars but designed for you and your friends, Roadies buses come outfitted with sleep pods, a bathroom with a shower, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and a variety of food and snacks. Bold Beauty at Big Sur, CA The gem of the West Coast, Big Sur, is a must see location. Each trip comes with a tour manager who will plan out free daily activities like hikes and beach outings as well as à la carte excursions like hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, and recording studio sessions. And most of the driving is done at night, so you’ll wake up each day with plenty of time to explore. But it gets better: the coaches will park at high-end hotels like the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles and the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, where travelers will have access to amenities like pools, gyms, restaurants, bars, and spas at no additional charge. The company is kicking things off this summer with two inaugural routes along the West Coast. There’s the week-long “Sunshine & Lights Tour,” with stops in San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas. And the week-long “Hot N’ Spicy Tour,” which hits all the same locations in reverse order. Rates start at $1,299 per person and each tour sleeps up to 11 travelers. To book, visit roadies.coach.

For many of us, the words, “ tour bus ” call to mind certain iconic images: sticky, screaming children, headache-inducing camera flashes, a colorfully dressed man on a unnecessary megaphone and, yes, even a fanny pack or two. Ditch the Tour Bus with These Three New Adventurous Tour Options .

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By Bike

a group of people sitting on a bench in front of a house© Courtesy of DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. Luxury cycling company DuVine kicks off its first Asia tour this fall, spinning through some of Japan’s most stunning landscapes. From Kyoto, follow the Uji River into tea fields and the mountainous Kii Peninsula beyond. Along the way, riders will stay in traditional ryokan inns, visit historic Buddhist temples, tour Nara's trail of saké producers, and soak in the onsensof Mount Yoshino. The post-ride izakaya meals might be the most rewarding part. Seven days from $8,595.

a view of the city from the top of a lush green field© Getty Images

By Yourself

The new self-guided tours from Exodus Travels let you see Europe on your own terms. Reservations and routes are set, but no chipper guides or packed schedules here. Whether you're tasting truffles and Barolo on a walk through Piedmont in northern Italy, canoeing through France's Périgord region on the Dordogne River, or cycling along the Danube from Vienna to Budapest, you’ll set your own pace and choose what to see (with guidance just a phone-call away). Six days from $770.

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You Can Now Travel Through Vietnam Like Anthony Bourdain .
It's no secret that Anthony Bourdain loved Vietnam. Now, Diep Nguyen, who assisted Bourdain on one of his trips to Vietnam for Parts Unknown, has created a two week food tour of the country that follows in Bourdain's footsteps.Called "A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain: Taste of Vietnam," the trip consists of 14 days and 13 nights in the country. Travelers will explore nine different cities where they can "follow in the footsteps, and more importantly, sit at the tables," according to Exotic Voyages, the company putting on the tour with Nguyen.

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