6 Experiential Trips for Summer 2015

6 Experiential Trips for Summer 2015

Trek alongside llamas in Peru, cruise the Arctic with Alex Trebek, sip wine in Argentina and more By: Natalie Chudnovsky
<p>Libertador guests can explore the Sacred Valley alongside llamas. // © 2015 Thinkstock</p><p>Feature image (above): Take snapshots of Argentine...

Libertador guests can explore the Sacred Valley alongside llamas. // © 2015 Thinkstock

Feature image (above): Take snapshots of Argentine valleys and salt flats on this trip with Ciclismo Classico. // © 2015 Ossian Lindholm

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Llama Drama
Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas is giving guests the opportunity to explore Peru’s Sacred Valley in the company of llamas. The seven-hour Trekking With Llamas day trip is available at both Tambo del Inka and Palacio del Inka properties.

Guests can start at one hotel and transfer to the second; luggage transfers are included. Adventurers will traverse ravines, waterfalls and archaeological remains alongside a community of llamas, all while learning about the biodiversity of the region. A picnic at the archaeological site of Inkarakai is also included.

Prices begin at $175 per person. Libertador will soon launch its Foraging to Table trip in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, during which guests will learn about and taste Peruvian superfoods.


No Longer Forbidden
Travelers can visit Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran on the Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran tour from Mir Corporation. This 20-day tour will take clients to the private studio of a ceramicist in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; down the labyrinthine streets of Bukhara’s Old Town; and to a working farm in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan.

In Iran, guests will visit Tehran’s Carpet Museum, explore the remains of Persepolis and visit the centuries-old cypress trees in the Persian Bagh-e Fin Garden.

The land-only tour begins at $7,195 per person. Internal airfare costs an additional $250. There is a guaranteed departure date on Nov. 9.


Photography, Wine Glass in Hand
The new Argentina Vision and Vine tour from Ciclismo Classico is among itineraries on the list of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” This nine-day tour focuses on both photography and wine.

Guests will visit stunning locales in Northwest Argentina and sample high-altitude wines along the way. Photography enthusiasts can take snapshots of mountain valleys, salt flats, Los Cardones National Park and various vineyards. Argentinian photographer and documentary filmmaker Ossian Lindholm will help guide the tour, as well as lead interactive workshops and reviews.

Prices begin at $5,195, based on double occupancy. Departures are scheduled for Nov. 2, 2015, and March 24 and April 3, 2016.


Seeking Sudan
The Ancient Kingdoms of Sudan tour from Mountain Travel Sobek was also chosen by National Geographic Traveler as one of 2015’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” Guests on the trip will traverse Sudan’s Nubian kingdoms, pausing at pyramids, excavation sites and painted tombs.

A few evenings will be spent camping in the desert under the open night sky. During the day, travelers can visit Sudanese communities, where they’ll be invited to participate in traditional celebrations, weddings and festivals. Other highlights include a Nile cruise to Nuri, seeing rock engravings in Sebu and a visit to the archaeological site of Old Dongola.

The November departure starts at $4,995 per person. The 2016 February and November departures begin at $5,095 per person.


Trek with Trebek
Trivia titan Alex Trebek is joining Adventure Canada on an upcoming tour of the Arctic. The “Jeopardy!” host will travel onboard the Aug. 8 departure of Arctic Explorer, which will launch from Canada’s Resolute Bay and go on to Nunavut and along the eastern shores of Greenland.

While on the 12-day journey, guests will see sights such as the mouth of the Northwest Passage, the fjords of Baffin Island and many glaciers and icebergs. Travelers will also bird-watch on Prince Leopold Island and potentially spot polar bears, walrus, whales and musk ox. Adventure Canada’s staff includes a geologist, a culturalist, a naturalist and an artist.

Prices start at $5,595.