Sleep in a Transparent Bubble, Drive a Ferrari, and Tackle Class III Rapids This Summer

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Three new vacations focusing on distinctive adventures and accommodations have been introduced by soft-adventure specialists Off the Map Travel for the summer holidays.

The vacations invite you to drive across Italy in your own Ferrari, sleep under the stars on the island of Mauritius, and white-water raft in the Costa Rican jungle. Packages are available from April to October and can be booked by contacting Off the Map Travel at

DRIVE A FERRARI ACROSS NORTHERN ITALY (and stay and dine in the best locations)

If you’ve had fantasies of being the next Mario Andretti, this road tripping program is for you. Heads will turn as you drive this iconic, standout car through the lush countryside of Northern Italy, where you accommodations and meals match the luxury level of the driving experience.

You’ll choose among five cars – a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Ferrari F430 Spider, Ferrari California or Ferrari 458 Italia – to drive from Milan to Venice, taking in rustic villages, sparkling lakes and the coastline of the Italian Riviera with stops en route at Lake Como, Lake Garda and the sparkling wine region of Franciacorta.

While all Off the Map Travel holidays are tailor-made to suit the requirements of each guest, a sample eight-day, seven-night self-drive Ferrari itinerary in Northern Italy is priced starting at £6395 per person, excluding flights.  This includes private transfers; private guided city tours; a multi-day Ferrari self-drive tour with a personal Tour Director who helps you select your car, instructs you in how to drive it, and remains in contact with you throughout your drive); accommodations in some of Italy’s finest hotels; and some meals.

Bubble Lodge
Photo credit: T Loubere


Off the Map Travel offers a quirky way to spend the night and enjoy the night sky while traveling in luxury. With this new package, guests sleep under the stars in a standalone transparent bubble at the Bubble Lodge in the heart of the jungle on the lush island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

Set on the grounds of the historic Cap Malheureux tea plantation in Bois-Cheri, the distinctive bubble accommodations offer an intimate hideaway with panoramic views of the Bois Cheri jungle. Luxury and style merge with an upfront view of nature as guests snuggle in air-conditioned comfort with queen beds, en suite bathroom and exterior shower, coffee machines and luxurious sheets. These “dreaming bubbles,” created by French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas, are 100% renewable and were designed to have no environmental impact.

Guests can customize their luxury experience by requesting a gourmet dinner cooked by a private chef with exclusive waiter service, followed by a personal stargazing session from an expert astronomer. Tours of the plantation and of the islands (by helicopter), as well as street food experiences are also available.

While all Off the Map Travel holidays are tailor-made to suit the requirements of each guest, an example six-day, five-night itinerary to Mauritius, on a half-board basis, is priced at £1,395 per person, excluding flights. Included are private transfers, accommodations at the Bubble Lodge and Hotel Sakoa (on the beach) on a B&B basis, a Bois Cheri Tea Plantation tour, helicopter trip over the islands, and a Mauritius street food tour.

Pacuare Lodge rafting


In the Costa Rican jungle, Off the Map Travel offers a white-water rafting adventure, complete with adrenaline rushes and animal sightings, hiking, tours, and luxury accommodations.

The adventure begins with the travel to the package’s rainforest base, the Pacuare Lodge. Guests can choose to arrive to their luxury suite by water, navigating one of the world’s top white-water rafting rivers; by land, on a 4×4 expedition vehicle leading to a hanging gondola to cross the river to the lodge; or by helicopter. Complete with waterfalls, and class III and IV rapids, the Pacuare River and jungle area home to many birds and mammals.

Available activities include spa treatments and facilities, white-water rafting, guided wildlife and hiking tours, volcano tours, ziplining as well as indigenous cultural and culinary experience.

While all Off the Map Travel holidays are tailor-made to suit the requirements of each guest, as an example, a luxury 12-day, 11-night itinerary to Costa Rica is priced from £4985 per person, excluding flights. This includes private transfers; a full-day tour of Poas Volcano; Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour; a helicopter transfer to Pacuare Lodge; a jungle canopy adventure; a guided hike on the Sendero de las Mulas trail; departure from Pacuare Lodge via a white-water raft; Arenal Volcano National Park hike; a treetop hike with a naturalist guide including a zip-line circuit through the canyons; accommodations at Pacuare Lodge, Playa Cativo Eco Lodge, Xandari and Arenal Nayara; a wildlife and tropical bird tour a kayaking tour and more.

For more information on tailor-made travel itineraries, visit; call +44 (0) 800 566 8901

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