With the weather slowly warming up around most of the country, spring is just around the corner. This is the perfect time of year to break away from everyday life for a journey to a new destination. Here is a list of 10 must-see spring destinations for those who love the thrill of adventure and the lure of the great outdoors.
Boat & Bike Down the Mekong River – On this newly launched tour from Grasshopper Adventures, intrepid travelers will spend 11-days journeying from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Saigon, Vietnam by bicycle and riverboat. Biking and hiking through the back roads, guests will have an opportunity to meet local people, learn about their lives and traditions, and see first-hand the agricultural miracle that is the Mekong Delta, while enjoying some delicious local cuisine along the way. Prices start at $4,900 per person.
Explore Italy with a Celebrity Chef – Tourissimo, a company specializing in high-end cycling trips to Italy, is taking it a step further with acclaimed chefs and food experts leading special cycling trips to the country’s gastronomic epicenters. Tourissimo offers itineraries in Sicily, Emilia Romagna, and Piedmont. Prices start at $4,995 per person.
Tour China’s Silk Road & Tibet – Explore the Tibetan Plateau with MIR Corp on a splendid circular route that embraces the sacred cities of Tsetang, Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. Ride the high-altitude train from Lhasa down to Lanzhou, and onto Western China and the Kashgar Animal Market. Along the way, visit Dunhuang’s UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves, frescoed and carved with a thousand images of the Buddha, and Turpan’s lush Grape Valley, watered by a 2,000-year-old irrigation system. Prices start at $6,295 per person.
Play Cowboy at a Wyoming Dude Ranch – The 25,000+ acre Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming is both working ranch and luxury resort. Guests hike, ride horses, skeet shoot, fly fish, take yoga classes, mountain bike, dine on gourmet farm-to-table food, and play cowboy at this fun-filled getaway. From cattle drives to branding, the true western lifestyle thrives at Red Reflet. All-inclusive spring rates start $1,950 per person (this includes booze and a selection of more than 100 different wines).
Cruise the Galapagos Islands in style – On this 7-night Galapagos cruise with Surtrek, guests will visit Santa Cruz, Santiago, Isabela, Rabida, and San Cristobal islands where they’ll view the unique species of wildlife that inspired Darwin and contributed to science’s understanding of life. Sailing on board the first-class Alya motor yacht, travelers will explore moon-like lava terrain, walk through lush forests teeming with birdlife, and snorkel in crystal waters filled with marine life. Prices start at $6,545 per person.
Bike Across the Mediterranean – Join Ride & Seek on a cycling tour across three sun-kissed islands at the crossroads of the Mediterranean – Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. Split into three stages, each a week long, the 3 Islands Tour is a journey through the history, food, architecture and traditions of these Mediterranean jewels. Prices start at $3,717 per person.
Montana Prairie Camping – Visit the American Prairie Reserve, which is working to piece together a 3.5 million-acre nature reserve on the plains of remote Montana. A new campground and cabins opening in late spring 2019 provide access to hiking, mountain biking, fishing, wildlife watching and night-sky viewing far from city lights. Prices start at $15 for tent camping per night.
Explore Iceland – Leave the capital of Reykjavik behind and explore isolated Eastern Iceland with Adventure Life. Hike among waterfalls and canyons, watch for wildlife such as reindeer, puffins and seals, spend the night in an old turf house, ride the unique Icelandic horse and soak in the hot springs baths at Lake Myvatn. Prices start at $2,100 per person.
Cruise from Budapest to the Black Sea – Join Riviera River Cruises for a 15-day cruise down the Danube River from Budapest to the Black Sea and back. Visit Belgrade, Bucharest and other cities, pass through the magnificent Iron Gates Gorge, and find an abundance of flora and fauna on a small-boat excursion into the Danube Delta. Prices start at $4,719 per person.
Recreate Under the Big Sky – Hike and mountain bike trails, try fly fishing a world-famous river, go whitewater rafting or explore Yellowstone National Park from the comfort of The Wilson Hotel, a new Residence Inn by Marriott opening in mid-2019 in Big Sky, Montana. Prices start at $170 per night.