Let’s face it: it’s not easy coming up with adventure trips that will satisfy the most ambitious travelers. These are people who’ve “been there, done that” and are asking, “What’s next?” Coming up with fresh and intriguing ways to see a new part of the world or visiting a well-trodden destination — but in a different way — takes enormous creativity and planning. Here are 5 new adventures for 2024 that should appeal to the well-traveled adventurous spirits out there.
Norway: Western Fjords Adventure
Gondwana Ecotour’s newest trip is Norway: Western Fjords Adventure, which begins in Bergen and then travels north into Fjord country. Highlights os this nine-day trip include a rigid inflatable boat tour of the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord and the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. You walk on venerable trails to glaciers and summer farms on steep mountainsides, visit a small fishing town on an island, and stay in renovated houses that were once homes for the fishermen and their families. There is also a private, guided tour via boat of the challenging-to-reach Vingen petroglyphs, one of Northern Europe’s most prominent rock carvings sites, with more than 2,000 carvings dating back to 4000–2000 BC. Priced from $7,995 per person, based on double occupancy, as are all prices mentioned here.
Vermont Twin Farms Bike Tour
A bike ride in Vermont? It’s not exactly a new way to explore an area that is hardly uncharted territory. But if luxury is front and center on your list of requirements, then the new Vermont Twin Farms Bike Tour from DuVine should be on your shortlist. It promises “Four Days of Quintessential New England at Vermont’s Top Hotel.” It’s hard to argue with that since Twin Farms, a remote, manicured, and pampering retreat in the Green Mountains, has long ranked among the top luxury getaways in the world, with prices to match. It’s a deluxe three-night stay at Twin Farms, a Relais & Châteaux resort. The bike rides include taking in the views of the Ottauquechee River, checking out the historic Taftsville Covered Bridge, and visiting picture-perfect local farms. The stay includes a glassblowing demonstration and lunch at the riverfront flagship location of glassmaker Simon Pearce. The Twin Farms’ food philosophy is central to the experience, focused on estate-grown ingredients and seasonal produce during breakfasts, picnic lunches, and three on-property dinners. It is priced from $8,595.
Walking in Pakistan: Journey to the Roof of The World
Wild Frontiers is known for staking out some of the least-visited places in the world — think Algeria and Togo. Now add Northwest Pakistan to that list. Home to some of the highest mountains on Earth, Walking in Pakistan: Journey to the Roof of the World is an epic trekking journey into a mountain world still home to remote villages and ethnic clans. On this trip in the Karakoram Mountains, the gateway is the Khaplu Valley and then into a world of towering peaks like Masherbrum, Gasherbrum I, and the legendary K-2. The trek goes through the Thalle Valley for a four-day excursion over the Thalle La to Baltistan’s historic Shigar Fort. Wild Frontiers says this trip is “a must for those seeking a more active way to experience the grandeur of Pakistan’s mountains without undertaking a significantly longer or technically challenging expedition.” The 14-day journey starts at $4,063.
Tuscany Countryside Bike Tour
Many companies offer bike tours in Tuscany, including Trek, which frequently caters to serious riders. This tour is a bit more laid back and is the first time Trek has paired Tuscany with Umbria in an affordable five-day trip through two of Italy’s most beautiful provinces. The Tuscany Countryside Bike Tour starts in Umbria, Italy’s “Green Heart,” pedaling through rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves while visiting Umbria’s hilltop towns like Bevagna, Montefalco, and Assisi. The five-day adventure continues in southern Tuscany, in the wine region of Montepulciano, with scheduled olive oil and wine tastings. It is priced from $1,999.
Samurai Japanese Bike Tour – Honshu & Shikoku Islands
For those who love to pedal day after day in exotic locales, there’s always Ride & Seek. They build trips for eager — some would say hardcore— riders, lengthy journeys through some of the most remarkable places on the planet. They’ve just debuted their 22-day Samurai Japanese Bike Tour – Honshu & Shikoku Islands. This cycle across Japan is a three-week adventure that goes through three distinct parts of Japan and immerses cyclists in the country’s spectacular landscape, culture, and history. It includes visiting the Noto Peninsula and the Japanese Alps, exploring Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s main islands, and taking riders around Mount Fuji to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Priced from € 11,780 (approximately $12, 652).