If you’ve ever romanticized the idea of lounging in Old Havana, taking a long draw on a Cuban cigar and sipping a mojito, your time has come.
AutoVenture’s trip to Halong Bay is just a 3.5-hour drive from Hanoi, but it may as well be a time machine. Sailing a junk across Vietnam’s Halong Bay, the view from your vessel is unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s a page out of a storybook, with the bay’s limestone pillars poking through the reflecting blue water like the spines of a sea dragon’s back; and the site of the other junks traversing the bay harkens back to another century.
One of the most rewarding opportunities a visitor can have in Southeast Asia is to visit a local temple and talk with a Buddhist monk. Friendly, open and welling with insights, many monks can speak English, and are more than happy to converse with you about the different aspects of their faith, lifestyle and their chosen path.
With wine and scenery this delicious, you don’t need a pushy tour director trying to hurry you onto a smoky, idling bus. Your private AutoVenture guide keeps your itinerary as flexible as you wish to be, so you can relax and relish in the riches of Chile’s wine country the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.
The only way folks could make this adventure any more exciting is if they could talk with the animals. AutoVenture’s three-day safari at Gorah Elephant Camp in South Africa captures the colonial flavor and wild safari sights of another age. Gorah is often described as an “Out of Africa” movie experience come to life.
Explore the ruins of the ancient Inca civilization, and wander the world’s mightiest river in a luxury cruise vessel with AutoVenture’s Inca Trail and Amazon Tour.
Bangkok is Southeast Asia’s friendliest and most accessible jewel. It shines with golden temples, colorful markets, and nightlife that would make New Orleans blush. There are plenty of iconic, don’t-miss sites: Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), the Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw, the colorful floating market, and the chaotic bustle of Chinatown.
With the final episode in The Hobbit Trilogy set to be released to movie audiences this December, expect the demand for all things Tolkien to peak, particularly in New Zealand, which served as the setting for the movies’ mythical world of Middle-earth.
First came the Greeks. Then came the Romans, the Byzantines and the Saracens. Today it’s film stars, royalty, heads of state, painters of masterpieces and famous authors who come to luxuriate in Sicily’s Taormina Bay.
The phrase, “a feast for the eyes,” gets thrown about so often in travel narratives, it fails miserably in describing the overwhelming spiritual ambiance and sensory grandeur awaiting in Kyoto, the 1,000-year-old original capitol of Imperial Japan. From the Kinkaku-ji temple covered in gold leaf and the mysterious Ryoan-ji rock garden, to the 1,001 Buddha statues exuding complete serenity in Sanjusangendo Hall, Kyoto offers a one-of-a-kind, bucket list experience.