Calling all multitasking travelers, we’ve got the trips for you. Yes, you can combine South Africa with Antarctica; visit seven Caribbean islands in as many days; Combine three safaris in one; Fly around four spectacular and hard-to-reach Scottish golf courses in four days; and do both the Chilean and Argentinian sides of Patagonia. Happy bucket listing.
Africa and Antarctica
(on 1 day)
In earnest. First, spend five to seven days exploring South Africa’s Garden Route, a 190-mile stretch of coastline dotted with gorgeous Indian Ocean beaches and the five big sea creatures: great white sharks, seals, penguins, dolphins and whales. November to February is summer here, and Birkenhead house (from the Royal Portfolio Collection) is an elegant base in Hermanus for shark diving and whale watching. Grootbosa hotel and conservation area 30 minutes south, is known for its family-friendly marine safaris and botanical tours (and a new Florilegium).
Then it’s back to your base, Cape Town (spend the night in the ornate Ellerman House), from where Antarctica specialist white desert‘s Greatest Day tour takes you to its new Antarctic glamping location in five hours on an Airbus A340. You’ll have three hours to play polar explorer (with a mountain guide), toast the experience with champagne, and then fly back to Cape Town for dinner. The seventh continent? Check.
Seven Caribbean Islands
(in 7 days)
Why settle for one island when you can have seven? The long awaited Ritz Carlton Yacht CollectionThe first of , the Evrima, begins voyages in November – the St. Martin to Puerto Rico calls at St. Bart’s, St. Kitts, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands. In addition to the luxury essentials — a Michelin-starred chef, a sophisticated gym, a fabulous spa, and legendary Ritz-Carlton service (there’s a staff-to-guest ratio close to 1:1) — you can too request tailor-made excursions, such as a secluded beach picnic on St. Bart’s or a naturalist-led hike in Montserrat’s rainforest. For more Ritz-Carlton cocooning, add a few nights at the chain’s reserve property in San Juan, Dorado Beach.
The All-In-One Safari
(in 10 days)
Only in small, super-organized Rwanda can you easily visit three national parks and a thriving African city. Akagera has the Big Five (its war-devastated wildlife has been restored by the extraordinary conservation organization African Parks, whose work you’ll learn more about), Volcanoes National Park is home to mountain gorillas, and Nyungwe’s stars are monkeys and chimpanzees. All three parks have excellent accommodation options – including luxury lodges from Singita and One&Only and at Akagera Magashi, a six-tented lakeside jewel managed by Wilderness Safaris and African Parks. Round out the trip in the capital, Kigali, which offers a historical and cultural highlight (stay in the 20-room retreat). A great family adventure. (Book with Cherri Briggs of Explore Inc.)
Scottish golf foursome
(in 4 days)
You will abandon the children for this. The enterprise Bravo whiskey golf Maximize your time by teeing off four hard-to-reach courses featuring airstrips, helipads and the best hotels. In 30 minutes, they take you to Jura, an island that George Orwell described as “extremely unreachable,” to play and stay at Ardfin, a 12,000-acre estate with an elaborate hotel and challenging course designed by Bob Harrison. On the neighboring island of Islay, play the dune-strewn links of the Machrie and stay at the hotel of the same name. Then on to Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart. Between rounds there are VIP tastings at renowned whiskey distilleries and just about any other experience you could wish for (dinner with a lord? A customized tartan fitting?). A golf obsessive? They will arrange a 19-day, 17-course extravaganza in four countries.
(within 12 days)
Seeing the highlights of this vast, ridiculously scenic outdoor playground at the tip of South America, in Chile and Argentina, took a long time. The new all inclusive Explora Connect’s Super Itinerary, from South America’s pioneering luxury lodge operator, now connects both sides. A private plane takes you in less than two hours (compared to 20 hours by commercial plane) between Explora’s 10-room lodge in Patagonia National Park and the 49-room Explora Torres del Paine lodge, the first ever lodge on the shores of the Turquoise Pehoé Lake (both in Chile). The eight-hour drive across the border to Explora El Chaltén, the brand’s newest property, in Argentina’s Los Huemules Nature Reserve, doubles as a sightseeing tour of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. The reward is a feast of adventure – horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, rock climbing – in strikingly varied landscapes.
This story appears in the October 2022 issue of City Country. SUBSCRIBE NOW