The travel bucket list 2019

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From awe-inspiring experiences in the great outdoors to the unspoilt emerging hotspots, we bring you our favourite life-affirming travel adventures for 2019.

 

Reconnect with nature on a cruise in Alaska

Spot whales in Juneau - humpback whales in the sea with blue sky

 

With the natural world so much in the headlines, there's never been a better time to book a holiday in Alaska and learn all about its ecosystems, wildlife and communities. You'll be accompanied by a National Park ranger to give you the expert commentary that will bring it all to life.


Swap screen time for a cosmic light show

Magnetic particles refracting light from the sun, or the gateway to another world? There's only one way to be sure... Perhaps we've had enough of screen time and information overload, but this year we're feeling a distinct pull towards Lapland and its still, silent, snowy landscapes. And the chance to catch a heavenly natural light show is pretty high on the agenda, too.

See the Northern Lights on an Idyllic Iceland tour

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Walk like an Egyptian: see the pyramids of Giza

Could there be anything that speaks more loudly to the child adventurer in all of us than a visit to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx in Egypt? How about taking a cruise along the mighty Nile river to see the other treasures of this ancient land? 

The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, when temperatures are at their comparative mildest.


Explore Patagonia: the end of the world

Patagonia is one of the earth's richest sources of natural history: at the Milodon Cave, prehistoric fossils date back 14,000 years and include a sabre-toothed tiger and a gigantic sloth, which weighed more than a ton. With icebergs, glaciers and lakes teeming with wildlife, a journey through Patagonia is an incredible voyage through evolution - past and present. 

Journey to Patagonia and the end of the world


Watch the dawn break on the Taj Mahal

 

If you had limitless wealth and power in the time of the Mughals, this is what love looked like. No expense was spared to create the Taj Mahal, an emperor's monument to his dead wife. From its sacred geometry and position, to its dazzling white marble and intricate botanical tiles, it's a work of art: and the most visit attraction in India. So the best time to see it is at dawn, when the crowds are calmest and the sun turns it from blue, to pink, to white - yeah ok, you could say it's a little like the light of Heaven transforming into the light of Earth.

See the Taj Mahal, along with India's Golden Triangle and the Tigers of Ranthambore


Step back into Old Japan

Old Japan may have been and gone, but in Kyoto, you can be transported back to the time of the empire. This beautifully preserved city escaped the bombs of World War II, and is characterised by its exquisite gardens, calm temples, red-lipped geishas, and 2,000 vivid Buddhist and Shinto shrines. If you miss cherry blossom season, consider visiting at maple leaf season between October and November, when its stunning parks, temple gardens and boulevards turn many shades of crimson.


Explore the ruins of a jungle temple

You may have seen a few temples throughout the world, but you haven’t experienced one until you’ve been to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. This 400sq-acre Hindu monument was built in the 12th century and represents an incredible work of human engineering, and is widely considered the spiritual heart of Cambodia.

Experience Angkor Wat on our Vietnam and Cambodia: a grand adventure