Top 20 Must-Do Trips Across the Planet [Sponsored Post]

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From the snowy peaks of Everest and the golden plains of the Serengeti, to the bustling markets of Marrakech and the cobbled streets of Prague – it’s a beautiful world out there.

Intrepid Travel has compiled their Top 20 essential travel experiences from their catalog of over 1,000 trips. These 20 must-see destinations were chosen by the people whose opinion matters the most – their passengers – so you can rest assured knowing that these once-in-a-lifetime experiences are worth the trip. At the moment, there are some great deals on the 20 trips featured below. So what are you waiting for? Browse the trips and call Intrepid for details on the itinerary and current offer.

TOP 20 TRIPS:

1. Vietnam Express

Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this 10-day adventure taking you from the European charms of Hanoi in the north to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Sip coffee with the locals in Hanoi, stroll the pristine shoreline around Halong Bay, take in the charming old-world air of Hue and marvel at the hectic pace of life in Ho Chi Minh City. This is an adventure full of beauty and contrast that will introduce you to the delicious cuisine, friendly locals, beautiful landscape and cosmopolitan cities of this fascinating country. >>Book now

2. Best of Morocco

Come and see Morocco’s kaleidoscope of colors. From the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara and from the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech, the rich history and natural beauty of this ancient land await. Observe the vibrant contrast between old and new expressed in architecture and artwork. Learn about fallen cities and cross paths with nomadic tribes. Jump in and discover the many mysteries and legends concealed within this moody, ever-changing landscape. >>Book now

3. Cambodian Traveler

This 9-day adventure begins in the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and ends in the cosmopolitan canals of Bangkok, stopping en route at the spectacular Angkor temple complex and sobering Phnom Penh. This fascinating journey provides ample time to marvel at the glory of the ancient Khmer civilization, temple-hop, shop and savor the culinary delights of Indochina while on the exciting road to Angkor. >>Book now

4. Best of Turkey

Explore the mysterious land of the Ottomans Intrepid-style. Marvel at Mehmet Aga’s masterpiece, the Blue Mosque, and bargain for trinkets in the Grand Bazaar. Try delicious Turkish snacks, be mesmerized by the Whirling Dervishes and discover the underwater treasures of the Mediterranean. From the laneways of ancient Ephesus to the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia – take the plunge and discover the amazing adventure that is waiting for you in Turkey. >>Book now

5. Classic Rajasthan

India is colorful, chaotic, and enchanting. The charming northern province of Rajasthan is all of this and more. On our classic adventure, we discover the grisly history of massive forts and the opulence and splendor of Maharajahs’ palaces. Stroll bustling markets, search for the elusive Bengal tiger, enjoy a sunset camel safari and soak up the culture of the local people. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan. >>Book now

6. Discover Egypt

Discover Egypt’s stark desert beauty, home for centuries to the monumental legacies left behind by the great pharaohs. Explore its bewitching history and captivating culture by journeying down the Nile, across the remote contours of the Sinai Desert and along the sun-swept beaches lining the Red Sea. Shop in an Egyptian bazaar, climb Mt Sinai and see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World on this 15-day extravaganza. >>Book now

7. China Express

Experience the ancient wonder of China’s most famous attractions on a journey from Beijing to Shanghai. Feel the sturdy rock of the Great Wall beneath your boots, imagine the artisans who carved an army from terracotta and take time out to sit with the locals and sample fresh cuisine. This trip combines the imperial grandeur of palaces and temples with the vibrancy of modern cities, iconic landmarks and the beauty of nature for the perfect taste of China. >>Book now

8. Best of Italy

Best of Italy

La dolce vita – the good life – is exactly what this 15-day trip is all about. Starting in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome and ending by the canals of Venice, uncover the best of northern Italy. Experience food, wine, history and style – all the things this wonderful country is famous for – and discover the natural beauty of this spectacular region. >>Book now

9. Land of the Rising Sun

Ever-welcoming and always fascinating, Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology. Experience the best that this diverse country has to offer from the excitement of lively Tokyo to the sacred resting places of shoguns at Nikko. Feast on local delights at a Takayama market, make a sobering visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park and explore the magnificent temples of Kyoto. Discover ancient castles, lush countryside and fascinating feudal history on this authentic travel adventure. >>Book now

10. Road to Zanzibar

Step into an enticing picture of tropical Africa on this inspiring adventure. Begin in Nairobi and then cross Tanzania’s vast savanna plains where magnificent herds of elephants roam and white sand and palm trees meet the deep, blue Indian Ocean. Discover spectacular scenery, superb wildlife, friendly locals, vibrant colors and fascinating cultures on this journey that will uncover some of Africa’s most iconic sights as well as some hidden treasures. >>Book now

11. Best of Guatemala & Mexico

Travel from the cobblestone streets of Antigua, through Belize and along the Yucatan Peninsula to the beachside of Playa de Carmen on this Central American adventure. Discover ancient ruins, explore the pristine shores of the Caribbean coastline, be enchanted by Guatemala’s highlands and explore the colorful marine life in laidback Belize. From volcano studded Antigua to the chilled-out charm of Mexico’s coast – this trip delivers a slice of action and some well-deserved relaxation. >>Book now

12. Explore Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand is a treasure-trove filled with glittering temples, ancient ruins, exotic markets and sumptuous foods. Explore the capital of Siam’s golden age at Sukhothai, ride an elephant through the rainforest of Lampang, browse the bustling markets of Chiang Mai, stay at a special homestay with local friends and enjoy a traditional khan toke dinner. Join us in Thailand’s northern kingdom. >>Book now

13. Best of Central Europe

Experience the best of the Old World on a journey through enchanting Central Europe. Immerse yourself in Austria’s superb musical heritage and step through time in the castles of the Czech Republic. Wander Krakow’s romantic Old Town and get active in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains. Conclude this classical 15-day adventure by taking the road less traveled to Budapest. >>Book now

14. Peru Highlights

From colonial Lima to beautiful Arequipa and onto the breathtaking Machu Picchu, experience the diversity, the natural wonders, the ancient Inca treasures and friendly faces of Peru. Covering the desert-like plains of the Pacific Coast, the soaring Andes and the depths of the Amazon jungle, this trip has it all. No matter how many photos you’ve seen, or how many stories you’ve heard, nothing will prepare you for the awesome beauty of this incredible country. >>Book now

15. Trans-Siberian & Mongolia

Travel across continents and time zones on one of the world’s greatest train journeys. Explore ancient Beijing before heading to the untamed wilderness of Mongolia to meet its nomadic people. Leave Asia behind on a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway into Europe across the wild, open plains of Siberia before ending your journey in glittering St. Petersburg. This trip will open your eyes to the history, scenery and unique cultures that make up this fascinating region. >>Book now

16. Everest Base Camp

This is an unforgettable expedition into the most mountainous corner of the world. First conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, Everest has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers. Today hard-core trekkers seek the challenge of reaching the mountain’s Base Camp. Flying in to Lukla, explore the mountains and valleys around the towering peak, rest in Nepalese teahouses, learn about the traditions and cultures of the famous Sherpa and spend time in exotic Kathmandu. >>Book now

17. Sabah Adventure

Discover the lush island of Borneo and its mountain peaks and friendly locals on a tropical adventure through Sabah. Scale the heights of Mt Kinabalu, spend a night in the jungle, come face-to-face with orangutans and bask on pristine, white-sand beaches. With an incredible diversity of wildlife and flora, Sabah is truly a nature-lover’s paradise. >>Book now

18. Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Get set for an adventure packed with majestic wildlife, remote desert landscapes, noble tribespeople and natural wonders. From the stunning sea-side city of Cape Town, to the golden glow of a burnt orange sunset, to the thrill of being near some of natures most precious species – this trip will create memories to last a lifetime. Canoe down the Okavango Delta, embark on a game drive in the Chobe National Park and feel the raw power of Victoria Falls on this journey filled with the very best of southern Africa. >>Book now

19. Cairo to Istanbul

From the ‘Land of the Pharaohs’ to modern-day Istanbul via Jordan and Syria, travel through countries that bear the legacies of Islamic, Christian, Persian and Roman civilizations. Discover deserts and mountains, camp under the stars, float in the Dead Sea, marvel at Petra and wander among the bizarre fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Experience it all on this quintessential adventure through the intriguing Middle East. >>Book now

20. Bangkok to Hanoi

Travel from Bangkok to Hanoi, experiencing the delights of northern Thailand, the laid-back river lifestyle of Laos, and the pristine wilderness of northern Vietnam. From the bright lights of Bangkok, through the age-old charms of Luang Prabang to the buzz of Hanoi, join us on a voyage of discovery and relaxation. Travel down the mighty Mekong and become immersed in the tranquility of remote villages and friendly locals along the way. >>Book now

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Felipe Adams
12 February 2011

These houses in Belize were built by the Spaniards many years ago. You can see these types of houses all over Latin America.

Charter Limo
13 February 2011

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