13. Luxury Tour du Mont Blanc with Adventure Abroad
The majesty of Mont Blanc – the highest summit in the Alps and Western Europe’s tallest mountain – is immense. Thankfully, you’ll have plenty of time to take it all in on this epic trek. Adventure Abroad offers two ways to explore: over 13 days on their Classics expedition or eight days on their Highlights journey, both beginning and ending in Chamonix, a charming resort town near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. By day, expert UIMLA-licensed guides will help you navigate a massive system of trails connecting their way around the Mont Blanc massif, and in the evenings you’ll retire to premium accommodation in small Alpine villages – ensuring superlative comfort and authenticity of experience.
LUXURY TOUR DU MONT BLANC, COURTESY OF ADVENTURE ABROAD
14. Shimmering glaciers in Switzerland
The Jungfrau region has attracted poets, authors and artists for centuries, seeking inspiration in the drama of the soaring mountains and alpine lakes. The area’s crown jewel is this challenging 13.2-kilometre trail. Along the way you’ll take in Lake Hagel, the steep slopes of Gummi-hütte, the Grosse Scheidegg pass and Blau Gletscherli, a shimmering glacier. Rest in style in grand hotels, such as Victoria-Jungfrau in Interlaken.
15. Follow in the footsteps of Caesar with Ride and Seek
Follow in the footsteps of Julius Caesar on this epic bike tour from London to Rome. The journey traverses England, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy. Riders can take on one leg or tackle the entire 3,240-kilometre challenge. This bike ride is a historical, gastronomic and cultural adventure.
16. Polar bear encounters with Silversea
Forget about admiring the sensational scenery of Norway and Iceland from a distance! Once you board the 254-passenger Silver Cloud, Silversea’s most recently refurbished expedition ship, you’ll be immersed in this incredible part of the world in unique and surprising ways. Zodiacs will take you up close to glaciers in search of polar bears and walrus, you’ll explore Iceland’s Lake Myvatn and Godafoss waterfall, and take a big-sky tundra walk in Svalbard. Additional hiking and kayaking excursions truly bring these destinations to life. Back on board, you’ll be spoilt with Silversea’s signature fine food and personalised service. Silver Cloud has the best crewto-guest ratio in expedition cruising.
17. Snorkel between tectonic plates with Black Tomato
Black Tomato offers tailored expedition-led adventures to some of the planet’s most unique destinations, not least the jaw-dropping sights and experiences of Iceland. Whether your private tour is about adventure, relaxation or indulgence, expect the extraordinary. The Icelandic landscape is made for exploring, whether you opt to snorkel between tectonic plates, climb a glacier or dine in a volcanic chamber. When the exhilaration of a day is done, you’ll stay in five-star hotels that sit seamlessly in the landscape, before making your way to Reykjavik.
This article originally appeared in volume 32 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.