This Summer swim with whales, drive a super fast car, journey on a luxury train thru southern Africa or hop on a private jet and enjoy a meal on the Great Wall of China. These extravagant adventures were not only made for James Bond, our favourite secret agent, so we´ve done our research and found the best experiences around the globe so you too can travel on the edge. Note: Although some of us might not have what it takes to actually go on these thrilling routes, they do make for great daydream.
Swim with Whales in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is one of the world´s largest congregations of humpback whales and home to the Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals. Here, you´ll be able to swim with them in their natural environment during a weeklong face-to face adventure. After enjoying a couple of days in Santo Domingo, you´ll be whisked off on a luxury boat and taken to Silver Bank, one of the few places on Earth where swimming with humpback whales is officially permitted and regulated.
Conscious Breath Adventures’ was the winner of the Responsible Whale Watch Awards. Apart from being able to float among these large creatures and come face-to-face with them, the private luxury boats use Aquarian Audio hydrophones to broadcast the songs of the humpback whales to guests aboard. Listen to the most sophisticated animal song on the planet in an auditorium where you are literally immersed in the music. The power of these songs makes them audible for miles.
Germany in a Sports Car
Have you ever dreamed of driving in a super fast car the way it was built to be driven? As fast as you can possibly go? There´s is only one place to do that and that is Germany´s Autobahn, the perfect place to test the limits of speed. Care to enjoy 3 hours of pure, unadulterated adventure behind the wheel of different sports cars and driving along the finest roads in the country? Fancy to pilot a Ferrari or a Lamborghini? There are several luxury German outfitters who are specialized in these types of adventures. Some of the highlights include the Race Track Tour beginning on June 16th until the 22nd, at the Nurburing racetrack that is 24 kilometers long and where the Formula 1 races happen. Another thrilling ride is the Berlin and Dresden Tour that takes you from Berlin to the rock formations in Switzerland. Next dates: July 23-28.
Luxury Train in South Africa
Considered the world´s most luxurious train, The Pride of Africa takes you from South Africa to Zimbabwe on an unforgettable six-day journey that includes a game drive at Hwange National Park. You begin your journey in Cape Town where you´ll be able to ascend Table Mountain, relax at Cape Peninsula and indulge in a wine tasting extravaganza at the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch. Once you´ve taken in Cape Town, hop on board the Pride of Africa and choose the perfect view from the observation, lounge and club cars. On board, luxury meals and the finest South African wines are served in Victorian dining cars. The gentle sway of the train will lure you to sleep in luxury suites that are 16 square meters each. Edwardian features are carefully combined with modern technology, air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms so you can travel in style.
Dine on The Great Wall of China
We know that James Bond doesn´t have to cue or hassle with crowds of tourists. If you´ve ever dreamed of visiting the Great Wall of China without hoards of visitors, enjoy a VIP tour, where you´ll l be directed to a little-known portion of the wall for a more intimate experience. You´ll walk along the newly opened ruins and less-travelled sections of the greatest symbol of ancient Chinese engineering. The Great Wall was built to protect the empire from Mongolian nomad invasions and is 8,850 kilometers long. There are several tailored made luxury outfitters that will lead you on private VIP tours of the Great Wall where you’ll be able to enjoy it practically all to yourself. Most luxury travel tours even top off your day with a Chinese banquet.
If you want your hard-earned time away to be worth your while, why not add one of these exclusive experiences to your Summer wish list?