Memorable travels often stay with you for one or two incredible experiences: a time when you were immersed in the people, culture, history and food of a place. At Luxury Gold we call these experiences Passport Moments, and we want to share our favorites with you. So we asked our Luxury Gold travel experts for their top 5 Passport Moments. Here’s what they had to say:
Private cruise around the Island of Capri, Italy
What better way to soak in the splendor of Italy than on a private cruise through sparkling blue waters around the dramatic coast of Capri? Delve into hidden coves and visit the White Grotto, a tucked away treasure that few get to see. Admire the stalactites that dangle over the entrance of this stark white cave. Then, wind your way along the dramatic coastline of craggy rocks, the Faraglioni sea stacks and the Punta Carena lighthouse. You can almost hear the tempting siren call from the tales of Ulysses from this storied and stunning locale.
Game drive in Kruger National Park, South Africa
On your South Africa travels, venture deep into the heart of one of the world’s largest game reserves on a thrilling three-day safari in Kruger National Park. Your game drives in a private, open-air safari vehicle will have you on the lookout for the Big Five: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and the African buffalo. Your guides, an experienced ranger and tracker, are true experts and will share fascinating insights on the local wildlife. With multiple game drives scheduled, you will embark on exciting evening game drives that are followed by sundowner drinks around a campfire. You’ll also seek out leopards, crocodiles, hippos and elephants as the mist rises on a morning game drive.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal, India
No trip to India would be complete without a bucket list visit to the Taj Mahal. Luxury Gold makes your experience even more memorable as you view one of the greatest monuments in the world at sunrise. Bask in the majesty of the Taj Mahal as its marble domes and columns are framed in warm hues of pink, orange and yellow. With the light of dawn and fewer visitors, you can fully appreciate its gleaming white grandeur in peace, only accompanied by the quiet calls of birds and monkeys. Take in its scale from a distance and get close standing within its dramatic architecture as you reflect on this monument of love and flawless architecture built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen.
Sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Take in another unforgettable sunrise in Australia at Uluru. On our Inspiring Australia tour, you’ll experience two stunning sunrises at this sacred site. Watch the glowing red hues change as the sun rises behind the majestic Uluru. In this remote area, reflect on how this land is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area.
Bask in another spectacular sunrise the following day. You’ll watch the dawn break over Uluru enchanted by the magical ‘Field of Light’ art installation by celebrated artist Bruce Munro. This garden of 50,000 hand-crafted, colored spindles of light, spread out across the space of four football fields, will enchant you with its vibrant splendor. Wander through the deep violet, ochre and white illuminated paths. Then, from atop a dune, watching the dawn creep across the desert plain and light up Uluru.
Your visit to Uluru will be made even more memorable by your stay at Ayers Rock Resort.
Geiranger Fjord boat safari, Norway
We return to Europe for our final top Passport Moment with Luxury Gold. On our Timeless Scandinavia tour, deep within the fjords of Norway, embark on an adrenaline-fueled, fun and informative boat ride taking a close look at cascading waterfalls and remote mountain farms that cling to steep mountains. From the comfort of your craft, cruise up to dramatic cliffs with an average drop of 800 feet. Here small farms sit at the top, almost untouched in modern times and only accessible by boat and foot. This energizing and exciting RIB-boat ride is the ideal way to experience Norway’s natural beauty. If you’d prefer a less adventurous visit to Geiranger fjord, join a kayaking trip. You’ll glide alongside the fjord’s magnificent peaks and waterfalls, called the Seven Sisters and the Suiter, with an experienced guide.
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