Our CEO, Ulla Hefel Böhler, shares her 2019 bucket list: 

There is nothing like the start of a new year to whet one’s appetite for travel! Below you will find where my wanderlust has led me to dream.

1. Luxury Gold – Ultimate Ireland

Two nights at the recently refurbished Ashford Castle with a choice of High Tea or Falconry, an after hours visit to the Little Museum in Dublin, guided by its founder Trevor White and a fabulous dinner at Michelin-starred restaurant l’Ecrivain. Need I say more.

2. Insight Vacations – Jordan Experience with Dead Sea Option

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In partnership with the TreadRight Foundation on this trip you have the incredible opportunity to visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative to experience firsthand the preservation of local heritage. Travel needs to matter and this is one way of doing so. You’ll also have a chance to go glamping in Wadi Rum and have dinner under the stars.

3. Insight Vacations – Northern Lights of Scandinavia

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This brand new trip ticks off many bucket list items. From meeting Trine Lyrek at her working husky farm to delving into the fascinating history of Scandinavia as you meet its indigenous people, the Sami. With Reindeer feeding, a drink at the ice bar and a chance to see the Northern Lights from the comfort of the glass-domed ceiling in your room at the Ivalo village to round off a truly spectacular trip.

4. Luxury Gold – Treasures of the Incas

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Whilst with other trips you might feel like you’re leaving beautiful Machu Picchu before your coca leaf tea has cooled, with Luxury Gold we stay at the incredible Inka Terra Hotel for two nights.

5. Insight Vacations – Northern Spain

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This trip focuses on two of my favourite things; food and art. We visit San Sebastian, the foodie capital of Northern Spain. Dine-at-home with a local in Gijon and visit some of Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona. Not to forget the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

6. Luxury Gold – Majesty of the Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer

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What is a better way to relive the golden age of rail travel than on-board the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer. Those vistas are a dream come true!

7. Trafalgar – Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold

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As the mother of two young boys, this family vacation sounds like lots of fun would be had, with brilliant activities for all! My boys can’t wait to see the Colosseum and get hands on at the Gladiator school.

8. Luxury Gold – Classical India with Nepal

From the remarkable temples of Khajuraho to the splendid Taj Mahal with Luxury Gold you can uncover the vibrancy of India and Nepal in luxurious comfort, knowing that every detail is taken care of by your Travelling Concierge.

9. Uniworld – Magnificent Moselle & Rhine

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I started my time with The Travel Corporation at Uniworld and cruising will always hold a special place in my heart. In 2019 I’d like to uncover the best-kept-secret in river cruising, the Moselle, with picture-perfect sloping vineyards dotted with castles!

10. Insight Vacations – Eastern Discovery

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Lastly and certainly not least, our very own Eastern Discovery. This multi-layered journey takes you from the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna to the mighty Parthenon in Athens and on to the shimmering Greek isles with a stopover in Corfu.