Off-the-Beaten-Path Tours

written by | Posted on May 8th, 2013

Elephant trek in Chiang Mai northern Thailand as part of the Four Seasons Around the World tour.

Elephant trek in Chiang Mai northern Thailand as part of the Four Seasons Around the World tour.

Whether your client would rather go on a culinary adventure truffle hunting in Croatia, or travel the world in a private jet, here are some of our favorite off-the-beaten path tours perfect to recommend.

In 2014, Four Seasons is offering travelers a luxury getaway via private jet with stays at Four Seasons properties on its two private jet tours: Rediscover the Americas and Around the World.

Rediscover the Americas starts in Miami and takes travelers to Nevis, St. Kitts; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Carmelo, Uruguay; Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica; Punta Mita, Mexico; and returning to Los Angeles. This tour through the Americas can be customized with excursions such as whale watching and ziplining.

Travelers looking to explore the world can go around it with the Around the World tour, departing from Los Angeles, traveling to Kona, HI; Bora Bora; Sydney, Australia; Bali, Indonesia; Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand; the Taj Mahal and Mumbai in India; Istanbul, Turkey; and ending in London, England. Some of the properties included on the tour include Four Seasons Mumbai and Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.

Rates for Rediscover the Americas start at $62,950 pp dbl, and rates for the Around the World trip start at $87,950 pp dbl. Rates include private jet transportation; Four Seasons accommodations; all meals; ground transportation; and excursions. For more information, visit fourseasons.com.

Culinary adventurers can be off the path, literally, especially on a private truffle hunting demonstration in Istria in Croatia on Zicasso.com’s new 15-day The Ultimate Croatian Epicurean Journey.

On the tour, travelers will also take a cooking class at a 100-year-old traditional Istrian residence; take a private boat tour to the oyster banks of Mali Ston and experience an oyster tasting; and go on a culinary exploration on Hvar Island, complete with a Tomic winery tasting and lunch.

“Based on almost 2,000 traveler reviews on Zicasso.com, Croatia is the destination that consistently exceeded our travelers’ expectations for the overall experience and especially gastronomy and wine. It’s almost like Croatian food and wine are two of the best kept secrets in travel. This journey is designed to reveal these delicious secrets,” says Brian Tan, founder and CEO of Zicasso.com.

Rates start at $6,600 pp and include 14 nights in four- and five-star hotels; breakfast; airport transfers; daily chauffeured tours; car rental; private guided tours; and wine tasting and five gourmet meals. For more information, visit zicasso.com.

Meanwhile, Pure Adventures is appealing to travelers who are, well, looking for their own adventure by offering self-guided cycling tours of England’s Lake District and the Scottish Highlands.

While the tours include guest house and inn lodging accommodations, breakfasts, daily luggage transfer, bike set up and bike, and route book, travelers are free to travel at their own rate. On Scotland Cycling, the tour begins and ends in Glasgow, with visits to medieval sites, such as Blair Atholl Castle and tastings at Dewars World of Whiskey. Travelers on the Lake District Cycling tour of England visit the Lake District National Park, starting and ending the trip in Carlisle.

Rates start at $1,055 pp dbl. For more information, visit pure-adventures.com.