Exploring new corners of the world with those you love is a fantastic way to create lasting memories, so what better way to mark a special occasion than traveling together? Honeymoon, anniversary, graduation, retirement, birthday—milestones like these are an excellent reason for travel. Whether you'd like to invite the whole family, a group of close friends, or just make it a romantic twosome, we know how much time and effort it takes to arrange a fun, enriching, celebratory journey; GeoEx's travel experts have it down to an art form.
Below are some ideas to get you started, and our destination specialists have plenty more. Give us a call to find out how we can make your celebration really special.
Honeymoon Destinations & Other Romantic Getaways
Whether you're interested in being pampered or being active—perhaps both?—we would be delighted to design your special journey for two. Based on your desires, we'll make recommendations for destinations, accommodations, and experiences, or if you have something specific in mind, we'll handle all the details.
Some romantic moments we've planned in the past include a private dinner at the Pyramids in Egypt, an overnight helicopter trip to Lalibela's rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia, a honeymoon in the Fabled Rub' al Khali (Empty Quarter) of Oman, a mountaintop wedding in Bhutan (complete with local wedding attire and presiding lamas), and an anniversary trek to Machu Picchu.
If you're drawn to astounding natural beauty, you might consider New Zealand. A couple's spa treatment in Auckland helps you recover from the long journey, at which point you can enjoy a helicopter excursion to White Island for a champagne lunch, a candlelight dinner at a Napier vineyard, a day of sailing by private charter amid the stunning Bay of Islands, and a stay at the award-winning, sumptuous Eagle's Nest retreat.
In Vietnam, countless options beckon, including exploring Hanoi by Vespa, joining a chef for a market visit and cooking class, hiking in the verdant Sapa hills, and cruising through the staggering karsts of UNESCO-listed Halong Bay aboard a luxurious junk. Another wonderful Southeast Asia option is a Myanmar journey featuring a sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the Plain of Temples, a cocktail cruise on the Irrawaddy, and zipping by long-tail boat past the floating gardens of Inle Lake.
Colombia, where "Romancing the Stone" was set, may have you savoring a special picnic under the giant wax palms in Los Nevados National Park, a coffee tasting at a farm in the lush hills, a sunset cruise in colonial Cartagena's harbor, and an exploration of Bogotá's emerging arts scene.
If the notion of train travel strikes you as the epitome of romance, we'll arrange for you to stay in the Imperial Suite of the Golden Eagle train as you roll across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express. Or maybe your dream is the quiet beach paradise of the Seychelles, a vibrant archipelago located off the coast of East Africa and a great way to cap off a safari. We can recommend wonderful, exclusive retreats, then set you off to snorkel à deux above coral reefs looking out for spotted eagle rays, parrot fish, and giant tortoises.
Celebrations to Share with Family
For the occasions worth celebrating with the nuclear or extended family—such as a 50th anniversary, birthday, retirement, or school graduation—we're here to help, lining up experiences for all your ages and interests and handling the complex logistics. A Kenya safari, for example, is excellent fun for all, with incredible wildlife viewing at exclusive reserves, spear throwing with Maasai, games with local children, and time to relax in carefully chosen lodges and tented camps. Another way to combine culture and wildlife is in India, where you can take your kids to see the Taj Mahal without the crowds, spot tigers in Ranthambore, make kites with local children, experience a colorful festival, and overnight in a remote, 350-year-old fort.
You could also take to the water in Indonesia for an island-hopping adventure, visiting such wonders as Komodo National Park. Some of you may spend the day diving, while others hang back on white-sand beaches, going for a snorkel when the moment moves you. As twilight falls, your boat crew lights a bonfire and cooks up a spectacular beach barbecue under the stars for all of you together. Another cruise adventure may take you to the Galápagos Islands, Darwin's living library, for a family-friendly week of kayaking, snorkeling, and walking with otherworldly animals.
In Costa Rica, home to volcanoes and impressive biodiversity, grandma and grandpa can go birding, while the adrenaline seekers ride mountain bikes or zip-lines, and the others go dolphin-watching. Our experts know how to weave together remote areas that complement each other, while minimizing drive time to connect them. More active adventures can be found in Patagonia with ample opportunities to hike, horseback ride, sail, and bike among some of the world's most jaw-dropping mountains and glaciers, while also getting pampered at family-friendly lodges.
Reunions of Friends
You may wish to bring together your friends for a travel adventure to honor your milestone, be it retirement, birthday, three decades since college graduation, or something else. What about a wine-focused trip in Argentina? Savor world-class vintages at Mendoza vineyards, paired with sublime estancias (equipped with spas, wonderful views, and gourmet cuisine), and then tango your way through Buenos Aires.
Morocco is an exhilarating place for a group of friends. You'll journey through intriguing cities, like mysterious Fès, the country’s oldest imperial city, and stroll through a broad, flowerbed-lined avenue in Rabat to reach the gardens of the Royal Palace. Your highlight celebration meal may take place on a rooftop in seaside Essaouira after riding camels on the beach, or at a deluxe Berber camp in the Saharan dunes under a sky packed with bright stars.
You could enjoy a cultural feast in Japan for Tokyo’s cultural high spots, such as the Meiji Shrine and Asakusa, and then make a morning visit to its gargantuan fish market. Quiet cultural experiences include learning calligraphy, origami, and sushi making.
Or imagine tracing one of the Silk Road's most important branches all the way from Moscow to Beijing on a momentous journey by train. Maybe you finally have the time to do a country-crossing extravaganza like this one or another of our epic frontier-jumping journeys.
We just may surprise you along the way with a treat, like cocktails right on the edge of the awe-inspiring, animal-thronged Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.
How Will You Celebrate Your Special Occasion?
No detail is overlooked by our vetted guides and seamless planning. Let us put our expertise to work so that you and your loved ones get to discover the world together on an exceptional adventure. Give us a call at 888-570-7108 to start chatting about the possibilities.