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7 Special Places for End-of-the-Year Adventures

By GeoEx Staff | 10/6/17

Coastline and palm trees in Tangalle, Sri Lanka with GeoEx

Though fall is upon us, there's still time to book an end-of-the-year adventure with GeoEx! What better way to celebrate the holidays—or ring out the old and ring in the new—than with a remarkable journey in a fascinating part of our planet? Here are seven destinations our travel specialists especially recommend to round out 2017.

Bhutan

In the remote and still relatively untouristed Himalayan hideaway of Bhutan, visitors can see spectacular mountain scenery, enjoy hikes in the pristine countryside, rejuvenate in luxurious lodges, visit ancient monasteries, meet with Buddhist monks, and witness private blessing ceremonies.

Young noviate monks pose at Punakha Dzong, Bhutan with GeoEx

 

Kenya

At the end of the year, Kenya is warm, green, and sunny, with occasional dramatic thunderstorms that are great for photographs. It's the prime season to see spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro from the Chyulu Hills.

Cheetah mother and cubs after a rainstorm in the Masai Mara, Kenya with GeoEx

 

Morocco

Winter is a wonderful time to visit Morocco and savor the country's dry and comfortably cooler weather, not to mention the fewer fellow travelers. From the magic of the medina in Fès to the marvels of Marrakech, a festive atmosphere prevails.

People in the Place Bou Jeloud in Fez, Morocco with GeoEx

 

Myanmar

Many GeoEx travelers visit Myanmar once and then return again and again to experience more of this enchanting country, from the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon to the Plain of Temples in Bagan and the refreshing breezes and floating gardens of Inle Lake. Be sure to do a walking tour of Yangon to see—and feel the buzz at—the capital's apothecaries, endlessly captivating food markets, bookstores, and coffee shops.

Traditional Intha fishermen on Inle Lake, Myanmar with GeoEx

 

South Africa

Most travelers go to South Africa between June to August, but in December—summer in the Southern Hemisphere—visitors see a green, warm, lush country. Celebrate in the Winelands, on the coast, or in spirited Cape Town. If a safari is a priority, inquire immediately (because space at lodges is tight). You can also tie in Mozambique’s delicious islands and beaches. 

Boschendal Estate vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa with GeoEx

 

Sri Lanka

With its luxuriantly warm December weather, Sri Lanka offers atmospheric colonial villas, inviting beaches, rolling Tea Country, wildlife-rich jungles, and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Man walking around stupa in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka with GeoEx

 

Vietnam

Experience Vietnam from various vantage points, with opportunities to appreciate its diverse landscapes, learn about its complex history and culture, and partake of its sophisticated and delectable cuisine. This family-friendly country features fabulous hotels and a spectrum of opportunities from casual bike rides and drifting on rivers to Vespa tours of Saigon and Hanoi, curated street food walking tours, and much more.

Local women buying and selling vegetables at a Mekong Delta market, Vietnam with GeoEx 

Our experts are at the ready to let you know what's possible on a private, tailored-to-you journey. Contact us to learn more at 888-570-7108.

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