World's Best Travel Tours
There’s a tour book, social media site and app to plan your next trip, but something can still be said for local guides. These TC-approved experts promise authentic experiences and exclusive access.
Indonesia: The Life AquaticIf you live for underwater adventures, imagine scuba diving in paradise -- or in this case, Raja Ampat, in Indonesia's West Papua province. Sail routes once reserved for intrepid explorers and scientists to discover untouched coral, wildlife like the impressive Komodo dragon and breathtaking Hindu temples.
Alaska: Arctic VenturesExploring the North Pole may seem surreal. After all, it is the land of the midnight sun and home to polar bears and penguins. But you can also hike in Alaskan rain forest, kayak alongside peaceful coastlines, or relax in luxury as you sail past breathtaking icebergs, pods of orca and breaching humpbacks.
Recommended Guides: Arctic Odysseys; Lindblad Expeditions 960 1280
Ireland: Castles & CountrysideMaybe you're tracing your family roots. Or perhaps you have fantasies of spending the night in a medieval castle. Whatever the reason, if you'd like to start each day with rashers and sausage and end it in a town pub, perhaps cruising along the Irish countryside is just your speed.
Recommended Guides: Vagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland 960 1280
India: Mythology & Mountain PeaksThe best tours can help you cut through the controlled chaos that typifies India, so you can get the chance to enjoy Darjeeling's famous tea and Bengali sweets, explore ornate temples and Hindu mythology and take in the sunrise over the Himalayas.
Recommended Guides: Immersion Journeys 960 1280
Burgundy: Wine & Dine & … BikeExplore Beaune, the vibrant capital of the Cote d'Or. Then, get off the beaten path -- literally -- as you bike through rolling hills and quaint, friendly towns from vineyard to vineyard. Sip vintages surrounded by the fields in which they were grown, dine in chateaus and enjoy private cellar tours.
Recommended Guides: Butterfield & Robinson; Backroads 960 1280
Istanbul: Faraway Family AdventureThere's no reason the entire family wouldn't enjoy these classic Turkish experiences like bargaining in the Grand Bazaar, sailing on a gullet -- a Turkish wooden yacht -- and exploring ancient Ephesus.
Recommended Guides: Thomson Family Adventures 960 1280
Peru: Land of the IncaThe Incan Trail. Machu Picchu. You need to say little more to conjure up the lost city's spectacular ruins. But with archaeological sites like the Sacred Valley, the cities of Cusco and Lima and the natural wonders of the Amazon rainforest, highlights abound.
Recommended Guides: Andes Adventures;Trafalgar
Costa Rica: For Outdoor AdventurersWhether you're gliding through a cloud forest on a zip-line, whitewater rafting or rapelling down waterfalls, there's plenty of adventure to be had in Costa Rica. If you're looking for “pura vida” (the good life), stay at a luxury eco-lodge, soak in natural hot springs and stroll by an active volcano.
Recommended Guides: Kensington Tours; Costa Rica Expeditions