We believe in going the extra mile here at Temple World and sending you the extra mile too!
However, we also know that everyone’s idea of ‘adventure’ is different so we’ve created a variety of itinerary ideas to inspire adrenaline junkies as well as those who prefer their adventure ‘soft’. What all our adventure trips include however is super comfortable accommodation to ensure that you get a bit (or a lot) of luxury and some all-important rest before tacking the next challenge. Whether adventure means tracking wild animals on foot, rafting down white-water rapids or challenging yourself to a multi-day mountain ascent, our adventures are completely tailored to you, your interests and abilities.
This is just a small selection of adventurous ideas drawn from exciting trips that we have planned for our intrepid clients in the past. For more inspiration or to plan your own totally bespoke adventurous trip, call us for expert advice.
THE FAMILY ADVENTURE: SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka works so well as a family destination as it’s safe, easy to get to and enjoys great weather almost year-round. Its wonderful mix of culture, wildlife and beaches mean there’s something for every age-range, and its superb selection of boutique and five star independent hotels mean you can stay in absolute comfort throughout. Keeping it simple for families with young children, combine the chic, historic city of Galle with a fabulous south coast beach hotel: with whales breaching in the ocean and turtles laying their eggs on the beach there’s a lot more here than just sand. Further afield, older kids will love hiking up magnificent Sigiriya rock (a fortified ancient capital) or rafting on the Kelani River. Not forgetting Yala, Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife reserve, where jeep safaris yield exciting leopard and elephant sightings.
Best for: Families, couples, adventure, relaxation, beach, wildlife, fauna & flora, spa
When to go: November to April for South Coast beaches and Yala. April to August for ancient cities and Kandy
TW’s Sri Lankan family hotel picks: The Fort Bazaar (Galle), Cape Weligama, (Mirissa), Chena Huts (Yala)
THE LUXURIOUS ADVENTURE: GUATEMALA & BELIZE
Ever wanted to pretend that you are Lara Croft or Indiana Jones and get lost in the jungle in search of hidden ruins? Well awaken your inner Tomb Raider on this two-country journey. Start your adventure in Antigua, Guatemala, enjoying the fine dining and cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage city. Head to Flores for a trek to the mysterious jungle-clad ruins of Tikal with the sound of monkeys and toucans in the trees! The jungle is full of life and you can choose from a host of activities such as birdwatching, horse-riding and river tubing. Crossing into the Belizian side of the border, go in search of armadillo, tapir and elusive jaguar on night-jungle walks. End your epic experience on the powder-soft beaches of Belize to swim and snorkel or perhaps dive the Blue Hole, a stunning sinkhole teeming with tropical fish, sharks and rays.
Best for: Romance, fine dining, couples, family, luxury, wildlife, birdlife, adventure
When to go: Best weather November to April
TW’s favourite Guatemala and Belize hotels: La Lancha, Casa Polopo, Blancaneaux Lodge, Gladden Private Island
THE PHYSICAL ADVENTURE: PERU & THE INCA TRAIL CHALLENGE
Challenge yourself on this adventure of a life-time, combining an exhilarating white water rafting journey on the Apurimac River on grade III-V rapids with a luxury Inca Trail trek. Acclimatise to the altitude and explore the Inca ruins before enjoying guided sightseeing and boutique hotels in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Then muster up all that energy to embark on a guided mountain bike ascent from Lake Huaypo, leaving the crowds way behind you. Camp on stunning river beaches and enjoy staggering views of the Inca Trail. On your hike you’ll be rewarded for your effort with jaw-dropping views, comfy beds, gourmet meals and even a massage! End the adventure with a luxury train back to Cusco and leave with wild and exceptional memories that will last a lifetime.
Best for: Adventure, adrenaline, trekking, cycling, family, couples, scenery
When to go: Best May to August
Other physical adventures you might like: Kilimanjaro Climb & Tanzania safari, Nepal Annapurna trek
THE LUXURY SELF-DRIVE ADVENTURE—NAMIBIA
Take in the panoramic vistas of Namibia with this classic self-drive route, covering the country’s absolute ‘must do’ highlights in two weeks. Contrast the ever-changing colours of the towering sand dunes at Sossusvlei and the Namib Naukluft Park with the game-rich waterholes of Etosha. There’s also time to explore the colonial town of Swakopmund, track rare desert-elephant on foot in Damaraland and come face to face with cheetah in the Central Highlands. You’ll even spot dolphins and seals aboard a catamaran in Walvis Bay. Driving through Namibia’s wide open panoramas is adventurous enough, but there’s plenty more adrenaline you can add: sandboard or paraglide down giant sand-dunes, kayak with sea-lions, hike the Fish River canyon, raft the Orange River or even walk with rhino.
Best for: glamping, self-drive, adventure, couples, families, luxury, wildlife, scenery
When to go: May to October
TW’s top Namibia lodges: Little Kulala, Little Ongava, Camp Kipwe, Doro Nawas, Okonjima Plains Camp
THE MULTISPORTS ADVENTURE: HIKE, BIKE & KAYAK GOLDEN TRIANGLE
Get active in one of Asia’s most colourful and diverse regions with this two-week multi-sport itinerary in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, with homestays and glamping in remote tribal regions bookended with deluxe hotel stays at the beginning and end. Start with a trek through Myanmar’s rugged Shan Hills, calling at traditional villages and even a water buffalo auction. Then head to Northern Thailand to explore stunning mountainous scenery by bike , accompanied by a specialist cycle guide. Recuperate with two restful days in Laos, gliding through lush riverine scenery on a private boat. Then pick up your paddles for the final energetic stretch by kayak to the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, where you can celebrate completing your challenge with a beautiful French-Laotian meal at your deluxe hotel.
Best for: Scenery, romance, food and drink, boat trips, trekking, adventure, sports
When to go: May until October
TW’s favourite hotels for this itinerary: Strand hotel (Yangon), Belmond La Residence Phou Vao (Luang Prabang)
We hope you’ve enjoyed browsing this small selection of our adventurous holiday recommendations. There are too many incredible places, experiences and luxury hotels for us to detail them all here, but trust us when we say: if it’s a luxury adventure you’re after: we do it. We have the expertise to hand-pick every hotel and experience to create an unforgettable, personalised adventure holiday of a lifetime.