Our pick of May’s best travel packages to destinations across the globe.
Hop on to a private jet headed to a secluded island or soak in the culture of Vietnam — or if you need an adrenaline kick, embark to the snow-capped alps for some sledging. Mark this summer with unsual getaways that promise to bring chills, thrills and more.
Ariara, Philippines, Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi, The Brando, French Polynesia and more. These are names of exotic private islands that are ready to host you this summer. JetSetGo, an e-commerce private jet and helicopter booking website, is offering holidays at 12 of these locations. Week-long packages start from Rs 80 lakh, inclusive of transportation by private jets, helicopters and yachts. Details: 011 39585858
Ride the waves
Till June 10, Cotai Water Jet
A buy-one-get-one-free offer has never sounded more appealing. Travel from the Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal to the Hong Kong International Airport in the luxurious Cotai Water Jet and get to redeem a complimentary ticket (of the same class) within 30 days. Tickets start at approximately Rs 10,235. Details: cotaiwaterjet.com
Ongoing, Ezeego One Travel and Tours
If you haven’t already, go on a vacation to Bali. A three-day trip will take you to Kintamani, a mountain village that lies 1,400 metres above sea level. Enjoy a fun-filled evening at Tanjung Benoa beach, parasailing or riding banana boats. Also pay a visit to Tanah Lot temple, built atop an off-shore island. Rs 11,413 onwards per person. Details: ezeego1.co.in
Till November 30, SOTC
Go on a 14-day cruise to Antarctica. Start with an excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Once the MS Fram sets sail from Buenos Aires, watch out for the Adélie penguins and leopard seals as you pass through the Drake Passage. The British base in Port Lockroy offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. Also spot the feeding site for thousands of whales as you pass by Deception Island and Half Moon Island. At Rs 5,15,500 per person. Details: 8754455660
Till July 31, Travel Masters India Pvt. Ltd.
Go island hopping to Mahe, La Digue and Praslin as part of this six-day tour to Seychelles. Take a chartered trip on Teddy’s glass bottom boat for an underwater view of reefs and marine life. Also try scuba diving, deep sea fishing and jet-skiing at the islands. Rs 52,092 onwards (triple sharing basis). Details: 42899900
Ongoing, Thomas Cook
For those who want to chalk in some heritage and nature, try Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos this summer. During the 16-day trip, take to the street for a food tour in Hanoi to taste Vietnamese delicacies like pork crepes. Also, marvel at the magnificence of Angkor Wat and stop by at Ban Xang Hai, where the locals brew a unique rice wine called Lao-lao. Rs 4,00,000 onwards per person (twin sharing basis). Details: 022 42427629
Till October 10, Cox & Kings
Camping becomes luxurious on this trip to Diskit (in Leh) where the tents come with en-suite bathroom and temperature control. At Rs 56,000 per person (twin sharing basis) for two nights and three days. Meanwhile at the 10-day trip to the Galapagos archipelago, sail on the ‘Queen of Galapagos’ and meet sea turtles in Isla Lobos among other attractions. Rs 3,49,930 onwards. Details: 28209500
Around the corner
Ongoing, Stay Simple Bruton
Don’t feel like going too far from home? How about learning to pick coffee berries or make local Kodai cuisine? All this and more is on
offer with a stay at Stay Simple Bruton-Lakeview Resort, at Kodaikanal. The 2N3D package starts from Rs 10,000 for a family
of two. Details: 8095709111
Three times lucky
Escape to the peaks of Switzerland with Yatra’s Three Magnificent Peaks of Switzerland 2016. Mount Titlis in Lucerne offers a ride in a revolving cable car and a 360 degree view of the Swiss landscape. Also, from Scex Rouge—near Interlaken in the Alps—catch a glimpse of Mont Blanc and, from there, travel to Aletsch, the largest glacier there. Includes two nights at Lucerne, three nights at Interlaken. Rs 68,600 onwards. Details: yatra.com
Text: Seema Rajpal and Lalitha Ranjani