Taking time to slow down and enjoy the journey while on holiday is something we’ve long encouraged here at Exsus Travel. Whether cruising through the Sri Lankan countryside on a scenic train ride, galloping across the American Wild West on horseback or cruising down the Nile on a luxury boat, there is so much to be said for swapping a flight or drive for a more leisurely mode of transport. Of course the added, and very topical, bonus is the lessened impact on our environment.
It’s a win win from us – but what slow travel trip will you choose next?
Travel By Boat
A luxury Nile River cruise is the perfect way to take in Egypt's many historic sights. Spend several days travelling leisurely between Luxor and Aswan and you’ll moor up to see the likes of The Philae Temple, the Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple and the Temple of Edfu with your expert guide. In between historic sites, spend time on deck, enjoying the river views with a cool drink.
Set sail around the islands of the beautiful Indonesian archipelago aboard Tiger Blue, a traditional phinisi yacht. Explore Komodo National Park - a smattering of islands named after the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. These islands are accessible only by boat and are surrounded by waters with kaleidoscopic marine life that make for excellent diving and snorkelling.
Travel By Train
Sri Lanka, Kandy to the Hill Country
A holiday in Sri Lanka usually means a fair amount of time spent in the car, which is why we always recommend taking the train from Kandy up into the Hill Country. Aside from being a welcome break from the road, the train journey is one of the world’s most scenic, climbing through lush rolling tea hills, over beautiful viaduct bridges and past locals going about their daily business.
Italy, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
For those who are really serious about cutting back on your flight carbon footprint, a trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express means you don’t have to cut back on style. Start in London and travel to Venice in the upmost luxury, aboard one of the world’s most iconic and glamorous trains. After the journey and a few days in Venice, why not continue the Italian adventure with a short train journey to Florence?
Travel By Foot
Australia, Tasmania's Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
In a country so big and beautiful there’s no wonder Australia has 12 officially designated Great Walks. One of our favourites, the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, takes in Tasmania’s wild and beautiful landscapes from the spectacular Overland Track. Over the course of 6 days, pass rugged mountains and glassy lakes on foot, while staying in exclusive luxury huts every night.
Zambia, Walking Safari
Zambia is widely regarded as the home of the walking safari and has the very best walking guides in the business. Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling you can enjoy half day walks paired with traditional game drives, or opt to embark on an epic multi-day walking safari. And don’t forget, with luxury mobile camps for accommodation, adventurous doesn’t mean roughing it.
Travel By Bike
The locals all get about on bikes or scooters in Vietnam, so join them and find the joy in exploring on two wheels. To avoid the hectic roads in the big cities, we suggest doing some pedal-powered exploration along the sleepy riverbanks in picture perfect in Hoi An or in the lush, limestone karst covered countryside around Ninh Binh.
The home of the famous Tour de France, France is arguably the best country in the world to discover a love for cycling. Head to Provence and pedal past pretty countryside as well as more dramatic scenery such as the magnificent Gorges du Vedon. When your legs start to tire, you’ll always find a local boulangerie to refuel with a baguette and some creamy brie.
Travel By Horse
Learning to ride like a gaucho (cowboy) in Argentina is not just great fun but also a fantastic way to experience the local culture. From a working cattle ranch on the fringes of the Ibera Wetlands to a traditional country estancia in the wildlife rich Pampas region, there are numerous places to take the reins, learn to lasso and even watch a game of professional polo.
USA, American West
For families with horse-mad kids, a ranching holiday in the American West is the perfect summer adventure. Spend your days galloping across some of the most scenic and ecologically diverse landscapes in the United States, then at night, cosy up by a roaring fire and learn to make s’mores (trust us). We’d also suggest pairing your ranch stay with a few days in Zion National Park and Las Vegas.
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