Travel destinations

5 epic travel destinations to visit in 2022

Our prescription for all those who dream of distant adventures? A huge dose of carpe diem. There’s never been a better time to take a life-changing journey. Plus, you can let the experts do all the work for you when you sign up for a group tour of United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) member operators, like the ones below. It makes trip planning a pure pleasure, so you can savor the anticipation and simply be in the moment – every moment of the trip – rather than worrying about logistics.

Expect VIP access, where you’ll skip the lines, which means more fun instead of waiting at your dream destinations. And you’ll be guided by highly trained local experts, who will do more than just show you the sights. They will share insights and in-depth knowledge of the places you visit, unlocking experiences you would never have had on your own. You can be assured that any USTOA member tour operator will provide the highest quality guides and local experiences.

Whether you want to enjoy a small-group vacation with friends or family or meet other like-minded travelers, you’ll have plenty of time to bond while visiting awe-inspiring destinations, creating memories that will last a lifetime. . Read on to discover amazing ways to travel to Australia, Botswana, Egypt, Greece, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

A tantalizing tour through Greece

What better way to explore the Greek Isles than with Homeric Tours’ fabulous Tastes of Greece tour, where you’ll savor this country’s world-famous cuisine in spectacular settings for ten days? Starting in Athens, you’ll visit the Acropolis and the Panathenaic Stadium, and can enjoy a rare feast high above the city at Dinner in the Sky. There, top chefs will prepare a five-course meal for you while admiring panoramic views of the illuminated Acropolis, the Athens cityscape, and the surrounding mountains and sea.

You’ll also take a food walking tour of Athens trying your hand at making some of the Greek classics in a cooking class that isn’t open to the public. During a private full-day tour of Santorini, you’ll sharpen your palate during a wine tasting at a private winery in Akrotiri. On the full-day Tastes of Crete tour, you’ll visit local markets, taste local cheese and olives, and have lunch in an authentic rural retreat on the outskirts of Chania. Expect your taste buds to be delighted every step of the way through one of the world’s culinary epicentres.

An unforgettable Egyptian adventure

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The Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre, Cairo, Egypt

Immerse yourself in the enigmatic architecture and antiquities of this fascinating land as you play amateur Egyptologist on the 11-day splendours of Egypt guided tour by smarTours. Feast your eyes on the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Cruise along the legendary Nile from Upper to Lower Egypt, passing through Kom Ombo, Edfu and Luxor, in an unrivaled level of comfort that even Cleopatra would have approved of. And be among the first to visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest archaeological museum in the world, after it opens in November 2022.

Throughout the trip, your accomplished guides will provide insider tips, tailored to your interests and activity level, on how to make the most of your free time in the land where the pharaohs once ruled. Add-ons such as the Luxor Hot Air Balloon Ride or the Abu-Simbel Temples only increase the wow factor.

Discover the greatness of Africa

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On SITA World Tours’ magnificent 18-day guided tour, called Splendors of Africa, you’ll travel from Cape Winelands in South Africa, where you’ll taste extraordinary vintages, to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, all along the route. marveling at the spectacular natural phenomena and wildlife for which Africa is justly famous.

Game drives in Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa and Chobe National Park in Botswana will also bring you up close to incredible animals in their native habitats. Enjoy a guided morning walking tour of Zimbabwe’s incredible Victoria Falls, with its vast curtain of water nearly a kilometer wide and 355 feet high. (Bungee jumping is optional!) From an enchanting night cruise along the Zambezi River to thrilling game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, you’ll see Africa at its most awe-inspiring.

Golfers’ delight: hitting the links in Scotland

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Golfer at the Old Course, St Andrews

This six-day tour to the east of Scotland and St Andrews, with private driver, is a dream trip for any golfer, thanks to CIE Tours. Strike in the birthplace of golf, Scotland, where the sport was born over 500 years ago. Travelers will be escorted by a private driver and play for four days on some of Scotland’s most famous courses, including the King’s Course and PGA Centenary at Gleneagles and the Castle Course and Jubilee Course at St Andrews.

Beyond extraordinary golf, the group will have the chance to learn falconry techniques, explore the rich history along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile; enjoy a glass of single malt Scotch whiskey at Kingsbarn Distillery; and visit Stirling Castle (which Mary Queen of Scots once called home) and Falkland Palace, a former hunting lodge of the Stuart Kings that houses Britain’s oldest tennis court. The trip is fully customizable for up to nine people and can accommodate any other requests or special interests.

Immerse yourself in dream Australia and New Zealand

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Sunrise over Twelve Apostles in Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. The Twelve Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks off Port Campbell National Park.

Experience the majestic beauty of the land beneath on this incredible 20-day Greater Australia and New Zealand Tauck tour, which helps you travel deeper to explore the traditions, legends and traditions of these fascinating countries and cultures while traveling effortlessly by private charter. flights. You’ll explore all kinds of breathtaking natural terrain, including desert hinterlands, tropical rainforests, coral reefs, glacier-capped mountains and dramatic fjords, not to mention some of the world’s most popular cosmopolitan cities. world.

In Australia, you’ll spend three nights at the luxurious Silky Oaks Ecolodge in North Queensland, next to the 180-million-year-old Daintree Rainforest. Take your pick of Great Barrier Reef adventures, such as a full-day eco-cruise by catamaran to Agincourt Reef, a scuba diving or snorkeling expedition by adventure boat, or a helicopter ride over the reefs. Other highlights include a mealtime visit to a crocodile farm and a private boat cruise on the lagoon.

In New Zealand, you will experience the daily life of a sheep farmer up close and enjoy afternoon tea with his family; a fabulous wine pairing lunch at a heritage winery in Marlborough; and an exclusive tour and ‘dinner with the Warbirds’ at the famed Omaka Aircraft Heritage Center, amid WW1 and WWII aircraft.

For these tours and many more that mean expertly planned trips, access to VIP and off-the-beaten-path experiences, local and knowledgeable guides, 24-hour service, and more, head to USTOA.