2017 VAST Catalog - 22
is for HIMALAYAS
Buddhist retreats, snowcapped peaks, and a focus on bliss call travelers to Bhutan
- the country is the only in the world to measure Gross National Happiness as a
barometer of success. For equally sublime stays, Amankora's five lodges blend
seamlessly into the surrounding landscape of mountains and temples, from Punakha
in a subtropical valley to Gangtey in the lesser-visited Phobjikha Valley. Specializing
in the Himalayan region for 25 years, Nomadic Expeditions can arrange trips that
segue Mongolia's Gobi Desert into Tibet's rich cultural life, and that take you into
remotest China, Siberia's Lake Baikal region, and beyond.
A lighting ceremony in Varanasi.
Though Micato Safaris started more than
50 years ago in Kenya, its history goes all
the way back to Goa, where the founding Pinto family has roots. Today, Micato
creates bespoke journeys, from three-day
immersions in Varanasi, the Hindu soul of
India, to a 13-day temple-studded Northern Indian retrospective. India specialist
Greaves Tours extends its expertise to
Sri Lanka and the Maldives; the company's
mainland lineup includes Central India, an
oft-missed area where Kipling's creatures
still roam and Buddhism was born some
2,600 years ago.
is for KRUGER
Home to 19 national parks, South Africa is synonymous with adventure. One of our favorite ways to
find it: Aboard the country's renowned Blue Train,
which whisks passengers between Cape Town and
Pretoria in its elegant lacquered cars throughout
the week, and, since 2016, to Kruger National Park
via special biannual routes. Among the biggest
national parks in the world, Kruger shelters more species
of mammals than any other park in Africa. Daily flights
from Johannesburg and Cape Town also make it one of
the most accessible.
T H E W O R L D I S VA S T. G O E X P L O R E .
is for INDIA
Of course you'll love sailing the Mediterranean, Alaska, or the Caribbean
aboard Ponant's yachts. But life aboard
France's only cruise line might surprise
you with echoes of your favorite Parisian
hotel: French chefs and gastronomy
set the tone, with extra touches such
as baked goods from Maison Lenôtre.
The all-French crew will make sure your
Pierre Frey linens are pressed and the
L'Occitane bath supplies stocked.
At the geographic heart of Switzerland,
Lake Lucerne has ambling branches that
radiate deep into verdant Alpine valleys.
Tour by sailboat in the summer, or take
up residence in the historic and hip city
of Lucerne, where you can explore waterfalls, mineral baths, and endless miles of
wildflower-flanked hiking trails.
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