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These adventures should be on everyone's bucket list

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These adventures should be on everyone's bucket list

story by: Anna Sarjeant

In a world where anything seems possible, we all crave to go where few else have tried.

The search for an adventure that is next level incredible has begun.

With G Adventures’ Limited Edition tours you get just that. A selection of new and unique "one-off" trips that are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Designed for every type of traveller; the music fans, sporty types, wildlife lovers, foodies and culture vultures, they are vast but limited. Only occurring a few times a year.

So what are you waiting for? Here's your ticket to a year full of adventure. Starting now.

1. MARCH / USA
Iconic Mardi Gras New Orleans: 6 DAYS, NEW ORLEANS

A six day fully guided tour, led by your Chief Experience Officer (tour guide), to celebrate the USA’s only Mardi Gras.

Beads, beer and blues music, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras is a chaotic explosion of celebration, with music and mayhem pulsating from every crack in the brickwork. With over 1000 revellers and more than 30 flamboyant floats, joyous chaos abounds. Saloon style bars shake to the throb of rhythm and people, with everyone letting off steam before Lent. Mardi Gras is French for 'Fat Tuesday' and symbolises the last day of indulging before fasting. But with G Adventures you have six full days to spoil your taste buds; this is Cajun country, so get acquainted with lively flavours. Lock lips with an infamous beignet at Café du Monde in the French Quarter and descend on the bakeries, open pre-dawn, for a traditional Mardi Gras ‘King Cake’. These gluttonous treats are ring-shaped and frosted. Inside there’s a tiny plastic baby – find it and tradition insists you have to buy next year’s cake.
PRICE: FROM NZ$2339pp


2. JULY-AUGUST / TANZANIA/KENYA
Serengeti Migration Safari: 9 DAYS, ARUSHA

An annual migration of epic proportions. And memories just as immense.

Considered one of the world's most profound events, witnessing the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti Park in Tanzania to Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve is undisputedly, an experience of a lifetime. These are sights you may never observe again. A 1200-mile odyssey made by wildebeest, zebra and smaller (yet equally ambitious) creatures, you expect to be bowled over by their quest, but you’ll be equally astonished by the terrain. Vast swathes of rain fall over a never-ending horizon and the savanna, barren yet beautiful, is a kingdom ruled solely by animals. From the Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti National Park, with G Adventures you’ll explore grasslands and grazing grounds, remote Maasai villages and boundless safari plains. By daybreak you’ll be tracking the Big Five, by lunchtime you’re dining with a local family. And by the ninth day you’ll have participated in one of nature’s greatest journeys. This one trumps everything.
PRICE: FROM NZ$6439pp

 

3. SEPTEMBER / ITALY
Pizzafest In Naples: 5 DAYS, NAPLES

A tour dedicated entirely to the magnificence of pizza.

If the thought of cheese, tomato and a buttery crust sends you into a bit of a tizz, you’ll want to join other pizza aficionados at the annual Naples Pizzafest, in Italy of course. A celebration of all things stone baked, it’s five days of pure unadul¬terated dough. With G Adventures you’re granted daily evening access to Pizza Village, the home of Pizzafest, for tastings, demonstrations and a good old yarn with the world's greatest pizzaioli (pizza chefs). While daytimes are filled with trips to Pompeii for historical wonders and Sorrento, to learn how Limoncello is made on a traditional Sorrento lemon farm. If you’re a self-diagnosed pizza addict, with an affection for world-famous culture and cuisine, you’re just one G Adventures' trip away from flatbread heaven.
PRICE: FROM NZ$1059pp 



4. OCTOBER / ROMANIA
Halloween In Transylvania: 7 DAYS, BUCHAREST

Spend Halloween as a guest of Dracula in his haunted Hunyad Castle.

Spend Halloween with the spirit of Dracula. Not the fang-toothed and garlic fearing fictional character, but the 15th century being on which he was based: Vlad 'The Impaler'. Better known in his (killing) heyday as Dracula, or Draculea, he had something of a fondness for evil deeds, and a penchant for impaling his enemies. With G Adventures you’ll climb the 1400 steps to the ruins of Dracula's Poenari Castle, visit the turreted and spectacularly creepy Brasov Bran Castle (also known as Dracula's Castle) and spend Halloween attending a fancy dress party at Hunyad Castle, considered one of Europe’s most haunted buildings. It’s estimated that Vlad slaughtered over 10,000 victims in all manner of heinous ways. Venture solo to the toilet if you dare.
PRICE: FROM NZ$1691pp



5. DECEMBER / JAPAN
Japan Winter Highlights: 9 DAYS, TOKYO TO KYOTO

Nine days from city to village to mountainside. Making the most of Japan’s most enchanting season.

With average temperature between 3°C - 7°C, a Japanese winter will nip at your nose and fill your lungs with an icy inhale. But it’s also one of the most breath taking times of year to see all of Japan’s most revered spectacles. And with hot onsens and steaming ramen noodles, you’ll feel more cosy than cold. Soak up the big metropolises of Tokyo and Kyoto with a CEO-led city tour, explore Osaka, and then discover the smaller, scenic villages of Shirakawa-go, and the natural hot springs built into the riverbed at seninburo onsen. Marvel at geishas and ninjas, traditional samurai towns and authentic Japanese cuisine in the lair of a tiny commune. Add on an optional daytrip to Mt Fuji and you’ll be rewarded with a volcano dressed in her very best attire; a pale winter's glow, mist hovering like a suspended white blanket and a mountain peak encased in serene, untouchable snow.
PRICE: FROM NZ$3527pp


This is just a mere handful of the unique adventures you can experience with G Adventures, and many have multiple departure dates across different months.

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