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Audley Travel Unveils Five New Experiences

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | July 14, 2015

Audley Travel Unveils Five New Experiences

PHOTO: The mountain forest in Costa Rica. (Photo by David Cogswell)

You think you’ve done everything? Think again.

Travel is still about going places, about hotels and airplanes and trains and itineraries, but tour operators have distilled all of these down to their common element: experience.

Tour operators today know they are in the business of arranging experiences. And they are all in search of the Holy Grail of experiences, the offer of a head-shifting experience so rarefied you can’t resist.

As the tour operator market has adapted to the demand for new experiences, in turn the market is evolving and developing a new category of experience junkies who want to be in the leading edge of those out to experience the most out-of-this-world experiences in the world.

Audley Travel has rolled out a list of five new travel experiences recently added to its list of tours around the world for experience junkies to check out.

Hot air ballooning over Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda – The Uganda Wildlife Authority only began allowing hot air balloon rides over the national park last year, so this is a new one for experience junkies. Waking up before dawn to pile into a box tied to a giant balloon that gradually fills with air heated by a torch until the balloon inflates and lifts you over the African plains is certainly a heady experience never to be forgotten. And now you can do it in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park with Audley Tours.

Sleep over with a host family at Kampong Melano in Borneo – You will absorb more of the local cultural experience spending the night in the home of a local family than by visiting every museum in Borneo. Audley provides you the connection to one of 50 local families in a traditional Malay community at the edge of Tanjung Datu National Park. To top off the encounter with the local people, the trip includes a meeting with the rare orangutans in Bako National Park.

Stay at the Amandayan Hotel in Lijiang, China – The Amandayan Hotel was just opened last February in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang. The hotel has only 35 suites and was designed in the style of the local Naxi ethnic minority to unobtrusively blend into the environment where it sits overlooking the antique bridges and flying eve architecture of the Old Town of Lijiang. The experience includes an opportunity to explore Tiger Leaping Gorge near the hotel and to encounter the residents of remote minority villages in Yunnan Province.

Unwind at Chayote Lodge, Costa Rica by specialist Holly Kennedy – Chayote Lodge is a recent addition to the coffee-rich cloud forest region of the Central Valley about an hour’s drive from Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose. The lodge’s bungalows are designed to emulate the traditional recibidores, or coffee receiving stations, of the area. While communing with nature in the mountain forests, you also have the chance to track wildlife in Tortuguero National Park and explore the Arenal Volcano region.

Spend the night in a luxurious cave in Cappadocia, Turkey – Experience junkies meet cave dwellers at the Cappadocia Cave Suites. The cave suites are a unique experience in themselves, set beautifully and ingeniously into the hillside with terraces and views of the historic region. The hotel is a short walk from the small town of Göreme. Cappadocia provides many opportunities for observing rock formations and cave dwellings, as well as activities such as Jeep safaris, hot air balloon rides and biking.




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