9 Over The Top Shore Excursions On Your Next Cruise

1. Heli-Ice Caving, Reykjavik, Iceland

This incredible aerial adventure starts with a tour of the city, where you’ll view the surrounding mountains and lava fields. Your first landing will be the Hengill volcano. Although the volcano hasn’t erupted in over 2000 years, it’s still considered active with lava close to the surface and hot springs dotted across the mountain.

You’ll then fly above Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s first national park and one of the best geological wonders of Iceland.  UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage site in 2004, and you’ll instantly know you’re in the midst of rare, natural beauty. Head towards the Langjokull glacier, the second largest glacier in Europe, where you’ll land in an area only accessible by helicopter. Step out onto the ice, breath in some fresh alpine air and climb through a man-made ice tunnel. Here you’ll get to truly experience how the earth is always changing and evolving. Experience the natural beauty of Iceland with this one-of-a kind aerial experience!

2. Anaktuvuk Pass Adventure in the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks, Alaska

After checking in, you’ll board a Piper Navajo Cheiftan, which holds 6 to 9 guests and you’ll spend the next 5 hours experiencing the incredible natural beauty of Alaska. You’ll fly north from Fairbanks Airport and marvel at the remote land below. View remnants of the gold mining that started nearly 100 years ago and see the Trans Alaska Pipeline, showing the changes brought to Alaska’s Arctic by the discovery of oil over 30 years ago. Fly over the Yukon River Valley, home of native people that have sustained their culture as they have for thousands of years.

After crossing the Arctic Circle, you’ll fly over the stunning Brooks Mountain Range and then on to Gates of the Arctic National Park into Anaktuvuk Pass. A host will greet you upon arrival in Anaktuvuk Pass where you can visit the village, learn of the local Nunamiut Eskimo culture, and get a firsthand understanding at village life as it exists today in rural Alaska.

3. Journey to the Taj Mahal from Cochin

This 3-day journey of a lifetime is not to be missed. Begin with a drive through Ernakula, the commercial capital of the Kerala state, then on to Tripunithura to visit the Maharaja’s palace. Visit local markets, see Cochin’s ornate temples and visit St. Francis Church. Head to the airport for your flight to Delhi where you’ll spend the night in comfortable accommodations. Wake up to breakfast and be escorted to Agra to visit the astonishing Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Tens of thousands of men labored for nearly two decades to erect this magnificent structure. Visit the Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in 1566, before visiting ornate mosques and then turning in for a restful night’s sleep at the hotel.

On day 3, after breakfast, you’ll sight-see through Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi, visit the Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. In New Delhi, you’ll see Humayun’s Tomb, an incredibly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive by the India Gate, the President’s Residence, and Parliament House, prior to boarding your flight to Mumbai.

4. Dinner and Show at the Moulin Rouge, Paris, France

Watch an enchanted performance of the resident stage show at the famous Moulin Rouge and indulge in a delicious dinner for an unforgettable evening. Since 1999, this “Parisian Party” has featured a troupe of 80 artists and involves more than 1,000 costumes. Once the lights go down, you’ll be awed by the incredible music and flamboyant sets.

The dinner menu is devised by the Chefs of Maison Dalloyau, a renowned food company dating back to the 1600s. You can expect menu items like Dublin Bay Prawns Tails, Veal Saltimbocca Wrapped with Speck and Sage Leaves, Griddled Matured Fillet of Beef and Meringue Cake Filled with Seasonal Fruit Ice Cream.

Witness an amazing performance in one of the world’s most famous venues!

5. Snorkeling with Sea Lions, Puerto Madryn, Argentina

A 20-minute boat ride will take you to the Punta Loma Natural Reserve, just 10 miles from Puerto Madryn. Sea lions enjoy playing when they find themselves among humans and you will be instructed by professionals on how to behave with these fascinating marine creatures. Once in the water, you will be surprised by how friendly and playful sea lions are. No experience is needed, but you do need to be comfortable in the water for this exciting and memorable eco-adventure.

6. Baboon Sanctuary and Jeep Adventure, Belize City, Belize

The Community Baboon Sanctuary, nestled in the Belizean rainforest, contains more than 2,000 Black Howler Monkeys (or Baboons), whose loud howls can be heard up to 5km away. Watch the monkeys in their natural habitat as your guide shares interesting facts about these beautiful animals. You’ll also learn about various plantlife and how they were used for medicines by the Mayans as well as by modern day residents.

Board a Jeep for a thrilling ride through the country where you will stop to see a cave system, discover how they were formed and used by various cultures including the Mayans then travel back to headquarters to enjoy a delicious, traditional Belizean lunch.

7. Private 2 Day Excursion with Evening Canal Cruise (Visas Included), St. Petersburg, Russia

Enjoy a private, guided tour of all of the highlights of St. Petersburg including Grand Peterhof Palace, the Hermitage Museum, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s Main Street, Eliseevs Food Hall, the iconic Winter Palace and the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the location of Alexander II’s assassination site. This scenic, two-day tour includes admission tickets with visa-free arrangements, a guarantee to skip long lines, access to a headset in large crowds, and a professional private guide.

Relax with an evening cruise to see St. Petersburg from the water. With over 70 rivers and canals, St. Petersburg is known as the North’s Venice. Sample delicious Russian cuisine for local cafes or restaurants on your own and get a chance to behold the fourth largest cathedral in the world and St. Petersburg’s largest Orthodox cathedral, St. Isaac’s.

8. Journey to the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This grand Ho Chi Minh City tour begins with a drive through the emerald landscape of South Vietnam, leading to the town of My Tho. You’ll then reach the Vinh Trang Pagoda, the most respected Buddhist Temple in Vietnam, where you can explore its impressive facilities with beautiful large bronze statues of Buddha.

Afterwards, you’ll head out for a boat ride on the popular Tien Giang River where you can observe residents fish and swim. Your relaxing afternoon continues with visiting local homes, a honeybee farm, orchards and tasting regional fruit and tea. For only the courageous at heart, you can sample snake wine made from cobra venom, a traditional Vietnamese medicine.

9. Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Hobbiton, New Zealand

The North Island of New Zealand is home to thousands of Arachnocampa Luminosa, a glowworm that is unique to the country. Enter the caves and wonder in amazement at the brilliant, sparkly wonderland above you as your guide shares the cave’s history and geology.

You’ll continue on to Alexander Farm, a 1,250-acre sheep farm, where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies were filmed.  You’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided tour around the Middle Earth-style set complete with a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon and you’ll quickly understand why this was the ideal movie location. This full-day tour is a must-do for movie fans and nature lovers!

 

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