‘Trips of a Lifetime’

With more accessibility to your savings this is the ideal time to start ticking off all those dreams that are on your bucket list. Here are some great ideas from Reader Offers

China, Tibet and the Yangtze River

Ever wanted to explore China but unsure where to start? A luxury oriental passage of discovery cruise is available that comprises premium hotel stays, in addition to a three-day cruise aboard the world’s only authentic boutique river cruise line beginning with five nights in China. A flight then takes you to Lhasa for three nights in the ancient cultural and religious centre of Tibet before moving on to Chongqing to board a three night 6* Yangtze River Cruise, where you will encounter some of the most breath-taking scenery and diverse cultures you will ever see. Disembarking in Yichang you’ll then fly to Shanghai, China, for two-nights to experience the spectacular delights of China’s largest city. An amazing experience that should feature on everyone’s wish-list!

The Galapagos Islands

Unique and extraordinary are two fitting words to describe The Galapagos Islands. Reader Offers is able to organise an 11-day itinerary, which includes seven days of expedition cruising aboard the luxury Silversea Galapagos. Home to almost 2,000 different species of wildlife not found anywhere else on earth, the Galapagos Islands sit 500 miles west of Ecuador in South America. This all-inclusive luxury cruise heads out from Ecuador and encompasses all of the major Galapagos Island stops during which you can trek this unique land – a real adventure, yet with the comfort of an amazing luxury ship to return to after exploring the islands!

Arctic Explorer and The Northern Lights

Beyond doubt Norway offers some of the most stunning scenery in the Northern Hemisphere and a winter Arctic Explorer cruise between October to February offers the chance to experience the most spectacular light show on earth: Aurora Borealis. More commonly known as the Northern Lights, it truly is a sight to behold. With the Northern Lights the pinnacle of this Arctic adventure, there is still much to see including dog sledging in the Arctic town of Tromsø, the wild and rugged North Cape and a trip to Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town.

The Rockies

Who would have thought the Rockies would feature in a cruising holiday, however Reader Offers is able to organise an amazing Rocky Mountain adventure, combined either pre or post an Alaskan cruise. The trip across the Rockies takes place in an amazing two-day rail journey aboard the impressive ‘Rocky Mountaineer’ – breath-taking scenery featuring glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountain ranges and ferocious rivers abound in the journey, which follows the historic train route constructed over 100 years ago through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies. Another must-do trip for those looking to see the rugged Canadian scenery.

The Orient Express

As a prelude to a Mediterranean cruise, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train is unlike anything you will ever experience. Having long played a significant role in the golden age of travel, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is one of the world’s finest luxury experiences. Departing London Victoria, once aboard the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express you can be sure to enjoy an opulent experience, including exquisite dining, as you journey through the Kent countryside, crossing the Channel, before reaching the scenery of the Italian Dolomites, and crossing the Venetian Lagoon into Santa Lucia station, where you will disembark to meet up with your cruise ship. Pure luxury!

For information on these and other ‘Trips of a Lifetime’ go to www.readeroffers.travel/info