Top 10 Luxury Vacation Bucket List

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Galapagos Islands

Top 10 Luxury Vacation Bucket List

1.) Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are celebrated throughout the world for their unique natural wonders and the uncommon and fascinating wildlife. It is easy to see why traveling to the Galapagos Islands should be at the top of your luxury bucket list – an amazing location where the weather is always perfect and offering up an experience found nowhere else on the planet. Out of all the locations to take a trip, the Galapagos Islands is one of our favorites.

PARADISE: Located 600 miles west of Ecuador off South America’s Pacific coastline, the Galapagos Islands consist of 18 main islands and 110 smaller sized islands. It is safeguarded as a national park and marine life preserve. Perfect temperatures vary from 70 to 85 degrees all year, making the Galapagos a fantastic location to check out any day of the year.

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WILDLIFE: The Galapagos is a nature lover’s paradise. You’ll see a large variety of native wildlife consisting of the Giant Tortoises, Galapagos Penguins, Waved Albatross, Galapagos Flamingos and Galapagos Sea Lions. Whether you are checking out the islands on foot, by bicycle, by kayak or underwater, you’ll take pleasure in up-close wildlife sightings on your when in a lifetime journey. Where else can you swim with sea turtles, lounge on the beach among sea lions or come upon thousands of huge marine iguanas napping alongside a hiking trail?

If the Galapagos isn’t on your luxury bucket list it would be a good idea to move it to the top of your “Must See List” from someday to sooner than later. You’ll never ever experience more in the Galapagos than right now.


2.) Alaska

Alaska has everything, glaciers, wilderness, whales, wolves, forests, rivers, eagles, and mountains all combining to produce a stunning experience for those on an Alaska cruise or trek through the wilderness.  Long days of sunlight and relative heat make summer the best time to take a trip to America’s largest state.  All the residents understand that Alaskan weather conditions is unpredictable with warm days turning all of a sudden stormy and treacherous!

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Wildlife has come to define Alaska with its vastness and beauty.  Alaska is a photographers dream with towering grizzlies, a breaching humpback whale, or a bald eagle snatching a salmon from the stream which has come to define the spirit of Alaska.  July and August are the prime months in terms of wildlife watching.

Brown bears come out to fish along the rivers and moose can be seen feeding in lakes, ponds, and along rivers throughout the summer season.  Be on the lookout for seals and dolphins which are easily seen from the deck of your ship if you are cruising the Alaskan shorelines. Watch for the beautiful family of whales!


3.) African Safari

An African safari is an once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation for many baby boomers that have never had the opportunity to travel to Africa.  Observe Africa’s Big Five — elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and black and white rhinos — all in their natural surroundings at one of the private game reserves spread throughout the continent.

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Whether you like riding in an open car to track the Big Five, taking a bush walk or flying over the vast African countryside, you’ll find a safari vacation to match your specific needs.

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Wilderness Safaris’ organizers have community partnerships in 7 countries in southern Africa and provide vacation destinations in several eco-friendly camps and wildlife reserves.

Depending on the location of the camp, you could observe wild animals and birds from a hideout or by traveling in a boat or dugout canoes. You can also take an open-vehicle drive through the open terrain for an up close and personal adventure with all of Africa’s wildlife.


4.) South Pacific Islands

The South Pacific confuses even the most seasoned tourists with its splattering of islands spread out throughout the world’s largest ocean.  Under the sea you’ll find soft corals in the plankton-rich waters to the west however much better visibility in the greater reaches of open water to the east.

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The South Pacific islands are culturally and geographically divided into Polynesia (from the Greek significance ‘lots of islands’) and Melanesia (meaning ‘black islands’). Polynesian islands include Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island while Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands are Melanesian.  The colonial history of the islands has actually led to a modern-day patchwork of English- and French-speaking island groups (plus Spanish in the far eastern Easter Island).

With over 115 islands covering 5 archipelagos, French Polynesia has everything from the legendary, luxe Bora Bora and its over-the-water-bungalows to uncountable forgotten islands perfect for Crusoe wannabes looking for a standard beach bungalow. Wherever you go, you’ll be kissed with a touch of French design.


5.) Italy

Experience the very best of Italy’s countryside and its famous cities showcasing old sites, priceless art, regional food, and distinct lodgings, including a recovered Tuscan vacation home.

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Start in Italy’s Campania area, visit haunting Pompeii and warm Sorrento from your base in the spectacular seaside resort of Amalfi. Visit Rome and find the city’s most popular sites, including the Roman Forum and Colosseum and the Vatican.

We recommend heading over to Umbria and Tuscany to discover their medieval hill towns– Orvieto, Assisi, Deruta, Siena, San Gimignano– and enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.

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In Florence the Renaissance comes alive with Michelangelo’s superb work of arts and Brunelleschi’s stupendous cupola on the Duomo. See the magical city of Venice, and have a look at St. Mark’s Square and take time to check out the city.


6.) Greece

Thought about by some as the birthplace of civilization, Greece brings a rich cultural history that has affected Western society for hundreds of years.

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With picturesque coastlines, flavorful cuisine and an abundant supply of wine varietals, numerous tourists make Greece a concern for getaway. Whether you are on a spending plan or want to live it up with a luxurious itinerary, a number of tours are offered that allow you to experience all that Greek culture needs to provide.

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According to Frommer’s, the best time to visit Greece is either between late April and mid-June or early September to mid-October.

Not only will you come across enjoyable weather condition, however you will avoid the summer season crowds and higher costs.


7.) Ireland

Ireland’s credibility precedes itself, so novice visitors may think they understand what to expect, fields of clover, gabby residents, etc. But there’s a lot more to Ireland than its stereotypical beauties.

Avoid the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and discover better things to do with your lips than kiss the been-around-the-block Blarney Stone.

The U2 band was formed in Dublin Ireland in 1976 and has grown to become one of the best known rock & roll bands of all time.

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Fanning out from the lively town of Killarney in County Kerry, Killarney National Park is a wonderland of mountains, lakes and woodlands. Wildlife in the park’s stretching 10,236 hectares includes Ireland’s only remaining wild herd of native red deer (living here constantly for 12,000 years), along with fish, unusual insects and birds like the white-tailed sea eagle.


8.) New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect destination for outdoor activities as well as indoor adventures.  Whether it’s zip lining in the forest, jet boating on the Dart River or gold panning in Arrowtown, there’s something for everyone.

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Start your experience in Auckland, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by spectacular subtropical jungle, rising high cliffs, roaring waves and gorgeous black sand beaches.

Set on beautiful Lake Wakatipu with the dramatic Remarkable Mountains as a backdrop, Queenstown offers an abundance of household adventure activities consisting of zip lining, jet boating, kayaking, rafting, canyoning, steed riding and more!

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Check out “Lord of the Rings” shooting areas in Arrowton and essential historical sites prior to taking in the gorgeous views of the Wakatipu Basin.  New Zealand is a best vacation for family adventures and for those who enjoy nature and being outdoors.


9.) Pyramids of Egypt

The pyramids were constructed during a time when Egypt was among the richest and most powerful civilizations on the planet, the pyramids especially the Great Pyramids of Giza– are some of the most spectacular man-made structures in history.

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Their enormous scale reflects the unique function that the pharaohs or kings played in ancient Egyptian society. Though pyramids were constructed from the beginning of the Old Kingdom to the close of the Ptolemaic duration in the 4th century A.D., the peak of pyramid structure began with the late 3rd dynasty and continued until about the sixth (c. 2325 B.C.).

More than 4,000 years later, the Egyptian pyramids still retain much of their majesty, providing a glimpse into the nation’s rich and glorious past.


10.) Swiss Alps

Of all the world’s mountain ranges, the Swiss Alps top many peoples’ bucket lists for the most breathtakingly lovely panoramic vista’s in the world.  Situated on the Italy-Switzerland border, Dufourspitze is the highest of all peaks in the Swiss Alps, at over 15,000 feet.

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Switzerland shares certain mountain ranges of the Alps with Italy, France, Austria, and Liechtenstein. Travelers beginning a Swiss Alps trip will discover that there is not one type of Alps experience but hundreds of vistas and breathtaking nature and beauty.

There are so many things to do in the Swiss Alps, it is just a matter of identifying the ideal bucket list vacation schedule that suits your needs.  Hundreds of treasures await the baby boomer tourist in the Switzerland mountains.

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul in the medieval city center of Bern, with peaks of the Swiss Alps behind, Canton Bern, Switzerland

Not many countries can boast of world-class winter season sports and some of the finest food from a host of European cultures, high-end designer boutiques and breathtaking natural marvels from the Swiss lakes to vineyards to deep valleys as well as majestic mountain peaks.