The Travel Corporation and its family of 29 award-winning brands has revealed it annual #TTCTop10 bucket list of travel experiences for 2019.
The family-owned organisation, now in its fourth-generation, offers something for everyone, with over 1,000 trips to 70 countries across seven continents.
This year’s carefully curated list reflects the emerging travel trends of 2019 and focuses on what travellers are seeking out most: transformational journeys, culturally immersive experiences and socially conscious travel.
“Our guests’ desire for personal fulfilment through transformative travel continues to grow and, for 2019, we are further enhancing experiential travel and creating truly meaningful experiences for their travel wish lists,” said the Travel Corporation chief executive, Brett Tollman.
“This year’s #TTCTop10 list features an inspiring selection of our life-changing journeys, as guest satisfaction and making travel matter through our TreadRight Foundation’s sustainable tourism and local community-based projects across the globe, remain top of mind for TTC.”
Take a look at the top ten below:
Trafalgar – African Safari Adventure
Adventurers will discover the stunning destination of the Maasai Mara and Serengeti on Trafalgar’s memorable 14-day African Safari Adventure that will take them across a diverse range of landscapes and to see where thousands of wildebeest make their annual migration. Guests will explore the vast wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania, navigate lakes in search of resting hippos, and sample the spicy flavours of Swahili cuisine.
Contiki – Pure Sri Lanka
Millennials and Generation Z travellers will explore Contiki’s newest hot spot, Sri Lanka from ancient temples to tea fields on the Pure Sri Lanka itinerary. This ten-day adventure will enable them to traverse this island nation, from scintillating beaches to national parks to the world-renowned tea regions. During their journey at Udawalawe National Park, they will enjoy a Special Stay safari riverside glamping and a visit to an elephant transit home where orphaned baby elephants are cared for before being released back into the wild.
Insight Vacations – Israel & Jordan
History lovers will journey back in time and discover the iconic spiritual sites and hidden gems across Israel and Jordan on Insight Vacations’ 14-day Israel & Jordan premium escorted journey. In Israel, guests will explore the ancient cities of Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem and the famous saline waters of the Dead Sea. Onwards to Jordan, travellers will visit the famous archaeological site of Petra and dine under the stars in Wadi Rum at a Bedouin camp site. They will also enjoy meeting local artisans at the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, which is managed and run by local women, providing training projects. This cooperative is a People Project supported by the TreadRight Foundation to help build-out their gift shop and expand their food offerings.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises – Magnificent Moselle and Rhine
Uniworld’s Magnificent Moselle & Rhine takes travellers on a ten-day luxury river cruise along some of Europe’s most picturesque village-dotted landscapes, from Cologne to Frankfurt, on the award-winning River Queen with its elegant Art Deco interior design. They will savour the finest regional cuisine incorporating the freshest and locally sourced ingredients while sampling local wines expertly curated by Uniworld’s team of Sommeliers.
Costsaver – Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure
Costsaver’s exciting 14-day Vietnam & Cambodia “flexitouring” adventure highlights Vietnam’s vibrant culture and stunning landscapes and Cambodia’s ancient temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom with compelling insights into Khmer history. Travellers will embark on cruise in Halong Bay including a cooking demonstration on board and meet the locals at a Vung Vieng fishing village. On Nah Trang’s Mun Island they will enjoy snorkelling in the azure waters to view coral reefs and swim with sea turtles.
Luxury Gold – Elegance of Egypt
Archaeology lovers will be enthralled by the spectacular sites encountered on Elegance of Egypt, Luxury Gold’s seven-day luxury escorted journey. They will begin their adventure with sightseeing in Cairo accompanied by their Travelling Concierge as well as an Egyptologist and later explore the Great Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx of Giza. The journey continues with a luxurious river cruise on Uniworld’s intimate all-suite River Tosca with stylishly adorned rooms. Guests will enjoy Exceptional Dining Experiences including an onboard welcome reception and gala dinner with exquisite regionally inspired cuisine. They will also follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill by indulging in a colonial English-style high tea at Aswan’s Old Cataract Hotel’s terraces.
Red Carnation Hotels – Hotel 41
With a prestigious Forbes Five Star Rating, the luxurious boutique Hotel 41 is a stunning hidden gem overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. A chic black and white design creates a striking theme throughout, including the renowned Executive Lounge where guests are invited to “plunder the pantry.”
U by Uniworld – Germany’s Finest
U is a new take on experiential travel, with cruises designed for travellers with a wanderlust for exploring and a yearning for exhilarating adventures which are tailored to their interests. This authentic eight-day journey begins in effortlessly cool Frankfurt with a night walk with their U hosts, including stops to Würzburg and Bamberg. Guests can join a Bavarian bike trip along Miltenberg’s lakes and nature reserves or a castle hike, or they can join a Nuremberg culinary tour including a cooking school experience where they will learn to make Bratwurst.
Busabout – Wild West & City Lights
The USA is a whole new destination from Busabout for 2019 and on its Wild West & City Lights itinerary, adventure seekers will embark on an epic 14-day adventure where they will be fully immersed in the colourful subcultures across the States as they drive along the famous Route 66 with stops to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Monument Valley and Austin. From the breath-taking Grand Canyon and the magical beauty of Sante Fe to the exuberant jazz, and rhythm and blues joints of New Orleans, this memorable road trip showcases the best of America.
Inspiring Journeys – Inspiring Australia
Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the Blue Mountains, a sunset toast at iconic Uluru, the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on Inspiring Journeys’ Inspiring Australia. This 13-day journey will delight guests’ senses as they hike to the top of Kings Canyon, sail a yacht on Sydney Harbour and enjoy an Indigenous experience in the Daintree Rainforest.