Southern Seasons Magazine Summer 2018

Page 108

Jack Teague

Great escapes 10 trips to get away from the daily grind and return refreshed and renewed


Hike and Kayak Alaska: Combine hiking in the vast, unspoiled WrangellSt. Elias National Park with kayaking among the icebergs and islands of Prince William Sound on Adventure Life’s twoweek Ultimate Alaska tour. With bush planes and water taxis minimizing travel time between destinations, guests can maximize remote active experiences that also include ice climbing, river rafting and wildlife viewing. Provence Cycling and Yoga: Join Ride & Seek for a six-day yoga and cycling vacation in Provence, France. Cycle through a number of “The Most Beautiful Villages of France,” sample the delights of Provençal cuisine and partake in daily yoga practice to prepare for and recover from the ride. Adventure and Comfort on Edge of Yellowstone: A visit to Collective Yellowstone at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana, provides easy access to hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing on blue-ribbons streams, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and golf. After these adventures, enjoy farm-to-table dining and the comfort of a luxury tent on the edge of an alpine pond. Fly Fish the Amazon: Golden Dorado fishing is something special, but fishing a remote freestone stream where the Amazon merges with Andean hardwoods

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Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

pushes this trip to extraordinary. Spend four nights at a lodge near the Chiman Indian village, casting on rivers inhabited by two different Dorado species and other fish from the Amazon basin, such as the Pirapitinga or Amazon Pacu and the Yatorana. Ride Across Europe: On TDA Global Cycling’s Trans-Europa tour, see 13 countries in 11 weeks from the seat of a bike, starting in Helsinki and ending in Lisbon. Travel south through the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, continue into Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, then cross Slovenia and reach the halfway point on the Adriatic Sea in Venice. Ride along the Riviera through Italy and France, then enter Spain, cross the Iberian Peninsula and arrive at the Atlantic Ocean and the end of the tour. Play Cowboy at Luxury Ranch: The 25,000-acre Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, is both working ranch and luxury resort. Guests hike, ride horses, skeet shoot, fly fish, mountain bike, dine on gourmet food and play cowboy on this fun-filled getaway. From cattle drives to branding, the true Western lifestyle thrives. Explore the South Caucasus: This intrepid 21-day journey delves deep into the cultures of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. Guests will share stories and




warm meals in mountain villages, sample natural wines and fantastic local cuisine, and meet craftspeople who work in clay, stained glass, metal and wood – all set to a soundtrack of polyphonic singing and traditional instruments playing the old songs of love and heartbreak. Bag Trout in Patagonia: Argentina’s Limay River Lodge has the distinction of being the only destination fishing lodge on the banks of the Limay River with exclusive put-in access. Mesh bigwater drift fishing and walk-and-wade opportunities for river rainbow and brown trout. Mountain Bike the Italian Divide: World Bike Relief has partnered with Tourissimo to offer a weeklong mountain biking tour over the Italian Divide in the Apennine Mountains. Funds raised through the trip will provide bikes to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural Zambia. Cruise European Rivers Solo: Riviera River Cruises offers two cruises in 2018 dedicated to solo travelers. Relax while navigating the Danube River through imperial Budapest, Hungary, baroque Bratislava, Slovakia and classical Vienna, Austria. Or cruise through the scenic winelands and sun-baked hills of Burgundy, the River Rhone and Provence in France.




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