There’s no better way to fully appreciate Japan’s rich and nuanced art, history and culture than by taking the time and effort to walk its less-travelled paths and interact with its people. Walk Japan’s specially curated tours offer tourists access to truly immersive experiences, and of this pioneering agency’s extensive list of routes, foodies will especially enjoy the Hokkaido Hike and the Izu Geo (Izu Peninsula GeoPark) Trail. Hokkaido is synonymous with fresh seafood and produce, and the Izu Peninsula is Japan’s lesser-known seafood paradise. Pick Hokkaido if you enjoy a physical challenge and want to enjoy sweeping views of alpine wilderness, and Izu if you are reasonably fit and revel in seeing dramatic landforms of volcanic and tectonic origin.
Founded on the notion that the best guides are those who truly know a place, Experience Travel Group anchors its fully customisable itineraries on “signature experiences” that come highly recommended by in-house or local experts. And like-minded travellers can now take advantage of the agency’s new Small Group Tours. The first to launch, Architecture and Design – Sri Lanka, showcases the country’s varied architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is guided by Aishani Jayasinghe, and boasts private dinners with top designers.
New Zealand and Australia
If you want to visit Australia and New Zealand, but prefer something that’s exclusive, authentic and maybe even action-packed, try approaching Jacada Travel, which organises luxury private tours and safaris. Some of the unique experiences that can be arranged include being piloted over scenic terrain by former All Blacks caption Richie McCaw; ski diving into your private luxury lodge; sleeping in a four-poster bed under the stars in the outback; or even venturing to Middle Earth to explore the earth’s oldest rock art. Jacada’s Travel Designers will literally make your dreams come true. The bespoke luxury tour company’s ability to put together and pull off epic vacation experiences is near legendary, and they’ve just launched in this Australasia region. All you need to do is show up.