This adventure holidays travel guide is not just for those who are merely seeking an adrenaline hit on holiday, but also for those simply seeking some fun. Be it on the water, climbing mountains, close to home or on the other side of the world. Adventure is for everyone – whether you want to climb mountains, sail the seven seas or cycle every European byway and highway.
Top 10 extreme adventures
If you’re sitting on the couch in front of the TV then isn’t it about time you turned your attention to something slightly more exciting? Our top 10 extreme adventures put you into a whole new world of possibilities, with everything from kayaking with komodos in Indonesia to surviving on a desert island in French Polynesia. Read on and allow us to spark your imagination and kick start your next travelling experience. Alongside a white water raft of adventures we’ve also included the best time to go, our top selling trip and links to more info. All you’ve got to do is put down the remote and dive right in.
1. A tour de force in the French Pyrenees
France isn’t all lazy cycling between villages and vineyards. You can also follow in the tracks of biking greats through the French Pyrenees, where cycling adventures for the very fit take you from Col to Col and from coast to coast. You’ll need about a week and calves of steel to plough through the highs and lows of this spectacular mountain range.
2. Kayaking in IndonesiaSea kayaking in Komodo National Park places you in a unique position from where to observe the islands’ most exciting inhabitants. Komodo dragons (giant amphibious lizards) are a real sight to behold and Indonesia is the only place in the world where you can see them in the wild. Paddling around the islands, and guided explorations on land, allow animal encounters to occur with minimal impact to natural behaviour or to the environment.
Best time to go: April to June
Our top selling trip: Kayaking holiday in Indonesia
Read more: Sea kayaking in the Komodo Islands
3. Swim with whales in Tonga/NorwayTwo different locations but one incredible experience. Swimming with humpback whales in Tonga or orcas in Norway enables responsible travellers to get into the water with nature’s giants. No matter whether you’re staying on a Tongan beach, at the edge of a whale nursery, or living on board a boat in the fjords of Norway, the chances are that this will be an extreme adventure to last a lifetime.
Best time to go to Tonga: July to October
Best time to go to Norway: November to January
Our top selling trips: Swim with humpback whales, Tonga and Swim with orcas in fjords, Norway
Read more: Tonga travel guide and Norway wildlife travel guide
4. Coasteering in Pembrokeshire
What better way to spend a weekend in Wales other than jumping off cliffs, hiking coastal paths and clambering over rocks? Whatever the time of year, coasteering is an extreme adventure activity to get the blood pumping and the heart racing as well as allowing adrenaline junkies to keep cool and relax against an incredible Atlantic ocean backdrop. Hot choc or beers by an open fire - wild Wales welcomes one and all.
5. Cross the Sahara in AlgeriaOasis towns, such as Beni Abbes, Timimoun and Taghit, allow instant access for explorations into the Algerian section of the Sahara Desert. Set against a surreal backdrop of sweeping sand dunes, the red desert towns provide an ideal opportunity to experience life in Algeria at a different pace to hectic Algiers.
Best time to go: March/April or October/November
Our top selling trip: Algeria holiday
Read more: Algeria travel guide
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6. Kilimanjaro Rongai routeThough considered one of the ‘easier’ routes for tackling Africa’s tallest mountain, the Rongai Route still involves six full days of challenging walking and a day of acclimatisation. Join a small group to reach the top of the world, your final ascent to Uhuru Peak beginning in torch-lit darkness. One of the world’s great mountain treks.
Best time to go: June to February
Our top selling trip: Kilimanjaro climb: Rongai route
Read more: Climbing Kilimanjaro travel guide
7. Rafting in Madagascar/Chile
Take off down the Benahy and Onilahy rivers in a really remote part of Madagascar or into the pristine Patagonian wilds of Chile’s Rio Futaleufu and discover two distinctly different environments but the same exhilaration that comes from river rafting. Tropical rainforests and mangrove swamps near the Equator or snow-capped volcanoes and class II to IV rapids in the canyons of Chile – it’s time to put your paddles up!
8. Desert island survival Panama/French PolynesiaHunkering down in a top quality Hennessey hammock between a couple of palm trees provides all the shelter and comfort that you’ll need however, when it comes to other survival techniques, that’s where things really start to get interesting. Decide between a desert island in Panama or French Polynesia and then get ready to learn, live and survive surrounded by Pacific paradise.
Best time to go to Panama: March/April
Best time to go to French Polynesia: July/August
Our top selling trip: Desert island survival adventure Panama
Read more: Panama travel guide and French Polynesia travel guide
9. Antarctic divingThe window of opportunity to dive in the Antarctic is small, but few experiences will compare. Dive into holes from ice floes and around icebergs, exploring this unique landscape from above and below. Antarctic penguins, fur seals and giant isopods will become your underwater companions whilst a professional dive team assist and instruct as you take your first plunge.
Best time to go: February
Our top selling trip: Antarctic diving expedition
Read more: Antarctica travel guide
10. Dog sledding in Yukon, Canada
Physically active as well as wondrously wild, dog sledding in Canada’s snowbound Yukon province is simply breathtaking, in every sense. Learn the ropes, take the reins, and get to know the pack before taking off over a series of historic wilderness trails. Evenings by the fire in a two-storey log cabin or winter camping under the Aurora Borealis provide the ideal end to a delightful day’s dog sledding.
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