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Top 10: Trips to Share with a Friend

Posted on 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

Filled with sights, smells, and sounds that entice the senses—including the buzzing Djemma El-Fna square in Marrakesh—Morocco is our most popular destination amongst travelers who share with a friend.

Just as travel has the power to expand the mind and invigorate the spirit, sharing such transformative experiences can deepen the bond between two traveling companions. We’re seeing more and more travelers bring a friend, sibling, or daughter along on their adventures. Some are married to a partner who can’t or doesn’t want to travel, and aren’t yet ready to travel solo. Others simply view travel as a way to spend quality time with someone special. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that sharing new experiences in an unfamiliar land can bring friends and family closer together. The list below features 10 of our most popular adventures amongst travelers who share with a companion.

Top 10 Adventures to Share with a Friend

1. Morocco Sahara Odyssey16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Casablanca • Rabat • Fez • Sahara Tented Camps • High Atlas Mountains • Marrakesh • Casablanca
Optional extensions: 5 nights in Tangier, Chefchaouen & the Berbers of the Rif; 4 nights in Essaouira & Casablanca

Morocco is a classic destination for adventurous travelers—it’s practically synonymous with exoticism. We can all conjure visions of labyrinthine bazaars filled with ornately woven carpets, a rainbow of spices, and hanging metal lanterns—or of camel caravans crossing the blazing orange dunes of the Sahara. The bonding experience you and your loved one will never forget? Sleeping outside under the stars and awakening to a sunrise over the desert sands.

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2. The Baltic Capitals & St. Petersburg16-day O.A.T Small Group Adventure

Lithuania: Vilnius, Klaipeda • Latvia: Riga • Estonia: Tallinn • Russia: St. Petersburg
Optional extensions: 5 nights in Krakow & Warsaw, Poland; 3 nights in Moscow, Russia

Travel to the Baltic capitals and discover the turrets, spires, and winding cobbled streets of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn—three capitals that managed to lovingly preserve the timeless elegance of their Old Towns as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Exploring these lesser-known cities with a friend will give you special memories to share, as few others will have been to this re-emerging corner of the world.

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3. Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari13-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Arusha • Tarangire • Oldupai Gorge • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater
Optional extensions: 4 nights in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve; 3 nights in the Foothills of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; 5 nights in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Travel to Tanzania to explore the world’s densest concentration of wildlife, as our expert driver-guides help you seek out the most elusive game. At night, retire to unique and varied lodgings, including a four-night stay at our O.A.T. private tented camp in the Serengeti. Sitting by the fire recounting the day’s discoveries—unplugged from the noise of everyday life—is the very definition of quality time.

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4. Crossroads of the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia17-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Croatia: Dubrovnik • Montenegro: Kotor • Bosnia & Herzegovina: Sarajevo • Croatia: Karanac, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija • Slovenia: Ljubljana
Optional extensions: 4 nights in Tirana, Albania; 4 nights in Serbia: Novi Sad & Belgrade

Discover the fascinating heritage of the Balkans while witnessing stunning coastal scenery, exploring ancient walled cities, and experiencing the pride and resilience of the people of these re-emerging nations in the heart of the Balkans. You and your friends most certainly remember this region from the headlines of the 90s—so you’ll have much to discuss as you share inspiring new perspectives together.

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5. Imperial China, Tibet & the Yangtze River22-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

China: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu • Tibet: Lhasa • China: 3-night Yangtze River Cruise, Wuhan, Hong Kong
Optional extensions: 7 nights in Mongolia, the Gobi Desert & Kharkhorin; 4 nights in Shanghai; 5 nights in Heart of Cambodia: Angkor Wat & Siem Reap

In China, the past, the present, and the future are alive, vital, and inextricably mixed. Explore Beijing’s greatest monuments, enjoy a Yangtze River cruise for three nights, and stand atop the legendary Great Wall—where it is nearly impossible not to feel awe at the ancient feat of human engineering laid beneath your feet. Having a friend by your side to share in the moment simply makes it all the more unforgettable.

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6. Northern Spain & Portugal: Pilgrimage into the Past17-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Spain: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, León, Santiago de Compostela • Portugal: Douro Valley, Porto
Optional extensions: 5 nights in Southern France: Carcassonne & Bayonne; 4 nights in Lisbon, Portugal

Our adventure to Northern Spain and Portugal is a meandering journey filled with delicious food, beautiful architecture, and plenty of opportunities to soak up the laidback European culture with a friend. You’ll sample the wines of both countries, visiting the places where they’re made, and enjoy a Home-Hosted meal with a local family.

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7. New! South Africa Safari & Swaziland: Kruger National Park, the Garden Route & Cape Town19 day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

South Africa: Johannesburg, Kruger National Park • Swaziland: Mbabane • South Africa: Hluhluwe, Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma, Cape Town
Optional extensions: 4 nights in Entabeni Game Reserve; 3 nights in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; 3 nights in Cape Town

South Africa contains a wealth of varied experiences within a single country—so there’s something to entice every type of traveler. Go on safari in Kruger National Park, take in the pristine scenery of the Garden Route, hike in Tsitsikamma National Park, and explore cosmopolitan Cape Town. You’ll even spend a day discovering the culture of Swaziland, visiting farmers and sharing lunch with a local family.

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8. Sicily's Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Traditions15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Sicily: Palermo, Mazara del Vallo, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Catania
Optional extensions: 5 nights in Puglia: Italy's Undiscovered Heel; 5 nights in Calabria: Southern Italy’s Heartland

Experience the isle's full enchantment on a journey from the bustling streets of Palermo and striking Greek temples of Agrigento to the Baroque beauty of Ragusa and Catania. Hear the rumbling groans of Mount Etna. Witness the splendor of palazzi and villas and visit quaint fishing villages. And share laughter and companionship over meals and cooking classes in the land where food is synonymous with love and family.

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9. Untamed Iceland12-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Reykjavik, Stykkisholmur, Akureyri, Selfoss
Optional extensions: 3 nights in Iceland’s Westman Islands; 4 nights in Greenland: Gateway to the Arctic

Icelandic culture and traditions, together with the power of nature, combine for an unforgettable adventure in an unspoiled land of stark beauty. Pristine Iceland is best known for its cascading waterfalls, bubbling geysers, and distinctive breed of five-gaited horses. But another noteworthy creature lurks off its shores: the humpback whale. The chance to glimpse these majestic creatures in the wild is something you and your companion will never forget.

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10. Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari17-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure

Hwange • Kafue • Chobe • Okavango Delta • Victoria Falls
Optional extensions: 4 nights in Private Game Reserve Safari: Quest for South Africa’s Big 5; 4 nights in Cape Town & the Cape of Good Hope

From world-famous Chobe National Park to the lush Okavango Delta, from Africa's spectacular big game to its colorful local cultures—this is the ultimate African safari, and a trip that is bound to bring you closer to whoever experiences it with you. You’ll experience small lodges and tented camps, game-viewing drives and guided walks with our sharp-eyed Trip Experience Leaders, and local village visits.

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