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The 32 Best Trips Condé Nast Traveler Has Ever Seen

Posted: 08/14/2012 7:00 am

Sure, China's terracotta warriors are a pretty amazing sight anytime, but what if you got to see them... alone? Well, now's the time, folks!

In honor of Condé Nast Traveler's 25th anniversary, we've collected 32 trips of a lifetime -- all with unprecedented private access and unique experiences -- and we're offering them at crazy discounts in our World on Sale event. And no, we're not making any money off of this.

Here are a few reasons to start saving up your vacation days; check out the rest at The World on Sale.

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  • EVEREST, NEPAL, AND INDIA

    <em>Travel by helicopter (and camel) from the frigid top of the world to the steamy Subcontinent...</em> Spend nine nights in Nepal and India, where you'll enjoy Taj Mahal visits at both sunrise and sunset; private tours of Old and New Delhi and the ancient preserved city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and a camel cart safari to Meena tribal villages of the Ramgarh Valley. *Spend one night in a Premier Room at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, a Hot List 2012 hotel. *You'll also a sunrise helicopter flight over Everest, joined by Tashi Tenzing Sherpa, the grandson of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who ascended Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. This spectacular helicopter flight crosses Cho La Pass, which is at an altitude of 17,782 feet (you're on oxygen), and passes over the famed and sacred Gokyo Lakes before landing at Kongde, at an altitude of 14,000 feet. <strong>See all 32 trips—pre-sale is going on now!—at <a href="http://worldonsale.cntraveler.com/home/?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The World on Sale</a>.</strong> <em>Photo: Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • AUSTRALIA: SYDNEY TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

    <em>Explore the ecosystems that dazzled Charles Darwin...</em> Spend fourteen nights in Australia’s urban and wilderness landscapes. *Spend two nights in the Flinders Suite at Southern Ocean Lodge, where you can participate in naturalist-guided coastal trekking expeditions and wildlife viewing. *Take a private tour of the rugged and pristine Wolgan Valley, escorted by Chris Darwin, great-great-grandson of Charles, who visited here in 1836. Retrace his steps, viewing kangaroos, wallabies, and wallaroo. <strong>See all 32 trips—pre-sale is going on now!—at <a href="http://worldonsale.cntraveler.com/home/?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The World on Sale</a>.</strong> <em>Photo: Courtesy Photo</em>

  • ALASKA: BIG NATURE FROM A STYLISH SHIP

    <em>Wildlife watching with the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards No. 1 large-ship cruise line, and a private expedition via catamaran, dogsled, and seaplane...</em> Spend seven nights aboard the Celebrity Solstice, the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards No. 1 large-ship cruise line, on a cruise from Seattle to Alaska, plus one night pre-cruise at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel. *In beautiful Alaska, you'll take a one-day expedition on a private catamaran to explore the nearby waterways as you please. Visit sites known for spotting whales, sea lions, bears, and eagles; stroll the shores of a remote island; explore tide pools; whatever! *Your private seaplane will take you to Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada: 55 acres comprising some of the most exceptional show gardens in the world. Afterward, your guide and driver will whisk you to Victoria, British Columbia’s beautiful and welcoming harbor-centric capital. Sip martinis at the Fairmont Empress hotel’s Bengal Lounge before returning to the ship via horse-drawn carriage. <strong>See all 32 trips—pre-sale is going on now!—at <a href="http://worldonsale.cntraveler.com/home/?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The World on Sale</a>.</strong> <em>Photo: Courtesy Photo</em>

  • SILK ROAD: RETRACE THE WORLD’S ICONIC TRADE ROUTE

    <em>Seven countries, ancient sites and treasures...</em> Trace the Silk Road over 21 nights in China (including a sunset camel ride in Dunhuang's Singing Sand Dunes), Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, and Italy. *Visit the Registan in Uzbekistan, with its minarets covered in glazed tiles of calligraphy and azure-and-cobalt mosaics. *You'll visit nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, where you'll have private time in the pits with the terracotta warriors. Other stops include the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Bukhara’s historic center, Samarkand, the Parthian Fortresses of Nisa, Imam Square in Esfahan, the Bagh-e Chehel Sotun Persian Garden, historic areas of Istanbul, and the historic center of Rome. <strong>See all 32 trips—pre-sale is going on now!—at <a href="http://worldonsale.cntraveler.com/home/?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The World on Sale</a>.</strong> <em>Photo: Courtesy Andrew Moore</em>

  • RUSSIA: WHITE NIGHT WONDERS

    <em>Avoid the crowds—and get inside cultural treasures in St. Petersburg and Moscow that are normally off-limits...</em> Spend six nights in Moscow and St. Petersburg—three at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, and three at the Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg. *Take a backstage tour of the Bolshoi Theatre, just opened after an estimated $850 million renovation. *The new Russia has been pouring billions into restoring its treasures to their Romanov-era bejeweled grandeur, and the best time to see them is next year, the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Romanov dynasty, during the White Nights—mid-May through the end of June, when the sun doesn’t set until after 11 p.m. <strong>See all 32 trips—pre-sale is going on now!—at <a href="http://worldonsale.cntraveler.com/home/?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The World on Sale</a>.</strong> <em>Photo: Courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Moscow</em>

  • DUBAI AND THE MALDIVES: HIGH END OF THE HIGH LIFE

    <em>Dune-bash through the desert, then picnic on a deserted island and scuba dive amid world-class coral reefs...</em> Spend three nights in Dubai at Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab, the Readers’ Choice Awards 2011's No. 1–rated resort in the Middle East, and six nights in the Maldives at the newly opened Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, a Hot List 2012 hotel. *Small seaplanes provide the shuttle flights from the main airport at Malé to most of the Maldives' 87 private island resorts. *Stay in an overwater bungalow at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, with a ten-foot-wide bed and pool. You'll also be treated to a picnic on the beach, Robinson Crusoe–style—on your own desert island. You’ll be dropped off by boat and provided with a cell phone to call when you’re ready for your ride back. <strong>See all 32 trips—pre-sale is going on now!—at <a href="http://worldonsale.cntraveler.com/home/?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The World on Sale</a>.</strong> <em>Photo: Courtesy Courtesy Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab</em>

  • MEDITERRANEAN: CRUISING ITALY, TURKEY, AND GREECE

    <em>Jump the lines in Rome, dine under the stars in Ephesus, and sail the Amalfi Coast in a private yacht...</em> *This 13-night trip, includes a 9-night cruise on the Crystal Symphony in a penthouse plus two nights pre-cruise at Rome’s Hotel de Russie and two post-cruise at Istanbul’s Four Seasons Sultanahmet.*You'll spend two night at the Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet post-cruise, as well as two days of touring in Istanbul with a private driver and guide, including visits to Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazaar, and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. *Italy's gorgeous Amalfi Coast, where you'll cruise in your private chartered yacht. <strong>See all 32 trips—pre-sale is going on now!—at <a href="http://worldonsale.cntraveler.com/home/?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The World on Sale</a>.</strong> <em>Photo: Courtesy </em>


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