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Old 05-26-2014, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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A private tour from Bordeaux to St. Emilion with stops at two small chateaux and a bistro lunch overlooking the town. There were six of us, our cruise ship was in Bordeaux for the day.

Sunset sailing trip outside the lagoon in Moorea, French Polynesia. Including beautiful tatooed young men singing and playing ukeleles.

Shark and ray feeding in the lagoon at Bora Bora.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Without a doubt, the SeaTrek tour in St. Maarten. I walked on the ocean floor!



What an unbelievable experience! We wore helmets with an air supply from above; no scuba tanks required. As you can see, I could even leave my glasses on and my hair didn't get wet. Totally cool and the thrill of a lifetime.

(By the way, those fish aren't superimposed on the image. I really was surrounded by them!)

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You look happy! I want to do that.

My favorite was a bus ride from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam at Lake Mead. Anybody who goes to Vegas should see the desert. It's breathtaking.
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Old 05-27-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Mine was taking a helicopter tour over Kauai.
Mine too.

Generally I don't enjoy paid travel excursions and prefer actual adventures (which means you're on your own and it could go badly) but since I'm not a helicopter pilot and not planning to be one, a heli-tour over some incredibly scenic, hard-to-access place is worth it.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:06 PM
 
Location: 5 Miles to the Beach
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Mine too.

Generally I don't enjoy paid travel excursions and prefer actual adventures (which means you're on your own and it could go badly) but since I'm not a helicopter pilot and not planning to be one, a heli-tour over some incredibly scenic, hard-to-access place is worth it.
Forgive the quality of the picture as it was taken on my phone, but this is what it looks like from the air....
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Forgive the quality of the picture as it was taken on my phone, but this is what it looks like from the air....
That is stunning! Where is it?
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:39 PM
 
Location: 5 Miles to the Beach
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That is stunning! Where is it?
The Na Pali Coast, Kauai

A MUST that everyone needs to add on to their bucket list!
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Old 02-02-2018, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Dana Point, Ca
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What a marvelous topic, but that is pretty hard to answer since each place throughout the world has it own special treasures and own wonderful people.

Kauai Island: 12 visits, fell in love with the island and the people. Then gave away or sold everything and moved over as permanent residents for 10 years. Worked helping the visitors, and also at the kauai athletic club. We volunteered for beach clean ups, and became sierra club hike leaders. Went on most all of the different activities, helo and fixed wing tours, several Napali Trips on different boats and different companies, and many other paid activities, plus the free nature oriented adventures. We moved off island 3 years ago to Dana Point, Ca. and will be returning as visitors this june 2018.

Skipper sailing vessels in many wonderful destinations through out the world. Australia, Tahiti, Tonga, most of the Caribbean, 16 sailing vacations in the BVI ( our fave) plus the Bahamas, Grenadines, French west indies, and then ireland and Greece. Land based trip to Costa Rica , which is high on our favorite list. Costa Rica, is fabulous beauty, lush jungles, fantastic animal and bird life, and super great educated people that are warm, friendly and fun.

We enjoyed, all of these many different countries and islands and the snorkeling, SCUBA diving, sailing, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying all of each destination special treasures and the people. Loved them all.
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:25 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I usually do my own planning and make my own hotel and transportation arrangements and avoid commercial tour companies other than the typical hop-on-hop-off bus tours. The one exception was a trip to Peru when we worked with a travel company that offered a loose sort of tour package. They tailored the trip to what we wanted to see, made hotel arrangements and transportation connections in Peru, and arranged for a couple guides at certain places...then got out of the way. They kept track of where we were without being with us or escorting us around. We had two days at Macho Picchu with an anthropology grad student as a guide for one day and the 2nd day on our own for photography. They got hold of us in Cusco the morning of the afternoon we were going to head back to Lima and got us out of town before a major strike shut down the city later in the day. That saved us a day of confusion. When one of our hotel arrangements fell through at Aguas Calientes they booked us into a 5-star eco lodge at no extra cost to us although it was 5 times the cost of our original hotel. In Lima the hotel was in Miraflores and was very walkable to restaurants or shopping. Driving in Lima is insane -- much worse than anywhere like Rome -- and they took us to and from the airport and provided a knowledgeable guide with a van one day to tour the city. We know enough Spanish to get by but we had no language problems on the trip and enjoyed using Spanish the few times we needed it.
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Old 02-03-2018, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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So many, it's difficult to choose.

In the US -- Zion National Park! Breathtaking. I've seen Bryce, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley -- all wonderful -- but Zion takes the cake!

In Europe -- the week I spent in Paris visiting all of the art museums. My own itinerary -- art is a passion. Of the all the art museums -- the D'Orsay!
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Old 02-03-2018, 05:31 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Probably the week I spent rafting through the Grand Canyon, very memorable, highly recommended.

Also, though more than an excursion maybe, was hitch-hiking by myself from Ireland to Turkey over a 6 month period many, many years ago. That was more life changing than just an "excursion", that was a true adventure.
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