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Old 05-23-2014, 06:51 PM
 
Location: 5 Miles to the Beach
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Mine was taking a helicopter tour over Kauai. The highlight? Seeing the Na Pali Coast. The most beautiful sight I have ever seen in my life.
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:01 AM
 
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I would say my trip to the Galapagos Islands.
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:50 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Assuming you are defining an excursion as a one day or partial day trip?

The Scavi Tour in Rome (goes under St. Peters - completely amazing)
Whale watching in Vancouver (sitting in a small boat surrounded by orcas)
Sea-Trek in St. Maartin (walking on the sea floor)
Eagles Nest in Germany (outstanding alpine views from the top)
The Chocolate Tour in Brussels (free samples at 4 different stores and you get to make your own!)
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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A private after hours tour of the Vatican Museum with one of the curators.
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Old 05-24-2014, 07:47 AM
 
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Assuming you are defining an excursion as a one day or partial day trip?

The Scavi Tour in Rome (goes under St. Peters - completely amazing)
Whale watching in Vancouver (sitting in a small boat surrounded by orcas)
Sea-Trek in St. Maartin (walking on the sea floor)
Eagles Nest in Germany (outstanding alpine views from the top)
The Chocolate Tour in Brussels (free samples at 4 different stores and you get to make your own!)
Any type of tour you did while traveling
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I don't think I've ever been on a pre-planned commercial excursion that was better than what I could have done independently. I have done a few, but they were usually disasppointments.

Oh, wait, there was one. In Manaus, there are touts all over the place pitching hokey Amazon jungle tours. I talked to one, and I was very impressed with him, so I asked him if he would just take the two of us, with himself as our guide. He said he doesn't do the tours anymore himself, he hires guides to do that. But he must have liked us, because he then said that once a year, he does an inspection of all the places that his tours go to, and he would take us along on one next week. It was wonderful, he took us for three days in his boat, in an impossible maze of flooded forest land, we didn't see a single other person, he set up camp with his bare hands in places that looked like nobody had ever been there before, building shelter with a machete, catching fish and foraging for meals, etc. He was in his 50sa or 60s, had grown up in the jungle and never saw a white man until he was 20 and joined the Brazilian army, and found out later that his village was in Guyana, not Brazil. He still went back there once in a while, it took him a week to get to Guyana through the jungle, with just a boat and a machete..
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:06 PM
 
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Mine was taking a helicopter tour over Kauai. The highlight? Seeing the Na Pali Coast. The most beautiful sight I have ever seen in my life.
I did this and it was indeed unforgettable.

But I tend to agree with jtur88 that I usually like to plan and carry out my own adventures.

It's difficult to pinpoint any one travel experience, but in terms of 'organized' excursions, one that I did enjoy was a crewed yacht with my husband and his siblings and husband/wives. We meandered through the British Virgin Islands during January. Good food and drink, incredible natural scenery and wildlife, good vibes. Very expensive and we'll never do it again, but it was also quite beautiful and relaxing.
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:57 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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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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Old 05-24-2014, 06:02 PM
 
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Mine was taking a helicopter tour over Kauai. The highlight? Seeing the Na Pali Coast. The most beautiful sight I have ever seen in my life.
My boyfriend and I are considering a trip to Hawaii, and a helicopter tour over Kauai is on the top of our must-do list. I'm glad you confirmed that it's fantastic.

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Old 05-26-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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The BEST organized excursion I've ever taken was a three or four-hours tour of Charleston by Gullah Tours. They concentrated on the Porgy and Bess locales and the places where Gershwin and Heyward lived whiie writing in Charleston. The driver, Al, even sang for us! I've had more spectacular experiences but none as charming.
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