View all destinations
  • Africa

  • Asia

  • Caribbean

  • Central America

  • Europe

  • Middle East

  • North America

  • Oceania

  • South America


Through its extraordinary wildlife safaris, environmental majesty and ancient traditions, Africa is an epic storybook adventure. Experience unparalleled luxury via rainforest, coastline, dessert and mountain.


Intoxicatingly beautiful and rooted in custom, Asia reveals a heightened mysticism and generosity of spirit throughout each celebrated region. Discover centuries of culture and engaging hospitality with every step.


Choose from an ever-increasing portfolio of luxury resorts and private islands along the azure waters of the Caribbean. Marine adventure, culinary perfection and complete seclusion all have a spot on the day’s agenda.

Central America

Soothing vistas and diverse eco-adventure await in Central America. See the sun rise over the rim of a volcano, roam the ruins of the Mayans, ride through nature conservatories and paddle through jungle mangroves.


A multitude of environs– coast, country and city – make for a feast of diversity in Europe. The unique histories, gastronomic extravagance and cultural riches bring a deluxe profusion of Old World elegance.

Middle East

Ancient cultures and modern pleasures coalesce in the fascinating nations of the eastern Mediterranean and those ringing the Persian Gulf. Encounter pockets of immense historical significance, refined opulence and breathtaking beauty.

North America

For enjoying a stateside sojourn, drinking in Canada’s natural wonders or exploring the magnitude of Mexico, this continent offers spectacular diversion. Find flavours to arouse every taste bud and an array of cultures to match.


A world of exotic wonder awaits in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands. Drift through romantic nights and endless days of natural splendour, aquatic adventure, decadent resorts and epicurean delights.

South America

From the beaches of northern Brazil to the southern tracts of Patagonia, this continent is the sum of a thousand parts. Experience ancient cities and heritage haciendas, volcanic hot springs and vibrant café cultures.

Explore a world of luxury

View all destinations

Cruise Destinations

Whether you dream of island-hopping your way down Caribbean island chains, connecting the ocean waters with a Panama Canal cruise, or sailing into an exotic Mediterranean port at cocktail hour, our expert Travel Designers can curate the luxury cruise vacation of a lifetime.

Explore a world of luxury cruising

Search all cruise types

Safari Destinations

What can you expect from a Tully Luxury Travel safari? In a word: magic. You will witness extraordinary wildlife amid untamed beauty and unparalleled luxury. You will take a thousand pictures – and make a thousand more memories.

Luxury Safaris

View all luxury safaris


Luxury travel’s most inspiring stories told by its most celebrated icons. From wildlife experts, fashion designers and artists, to historians, chefs and more, this inspiring podcast series is designed to show you the world’s most exclusive travel experiences through the eyes of the people that know them best.

See all Podcasts

Explore our media

View all media

Our Partners

What is the Tully Difference? The most satisfying travel experiences are the ones that captivate and transform you as a person and that deepen your connection to the world around you. It is that belief that fuels our desire to create rewarding travel experiences for people who are passionate about discovering the essence and heart of a destination.

View all Preferred Partners

The Tully Difference

Learn more

8 Most Extraordinary Cruise Shore Excursions

By Tully Luxury Travel | 02-05-2020 | Antarctica, Brazil, England, France, Oman, Paris, Rwanda, Travel

Throughout the past several years a discreet revolution has been underway in the cruise world: Day trips and multiday outings offered by upscale cruise lines have a new focus. These cruise lines are moving away from day-long coach trips to tiring tourist traps and instead are planning rare, immersive excursions that passengers would be hard-pressed to organize on their own.

Silversea is one of the high-end cruise operators that have leaded this trend by, recently launching 14 once-in-a- lifetime, multiday experiences that can be added to exclusive voyages. Dubbed the Couture Collection, these overland trips incorporate helicopters and private jets to send travelers to some of the world’s most inaccessible and untouched places – among them being, the South Pole and the northern mountains of Mongolia.

Another upscale line, Windstar Cruises, recently unveiled a new Beyond Ordinary collection of 10 over-the-top, highly curated excursions that includes a Michelin-starred lunch in Provence and a private yoga session on the rooftop of the Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery in Roses, Spain.

Here are some of the rarest excursions that cruise lines are offering.

1 | Glamping in Bolivia’s Salt Flats and Atacama Desert

Two nights of glamping in one of the most extreme places in the world—Bolivia’s Unuyi Salt Flats—is the highlight of this six-night overland excursion, which is bookable in conjunction with select Azamara voyages to South America and Antarctica. Passengers will stay in a deluxe Airstream camper and have a private guide, driver, and chef as they explore the 4,050-square-mile landscape of bright-white salts, rock formations, and cacti-studded islands. Then it’s on to the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, for unparalleled nighttime stargazing and geyser watching with the upscale Alto Atacama Lodge and Spa serving as a base.

2 | Exploring underwater life in Antarctica by submarine

Thousands of people have walked among the penguins along the shores of Antarctica in recent years, but few have gotten to see the colorful sea life that lives just a few meters under the water. Enter luxury outfitter Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, which this winter began offering a submarine ride in Antarctica’s coastal waters for passengers aboard its new discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse the first upscale expedition ship to be outfitted with a submarine. Passengers can choose between a 20- or 40-minute dive that typically brings sightings of brightly colored corals and sponges, octopus, huge jellyfish, and the occasional diving penguin or seal.

3 | Exclusive after-hours visit to the Louvre in Paris

Yes, it’ll be just you and small group of your fellow cruisers getting up close to the Mona Lisa on this exclusive visit to the Louvre in Paris. Included for every passenger signing on to one of Tauck’s all-inclusive Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy river cruises, the after-hours excursion to the world’s most visited museum gives you rare access to the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece and other iconic works in a blissfully crowd-free setting. These sailings also offer an exclusive early-morning visit to Monet’s home in Giverny, France.

4 | Visit the reindeer herders and eagle hunters of Mongolia

Available as an add-on to a few Silversea cruises in Asia per year, this super-exclusive, super-pricey seven-night tour—part of the line’s Couture Collection—will bring you to some of the most remote parts of Mongolia. The trip includes a chartered helicopter ride to visit a nearly extinct tribe of nomadic reindeer herders living in a roadless mountain area in the north of the country. There’s also a visit with Kazakh eagle hunters in the western mountain region of Sagsai, near the Kazakhstan border. During the latter stop, you’ll stay in a camp of traditional Mongolian gers (sometimes called yurts in the West) set up by Silversea staff in a mountain valley.

5 | Helicopter ride to a Michelin-starred lunch in Provence

Offered during port stops in Monaco, this five-hour Windstar Cruises excursion kicks off with a private, 30-minute panoramic helicopter ride over the Provence countryside on the way to legendary chef Alain Ducasse’s La Bastide de Moustiers in the town of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie in the south of France. Landing right at the ancient property, which initially was Ducasse’s home and now is run as an inn and Michelin-starred restaurant, passengers will experience a gourmet feast created with local ingredients by the restaurant’s master chef, Frédéric Garnier. Then the helicopter returns them on another scenic flight back to the ship. This culinary-focused outing is a highlight of the line’s new Beyond Ordinary collection of excursions.

6 | A deep dive into Egyptian treasures in London and Oxford

Amateur Egyptologists will get rare special access to Egyptian treasures in London and Oxford, England, during this new four-night overland excursion from the river cruise arm of Viking Cruises. Designed as a precruise add-on to Viking sailings on Egypt’s Nile River, the British Collections of Ancient Egypt tour includes a behind-the-scenes visit to the private archives of Howard Carter (who unearthed Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922) at Oxford’s Griffith Institute. There’s also a private tour of the home and personal museum of Sir John Soane, who amassed an exquisite collection of Egyptian antiquities, including a 3,000-year-old sarcophagus. Other stops include an early morning visit to the Egyptian Collection at the British Museum before it opens to the general public.

7 | Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Getting up close to Rwanda’s magnificent mountain gorillas is the focus of river line AmaWaterways’ new Rwanda Extension, which is designed to pair with all five of the itineraries AmaWaterways offers in southern Africa. Beginning and ending in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the four-night excursion includes two days of trekking through the tropical forests of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in search of the extremely rare primates (fewer than 900 remain in the wild) as well as the endangered golden monkey. Nights are spent in the shadow of the park’s volcanoes at the upscale Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.

8 | Breakfast in the shadow of Mount Everest

Still in the final phase of development, the over-the-top, four-night “Kathmandu: Capital of Nepal and Gateway to the Himalayas Overland Adventure” excursion from Crystal Cruises will include an epic helicopter ride to a champagne breakfast at the edge of Mount Everest. Boarding the helicopter in Kathmandu, participants will fly to the Hotel Everest View, a 12-room property on a ridge not far from Everest Base Camp. From there, they’ll have sweeping views of the mountain and the Everest Range. At 13,000 feet, Hotel Everest View is billed as the highest hotel in the world. The excursion, which also includes exploring in Kathmandu, will be offered in conjunction with Crystal’s World Cruises in 2020 and 2021. Participants will leave the ship in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and rejoin in Mumbai, India.

Original Source:

Tully Luxury Travel | Inquiry Form

  • Make an inquiry

  • 1 (855)-265-0890
  • * Required

  • The first name of the user.
  • The last name of the user.
  • The email of the user
  • The phone number of the user
  • A drop-down selector for the users to select how they heard about Tully Luxury Travel.
  • A drop-down selector for the users to select a destination.
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    The check-in date of the user.
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    The check-out date of the user.
  • Any notes of the user.
  • Send

Close Bitnami banner