Lonely Planet has released its Best of Travel 2015 list and there are some fascinating countries on the list as well as some iconic favorites and some must-see destinations. For those who want to follow in the footsteps of Lonely Planet’s recommendations, here are some suggestions for tours in their top 10 countries.
Now is apparently the time to go to Singapore. The city-state is celebrating 50 years of independence and it is doing it in style with events planned throughout 2015. It is easy to get to Singapore with many direct, roundtrip flights and it is a gateway city for much of Asia. Contact Asia Transpacific Journeys to plan a tour that includes Singapore as a destination.
Abecrombie & Kent offer a variety of tours in Namibia from a private jet experience to its Marco Polo Club Journeys. The 15-day Namibia & Botswana: Dunes, Delta & the Kalahari includes the quaint village of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, NamibRand Nature Reserve, the Okavango Delta and more.
Kensington Tours can take you to Lithuania on the Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Discovery. The seven day tour explores the Soviet legacy and modern western influence on these Baltic nations. Discover the architecture of the Lithuanian capital, the royal playground of the Duke of Courland, the Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn and more.
Get ready to get adventures with a Backroads multisport tour in Nicaragua. This new tour combines Costa Rica and Nicaragua and includes idyllic beaches, hikes and rides through nature reserves, kayaking, wildlife viewing and visits to cloud forests, steaming volcanoes and one of the world’s largest lakes.
CIE Tours will take you through Ireland on the 2015 Irish Adventure tour. The nine-day itinerary explores some of the country’s most important sights, including the Cliffs of Moher, Sheepdog Trails, Blarney Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Waterford, Derry and more.
Republic of Congo
Be among the first to explore the Congo Basin, which is one of the world’s largest rainforests. Congo Gorilla Tours offers a 14-day safari into this region where you will see the mountain gorillas, Nouabale-Ndoki, Dzanga-Ndoki and Lobeke national parks and more.
Lush vineyards and crumbling fortresses define the glamorous yet grungy terrain of Serbia. Intrepid includes a visit to Serbia on its Budapest & the Balkans itinerary. Discover the Old World charm of these cosmopolitan cities with visits to Budapest, Belgrade’s Bohemian quarter, Sarajevo, Motar’s Old Bridge and more.
G Adventures offers five trips to the Philippines, that encompass all regions of the country, including the islands. Travelers can choose to travel on “Classic” itineraries or the shoestring itineraries for the younger set known as “Yolo.” The Classic Northern Philippines adventure includes trekking through remote villages, visiting World Heritage rice terraces, exploring hidden waterfalls and caves, savoring Filipino cuisine.
Discover St. Lucia with a day tour offered by Island Routes. The six-hour Soufriere Safari allows travelers to explore the island via buggie. The journey includes local delicacies at a hilltop restaurant, a visit to a waterfall, a volcanic cauldron and more as you drive through dense forests and lush vegetation surrounding the legendary town of Soufriere.
Cox and Kings’ 10-night Morocco Explorer journey takes a less-travelled path through the dry desert country of eastern and southern Morocco, combining dramatic scenery with a sense of history, exuded by the many elaborately decorated and slowly crumbling kasbahs. The journey ends with a relaxing stay in coastal Essaouira.
There are plenty of other destinations that Lonely Planet recommends on its Best of Travel 2015 list. You can purchase the list directly from Lonely Planet.