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12 Amazing Trips of a Lifetime - Unique and Captivating Tours Designed by Zicasso

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Morning view of Positano on the  Amalfi Coast of Italy

Morning view of Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

From a private excursion to the Vatican Galleries to a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Australian countryside, a Zicasso Trip of a Lifetime brings your dreams to life with a mixture of anticipation and personalization. Whether looking for an African Safari, a Greek Island getaway, an excursion into Patagonia, or a new way to discover Japan, you can find inspiration for your dream trip.

Dive deep into what makes a trip of a lifetime so exceptional as these sample itineraries overflow with ideas as you customize your own adventure. As you anticipate your future travel plans, discover what could be the right trip just for you.

1. Italy

Michelangelo’s David at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

Michelangelo’s David at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

Italy always captures the best of Europe and a glimpse into a world where the past and present converge. Italy travel specialist, Michela designed, Elegant Italy: Art, History, Food and Wine tour as an immersive discovery of the essential pleasures of life as you travel from Venice to the Amalfi Coast. From exploring Rome in a vintage Fiat 500 to learning the art of pizza-making from a Neapolitan chef, witnessing the traditions of the Venetian islands to walking among the art history of Florence, this Italy tour intertwines luxury and wonder to reveal a life in which you can truly indulge.

2. Australia

Vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Australia

Vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Australia

Australia is always full of surprises and the Immersion into Australia: Outback to Wine Country demonstrates the endless possibilities for luxurious experiences and opulent natural beauty, designed by Stacey, an Australia travel specialist. From sampling the foodie culture to embracing the vines in the country’s oldest wine-growing region, basking in a sumptuous spa or finding wild kangaroos,this trip gives you an entirely different perspective of the Land Down Under. Enjoy your introduction to the beauty of the winelands from New South Wales to Southern Australia, Victoria to Tasmania as you balance the scenery’s beauty and raw power with the welcoming indulgences of an adventurous getaway.

3. Spain

Madrid Royal Palace and gardens in Spain

Madrid Royal Palace and gardens in Spain

With intoxicating passion and enticing sophistication, Spain can capture your imagination with a simple aroma or a spirited dance, a heartfelt song or a golden beach. The epic landscape has shaped the heritage and the preserved culture remains part of the daily life that you can experience on the 20-day Traditions of Spain tour, designed by Samuel, a Spain travel specialist. The past and present collide in charming villages and along the streets with each new destination revealing how the diversity of cultural history has informed the country’s specific charisma. Enhanced by the majestic ambiance of the Mediterrnean, you can sample the essential spices of paella, stroll along preserved medieval walls, and journey into surreal dreams brought to life as each day gives you new insight into the essence of Spain.

4. Patagonia and Antarctica

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Alejandro’s sample itinerary, Mesmerizing Patagonia and Antarctica, is the perfect adventure for nature lovers and those looking for a unique experience far from the crowded city streets. The combination of forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, and glaciers in Patagonia leads to visions of guanaco, choique, and condor. Zodiac boats around towering glaciers in Antarctica give way to the squawking penguins, breaching whales, or sweeping panoramas of the endless tundra. “We only work with small luxury lodges and boats, ensuring our clients have a very personalized experience either privately or in small groups,” says Alejandro, who designed this itinerary for this new chapter of travel.

5. Italy, France, and Greece

Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Europe fascinates world travelers with promises of distinctive and yet connected cultures with millennia of history. Many visit countries like France or Italy to experience the different pace of life, and the Ultimate European Explorer Tour: Italy, France, Greece was designed to celebrate the simple pleasures. From the taste of morning coffee to the sunlight glinting against the river, this carefully designed 28-day customizable itinerary leaves space to travel with intention. Travel expert Mario says, “The cultural heritage of [France, Italy, and Greece] are unique. With the contrast in culture, food, art, architecture, and stunning landscapes, this trip will be rich in unforgettable experiences with each day offering a new perspective.”

6. East Africa Safari

Leopard in a sausage tree in the Serengeti

Leopard in a sausage tree in the Serengeti

“An East African safari provides the soul-shifting experience of getting up close and personal to Africa’s wildlife. To be within arm’s reach of a mountain gorilla or hear a lion roar a mere few feet away – these moments are what lifetime memories are made of!” says Beth, an African safari expert. Designed by a team of Zicasso safari experts, the Unparalleled East Africa Safari Experience brings the best of safari. From walking through the wilderness with a specialist guide in search of resting lions to horseback riding alongside sprinting zebras, a private outdoor canvas bath overlooking the riverbanks to trekking for gorillas in dense jungle terrain, or even following rangers to learn more about conservation efforts protecting the likes of elephants and rhinos, the opportunities are endless.

7. Australia and New Zealand

Sunset over Uluru in Australia

Sunset over Uluru in Australia

David’s Oceania Trip of Lifetime: Best Australia and New Zealand Tour, is the prime way to truly experience the mixture of culture, history, and immersive scenery in a new way. The landscape of Australia encompasses the rich jungle terrain of Daintree National Park and offers a peaceful respite amongst the radiant sunshine of Uluru at the Red Centre with the diversity of the biospheres giving way to intimate connections to the ancient local cultures. David says, “It’s a sad fact that ninety-percent of visitors to Australia never meet an Aboriginal person, but almost one-hundred-percent of our clients do! This allows our clients to connect with the local people and helps more of our clients’ money to stay in the local economy.” Beyond heritage, Oceania flows with incredible wine and food, as well as inspiring wildlife experiences with koalas nibbling on eucalyptus, kangaroos hopping across open plains, and the birds of New Zealand from the famous flightless kiwis to the remarkable eight-foot wingspan of the albatross.

8. Galapagos and Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

The mixture of the natural world and the unique history of the Inca empire represent two distinct perspectives that come near the mythological in their intensity and drama. Many visit countries like Ecuador and Peru for the fascinating view of endemic wildlife and the culture of the Inca woven into the fabric of the Andes. Designed by a travel expert, the Exceptional Galapagos and Peru Tour of a Lifetime displays the captivating complexities of the island ecosystems and network of massive stone ruins. Over the course of 18 days, the Galapagos islands will capture your imagination with sea turtles and images of sea lions as you snorkel in clear-blue waters while the majestic ambiance of Machu Picchu leads to floating islands and high-altitude lakeshores of Lake Titicaca in Peru. “A combination trip to Peru and the Galapagos permit you to experience a whole host of emotions and experiences in one trip,” says Paul, who created this trip for our Zicasso travelers.

9. Japan

Higashiyama District in Kyoto, Japan

Higashiyama District in Kyoto, Japan

Designed by Charlotte and her team for Zicasso, the Premier Enchantments of Japan Tour focuses on the nation’s incredible diversity, whether in Tokyo’s ultra-modern ambiance or customary inns of the mountains. “Late October and early November are filled with bright red, yellow, golden and brown colors,” Charlotte says. “This is the best season to enjoy the stunning colors in every turn.” Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples date back to before the construction of Europe’s painstaking cathedrals capturing elaborate design and a connection to surrounding nature. Tradition is preserved and celebrated from ceramics to textiles, while cedar groves and cherry trees lead to hidden bubbling hot springs. Culinary delights embody both customs and push new boundaries and are constantly changing with the seasons. Through the eyes of the traveler, Japan feels like part myth and part treasure where enchanting gardens highlight antique collaboration, and modern boutiques reflect a sense of global and historic perspective.

10. Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia

Woman selling peppers at market in Vietnam

Woman selling peppers at market in Vietnam

Ancient wonder, modern majesty, cultural complexity, and culinary mastery capture the essence of the region with this tour, Culinary Journey of a Lifetime to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. “This foodie itinerary not only offers experiences in authentic local cuisine but also unique variations that are not widely known,” says Irene, a Southeast Asia travel specialist for Zicasso. “Travelers can expect rare visits to places where some of the raw ingredients are grown, see Asian organic farming techniques and learn from experts, chefs or farmers about the different uses of fresh local produce, herbs, spices, tea, and infusions.” The spectacular scenery of soaring karsts, winding mountains, historic kingdoms, and raw jungle only accentuate the fusion of dramatic flavors.

11. Southern Africa Safari

Elephants roaming as the sun sets in Botswana

Elephants roaming as the sun sets in Botswana

A thrilling puzzle of enticing landscapes, mesmerizing wildlife spectacles, and the classic thrill of searching the remote wilderness while indulging in contemporary luxuries embodies the welcomed drama of The Best Southern Africa Vacation: Evocative Safari Experiences. “Botswana and Zimbabwe combine to offer some of the best overall wildlife in the most pristine environments in Africa,” says Simon, who handcrafted this sample safari trip. “The itinerary visits three very unique ecosystems, each offering a wide range of activities from day and night games, mokoring, boating, canoeing, Tiger fishing, walking, and cultural interactions.” A specialist guide will offer you a wealth of knowledge as they showcase their skills during a game drive, guided walk, or canoe safari. “You will learn the art of tracking while getting up close to animals like elephants, buffalo, wild dogs, and more,” says Simon.

12. Around the World

Northern lights over Kirkjufell in Iceland

Northern lights over Kirkjufell in Iceland

The Around the World Trip of a Lifetime fulfills dreams. Designed by Suzie, a global travel specialist for Zicasso, she found inspiration from childhood. “Even from a young age, we are transported to other lands in our favorite books and movies, we long to see the most incredible mountains, majestic animals, untouched deserts, private beaches; this trip includes all of that,” she says. This journey around the globe takes you from Iceland to Petra, Mongolia to Nepal, the Maldives to Southern Africa, Patagonia to Belize.  As we travel the world and find the joys of the clear waters in Belize and the pampas of Patagonia, the open plains of South Africa, and the mists of Victoria Falls, you can take comfort in the mixture of seclusion and luxury when guided by a world travel expert. “No matter your preferences, you will be treated like royalty every step of the way,” says Suzie.

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Sand dunes in the Gobi desert, Mongolia

Sand dunes in the Gobi desert, Mongolia

Every Zicasso trip is customized to you. Seven days or seven weeks, your itinerary is built to your preferences. As we move into the next chapter of travel, being in the hands of a destination expert is essential, and you can book with confidence for the future.

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