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Zicasso’s Trips of a Lifetime Series - Part 1

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Santorini, Greece

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While the world has been together in our need to collectively stay home, we have been left to dream while we await our chance to emerge and explore. As our daydreams wander, there is no universally perfect trip, no one-size-fits-all vacation for everyone. You may wish for an active exploration of breathtaking nature, or perhaps a glimpse into the inspiring artwork of past civilizations would refresh you?  No matter the experiences you wish to have, a trip customized by an expert will make your trip of a lifetime possible once we can travel again.

We are ready to dream

Antarctic emperor penguins

Antarctic emperor penguins

We at Zicasso want to dream, to push limits and remove boundaries, even if only to give our imaginations room to play, to question why we feel so connected to exploration and the places we wish to discover, or possibly, rediscover. We invited a few of our top travel specialists to write the "dream" itinerary--The trip of a lifetime specific to their region.

We will introduce our Trips of a Lifetime to our Zicasso travelers throughout a three-part series to inspire your journey of any style, length, or plan. As wanderers, explorers, and discoverers, we can take this time to appreciate our deepest travel desires and better understand what we want, why we want it, and how we can make it happen.

Travel will return

Hot air balloon over the savanna

Hot air balloon over the savanna

Travel will return, and with it, our desire to discover new and exciting destinations can become our reality. Whether we have traveled extensively from France to Antarctica or have not yet sampled the everlasting allure of learning about new cultures or witnessing wildlife in its natural habitat, we understand the basic tenant of travel: the experience changes us.

Travel is not just a contribution to artisan communities, commercial airlines, or tour guides in distant cities but an investment in our own experience. It is about the journey; it is about the destination, and it is also about how we feel when we return, our endless desire to share our trip with others, whether they have traveled to that destination or not because our trips will always be indelibly our own.

As we learn more about ourselves and the travel experiences we wish to have, we have asked travel specialists what they view as trips of a lifetime based on their specific expertise. Each of the nine carefully curated trips in this series brings us to a different region of the world for a collection meant to capture particular highlights and experiences that can shift our global perspective.

From Greece to Japan, Rwanda to Vietnam, the Galapagos to New Zealand, Australia to Antarctica, our travel specialists reveal why we strive to see the similarities in our differences, to witness majesty unfold before our eyes, to find unique histories or be immersed in natural dynamism instead of looking for the familiar.

Mesmerizing Patagonia and Antarctica

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Remote with unflinching natural drama defines the rugged beauty of Patagonia and expansive isolation of Antarctica. A trip of a lifetime around Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica immerses you in untouched wonder and the exciting allure at the end of the world. Alejandro, a travel specialist for Patagonia and Antarctica, says that a trip to the masterful showing of nature will “push the limits of what is possible.” Epic mountainscapes fill the skyline from Mount Fitz Roy to the towers of the Paine Massif, punctuating your panoramas with the exhilarating contours. A perfect trip through Patagonia and Antarctica goes beyond the simple and challenges to reveal the unique, to make the seemingly impossible, possible.

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.

A travel specialist understands the logistics of your dream trip, making it easy and safe to travel to and from the airports, reach your accommodations, and comfortably meet with local guides. The remoteness of Patagonia and Antarctica requires careful planning but result in big rewards stemming from a mystical ambiance that rendered explorers like Darwin, Shackleton, and Amundsen speechless. To experience your trip of a lifetime sooner rather than later, Alejandro recommends planning ahead. “Boats are sold-out pretty quickly as are the lodges, particularly in the Glaciers and Torres del Paine National Parks. The resorts are usually small, which of course, significantly enhances the experience.” Any trip to this region, of any length and design, brings you into the wonder of remote beauty, and your plans can begin when you are ready.

Ultimate European Explorer Tour: Italy, France, 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.”

France, Italy, and Greece each offer their own distinctive heritage, contemporary culture, and dynamic sites that can take you away from the familiar to reveal new wonders and enticing experiences. A travel specialist understands that when we choose to travel once more, we may not feel comfortable at the heart of a European city and may wish to explore iconic countries differently.

The wonders on display in the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries will continue to inspire you long after you leave, and your senses will engage with a private truffle hunt in the secluded woodlands of Tuscany. A guided wine tour through the lush vineyards of France’s Loire Valley will highlight the region’s elegant ambiance while also touching on the spirit of the nation. A private sunset catamaran cruise on Santorini’s caldera will only immerse you in the charms of Mediterranean island life. Your travel expert works to ensure that you do not have to surrender quintessential experiences and instead gives you access to famous highlights and offbeat marvels, while traveling with your preferences in the forefront.

To experience your trip of a lifetime to Europe, the time to begin your plans is closer than you might expect. “In terms of capacity, places like Positano, Venice, Santorini, Mykonos will sell out very quickly; considering so many bookings have been moved to 2021, I really urge clients to book their trip,” encourages Mario. Travelers are eager to see the world and to enrich their lives with new experiences, even without knowing what the future of travel may look like, making it paramount that you ensure your travel future sooner rather than later.

“I totally believe one can only explore these incredible destinations by living the trip through people, sights, foods, wines, and very unique experiences,” says Mario. Any Zicasso trip to Europe is customized, allowing you to travel the world your way. Find inspiration with this trip of a lifetime, and then build your own alongside an expert Zicasso travel planner.

Unparalleled East Africa Safari Experience

Leopard in a sausage tree in the Serengeti

Leopard in a sausage tree in the Serengeti

Our travel has always served a purpose, whether to support a cause we believe in or to support our personal growth by exploring new cultures, exciting adventures, or witnessing the wonders of the wilderness. “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.

An African safari embodies both a trip of a lifetime and a perfect escape from the crowds into luxurious seclusion. Wildlife encounters become endless delights enhanced by the magnificent landscapes, from endless plains to dense tropical forests. It is easy to imagine playful lion cubs and marching elephants, giraffes eating tree leaves, and hyenas hollering in the distance. But each safari destination across the African continent reveals something different about the region culturally and within nature. “East African safaris provide amazing insight into unique cultures and play host to an exciting exchange of ideas and ancient wisdom shared,” says Beth.

An East Africa dream trip unveils lions, leopards, rhino, buffalo, and elephant to show you Africa’s famous Big 5 while a trek through the jungle of Rwanda gives you the priceless experience of tracking and seeing the endangered mountain gorillas.  As Beth says, a safari brings “a total to shift your soul” as you become immersed in the distinctive juxtaposition between luxury camps and serene nature, opulent lodges and untouched wilderness set beneath the expansive African sky. A safari itinerary is perfect for every type of traveler, from families to solo adventures, those looking for superior luxury lodges to remote mobile camps. No matter your travel preferences, an African safari captures you and seizes a piece of your heart, making it feel like no other adventure can ever inspire you in the same way.

Instead of waiting for the best time, you can make your time count by planning your African safari for 2021. “We recommend that our travelers start planning well in advance if they wish to travel in 2021. Many travelers scheduled to travel earlier this year have postponed their safaris from summer 2020 to 2021, so we are starting to see that space for next year is starting to fill up faster than normal,” Beth confirms. African safari travel experts have also seen access to early bird specials for those intending to travel in 2021 or 2022. This East Africa trip of a lifetime surely inspires, and look forward to our Southern Africa option coming in part 3 of this Trips of a Lifetime series.

Planning your dream trip can start now

Chateau de Chenonceau in Loire Valley, France

Chateau de Chenonceau in Loire Valley, France

Travel photographer Robin Yong said, “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” We should no longer put off our trips of a lifetime and instead should use the current circumstances as inspiration to bring our notion of “someday” to “now”, customized, prioritized, and designed by an expert travel specialist.  By choosing to embark on plans for our next trip, we put aside the notion that our next big trip is around the corner and instead decide that travel will remain a part of our lives while we wait.

As we continue this series of Zicasso’s Trips of a Lifetime, we invite you to dream without boundaries. As we continue to peel back the veil that once kept us from appreciating what travel means to us, you may ask yourself:  If I could only take one more trip, what would I do?  You can start planning your trip of a lifetime with Zicasso by submitting a Trip Request, or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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