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<p>From trekking through high-altitude mountain passes to wandering through ice caves, kayaking down whitewater rapids to zip-lining across jungle canopies, an active adventure allows you to experience local scenery and culture as you explore. Find inspiration for your active vacation with Zicasso’s sample itineraries, and fill out a Trip Request to speak with a destination specialist to learn more about the endless possibilities.</p>

From trekking through high-altitude mountain passes to wandering through ice caves,...

From trekking through high-altitude mountain passes to wandering through ice caves, kayaking down whitewater rapids to zip-lining across jungle canopies, an active adventure allows you to experience local scenery and culture as you explore. Find inspiration for your active vacation with Zicasso’s sample itineraries, and fill out a Trip Request to speak with a destination specialist to learn more about the endless possibilities.

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Sansone Beach on Elba Island, Italy

Step off the beaten path on your custom-tailored luxury vacation for a view of the unparalleled charms of Tuscany. From undulating open valleys to treasured shores, experience an unforgettable journey through the uncharted and overlooked splendors of Elba, Florence, and the surrounding beauty of Tuscany. The Mediterranean sun spreads over the rugged and lush niches of the Island of Elba. Emerald hills and cypress trees expand across the lengths of the horizon. Museums display breathtaking artwork. Ancient villages display remnants of their heritage along cobbled lanes and antique walls.

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Hiking Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
Hiking Patagonia: Two-Week Active Adventure

15 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,430

Trek the remarkably rugged and breathtaking Argentine and Chilean Patagonia on this 15-day active adventure hiking tour to El Calafate, Torres del Paine National Park, and El Chalten in the Los Glaciares National Park. Your travels will start and end in the cultural capital of Buenos Aires but take you to experience the impressive glaciers, challenging trails, magnificent landscapes, and momentous mountain ranges Patagonia is famous for along the way.

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Hiking Cape Roca on the coast in Sintra, Portugal
Adventurous Portugal Coastal Hiking Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $2,335

Portugal’s southwestern coastline provides an expedition for the soul with a journey through wilderness and white villages with castles and the charms of tradition alongside. Spend nearly a week along the rugged and utterly unspoiled route, traversing the cliffs and moving across the vineyards to the grand destinations of the past. This region comes with the aura of tradition that extends to decadent local cuisine and cultural insight. Trek at your own pace and indulge all your senses on an unforgettable vacation adventure.

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Scuba diving the Aegean Sea in Greece
10-Day Unforgettable Diving Exploration of Greece

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,755

From Greece’s idyllic island landscapes to the fascinating marine wonders that lie below the glimmering surface of the Mediterranean Sea, this 10-day tour for scuba divers reveals the ethereal qualities of this enchanting country. Discover the marvels of Mykonos, the surreal scenes of Santorini, and the captivating coral reefs of Chania on this exciting adventure. Book your tour today!

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The Rock of Gibraltar in Spain
Spain's Majestic Landscapes Trekking Tour

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $4,571

Off the beaten track and removed from the city crowds lies Spain’s beloved hiking trails that wind through the lush countryside, which you will enjoy on this tailored 11-day hiking tour. Spotting endemic wildlife among the luxuriant greenery and witnessing more of the Spanish landscape than possibly thought, you will return home entirely satisfied from this adventurous expedition.

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Volcano in Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Spellbinding Volcano Tour of Ecuador

7 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $1,997

Embrace Ecuador's spellbinding Avenue of Volcanoes during this breathtaking handcrafted 7-day tour. Stand beneath pounding silver waterfalls within emerald forests, immerse yourselves in ancient Ecuadorian culture at hallowed Incan heritage sites, and admire the active volcanoes across the Andes Mountains. This unique tour of the splendors of Ecuador will have you creating lifelong memories that you will cherish forever.

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Elephants at Makalali Private Game Reserve in South Africa
Big Five Horse Riding Safari & Game Drives in Kruger

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,455

Gallop into the inspiring theater of the Kruger and ride horses into the landscape of Africa's great mammals. For seven days, journey deep into the bush to explore areas inaccessible to vehicles. Ride alongside zebras, watch elephants wander past and encounter the exhilarating sides of Kruger. Handcrafted for experienced riders, this 10-day itinerary blends raw adventure with luxury accommodation, plus two days of game drives that provide experiences with the big cats.

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Touring bicycle parked at Plaza de España in Seville, Spain
Spain Bike Tour: Cycling Tour of Los Pueblos Blancos

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,739

You can blame the flamenco music, the sunshine or the Sherry wine. Whatever the reason, Andalusia gives you permission to indulge in the pleasures of life. As you stroll through the ancient cobblestone streets, listen for the lilting melodies of classical guitar, played purely for enjoyment. Breathe in the fragrant aroma of orange blossoms flourishing in courtyards of almost every city. On this special Spain bike tour, you will experience the romance of Andalusia and explore its natural beauty. Visit the most famous tourist sites and then hop on your bicycle to see picturesque Pueblos Blancos villages.

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Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia
17-Day Off Road Adventure: Hike, Kayak and Discover Patagonia

17 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,846

From whitewater rapids to rivers frozen in time, your 17-day off the beaten path Patagonia tour will reveal the splendors of Argentine nature by taking you on a completely new adventure. Kayak the Beagle Channel, mountain bike to find remnants of shark teeth hidden in the rocks, and discover unforgettable panoramic views on rewarding hikes. As you travel to the edge of the world, you can experience Patagonia’s untouched grandeur.

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Hang gliding in Motovun, Croatia
10-Day Croatia Adventure: Kayaking, Hiking, Gliding and More

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,885

Embrace the thrills, scenery, and culture during your 10-day Croatia adventure tour for an immersive exploration of hilltop towns, deep canyons, and dazzling lakes. You can enjoy a unique perspective of the undulating landscape as you soar through the sky, glide down whitewater, kayak on the Adriatic, and stroll beneath verdant forests. Your Croatia tour will balance excitement with exclusivity for a majestic panorama of landscape, culture, and cuisine.

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Golfing in Marabella, Spain
8-Day Golf Tour of Spain

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,715

Mild climate and natural beauty create a prime destination for golfers on your 8-day Spain tour. This tour was designed specifically for those hoping to improve their swing while enjoying the thrilling culture. From Catalonia to Andalusia, this tour will blend the award-winning courses of each region with plenty of time for you to learn about each destination you visit.

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Diving with sharks in Australia.
Eclectic Australia Experience: Shark Diving to Cultural Immersion

15 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,845

Magnificent marine encounters and phenomenal landscape scenes abound on this carefully curated 15-day tour of Australia’s astonishing shores. Whether marveling at surreal encounters of Great White Sharks while safely cage diving or admiring the sea creatures of the Great Barrier Reef, every experience of this adventure will showcase the unbridled beauty of Australia's famous locales, from Melbourne and Port Lincoln to Port Douglas and Sydney.

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Greece Sailing Adventure: 8-Day Island Explorer

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,235

This 8-day Greece cruise through the stunning paradise of islands has been handcrafted for those in search of a laid-back approach to travel through the use of a comfortable sailing boat equipped with all the modern luxuries. The Greek archipelago has long attracted visitors with its historical legacy and pristine beaches. From Athens to Santorini, enjoy the breathtaking views and ancient ruins that make this location so unique.

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Two-Week Immersive Greece Road Trip Vacation

15 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,235

From incredible sunsets and ancient ruins to medieval castles and hanging monasteries, discover limitless splendor during this two-week Greece road trip. You can freely explore the Peloponnese in search of seaside cities and preserved epic theaters. Witness the birthplace of the Olympics and the home of the whispering Oracle as you dive deep into Greece’s welcoming culture, inspiring heritage, and endless mythology.

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14 Day Galapagos Adventure

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $13,645

Experience the ultimate adventure during this 14-day Galapagos, Ecuador, and Peru tour. Discover the wild splendors of the famous Galapagos Islands, traverse the captivating diversity of the Amazon jungle, and witness the architectural marvel of Machu Picchu and the preserved Andean culture of Misminay. From penguins to llamas and from sacred wildlife to the Sacred Valley, uncover the breathtaking heritage of natural history and captivating tradition.

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Bora Bora by Sky & Sea: Helicopter and Diving Vacation Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $11,435

Witness the volcanic peaks and emerald rainforest from the skies before diving down into the crystal clear waters of the South Pacific Sea during your customizable Bora Bora vacation. Swim with sharks in the magnificent lagoon and soar through the air on a private helicopter ride. Discover the white-sand shores of a secluded island and relax in the comfort of the tropical waters. From scuba diving at coral gardens to trekking the rainforest in search of hidden waterfalls, you can indulge in the natural marvels for an unforgettable exploration of Bora Bora and the neighboring Polynesian islands.

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Galapagos Islands Wildlife Tour & Scuba Diving: Tortoises, Sea Lions & Seabirds

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $10,720

Galapagos beauty dances above and below the water. Hammerhead sharks swarm beside colorful reef walls while strange seabirds mate on volcanic cliffs. Eagle rays and sea turtles cruise through dive sites while giant tortoises and penguins waddle across the islands. Combining four days of diving with five days of island excursions, this Galapagos Islands wildlife tour with scuba diving blends the best of the two worlds, offering a truly eclectic and authentic immersion in the remarkable wildlife of the archipelago.

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Vietnam Adventure Tour: Scuba Diving, Cycling & More

13 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,037

Adventure makes the heart grow fonder on this 13-day tour of Vietnam. Discover the beauty of the countryside from the hill tribe villages to the cultural markets. Explore the deep caves in the limestone islands of Ha Long Bay. You can venture deep beneath the sea to swim with exotic fish and cruise along the Cai River to witness the local fisherman. From mountain bikes to kayaks, scuba diving to an overnight cruise, you will find the thrill of adventure and the allure of luxury.

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Bikes & Ballads: A Cycling Tour on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,195

Travel a fantastic stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way’s more than 1,550 miles on the Cliff Coast during your unforgettable Ireland cycling tour. Blend beauty, tradition, activity, and luxury on a custom-tailored exploration featuring ocean spray, puffins, bottlenose dolphins, and quiet villages. Traverse ancient limestone paths and plateaus decorated with blossoming flora. Discover historic, isolated fortresses and, opulent palaces rising out of dense woodlands. You will have an immersive ride featuring enchanting music and captivating precipices adorned with lighthouses, castles, villages, and viewpoints connected by your cycling route.

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A True Polar Adventure: Cruise, Hiking, and Camping in Antarctica

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $11,435

Enjoy the immersive thrills and enchanting scenery found on your luxurious Antarctica cruise. The White Continent is perhaps the ultimate escapade for thrill seekers and eager explorers interested in uncovering the marvels of the globe at their preferred pace. Wind around dramatic tabular icebergs that broke away from ancient glaciers, and then make camp on snow-drenched hills far from civilization’s reach before trekking over knolls and rocky points for unforgettable views of wildlife. Your Antarctica trip brings the best out of an exciting journey through the Drake Passage, past the South Shetland Islands, and touching down for a grand tour of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Swimming with Whale Sharks & Exploring Coastal Wonders of Australia Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $16,375

Your 14-day Australia adventure plunges you into the cobalt waters off Western Australia to swim with magnificent whale sharks. The beauty of the coastline around the continent will reveal timeless artistry in Melbourne’s historic arcades and boutique shops while highlighting historical lanes overlooking the billowing rooftop of Sydney’s iconic Opera House. You will uncover wildlife at Rottnest Island, cruise Perth’s shoreline, and delight in Australia’s majestic wildlife.

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Assisi to Rome: A Trekking Tour of Italy

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $3,575

The walking routes to Rome are lined with picturesque olive groves and emerald oak forests, historically guiding pilgrims to the Eternal City. Your custom tailored tour combines the majesty of the countryside with the charms of the secluded hilltop towns around the Italian regions of Umbria and Lazio. Hike the trails that circle hidden crater lakes, discover an enchanting vineyard situated in an antique stone farmhouse and nourish your body and mind with a refreshing dip in the ancient thermal baths. Immerse yourself in the splendors of the landscape and culture as you follow the Via Francigena from Assisi to Rome.

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Adrenaline Adventure Tour of New Zealand & Australia

16 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $13,515

Australia and New Zealand have always wooed the intrepid, two vast countries seemingly defined by space and adventure. By combining a unique range of activities, this exhilarating tour ensures you are completely submerged in the natural wonder of the countries. Adrenaline is always complemented by tranquility, with gentle evenings amidst rural charms, and exclusive excursions that continually offer an inspiring angle.

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Antarctica Adventure Cruise and Tour: Kayaking, Wildlife, & Excursions

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $14,555

The diversity of snow, wildlife, glaciers, and ice shelves will be on full display during your personalized tour of Antarctica. Your comprehensive trip to the remote continent will introduce you to seals, penguins, and whales amidst adventures on zodiac boats, snowshoes, and kayaks. Travel across the Weddell Sea to find emperor penguins and hear the stories of Earnest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition in the early 20th century. Experience the distinctively British ambiance of the Falkland Islands and find king penguins and nesting albatrosses. Whether in search of adventure or interested in learning more about the secluded snow-filled landscape, Antarctica will provide a complete travel experience.

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Travel Tips for Your Active Adventure Trip
What are the top places for active adventures?

Whether looking for a thrilling excursion on rushing whitewater or the excitement of a scenic trail, the right active adventure destination speaks to your interests. From rugged landscapes to gorgeous beaches, our best places for an active adventure include:

  • New Zealand: Much more than just adrenaline sports, New Zealand is home to exceptional landscapes and incredible wildlife, making it easy to enjoy an adventure when touring the Great Walks, whitewater rafting, or whale watching.
  • Switzerland: Known for its alpine scenery, glistening lakes, and storybook villages, touring Switzerland is an adventure into the collection of heritage and scenery, whether on a wine discovery or boat tour, a family hike, or a scenic train ride.
  • Costa Rica: Golden beaches, impressive wildlife, and exploration of intense biodiversity make Costa Rica a comfortable destination for adventure. It is the perfect place for spotting turtles and ziplining, whitewater rafting or waterfall treks, and much more.

Peru: Discover ancient ruins on a multi-day hike, learn to surf on curling waves, and venture into the desert in search of historic geoglyphs. Peru offers stunning opportunities for actively exploring the rich combination of cultural and natural wonders.

What types of adventure activities should I experience?

Active adventure opens the door to new experiences and incredible memories most travelers couldn’t dream of, and here are some of the top adventure activities to do on your trip:

  • Take a hot-air balloon ride over the riverbanks and desert landscape of Luxor, Egypt
  • Climb the glistening surface of an ancient glacier at Franz Josef in New Zealand
  • Horseback ride the stunning pampas of Patagonia in Argentina
  • Cycle the gorgeous rolling hills of Tuscany during an Italy tour
  • Explore the wilderness on a walking safari in Zambia
  • Kayak off the coast of Dubrovnik for an exceptional view of Croatia’s coastline

Scuba dive in Australia to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystem and marine life

What are the best places for snorkeling and scuba diving?

When searching for somewhere exciting for your next scuba and snorkeling adventure, we recommend destinations that combine thrilling experiences with cultural connections for a unique trip:

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

What are the best places for hiking and trekking?

The best hiking and trekking destinations have diverse scenery and offer an array of exciting challenges, and our list of the top places for hiking and trekking includes:

  • Inca Trail, Peru
  • Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • W Circuit, Patagonia
  • Cinque Terre Coastal Trail, Italy
  • Abel Tasman, New Zealand
  • The Lost City Trek, Colombia

The Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal

What are the best places for cycling?

Cycling is an exceptional way to explore the world and get acquainted with a new destination. Our list of the best places for cycling offers scenic views, connections to local culture, and ways to travel between popular destinations for an unforgettable experience:

  • Great Ocean Road, Australia
  • Carretera Austral, Chile
  • La Farola, Cuba
  • Canal du Midi, France

National Highway 1, Vietnam

What are the best places for skiing and snowboarding?

Skiing and snowboarding are quintessential winter activities, and our list of the best places to ski and snowboard explores the combination of scenery, luxury, and unique experiences for active travelers of any skill level:

  • Courchevel, France
  • Hokkaido, Japan
  • Wanaka, New Zealand
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
  • St. Anton, Austria
  • Cerro Catedral, Patagonia

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