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Top Five Journeys to Take with Your Dad for Father’s Day

What are you going to get for your Dad this Father’s Day? Maybe tickets to the theatre or something a bit more adventurous. A flight in a hot air balloon perhaps, or even in a Spitfire. These are all great ideas, but next year, how about spending time together on an extraordinary journey?

We’ve come up with five amazing journeys on four continents. Just you and your Dad.
 
— Walk to Machu Picchu
— Take the Rovos Rail to Cape Town
— Fly into the Skeleton Coast
— A really cool Father’s Day gift
— Trek the Himalayas
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Walk to Machu Picchu
The little train rumbles slowly down the Urubamba Valley, passing close to villages and between steep green Andean slopes. The train stops and you disembark. The stop is called Kilometre 104 and it’s the start of your hike to Machu Picchu. You follow your guide along paths laid down by Incas, skirting around mountainsides and through valley microclimates filled with orchids.
Walk to Machu Picchu
Walk round the amphitheatrical terraces of Wiñay Wayna before ascending stairways carved by Inca stonemasons. Late afternoon and you pass through the Sun Gate the way the Incas came. There, displayed below in all its glory, is the citadel of Machu Picchu.
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Take the Rovos Rail to Cape Town
Now for something rather more relaxing and liberally sprinkled with nostalgia. This journey too involves a train. Enjoy a gin and tonic on the terrace of the Victoria Falls Hotel, then walk through the hotel, along the platform and board the train to Cape Town.
Take the Rovos Rail to Cape Town
Like the hotel, everything about this extraordinary train is steeped in Edwardian ambience. Watch Africa slip slowly by from the observation car. Enjoy stops for a safari and a visit to the Big Hole at Kimberley. This wonderful train is the brainchild of Rohan Vos who watches eagle-eyed over the service, the cuisine and the accommodation. He personally ensures that this is one of the world’s great rail journeys.
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Fly into the Skeleton Coast
1,400 miles north of Cape Town, the surreal shoreline of the Skeleton Coast is a region of shipwrecks, bleached whale bones and chaotic seal colonies. There are desert elephants and big cats too in the Huab Valley. The best way to experience its stark majesty is on the Schoemann family’s Skeleton Coast fly in safaris. They have just launched a new longer safari which gives you six days touching down, exploring and camping at different points along the coast.
Fly into the Skeleton Coast
How about combining Victoria Falls, the Rovos Rail, Cape Town and the Skeleton Coast into one stupendous, two-week trip!?
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A really cool Father’s Day gift
You’ll go to the ends of the earth for this cool gift! It’s an expedition cruise around the Antarctic. We can arrange all kinds of Antarctic journeys, some focussing on the Peninsula, others also taking in South Georgia and the Falklands. If you’re short of time, we can even arrange a fly-in Antarctic safari staying in state of the art igloos.
A really cool Father’s Day gift
We only use smaller, expedition ships with expert naturalists. You can kayak, walk, helicopter, snorkel and camp overnight. See whales, albatross penguins and seals. We can even arrange your trip to coincide with the Antarctic solar eclipse on 4th December 2021.
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Trek the Himalayas
We end as we began, among the mountains. While the Inca civilisation is lost, the equally remarkable culture of Bhutan is very much alive. Tourism to this remote, friendly country is in its relative infancy and the superb new Six Senses hotels offer luxurious accommodation amid spellbinding landscapes.
Trek the Himalayas
You’ll enjoy the pampering and will want to see the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. But, be sure to build in some time to trek or cycle the Himalayan trails past ancient dzongs and monasteries. The trails are almost deserted save for yak herders.