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Aren Bergstrom Content & Video Editor 3 years, 10 months ago

Dreaming of a Holiday of a Lifetime

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We could all use a dream vacation right now. Whether it’s a mental escape to a popular beach, a virtual hike through a remote wilderness, or a literary journey to some charming faraway capital, we could all benefit from daydreaming ourselves across the globe to escape the worries of everyday life during this pandemic.

And when planning a dream vacation, why settle for anything less than extraordinary? As the saying goes, if you’re dreaming, might as well dream big. And at Goway, we have a category for dreaming big: our Holidays of a Lifetime. In order to inspire our daydreams about travel, we thought we’d outline Goway’s various Holidays of a Lifetime, which are crafted to resemble the vacations we dream about when there are no limits on our imagination. They’re exclusive vacations to some of the most popular destinations in the world and feature expert guides, deluxe accommodations, most meals and daily expenses, and unique curated experiences that you won’t get on an ordinary vacation. Thus, they’re supposed to be vacations you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

While we may not be able to embark on a Holiday of a Lifetime at the moment, we can dream about getting away to these beloved spots around the globe and perhaps start thinking about where we’ll want to go when travel returns to us. Until then, we can enjoy some beautiful pictures and use our imaginations to take us on a Holiday of a Lifetime.

Holidays of a Lifetime

The Waltzing Matilda

Sydney Opera House at dusk

This 20-day vacation encapsulates many of the most famous places Downunder. It begins in New Zealand, where you’ll explore the beautiful twin harbours of Auckland, the largest city, and delve into the Maori traditions and admire the spouting geysers of Rotorua. Next, get your adrenaline fix in the adventure capital of Queenstown, and cruise stunning Milford Sound, often said to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, before ending your time in the country in the Garden City of Christchurch. It’s then on to Australia, and first stop Melbourne, regarded as one of the world’s most livable cities and Australia’s epicentre for “cool.” Continue to charming Adelaide where you can connect to the biodiverse wonderland of Kangaroo Island before flying into the Red Centre of the Northern Territory and the quirky Outback town, Alice Springs. Next stop is the sacred monolith of Uluru/Ayers Rock, which defines the Outback like nothing else. Bid the Northern Territory farewell and fly to the tropical northeast of Queensland and Cairns, which is your gateway to exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on the planet. You’ll also discover the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest before ending your holiday in Sydney, the nation’s largest city that always impresses with its beautiful harbour.

The Waltzing Matilda can also be enjoyed as its component parts: the Best of New Zealand and the Best of Australia, which split the trip between New Zealand and Australia.

Splendours of Southern Africa

Victoria Falls at sunset

Embark on a 12-day vacation that takes you to some of the best landmarks in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. The adventure starts in Johannesburg in South Africa, where you’ll head northeast to the edges of Great Kruger National Park and the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Spend a few days on safari seeing lions and other members of the Big Five before jetting down to Cape Town and spending a few days exploring the Mother City and the beautiful natural landmarks of the Cape Peninsula. Delve into the life history of Nelson Mandela, which helped reshape and heal the nation, and get a taste for South Africa’s celebrated viticulture in the winelands before flying to Zimbabwe and gazing upon the majesty of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. At the end of your journey, head west along the Zambezi River to reach Chobe National Park in Botswana, where elephants are plentiful and where you’ll enjoy your last experiences of Southern Africa’s gorgeous nature.

Splendours of China & Tibet

Great Wall of China

History buffs will delight with this 17-day trek through China and Tibet, which explores the cultural legacy of Asia’s largest country. Start in the Chinese capital, Beijing, where you can see the Forbidden City and connect north to the Great Wall of China. Continue your journey through China’s imperial history in Xi’an, the former capital, where you’ll find hundreds of Terracotta Warriors protecting the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the country’s first emperor. Ascend the plateau of Tibet and reach Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, where you’ll learn about the Dalai Lama and the ancient traditions of this mountainous land. Continue back east to Chengdu, the centre of China’s Giant Panda research, and then to Chongqing, where you’ll embark on a cruise along the Yangtze River, one of the world’s great waterways. Last stop is Shanghai, China’s city of the future, where you’ll also head on an excursion to nearby Suzhou, renowned for its beautiful canals and gardens.

Splendours of India

Morning on the River Ganges

Unlock some of the many wonders of north and east India on the 17-day Splendours of India, which begins in Mumbai, the nation’s largest city. Connect onward to Udaipur, the most beautiful city in the nation, with its lake palaces and tranquil setting. Next stop is Jodhpur, with the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, where you’ll head into the desert to enjoy a glimpse of a different side of India. In Jaipur, one of the most colourful cities in India, you’ll explore the beautiful Amber Fort before taking a safari into the jungles of Ranthambore National Park in search of tigers. After your safari, you’ll visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri before reaching Agra and laying eyes on India’s supreme achievement, the Taj Mahal. After standing in awe of this mausoleum, you’ll head to the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi, where a morning cruise on the River Ganges will unlock the nation’s religious traditions. The final stop is Delhi, the capital, where the mix of Old Delhi and New Delhi personifies India’s rich traditions and ever-changing modernity.

Grand European

Lake Lugano

The Grand European promises something different on its 20-day journey through England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. In England, you’ll cruise the River Thames in London, unlock the Neolithic secrets of Stonehenge, enjoy stunning views across the channel in Poole before enjoying the fantastic scenery of the channel island of Jersey. Reach France and discover the breathtaking island abbey of Mont Saint-Michel before ambling through the Loire Valley to enjoy its medieval towns and chateaux. Then pass through Burgundy to enter Switzerland and a few of its charming cities, including Geneva and Berne. You’ll find the atmosphere turn Mediterranean in Lugano before you enter Italy to enjoy a stop on the banks of Lake Maggiore in the shadow of the Alps. Pass through Milan and Parma to discover culinary delights and architectural masterpieces before reaching the coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, with their pastel homes hugging the rugged cliffs. On the final leg of your grand journey, you’ll engage with the heart of Tuscany in Florence before ending your holiday in Venice, the canal city that delights like no other. 

Signature South America

Iguassu Falls

This 17-day journey across South America combines the historical wonders of Peru with the unmatched cultural elegance of Brazil and Argentina. The adventure begins in Rio de Janeiro, home to Sugarloaf Mountain, the Sambadrome, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer that watches over the city. After getting a taste for Brazilian extravagance, connect to Iguassu Falls, where you’ll gaze upon this stunning waterfall system from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. It’s then on to Buenos Aires to get in touch with the cosmopolitan culture of South America’s most European city. After learning about Eva Peron and indulging in succulent meats and wines, fly on to Lima, the Peruvian capital, where you’ll delve into the nation’s colonial history and sample its world-class culinary scene. Continue on to Cusco, the former Incan capital, that serves as the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Venture into the valley and see the Incan ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo before riding the train to Machu Picchu, where you’ll walk among the mountaintop stones of this Lost City of the Incas. After experiencing its enchanting power, return to Cusco and eventually Lima to end your journey.

The Signature South America Holiday of a Lifetime is also available as the separate vacations, Cradle of the Incas, and Samba, Tango, and Waterfalls, which split the trip between the Peruvian half and the Brazilian and Argentine half, respectively.


Journeys of a Lifetime

Cape to Cairo

Passengers boarding Pride of Africa

This epic 30-day adventure goes even further than Goway’s other Holidays of a Lifetime, which is why it garners the title Journey of a Lifetime. The Cape to Cairo captures the diversity of Africa on a once-in-a-lifetime trek from South Africa to Egypt. It begins in Cape Town, where travellers experience the natural and cultural highlights of South Africa’s most beautiful city. They then board the Pride of Africa, one of the most luxurious trains in the world, for a journey north across the expanses of Southern Africa. Travellers will experience the charms of the Golden Age of Travel as they cross through the mining landscapes of South Africa and wetlands of Botswana before reaching mighty Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Continue into Tanzania and explore the savanna of Selous Game Reserve before reaching Dar es Salaam, where you’ll catch a flight to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Connect into the Masai Mara, the world-famous safari park which is home to the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra each year. After meeting with the Masai people and searching for animals in the park, you’ll cross the border into Rwanda and search for mountain gorillas in the remote jungle. After this intimate encounter with these mighty primates, you’ll connect to Ethiopia to explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The final stop on the Cape to Cairo is Egypt, where you can delve into the Land of the Pharaohs with a visit to the Pyramids, some of the world’s oldest and most impressive wonders.


The Natural Selection: In the Footsteps of Legends in Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands

Panorama of Machu Picchu

Like the Cape to Cairo, the Natural Selection earns the title of Journey of a Lifetime with its incomparably luxurious itinerary that combines some of the world’s most mysterious landmarks. The journey begins in Lima, where you’ll explore colonial history and enjoy some of the celebrated cuisine of this emerging food city. Connect south to Paracas to fly high over the mysterious Nazca Lines. Then head onwards to Cusco, the former Incan capital, where you will learn about the Inca Empire and prepare for your journey into the past in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Delve into the valley and see its Incan relics, from the fortress of Ollantaytambo to the salt pans of Maras and agricultural terraces of Moray. You’ll then ride the train to Machu Picchu, where you’ll walk in the footsteps of Hiram Bingham and learn about the mysterious legends of this Lost City of the Incas. Fly a helicopter over the Sacred Valley back to Cusco and catch South America’s only luxury overnight train to Lake Titicaca, where you’ll explore the reed islands and enjoy the stunnings sights of this high-altitude lake. Fly back to Lima and cross the border into Ecuador to reach the capital of Quito. Connect to the Galapagos Islands, where you’ll board a private luxury cruise vessel and spend over a week exploring this natural playground, renowned for its fascinating animal species and volcanic landscapes. After following in Charles Darwin’s footsteps, you’ll return to Quito and explore the mainland wonders of Ecuador, from the colourful Indigenous markets of Otavalo to the mighty Avenue of the Volcanoes, which you’ll enjoy during a helicopter ride high above the Andes.

22 Apr 2020, 3:22 p.m.

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