13 short honeymoons that deliver big thrills

13 short honeymoons that deliver big thrills

From breathtaking wildlife encounters to epic journeys, these honeymoons pack in more than you thought possible – no matter how little time you have to spare

5 days: Walk on the wild side, USA

John Muir Trail (Section 1), Grand American Adventures

Walking the full length of California's 200 mile John Muir Trail might be a big ask for a short trip, but you can do a section of it in just 5 days with Grand American Adventures. Their John Muir Trail (Section 1) starts in Yosemite National Park - at Tuolumne Meadows, high in the Sierra Nevada - and takes in Thousand Island Lake, the saw-toothed Minaret Pinnacles and the intriguing basalt columns of the Devil's Postpile National Monument.

5 days: The best bits of Jordan

Petra Short Break, Holiday Architects

See three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Petra, the immaculately preserved mosaics of Umm er-Rasas and the iconic rock formations of the Wadi Rum) in just 5 days on Holiday Architects' Petra Short Break. Starting in Amman, you'll also cruise the King's Highway, stopping to explore the imposing crusader castle of Kerak and spending a night on the shores of the Dead Sea.

7 days: Latino landmarks in Brazil, Peru & Mexico

Brazil, Peru and Mexico, Sunvil Traveller

Squeeze three countries and three of the wonders of Latin America - Rio's Christ the Redeemer, the lost city of Machu Picchu and El Castillo pyramid at Chichén Itza - into one week-long adventure. On Sunvil Traveller's 7-day express tour of Brazil, Peru and Mexico. There'll be time to relax and take it all in with stays on Copacabana beach and Playa del Carmen in the Yucatan.

8 days: Caribbean colours in Cuba

Express Cuba, Intrepid Travel

This 8-day trip allows you to see all sides of this Caribbean gem in just over a week and still have time for a few lazy beachside mojitos and salsa-fuelled nights out. Highlights of Intrepid Travel's Express Cuba include strolls along the white-sand of the Varadero peninsula, a visit to historic Santa Clara (home to Che Guevara's mausoleum) and stays in the sun dappled colonial town of Trinidad and the island's captivating capital, Havana.

8 days: Bear essentials in Canada

Polar Bear Tundra Experience, Chameleon Worldwide

Nicknamed the "Polar Bear Capital of the World", the Canadian town of Churchill becomes ursine thoroughfare every autumn as the bears head out to the coast to hunt seals on the ice that forms in Hudson Bay. Chameleon Worldwide's 8-day Polar Bear Tundra Experience allows you to see them up close, from the safety of a Tundra Buggy, explore boreal forests and go dog sledding without embarking on an epic polar expedition.

8 days: Walk around Mont Blanc

Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc, KE Adventures

On KE Adventures' Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc you'll circle Western Europe's highest peak and take in three countries (France, Italy and Switzerland) in just 8 days, using vehicle transfers to zip between the most spectacular stages of this classic route. Expect breathtaking Alpine views as you tackle the mountain passes of Col de Bonhomme, Col de la Seigne and Fenetre d'Arpette - the highest of them all at a dizzy 2670m.

10 days: Fly to the Seventh Continent, Antarctica

Polar Circle Air Cruise, Small Cruise Ships Company

Squeeze an epic adventure in just 10 days. On Small Cruise Ships Company's Polar Circle Air Cruise you'll fly from Punta Arenas in southern Chile, over cape horn and the Drake Passage, to King George Island in the South Shetlands. Once there you'll board the ice-strengthened Ocean Nova to attempt a crossing of the Polar Circle, exploring frozen fjords by Zodiac, gliding past towering icebergs and spotting penguins, seals and rare seabirds along the way.

11 days: Gorilla watching in Rwanda

Best of East Africa, Audley Travel

Combine two of Africa's most incredible wildlife experiences, Best of East Africa: Gorillas & the Big Five, in an 11-day adventure with Audley as you go searching for silver backs and troops of golden monkeys in Rwanda's Virunga Volcanoes National Park, before flying to Kenya to track big cats in the Masai Mara. In between there'll be time for a whistle stop tour of the Rwandan capital, Kigali, where you'll visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre and gain an insight into the country's troubled past.

12 days: From Venice to Istanbul in luxury

Balkan Explorer, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Ride the rails for 12 days between Venice and Istanbul on the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express for a whistle stop tour of the Balkans with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains. You can travel the route of the Balkan Explorer in either direction and disembark to explore Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dubrovnik, Belgrade, the Macedonian capital of Skopje, Thessaloniki, and the Bulgarian cities of Sofia and Plovdiv. En route you'll see striking coastlines, Roman ruins, baroque monuments and Ottoman bazaars.

13 days: Float over India

Desert Palaces Ganges, On The Go

Along with a visit to Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal you'll gaze down on the Pink City of Jaipur from a hot air balloon, visit the Amber Fort on elephant back, take a rickshaw through Keoladeo Ghana National Park and embark on a sunrise boat cruise along the River Ganges in holy Varanasi. On The Go Tours' fortnight-long Desert Palaces Ganges trip is jam packed full of India highlights, seen from all angles.

14 days: Explore most of Europe

London to Istanbul, Oasis Overland

Two weeks, 11 countries - that's what you get on a London to Istanbul (14 days) Trans Europe Traverse with Oasis Overland, travelling through the UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania before kicking back on Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast and finishing in Istanbul, the gateway to Asia. Highlights include visits to Bruges, Prague and Budapest, the war cemeteries of Ypres, the Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti and Dracula's Castle in Bran.

15 days: A mini Asian odyssey

Highlights of Indochina, Bamboo Travel

Pack the best of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam on this fortnight-long Highlights of Indochinatrip with Bamboo Travel.  First stop is Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, followed by Siem Reap, the floating villages of Lake Tonle Sap and the famous temples of the Angkor region. In Laos there'll be time to explore the streets of Luang Prabang and cruise the Mekong River before you fly to Hanoi, take in Hue, Hoi An and Saigon, and board a junk to spend a night on Halong Bay.

15 days: Visit Silk Road cities

The Silk Road, Exodus

Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and spend two weeks travelling The Silk Road with Exodus. Beginning in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent you'll visit the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, pass through the 'celestial' Tien Shan Mountains and arrive in Kashgar for the colourful Sunday Bazaar, before finishing in historic Bishkek, home to the UNESCO listed Burama Tower.

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