5 incredible learning trips that make perfect honeymoons

5 incredible learning trips that make perfect honeymoons

Led by authors, master chefs and BBC cameramen – these top trips are ideal honeymoons for couples who love learning

1. Get Istanbul insight, Turkey

Culture and Literature in Istanbul, Cazenove+loyd
When? 8 Sept 2015
How long? 5 days

Istanbul (Shutterstock)
Istanbul (Shutterstock)

Cazenove+loyd's Culture and Literature in Istanbul trip is no ordinary city break. The emphasis is on the luxurious, the expert and the extraordinary. Led by British author, Turkophile and regular Wanderlust contributor, Jeremy Seal, you'll gain real insight into different aspects of Istanbuli life.

Enjoy exclusive after-hours museum visits; take tea at the Pierre Loti Café and learn about the French writer and naval officer it's named after; enlist a personal shopper before hitting the bazaars; and board a private yacht to lunch at the island home of war correspondent and historian Owen Matthews.

2. Make a difference in the Mara, Kenya

Kenya with Craig Burkinshaw, Audley Travel
When? 15 Nov 2015
How long? 9 nights

Masai and sunset (Shutterstock)
Masai and sunset (Shutterstock)

Join Craig Burkinshaw, the founder of Audley Travel, on a unique cultural journey through Kenya. Explore the Masai Mara, sharing experiences with rural Kipsigi villagers, helping the women fetch water and giving a lesson in the local school. You'll stay at a camp run by Free The Children, and gain a real insight into the people and needs of this fascinating community.

3. Travel with a BBC cameraman, Peru

Inspiring Manu: Behind the Lens, Crees Tours
When? 29 May 2015
How long? 15 days

Jaguar in the Peruvian Amazonian jungle (Shutterstock)
Jaguar in the Peruvian Amazonian jungle (Shutterstock)

We know the importance of having a great guide so had to include this - Inspiring Manu: Behind the Lens with Charlie Hamilton-James is a unique opportunity to travel Peru with the BBC wildlife cameraman and photojournalist, and meet the people who inspired BBC2's I Bought A Rainforest programme; all profits from the trip support their development of more sustainable living practices. You'll tour Lima, Cusco and the Peruvian cloudforest; visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley; and spend time in wildlife-abundant Manu Biosphere Reserve.

4. Trek majestic mountains, India

Nanda Devi Alpine Trek, World Expeditions
When? 9 May 2015
How long? 19 days

Nanda Devi mountain (Shutterstock)
Nanda Devi mountain (Shutterstock)

Are you a Himalaya hiking novice? Then World Expeditions' Nanda Devi Alpine Trek with Garry Weare is designed with you in mind. The guidebook author has created the perfect intro trek (graded moderate), combining trails through alpine meadows, bamboo forests, shepherd camps and traditional Hindu villages with high passes and magisterial mountain views - of Nanda Devi (7,816m), the highest peak in India, and the other 7,000-ers that surround it. Breathtaking indeed.

5. Eat around an island, Greece

Hidden Gems of Crete, MasterChef Travel
When?  22 Apr, 13 May, 9 Sept, 7 Oct 2015
How long? 8 days

Fishing boats om Hydra Island, Greece (Shutterstock)
Fishing boats on Hydra Island, Greece (Shutterstock)

You don't have to travel to the other side of the globe for a foodie trip bursting with new flavours - MasterChef Travel's Hidden Gems of Crete trip offers a world of gastronomic delights. Attend tastings with local olive oil producers, beekeepers, bakers and winemakers before uncovering the secrets of Cretan food with a specialist guide and refining your culinary skills at a MasterChef cooking workshop. There are trips to ancient cultural treasures too.


Main image: Professional photographer on location (Shutterstock)

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