7 honeymoon trips to make you feel like travel pioneers

7 honeymoon trips to make you feel like travel pioneers

Want to venture far from the beaten track on an extraordinary honeymoon? Follow in the footsteps of a few intrepid travellers on these trailblazing trips

Be Caribbean curious, Haiti

Haiti Revealed, Exodus

When? 31 May, 8 Nov, 6 Dec 2015

How long? 12 days

Few tour operators venture to Haiti, but Exodus is one of them, and its Haiti Revealed trip will uncover some of the pristine beaches, colourful art and mysterious cultures that the offbeat Caribbean nation has to offer. Stay in charming hotels, explore UNESCO-listed forts and take part in a vodou ritual.

Venture north, Sri Lanka

The Undiscovered North of Sri Lanka, Bamboo Travel

When? Flexible

How long? 15 days

Sri Lanka's north was isolated for 25 years during the country's Civil War. Now the fighting is over, Bamboo Travel is going in: its Undiscovered North of Sri Lanka trip explores the previously off-limits region. Journey from Colombo to Wilpattu (for a private safari) and the ancient capital of Anuradhapura before reaching Jaffna's temples and islands, to discover a culture quite distinct from the rest of Sri Lanka. On the return south, hit other highlights including the rock-top fortress of Sigiriya.

Delve into a new ice cave, Iceland

Ice Cave in Langjökull Glacier, Discover the World

When? Daily departures, Jun-Oct 2015

How long? From 2.5hrs

The Langjökull Glacier is Iceland's second-largest ice cap and, from 2015, it will be home to the world's largest manmade ice structure. The new Langjökull Ice Cave reaches 300m into, and 30m below, the surface, permitting an intimate look at glaciology and the effects of global warming. Discover the World is offering Ice Cave in Langjökull Glacier excursions; these include a monster truck ride over the mountains before you enter the cave to see its wonders - from its blue ice to the layer of ash remaining from Eyjafjallajökull's 2010 eruption.

Cycle a new path, South Korea

Korea Cycle Tour, World Expeditions

When? 2 May, 19 Sept 2015

How long? 8 nights

In 2015, a 3,000km network of bike trails across South Korea will be completed, making it one of the most up-and-coming destinations for cycling holidays. So put your pedal-power to the test on World Expeditions' Korea Cycle Tour. Ride through the busy streets of Seoul before heading out into the tranquil countryside, along the banks of the Han River. Stay in a traditional Hanok house, soak in the steamy Adong Hot Springs and refuel with flavour-packed Korean cuisine.

Be first up the Balkans, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia: Mostar to Sarajevo, KE Adventure Travel

When? 21 Jun, 19 Jul, 9 Aug, 6 Sept, 20 Sept 2015

How long? 7 nights

Try a new hike in New Europe - KE Adventure's Bosnia: Mostar to Sarajevo trip includes a range of spectacular routes through the Balkans' Dinaric Alps, a virtually untouched area where you'll see few other tourists. Meet locals living traditional lives in the remote villages of the Bjelasnica Mountains; scale Bosnia's highest summit, Mt Maglic; and visit Sutjeska National Park to ascend Ugljesin for panoramic views of the rocky Zelengora peaks.

Overland in Asia, Burma & Thailand

Yangon to Bangkok, Dragoman

When? 31 Mar, 14 Nov 2015

How long? 8 nights

Burma only really opened to overlanding trips in 2014. For 2015, Dragoman has created a fast-paced Yangon to Bangkok overland itinerary so the time-poor can easily explore the region's delights in an action-packed nine days. Travelling aboard a local truck, stop off at the iconic Golden Rock, one of Burma's holiest shrines; tour spectacular Yangon city and Kandawgyi Lake; spend a night on the Andaman Coast; visit Thanbyuzayat Allied War Cemetery; and cross over the River Kwai to Thailand.

See an unrecognised 'country', Nagorno-Karabakh

Pioneering Nagorno-Karabakh, Regent Holidays

When? 21 Sept 2015

How long? 10 nights

A little-known enclave, fiercely fought over by Armenia and Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence from both in 1992 - though most of the world doesn't recognise it as a country. Regent Holidays is one of the few tour operators to visit this (non)destination; its Pioneering Nagorno-Karabakh tour reveals the region's beauty - including views of snow-capped Mount Ararat - as well as its cultural richness, which it hides within monasteries, fortresses and cities such as war-ravaged Shushi.

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