8 honeymoon-perfect trips worth blowing your budget for

8 honeymoon-perfect trips worth blowing your budget for

These amazing trips are as big on wow-factor as they are on price reckons Gwenllian Jones – if you've got the honeymoon budget, you'll want to blow it!

1. Antarctic Interior & South Pole, Audley

How long? 14 days
How much? From £35,165 (including flights and transfers)
The wow-factor: You get to fly to the South Pole

The world's least-travelled and most extreme continent, Antarctica is a bucket list favourite. You might need to postpone your honeymoon for several years to save up for Audley's Antarctic Interior & South Pole, but rest assured it'll be worth every hard-earned penny.

Arriving in Antarctica, your base will be in the spectacular setting of the Ellsworth Mountains at the Union Glacier Camp, located a stone's throw away from the continent's highest peak, Mount Vinson. You'll have plenty of activities to choose from - including a flight to the South Pole, you high roller, you - and endless ways of exploring the icy interior.

Cruises to Antarctica travel during the austral summer between November and March, where the unique wildlife is at its most active - think penguins, seals, sea birds and whales. At the camp you'll have comforts that other polar explorers only dream of: from comfortable and spacious sleeping quarters to delicious fresh meals prepared by on-site chefs.

Integrate with your fellow explorers, tick off the amazing wildlife sightings, or simply absorb the staggering solitude of your surroundings - there's nothing quite like it.

2. Ultimate Northern Tanzania & Mnemba Island, Rainbow Tours

How long? 14 days
How much? From £10,420 (including flights and transfers)
Wow-factor: A front-row seat for the Big Five

Fancy some luxury on your East African adventure? Rainbow Tours' Ultimate Tanzania trip serves it up in spades...

Fly into the Serengeti National Park and to the lavish Grumeti Tented Camp, located at the heart of the wildlife action. This exclusive accommodation not only offers luxury in abundance - with opulent décor and fantastic gourmet meals - but also a front-row seat to witness the Big Five in action. Take a balloon flight over the Serengeti for an aerial twist on the traditional safari, sip sundowners while keeping one eye out for lions and leopards, and stargaze under clear, crisp skies.

The trip continues in the same vein - with enviable experiences and exclusive lodges. Stay in Lake Manyara National Park - home to tree-climbing lions and flamingo colonies - and perch yourself at the end of the caldera at the Ngorongoro Crater, where your lodge will boast unshared views over the lake below, four-poster beds, and even your own butler.

Wrap up the trip by flying to the private island of Mnemba, home to one of the Indian Ocean's finest coral reefs. Snorkel, scuba, kayak, or cruise your way along the shore at sunset, feast on exquisite cuisine, and relax on the divine powder-white beaches.

3. Great Himalaya Trail - Nepal: The Full Traverse, World Expeditions

How long? 152 days
How much? From £17,990 (excluding international flights)
The wow-factor: Be a Himalayas pioneer

If you've got the mountain trekking bug, listen up. World Expeditions' The Full Traverse is designed for travellers with extensive trekking and mountaineering experience, who are looking for the ultimate adventure on a largely untrodden route. It's a 152-day trek, and the participants will be among the first people ever to have walked the full length of the Great Himalaya Trek in one continuous trip.

From Kanchenjunga in the east to Hilsa on Nepal's Tibetan border, the path threads 1,700km between the country's 8,000m peaks, and across numerous passes - some at an altitude of over 6,100m. This is no luxury holiday: it is an incredible journey and achievement. Paths will be rough, altitude will be tough - but nothing beats the feeling of being a true pioneer in the Himalayas.

4. Anchorage to Ushuaia, Intrepid

How long? 207 days
How much? From £9,190 (excluding flights and local payment)
The wow-factor: The overlanding trip of a lifetime

Craving the adventure of a lifetime? It's time to embark on an epic adventure with Intrepid's Anchorage To Ushuaia trip. You'll road-trip down the spine of the Americas from Alaska to the southernmost tip of Argentina, with a bunch of like-minded travellers in an overlanding truck. Skirting the coast for the entirety of your trip, you'll get to see the best of land and sea, dipping in and out of the strange and the familiar, and flirting with countless cultures and customs along the way.

You've got 207 days to pack it all in: spot grizzly bears in the north, bask in the bright lights of Las Vegas, get off the beaten track at Utah's Canyonlands National Park, explore the thriving markets of Yucatan, discover the Mayan ruins in Guatemala, salsa the night away in Colombia's Cali, hike the dramatic Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina, and trek the rugged terrain of Chile's Torres del Paine National Park.

Spend frantic days engaging in endless activities, and while away others soaking up the adventure and stumbling across simpler joys - the leisurely pace of Cafayate, or the lingering smell of blue agave in the town of Tequila.

5. Trans-Siberian Railway with China & Mongolia, Sundowners Overland

How long? 28 days
How much? From £6,025 (excluding flights)
The wow-factor: Travelling on a legendary route

Encompassing one of the most fascinating train journeys in the world, Sundowners Overland's Trans-Siberian Railway trip combines the legendary course with extended stop-overs along the way, allowing avid travellers a comprehensive grasp of the cities and the cultures en route.

From Hong Kong to St Petersburg, the journey traverses 12,000km of Eurasian landmass, and is crammed with attractions - from historical markets, theatres, pagodas and monasteries to worldwide icons such as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors.

Board the Ulaanbaatar Express at Beijing, travel up through the mountains and down again towards Inner Mongolia. Live like a nomad for a few days as you experience life in a ger - get acquainted with a local Mongolian family for a glimpse of their incomparable lifestyle. Call by the stunning Lake Baikal and the city of Ikursk - deemed the 'Paris of Siberia' - and onwards to St Petersburg.

6. Everest North Col Expedition, Exodus

How long? 23 days
How much? From £8,399 (excluding flights)
The wow-factor: It's Everest, no less!

Want to take on one of the world's most infamous challenges? Follow in the footsteps of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and be a part of Exodus's Everest North Col Expedition. This route was first climbed in 1921 by the British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition - led by Mallory - and now you can make the iconic journey yourself. Brace yourself for some of the most magnificent climbing - and views - that the world has to offer.

From your starting point at Kathmandu, you'll cross the Friendship Bridge into Tibet and onwards towards Nyalam. After a slow ascent up and across the Himalaya, you'll be presented with gorgeous scenery as you make your way upwards towards the desolate Tibetan Plateau. The trek will begin at Rongbuk - the world's highest monastery - where you'll start your climb towards Base Camp.

Leaving the novices behind, you'll continue your journey on the Magic Highway towards the Advanced Base Camp, passing by a stirring parade of jagged ice pinnacles, and with an awe-inspiring view of Everest itself ahead of you. You'll then set your sights on the North Col - a staggering 7,066m above sea level.

7. Grand Africa - Cairo to Cape Town, Peregrine

How long? 45 days
How much? From £9,425 (excluding international flights)
The wow-factor: Africa's best bits, in ultimate comfort

Hit the highlights of North, East and South Africa on Peregrine's Grand Africa tour. Delve into ancient history, marvel at the robust and untamed wildlife, and be spellbound by the diversity of the continent.

Visit the magnificent pyramids at Giza, and embark on a cruise down the Nile. Between museums, temples, markets and mosques, pass by rolling desert hills and lush riverbanks as you make your way towards the Valley of the Kings. Inspired by man's vision and grandeur, your sights will now shift towards nature with a flight south to Nairobi, from where East and South Africa will be waiting to capture your imagination.

From the Serengeti to the Namib Desert, and from the Okavango Delta to the Victoria Falls - nowhere is forgotten on this trip. You'll go from one national park to the next, sleeping in luxurious lodges, dining on incredible cuisine, and soaking up some of the world's most fascinating sights.

8. Circuito 1, Tucan Travel

How long? 171 days
How much? From £7,702 (excluding flights and local payment)
The wow-factor: An entire continent in 5.5 months

South America is so incredibly diverse, it needs plenty of time to get to grips with - 171 days might seem like a lot, but we can assure you you'll need every one! The people, the landscape, the traditions - you'll see them change from one day to the next as the Tucan truck makes its way around on this Circuito 1 overlanding trip.

Starting and finishing in Ecuador's capital, Quito, you'll get to witness the drastic variations in the country's makeup - from the dryness of the Atacama to the drenched fruitfulness of the Amazon Rainforest, and from Bolivia's stark salt flats to the paradise beaches of Tayrona National Park.

You'll get to visit all the major cities and towns en route, so throw yourself into the madness of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, soak up the Caribbean tempo of Cartagena, and reflect on the the hardship endured by the miners of Potosi. You'll also get the chance to take a big bite out of your bucket list - walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sail down the mighty Amazon River to Manaus, visit the communities on Lake Titicaca, find a tango partner in Buenos Aires, and soak yourself in the thundering waters of Iguazu Falls. If all that isn't worth a big price tag, we don't know what is!

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