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Insider Experiences

Travelmarvel’s Insider Experiences have been carefully designed to make your holiday extraordinary. These special moments allow you to get right to the heart of each destination. Whether it’s a unique sightseeing experience or a memorable meal unlike any other, your holiday will be enriched thanks to our Insider Experiences. Just look out for the stars throughout itineraries.

Unique Experiences

South Shetland Island Exploration
Enjoy your first of many Zodiac and shore excursions during an in-depth exploration of the South Shetland Islands. View Featured Trip.

Deception Island & Polar Plunge
Explore a historic whaling station on Deception Island and perhaps take a polar swim in its surrounding geothermal waters.View Featured Trip.

Antarctica's Wildlife
Mind your step as you wander among the clamouring 'waddles' of curious Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins on your way to visit a scientific research base. View Featured Trip.

Visit a Remote Research Station
Visit a research station site on the Antarctica Peninsula. Learn all about the day-to-day life of the scientists and the important work undertaken here. View Featured Trip.

Nostalgia, Culture & Coffee in Buenos Aires
Sample delicacies at Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires. Built in the style of the grand Parisian coffeehouses of the nineteenth century, the cafe has long been a meeting point for artists, musicians and poets. View Featured Trip.

Discover More of South America and Antarctica
See penguins in Antarctica

Demilitarised Zone Visit South Korea
Visit the Demilitarised Zone to gain an understanding of the relationship between North and South Korea. See DMZ highlights including the Third Infiltration Tunnel, where it’s believed some 30,000 soldiers could pass through within an hour, and head to Dora Observatory for binocular views into North Korea. View Featured Trip.

Enchanting Sri Lankan Train Ride Sri Lanka 
Take a spectacular train ride through Sri Lanka’s picturesque hill country from Nanu Oya to Ella. Soak in the stunning landscapes as you snake through the countryside, passing by tea plantations and lush forests. Sweep across incredible bridges and enjoy the enchanting journey in comfort. View Featured Trip.

Special Hiroshima Experience Japan
Experience the special opportunity to listen to a moving talk from a Hiroshima survivor or successor at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Learn about the history of World War II’s devastating effect on the city and how it has bounced back to where it is today. View Featured Trip.

Traditional Village Visit South Korea 
Step back 600 years and immerse yourself in traditional Korean culture as you stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul. The preserved village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, some of which remain homes, while others have been converted into tea rooms and museums. View Featured Trip.

Elephant Transit Home Sri Lanka
Visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, where displaced baby elephants are cared for and rehabilitated before being released into the wild. Watch the adorable calves at feeding time and see them frolic in the water as they bathe and play together. View Featured Trip.

Japanese Whiskey Tasting Japan
Enjoy a fantastic whisky tasting at Yoichi Distillery in Sapporo, where award-winning Nikka whisky is produced. Founded in 1934, the distillery creates whisky using famous Scottish distilling methods, and has been producing acclaimed malts ever since. View Featured Trip.

Discover More of Asia
View of Freedom Bridge, South Korea

Traditional Buddhist Blessing in Oudong | Cambodia
During your Mekong River cruise through Cambodia, discover the hilly landscape of Oudong. Made up of stupas and shrines from over the years, you’ll enjoy the chance to receive a traditional Buddhist blessing by a monk. This is guaranteed to be a highlight from your holiday and a moment you will treasure forever. View Featured Trip.

Opportunities of Development thru Art in Siem Reap
During your Travelmarvel Mekong River cruise, meet local children living in Siem Reap’s remote villages. You’ll visit the organisation that supports them by providing free education with the aim to improve future employment opportunities. View Featured Trip.

Traditional Apsara Dance Performance | Cambodia
In Siem Reap, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and watch an Apsara dance. This performance of traditional Khmer classical dance is a genre that was almost extinguished after the Khmer Rouge. View Featured Trip.

Sapa’s Local Hill Tribes | Vietnam
Explore more of Vietnam with a visit to the mountain town of Sapa. Many hill tribe ethnic minorities call Sapa home. Walk through its mountain villages, admire sublime views and enjoy encounters with locals. View Featured Trip

Unwind at the Shinta Mani Shack | Siem Reap
An oasis of tranquillity, you’ll relax amid the lush gardens and large swimming pool of your hotel. This delightful, peaceful resort is located just 15 minutes from ancient Angkor Wat in the leafy French Quarter. View Featured Trip

Farewell Dinner at The Chopsticks | Saigon
Once the home of the vice-president of the Southern Vietnamese government before 1975, this beautiful, culinary heaven is a place where Vietnamese cuisine and history intersect. Say farewell to newfound friends and reminisce as you recall a journey you will long delight in. View Featured Trip

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Close up of colorful Asian lanterns

Stay in Hamilton Island | Queensland
Spend two nights immersed in the tropical Whitsundays at Hamilton Island, nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef with the sand and ocean metres from your doorstep. View Featured Trip.

Bridestowe Lavender Estate | Tasmania
With a local guide, delight in one of Tasmania’s most picturesque sights, when the vast lavender fields erupt into a glorious purple-hued spectacle at the Bridestowe Lavender Estate (flowering is seasonal). View Featured Trip.

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort | Western Australia
This relaxing resort boasts a stunning location at Dolphin Beach, part of World Heritage-listed Shark Bay. During your stay at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, you'll enjoy a special wildlife cruise across Shark Bay and a seafood dinner. View Featured Trip.

Outer Barrier Reef Cruise | Queensland
Set off on an exciting cruise from Port Douglas over sparkling waters to the Outer Barrier Reef. Enjoy plenty of time to view and explore the colourful coral and marine life. View Featured Trip.

Kings Canyon Rim Walk | Northern Territory
Admire the spectacular views of sheer sandstone cliffs and hidden oases on a thrilling Kings Canyon Rim Walk, an iconic hike that unveils 360-degree views of the brilliant red landscape. View Featured Trip.

Sunrise at Uluru | Northern Territory
Rise early, head out to the open desert, and watch as the sun rises over Uluru and the spectacular red desert landscapes. Watch on in silence as the famous monolith appears to change colour with every moment. It’s a truly magical experience. View Featured Trip.

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
In the alpine resort of Whistler, visit Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre to learn about the history and customs of the local First Nations people. Sit down to an Indigenous-inspired feast and cultural dancing performance while you're here. View Featured Trip.

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary
Visit this haven for wild wolfdogs to learn about responsible wolfdog ownership and the rescue work undertaken at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. View Featured Trip. 

Parc Omega
Not far from Ottawa, Parc Omega is the place to see Canadian wildlife including black bears, deer, moose and wolves. Get back to nature in this extensive wildlife park and be sure to have your cameras at the ready when you visit! View Featured Trip.

Tundra Wilderness Tour, Denali
Explore the tundra of Alaska's Denali National Park with an expert local guide. Look for bears, moose and caribou while enjoying the incredible wilderness scenery. View Featured Trip.

Alaska's Mckinley Explorer
Track deep into the heart of Alaska's Denali National Park on the Mckinley Explorer train; sweeping past tundra and Mt Mckinley, North America's tallest peak. View Featured Trip.

Breakfast with the Bears
At Vancouver's Grouse Mountain, watch as a pair of orphaned grizzly bears enjoy their breakfast. Then, savour your own breakfast amid spectacular mountain scenery. View Featured Trip.

Discover More of Canada, Alaska and USA
View of squamish lilwat cultural centre dancer, whistler canada

Miltenberg Like a Local
In Miltenberg, get a glimpse of real life with a visit to a local family who will share stories over coffee and cake. View Featured Trip.

Bavarian Celebrations
Celebrate the Bavarian spirit with a night of local food, drinks, folk music and dancing while you are docked at the pretty medieval town of Regensburg. View Featured Trip.

Black Balsam Tasting
For a real local experience in Riga, you'll have the chance to try Black Balsam, a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur. View Featured Trip.

Port Tasting in Portugal
As you cruise the Douro River, stop at a quinta in Pinhao to enjoy traditional fare and sip the sweet nectar known as port wine. View Featured Trip.

Sorrento Home Dinner
Crispy pizza, creamy fior de latte and the liquid sunshine that is Italian wine. Share a home-style Italian meal with a local family in Sorrento. View Featured Trip.

Ascend Mt Pilatus
Travel to the peak of Switzerland’s Mt Pilatus along the world’s steepest cog-wheel railway, enjoying views of flower-filled pastures, rocky mountain ledges and snow-dusted peaks. View Featured Trip.

More Europe
Group of people toasting with champagne

The Great Pyramids of Giza
Guarding the Great Pyramids of Giza is the mystical Sphinx. Get up close to these iconic monuments during your visit to Cairo's Giza Necropolis. View Featured Trip

4WD Adventure in Wadi Rum 
Join a 4WD adventure across the moonscape of Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert. As the sun sets, toast the day with a glass of bubbly. View Featured Trip.

Explore Petra
In the ancient city of Petra, walk through the siq, a gorge leading to the rock facade of the Treasury – guaranteed to leave you speechless. View Featured Trip.

Holy City of Jerusalem
Delve into the Old City of Jerusalem, walking through the ancient landmarks of this incredible history filled city, from the Western Wall to the Holy Sepulchre. View Featured Trip.

Discover More of Middle East
View of pax in Petra gorge, Jordan

Stay at Lake Tekapo
At Peppers Bluewater Resort, stay beside the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, and later gaze at the symphony of stars. View Featured Trip.

Milford Sound Day Cruise
Milford Sound is the star of Fiordland National Park. See Mitre Peak and go for a day cruise along the full length of the fiord. View Featured Trip.

Geothermal Rotorua
Located within the Pacific Rim of Fire, geothermal activity bubbles beneath the surface in Rotorua. Explore the pools and towering geysers at Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. View Featured Trip.

New Zealand by Rail
A rail journey through New Zealand is an exciting yet relaxing way to take in the must-see region's of the North and South islands. View Featured Trip.

Discover Maori Culture
Maori culture is rich and proud in Rotorua. While here, share a Hangi feast and watch a cultural performance. View Featured Trip.

Interislander Ferry
Experience one of the world’s most beautiful ferry journeys on the Interislander. Glide from Wellington and Picton across Cook Strait and the Marlborough Sounds. View Featured Trip.

More New Zealand
View of couple in front of Peppers resort in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Noodle Soup, Vietnam

Authentic Flavours

At Travelmarvel we understand meals are often what we remember most about a holiday, so great food is at the core of any Travelmarvel holiday.
Shinta Mani Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Premium Accommodation

With Travelmarvel, each accommodation is hand-picked based on their remarkable style, service and location. During your holiday, take a moment to unwind in your surrounds.
Whale Shark at Ningaloo Reef, WA V2

Enhance Your Journey

Travelmarvel provides further opportunities for you to pursue your special interests. Here is a range of highlights to enhance your journey.