4 Must-Have Experiences for a Luxurious Getaway in USA and Europe
As travel awakens and the borders open again, it’s time to catch up on missed opportunities andsee the world like never before.
Going on an indulgent holiday for you might mean a sprawling getaway in Las Vegas, or aslow-paced day tour in the cooler Northern Italy. Whichever you prefer, we’re here to help youtick off that glorious bucket list and start making memories that you could cherish forever.
Get your travel bags out and sit back and relax as we give out our top recommendations foryour ultimate travel comeback, one plane ticket at a time.
1. Take a romantic Italian cruise in Disney Springs, Orlando
As the “theme park capital of the world, Orlando is home to some of the world’s biggest and most enthralling theme parks such as Disney World, Universal Studios, and LEGOLand. As such, you’ll never run out of options when it comes to exciting activities that all ages can enjoy. But aside from the city’s iconic theme parks, did you know that it has a romantic side too?
After jumping from one theme park attraction to another with the kids, mellow out and enjoy upscale waterfront dining at The Boathouse. Located in Disney Springs, this dockside restaurant boasts of a mouthwatering menu that has discerning guests coming back for more. For an incredible post-meal experience, end the night on a romantic note by going on a guided tour on the waters of Lake Buena Vista. The tour involves riding a vintage amphicar — a rare vehicle that can both drive on land and float on water.
Orlando is chock-full of romantic attractions beyond its theme parks too, and one of the best ways to enjoy this city at its finest is by taking on a hot air balloon ride. Bring the children with you and together, enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Orlando’s lush landscapes in the early morning light! For post-flight snacks, you can even enjoy a champagne toast and receive your flight certificate.
While in the city, don’t forget to rest and recharge with Orlando’s wide array of spas and resorts. Take a full-day spa retreat with your beau in your booked RCI accommodation. For a full list of our affiliated resorts in Orlando, click here.
2. Go river rafting in Black Canyon, Las Vegas
Beyond the vibrance and glitz of the Las Vegas Strip lies the stark, desert mountains of Nevada. If you want a diversion from the bustling nightlife and flashy crowd of the entertainment capital of the world, you can always head out to the waters of Colorado River through a rafting tour from Black Canyon.
The guided river-rafting tour will have you admiring the scenic cliffs of Hoover Dam while floating through Black Canyon. The calm waterway of the river makes for a perfect family escapade as you soak in the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains while learning about the history and geology of the place.
For a more slow-paced day at this sprawling city, try the hammam or Turkish Bath at The Cosmopolitan. This luxurious spa treatment offers a modern homage to a centuries-old ritual that combines hot steam and cool baths for a truly nourishing and invigorating cleanse.
Of course, your Las Vegas getaway wouldn’t feel complete without trying one of the city’s famous fine dining restaurants. For a signature Las Vegas dining affair, enjoy an 18-course degustation menu at Joël Robuchon in MGM Grand. This three-Michelin star restaurant caters to a sophisticated palate as it holds the namesake of acclaimed French chef Joël Robuchon.
3. Uncover the ancient history of Trento, Italy
If you want to veer away from sizzling temperatures and enjoy milder climate, we recommend going on a historic escape to Trento, Italy.
Trento is an idyllic town in Northern Italy, situated in the Adige River Valley of the Trentino-Alto/Südtirol region, which lies on the border between Austria and Switzerland, and has the stunning Dolomites range as its backdrop.
Historical buildings and Renaissance al frescoes adorn the town of Trento, making it a charming town that boasts of Italian elegance. When visiting Trento for the first time, make Piazza Duomo your first stop. Go on a promenade around town and admire the beautiful frescoed townhouses and ancient Roman structure in the district. From here, you can easily stroll towards the Church of San Pietro (St. Peter), a gem in the heart of the town which boasts of neo-Gothic style architecture and 15th century workmanship.
For a truly immersive historic excursion, include a visit to Castello del Buoconsiglio in your day tour. This old castle was once the residence of prince-bishops or the lords of Trento. At present, it hosts provincial collections of art and archaeology and temporary exhibitis.
If you want to go off-road and explore outside the centre, there’s a cable car that can bring you directly to the hamlet of Sardagna. Once you arrive in the village, walk towards the uphill road that leads to Poze Park. From this location, you will be rewarded with the relaxing views of the valley and the city of Trento.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to take a break from your long walks and take an aperitif downtown. The deluge of open-air taverns provide you numerous choices; all you have to do is pick where you want to sit down to enjoy a classic glass of Trentodoc.
4. Explore the caves and volcanoes in Lanzarote, Spain
If you’re longing for an island retreat, we recommend including Lanzarote in your travel list.
Declared as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Lanzarote boasts of majestic volcanic valleys, pristine azure waters, golden beaches, and lush vegetation. When in Lanzarote, go beyond the beaches and explore the volcanic landscapes of the island where a guided day tour will help you learn about the geothermal energy of the volcanoes. Head south and you will be greeted by the fishing village of El Golfo, which is home to the cinematic green lake of Charco de los Clicos. Formed by a volcanic crater, this green lagoon can be found on black, sandy beach and has appeared in numerous Spanish and international films.
Go north and explore the enchanting views of Cueva de los Verdes (Green Caves), another gem produced by Lanzarote’s volcanic landscapes. This cave tunnel was formed by the eruption of the Corona Volcano, which gave rise to a six-kilometer underground volcanic tunnel that spans from the volcanic cone to the sea. Along the length of this incredible tunnel are at least sixteen jameos or lava caves. Be enchanted by the caves’ whimsical rock formations and lighting effects while inching closer to the centre of the earth.
Enjoy Lanzarote at its best by going to Puerto del Carmen, situated right in the centre of the Lanzarote island. Located just southwest of the airport, this sprawling resort has everything you need for both an exciting and a quiet day at the beach — water sports, sunbeds, and a promenade of pubs. Enjoy the calm waters and fine golden sands in Playa Grande with the kids, or go cycling along the coastline while you take in the island’s magnificent weather. If you’re bringing children along, you’ll be delighted to learn that Lanzarote also has its own zoo in the form of Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park, where the whole family can interact with a wide variety of animal species.
Come together with your loved ones and indulge in a luxurious getaway like no other with these destinations! Visit our website www.rci.com to begin planning ahead and gain access to over 600,000+ world-class affiliated hotels, resorts, and more.