Your 50th is around the corner and you now have the exciting task of planning an ultra-special celebration and what better way to celebrate the landmark of reaching half a century than with the perfect holiday? Whether it's setting out on a daring adventure, spending time in a cosmopolitan city with your nearest and dearest or retreating to a hidden beach hideaway with a special someone, we have a selection of ideas to inspire you on the best way to ring in your 50th year.
You only turn 50 once. So why not celebrate the occasion with a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, ticking off a bucket list destination or two? Discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - or see them all with our Ultimate Bucket List Tour - or make the journey as much a part of the experience as the destination with some of the planet's most thrilling train or cruise voyages. These destinations are a top spot for your friends and family to get together for a memorable celebration with plenty of options after the party for those who want to go off and explore further and our travel consultants are on hand to recommend individual tours to suit everyone.
Discover the colours of India and the world's greatest monument to love with a trip to the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra. And why not treat yourself to an overnight stay at the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas for a room with a view? While in India you can feast on tasty curries, stay in more lavish heritage properties ranging from forts to palaces, go wild on a tiger safari, head south for the tropical beaches of Kerala and Goa, and immerse yourself in the culture of this captivating country.
Journey to Jordan to marvel at the Rose City of Petra and enjoy the country's natural wonders with a dip in the Dead Sea and a night spent out under the stars at Wadi Rum. And if there's not enough candles on your birthday cake, visit Petra by Night for a magical experience and more than enough candles! For a short and easy walk back after your big night, opt to stay at the Movenpick located right at the entrance to Petra. Thanks to Jordan's proximity to Egypt, a visit to Petra can easily be combined with a visit to the great Pyramids.
The world's longest man-made wall sure is great and imagine starting your 50th watching the sun rise over this world wonder? Spend a night beside the Great Wall for a chance to appreciate its changing moods as the light of day waxes and wanes with the Brickyard at Mutianyu combining rural charm with modern comfort. A visit to the Wall can be perfectly combined with the imperial and culinary delights of Beijing and beyond from Shanghai to Hong Kong.
If we're talking about world wonders, the sole surviving wonder of the ancient world surely deserves a moment of your attention. Claimed by some to be the work of aliens, these three great monuments are sure to leave you astounded and are easily the jewel in the crown of ancient Egypt's many treasures. If you want the Pyramids of Giza on your doorstep, opt for a Pyramids View Deluxe room at the 5* Le Meridien Hotel and Spa located just 1km from the ancient wonders.
In 2011 the karst islands and jade waters of Halong Bay were voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and if you haven't already, it's about time you discovered why. Cruise among stunning scenery on board a beautiful junk boat with excursions to amazing caves and floating villages or enjoy a spot of tai chi at sunrise. Vietnam has plenty else to recommend it from the charming town of Hoi An to the beaches of the south and while you're here, you can easily add a little side trip to neighbouring Cambodia for the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat.
The archipelago that inspired Darwin's world-changing theory of evolution is a destination like no other in the world, home to a staggering number of endemic species and dramatic landscapes of lava beaches and volcanic mountains. Cruise around the islands in comfort meeting these unique animals for a birthday with a difference or if your legs are not the sea-faring sort, stick to terra firma and base yourself at the eco-friendly, beachfront Finch Bay Hotel for a different way to experience the islands.
Active throughout the polar regions during the winter months, the Northern Lights are one of Mother Nature's most impressive displays and a night or two spent admiring the show in Iceland is the perfect way to mark your birthday. Fall asleep to the dazzling spectacle at the award-winning Ion Hotel with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking mountainous lava fields just an hour's drive from the international airport in Reykjavik. You can also combine the experience with the Blue Lagoon for a bit of deserved R&R.
Ride the world's longest and greatest train journey from Beijing to Moscow via the rolling plains of Mongolia for a trip of a lifetime. As one of the world's most popular journeys, the Trans-Siberian has plenty to offer from stunning landscapes to historic cities with the option to tailor your choice of stops for a holiday that's as individual as you are. And if you're looking for a touch of luxury while traversing one of the world's largest countries, nothing beats the Golden Eagle, a private train offering unrivalled service and comfort.
We offer an exciting range of group tours to destinations around the world and our group tours are an excellent choice for birthday boys and girls on a budget or those flying solo and looking to share their big day with like-minded adventurers. Alternatively, we also arrange private tailor-made itineraries, which are perfect for those organising a party to share with friends and families on a customised trip.
To get you started here's a selection of our tours that would perfectly suit a landmark birthday celebration. But these are just a small sample of the tours and itineraries we offer so if you have something particular in mind, head to your chosen destination for our full range.
If these recommendations have you reaching for your passport and suitcase, get in touch! Our reservations team would be happy to discuss the destinations mentioned here and any itineraries you may have in mind so feel free to contact us to start planning that dream 50th celebration.
On our Independent range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.
Our Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.
On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our Budget range.
Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.
Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 24, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.
On our Handpicked range we bring you the most iconic experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.
Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 28 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.
Our Active range brings you thrilling trekking and cycling holidays to some of the world's most popular destinations. Whether it’s trekking to the Lost City of Petra in Jordan or cycling around the Angkor temples in Cambodia, you’ll get to explore more of your chosen destination than just the standard highlights, either by bike or on foot. There will still be lots of cultural experiences and even the occasional wildlife encounter along the way. You'll need a good level of fitness and an intrepid spirit.
Group sizes are small and average around eight travellers. The accommodation you’ll be staying in reflects the off-the-beaten track nature of these trips with simple hotels, wild & fixed camping, homestays and local guest houses for value and convenience.