60th Birthday Travel Ideas

OUR GUIDE ON WHERE TO CELEBRATE THIS MILESTONE BIRTHDAY

Celebrate your special day in style

It’s not every day you turn 60, and there’s no better way to celebrate this important landmark than with your dream holiday. Whether you’re after an active getaway cycling through scenic countryside, a safari adventure spotting the Big Five or a city break with your loved ones, we have a selection of travel ideas to inspire your birthday celebrations. No doubt you’ll find the perfect one to ring in your 60th year.

Active Adventures

Relaxing on a beach isn’t for everybody, and if you’re the type that likes getting up and active in the great outdoors than these suggestions will be right up your street.

Orebic, a town on the coast of Croatia
Spectacular Views and Charming Villages

Walk the Croatian Coast

Stretching for over 1,800 kilometres, Croatia’s coastline is truly blessed when it comes to scenery. Its clear blue waters are dotted with stunning islands, with the mainland offering pretty old-harbour towns, unspoilt national parks and beautiful beaches. Top it off with fantastic seafood and breathtaking sunsets, and you’ve found yourself one incredible walking destination. Start off in the UNESCO-listed city of Dubrovnik, follow the defensive walls of Ston and take on Mount Snijeznica, the highest peak in southern Croatia. And once you’re done, why not go island hopping and explore the isles of Korcula, Lopud and Mljet?

Amver Fort in Rajasthan, India
Colours and Culture

Cycle around Rajasthan

Soak up the sights on two wheels in one of India’s most colourful and vibrant states. Offering epic forts, spectacular palaces and dazzling festivals, Rajasthan is the jewel in India’s cultural crown. Pedal through local villages and scenic backroads to discover the historic capital of Udaipur and the Pink City of Jaipur, home to the magnificent Amber Fort and City Palace. While you’re in India, why not complete the Golden Triangle by marvelling at the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra and exploring the bustling streets of Dehli?

Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Off the Beaten Track

Pedal through Cambodia

Combine scenery and sightseeing on a cycling adventure in Cambodia and take in the very best this Southeast Asian gem has to offer. Explore the sleepy villages along the mighty Mekong river and pedal through the lush rice paddies of the Kampong province. Ride the trails of the beautiful Kirirom National Park and explore the breathtaking Angkor Complex, taking the quintessential photo of Angkor Wat at sunset. Rest your legs afterwards in the riverside town of Kampot or soak up the old-world charm and sights of capital Phnom Penh.

Bucket List Destinations

Turning 60 offers the perfect excuse to tick a destination or two off your bucket list. If you’ve always dreamt of seeing a world wonder or experiencing some of the planet’s most spectacular landscapes, then now’s the time to do it. Bring your friends and family along for the ride, and make some birthday memories with these suggestions of once-in-a-lifetime holiday destinations.

Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal

Considered by many the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal is jaw-droppingly spectacular. Best viewed at sunset, this iconic monument is guaranteed to wow you and makes for the perfect start to your birthday tour of India. Follow with a tiger safari in Ranthambore, explore the forts and palaces of Rajasthan or unwind on the tropical beaches of Goa. A feast for the senses, this captivating country also offers colourful festivals and mouthwatering curries, which can be enjoyed with a luxury stay in a former royal residence.

Chichen Itza in Mexico

Chichen Itza

Mexico’s Mayan ruins are an experience not to be missed, and the biggest and most impressive of them all is the spectacular Chichen Itza. Once a thriving city, this UNESCO-listed site traces its roots to the 5th century AD. Its centrepiece being the magnificent El Castillo, a 30-metre high stepped pyramid considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Marvel at the site’s sacred ruins and then combine your visit with some time on the coast, either exploring the beachside ruins of Tulum or lazing on the white sands of Playa del Carmen.

Marine Iguanas on Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos

Found some 1,000 kilometres off Ecuador's coast, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s greatest wonders. A wildlife haven, they're home to countless endemic species that have no fear of humans thanks to a lack of natural predators. Watch as playful sea lions roll in the waves and spiky marine iguanas lounge on the volcanic shores. The islands once inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, and despite now hosting many modern-day explorers, the mark left by human footprints is minimal, making for a bucket list holiday with a difference.

Trans-Siberian Railway by Lake Baikal

Trans-Siberian

Crossing one-third of the globe, the Trans-Siberian Railway offers the journey of a lifetime. Cutting through spectacular and varied terrain, the route begins in Moscow and traverses through the Gobi Desert, the Ural Mountains and the grassy steppe of Mongolia before arriving in the Far East. The stops along the way are no less enjoyable, with activities including dog sledding in Yekaterinburg or staying in a traditional ger. And to top it off, you can tailor your choice of stops to create your own perfect birthday itinerary.

Safari Holidays

No matter how old you may be turning, seeing some of the world’s most iconic animals up close and in the wild is always a magical experience. And it gets even better when you combine thrilling wildlife viewings with some of Africa’s most luxurious lodges. Start your day spotting the famous Big Five and end with a sundowner at your accommodation, soaking up the views beneath a spectacular sunset sky. If that sounds like the kind of holiday you’ll enjoy, then you will love the following suggestions.

Herd of african elephants and snow capped Kilimanjaro mountain in Tanzania
Wildlife Spectacles

Tanzania

Home to the endless plains of the Serengeti and vast Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania is the ultimate safari destination for spending your 60th. You can witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles, with thousands of wildebeest making the Great Migration over the border to Kenya, as well as spot the Big Five or marvel at majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Either explore on a game drive or take to the skies in a hot air balloon for a bird’s eye view over this incredible country, there’s also the option of Zanzibar if you’d like to get some beach time in after your adventures.

Cheetah in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Family Friendly

South Africa

Claiming the world-renowned Kruger National Park amongst many other famous parks and reserves, South Africa offers plenty of options for a birthday safari. And if you’re travelling with younger members of the family, the Eastern Cape is the place to go as many of the reserves here are completely free of malaria. Alongside game drives spotting the Big Five, you’ll find reserves offering bush walks, horse riding and even helicopter air safaris, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities.

Okavango Delta in Botswana
Unique Experiences

Botswana

A safari destination like no other, Botswana boasts the vast watery landscape of the Okavango Delta. Glide along its labyrinth of lush waterways aboard a tradition canoe known as a mokoro, soaking up the scenery and keeping an eye out for the country’s famous wildlife. From here, check out the endless stretches of the Kalahari Desert, or head to Chobe National Park for a more traditional wildlife safari. You’ll also find lodges offering guided walks with local bushman, adding a cultural dimension to your birthday celebrations.

Lemur in Madagascar
Otherworldly Landscapes

Madagascar

Boasting thousands of animal species found nowhere else on Earth, Madagascar is a fantastic destination for nature lovers looking to celebrate their birthday somewhere special. In the rainforests of Andasibe National Park you’ll find around 13 species of the island’s iconic lemurs, alongside colourful chameleons and an abundance of bird species. In fact, this exotic isle offers such a unique experience it’s often referred to as the ‘eighth continent’. But with its lunar-like landscapes, towering baobab trees and mangrove forests, it almost feels like another planet.

Cultural City Breaks

If you’re still struggling to choose the perfect birthday destination, you can’t go wrong with a city break. By day, you can soak up the sights or hit the shops, then by night, wine and dine in your choice of the many fantastic bars and restaurants on offer. You’re sure to find something to suit everybody you’re travelling with, but if you need a little more inspiration, here’s our pick of some of the best city breaks.

View of Colosseum in Rome and morning sun
Incredible history

Rome

Few other cities in the world are as magnificent as Italy’s capital. Steeped in history and boasting a staggering number of ancient ruins and monuments, you’ll have more than enough attractions to keep you entertained. Ancient icons such as the Roman Forum, Pantheon and Colosseum mix with pretty piazzas, street side cafes and a buzzing bar scene. And if you need a break from sightseeing, simply while away a few hours people-watching over an Italian coffee or stroll about one of the quieter neighborhoods with a gelato in hand.

Sunset aerial view of New York City looking over midtown Manhattan towards downtown
Top Sightseeing

New York

If you haven’t already experienced the ‘Big Apple’, there’s no better excuse than to celebrate this landmark birthday. Home to some of the world’s most iconic buildings, New York offers famous attractions such as the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and Times square – to name just a few. Add to these the bright lights of Broadway, world-famous museums and over 20,000 restaurants, and you could be kept entertained for weeks. With cultural influences from all over the world, each neighborhood is different, making New York one of the most exciting cities on the planet.

View of the Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Cape Town, South Africa
Nature and Culture

Cape Town

Crowned by the spectacular Table Mountain, Cape Town’s natural landscapes are by far its biggest attraction. The city’s coastline is blessed with a bevvy of beautiful beaches, as well as the famous Cape of Good Hope and the rugged Cape Peninsular. But being a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines, Cape Town itself also has plenty to offer. Explore the famous Victoria and Albert Waterfront and indulge in the many fantastic restaurants and bars. You could also take a boat trip out to Robin island or road trip along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route.

Hong Kong harbour with traditional Chinese sailing boat
Urban Landscapes

Hong Kong

With its iconic skyline of glimmering mega-skyscrapers, Hong Kong is sure to provide a memorable experience for your birthday. Cruise through Victoria Harbor and soak up the sights aboard a traditional Chinese sailing ship or, alternatively, take the tram up Peak Mountain for panoramic views over the city. Hong Kong’s futuristic appearance disguises a wealth of cultural attractions, with must-sees including the giant bronze Buddha of Lantau Island, which towers some 34 metres tall. Quirky local markets, excellent shopping and some of the best restaurants in China add to the action.

Join a group or do it your own way?

Share your big day with like-minded adventurers and join one of our group tours. We offer an exciting range of tours to destinations around the world, making a great option for birthday travellers on a budget or those flying solo. However, if you would prefer a customized trip, we can also arrange private tailor-made itineraries, so you can make your dream holiday a reality.

Classic Tours

To help you with your holiday planning, we’ve handpicked a selection of our tours that would be the perfect fit for a 60th birthday celebration. But if you don’t see quite what you’re looking for, head to your chosen destination where you’ll find the full range of tours and itineraries we offer.

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