Want to travel to a far-flung corner of the globe and walk in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest explorers and adventurers? We have 5 historical excursion recommendations that will allow you to achieve just. That while also taking you on a spectacular experience all your own.
Like Amundsen, Go In Search Of The Northwest Passage.
Roald Amundsen of Norway is regarded as one of the historical greatest polar explorers. He was not only a competitor in the race to reach the North Pole first. But he was also the first person to reach the South Pole. Amundsen also led the first expedition to safely transit. The Northwest Passage, a perilous waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and goes across the Arctic above Canada. That journey took the Norwegians nearly two years to complete. But it can now be completed in a matter of weeks. The Northwest Passage has become an alternative for travellers seeking to experience an area of the world. That few people ever get to see due to shifting ice, warmer waters, and changing climate conditions.
Travel The Silk Road In The Footsteps Of Marco Polo
The ancient Silk Road spanned for hundreds of years from the Mediterranean Sea to China, promoting trade and ideas interchange across Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Europe. In 1271, Marco Polo, a Venetian trader, embarked on a 24-year journey. That spanned the length of the road, encountering numerous adventures along the route. Marco ended up spending several years in Kublai Kahn’s court before eventually coming home with amazing stories to tell. Eventually, he wrote The Travels of Marco Polo, a book. That introduced readers to historical far-flung locales for the first time and made Marco possibly the most famous traveller of all time.
Explore The Galapagos Islands In The Footsteps Of Charles Darwin.
While visiting the historical Galapagos Islands, the famed naturalist Charles Darwin initially formulated his thoughts on evolution and natural selection. While on a round-the-world sailing mission aboard the HMS Beagle in 1832. He was one of the first Europeans to reach that location. Those islands, off the coast of Ecuador in South America, remain a living school, home to a variety of rare types of creatures found nowhere else on the planet, including a unique iguana that is the only one in the world known can swim.
Sir Samuel And Lady Florence Baker Trekked Through The African Bush.
Sir Samuel Baker and his wife Lady Florence were instrumental in exploring the African interior during the 1860s and 1970s, mapping portions of the continent that had previously been unknown to Europeans. As they looked for the mysterious source of the mighty Nile River, the Bakers were among the first to reach Lake Albert.
Today, a 500-mile (805-kilometer) walking trail named for the explorer and his wife goes through South Sudan and Uganda, beginning in Gondokoro and ending at Baker’s View, a vantage point overlooking the lake. Because of the continuing civil conflict and political upheaval in South Sudan, parts of the trail are closed to foreigners, but the Ugandan sections are free and safe to travel, welcome brave independent trekkers looking for a genuinely unique journey.
Like John Wesley Powell, Raft The Grand Canyon.
In 1869, John Wesley Powell embarked on a three-month journey down the length of the Colorado River, which had yet to be explored at the time. He and his team came across treacherous rapids, angry Native Americans, and awe-inspiring vistas. The Grand Canyon was one of them, and it continues to be awe-inspiring to visitors today. If you want to see the Grand Canyon the way Powell and his men did. You’ll have to raft the length of it and feel the canyon’s raging waters firsthand. OARS offers a range of rafting experiences in the national park. Including an 18-day adventure that takes you right into the heart of it.