I’M A CELEBRITY INSPIRED ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS TO ‘TRIAL’ FOR YOURSELF IN 2021
It’s that time of year again – Ant and Dec along with a line-up of famous faces prepare themselves for this year’s ‘I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here!’ – except this time they’re not eating grubs down under, they’re battling the elements at Gwyrch Castle in Wales!
Over the years, many contestants have faced their fears in epic challenges from skydiving into camp to getting lost underground in the ‘Catacombs of Doom’. If you’re looking to make up for the lack of adventure this year, here are seven adventure holidays to satisfy any thrill seekers out there!
GET YOUR HIKING BOOTS ON AND GEAR UP FOR THE WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY TREK
New for 2021, Headwater invites its guests to explore the peaks, ridges and lakes of the National Park of Snowdonia by journeying the length of the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway on foot. This self-guided adventure is perfect for those eager to challenge themselves and to put their fitness to the test. Trekking nearly 38 miles in five days, guests will begin on the coast at Porthmadog before heading into the Snowdonia National Park.
Unlike I’m A Celebrity though, the accommodation will not be cold, damp tents. Instead, guests will be staying in boutique and characterful four-star hotels, with the last night in the Royal town of Caernarfon, known for its breath-taking medieval castle on the banks of the River Seiont.
Headwater offers a six-night Walk The Welsh Highland Railway self-guided holiday from £949 per person including B&B accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels and route directions and maps. Price based on April 2021 departures. headwater.com
FOLLOW THE ICONIC TRAIL TO EVEREST BASE CAMP AND CLIMB KALA PATTAR
For those looking for a serious challenge, Exodus Travels has a tour following in the footsteps of the world’s greatest climbers, the classic Everest Base Camp trail. This trip starts with an acclimatisation trek through fascinating Sherpa country past cultivated fields and small villages, before reaching the spectacular high-altitude scenery. Here, highlights include the incredible hilltop monastery at Thyangboche, views of Ama Dablam, Everest and other mighty Himalayan peaks. As well as reaching the Base Camp goal, there’s also the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for a magnificent view of the highest mountain on Earth.
Exodus Travels offers an 18-night Everest Base Camp Trek from £3,249 per person including, return flights, B&B accommodation in standard hotels, teahouses, and full-service campsites, 14 days walking with full porterage, a guide leader throughout, plus local staff, all transfers including private minibus and two internal flights, and an Exodus Travels kitbag and trekking map. Price based on a Springtime Expedition departure with 2 nights camping at Base Camp in April 2021. exodus.co.uk
ARE YOU A DARE DEVIL? DARE TO FREE FALL ON EFTELING’S MOST THRILLING ROLLERCOASTER
Efteling - the fairytale themepark in the south of Holland - may seem enchanting but don’t be fooled by its magical exterior! The theme park is home to a number of thrilling rollercoasters including Python and Joris en de Draaak but the most daring of all is Baron 1898, where dare devils free fall 37.5m at 90km/h! There’s even a story behind the rollercoaster in which a wealthy baron and his workers are chased out of the cave by an evil spirit.
To make the most of all the attractions at Efteling, guests can stay in one of the on-site hotels or holiday homes, which includes unlimited access to the park and free entry for children up to three years old. Prices start from £344 for a Comfort Room based on two adults and two children sharing at the Efteling Hotel. www.efteling.com
TAKE ON THE FIVE ISLAND CHALLENGE, ‘THE ISLANDS OF GUERNSEY WAY’
On your marks, get set, go! Time yourself to see how long it takes to walk ‘The Islands of Guernsey Way’ – a new marked coastal walking trail, totalling 50 miles across the five beautiful islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and Lihou, launching in spring 2021. At just a short flight or ferry from the UK, Guernsey is the perfect destination for a closer-to-home adventure.
Flights from Gatwick to Guernsey are from £55.99 per person in May 2021 via aurigny.com. For more information visit www.visitguernsey.com
FOLLOW ROAD CYCLING LEGENDS IN ANDORRA
Many road cycling professionals and legends now call Andorra – the country of the Pyrenees – home, where the mountain terrain provides the perfect training ground. For keen road cyclists, the Principality has some of Europe’s most challenge climbs and will also feature in 2021’s Tour de France. The 108th edition of the Tour will begin in Brest in Brittany on 26 June before making its way towards the iconic Mont Ventoux. The riders then face its most gruelling stages in the Pyreenes including the famous Port d’Envalira in Andorra, where the race will spend amuch-needed second rest day.
JUNGLE SURVIVAL IN GUYANA’S PRISTINE RAINFOREST
Travellers looking for adventure in the most natural of settings should look no further than the remote, uncharted lands of Guyana. Around 87% of the country’s territory is dense, pristine rainforest where human contact is seldom and total immersion in raw nature is an inevitability. Guyana’s eco-systems have evolved over millennia undisturbed by human development meaning that even the most impressive landmarks such as Kaieteur Falls, the world’s largest single-drop waterfall, is completely uncommercialised and can be admired in its rawest form free of hordes of visitors.
Bushmasters, a British company looking to provide exciting, extreme and remote experiences, offers a two-week Jungle Survival trip which takes visitors to the pristine jungles of Guyana. The experience provides visitors to this small South American country with multiple adventurous challenges, ranging from learning to start fires without matches or lighters to fishing for piranhas in a truly unpredictable setting. The 14-day Jungle Survival Trip is priced from £1,812 excluding international flights.
HIKE THROUGH MENORCA’S RUGGED LANDSCAPE
Home to an abundance of winding coastal paths, peaks and rugged coves, the varied landscape and dramatic scenery of Menorca make it a prime hiking destination. Hikes around this Balearic island include the Santa Galdana Bay Walk – an easy trek which travels along coastal paths and through breezy headlands, the North Coast Trail - which unveils the dramatic landscape of the Cami de Cavalls, an ancient route which circles the entire island, and the Punta Prima to Sant Esteve walk, which leads to Torre d’Alcaufar – a restored lookout tower.
Responsible Travel offers an eight-day walking experience on the island of Menorca (including five days of walking). The tailor-made itinerary includes a hike through many of its pristine headlands and beaches, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the famous Cami de Cavalls trail, which was first constructed for military purposes. Hikers will be invited to stay in Morvedra Nou Hotel, an elegant 17th century Spanish finca near Ciutadella. The family-run establishment offers exquisite gardens, a pool, and rooms in the converted stables.
The holiday is priced from £1,145 per person including flights from the UK and half-board accommodation.