5 luxury group holidays of a lifetime

Date Posted: 27/10/2014

Jasper National Park, Canada

Whether it’s hopping coast to coast on a luxury cruise, or exploring new frontiers with your best friends, a group holiday in style can be a trip that stays with you for a lifetime. Mark Henshall tells us more.

1. Relax with cocktail parties on a luxury cruise

Sailing on a luxury cruise as a group offers many memorable benefits including quality time to spend together on board, exploring new destinations, and enjoying new activities. With Crystal Cruises the tour arranger can travel for free once 12 guests have been booked.

Other benefits include a private dining room for the group, private tours and excursions, private cocktail parties, room hire for private functions, hospitality desks and more.

A seven night all-inclusive luxury cruise on Crystal Serenity visiting Monte Carlo, Genoa, Florence, Rome, Naples, Corsica  and Marseille starts from £1,879 per person, based on a November 2015 departure. For more details visit The Luxury Cruise Company.

2. Go wild on a Canadian adventure

For a really wild journey your group will never forget, Canada holidays are hard to beat for out and out adventure – mix in a little Alaska too and you’ll all be smiling ear to ear.

A Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise Escorted Tour takes in the spectacular Canadian Rockies, a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer - one of the world's great rail journeys - followed by an unforgettable Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise. Begin with a 12-day luxury tour through the Rocky Mountains, starting in Vancouver, taking in the spectacular landscapes of Whistler, Sun Peaks, the Jasper National Park, Lake Louise and Banff.

After an incredible rail journey, cruise with Holland America Line, visiting Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan. A 19-day escorted tour starts from £6,945 per person including flights and staying mainly in superior and deluxe accommodation. For more details visit WEXAS Travel.

Giraffes on an Afircan safari

3. See South Africa in style

Collette is offering a 15-day luxury tour exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls and Botswana. The itinerary begins in Cape Town with a cable car ride 3,000 metres up to the top of Table Mountain, before taking in some beautiful coastal views at Cape Point.

Relax in the picturesque Hermanus region, famed for its vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting lunch and relaxing spa treatments. Also included is a two night stay at the Entabeni Conservancy for a ‘Big Five’ (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino) game drive experience.

The tour ends with two nights at the Victoria Falls, followed by two nights in Chobe (Botswana) with a safari cruise. Prices start from £4,094 per person. Get more info at www.gocollette.com.

4. Soak up the views at Yialiskari Bay House

Sleeping up to 12 guests, the Yialiskari House offers relaxed luxury to guests wanting to unwind in Greece. Positioned above a sleepy cove, the house commands breathtaking views over the bay and has its own private path to the beach below.

The large infinity pool and al fresco breakfast terrace make the most of the sapphire blue sea and sky views, and younger guests can enjoy the games room.

£756 per person, including return BA flights from London Heathrow to Corfu and car hire. Prices based on 4th May departure for seven nights. To book a stay at Yialiskari Bay House visit CV Villas.

5. Discover the 7th Continent in luxury

The Antarctic Explorer voyage travels from the southern tip of Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula via the South Shetland Islands and the perilous sounding Deception Island.

This is an epic trip that takes in the abundant wildlife of the region, as well as incredible views along the way. The Ocean Diamond is equipped with spa facilities and all-inclusive bar tab to keep the celebrations going through the journey.

On board passengers can enjoy lectures from various experts, including the best tips to make the most of photographs on holiday; with such jaw-dropping scenery the Quark team are on hand to make sure that every moment is captured. Prices start from £3,580 per person. Visit the site for more details.

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