Are you at a loss for what to get your father this year? Does he tell you year after year he doesn’t need anything? Would you like to surprise him with a trip of a lifetime? This Father’s Day, skip the tie and treat Dad to an adventure he’ll never forget. From brewery hopping in Belgium, dog-sledding in Siberia, fly fishing in Bolivia, hiking Machu Picchu to cycling in Vietnam, we have a trip for any and every father. Check out these eight travel-inspiring vacation ideas dedicated to Dad.
Machu Picchu, Cusco, & The Sacred Valley –With great guides to make the most of his adventure, Dad will access the Incan Empire’s most iconic site, scour the winding streets of Cusco, and ride the rails across Peru without getting lost in the crowd. He can enjoy his stay at a luxury hotel in Peru, while tasting some of the finest local cuisines, as well as a picnic in the Andes. Let him discover the unique culture, timeless beauty and ancient ruins of this famous empire for this Father’s Day.
Siberian Winter Escapade – This experience is perfect for the daring Dad who has seen it all. On UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, he’ll race teams of sled dogs, ice-fish and sweep across the lake by hovercraft. In Ust-Ordynski, he’ll discover one of Siberia’s Buddhist monasteries. He’ll have the opportunity to participate in a sunrise shaman ceremony at Olkhon Island’s best-known spot, Shaman Rock. If your dad hates the beach and the sand and the crowds, this is the vacation for him! He can kick back with just his thoughts out in this frozen, beautiful wilderness.
Fly Fish Amazon – Golden Dorado fishing in general is something special. But fishing a remote, freestone stream where the Amazon merges with the Andean hardwoods pushes this experience from special to extraordinary. Dad will spend four nights at a lodge near the Chimán Indian village, fishing in rivers inhabited by two different Dorado species and other fish from the Amazon basin, such as the Pirapitinga or Amazon Pacu and the Yatorana. Wet-wading is a given on this vacation. His accommodation will be a union between safari-style tents and indigenous wood structures, to create a sophisticated jungle platform. For an outdoorsy man who wants to get back to nature, this trip should be in your top list of gifts.
Roping and Ranch Skills Retreat – To please your dad’s inner cowboy, consider this trip. On this inaugural “Roping and Ranch Skills” retreat, Dad will spend five days learning roping fundamentals, cattle work techniques and western horsemanship from expert horse trainers, wranglers and riding instructors at Red Reflet Ranch. Wine tastings, ranch-to-table haute cuisine and other exciting ranch activities round out this authentic ranch getaway. What could better bring out the child in your dad than to spend a few days living on a dude ranch?
Galapagos Multi-sport Tour – Perfect for an athletic dad, this itinerary allows him to explore the Galapagos the active way. Hiking, kayaking, biking, snorkeling…and of course, there’s amazing wildlife! Paddle with sea lions, snorkel with dolphins and turtles and encounter bountiful bird life. On what other trip could Dad mountain bike to a lagoon or through a mangrove? Each day is jam-packed with a new activity; your father will come home needing a vacation after his vacation.
Cycle Remote Vietnam – Dad will head to the remote region of Ha Giang in the north-eastern corner of Vietnam. To say it’s off the beaten path is an understatement. This province is made up of 5,000 square miles of untouched, preserved land; it truly is frozen in time. Rice paddies and primary forests provide an attractive canvas as guests bike their way up through vertiginous passes on the road less traveled. Be warned: the elevation levels are intense and can categorize this trip as “extreme”. It is not for the faint of heart, but if your dad is not afraid of a challenge, send him this way.
Belgium Beer Bike Tour – Maybe your dad likes bike riding and but maybe he is also a beer connoisseur. How can you combine the two for the perfect gift? Biking Belgium is truly a beer-loving cyclist’s dream, as there are more than 1,130 beers brewed in country. This unique itinerary offers access to more boutique breweries than any other European bicycle tour. There are miles of bicycle paths that zigzag along canals and wind their way between quaint towns, charming castles, outdoor cafes and incredible restaurants. This combination of bicycle infrastructure, gorgeous scenery, delicious food and varied culture helps explain why cycling is the Belgium’s national sport. On this trip, Dad can bike through the country, stopping and tasting beer along the way, for a truly unforgettable experience.
Explore Canadian Rockies by 4×4 – On this all-inclusive trip, Dad will travel by 4WD vehicle from Calgary through the Banff and Jasper National Parks. This adventure affords the possibility to witness the Northern Lights in addition to all of the beauty and wildlife of The Canadian Rockies. The Rockies are a rugged land; your father will experience glaciers, jagged peaks, waterfalls and maybe even a bear on this journey. For a man’s man, this trip is perfect.