As we continue to seek meaningful, responsible and transformative experiences in this new era of what Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley has named “Renaissance Travel,” our Insider Journeys team has been hard at work planning small-group itineraries and unique packages that promote connection, discovery, rejuvenation, reflection and joy. From the remote peaks of Bhutan, Chilean Patagonia and Kilimanjaro and the vast plains of Mongolia and Kenya to the winding streets of Paris, Ljubljana and Stockholm—and quiet retreats in the American West and South—these trips are crafted around your passion points (including art, design, food, wellness, adventure and history), with unforgettable, immersive experiences like curator-led tours of private homes and galleries, after-hours access to top museums and monuments, conservation-focused excursions into off-limits reserves with naturalists and more. As you fill out your travel calendar for the year ahead, these are the journeys that you won’t want to miss.
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This September, make a triumphant return to Paris—in style—with an exclusive package curated by The Wall Street Journal and Indagare. Our limited-time offer includes three nights’ accommodations and amenities at one of our preferred hotels in the City of Light (you’ll have the choice between Le Bristol, Fouquet’s Barrière and Prince de Galles), as well as incredible behind-the-scenes entrance to the highly anticipated exposition of L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped—a posthumous project by the late artist Christo at the architectural icon. This visit will be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience: the project will only be on view for 16 days, and on October 3, it will be dismantled. When you book this package, you will be able to spend a morning in the company of one of the monument’s curators, exploring and learning about the installation—before it opens to the public; then, enjoy a scenic private breakfast reception atop the arch on the panoramic terrace. Learn more and book now.
For travelers who want to extend their journey, arrive one week before the Christo exhibition for an immersive celebration of the exquisitely designed gardens in and around Paris—as well as the ornate châteaux and palaces that surround them. Led by Indagare Club host and horticulture expert Amy Kupec Larue, you can enjoy unique context and access to Paris’ green spaces—places that have bloomed in beauty (and historical intrigue) for centuries. As you walk in the footsteps of Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and Joséphine and Napoleon Bonaparte, you will be able to appreciate the timeless haunts of a city that is ever-changing—and in the evenings, dive into the latest and greatest that Paris has to offer, with special reservations at top tables and visits to the hot new addresses that have been unveiled in our absence (including an Alain Ducasse restaurant in the spectacular new hotel Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, located on the very grounds of Louis XIV’s iconic estate). Learn more and book now.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro lures adventurers, thrill-seekers and climbers to Tanzania to summit its peak. Now, you can reach the so-called “Roof of Africa”—and accomplish this amazing achievement—with our nine-day trip package, which includes all safety equipment and local guides for the spectacular seven-day Machame Route, plus two nights at the luxe Arusha Coffee Lodge to acclimatize before you set off—and a team of experts that have your back (on the way up, and down!). In the words of Indagare Marketing Director Diana Li, who summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019 (pictured above): “I discovered more about myself than my surroundings. I had time to listen and be fully present. I focused on achieving a single goal with a community that taught me oneness and perseverance.” A physically and mentally challenging excursion, this trip offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where each step can lead to a new discovery, and the journey is as inspiring as the destination. Learn more and book now.
One of Europe’s greatest treasures, Slovenia has managed to remain rather under-the-radar, and it is known only to the most sophisticated travelers. This may be hard to believe, considering that the destination has helped set the gold standard for sustainable tourism, it is home to an exceptional wine-growing region, and it embraces history buffs, nature lovers and urbanites alike, thanks to its miles of pristine alpine trails and glacial lakes, fairytale-worthy castles and charming cobblestoned cities that breed game-changers in food and design. This fall or next summer, experience all of these highlights with exclusive access, in the company of Slovenia’s most plugged-in tastemakers, at a time when few other travelers will be there. Learn more and book now.
Related: Why Go Now: Slovenia
Blackberry Farm, Tennessee with WSJ. Magazine
Join the ultimate spring wellness retreat with WSJ. Magazine and Indagare at Blackberry Farm, an award-winning luxury resort nestled at the base of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. The itinerary will focus on immersion in nature and the latest trends and age-old traditions in health, fitness, mindfulness and beauty—as well as the Farm’s world-class culinary program. A balance of scheduled activities and leisure time will offer opportunities to pursue individual exploration, growth and relaxation, as well as meaningful connections and discussions with fellow travelers, local experts, special guests and WSJ. contributors. With the support of the Indagare team, this Insider Journey welcomes travelers to recharge and discover inspiration at one of the finest farmstead escapes in the United States. Learn more and book now.
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Join elephant conservation expert and television host James Currie for a once-in-a-lifetime safari in Kenya to see the last of the big tusker elephants (whose tusks weigh more than 100 pounds, each!). Fewer than 20 of these elephants are believed to be left in the world—and you’ll be able to venture into off-limits reserves to find (and help protect) them, while staying at some of our favorite luxury lodges in the area, including Ol Donyo and Mara Plains Camp. Learn more and book now.
Related: Indagare Global Conversations Podcast – Dereck and Beverly Joubert on Safari Conservation
Stockholm, Sweden with WSJ. Magazine
The Swedish capital balances past and present with Scandinavian aplomb, its historic palaces and grand hotels co-existing with cutting-edge boutiques, restaurants and hot-spot bars. And while Stockholm looks like it is perpetually camera-ready for a magazine photo shoot, its vibe remains approachable and laid-back. On this journey, explore the city’s renowned design, fashion and architecture scenes, meeting with insightful locals along the way—including leading architects, art historians and curators. Plus: tour revered galleries and museums and visit historic homes and design shops, including the world-famous Svenskt Tenn, Drottningholm Palace and the Indagare-adored hotel Ett Hem, in the company of expert hosts: WSJ. Magazine contributing editor Sarah Medford and Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley. Learn more and book now.
Mexico City, Mexico
From its colorful buildings and breathtaking Modernist murals to the cuisine served at its most innovative restaurants, many elements of Mexico City are works of art—so it’s no surprise that it was named 2018’s World Design Capital (and it continues to be one of the hottest travel destinations). On this journey, you can experience the icons and highlights of this culture capital in the company of local tastemakers and curators, as well as Indagare Senior Membership Director Elise Bronzo, with expert-guided tours of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods and visits focused on the groundbreaking work of Luis Barragán, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo; the nuances of artisanal mezcal; up-and-coming contemporary artists and so much more. Plus, add on time in the charming colonial town (and artisan studio paradise) San Miguel de Allende. Learn more and book now.
Considered the last Buddhist Kingdom, Bhutan sits at the foot of the Himalayas and has remained isolated from the modern world for centuries. It is home to one of the world’s most fascinating cultures (it claims to be the happiest country on earth) and beautiful landscapes that are truly wild (it is the only country that is carbon-negative). You can explore this captivating place with daily hikes through rural towns and lush forests, as you make your way to the legendary Tiger’s Nest and relax at incredible Six Senses lodges. Along the way, discover ancient monasteries and rustic farmhouses, where you will be welcomed for meals and meditations—plus, experience an unforgettable farewell dinner under the stars in the ruins of a 15th-century dzong fortress, complete with live music, folk dancing and a traditional Bhutanese tasting menu. Learn more and book now.
Related: Exploring Bhutan with Linda Leaming
Miraval Arizona, Tucson
Experience transformational workshops, healing treatments, meditation and true relaxation at one of America’s most iconic and soulful wellness spas, in the desert surrounding the Catalina Mountains. Founded in 1995, Miraval Arizona set the standard for health, fitness, balance and discovery in a luxury setting. Here, you can pursue your own health goals while also seeking peace and renewal through our beloved annual program hosted by spiritual coach and Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser, who will lead daily sessions focused on processing—and growing from—the challenges of this past year. Learn more and book now.
Says Indagare Founder Melissa Biggs Bradley: “Words really cannot express the awe that you feel in the shadow of the pyramids or when surrounded by the still vibrant colors in Nefertari’s Tomb. There is simply no way to understand it without going—or returning as tombs continue to be discovered and treasures unveiled. There will never be a better time to explore Egypt’s wonders in our lifetime than right now, as the country enjoys increasing stability, a lack of crowds, the opening of several new luxury hotels and the groundbreaking Grand Egyptian Museum, coming in 2020.” We will be offering our sold-out Treasures of Egypt itinerary as a conveniently packaged trip that you can book over dates that work for you, offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences with experts in the field of Egyptology at such monuments as the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, the Khan El-Khalili bazaar and King Tut’s Tomb. Then, you can immerse yourself in the legendary cities, tombs and temples of Luxor, Edfu and Aswan from the exclusive vantage point of the Nile River, aboard a luxurious Oberoi river cruiser. Learn more and book now.
Related: Going Behind-the-Scenes in Egypt
Tucked away in northern Italy, the lovely Rosa Alpina resort offers access to hundreds of miles of trails—and one of the world’s largest and most reliable ski areas—in the pristine Italian Dolomites. In this extraordinary landscape—with breathtaking views, snow- blanketed slopes and jagged mountain peaks—go at your own pace or test your limits on daily runs led by expert local ski and snowboard guides. Active mornings will be followed by delicious meals at the area’s best restaurants and time to enjoy the luxuries of Rosa Alpina, an Aman Resort—including massages, beauty treatments and the opportunity to participate in cooking and yoga classes. Learn more and book now.
Plus: Explore our Italian Dolomites autumn hiking itinerary!
Marrakech has it all: history, romance and atmosphere. It exudes a happening, hip vibe, but it also has a rich history and enviable architecture, gardens, design and crafts. If you’re looking for a fulfilling time in an exotic place, it doesn’t get any better than Marrakech. Hidden within 28 acres of citrus and olive groves and inspired by the grand architecture of Morocco’s ancient palaces—with views of the Atlas Mountains and top-notch amenities—The Oberoi Marrakech is both a regal and peaceful hideaway from which to explore this bustling metropolis. With our new spa- and culture-focused packages, you can immerse yourself in traditional Moroccan wellness techniques, cuisine, architecture and history—while fully unplugging to enjoy all that the resort has to offer. Learn more and book now.
Mongolia is the world’s least-densely populated country, wedged between Siberia and northern China. It is one of the last remaining places on earth where the silence and emptiness of the landscapes around you truly fill your soul. Still, Mongolia’s 3.2 million people proudly keep their ancient history and rich cultural traditions alive—and protect its unique natural charms, from the oldest national park on the planet to the extremely rare Bactrian camel. On this journey, venture with Indagare Founder Melissa Biggs Bradley into the wilds of the steppes and deserts for an intimate, unforgettable discovery of a world that surpasses time. Learn more and book now.
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