With the end of the year approaching, we’re looking back on where we’ve been and dreaming of where we want to go next. 2018 was filled with some incredible Insider Journeys that ventured all over the globe, from Milan, Helsinki and Copenhagen to Botswana, Rwanda, Egypt and Madagascar. With another year of trips now behind us, our team has been hard at work planning exciting new itineraries for 2019. From Israel and Morocco to the Chilean wine country, these small group trips are crafted around your passion points—including art, design, food and history—and feature truly one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experiences like curator-led tours of private homes and galleries, after-hours access to top museums and monuments, dinner parties with stylish locals and personalized shopping excursions. As you fill out your travel calendar for the year ahead, these are the journeys that you won’t want to miss.
Few destinations are as dramatic as Chile: here, salt flats meet snow-capped mountains, and vast deserts give way to sandy beaches and pink flamingo lagoons. Chile is a bucket list destination for most types of travelers, from outdoor enthusiasts and intrepid explorers to design aficionados and ultimate indulgers. In 2019, we’re offering two trips that explore these otherworldly landscapes.
The first week of February, you can escape the wintery weather of the northern hemisphere to discover the warm temperatures and beautiful vistas of Chile’s Colchagua wine country and the ethereal Atacama Desert in mid-summer, while based at two of Indagare’s favorite design-focused hotels: Viña Vik and Tierra Atacama. You will be hosted by the founder of Indagare, Melissa Biggs Bradley, for such adventures as horseback rides, wine tastings, star gazing, salt flat drives, hiking and more, in the company of your fellow Indagare members. Click here to learn more about this journey.
In April, test your limits on some of the most incredible hiking trails in the world, while immersing yourself in the natural splendor of Chilean Patagonia and enjoying the luxuries of one of our favorite adventure lodges, Tierra Patagonia. Blissfully undeveloped and known as the eighth natural wonder of the world, Torres del Paine National Park will provide the backdrop for this trip, while expert naturalist guides will lead you on half- and full-day hikes on such iconic trails as Mirador, Frenchman, Paso and Cornisas, as well as glacier trekking and lagoon excursions. Click here to learn more about this journey.
With one third of all of the world’s antiquities and the only remaining monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Egypt is a superlative destination: astounding, colossal, epic. For thousands of years, travelers journeyed from all over the world to witness the glorious temples built by the pharaohs, and today, Egypt is stable, safe and growing more and more popular by the day. Now is the time to see it for yourself.
In 2019, we will be offering our sold-out Treasures of Egypt itinerary—both as a conveniently packaged trip that you can book on your own, and as an Insider Journey that you can experience with your fellow Indagare members. Available in February, October, November and December (upon request), these trips focus on once-in-a-lifetime experiences of the some of the most incredible monuments of human civilization. You will meet with experts in the field of Egyptology for exclusive access to such monuments as the Sphinx, as well as touring at 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, while special immersion experiences like camel rides and cocktail receptions at legendary hotels bring history to life. Click here to learn more about this journey.
In the words of Indagare’s founderMelissa 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. Having just returned from my third visit, on our first Insider Journey on the Nile, I believe that there will never be a better time to explore Egypt’s wonders in our lifetime than right now.”
To learn more about these trips, click here to read testimonials from Indagare members who traveled to Egypt with Melissa on our Insider Journey in 2018.
From some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world and sprawling Gothic churches to the spectacular Modernist inventions of Gaudí and Dalí, Barcelona is an art and design lover’s paradise. In few other places is it possible to see so many artistic periods co-existing in harmony, and the very soul of the city is charged with creative energy.
In early June, you can join the curators from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) to open doors to Barcelona’s finest private homes and art collections for your viewing—which include works by such masters as Gaudí, Picasso, Miró, Barceló, Casas and Rusiñol—along with behind-the-scenes access to such iconic monuments as La Sagrada Familia and Púbol Castle. Along the way, you will meet with the artists and collectors that are shaping the culture of modern Barcelona and explore the city’s top restaurants, galleries and private clubs, while based at the lovely Majestic Hotel.
For a country that is just over 8,000 square miles (approximately the size of New Jersey), Israel packs a cultural punch that is rivaled by few other destinations. The nation has enough diversity—from Bedouins and religious pilgrims to beach-goers and style mavens—to be its own continent.
On this truly once-in-a-lifetime Insider Journey in April, join thought-leaders, historians and stylish locals for an exploration of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. From immersive cultural activities like cooking classes and expert-guided touring at the most significant Biblical sites, to private dinners and discussions with female entrepreneurs, theologians and fashion designers, this journey will dive into the modern complexities of this ancient destination
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 (in addition to being one of the hottest travel destinations of this year).
On this February Insider Journey, hosted in partnership with Design Miami/, you will venture out on studio visits with top designers like Carla Fernández and expert-guided tours of contemporary art museums and galleries, including Kurimanzutto, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Museo Tamayo and LABOR, as well as the private house of Luis Barragán, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, and the home and studio of Diego Rivera, led by the museum’s director. Other itinerary highlights include a collector’s preview of the international art fair Zona Maco and reservations at leading restaurants including Tetetlán, Rosetta and Contramar.
“I have never found a place where I love hiking more than the Dolomites,” says Indagare founder, Melissa Biggs Bradley, who has joined Indagare members on hiking trips to the region in three of the last four years. “The combination of spectacular mountain scenery, expert local guides and amazing food and accommodations makes it a knock-out experience for anyone who loves the outdoors and being active.” The majestic Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, offer untouched landscapes where you can truly unplug and get back in touch with nature and your own thoughts. With breathtaking views of the picturesque countryside, emerald-green meadows, waterfalls and jagged mountain peaks, you can test your limits on this beloved annual September Insider Journey, while exploring natural sites on daily hikes led by expert local guides.
Your home base, the lovely Rosa Alpina resort in San Cassiano, offers access to hundreds of miles of trails, and active mornings will be followed by delicious, well-deserved meals at the best restaurants in the area and free time to enjoy the lodge’s luxuries (including massages, spa treatments and the opportunity to participate in cooking and yoga classes). In addition to exploring with local naturalists and mountaineers, you will also be able to bond with your fellow Indagare members while soaking in the marvels of the Italian wilderness. Click here to learn more about this journey.
Few countries in the world stimulate the five senses in such a vibrant way as India. On this February journey, join globetrotter and textile designer Lisa Fine for a stylish, sensory adventure that explores Indian craftsmanship, fashion, spirituality and colonial history in the cities of Chennai, Madurai, Chettinad and Hyderabad—mesmerizing cosmopolitan centers that are less frequently visited by the Western traveler. You will visit lavish palaces and astounding temples, tour historical museums and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to bustling markets and artisans’ workshops under Lisa’s expert guidance, with the opportunity to peruse an incredibly varied array of jewelry, home goods and textiles intended to give you a glimpse of the richness and diversity of Indian craftsmanship. You may also wish to add on a pre-trip to Delhi and Agra—where you can see the Taj Mahal at sunrise—and a post-trip to the award-winning Ananda spa in the Himalayan foothills
Introducing our AD x Indagare Insider Journeys
We’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Architectural Digest to bring you a new series of design- and architecture-focused Insider Journeys in 2019. Hosted by AD editors and featuring visits to exceptional private homes and special dinners with local tastemakers, these AD x Indagare itineraries will take you behind closed doors in some of the most fascinating design centers across the globe, including Lebanon, Morocco, India, England, Japan and Spain. Click here to learn more.