June 5th, 2018
Places To Visit This Winter According To The New York Times

Winter is officially here and we can name three things we like about it:

1: fireplaces. Ah, the sounds of the crackling fire, a good book, a blanket, rain outside… our kind of heaven – when we are not at the beach.

2: red wine. Finally it’s cold enough to enjoy a nice glass of red wine without anyone asking any questions.

3: planning an escape to an exotic destination. Or to a European destination. Or anywhere in the world where the sun shines and it’s over 15 degrees, really.

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A few months ago, The New York Times compiled a list of places to visit in 2018. From the US to Europe, from the Caribbean to Colombia, there are 52 options to choose from. And guess what? Luxury Escapes can take you to quite a few of these trending locations… and if we can’t take you right to the heart of it, we can take you very, very close.


This tiny region of Italy located between Puglia and Calabria is home to the world-famous, UNESCO site of i Sassi di Matera – ancient caves used once upon a time for livestock and home today to bars, restaurant and stylish boutiques.

We can’t take you right to Matera, but we can take you all the way to Italy: come with us on a scenic nine-day coach tour, from the rolling hills of Tuscany to the picturesque shores of Lake Garda. Travel the country as you take in the famous sights of Rome, Orvieto, Venice, Lake Garda, Florence, Tuscany, San Gimignano and Siena with return economy flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth!

See more details of our Nine-Day Tour of Italy here.


Zambia made it to the shortlist, hitting number 14. It’s fair to say that Africa is a dream destination, a country we would all want to visit, and Luxury Escapes Tours can take you very close to Zambia, to its next-door neighbour to be precise: Tanzania.

Our 11-day luxury tour of Tanzania & Kenya will see you staying in intimate, award-winning and luxurious safari camps located on some of the most iconic sanctuaries in Africa – home to the big five game animals, as well as the local Maasai tribespeople – and venture on some of the most incredible adventures, including a hot hair balloon ride on the Maasai Mara, one of Africa’s best reserves.

See more details of our Ultimate 11-Day Luxury tour of Tanzania and Kenya here.


Yes! Tasmania is one of the 52 places to visit in 2018! Oysters, good wine and unparalleled natural beauty await you in Australia’s southernmost state. And we can take you right to the middle of the action.

For all the active and adventurous couples and friends out there, our 4-day walking tour of Bay of Fires is just what you need. Take in Tasmania’s stunning scenery from beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters and breathtaking coastline as you visit Mt William National Park, Anson’s Bay and the stunning Bay of Fires.

Need more details? Head to our Bay of Fires 4-day walking tour deal here.


Topping everyone’s bucket list, there’s no wonder why Iceland made it to the shortlist, just after Tasmania, at number 34.

The country of volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs and lava fields is meant to be explored – and Luxury Escapes can take you there… not only to explore Iceland, but also Sweden and Denmark.

Are you ready for 11 action-packed days in Northern Europe? Check the full itinerary of our  Tour of Iceland and Scandinavia here.


Sitting at number 45 of the list, it’s Rotorua, in New Zealand’s Northern Island. A charming town set on its namesake lake, Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture, mud baths, perennially warm waters and natural wonders.

Luxury Escapes will take you to the heart of Rotorua, with a stay at the stunning Black Swan Boutique Hotel, an oasis of privacy and relax just 10 minutes from the city. Check out the deal here.

Now the question is: where will you go this winter?