Father’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to leave behind the days of cufflinks, golf balls and cringe-worthy cards. What better way to celebrate your Dad than to treat him with some seriously memorable bonding time abroad together? Here are Quintessentially Travel’s top 10 picks to make Dad feel like the special man that he is…
FOR THE GOLFING FATHER
If golf is his passion then this is the break for him. Experience the new Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites in the Algarve; a world renowned location for his favourite sport. As well as having a golf course on your doorstep, you are only a thirty minute drive from the famous Quinta do Lago and San Lorenzo golf courses.
QT Tip: Enjoy a 4×4 rural tour of the real Algarve visiting old villages, waterfalls, orange groves and a cork factory.
The Verdura Golf and Spa resort, situated in the beautifully historic fishing village of Sciacca, offers a mile of private beach. Enjoy a relaxed golfing weekend in this Sicilian retreat.
QT Tip: Visit Agrigento; home to the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
FOR THE CAR-LOVING FATHER
Cruise through the Alps in your very own Aston Martin as you embody everything that is James Bond. Enjoy numerous stops famous from the Bond stories before finally reaching St. Moritz where the opening chase scene of ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ was filmed.
QT Tip: Enjoy lunch in a rotating restaurant on the Schilthorn where you have the best view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
This is the ultimate driving experience; ice driving over the frozen lakes of Scandinavia will leave your thrill-seeking father speechless. Dad will be wishing the winter months could arrive sooner once he knows you have this in store for him.
QT Tip: Experience the incredible tranquillity of the wilderness with an afternoon Snowmobile Safari on the frozen lakes and forest tracks. Keep your eyes peeled for Elk, Lynx and Moose.
FOR THE ADVENTUROUS FATHER
Treat your father to an unforgettable experience as you soar above the North Pole; a three-night trip to one of the most untouched places in the world. Keep an eye out for any polar bears as you hop on your helicopter and enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views.
QT Tip: Spend your first evening snowmobiling before dinner in the world’s northernmost city Longyearbyen.
Experience ultimate Alaskan wilderness as you find yourself in a world removed from civilisation; stop for a picnic in the middle of the largest non-polar glacier on earth, go salmon stream fishing alongside grizzly bears, or soar among 14 – 18,000 foot peaks along the way to the Pacific coastline to watch 1000 year old glacier ice crash into the surf.
QT Tip: Kayak and fish for salmon in a glacial fed river.
FOR THE ANIMAL-LOVING FATHER
Experience the most magnificent Arctic animals as the ice begins to thaw for the summer months. You will be witness to huge pods of walruses, thousands of bowhead whales, and polar bears. Igloolik is home to the oldest and most traditional Inuit community in Nunavut making this region notonly naturally captivating but historically significant as well.
QT Tip: Be sure to pack your camera so you can capture this unique expedition.
Explore the wonders of wild Kenya as you uncover the secrets of the bush on foot, from the sounds of the birds to the sights of the Big 5. Look out over Lake Elmenteita as the animals flock to drink and invite the giraffes for tea as you say goodbye to Kenya at the world famous Giraffe Manor.
QT Tip: Guided by a local Samburu guide and tracker, visit Manyatta, a settlement of young warriors.
Arrive in Buenos Aires and stay in the desirable Recoleta district. Submerge yourself in the Argentinian culture as you indulge in wine tasting, the local architecture, and the astonishingly beautiful parks. Spend your days immersed in the polo scene as you attend the Triple Crown tournaments, meet the international players, and enjoy two days of polo lessons at the highly covested La Aguada Polo Resort learing how to ride and care for a polo pony.
QT Tip: On your first evening enjoy a private wine tasting and learn about some of the finest wines in the world.
FOR THE BOATING FATHER
Papua New Guinea
Spend 10 days visiting unspoiled islands and pristine bays, with activities including village visits, snorkelling and scenic helicopter flights. Uncover historical secrets and receive insights into the wartime hostilities of Papua New Guinea and the part it played in the Australian and US struggles with the Japanese.
QT Tip: Enjoy a trip to the Duke of York Islands, once a collection point for 17th century trading ships.