31 January 2014
On January 31 Chinese New Year will bring in the Year of the Horse. People born in the Year of the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1996, 1990, 2002 and 2014) are clever, kind, animated and energetic. Here are Adventure World’s picks for the horse-inspired travel this year.
• A horse is a horse of course of course - unless it’s a 2,200 year old lifelike terracotta replica. It’s estimated 520 terracotta horses that form part of Xi’an’s incredible Terracotta Army that also includes over 8,000 soldiers. Emperor Qin Shi Hunag’s legacy is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times and has to be seen to be believed. Adventure World’s 6-day China Experience is priced from $1,285 per person and includes 2 nights in Xi’an.
• The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota is named for the Lakota leader it depicts though you could be mistaken for thinking the ‘crazy’ is a reference to the scope of the project. If finished, it will become the world’s largest mountain sculpture though t’s not likely to take out the record anytime too soon – started in 1948 it’s still far from complete though has become a tourist attraction in its own right. Adventure World’s 15-day Northern Rockies is priced from $2,899 per person and includes National Parks and Monuments including the Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone and Crazy Horse Memorial.
• Whitehorse, in north-west Canada gets its name from the White Horse Rapids on the Yukon River. You’re more likely to see elk, moose and caribou at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve than horses though the city’s main drawcard for tourists is the wondrous Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights that can be seen most nights between December and March. Adventure World’s 5-day Yukon Winter Dream is priced from $2,275 per person and includes a trip to Fish Lake to take in the splendour of the Northern Lights.
• Torres del Paine National Park is the crown jewel of Chilean Patagonia and there’s no better way to see it than by horseback. Channel your inner Gaucho and saddle up for a ride to the tranquil Laguna Sophia. Trade the freeway rushing past your car window to the fresh air of a ride across past lush Patagonian steppe, pretty valleys and dramatic mountains. Adventure World’s 4-day The Singular Patagonian Experience is priced from $2,415 per person and includes three nights at the luxurious luxury hotel The Singular and a range of expeditions and tours.
• Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing? You will on a sleigh ride around Lake Louise. Adventure World’s independent round trip from Calgary takes in Adventure World’s 6-day Firesides and Snowflakes is priced from $1,064 per person and includes five nights accommodation in Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff, transport and a range of sightseeing. Departures available until April 2014 and commencing in November.
For more information, contact Adventure World on 0800 899 111 or visit www.adventureworld.co.nz.