Chinese zodiac: what's your holiday style?:

03/02/2014 | Published 5 months ago

Planning on doing some travel in 2014, Year of the Horse? In the spirit of the Chinese Lunar New Year, we've hand-picked some unique holiday packages for each Chinese zodiac sign.

Rat
Birth year: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Personality: brainy, creative, charming    
Holiday style: rail adventure
We recommend: Machu Picchu in Style, Peru



Travel to Machu Picchu on the Hiram Bingham train, the most luxurious way to journey between Cusco and the Lost City of the Incas. Explore Cusco while staying at a converted monastery. Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the perfect base to explore these magnificent ruins.

Ox
Birth year: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009    
Personality: trustworthy, highly driven, open
Holiday style: winter adventure
We recommend: Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Canada



Travel to Baker Creek Mountain Resort where, nestled in a peaceful wooded setting beneath the majestic Canadian Rockies, you'll find honey coloured Log Chalets, romantic Jacuzzi Suites and the renowned Bistro restaurant. Baker Creek has been completely restored now offering luxury log chalets, featuring two deluxe trappers and mountain lodge style suites with jacuzzis. Perfect for a self-drive holiday.

Tiger
Birth year: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010    
Personality: courageous, impulsive, strong
Holiday style: trekking adventure
We recommend: Walking the Great Wall, China



A fascinating trek, with the grandeur of China literally at our feet. Stepping out across the peaceful semi-ruin of a section of the Great Wall is like walking in the footsteps of the past. Far from the madding tourist crowds we are able to get a great sense of the scale and the majesty of this remarkable piece of engineering without rushing through in a big group.

Rabbit
Personality: sociable, gifted, composed
Birth year: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Holiday style: cruise adventure
We recommend: Anakonda Amazon River Cruise, Ecuador



The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise is the only luxury cruise boat in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Its 18 suites are equipped with air conditioning, 24-hour electricity, private bathroom with hot water and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. Explore remote and pristine areas and interact with the region’s 15 local communities, while enjoying the comforts, commodities and services of a 5-star floating boutique hotel.

Dragon
Personality: inventive, confident, passionate    
Birth year: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012    
Holiday style: culture & heritage adventure
We recommend: Highlights of India



Share the vibrancy of exotic India, where you will travel by train, boat and road to some of the country's most culturally rich and stunning destinations.

Snake
Birth year: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Personality: intelligent, perceptive, charismatic    
Holiday style: wildlife & safari
We recommend: Malawi Magic, Southern Africa



Experience the unrivalled combination of lake, landscape, wildlife and culture in one of Africa's most beautiful and compact countries. Lake Malawi dominates the eastern side of the country and is famed for its abundance and diversity of freshwater fish.

Horse
Birth year: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Personality: approachable, optimistic, stylish        
Holiday style: luxury adventure
We recommend: Explora En Atacama, Chile



Discover traditional Atacama culture and unique wildlife while experiencing luxury in the middle of a desert oasis with a stay at Explora en Atacama. The Hotel de Larache has 46 rooms and 4 suites situated around an inner plaza. It has stables, an observatory, and an area with heated pools, an open-air jacuzzi and steam baths offering an experience of absolute luxury in the middle of the desert.

Sheep
Birth year: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015    
Personality: imaginative, graceful, generous    
Holiday style: photography adventure
We recommend: Migration Fly-In Safari, Canada



Experience an intimate polar bear viewing experience like no other. Fly by private plane directly into the heart of the Hudson Bay Polar Bear migration path. From your comfortable cabin enjoy up-close polar bear viewing and unprecedented access. At night watch the vibrant Northern Lights dance overhead.

Monkey
Birth year: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Personality: humorous, cunning, quick-witted
Holiday style: festivals & events
We recommend: Rio Carnaval, Brazil



Come to the world's biggest party Rio Carnaval! Witness the spectacular costumes, dance, songs and presentations at the samba parades.

Rooster
Year birth: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Personality: hard-working, gutsy, passionate        
Holiday style: cycling adventure
We recommend: Austrian Lakes Cycling, Austria



Our popular 10 night cycling holiday in the Austrian lakes is fantastically varied with something to suit travellers of all ages. It’s a glorious mix of spectacular scenic views, gentle shoreline routes and swimming opportunities galore!

Dog
Birth year: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018    
Personality: kind, loyal, sincere    
Holiday style: rest & relaxation adventure
We recommend: Ananda in the Himalayas – Himalayan Bliss



Located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills with stunning views of the valley and Ganges River.

Pig
Birth year: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Personality: dependable, generous, faithful    
Holiday style: culinary adventure
We recommend: Flavours of Cambodia



Cambodian cuisine plays a large part in the enjoyment of any visit and can be considered a tourist attraction in its own right. Combine Khmer cuisine with the country’s key touring sites for the perfect gourmet tour.