Rock-cut architecture that you’ll love
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Cappadocia, Turkey

The otherworldly underground city of Cappadocia dates from 6th century BC. This maze of honeycomb houses, fairy chimneys and temples hewn from rock can be discovered on foot or from above in a hot air balloon ride.

02
Matera, Italy

The ancient rock homes of Matera fell into rack and ruin after dwellers moved out in the 1950s to seek a more modern way of life. Then in the 1980s the tide turned as investors could see the potential in these hilltop hideaways. They turned them into boutique hotels, underground bars, and gourmet restaurants and soon it became one of the most sought after places to stay. They are a large reason why Matera is now back on the map and this year’s European Capital of Culture.

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Lalibela, Ethiopia

These striking subterranean churches were created in the 12th and 13th centuries. Eleven churches can be found tucked away within the terra firma, including Bete Medhane Alem and Bete Giyorgis (the Church of Saint George). Coloured frescos and bas reliefs decorate the walls of these monoliths connected by trenches and tunnels.

04
Petra, Jordan

This former trading hub that was established in 4th century BC lies in a valley that connects to the Dead Sea. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. While most people will recognise it for the façade of Al Khazneh (The Treasury) that starred in the Hollywood movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Petra is a small city stretches out for miles.

05
Predjama Castle, Slovenia

The dramatic castle that’s built in the gaping cavern halfway up the rock face dates from the 13th century. Visitors can enjoy touring its dungeons, getting a bird’s eye view of the landscape from Erazem’s Nook and hearing stories about the Robin Hood like Erazem Lueger who used the castle as his hideout.

Suggested Itineraries
Cambodia, Ang Kor Wat, Monkeys

From HK$39,000 pp

Cambodia with Kids

Siem Reap Phnom Penh

  • Explore the Angkor temples in Siem Reap, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm

  • Discover Khmer flavours and cook a three-course Khmer meal

  • Experience the colourful spectacle of Phare, the Cambodian Circus

  • Fly through the jungle canopy on a zipline adventure

  • Feed the Asiatic black bears and sun bears at a rescue sanctuary

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 7 nights
Cheenavala_Fort Kochi

From HK$38,000 pp

Classic Kerala

Kerala India

  • Enjoy a cultural tour of Fort Kochi, including a visit to St Francis Church
  • Observe birds and wildlife on a tour of the Periyar National Park
  • Cruise the picturesque backwaters of Kerala on a luxury boat
  • Experience daily life in Kerala’s backwaters on a traditional rice boat
  • Relax at a wellness retreat on the shores of the Arabian Sea

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 12 nights
Antofagasta, Chile, Rains in the Atacama Desert sculpture Hand of Desert (Mano de Desierto)

From HK$81,000 pp

Ultimate Peru

Lima Peruvian Amazon Cusco, Sacred Valley, & Machu Picchu Lake Titicaca

  • Explore Lima’s colonial architecture and vibrant districts

  • Tour the magnificent Machu Picchu ruins

  • Take the 1920s-style Belmond Andean Explorer Train to Puno

  • Explore the Amazon on board a luxury yacht

  • Cruise on Lake Titicaca and witnessing the floating reed Uros islands

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 13 nights
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