Our client came to us wanting to give a special gift to his wonderful wife of 25 years – a trip to a world she had always been fascinated by: Turkey and the Wonders of the Ottoman Empire. We created a 12-day journey that condensed the most beautiful, and poignant experiences across the Anatolian peninsula.
From the exotic tales of the Topkapi Palace to the pirate ships strewn along the Turquoise Coast and the ill-fated landing at Gallipoli, the clients experienced a world at the crossroads of two continents, and a true melting pot of cultures. From modern to ancient, urban to wild, spiritual to hedonistic, their journey was an experience of the senses that led them to make the following comment at the end of their trip.
We created a never-to-be-repeated 21-day trip that took the family from the intrigue of the Forbidden City to hiking for 4 days with a world-renowned expert along the Great Wall of China around the seldom visited city of Datong, the UNESCO listed Yungang Buddhist Grottoes and the Hanging Temple. They then flew to Luoyang to visit the most famous Shaolin Temple in the land, guided by a Kung-Fu master before attending a training session. We received news that the boys were having the time of their life and the parents’ desire to learn more about classic China was fulfilled with nights at the theatre watching Chinese classic dances from the Tang Dynasty period. Then the whole family started a memorable bike riding adventure in Yunnan Province visiting the extraordinary rice terraces of the Hani people. Lastly they travelled to Xian and Shanghai to see the Terracotta Warriors, the Bund and the riches of the Shanghai Museum with a few nights of jazz in boutique venues reminiscent of the 1930s. When the family returned home they shared their thoughts:
The brief was to create a journey of the kind you can’t find in guidebooks and travel magazines, memorable culinary experiences and lots of exposure to indigenous cultures and rituals beyond the amazing sights and civilisation of Machu Picchu and the Inca Empire. We curated an epic journey from the elegant and sophisticated urban environs of the capital Lima to the towering sights of the Andes where soaring condors rule the skies and beyond to the shores of Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun in Andean mythology. While they were in the middle of their adventure and soon after New Year’s Eve, we received this wonderful message:
We crafted a 17-day journey that focussed on southern India and provided an insight into India’s 7,000-year history, ethnicities, cultures, religions, languages and the wealth that lured the British and other powers to its shores. Our clients experienced India’s kaleidoscopic variety with the utmost safety and comfort. They then concluded their trip in beautiful Sri Lanka with its calming and luxurious tea plantations, marvellous beaches and exotic wildlife. Here they had time to take stock of their journey and the richness of the experience:
Our 16-day Tanzanian adventure from Arusha to the exotic shores of the spice island of Zanzibar was picked up by Luxury Travel Magazine. Travel journalist Lisa Doust wrote about the experience. Travelling from the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro across the hunter-gatherer tribal region of Lake Eyasi, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Olduvai Gorge where Lisa walked in the footsteps of Homo Habilis in the company of a field palaeontologist. Lisa’s account provides a vivid description of the primordial and unforgettable landscapes, people and culture of East Africa:
The Amalfi Coast had played Cupid to a young couple when they were university students. They hoped to return and marry there but it seemed more like a dream than a real possibility. The bride’s parents approached Nomads Secrets to help make the dream a reality. The wedding was planned for the beginning of July with relatives and friends flying in from around the world. The occasion meant more than celebrating the betrothal; four generations of the family along with their friends were going to come together for the first time in decades.
Nomads Secrets was asked to create a week full of fun and activities that would warm people’s hearts and provide the opportunity for the family to renew their bonds. It was a complex task. We created a fairy-tale event with private excursions to secret and inaccessible beaches, private dinners in restaurants reachable only by boat, exclusive venues and musical nights on either side of the “Big Day” as well as the newlyweds honeymoon across Italy. Everything was meticulously planned and ran flawlessly, even the weather and the sea played their part! Upon her return the mother of the bride wrote: