How to Travel Like a Local: Add These Immersive Trips to Your Bucket List

We travel to discover new things—about ourselves and about the world around us. Immersive travel allows us to dive headfirst into the experiences that let us do just that, and so much more. Don’t just dip your toe in the pool of a new culture—completely surround yourself with the newness of unfamiliar sights, sounds, sensations and flavors that are unlike anything you’ve known before.


Asia: a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace and spirituality. Satisfy your appetite for adventure by visiting some of China’s most renowned sights: the Bund, Temple of Heaven, Tian’anmen Square and more! Enjoy a special Peking Duck Dinner where you will learn the traditional way to devour this succulent meat; rolled in a thin pancake with plum sauce and spring onions. Then, what better way to walk off the calories than to take an extraordinary stroll on the Great Wall of China? Dine like a local! Journey to the Wonders of Japan and China »


Dubai and India: filled with rich history, royal palaces and vibrant souks. Traverse the desert terrain on a Safari Adventure. Trained safari guides drive you through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, deep into the heart of the region. Feast under the stars at a traditional Bedouin-style camp. While there, take a camel ride or get a henna tattoo on your hands or feet. Lounge like a local! Journey to India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka »


Bangkok and Hong Kong’s floating markets are filled with chatter and activity—bargaining is common—that’s all part of the fun! Watch as colorfully clad merchants paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables, scouting shoppers along the banks. On your dinner cruise along the scenic Chao Phraya River, stop at Asiatique, a riverfront night market where you can check your bargaining skills over local products including clothing, art, antiques and more. Shop like a local! Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines »


Buenos Aires: a city that is as unique to South America as Paris is to Europe. Enjoy a scenic ride to an Argentine estancia (ranch), for a gaucho experience! Indulge in local specialties such as empanadas, wine and mate (an Argentine drink of steeped yerba mate leaves). During lunch, be entertained by a folkloric song and dance show, and then work off your meal by participating in some traditional dances. Later, go for a carriage or tractor ride, and watch the gauchos show off their incredible horse-riding skills with ring races and other performances. Farm like a local! Journey to Antarctica and Iguazu Falls »


Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii: Uluru (Ayers Rock), is one of Australia’s most identifiable icons and is considered sacred to the Aboriginal people. Dine under the canopy of the desert night during your “Sounds of Silence” experience where your very own storyteller shares Aboriginal tales while overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets against Uluru, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo, and join your table for a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. Cherish like a local! Journey to Australia, Tahiti and Hawaii »


China and South Korea: a riveting jumble of wildly differing dialects and topographical extremes makes China a perennially popular travel destination. It could be the relaxing teahouse culture or the exotic food, but we think the country owes its popularity to the adorable pandas! In Chengdu, visit the Panda Breeding Center to see these captivating animals from a new perspective. Learn about the pandas and their environment, and grab your camera for some memorable photos. Adore the locals! Journey to the Best of China and South Korea »

Wherever your urge to discover new things takes you, make sure to fully immerse yourself in the destination. Enjoy new cultures, cuisines, traditions, and escape your comfort zone a little. After all, gaining a new respect and appreciation for every corner of the globe is what travel is all about, right? Search more immersive cruise packages », or contact your Personal Vacation Manager at 800-709-9507 to learn more about your options.