A number of events – albeit very expensive and exclusive ones – have been arranged to mark the rather special 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. For instance, travel agency Miles Morgan Travel has chartered a Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship to offer a cruise repeating the original route out of Southampton, carrying 1,309 passengers – the same number as the real Titanic. It’s believed to be the only cruise marking the anniversary…and it’s completely sold out.
Alternatively, you could sell your house and take the ultimate wreck dive: 3,800 metres down to the remains of the RMS Titanic off Canada’s Atlantic coast, where it sank some 375 miles from St John’s Newfoundland in 1912. The catch is that the price tag is so steep, you won’t be holidaying anywhere else for the next 50 years. Kensington Tours are offering two rare two-week tours in 2012 which includes seven days at the wreck site including a Titanic wreck and debris field dive in a Mir submersible, five-star food and specialist lectures. Yours for just £42,200 per person.
But if you fancy something else, read on through our list of extreme holidays, both in terms of experience and expense.
If you like jumping out of aeroplanes and don’t mind parting with £13,370, the Everest Skydive is the ultimate adrenalin-filled activity. And in case you were wondering, this skydiving adventure above the world’s most iconic peaks works out at over £1,270 per minute of freefall. Well, it is over Everest. There’s a nice article on this here.
Test your stamina, fitness and overdraft limit with Abercrombie & Kent’s Extreme Adventures’ ‘The South Pole: Conquering the Final Degree‘. Covering the final 70 miles of Antarctic desert before the south pole, it’s one of the most hostile spots on Earth. So hostile, in fact, that even explorer Ernest Shackleton turned back twice. But if you’re intent on going, be prepared to weave through piles of snow and ski for eight hours a day. Oh, and part with £38,000 plus flights.
Norway’s Arctic fjords provide access to untouched powder fields in one of the world’s last inaccessible ski regions. After skiing on pristine snow, you’ll slip down to your private boat and sail through the night to reach new terrain for more hours of off-piste skiing. At £11,845 per person for seven nights excluding flights, it’s not cheap but definitely unforgettable. Details here.
If you’re short on time but feeling somewhat flush, ‘Experiences of a Lifetime‘ from TCS & Starquest Expeditions will whisk you by private jet to eight countries for all sorts of adventures including camping under the stars in India’s Great Thar Desert, gorilla trekking in the bamboo jungles of Rwanda and elephant trekking in Thailand. Taking place from 21 February to 14 March 2012, this 23-day extravaganza costs £42,625 per person.
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