As travel begins to reopen and restrictions gradually but inevitably ease, why not make 2022 the year to plan that much-anticipated adventure? We've pulled together 7 inspiring bucket list tours, each with its own intrigue and personality, uniquely fit to 2022. Which experience best fits your vision for great memories in the upcoming year?
Sri Lanka by Bike
Sri Lanka, this resiliant country has bounced back from the Easter tragedy of 2019 and the crippling effects of the pandemic, with freshly renewed interest among those who postponed earlier travel plans. Their travel-friendly entry policy offers a balance of practical safety for the community, while also being simple for visitors to navigate. As a result there are many who are curious to make Sri Lanka their next destination of choice for 2022. Trek stunning mountain overlooks, encounter animals and birdlife in national parks and safaris, and surround yourself with the cuisine and culture of Sri Lanka's welcoming people. This is set to be a stellar year for Sri Lanka!
Thailand Bike, Boat & Beach
Our inaugural bike & boat tour in Thailand marked a 15 year milestone for Grasshopper Adventures in Asia, and while the pandemic delayed more planned departures we're very excited about finally having the chance to run this tour again in 2022. This is one of the most creative trips we offer, a true multi-adventure! There’s a wide range of activities to enjoy in the mornings, while the afternoons are spent cruising the famous River Kwai. Alternative activity options for non-cycling partners or friends have been specifically included in the itinerary, so everyone can join the adventure. The tour winds up in style on the tropical islands and white beaches of the south. So in addition to great cycling and river cruising, there's kayaking, local culture, historical sites, island hopping and much more to enjoy along the journey. A must-do in 2022 for those who want a bit of everything!
Interest in Japan for 2022 is as strong as ever. The world enjoyed a brief teaser of the country as they hosted the Summer Olympics in 2021, and that has suitably intrigued and inspired people to make come and see for themselves. It looks hopeful that travel may be open again in spring, and we eagerly await an announcement for that to come. The so-called Land of the Rising Sun is a true bucket-list destination. No other place offer quite compares to their curious yin-and-yang blend of deep-rooted traditions and culture, juxtaposed against an enthusiastic embrace of futuristic technology. Escape the cities and Japan boasts an unforgettable variety of stunning sceneries and discoveries, and this particular journey we have set against the enchanting backdrop of the Shikoku islands. You'll pedal through rich evergreen forests, past wild rivers, tiny towns, and over huge span bridges that offer spectacular panoramic views. If you are eager to visit this fascinating destination, then 2022 looks like a fantastic year to do so, on our most comprehensive tour of Japan.
Vietnam Essentials Cycle Tour
While this tour is new to our Vietnam line-up for 2022, the cycling routes, activities and locations we've included have stood the test of time, and are consistently praised by guests. As the name suggests, this tour takes in what we believe is a perfectly balanced mix of must-do essentials in Vietnam. You'll travel from the sprawling and fertile Mekong Delta, the agricultural hub of the country, up to the beautiful central coast, cycling through fishing villages and small ocean towns. The riding is fantastic, the food unforgettable, and the sights and activities have been crafted for you to truly connect with the country and people. The tour is suitable for riders of varying skill levels and our years of experience in Vietnam makes us confident this new trip will leave you smiling from ear to ear, whether it's your first visit or fifth!
Often overlooked as a holiday destination, the small island of Taiwan offers plenty for travelers and especially those wishing to explore it by bike. Known as a global hub for bicycle manufacturers, it has also helped foster a very bike-friendly community that boasts some of the region's best cycle routes and infrastructure. Although small enough to be explored tip-to-tip on a compact itinerary, the country still manages to pack a ton of variety into a relatively small footprint. Its striking east coast in particular has become a pilgrimage route for two-wheeled exploration and ranges from sparkling beaches to rugged coastline, striking mountain ranges and wide green valleys. Our Bike Taiwan tour is the most comprehensive trip we offer of the East Coast and should be a must for any bike touring bucket list, come and join us in 2022.
India Bike & Boat the Brahmaputra
The Assam region in the northwest is not the stereotypical India you may have preconceived notions of. This region, nestled up against the foothills of the Himalayas, boasts an abundance of wildlife, national parks, history and culture. Escape the urban sprawls into the wide expanses, and experience India "Grasshopper-style" with plenty of time for comfort and relaxation as we cruise the Brahmaputra river, soaking up spectacular views from the deck. This is one of the most exciting trips we launched back in 2019 and we can't wait to ply the storied waters once again. Want to join? You'll need to be quick to save a spot on one of just two departures in 2022!
Bike Tour Bhutan
Bhutan was voted #1 Country for 2020 in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel and for good reason, unfortunately the global pandemic put many travelers plans on hold, but the reasons to visit this year are just as compelling. Sustainable policies on tourism and visitor numbers, alongside a practiced and firm belief in living in harmony with nature, have instilled the kingdom with a preservation of culture and environment truly unique to the modern world. Enjoy Himalayan views and rides that include challenging climbs and thrilling descents, all amounting to fantastically satisfying ride amid the mystical surroundings.
Each of these cycle and multi-active tours has a particular quality that makes it an extra special selection for this new year. Whether your interest is, mountains or coast, boating or hiking, culture or nature, you're sure to find numerous jewels in any one of these bucket list tours for 2022!
We hope to see you this year!