This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
An excursion is an activity that you take part in while on vacation. It can be a 3-day hike through the Appalachians or an hour-long sunset cruise. There are thousands of options to choose from, depending on where you travel and exactly what you want to get from the experience. Your honeymoon can include one or more mini-excursions. Are you looking for something a little more romantic, adventurous, or relaxing? Check out our 12 favorite excursions that you just MUST experience from around the globe!
For The Romantics
No matter what excursion you choose, your honeymoon will be romantic. It’s your first vacation as a married couple! If you want to spend your trip reveling in each other’s company and making beautiful memories, try out one of these romantic excursions.
Picnics are always romantic and playful and are the perfect relaxing date – whether domestic or international. When we think cliff-top picnic, we imagine sitting atop one of the scenic Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, listening to the waves crash, and feeling the wind rustle the tall grasses. However, you can easily convert this excursion to fit wherever you plan to honeymoon! Pack grapes, cheese, and crackers for a Tuscan picnic overlooking the vineyards or buy a street vendor’s goods for a lunch in Central Park.
Tango Dancing Classes In Argentina
As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. The tango is one of the most romantic dances, as it’s sultry and sexy – perfect for your honeymoon! Buenos Aires – the capital of Argentina – is an incredibly beautiful place to visit that’s bursting with culture. Taste the food, learn the language, and try out their dance moves. This excursion can work in a lot of destinations; learn Salsa in Cuba, the Waltz in Vienna, or Paso Doble in Spain!
Northern Lights In The Bubble Hotel In Iceland
With other excursions you can plan ahead and book specific activities. But when it comes to Mother Nature, there is no guarantee. For your best chance to see the Northern Lights, research and check with a travel agent to make sure you’re visiting at the best time of year. While science has explanations for this phenomenon, it still feels like actual magic when you witness the beauty of the Aurora Borealis. The Bubble Hotel in Iceland is the absolute best place to witness them, as you’re essentially staying in a transparent bubble! Just imagine falling asleep under the countless stars with the one you love most.
For The Water Bugs
Are you and your fiancé the type of couple who craves being around water? Whether it’s floating in a pool, boating on a lake, or swimming in the ocean, you’re more comfortable on water than on land. If this sounds like you, check out some of these excursions, perfect for water bugs.
Float In The Dead Sea
If it’s not already, floating in the Dead Sea should definitely be added to your bucket list! Because of the high levels of minerals and salts that are in the sea, your body will naturally float. Plus, these minerals are often used in skincare products, so it’s a win-win! Devastatingly, the Dead Sea levels are lowering drastically, so you may only have so much time left to experience this wonder. Don’t wait to book!
Submerge In A Mini-Submarine
Mini-submarines are designed like individual, underwater bikes. Their bubble-like masks block water from getting to your face while pumping in oxygen, allowing you to breathe underwater. It’s even better than scuba diving, as you don’t need a ton of training. Your dive instructor will teach you different hand gestures to communicate, will point out different fish while underwater, and you may even get to touch unique aquatic creatures!
Climb A Waterfall In Jamaica Or Dominican Republic
In Ochos Rios, Jamaica and Rio Damajagua, Dominican Republic, you can actually climb waterfalls! Stare at them in wonder from both the bottom and top of these magnificent, natural formations. In Jamaica, you’ll have a guide who can help you find the best paths, show you the best views, and take pictures of you and your new spouse. In Rio Damajagua, you can choose from 27 different waterfalls or trek them all! You’ll end up with incredible photos for Instagram and even better stories to tell.
For The Adventurers
Life is one big adventure, and you just embarked on the biggest one out there. Not your honeymoon – marriage! It’s only proper to celebrate with an unforgettable experience. Sharing adrenaline, exhilaration, and memories with your new spouse on this trip will be the first time of many.
White Water Rafting
If it’s a thrill you’re looking for, white water rafting is the perfect excursion for you. After floating down a river, battling rapids, steering currents, and getting soaked to your core, navigating marriage will be a breeze! Unless you’ve done it before, be sure to book an excursion where a guide is with you in the boat. Trust us, you’ll be glad for the experience they have.
Bobsled In Jamaica
The Jamaican bobsled team is infamous as it’s quite odd to have a winter sport on a Caribbean island. You can try out this sport for yourself with a ride through the jungle called Mystic Mountain! You’ll take a chairlift up 700 feet with beautiful views of the island, then barrel down a 1000 meter track. Unlike a true bobsled, you’ll be on a track, but it’s not your typical rollercoaster. Rather than using electricity or pulleys to power the car, this ride is operated entirely by gravity.
Leap Of Faith Water Slide In Atlantis
If you’ve seen any photos of the Bahamas, you’re sure to have seen the Leap of Faith slide at the Atlantis Resort. Work your way up to this 60-foot drop by starting in some of their tamer waterslides like the Challenger, Surge, and Serpent slides. Besides the intense speed and near-vertical drop, the Leap of Faith gives you some great views of marine life as you slide through. No need to stay at Atlantis to take advantage of these adventures; they offer day-passes!
For The Overly Stressed
You’re working HARD to plan the perfect wedding. It’s not easy! There are months of research, planning, appointments, meetings, forms, and budgeting involved, not to mention the stress of changing your name (PS – you’ll want to make sure the name on your boarding tickets and passport match, so don’t change your name until after the honeymoon!). After all is said and done, you just want to take a moment to relax. Here are the perfect excursions for you.
A honeymoon that involves the ocean is always very healing. Vitamin D, the salt from the ocean, and the exfoliation of the sand do wonders for your mental AND physical state! But if you want to take it to the next level, hit the spa. We recommend a couples massage, Himalayan salt scrub, Aloe facial, or seaweed wrap! You’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated, and will look your absolute best in all those honeymoon pics.
Wine Tasting In Tuscany Or Napa Valley
Wine is the ultimate muscle-relaxer. Taste some of the best flavors in the world with a tour through Tuscany. Stop by each winery for a sample and walk through their vineyards. Want to stay closer to home? Napa Valley has incredible wineries that are beloved across the world with even more beautiful views of the California coastline.
Whether you find yourself in Mexico at the Mayan Ruins or at the Coliseum in Italy, your stresses will seem minute when you gaze upon ancient ruins that have lasted centuries. Take a tour from a native to learn their history and visit museums in the area. Be sure to schedule an entire day dedicated to exploring these ancient sites, and try putting your phone away to truly be present in the history and incredible power of structures like these.
Maybe you haven’t thought too much about your honeymoon as you’re so busy planning your wedding. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it since the moment you got engaged! Either way, you’ll definitely want to do some research and planning before departing to ensure that you have a romantic, adventurous, relaxing, and memorable honeymoon.
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