If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a National Geographic explorer, receiving a guided tour from one may be enlightening. As part of the 2010 Global Explorer Series (www.fairmont.com/globalexplorer), organised by Fairmont Hotels and the National Geographic Society, Dr Kenny Broad will lead a two-day (June 25-27) exploration of Hawaii, which will include snorkelling and underwater photography sessions. Nightly rates start at HK$3,105, including a stay at The Fairmont Orchid (above). From August 12 to 16, oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle will take travellers on an action-packed trip to the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Rates start at HK$3,660 per night at the Fairmont Mayakoba.
Asia to Africa Safaris (www.atoasafaris.com) is offering travellers to southern Africa the chance to see the dramatic desert landscapes of Namibia (left) from the air, with its Best of Namibia flying safari. Staying at small luxury camps within private concessions, guests will be given a bird's-eye view of the red dunes of Sossusvlei, the rugged topography of Damaraland and the wildlife of Etosha National Park. Valid until mid-December, rates start at US$9,500 per person for a seven-day package.
Korean Air and Hanjin Travel are offering overseas visitors the chance to experience Korean Buddhist culture first hand. Packages include a basic 24-hour overnight stay at a temple, giving guests a brief taste of life as a Buddhist monk. On the agenda are ancient tea ceremonies, Zen meditation sessions, formal Buddhist monastic meals and temple tours. Prices vary according to itinerary and the number of guests participating. See www.hanjintravel.com for details.
Anime fans planning a trip to Tokyo later this year should make time to visit the Unit EVA-01 robot bust from the hit series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which will be unveiled on July 23 at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park (www.fuji-q.com), just outside the Japanese capital. The nine-metre-tall statue is part of a new Evangelion-themed pavilion, which will feature the cockpit of an Evangelion unit and a life-size figure of the character Kaworu Nagisa. Guests will also get to see a recreated scene from the series.