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Vacations need not be confined to an itinerary of sightseeing, or a tour package crammed with activities planned to the minute. Why not try something out of the ordinary and pace yourself for an adventure-centric, thematic and hands-on experience? It's also the newest trend holidaymakers are jumping at to fully immerse in their new surroundings. Here are just some activities to get you started:

Set sail on a luxury sunset cruise on Huangpu River

Shanghai’s autumn weather is perfect for cruising along the Huangpu River, which flows through the middle of the city. Eager to capitalise on the perfect setting, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, is treating its guests to a sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht during the autumn.  Guests booking the ‘Shanghai Dream’ package at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, will also get to visit the adjacent Aurora Museum, enjoy the Executive Club privileges, suite accommodation and the hotel’s legendary service.  

Lake Geneva Porsche Dream Drive package

Mandarin Oriental, Geneva is offering the ultimate luxury accommodation package for sports car enthusiasts. With the Lake Geneva Dream Drive package, guests enjoy two nights' relaxing stay in one of the hotel’s glamorous suites and a full day of driving the latest Panamera S E-Hybrid Porsche around the picturesque Lake Geneva, and a catered picnic lunch thrown in. The day caps off with a gastronomic dinner at its renowned, Michelin-starred Indian restaurant, Rasoi by Vineet.

Celebrating pop art

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To commemorate its 180th year, Le Meurice, the very first palace hotel in Paris (1835), is celebrating art in all its glory more than ever before by paying homage to one of its famous guests, Andy Warhol, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. From October to February next year, guests who book the Le Meurice’s Pop Art package will receive two no-queue tickets for the ‘Unlimited’ exhibition at Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, a pop art-inspired lunch or dinner, as well as a commemorative catalogue.

Savour the best of Madrid

Hotel Ritz, Madrid wants to reveal the very best of the city to all its guests. From now until 30th December this year, the hotel is offering several exquisite experience programmes that will allow visitors to savour the best of the Spanish capital. But for those who truly want to appreciate the city, the Madrid experience should prove enticing as it comes with a pair of VIP tickets to tour the Bernabéu Stadium; home of football’s legendary Real Madrid, access to Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, and a five-course degustation dinner with Spanish wine pairing in Goya Restaurant, and dinner at Botín, which is considered the world’s oldest restaurant.

Discover the Aegean Sea

You can sink into the eternal blue, literally, with MO, Bodrum’s Aegean Sea dive package. The hotel overlooks Paradise Bay in Göltürkbükü, Bodrum, Turkey and boasts a natural haven surrounded by olive groves and pine trees. However, the true appeal of the area lies beneath the waters of the Aegean Sea, which is home to colourful fish and beautiful coral reefs.  The Dive into the Eternal Blue package also includes accommodation to luxurious garden views, sea view rooms and suites, boat tour to the diving areas and two 40-minute diving sessions at designated dive spots in the area as well as full use of dive equipment.