In the sky

Say goodbye to the ground!

Got a head for heights? Take your holiday to the next level and get airborne with these inspiring ideas…

Up, up and away...

Get a unique view of the incredible wildlife in the Serengeti. A flight on a hot air balloon could give you the perfect vantage point to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros – in Tanzania’s oldest National Park. Stateside, Alberquerque’s settled weather makes it the perfect location for hot air ballooning, so no surprise then that it hosts a hot air balloon festival in October, a great opportunity to take to the skies.

An appetite for elevation

If you laugh in the face of vertigo then you’ll enjoy a meal in the Burj Khalifa tower. The At.mosphere Restaurant and Lounge is a dizzying 1,350 feet above Dubai and currently holds the Guiness World Record for highest restaurant from ground level. Or enjoy sweeping views more than 1,300 feet above Victoria Harbour at Tosca, a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant on the 102nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

High wires

The cable car that runs from Rio de Janeiro to Sugarloaf Mountain gives a  spectacular view over the city. It’s split into two stages, starting at Red Beach to Urca Hill, then Urca Hill to Sugarloaf Mountain. Each section is around 3 minutes long and you get a bird’s eye view of Rio’s beaches, mountains and hills. Staying in the Southern Hemisphere, thrill seekers will love the Zip 2000, South Africa. This zip wire is more than a mile long, which means riders can go faster – around 70 miles per hour is the average! – and to add to the adrenaline rush, riders are strapped into a harness in a horizontal position so they feel like they’re flying over the ground below.

Favourite views old and new

You can’t beat a good view. If you’ve never visited classic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building or London Eye, give them a whirl. Or try an alternative viewpoint: London looks amazing from the observation deck at The Shard, a vantage point that’s 800 feet above the city; or One World Trade Centre – New York’s tallest skyscraper at 1,776 feet – gives brilliant views of the Big Apple from the 100th floor Observatory deck.

Whether you decide to keep your feet firmly on the ground or try something different, Saga Holiday Insurance could provide you with all the cover you need for your holiday – and did you know that as long as you’re 50 or over, the rest of your travel party can be included on your policy too, whatever their ages?


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Sugarloaf Mountain peak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil