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Probably about 5 years ago on train trip run by a German tour company - 3 plus weeks from Frankfurt by air to Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) and then by train through Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan departing from Almaty via Astana (as was). Great side trips to local villages and towns (in mini buses depending upon language; the English speakers were teamed up with the Norwegians). Faultlessly organized (that's the Germans for you). Very good meals both on the train and in local restaurants. Worth every penny.
Antarctica without a doubt. Late December 2019 through late January 2020. Our last trip before lockdown. Pre-trip to Patagonia, small ship (80 passengers) from Ushuaia to Antarctica - nine Zodiac landings on the continent; penguins, walruses, wales, albatross and petrels galore, then a post trip to Iguazu Falls - $65K for 2 of us! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
My partner is in a wheelchair. We visited Rome & Florence in 2019, the trip including airfare, accessible hotels & transportation was $14K. The expensive part was the hotels and transportation in the cities. I found out that the travel agency that we used, Sage Travel, was upcharging us for the transportation by 100% to 100 euros a trip.
The most expensive was probably 1986 when we took 4 of our 6 kids on a 4-week trip ( was able to save up vacation time on my job) through history that ended with a 6-day windjammer cruise off the coast of Maine. (working part-time at HI helped as I got the the employee discount on hotels and thru that also got a room in Boston at a ridiculous rate for even then - $$ not $$$). Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Morristown, Hyde Park, Fort Ticonderoga - we were there the day of the BAR re-enactment! , Cog Railroad to the top of Mt Washington, Boston, Springfield, MA (Arsenal for Hubs & the boys and Basketball Hall of Fame for one of the daughters), then to a 6-day windjammer cruise (with all the discounts I was able to talk the wonderful Captain of the Lewis R French into, that alone was $2600). I worked that second job for 2-years to pay for it! The cog railroad was $25 per but where else were we going to take a cog railroad? We had lunch in Philadelphia on the Moshulu on the Delaware River that we never could have afforded for dinner. The Bean Town Trolley in Boston and of course the USS Constitution - in the afternoon because Admiral Grace Hopper was retiring on it that morning! It was a fantastic trip - even with the 4 2-legged animals who still talk about it. They were siblings, need I say more?
We have our most expensive trip in a month on our cruise to Antarctica.
Just to put things into perspective a river cruise in 2010 for 4 was the same cost as a river cruise for 2 (same cruise) in 2018.
We are flying business class and booked a suite which includes laundry and booze in the mini fridge. Our expenses on the cruise will be the booze package and a couple of massages. We are getting too old to not travel comfortably so we can enjoy what the cruise has to offer.
Switzerland, last Christmas was right up near the top, expense-wise, but the Glacier Express Swiss Rail trip from St. Moritz to Zermatt in Excellence Class was worth every Franc.
Other than leaving a lot of money in the slots in Vegas (!), Lucerne, Switzerland definitely gave us sticker shock! But, it was so worth it. Lucerne is one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen and the people were friendly and welcoming. I enjoyed your podcast.
A small ship cruise from Cape Town SA to Accra, Ghana followed by a private guide and driver for a several day tour of Ghana, Togo and Benin. Once in a lifetime opportunity. Would do it again in a heartbeat. It was a perfect 'people' safari.
Cipriani Hotel in Venice as well as a dinner at Harry's Bar in Venice. Absolutely worth it!
Takes me a while to save up the money to do it over....J. S.