Waking up is a chore, but you'll be glad you did with these tours.
While sunsets are kinder to sleepyheads, there is just something invigorating in basking at the warm glow of a brand new day. So set up the alarm, try not to huddle in the blanket longer and climb out of bed to catch these rise and shine experiences. Dress in something warm and eat a light breakfast, then head to these inspiring destinations and prepare to see extraordinary views to kickstart a day of discovery. Check out these wake-up activities from sunrise tours to breakfast delights.
(See: 11 Places to the Sunset)
Witness the break of dawn behind the Moai statues of Easter Island. See as the sun rises and stretches above the Ahu Tongariki site with its line of 15 Moais sclptures. Ahu Tongariki is the largest ceremonial platform on Easter Island. The statues are believed to be astronomical markers that guided the ancient Rapa Nui people. Experience the mystery of the island on one of the best mornings there would be.
Have a profound experience of spiritual India and start the day on a peaceful and meditative note by witnessing the morning prayer rituals at the sacred River Ganges. Leave early in the morning for a sunrise boat excursion and watch as Varanasi come alive along the banks of the river with thousands of devotees bathing and worshiping the rising sun.
Witness the breaking of a new day at the top of Mt. Haleakala, renowned for its raw beauty and unique scenery. Haleakala is Maui's, "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian lore, rising over 10,000 feet above sea level. Be sure to dress in warm clothing as the temperature hovers around 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Discover Haleakala National Park, the Visitor Center and Pu'u Ula'ula Overlook in this sunrise tour.
Angkor Wat sees over a million visitors every year, many of them travel as early as 4 am to see the sunrise at this World Heritage temple complex. Everybody wants to be there taking great postcard-perfect pictures and a surefire way to do that is by taking photography lessons on the site itself. The Angkor Wat photography tour starts early in the morning, a great opportunity to take long exposure pictures of the sunrise at the temples. After sunrise, have breakfast in a local restaurant and continue exploring Angkor Wat and how to take the best pictures possible.
A sunset goodie and also a sunrise winner. Join dozens of hot balloons floating over Cappadocia's famed fairy chimneys as the sun peeks over the horizon. Take off at sunrise and enjoy kilometers of panoramic vistas and breathtaking scenery, the result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Celebrate the amazing serene views with a glass champagne. The tour also includes round trip transfers, snacks and hot drinks, flight certificate and insurance
Tackle Mt. Fuji's challenging slopes in this summer-only tour! Climb from Mt. Fuji's 5th station to its peak, where you'll see the sun rise over Japan. You'll begin your hike up the iconic mountain shortly after arriving at Mt. Fuji's 5th station by bus from Tokyo. This tour also includes a chance to rest at one of the popular mountainside huts at the 7th station before departing for the final leg of your journey to the top! Your hard work will pay off as you watch the sun dramatically rise over Japan from the highest point in the country.
It's the closest thing to a magic carpet ride! Wake up to catch the sunrise over Dubai desert with a hot air balloon flight. Leave the city center for a drive to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. After taking off, enjoy the early morning breeze and experience the desert scenery against the backdrop of the Al Hajar mountains.
While the general public waits in line outside, you'll feast on an Italian-American buffet of pastries, meats, cheeses, hot food and even pancakes, flipped by a pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, you'll experience a level of tranquility rarely (if ever) seen by visitors to the Vatican. This is the Vatican Palaces as they were made to be seen - without the crowds. Continue on with a tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. With only 10 people per group for the guided section of your tour, you'll continue the relaxed feel of the morning, moving at a pace that suits you.
Have some authentic western-style breakfast of flapjacks, bacon, sausage and orange juice, then enjoy the wilder side of Nevada on horseback! Be surrounded by views of nearby mountains, riding across natural desert trails carved out by wild mustangs, river washes and people from another time. This is for the rider who doesn't mind waking up early to start the day reminiscent of the cowboys that made the American West famous.
Have a delicious breakfast with favorite Disney characters! Arrive in style at the magnificent Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in a luxurious 5-star stretched limousine and feast on breakfast which includes a freshly-cooked buffet accompanied by Disney friends! Return to your hotel or to select theme parks after breakfast.
Singapore Zoo is the only place in the world where you can have breakfast with orangutans and more jungle animal friends like the recycling otter and the magnificent reticulated Python. They will perform amazing stints as you savor breakfast from a buffet spread of western-style and local morning delights, omelettes cooked on the spot, fresh fruits and many more!
Experience the morning like a Bulgarian! Have breakfast at a typical Bulgarian snack bar and visit landmarks along the way including the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Hagia Sofia Church, Sofia University and more. Taste the famous banitsa, a small pastry prepared from dough and cheese, combined with ayryan, a dish prepared from yogurt. After breakfast, explore the narrow streets of Old Sofia filled with history. Visit a market at Graf Ignatiev Street and get to sample baklava, a sweet dessert filled with nuts.