19 Mind Blowing Travel Destinations for 2019 | Classic Journeys
  • By: Steve Snapp

    12/24/2018

  • Go deep in Iceland. Have a million-star Machu Picchu moment. Shorten that bucket list. Stretch your imagination. Your options are as wide as the Sahara and as deep as Bryce Canyon. You’ll be on trend and away from the crowds when you follow our experts’ advice on any of these I-can’t-believe-I’m-doing-this experiences.

     

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    CLIFFHANGER PIZZA

    Toss and bake your own pizza… and then don't forget to taste it as you have lunch on a local friend’s sky-high terrace overlooking the Amalfi Coast.


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    STARRY INCA NIGHTS
    Feel Machu Picchu haunt you as you return to the ruins, lit only by the starry megawatt nighttime sky over the Andes.


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    ICY CAVING
    Shiver—from the beauty of it all, not the cold—as you enter the glowing natural chamber of a glacial ice cave in Iceland.

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    RAREFIED GEISHA

    In Kyoto, accept the elegant honor of dining as the honored guests of traditional geishas who entertain you with samisen and ritualized dance.

     

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    SECRET STONEHENGE

    Enter sacred Stonehenge for a private visit at dusk, and toast the falling night and mysterious past with a flute of champagne.

     

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    PRISTINE BAY OF PIGS

    Invade the Bay of Pigs in a snorkel mask, the better to see the miraculously rich marine environment under the waves.

     

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    PATAGONIA TO THE NTH DEGREE 
    In Chile, walk at the foot of the snow-capped Andes, eat with the Gauchos at a barbecue on a remote sheep ranch, and boat up to the sheer face of a Patagonia glacier. 

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    JUNGLE LIVING

    Paddle deep into Panama’s rainforest for a day of interaction with the indigenous Embera Tribe in their riverside village-on-stilts.
     

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    PENGUIN PLUNGE

    Swim as you’ve never swum before with the world’s only warm-water penguins in the Galápagos.

     

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    BREEZIER MOROCCO

    Compare the sands along the Atlantic coast with those around your luxury desert encampment on a 6-day visit that also includes Essaouira and Marrakesh.

     

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    UP THE LAZY DOURO

    Cruise Portugal’s gorgeous river to a vineyard walk, port-tasting, and a picnic for a perfeito Portuguese day.

     

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    TUSCAN FANTASY

    Live your dream at a glamorous hilltop villa-hotel with a count and countess as your hosts. Go ahead and go totally Tuscan.

     

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    GREATER WALL OF CHINA

    Leave the masses behind and stroll on a beautiful, unrestored stretch of the Great Wall to truly grasp the imperial will that built it.

     

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    ANGKOR WATTAGE

    Watch Cambodia’s legendary temples fade into awesome view on a morning walk in the growing brilliance of sunrise.

     

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    NÆRØYFJORD
    Stroke a silky alpaca at the family hotel where you’re greeted with wide-open arms after a cruise on Norway’s skinniest fjord.
     

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    TOO TAJ TO BELIEVE

    Claim ownership of the Taj Mahal from the unbelievable vantage point of your regal hotel room that overlooks the pearlescent masterpiece.

     

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    LOW-TIDE HIGH POINT

    Channel a 12th-century pilgrim as you walk to Mont-St.-Michel on the firm sandy seabed emptied by the ebbing tide.

     

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    COOL COLLIES

    Envy the Scottish shepherd whose team of ridiculously smart border collies respond to his commands with extra-sensory precision.

     

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    HOODOO VOODOO

    Walk on Mars, also known as the floor of Bryce Canyon, where the maze of sandstone spired called hoodoos transports you to a different world.

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