• By: Classic Journeys


  • For sheer fun and memorability, you can’t top the gift of travel. The joy of anticipating a trip, the remarkable experiences that happen during a handcrafted vacation, and the memories your recipient will relive for years to come make it the gift that keeps on giving. It’s always a safe bet to choose a destination that you know is on that special someone’s list. Or consider your recipient’s special interests and choose someplace unexpected that gives your gift extra meaning.

    Whatever trip you decide to gift, you can depend on Classic Journeys to make it seamless and turn-key. All you have to do is enjoy the look on their face when you tell them about their upcoming journey.  A $300 deposit is all it takes to secure your gift trip. 

    Our culinary trips to Italy and France take deep (and very tasty) dives into local food traditions. Every day is a feast with visits to markets, food artisans and, best of all, the kitchens of local cooks and world-class chefs. Just picture your lucky recipient talking (and tasting) with bakers and cheese-makers or stalking the woods with a truffle hunter. And of course, there will be plenty of nearly indescribable meals, from a picnic on a countryside walk to Michelin-starred dinners.
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    Bring the past alive… or give your favorite traveler a chance to be an eyewitness to history in the making. It’s hard to top Cuba, where they’ll walk through the 500-year-old cities of Havana and Trinidad or snorkel the Bay of Pigs. Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia offer a stunning blend of culture, gorgeous scenery, and sites that resonate with anyone who remembers the ‘70s. A luxurious trip to Normandy & Brittany includes the D-Day Beaches. Or take it wayyy back in time with a private visit to Stonehenge as part of an Anglophile’s dream trip that also includes the Cotswolds and London.
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    Appeal to their sense of daring with a vacation full of activities that edge outside the usual comfort zone (while always keeping it safe). Imagine telling someone you’re taking them to trek the centuries-old Inca trail, where they’ll enter through the Sun Gate and witness the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Or that you’re going to Iceland to go glacier trekking, catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from a geothermal hot tub, and walk on wavy fields of lava. Or that you’ve booked a trip to Belize where they’ll snorkel in the world’s second largest barrier reef and climb a Mayan pyramid. 
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    Treat that special someone to 5-star luxury. Hotel Sahrai in Morocco boasts unparalleled views of the Fès Medina and the New Town, with facilities such as an infinity pool and Givenchy spa. Villa Le Barone in Tuscany dates back to the 16th century, has spectacular gardens, an outside terrace perfect for Chianti sipping, and your hosts are a count and countess! Or, whisk them away to France and stay in the peaceful countryside surrounding Avignon at Auberge De Noves.
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    Every oenophile on your list has a file full of must-visit wine regions. Treat them to Portugal where they’ll tour and sip port at one of the Douro Valley’s finest wine estates. Zip down to Chile where they’ll take a leisurely walk in vineyards and the hosts will show off their whole operation from the vines to bottling. Of course, there’s always Bordeaux where some of the world’s most famous vineyards creep up steep limestone hills and embrace small, impossibly quaint villages.
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    Best holiday gift ever? A family trip that brings everybody together for quality time you’ll all treasure. Create memories as you wander in red rock canyons and explore the natural wonders of Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon National Parks. Or gather in the Galàpagos for an island-based trip in boutique hotels with amazing wildlife and activities like snorkeling, kayaking and mountain biking. Whether you end up dog sledding in the Swiss Alps, whitewater rafting in Costa Rica or whale watching in Nova Scotia, the chance to see the world together always fits!
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