The chapter on 2018 has come to a close, and with it comes a time to reflect on the past year, and start planning for 2019! Did you scale that mountain? Slide through slot canyons? Did you trek across any glaciers? If not, we’ve rounded up 5 destinations to help you live your wildest adventure dreams:


Picture yourself kayaking in the crystal-clear waters of Isla Lobos with playful sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies who dance seemingly on cue! Then hop over to Santa Cruz Island to visit 500-pound giant tortoises. On a Classic Journeys tour to the Galápagos Islands, that is exactly what you will find. We’ll also visit clumps of mangroves, coffee plantations, fields sparkling lagoons, and beaches teeming with reef fish.

Group with Classic Journeys guide, Alfredo, and a giant land tortoise


For an adventure that can be found close to home, look no further than Bryce, Grand Canyon & Zion National Parks. Classic Journeys’ Multisport adventure brings you through some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet as you traverse through red rock arches and mazes, slot canyons and scale rock formations–all at an enjoyable pace.

Canyon in America at sunset.


The last frontier is ripe with opportunities for adventure. However, most travelers experience Alaska by way of a cruise ship, which you can be sure doesn’t do this breathtaking landscape justice. When you travel to Alaska with Classic Journeys, you’ll explore the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, keeping your eyes peeled for moose, bear, and caribou. You’ll also have the option to glide through the scenic waters of the Kenai River or a riverside walk.

Person kayaking in the ocean in Alaska.


Everything you’ve heard is true. Iceland is ridiculously terrific in the best possible ways. Ask us if it lives up to the hype, and we can only say: “You really should go see for yourself.” Think waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches and lava fields covered with insanely green spongy moss. On several days we offer you a choice of activities — think of it as “choose your adventure” — all at no extra cost.

Iceland mountain in the sun


You expect paradise to be beautiful. But who knew it was so much fun? Costa Rica blends adventure and nature like nowhere else. On the Guanacaste leg of our Classic Journeys tour, you’ll descend into the lush mountains of the continental divide, where you’ll zip from tree to tree before settling down at a beachside resort.

Costa Rice Man and Woman walking.