The famous fictional explorer, Phileas Fogg, traveled the world in eighty days. But Phileas traveled before the wonders of technology brought us the Internet.
Introducing the Classic Journeys One Day World Tour!
Nothing beats traveling in real life. But that doesn't mean you can’t still enjoy the culture, cuisine, nature and architecture of destinations all over the globe, without having to leave our homes.
So, here's your one day, round-the world trip. A Classic Journeys virtual culture, walking and culinary tour around the globe, from dawn til dusk.
Buckle up and get ready to journey from the Amazon rainforest to the Moroccan desert, from Paris to Peru, and from New Zealand to New York, with several other stops in between.
No passport necessary, no need to pack...no jetlag!
And you can set off as soon as tomorrow morning.
Arise in the Amazon
Swap your bedroom for Brazil. Set your alarm for this recording of morning in the Amazon and rise to the sounds of rainforest birdsong.
A morning stretch in Cambodia: elephant yoga
In this Vinyasa Power Flow Class, Juliana leads a 20-minute session from the middle of the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in district of Anlong Veng.
As you go through the yoga practice, elephants bathe and graze in the surrounding jungle of northwestern Cambodia.
Prefer cardio? How about a helipad HIIT in Greece
Get stuck into some interval training on a Greek island in this 20-minute HIIT workout with the Bodycoach, Joe Wicks.
Breakfast in Paris
To prepare your own petit dejeuner, Paris-style, you will need—
Juice, orange or grapefruit, chilled.
Chocolate chaud (also known as hot chocolate), made your favorite way and served in a bowl.
Bread and pastries: Popping to a Parisian boulangerie for a freshly baked baguette and pastries may not be possible, but you can certainly come close to that at home.
Ambitious bakers can try their hand at making their own…or simply add them to your next grocery shop. A lot of stores sell baguettes and pastries that can be baked from frozen, or you can buy the ready-to-eat versions, then put them in the oven for a few minutes for that fresh-bake feel.
Croissants and pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants) are classic viennoiserie, but pain aux raisins (raisin croissants) and brioche are delicious too.
Serve with butter—European style—and your favorite jam.
Sit wherever in your house gets the best morning sunshine and tuck in, playing the sounds of Paris in the background (sounds of the city recorded before lockdown which transport you straight to Parisian streets).
To really feast like the French do, dip the bread and pastries into the hot chocolate then devour!
Ride the Swiss Railway
Take a virtual train trip on the Wengernalp Railway, part of Switzerland's iconic train network. Hop on in the tiny village of Lauterbrunnen, famous for its sheer cliffs and 70+ waterfalls. Then enjoy a virtual ride past chocolate-box Swiss villages, alpine forest and flowery meadows, up, up and away to Kleine Scheidegg—a magnificent mountain pass at 6,762ft.
Snack and socialize in New Zealand
Many people associate the word ‘elevenses’ with hobbits, who declare it their third meal of the day in Lord of the Rings.
So why not enjoy it in New Zealand, where the trilogy was filmed!
For the snack part of your elevenses, bake Anzac biscuits. These sweet oat cookies were traditionally made for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, and fast become a kiwi household favorite. Baking them is simple, takes under 30 minutes and uses staple kitchen ingredients.
2 cups of rolled oats
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of desiccated coconut
1 cup of sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup of salted butter
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
3 teaspoons of baking soda
4 tablespoons of boiling water
Mix dry ingredients.
Melt together butter and syrup.
Combine baking soda and boiling water, then add to the butter-syrup mix and watch it bubble! Stir everything together.
Scoop dough onto baking sheet.
Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350F until the edges are golden brown and crispy.
The drink part of your mid-morning break has to be a flat white—this fluffy coffee was invented in Wellington.
3oz full fat milk, frothed
Pour the coffee, followed by the milk, into a pre-warmed mug.
With your cookies and coffee made, host a Zoom video catch-up with friends or family and call them using one of these virtual Zoom backgrounds, which will transport you into gorgeous New Zealand landscape!
Hike the Rockies
Now to Canada’s Banff National Park, where this virtual Rocky mountain hike finishes on the shore of Lake Louise. Whether you pop this on your treadmill or watch it from the couch, you can almost feel the clear mountain air and smell the pine trees…
Take a lunch break in Lima
Put together a Peruvian ceviche, using the traditional recipe of Classic Journeys guide Marisol, who runs some of our Peru tours.
Follow Marisol's favorite ceviche recipe, and listen to this relaxing Peruvian playlist while you’re prepping. Then devour, imagining you're on a bench in Plaza de Armas, watching the world go by.
Catch some culture: tour the Taj Mahal
With the help of Google Street View, you can take a virtual wander around the Taj Mahal. Soak up the sights of India's most marveled-at building from the east and west, explore the garden and Taj Museum, then pause for a while on the banks of the Yamunna river.
Do dinner in the desert
You may or may not want to fashion a tent out of scarves and sheets (though if you have kids, they will love this!).
Cook a traditional Moroccan meal, using this easy chicken tagine recipe that we make on our Morocco tours).
Then, watch this dinner show performed by Berbers in the Merzouga Desert Camp, where we stay on our Morocco culture + walking tour.
A night at the New York opera
Over to the USA, where the Metropolitan Opera is streaming free nightly opera until May 3. You can catch it live at 3:30pm PST / 6:30pm EDT, or each one is available to watch for 20 hours after streaming. Performances include Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Verde’s Aida, Nico Muhly’s Marnie.
Dress to impress, dim the lights and make New York’s classic Manhattan cocktail (2 parts bourbon, 1 part vermouth, dashes of Angostura and orange bitters). Then sit, sip and enjoy the show!
Before bed, see the South African sunrise on safari
The Twitch Wildearth channel does a livestream safari sunrise every day from South Africa's Djuma Private Game Reserve, where you can see lions, leopards, elephants and more on the Sabi Sand plains. Watch it live at 9pm PDT or midnight EST (or catch a pre-recorded version).
They also show a daily sunset safari—wake up for it at 6am PST or 9am EST and start another day of virtual travel…