• Lake of the Poas, Costa Rica,

    Introducing Coast-to-Coast Travel in Costa Rica

    <h2>Atlantic to pacific, the diversity is off the charts.</h2>   <p>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank">soundtrack of a day in Costa Rica</a> is a crazy mash-up. The macaws caw in a different key than the howler monkeys that are totally out of tempo with the tree frogs. But somehow, all of the twitters, raspy roars, buzzes, hoots, whirrs, howls, soprano trills and chuffs work just fine together until — as if somebody flipped a switch — they fade in unison at dusk.</p> <p>That’s the sound of biodiversity, and there’s more of it in this West Virginia-sized country than anywhere else on earth. That’s what makes <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">coast-to-coast travel in Costa Rica</a> so amazing. After all, this is a nation where a “transcontinental” flight takes about an hour. It’s a land with Afro-Caribbean culture and cowboys. Don’t even try to count the keeled-bill toucans, orchids and river otters or the surprisingly different habitats where they live.<br><br><img alt="Toucan" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">Coast-to-coast is how we took in Costa Rica’s diversity on our latest trip,</a> and now we’ve transformed our gee-whiz week into the newest Classic Journey. We start on the Caribbean side at Tortuguero National Park, a coastal landscape laced with freshwater creeks and lagoons. On a single kayak ride, you could spot white-faced Capuchin monkeys, caimans, tiger herons and … well, you get the idea. The local beach is one of the world’s most important nesting sites for sea turtles. In season, you may see the hatchlings emerging from the sand and making a break for the waves. In an isolated village (no cars, no streets), we hang out with the locals, visit their school and learn about their Afro-Caribbean heritage.</p> <p>Even a quick morning flight comes with a built-in geography lesson like no other. From the window, you get an egret’s-eye view of the rainforest and a trio of volcanoes … and you appreciate in a way no textbook ever taught you just how skinny Central America is. By early afternoon, you’re in a raft on the Tenorio River near the continental divide, ready to take on Class III/IV rapids or taking a walk to Llanos de Cortez waterfall. By dinner, you’re <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">in a Pacific-view room at a resort in Guanacaste National Park</a>, on one of the country’s most pristine beaches.<br><br><img alt="Whitewater rafting" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBr" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Up there in Costa Rica’s northwest corner, the climate’s a little dryer, and ranches stretch toward the Nicaraguan border. In season, we check out the cowboy and rodeo festival. In these parts, we go for a<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank"> guided walk near the volcano in Rincon de la Vieja National Park</a>. The forest is ideal for a quintessentially Costa Rican zipline ride through the treetops. And this is habitat for a full cast of monkey species, sloths, tapirs, collared peccaries and even jaguars and pumas. Just in case you haven’t already racked up enough unique experiences, we’ll also head out for a catamaran-based snorkeling trip or, alternatively, you can go for a surfing lesson on Pacific waves.</p> <p>Sound like fun? Here’s a bit of news that will make you even happier. Every activity on the trip is included in the price you pay upfront; you won’t run into a single surcharge or equipment rental fee the way you do on cruises or some other tours. We’re also offering the trip two ways: as a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">Luxury Eco-Adventure</a> and as a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoastfamily/" target="_blank">Multisport Family Journey</a>. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">Coast to coast, Costa Rica has more than enough variety</a> to spice up your life like no vacation ever has!</p>

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  • Oberoi Amarvilas pool, India

    Immersed in Luxury

    <h2>OUR PERFECTLY SITED, UTTERLY UNIQUE HOTELS PUT YOU IN THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING</h2>   <p><b>DESERT PEARL INN IN UTAH</b></p> <p>A river—the Virgin River—runs through the grounds of the Desert Pearl, just next door to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank" title="Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion walking tour">Zion National Park</a>. The lodge is an utterly natural expression of this place, timbered in historic trestlewood with rooms that open to views of towering red rock and the tree-lined river. And the stargazing is astonishing in the transparent nighttime sky. We love the Desert Pearl for how it brings a day in sun and sandstone to a cool, casual close. It’s a perfect oasis in the gorgeous western desert.<br><br><img alt="Desert Pearl Inn" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ry0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/itineraries/" target="_blank" title="Download an itinerary">We handpick super accommodations for each of our trips. Download a daily itinerary to learn more!</a><br> </p> <p><b>HOTEL RIO SAGRADO IN PERU</b></p> <p>You’ll feel why the Incas held this valley sacred. There’s the rush of the Urubamba River, as it cuts through fertile fields at the edge of Hotel Rio Sagrado. The luxury accommodations are crafted of local materials in a simple tribute to an Andean village. From rooms nestled into the rising wall of the valley, you can’t see any other human structure or any of the hotel’s other rooms. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank" title="Peru travel adventures">You’ve been to Cusco already. Machu Picchu is yet to come.</a> But in this peaceful place, it’s just you and nature.<br><br><img alt="Rio Sagrado" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ry5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>THE OBEROI AMARVILAS IN INDIA</b></p> <p>Prepare for <i>The Gasp</i>. It’s unavoidable as you realize, “This is my private terrace, and that vision before me is the Taj Mahal.” Quite simply, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank" title="India travel tours">this is the view every traveler dreams of and that only a precious few ever see</a>. Anywhere else, the cascading fountains, terraced lawns and pavilions would be attraction enough. But as the only hotel in Agra to offer uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from each room, this princely hotel is a wonder in its own right.<br><br><img alt="Oberoi Amarvilas" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>HOTEL VILLA ATHENA IN SICILY</b></p> <p>The mega-star of this 5-star hotel in Agrigento is the 2,500-year-old Temple of Concordia. Just a few hundred feet away from the former 18th century mansion, it dominates the view. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sicily/" target="_blank" title="Deluxe Sicily waling tour">At al fresco breakfast, its columns gleam white. After dusk, the amber-lit temple casts a romantic glow on the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the hotel is located</a>. Roam the sculpted gardens, slip into the pool, try to concentrate on a glass of Etna Rosso, but the temple won’t let go of your eye. Villa Athena is one of the most remarkably sited hotels anywhere.<br><br><img alt="Villa Athena" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>NAYARA HOTEL SPA &amp; GARDEN</b></p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank" title="Costa Rica vacation packages">If there is a soundtrack for falling in love, it might very well be the relaxing and exotic sounds of the Costa Rican rainforest that surrounds…no, nearly swallows the Nayara hotel. </a>As your hammock sways on the deck of your private casita, you’re serenaded by exotic birds and gentle, tropical breezes. There is no telling where the lush green hotel grounds end and the rainforest begins. From almost every spot on the property, you can look up to see the Arenal volcano that despite its imposing size and proximity has a way of bringing a sense of calm serenity to this beautiful place.<br><br><img alt="Nayara hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D’ANGKOR</b></p> <p>The doorman is wearing orange pants, which means it must be Monday at the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, one time a Royal Palace. As they did when Cambodian kings resided here, the lobby staff wear a different color trouser each day of the week. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank" title="Vietnam vacation packages">At every turn you feel the strong pull of tradition and custom throughout the stately hotel, itself just a few miles from the legendary Angkor Wat temple complex</a>. Uncluttered, minimalistic Art Deco décor accented with Cambodian art and artifacts throughout the common spaces and guest rooms make the hotel—and the people who stay here—feel downright noble.<br><br><img alt="Raffles Grand Hotel D&#39;Angkor" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>IGUANA CROSSING BOUTIQUE HOTEL</b><br><br>What an odd name for a hotel, you think…until you arrive and see the marine iguanas from the nearby wetlands perched along the rocky path that separates the hotel from the Sea of Isabela. Surrounded by a ring of six shield volcanoes and constructed with native materials, Iguana Crossing feels as though it is an extension of its natural surroundings. Ocean-view rooms and a rooftop Jacuzzi are among the amenities that make leaving the hotel so difficult. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank" title="Galapagos Islands tours">Thankfully, just beyond the property are miles of isolated beaches, mangrove lagoons and wildlife more diverse than any corner of the globe, calling you to play and explore the island paradise</a>.<br><br><img alt="Iguana Crossing" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>

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