• Water view of boats and mountains in Vietnam

    The Most BEAUTIFUL Places on Earth

    <h2>From natural wonders and jaw-dropping vistas to man-made masterpieces, our planet abounds with beautiful travel destinations. Here are a few of our favorites.</h2>   <p><i><b>HALONG BAY, VIETNAM</b></i></p> <p>For the ultimate in serenity, you can’t beat a morning on Halong Bay. Distant sounds of fishing boats gently pull you awake in the well-appointed cabin of a tradi¬tional junk. On deck, you watch the lazy choreography of fishing boats parting the emerald green water against a backdrop of dramatic limestone spires. The sun climbs. The junk creaks gently. Your mug of coffee steams. And it is absolute¬ly amazing to witness this world coming to life. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank" title="Vietnam vacation packages">classicjourneys.com/vietnam</a></p> <p><img alt="Halong Bay" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pQf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>THE KINGDOM OF BHUTAN</b></i></p> <p>This tiny South Asian nation is the only country in the world to officially measure its development in Gross National Happiness. It’s easy to see why Bhutan’s citizens are among the happiest on Earth, living in the Himalayan highlands in a land carved by clear, swift-flowing mountain streams and dotted with Buddhist temples. Visit the Tiger’s Nest monastery, perched on a cliff high above a verdant valley, and you’ll be smiling in awe, too. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank" title="Bhutan travel packages">classicjourneys.com/bhutan</a></p> <p><img alt="Tigers Nest monastery" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pQk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>COSTA RICA’S MANUEL ANTONIO PARK</b></i></p> <p>Every single reason you love about Costa Rica is distilled into a single view in Manuel Antonio Park, arguably the most diverse park on the planet. Your resort is more like a fantastic tree house than an earthbound hotel. Monkeys and a symphony of birds serenade breakfast. Down below, you can see the endless ranks of Pacific waves curving up the crescent beach. And if you think it’s paradise by day, just wait until the flair of a tropical sunset. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank" title="Costa Rica vacations">classicjourneys.com/costarica</a><br><br><img alt="Costa Rica beach" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pQu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank" title="ClassicJourneys.com">FEELING INSPIRED? CLASSIC JOURNEYS VISITS THESE AND MANY MORE OF THE WORLD’S MOST UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL  TRAVEL DESTINATIONS DURING OUR 5- TO 12-DAY CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURES AND FAMILY JOURNEYS.</a></p> <p><i><b>THE SCULPTED SANDSTONE OF ZION NATIONAL PARK</b></i></p> <p>If wind and water are nature’s most inventive sculptors, then Zion Na¬tional Park is a gallery of their wild¬est works. Look up from the bottom of a narrow slot canyon no wider than your arm span. Scratch your head over how the soaring hoodoos and delicate arches are even possible. Oh, and just watch how the color of the sandstone morphs through a thousand tints of red and orange. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank" title="Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon walking tour">classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon</a></p> <p><img alt="Zion National Park" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pQz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>CRETE AND SANTORINI, GREECE</b></i></p> <p>Sapphire. Turquoise. Lapis lazuli. Ultramarine. Azure. You quickly use up your whole list of adjectives for blue in the Greek isles. And there simply isn’t an ade-quate word for how a whiter-than-snow village looks, teetering on the edge of a volcanic caldera against an endless, cloudless sky. You have to wonder how the local olive pickers and bakers can stop gaping long enough to go about everyday life. Prepare to learn what it means to be dazzled to your very core. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank" title="Greece adventure tours">classicjourneys.com/greece</a></p> <p><img alt="Santorini Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pR4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>EXIT GLACIER ON ALASKA’S KENAI PENINSULA</b></i></p> <p>Just a few miles outside of Seward, landlocked Exit Glacier both overwhelms and inspires visitors with its awesome size and beauty. An easy trail leads to the face of this slow moving sea of ice, where you can walk along the 3-mile-long and observe its fractured face as torrents of melted ice crackle and stream 2,500 feet down out of the Harding Ice field. Continue up glacier-scoured rock from the moraine to a beautiful vista of the glacier, waterfall and ice fields. It’s a quintessential Alaskan view. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank" title="Alaska&#39;s Kenai Peninsula adventure">classicjourneys.com/alaska</a></p> <p><img alt="Exit Glacier" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>MOROCCO’S MIDDLE ATLAS MOUNTAINS</b></i></p> <p>Many people think of the Saharan Desert when they think of Morocco, but this diverse landscape is much more than sand and sky. Drive an hour or two outside of Fès, for instance, and suddenly you’re immersed in fragrant cedar forests that line the foothills of the Atlas Mountain. Venture future into the High Atlas and the scenery shifts to tall peaks, deep gorges, and pre-Saharan hills and sand dunes scattered with medieval Kasbahs and clay villages. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank" title="Morocco travel">classicjourneys.com/morocco</a></p> <p><img alt="Moroccan mountains" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>TUSCANY’S CINQUE TERRE</b></i></p> <p>This string of five picturesque villages, perched on rocky cliffs along the Ligurian Sea, was once only reachable by an ancient footpath that connects the village. Perhaps that’s why they are so perfectly preserved. A coastal train and a ferry run the route now, but walking the path is still the best way to appreciate this timeless experience. Begin in Rio Maggiore, the southernmost of the five coastal villages, and follow the Via dell’Amore walking trail through olive groves along cliffs overlooking the sea to the five sister villages of Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank" title="Tuscany &amp; Cinque Terre walking tour">classicjourneys.com/tuscany</a></p> <p><img alt="Cinque Terre" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>ICELAND’S SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA</b></i></p> <p>The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is sometimes called “Iceland in miniature” because it contains so many of the country’s finest sights. Lording over it all is the glacier-capped volcano that Jules Verne used as the setting for “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Take in views of the mammoth glacier with its deep crevasses and startlingly blue estuary and you’ll see why Verne was so inspired. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank" title="Iceland tours">classicjourneys.com/iceland</a></p> <p><img alt="Snaefellsnes Peninsula" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>INDIA’S TAJ MAHAL AT SUNSET</b></i></p> <p>Of all the man-made wonders of the world, none inspire as much admiration as the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute and tomb for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, construction began in 1632 and lasted decades uses fine materials imported from all corners of the country. The site is impressive anytime, but visit during sunset, when the sun’s rays paint the brilliant white marble façade in soft tones of ochre and pink, and savor a fleeting moment you won’t soon forget. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank" title="Tour India">classicjourneys.com/india</a><br><br><img alt="Taj Mahal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><br>Visit <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank" title="ClassicJourneys.com">ClassicJourneys.com</a> or call 800-200-3887 for more information.</p> <p> </p> <br> 

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  • Masked dancers, Bhutan

    Elvis fan, King of Bhutan Wedding Celebration to Longtime Girlfriend

    <p>Our guides in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank">Bhutan</a> called in this week to report some great news that was then covered nicely in the <i><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/wedding-of-bhutans-beloved-young-king-seen-as-another-step-toward-modernization/2011/10/12/gIQA2HDgfL_story.html" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></i> on Wednesday.</p> <p>The King of Bhutan wedding to his longtime girlfriend has set off celebrations in the country that introduced the world to Gross National Happiness.</p> <p>King Jigme, who is Oxford-educated, and a fan of basketball and Elvis, married his girlfriend, Jetsun Pema, in a ceremony that combined spirituality and medieval tradition at an ancient monastic fortress in the village of Punakha.  Punakha was chosen as the country’s winter capital because it sits in a warmer-than-typical valley. Its mild climate makes it perfect for groves of oranges, mangos and bananas.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank"><img alt="Punakha Dzong" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7oK&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002slv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> </p> <p>As Wangchuck (the king’s family name) placed the Raven Crown on his head and five scarves around the queen’s neck, he presented her with a golden chalice. The ceremony kicked off three days of celebration in the streets among the Layap, the yak herding tribespeople who trek down from their high-altitude villages dressed in conical bamboo hats and black woolen coats.</p> <p>We love the juxtaposition of ancient and modern in this incredible land of contrasts. On one hand, Gross National Happiness (the philosophy that spiritual and mental well-being matter as much as money, and that material gain cannot trump care for the environment or culture) is the official measurement of success. And it coexists harmoniously with the very modern occupation of the bride’s father in his profession as an airline pilot!</p> <p>Our guides shared with us that the qualities the Bhutanese people are looking for in a queen are “…to be a good human being and committed to the people and the country.” And it’s heartwarming to hear the King describe his new wife as “…warm in heart and character…with the wisdom that will come with age and experience that will make her a great servant to the nation.”</p> <p>From all of us at Classic Journeys, congratulations to the King of Bhutan, Jigme Wangchuck, and your beautiful new bride, Queen Jetsun!</p> <p>Classic Journeys operates award-winning <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank">cultural walking adventures in Bhutan</a> that explore dramatic Himalayan monasteries, introduce guests to rice farmers and yak herders at work in their fields, and showcase the country’s love of festivals and celebrations like butter lamp blessings and native dancers.</p> <p>For a detailed itinerary on Classic Journeys’ Bhutan trips, visit <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/itineraries/" target="_blank">www.classicjourneys.com/itineraries</a>. Or ask any questions you’d like about travel to Bhutan with Classic Journeys by emailing <a href="mailto:moreinfo@classicjourneys.com" target="_blank">moreinfo@classicjourneys.com</a> or calling 800-200-3887.</p> <p>Classic Journeys’ Bhutan tour stays at fine hotels that feature spas with amenities like hot stone bath houses and yoga studios.</p> <p> </p>

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  • Spa at the Hotel Nayara, Costa Rica

    11 Spas That Will Rub You The Right Way

    “Wait! I think my calves are a little tight after that last stretch of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Inca Trail</a>.” “I’m pretty sure I feel a twinge in my neck after staring up at those temples in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank">Bhutanese Himalayas</a>.” “It’s Thursday, right?” Trust me, I don’t need much of an excuse to schedule a massage when I’m on vacation. A little extra indulgence is just the ticket on top of a decadent day of exploring wondrous places and eating well and hanging out with truffle hunters or shepherds. So bring on the hot lava stones, the aromatherapy mist and whatever sea salt, therapeutic mud or exotic technique is the local specialty. Herewith, 11 of our favorite places to put your happy traveler’s body into the hands of some of the world’s most accomplished massage therapists.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">1. Post-Inca Trail Pampering</a></b><br>It’s hard not to swoon over the renowned Inkaterra Hotel near the foot of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>. But can I just say that among its charms (an orchid garden, tea plantation and hummingbirds), the UNU SPA is beloved to me. I found it at the end of a day that started with my lifelong ambition of hiking a stretch of the Inca Trail. That was everything I expected with the crowning view at the Sun Gate overlooking the legendary ruins. But as the adrenalin ebbed, my legs reminded me that the trail is steep. UNU SPA to the rescue.  Do you go for the coca leaf exfoliation before the rubdown? Or the deep-tissue after the high-altitude walk? Maybe some Andean river rocks? <br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank"><img alt="Machu Picchu Hotel Spa" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9GL" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize/" target="_blank"><b>2. My, Oh, Maya at Ambergris Caye</b></a><br>A day on a private catamaran, moored over the world’s second largest barrier reef with plenty of lounging and some swell snorkeling ought to leave you plenty relaxed, right? That’s how it worked on me. But on return to the luxe Victoria House resort in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize/" target="_blank">Belize</a>, I couldn’t let go of that intense sense of relaxation. Enter the Victoria House Spa. A relaxation massage could do it. Or something deeper tissue. But in my quest for the local solution, my eye kept going back to the therapy based on “traditional indigenous Maya healing techniques.” If it was good enough for the people who built the pyramid I climbed earlier in the week, it’s good enough for me.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/belize/" target="_blank"><img alt="Pool at Victoria House Spa" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9GQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>3. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Retreat in Luang Prabang</a></b><br>After the Laotian elephants, you get your own turn. Near <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Luang Prabang</a>, a 2,000-acre elephant sanctuary offers an unforgettable up-close day with the giant animals. Along with the mahouts who care for them, you’ll learn to care for  the animals and give one it a  bath in the Nam Khan River. Yes, you will get wet and no, you won’t forget it. After an experience on such a mammoth scale, I find it extra relaxing back at the Azerai Hotel to spend a quiet, hands-on hour in their elegant spa. As you’d expect, the therapists use traditional Asian techniques – a serene and soothing counterpoint to an active day in the outdoors.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Spa room in Laos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9GV" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank"><b>4. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank">Serenity Defined in Bhutan</a></b><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank">Tiger’s Next Monastery</a> defies easy explanation, improbably perched as it is on a near-vertical wall of Himalayan stone. The trail up to it is awesome and inspirational. You certainly come to appreciate how this remote aerie lifted Buddhist monks above earthbound c1ares. And, okay, it also leads you to wonder how pilgrims traveled to it from the valley below without a wonderful massage at the end! Fortunately, the Menlha Spa at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel provides some blessed relief inspired by the healing goddess Tara and surrounded by Bhutanese art. The massage will even give you new appreciation for why this is a kingdom famous for measuring “Gross National Happiness.”<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank"><img alt="Exterior of Zhiwa Ling Hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Ga" style="height: 333px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank"><b>5. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Go Nordic in Québec</a></b><br>If your impressions of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Québec </a>feature the 500-year-old skyline of the city, the journey into the rural and rugged <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Charlevoix</a> region will come as the first surprise. I love it out there, where elk roam and a vast wilderness park sits in an impossibly vast meteor crater. This is the kind of place where you can visit a family farm and taste their artisanal sheep and cow cheeses. My favorite hotel in Baie-Saint-Paul (home of Cirque du Soleil) capitalizes on the outdoorsiness of the setting in its Spa Nordique. Keeping with the theme, an excellent Swedish massage makes relaxing sense, though I am partial to the “hot shell” therapy that incorporates heated seashells and coconut oil. And of course, you need to leave time for a steamy soak in the outdoor thermal pool.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank"><img alt="Outdoor pool at hotel in Charlevoiz" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Gf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>6. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank">Room for Relaxation in the Galápagos</a></b><br>First you walk on white sand beaches, lava fields and through a mangrove forest. You boat to a small islet that’s one of the few spots where Galápagos penguins live. You watch blue-footed boobies, go beach-combing, and maybe head out into the waves for a little boogie boarding. And this is just another day in the life of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Isabella Island in the Galápagos</a>. It’s also the kind of day when the perfect finale is an in-room massage at the boutique Iguana Crossing Hotel overlooking the beach lulled by the sound of waves. In-room is all the better because happily tired and totally relaxed, you’re as close as necessary to your bed for a little pre-dinner nap. To my way of thinking, this is one of the very best perks of paying an island-based visit to the islands, rather than being on a cruise ship where you may have to book your massages weeks before you even set sail.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank"><img alt="Jacuzzi at Iguana Crossing Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Gk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank"><b>7. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank">Aprés Mont-St.-Michel</a></b><br>I find that the quiet and mental focus of a massage helps me lock a travel experience more firmly into my memory. (Or maybe that’s just my  excuse for a massage.) That’s how it worked for me at Chateau La Cheneviere after my walk on the tidal flats around <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank">Mont-St.-Michel in Normandy</a>. The walk on firm sands exposed at low tide was nothing short of amazing. The abbey-topped island is one of France’s most iconic places, but virtually none of the visitors see it like this. For centuries, pilgrims waited for the tide to roll out to dash across for worship. Doing the walk today with an expert guide takes away the rush so you can concentrate on the history and the unsurpassed views. Back at the Chateau, my massage was the icing on the gateau.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank"><img alt="St. Michel Exterior View, Normandy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Gp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>8. Holistic Santorini</b></a><br>You could feel perfectly content that you’d had the complete <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Santorini </a>experience without ever leaving the Fanari Villas Spa Hotel. It has the pinch-yourself-views you’ve seen in photos. It’s the perfect ringside seat for sunset over the azure Aegean waters of the caldera. And, after all, the whole tempo of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a> is slow and easy. No apologies required here when you stretch out for a holistic massage in a spa where there’s a cave sauna and a pool with a view. When the therapist promises that her work will “promote a sense of deep inner and physical calm,” she speeks the truth!<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Coast in Santorini" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Gu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>9. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Agra Ahhhhhh</a></b><br>To enter the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Taj Mahal in Agra</a> is to realize a lifelong dream for many travelers. But I can top that. The Hotel Oberoi Amarvilas where we ensconce our guests is just 600 meters from the Taj, and all of the rooms and public areas overlook the monument. As you could well expect, a massage in the dramatic spa is supremely majestic. Hidden behind fretwork doors, the spa has a domed roof and the steam room, of course, is white marble. The therapy rooms all have the million-dollar view. And yes, you will feel like a maharajah as you undergo your pomegranate-orange body massage. I mean, really, if you’re ever going to indulge your inner potentate, this is the place to do it.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="Exterior of the Hotel Overoi Amarvillas" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Gz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>10. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">The French Side of Fès</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco </a>is one of my all-time favorite countries. The experiences you have ranging from an overnight in the Sahara to the medina of Marrakesh are incredible. I remember a day in and around <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank">Fès </a>like no other. First we walked in the country through olive groves and had tea and fresh almonds in the home of our Berber friends. Back in the medieval city, we met up with artisans in ceramics and mosaics. Then a pause for a massage at the Givenchy Spa in our chic Hotel Sahrai, perched on a hilltop overlooking the whole city. There’s plenty of French influence in Morocco, as in the hotel’s Architectural Digest-worthy spa. My massage was the perfect brief retreat from the bustle. Though next time, I may shop their extensive massage menu more carefully to see if they have one designed to stimulate appetite because the day ends with a stupendous meal at the world-famous Maison Bleue restaurant.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Hotel and Spa in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9H4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank"><b>11. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">Swedish in Norway</a></b><br>As you’ve seen, I can justify a massage on any kind of day. But the one youget after a day in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">Norway’s Jostedalen Valley</a> will be one of your best, falling as it does at the end of an iconic outdoor experience. Start by kayaking on a glacier-fed lake amid freshly calved ice bergs. Then strap on crampons and go for a guided glacier walk. The air is clean and beautiful. The scenery is like nothing you’ve ever seen. The thrills will easily carried you through the day. And that’s a textbook set-up for a massage – especially here where it can happen outdoors overlooking Sognefjord on a summer day with endless sun. Yes, this is <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">Norway</a></u>, but a Swedish massage is the way to go!<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank"><img alt="Fjord in Norway" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zG0f&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9H9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br> 

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