• Greece - Santorini at Sunset

    11 Most Romantic Getaways

    <br>Ready to escape on a romantic getaway? Just imagine… you and your sweetheart watching the sunset over the red sand dunes of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank">Sahara</a>, sipping a glass of Bordeaux in the vineyards of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">Bordeaux </a>itself, or following a scenic waterside path to the famed coastal resort of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">Portofino</a>. If you’re ready for some quality time together, here are 11 of the best destinations for romance.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank"><img alt="Italian Lakes" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015ueN" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank"><b>ITALIAN LAKES</b></a><br>Since the Roman emperors, these gracious waterside resorts have drawn visitors. The climate is mild, loaded with the vibrant colors of Alpine wildflowers and lush semi-tropical gardens. Your footpaths sometimes traverse mountaintop meadows and often hug the crystal clear waters. Nowhere else does stunning scenery, mellow air, and rich history come together with such romantic results. <br><br> <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015ufG" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank">SLOVENIA &amp; CROATIA&#39;S ISTRIAN PENINSULA</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Slovenia and Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula</a> are two of the great under-the-radar screen destinations in all of Europe. These unspoiled next-door lands sit right at the top of the Adriatic Sea just east of Venice, the scenery is so insanely perfect that you don’t want the walks to end. Imagine walking hand-in-hand through vineyards rolling into olive groves sweeping to the Adriatic. <br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015ufL" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank">MOROCCO</a></b><br>For most people, Morocco is a top bucket list destination. From soaring sand dunes to dramatic coastlines and fantastically frenetic market squares—there’s no question why Morocco has been a top 10 bucket list place year after year. <br><br><a href="https://www.classsicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank"><img alt="Bordeaux and the Dordogne Valley" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJ4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank"><b>BORDEAUX &amp; THE DORDOGNE VALLEY</b></a><br>Everything you&#39;ll love best about <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">France </a>is abundant in the scenic southwest: Great wine. Great history. Great culture. And the lifestyle? Think of yourself at one of the loveliest inns you&#39;ve ever discovered, strolling by your 13th-century millpond before dining on a country stew and crème brûlée by candlelight.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVNQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>THE GREEK ISLES</b></a><br>Ahhh the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a>... walk amid vineyards and olive groves. Have a “pinch-yourself” moment waking to a view of Santorini&#39;s incredible shimmering blue sea. Take a mule ride down to the water’s edge for a boat trip out into the crater of the volcano.  Yes, this is your real life!<br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015ueS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank"><b>TUSCANY &amp; THE CINQUE TERRE</b></a><br>Picture the two of you wine-tasting on the grounds of a castle, wandering through the streets of<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank"> towering hill towns</a>, jumping to the head of the line to see Michelangelo’s David and exploring colorful villages along the Italian Riviera.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>PORTUGAL</b></a><br>Get some much-needed R &amp; R in regal <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal</a>, where you’ll feel like royalty. Taste Port at a family-owned Douro Valley vineyard, walk the dramatic Atlantic coast from Cabo da Roca and luxuriate in some of Portugal’s most historic (and luxurious) hotels.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015ueX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona/" target="_blank"><b>BARCELONA &amp; THE COSTA BRAVA</b></a><br>When we asked our guides how to describe <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona/" target="_blank">Catalonia </a>to you, they said: “Tell them we are Tuscany, only better.” The chic avenues of Barcelona…a dip in the Mediterranean at a private resort on the Costa Brava…the Moorish-accented culture. And did you know about the vivid flavors of Catalan cuisine? <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="Amalfi" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVJO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><b>AMALFI COAST &amp; CAPRI</b></a><br>Unlike most visitors, you’ll see <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Amalfi </a>in the best way. You’ll walk seaside trails past magnificent villas, enjoy authentic dinners after the day-trippers leave, peer into the caldera of Mount Vesuvius and so much more.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oVNu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><b>COSTA RICA</b></a><br>You expect paradise to be beautiful. But who knew it was so much fun? If you’re looking for a little thrill mixed with romance, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> blends adventure and nature like nowhere else.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y3r4&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015uem" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence/" target="_blank"><b>PROVENCE</b></a><br>Practice saying: “We&#39;re vacationing in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence/" target="_blank">south of France</a> this year.” As romantic as it sounds, it’s even better in real life. Think quiet country trails that wind through cherry orchards beneath rustic perched villages. In season, purple ribbons of lavender drape the hills. This is Provence at its purest, and you will never forget it.

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    5 Cool Reasons to Travel to Canada in 2016

    <p>When my friends ask me where they should travel next, they always expect me to recommend something off the radar like Myanmar or Montenegro. Great places they are. You should absolutely go.</p> <p>But lately, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada/" target="_blank">I’ve been pitching Canada</a>—and the responses I get are terrific. “Wow, I’ve only ever been to Vancouver/Niagara Falls/Montreal. It would be kind of a relief to stay closer to home this time.”</p> <p>It’s hard to argue with how easy and close Canada is. Those are huge benefits if you have limited time for a vacation or want to keep the logistics simple. But trust me, there is also plenty of adventure and cultural variety to be had. A vacation in Canada can be just what the doctor ordered if you want to feel far away without straying too far from home.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada/" target="_blank"><b>1. CANADA IS GOLDILOCKS COMFORTABLE</b></a></p> <p>Sometimes you’re in the mood to fly halfway around the world or plunge into a culture that’s utterly unfamiliar.</p> <p>And then there are those vacations when you’d rather hop off a plane without any jet lag (or even drive to the starting point of a trip). That’s Canada for you: just right, just when you need it. With minimal effort and complete peace of mind, a vacation here slips into high gear fast with no time spent in getting acclimated.<br><br><img alt="Man enjoying mountain view" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rCu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada/" target="_blank"><b>2. IT’S THE RIGHT KIND OF UNPREDICTABLE</b></a><br> </p> <p>Who knew that <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/nova-scotia-tours/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a> has a culinary scene? Would you guess that you could go elk spotting in wilderness a short drive from 500-year-old <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Québec</a> city? Could you even imagine how neat the nights are in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Canadian Rockies</a>, where the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve lets you see the Milky Way and understand for the first time how it got its name? I’ve had revelations in Canada that are the equal to anything I’ve felt in Peru or Turkey. In fact, the surprises are even bigger, just because you <i>think</i> you know what to expect.<br><br><img alt="Canadian Rockies at night" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rCz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada/" target="_blank">3. THE VALUES ARE TERRIFIC</a></b><br> </p> <p>Worldwide, the good news is that U.S. dollar is strong against currencies such as the euro. But the fact is that some of the main elements of any great vacation are just priced a little better in Canada. For example, the trips that Classic Journeys offers in Canada beat all other destinations for low cost per person. Yet, you’ll still have the full time company of local guides, stay in amazing hotels, and never pay an extra penny for trip activities. If you are planning multiple trips for the year—or if you’re just keeping a careful eye on your travel budget—Canada makes real sense.<br><br><img alt="Le Germain Quebec" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rD4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img>S<i>tay in luxurious, boutique properties on our Cultural Walking Adventure in Québec. </i><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada/" target="_blank">4. CANADA-NICE IS A WAY OF LIFE</a></b><br> </p> <p>The Québecois are not Nova Scotians are not British Columbians. My point being that coast-to-coast, Canadians are as different from one another as Vermonters are from New Mexicans. But I’ve yet to visit a province where I was greeted with anything but genuine warmth and civility. If you have days when it feels like those traits are in short supply, you couldn’t do anything better for yourself than heading north of the border.<br><br><img alt="boat in Nova Scotia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rD9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada/" target="_blank">5. CANADA IS TOTALLY EXCELLENT FOR FAMILY VACATIONS</a></b><br> </p> <p>All of the plusses I’ve mentioned so far add up to even more when you apply them to a multi-generational family vacation. If you’re luring family members from different parts of the States, Canada presents fewer logistical barriers. The language is easy too; even in French-speaking Québec, English is commonly spoken and your local guide handles any translation you need. What I like best is that it is so easy to have fun, fun, fun in Canada. Glacier-walking, whale-watching, canoeing, catching the crazy tides at the Bay of Fundy, picnicking up in a Rocky Mountain meadow. The list is endless…and a trip fits in one easy week of 6 days and 5 nights. It’s also easy for us to arrange a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private/" target="_blank">Private Journey</a> for your family in Canada—whether you want to do one of our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/itineraries/" target="_blank">regular Canada itineraries</a> or customize your visit for a longer stay or to visit more places.<br><br><img alt="Family kayaking" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rDE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. If you want my advice, if this doesn’t feel like your year for Europe, go to Canada. You’ll have a super-cool, low-stress vacation that feels a lot farther from home than it really is!</p>

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  • Valley and Mountains in Alaska

    Enjoy Every Mountain

    <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/searchquery/?q=mountain&amp;utm_campaign=enjoy-every-mountain&amp;utm_source=sojourn&amp;utm_medium=blog/" target="_blank">At Classic Journeys, we’ve never met a mountain vacation we didn’t love.</a> But climbing them — not so much. We always head for the top. After all, that’s where the views, the wildflower meadows and the mountain goats are! But we’re strategic about how we get there, looking for ways to enjoy the way up without wearing ourselves down. Here are four of our favorite lower-impact, high-altitude walks.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">THE ANDES UP TO MACHU PICCHU</a></b>  <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">PERU</a><br><br><img alt="Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ld&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rGI" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>There’s a fun fork in the route up to Machu Picchu. We all chug out of the Sacred Valley on the luxurious Inca Rail train. Partway up, the train pauses, and hikers (who have asked us to make advance reservations) step off to spend 5–6 hours ascending the last 1,500 feet of elevation of the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate — where you look down onto the legendary ruins. But trust us, it is no compromise to stay comfortably aboard the train! As the tracks rise, the valley narrows and the river tumbles past. Through the picture windows and viewing panels in the train’s roof, you’ll see a succession of Incan ruins. Late in the morning, you arrive in Aguas Calientes and check into our hotel. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Hop on a shuttle for an advance visit to Machu Picchu</a>, enjoy a spa treatment or go orchid hunting with a naturalist. Ensconced in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">one of South America’s top 10 hotels</a>, you won’t feel for a second like you missed out on having a wonderful day.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">Make a reservation today for your favorite mountain vacation destination!</a></b><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-family/" target="_blank">THE JUNGFRAU REGION</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-family/" target="_blank">SWITZERLAND</a><br><br><img alt="Jungfrau region" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ld&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rGN" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Funiculars are fun, especially the one up to Grutschalp, where we begin the scenic walk to nearby Mürren, a village with no cars. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-family/" target="_blank">Mürren is the highest village in the Bernese Oberland</a> and has knockout views of the Jungfrau massif and the Breithorn. In winter, it’s a traditional ski resort. In the summer, it’s a botanist’s paradise. Next, we take a two-stage cable car to the summit of the Schilthorn. Lunch is in a revolving restaurant with 360-degree views. (James Bond fans will instantly recognize it as the mountaintop lair for the villainous Blofeld in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”) Later in the day, we ride the funicular back down to Lauterbrunnen for a visit to Trümmelbach Falls, the region’s most impressive cascade and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just like that, you’ve spent <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/searchquery/?q=mountain&amp;utm_campaign=enjoy-every-mountain&amp;utm_source=sojourn&amp;utm_medium=blog/" target="_blank">the best mountain vacation</a>day of your life without even breaking a sweat!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank"><b>MIDDLE ATLAS MOUNTAINS</b><br>MOROCCO</a><br><br><img alt="Mid Atlas Mountains, Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ld&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rGS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Between the medina of Fés and the dunes of the Sahara lie the Middle Atlas Mountains. This massive range soars to alpine heights, and as we drive through we stop for a walk. You could say the macaques make us do it. Better known as Barbary apes, troops of them live in the cedar forests. On a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank">walk of a couple of hours</a> (without much altitude change), we’re joined by them as well as shepherds moving their goats. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">This is the Morocco we didn’t expect</a> the first time we visited. The air is mountain-crisp and incredible. In plenty of seasons, patches of un-melted snow hide in the shade of those picturesque cedars. And Ifrane, that village up ahead, is a ski resort built by the French in the colonial era. Its buildings are more chalet than kasbah. We love this walk for how it upends all the souk-to-sand clichés about Morocco’s personality.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockies/" target="_blank">ABOVE LAKE LOUISE</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">CANADIAN ROCKIES</a><br><br><img alt="Canadian Rockies" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ld&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rGc" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockies/" target="_blank">Lake Louise is the most iconic spot in the Canadian Rockies.</a> You’ve seen the photos of the mirror-smooth lake cupped in pine-covered slopes at the foot of a glacier. This morning’s walk is on a path that does gain some altitude as it rises 1,400 feet. But we take our time, and it is so worth the effort. Starting from the lake’s shore, we ascend above the tree line. There, the alpine meadows open wide, and we occasionally have a spotting of a grizzly bear. Ahead, we get breathtaking views of Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier. We’ll take a breather at Lady Agnes Tea House, built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 1900s. Every moment is spectacular. Of course, if you prefer, you can stay at lake level to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockiesfamily/" target="_blank">go for an easy canoe paddle, explore the shops and grounds of Chateau Lake Louise or saddle up for a horseback ride</a>.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/catalog/" target="_blank">REQUEST A CATALOG AND READ MORE ABOUT LUXURY MOUNTAIN VACATIONS.</a></b></p> <p><b>Share your favorite mountain walks and vacations below!</b></p>

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