• Fall in the Italian Countryside

    7 Best Fall Vacations

    With the end of summer on the horizon, don’t get discouraged by the chill in the air as the autumn season rolls in. It’s easy to hunker down in the fall and prepare for the winter season ahead. Instead, put off dragging your sweaters out of storage and opt-in for a fall vacation! Autumn travel offers pleasant weather and the joys of shoulder season with lower prices and far fewer crowds. Here are the destinations on the top of our list to visit this fall:<br><br><b>The Canadian Rockies</b><br><br>Experience the solitude of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Canadian Rockies</a> away from the crowds and bask in the glory that is the autumn color painted throughout Lake Louise, the Sunwapta River, and Mount Victoria. The Canadian Rockies is teeming with wildlife—whether it be moose, elk, bears, or bighorn sheep—experience the exceptional flora and fauna through the lens of local guides and view the spectacular wildlife at the peak of their activity. Some say that hiking the spectacular gorges, marveling at the rushing waterfalls, and enjoying the snow-capped peaks is even more breathtaking in the dim fall light.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUvZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>France</b><br><br>In reality, there is no wrong time to explore <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank">Normandy</a>, Burgundy or the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank">City of Light</a>, But we think the fall just may be France&#39;s best season. Bask in the joys of Paris as the city&#39;s parks turn to hues of orange, yellow, and bright red. Admire the Jardin de Luxembourg and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank">Palace of Versailles</a> resembling the color and brilliance of an Impressionist painting, giving Claude Monet a run for his money. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/loire/" target="_blank">Burgundy</a> is the perfect blend of classic French villages and rolling terrain with a patchwork of forests and harvesting vineyards that are utter perfection in the fall. Finally, enjoy the classic Norman picture-book villages, the stunning<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank"> Mont-St-Michel</a>, and Normandy&#39;s massive apple orchards that thrive at this time of the year. There is no better time to explore France than August through November!  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUpR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Greek Isles </b><br><br>Autumn in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greece</a> is heavenly—with balmy weather, warm water, and harvests of olives and grapes—you’re guaranteed a lovely time without the often-overwhelming crowds of summertime travel. Explore the remarkable ruins of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Knossos and Delos</a>, sample the fruits of cliff-hugging vineyards, and take in the iconic views from your hotel in Santorini all complete with a warm autumn glow that accentuates the charm of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek isles</a>. Shoulder season gives you a chance to intimately engage with the local culture and meet the phyllo bakers, olive growers, archeologists, and villagers who live amid some of the loveliest scenery and finest historical treasures on earth. <br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUve" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Italy </b><br><br>In the fall, Italy presents the opportunity to enjoy the colorful countrysides of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>, relish in the local markets spilling over with fresh produce in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>, and take advantage of the pleasant weather in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia &amp; Corsica</a>. Skip the usual cathedral-and-cappuccino circuit in the crowds and heat of the summer and visit Italy in the autumn to properly savor the local culture, cuisine, and charisma. September through October is the typical time for the grape harvest in the wine region and towns in Tuscany celebrate the production of wine with festivals galore! Partake in the joys of the harvest season and celebrate with a glass of wine form a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">local winery</a>!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUp7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Bryce, Grand Canyon, Zion </b><br><br>Even as adults we play the pioneer game every time we visit this monumental trio of national parks. Imagine cresting the hills in your Conestoga wagon to behold the sights and breathtaking views <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce, the Grand Canyon, and Zion</a> have to offer. Deep canyons, brilliant red rock, bridges of stone, and boulders poised on slender spires amaze visitors year-round. However, the fall provides visitors with pleasant weather, far fewer crowds, great chances to spot wildlife, and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">colorful leaves that sprinkle Zion’s canyon floors</a> and winding trails in late September and early October.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUpC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Charleston &amp; Savannah</b><br><br>The coastal south is brimming with a distinctive meld of history, way of life, and charm that is all the more enjoyable as the autumn season graces <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">Charleston and Savannah</a> with clear blue skies, sunshine, and nice cool breezes. There&#39;s no other region in America with such a distinctive meld of history, climate, and way of life! Walk through moss-draped lanes, admire the fine restorations of prosperous homes, visit some of the country’s most unique <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">living history museums</a>, and stroll the old city streets under the shade of curvaceous oak trees.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUpH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Galápagos</b><br><br>Autumn in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> is a special time in the archipelago. In September, the Antarctic Humboldt current is strong—bringing hoards of wildlife to the scene. Escape the fall weather at home and get the chance to admire penguins, sea lions, and marine birds at the peak of their activity! The beginning of fall is also a prime opportunity to see <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">humpback whales and their calves migrating</a>, fur seals mating, dolphins playing in the cool water, and giant tortoises laying eggs on the white sandy beaches.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUpM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Autumn is just around the corner and it truly is the perfect time to explore some of our favorite destinations. If you can, skip the crowds and the heat of summer and pack your bags to revel in the joys of shoulder season! Check out some of Classic Journeys&#39; fall trips <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/none/October/none/none/" target="_blank">here</a>!<br><br> 

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    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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