• Rooftop Pool at Ohla Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

    Best Hotel Pools Around the Globe

    <h2>7 Best Hotel Pools for Whiling Away an Afternoon</h2>   <p>It’s no secret that we love walking tours. Every one of our Classic Journeys trips includes walking trips that get us out into the countryside of Provence or immersed in the culture of Cuba or rambling along the cobblestone streets of Tuscany. And while we enjoy this type of travel so much, we also enjoy some downtime. And what better way to while away an afternoon than lounging by an amazing pool with picturesque views. Here are some of our favorites:<br><br><img alt="Desert Pearl Inn" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ox9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale, Utah</b><br> </p> <p>After a day <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">exploring Zion</a>, there’s no better place to watch the sun set over the amazing rock formations than relaxing in the pool at the Desert Pearl Inn. The large, free-form pool is surrounded by a flagstone pool deck dotted with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Soak tired muscles in the hot tub while enjoying the trickle of the nearby waterfall. Lush, green vegetation encases the entire area — a beautiful contrast to the red rock cliffs surrounding the inn.<br><br><img alt="Ohla Barcelona" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Ohla Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain</b><br> </p> <p>Situated <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona-tours/" target="_blank">right in the heart of Barcelona</a>, the Ohla Barcelona is a modern marvel masked behind a grand and exquisite neoclassical façade. The “chill-out” terrace, as they call it, offers stunning views of the city with a glass-sided pool perched between an upper sunning deck and lower seating area filled with two-tops — perfect for watching a sunset, cocktail in hand.<br><br><img alt="Hotel Lone" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia</b><br> </p> <p>At Hotel Lone, you can choose your pool — indoors or out. Indoors you can still enjoy the view of the gardens thanks to the glass wall enclosure. If you opt for al fresco, which we highly recommend, you’ll <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">enjoy views of the protected Zlatni rt forest park.</a> The area includes a sun bathing terraces (six levels!), a restaurant, a pool bar and a summer stage. The pool complex itself includes the relax pool, aqua-fun pool and a children’s pool with whirlpools, waterfalls, geysers and a swimming track — all filled with seawater. Be sure to enjoy the hydro-massage chairs available in both pools. If you’re lucky enough to stay in a Jazz Room, you’ll enjoy your own private infinity pool massage bathtub on the outside edge of you room’s patio — spectacular!<br><br><img alt="Jasper Park Lodge" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta, Canada</b><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies is a jaw-dropping experience.</a> With the opportunity to see grizzly bears, moose, caribou and more, combined with the awe-inspiring vistas, your senses will be overwhelmed. What better way than to relax and reflect on everything you’ve experienced than poolside under the star-filled night sky. On the shores of Lac Beauvert, you’re in the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve.<br><br><img alt="Hotel Sahrai" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Hotel Sahrai, Fez, Morocco</b><br> </p> <p>Enjoy <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">majestic views of Fez and the surrounding</a> area while soaking in the infinity pool at Hotel Sahrai on its magical hillside location. Stretch out in the afternoon sun on a daybed atop the teak pool deck. Hungry after a long day exploring the city? Grab a snack and refreshing drink from the poolside Arcades restaurant.<br><br><img alt="La Vista Boutique" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>La Vista Boutique Hotel &amp; Spa, Kusadasi, Turkey</b><br> </p> <p>It’s an endless blue vista from this luxury <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey-tours/" target="_blank">infinity pool perched on the edge of the Aegean Sea</a> at the La Vista Hotel. Pick your lounge chair or sit at one of the many tables below the waterfall edge of the pool — both maximize this spectacular view. Be sure to catch a sunset and watch the cruise ships sail out to sea knowing you’ve got the best seat in the house.<br><br><img alt="Furama Resort" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Furama Resort Danang, Da Nang City, Vietnam</b><br> </p> <p>You might be mingling with royalty, presidents and movie starts when you stay at Furama Resort Danang, a five-star favorite of the jetsetters. But all of this will fade away as you relax in the huge pool area bedecked with palm trees. The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">infinity edge overlooks China Beach and out onto the East Vietnam Sea</a>. Even more enticing — check out the swimming lagoon. It’s like taking a swim through the jungle — overgrown with palms and other jungle plants — all with a nice tile blue bottom and clean, refreshing water.</p>

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  • Captain on Fishing Boat in Nova Scotia

    North America: 8 Trips with a Twist

    <h2><b>Closer-to-home trips can be more out-there than you expected.</b></h2>   <p>You expect the exotic in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/asiapacific/" target="_blank">Southeast Asia</a>. But you don’t need to trigger a case of jet lag to have vacation that’s as fun and revelatory as a junket to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/myanmar/" target="_blank">Myanmar</a>. The United States and Canada can serve up plenty of un-vanilla experiences. This year in particular—as the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/national-park-tours/" target="_blank">National Park Service celebrates its 100<sup>th</sup>Anniversary</a> and travelers look to get their thrills in a few fewer days—<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/northamerica/" target="_blank">North American Tours</a> are on a record number of radar screens. And if you think you know everything to expect, think again!<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">GRAND CANYON: RUINS OLDER THAN MACHU PICCHU</a></b></p> <p><img alt="Grand Canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oSz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Plenty of people go to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon and Zion</a> for the geology. Slot canyons so narrow you can touch both sides at once. Chasms so deep that you need binoculars to see the bottom. And then there’s Walhalla Plateau where the ruins left by ancient puebloan people were already 350 years old the Incas were building cities in the Andes. This is our own land’s history, awesome and mysterious unlike anything you’ve ever seen without showing your passport.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska-tours/" target="_blank">ALASKA: ICEBERGS IN A MOUNTAINTOP LAKE</a></b><br> </p> <img alt="Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska-tours/" target="_blank">Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula</a> is plenty exotic (glacier walks, tide-pooling, walking on the Iditarod Trail). But for a pure I-can’t-believe-what-I’m-seeing moment, we vote for the watch icebergs bob on a glacier-fed lake way above sea level. Marooned up there at higher altitude, they’ll never collide with one of those giant cruise ships that blast past the coast. It’s a magical, unexpected place—and one you can enjoy at leisure with a picnic on the lakeshore.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">QUEBEC: PARIS MEETS NORWAY</a></b><br><br><img alt="Quebec" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>You think <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Québec</a> is going to be one thing, and instead it’s crazy/glorious mash-up. The city is 16<sup>th</sup> Century France, right down to the<br>cobblestones. It’s Saguenay Fjord. (Wait—an honest-to-goodness fjord on the U.S. border? Oh, yes.) Mix in the highest mountains east of the Rockies plus the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil and an elk herd or two. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Québec</a> is a combination you’ve never seen before, and that’s a recipe for a brag-worthy vacation.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">SOUTH CAROLINA: GEECHEE SPOKEN HERE</a></b></p> <img alt="Charleston Bay" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p>Strolling under the Spanish moss in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">Charleston and Savannah</a>, the architectural frills and extreme gentility are just as you imagined. But there’s a parallel culture, deep but dwindling, out on coastal islands like St. Helena. The Gullah, descendants of slaves, clustered there and 300-year-old ethnic strains of Africa still run through daily life and the local creole language known as Geechee. In a country that feels more homogenous every day, it’s a revelation to step back to a time when every community was an intensely rooted in faraway places.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">CANADIAN ROCKIES: THE STARRIEST SKY ON EARTH</a></b></p> <p><img alt="Canadian Rockies" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Daytime is very fine in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Canada’s Banff and Jasper National Parks</a>. But it’s the night that will really open your eyes. Jasper is in the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve. Light pollution is nearly non-existent. So find a spot where you can stretch out on your<br>back and just look up. The Milky Way is milky white. The constellations are vivid. Focus for a couple of minutes and you can make out satellites moving across the glittery background. Finally, it makes sense why the ancients who saw this display every night worshiped the skies.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotia/" target="_blank"><b>NOVA SCOTIA: MAKE LIKE THE MI’KMAQS</b></a><br> </p> <img alt="Nova Scotia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p>Lobstermen and giant tides and being ogled by a whale. All are noble reasons to get yourself off to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotia/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a>. Within in a mile or so either side of the Atlantic shore, you can have an amazing time. The Mi’kmaq natives, though, had other ideas that will surprise you. Nova Scotia has an inland too where whisper-quiet forests and mirror-smooth lakes replace the coastal roar. In a canoe, gliding under a wide sky, you see a side of the province that most tourists never even imagine.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa/" target="_blank">SONOMA: NOT ALL OLIVES ARE CREATED EQUAL</a></b></p> <img alt="Napa" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTs" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img> <p><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa/" target="_blank">Napa and Sonoma</a>, as in just about every grape-growing region on earth, the soil and climate the vines love is equally hospitable to olive trees. Gnarled, silver-leafed, low-to-the-ground, the yield fruit too hard and bitter for a martini—but just right for oil. Go tasting with an expert and you find that the vocabulary is match for wine: eucalyptus, melon, almond, grassy, buttery, peppery and on and on. You sniff, you slurp, you savor and—unlike a classic wine taster—you’re even encouraged to swallow. <br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montana-tours/" target="_blank">MONTANA: FLOWERS THAT PAINTED THE SKY</a></b></p> <img alt="Montana" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oTx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>  <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montana-tours/" target="_blank">Glacier Park’s</a> amazing Highline Trail runs through a wildflower meadow. Amid the larkspur and forget-me-nots, our favorite is the Indian Paintbrush. In-and-out park visitors are prone to taking pictures of “the pretty red flowers.” With a naturalist, though, you learn that the Ojibwe turned it into shampoo and that because it has no branches it can only be pollinated by hovering insects. Its name comes from the legend of a young brave who received paintbrushes from the Great Spirit in order to paint the sunset. His discarded brushes sprouted to become these blossoms. And you thought they were just pretty flowers.</p>

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  • Group Walking in Countryside, Ireland

    Walking Vacation: What shoes to choose?

    <p>We think a <b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank">walking vacation</a></b> is truly the best way to immerse yourself in the culture and everyday life of your chosen destination. It’s how you get to know the locals, explore off-the-beaten-path hideaways and stumble upon the best memories of your trip.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group walking in the Galapagos Islands" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lz&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9iZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">DOWNLOAD AN ITINERARY FOR YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATION TODAY!</a></h3> <p>We don’t rate our <b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank">walking vacations</a></b> according to difficulty because we design them all to be very easygoing. You won’t hike, trek or walk from destination to destination, and we’re not trying to cover long distances on foot. Instead, you’ll meander through city streets or take a countryside stroll. The only gear you need is a water bottle, camera, jacket and the right pair of shoes.</p> <p>Pad gently over the golden sand that lines the crescent-shaped beach at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>’s Manuel Antonio Park and let the warm, blue waters of the Pacific lap against your toes.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group Walking in the Amalfi Coast" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lz&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9ie" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>Squeeze through the sandstone spires of Bryce Canyon and splash in the refreshing streambeds of Zion’s Narrows slot gorge.</p> <p><img alt="walking vacation quote" src="http://blog.classicjourneys.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Screen-Shot-2015-10-08-at-10.49.50-AM.png" style="height: 306px; width: 222px;"></img><br><br>If you’d prefer, you can ride a train to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a>’s summit, but if you choose to make the 8-mile walk at 7:45 a.m., you might literally have your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds before the sun burns off the morning dew along this stretch of the Inca Trail.</p> <p>Boots, even light hiking ones, are made for walking frozen glaciers like the ones you’ll find on <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-north-south-island-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand’s South Island</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank">Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula</a> and the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockies/" target="_blank">Canadian Rockies</a>.</p> <br> 

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