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    19 Mind Blowing Travel Destinations for '19

    <p>Go deep in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. Have a million-star <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> moment. Shorten that bucket list. Stretch your imagination. Your options are as wide as the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Sahara </a>and as deep as <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Canyon</a>. You’ll be on trend and away from the crowds when you follow our experts’ advice on any of these I-can’t-believe-I’m-doing-this experiences.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>CLIFFHANGER PIZZA</b></a><br>Toss and bake your own pizza… and then don&#39;t forget to taste it as you have lunch on a local friend’s sky-high terrace overlooking the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>.</p> <p><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>STARRY INCA NIGHTS</b></a><br>Feel <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> haunt you as you return to the ruins, lit only by the starry megawatt nighttime sky over the Andes.</p> <p><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>ICY CAVING</b></a><br>Shiver—from the beauty of it all, not the cold—as you enter the glowing natural chamber of a glacial ice cave in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snb" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>RAREFIED GEISHA</b></a><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Kyoto</a>, accept the elegant honor of dining as the honored guests of traditional geishas who entertain you with samisen and ritualized dance.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015sng" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>SECRET STONEHENGE</b></a><br>Enter sacred <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">Stonehenge </a>for a private visit at dusk, and toast the falling night and mysterious past with a flute of champagne.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snl" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>PRISTINE BAY OF PIGS</b></a><br>Invade the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"> Bay of Pigs</a> in a snorkel mask, the better to see the miraculously rich marine environment under the waves.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015sri" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">PATAGONIA TO THE NTH DEGREE </a></b><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Chile</a>, walk at the foot of the snow-capped Andes, eat with the Gauchos at a barbecue on a remote sheep ranch, and boat up to the sheer face of a Patagonia glacier. </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snq" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>JUNGLE LIVING</b></a><br>Paddle deep into <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank">Panama’s rainforest</a> for a day of interaction with the indigenous Embera Tribe in their riverside village-on-stilts.<br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>PENGUIN PLUNGE</b></a><br>Swim as you’ve never swum before with the world’s only warm-water penguins in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015so0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>BREEZIER MOROCCO</b></a><br>Compare the sands along the Atlantic coast with those around your luxury desert encampment on a 6-day visit that also includes <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank">Essaouira and Marrakesh</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015so5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>UP THE LAZY DOURO</b></a><br>Cruise <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal’s</a> gorgeous river to a vineyard walk, port-tasting, and a picnic for a perfeito Portuguese day.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>TUSCAN FANTASY</b></a><br>Live your dream at a glamorous hilltop villa-hotel with a count and countess as your hosts. Go ahead and go<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"> totally Tuscan</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>GREATER WALL OF CHINA</b></a><br>Leave the masses behind and stroll on a beautiful, unrestored stretch of<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank"> the Great Wall </a>to truly grasp the imperial will that built it.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>ANGKOR WATTAGE</b></a><br>Watch <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Cambodia’s </a>legendary temples fade into awesome view on a morning walk in the growing brilliance of sunrise.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b>NÆRØYFJORD</b></a><br>Stroke a silky alpaca at the family hotel where you’re greeted with wide-open arms after a cruise on <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Norway’s </a>skinniest fjord.<br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soU" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>TOO TAJ TO BELIEVE</b></a><br>Claim ownership of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a> from the unbelievable vantage point of your regal hotel room that overlooks the pearlescent masterpiece.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>LOW-TIDE HIGH POINT</b></a><br>Channel a 12th-century pilgrim as you walk to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank">Mont-St.-Michel </a>on the firm sandy seabed emptied by the ebbing tide.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soe" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>COOL COLLIES</b></a><br>Envy the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank">Scottish shepherd</a> whose team of ridiculously smart border collies respond to his commands with extra-sensory precision.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>HOODOO VOODOO</b></a><br>Walk on Mars, also known as the floor of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Canyon</a>, where the maze of sandstone spired called hoodoos transports you to a different world.</p>

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    Explore a Seldom Traveled Section of the Great Wall of China

    <h2><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank" title="China Travel Tours">Arguably the most recognized wall in the world, the Great Wall serves as a defining emblem of Chinese culture and strength.</a></h2>   <p>A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the greatest world wonders, the Great Wall snakes across deserts, valleys, mountains and plateaus for more than 13,000 miles from east to west China. Rumor has it that you can see the Great Wall from the moon!</p> <p>Several separate sections comprise the Great Wall. Construction on some segments began as early as 220 B.C., when the first Emperor of a unified China, Qin Shi Huang, wanted a fortification system that would keep out pesky barbarian nomads.</p> <p>For centuries, soldiers, prisoners, and locals built the structure from earth and stone, creating 12-foot-tall ramparts and guard towers at various intervals. It’s been said that of the millions who labored to build the wall, more than 400,000 died during its construction.</p> <p>During the Ming dynasty, much of these fortifications were rebuilt, and construction of the Great Wall that we see and appreciate today began. Workers built bridges, temples, and pagodas into the wall, which splits into north and south lines around Juyong Pass.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank" title="China Travel Tours">JOIN US ON AN AWE-INSPIRING JOURNEY – THE TRAVEL EQUIVALENT OF FENG-SHUI!</a></h3> <p><b>From Jinshanling to Simatai</b><br><br>Lucky for us, the section of the Great Wall that we will explore, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank" title="China Travel Tours">from Jinshanling to Simatai</a>, doesn’t see as many visitors as easier-to-reach sections. We may get some offers for tour guide services from entrepreneurial locals, but we won’t have to walk among a thick tourist crowd.<br><br><img alt="Great Wall of China" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mD&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rd7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>The Jinshanling Great Wall contains many original features, with watchtowers that appear every 100 meters or so, as well as combat towers, embrasures, and crenellations. As we hike along sections, our expert guide explains the history and engineering of the wall, which is quite remarkable for its day.</p> <p>Along our seven-mile journey, we will see damaged parts of the wall, reminding us of its need for protection. We will also take in breathtaking, mountainous views as we rest with a picnic lunch. Porters from a nearby village will accompany us with water and snacks.</p> <p>As we approach Simatai, we will notice parts of the wall built on steep crags. Be prepared, the Simatai Great Wall is known for its steepness, but it’s also one of the few, if not the only, section that looks the same as it did during the Ming dynasty.</p> <p>Distinctive watchtowers and other structures also mark this section of the wall. In particular, the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank" title="China Travel Tours">Simatai Great Wall is home to the Fairy Maiden Tower</a>, which features marble arches carved into lotus patterns. It sits on an 85-degree slope called Stairway to Heaven. Reservoirs such as Hot Spring Lake provide year-round water, which gives this section a more organic feel than more arid stretches.</p> <p>These untouched sections of the Great Wall give us a glimpse into its long history. We can imagine dignitaries standing on the Great Wall, or soldiers monitoring from the watchtowers. Combined with detailed commentary from our guide, not many visitors can claim such an intimate and truly great experience.</p>

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    The Sometime Solo: A Repeat Traveler Reflects on her Solo Vacations

    <p>Many people want to vacation solo, for a variety of reasons. Some are single, some have spouses who are too busy to travel, and some people just like to travel without their partner or family for a variety of reasons. But just because you’re leaving ‘your people’ at home doesn’t mean you have to travel alone. We recently had the chance to talk with three-time Classic Journeys’ guest and get her take on planning the perfect solo vacation.<br><br>“I’m really independent so I never thought I’d go on a group tour,” remembers Carolyn Seefer. “But when I decided to go to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank">China</a> and my husband’s schedule was too intense for him to get away, I wasn’t comfortable doing it on my own. This was a big step for me, but it made me a lifelong fan of Classic Journeys.” Since then, she’s also traveled solo with us in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey/" target="_blank">Turkey</a>.</p> <p><b>On her fantastic hotel rooms…</b><br>“My ‘room’ in Tibet was a 2-story converted farmhouse with its own courtyard. It was the best place I’ve ever stayed. And the cave hotel in Cappadocia was the most unique—dug into the hillside, but way more luxurious than it sounds. There was a terrace right outside where I could look out over this surreal, almost lunar landscape.” (As Carolyn discovered, we always try to place solo guests in “double for single use” rooms.)</p> <p><b>On the deserted Great Wall…</b><br>“We were literally the only ones on the segment of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank">Great Wall</a> where you took us— except for some local farmers who wanted to show us around. In my pictures, I’m the only person you can see. It was the real thing. It hadn’t been all fixed up. I hear that most tourists go to a stretch where all of the motorcoaches unload. I know now that Classic Journeys would never do that.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank"><img alt="Guest in front of Great Wall in China" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7oC&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jdbn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> </p> <p><b>On Lee’s unlimited hospitality…</b><br>“Our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">guide</a> Lee was so sweet. She speaks perfect English, but she’s never been out of China in her life. She told us a lot about what her family went through in the Cultural Revolution. In Shangri-La, she really wanted us to see the traditional dancing. So she called a friend who invited us into her house where several local girls danced just for us while we drank yak butter tea, sitting around her fire. Amazing!”</p> <p><b>On sharing with her husband…</b><br>“For my next Classic Journey, we’re going to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank">Morocco</a> together. When he travels, he always says he doesn’t want surprises. I haven’t told him yet, but he <i>will</i> have surprises —they’ll just all be good ones. I came back from my two solo trips with Classic Journeys really satisfied. I know this one will be the same.”</p> <p><b>About Classic Journeys:</b><br>Classic Journeys offers adventure vacations in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/world/" target="_blank">North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific</a>. Families enjoy luxury accommodations and gourmet meals that reflect the best of each region, coupled with multi-sport activities, daily interactions with locals, and native guides who make countries and cultures come alive. Tours are six to 12 days long. Land-only tour prices range from $2595 to $8895 per person (with discounts for small groups and children traveling with parents). Average tour size is 10, limited to a maximum of 18 guests per departure. Full details and links to itineraries are available at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">www.classicjourneys.com</a>. To speak with one of our personable and knowledgeable guest services coordinators, email us at <a href="mailto:blog@classicjourneys.com" target="_blank">blog@classicjourneys.com</a> or call 800-200-3887.</p>

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