• Woman in Hammock on Beach in Belize

    5 Destinations Where It's Currently Summer

    With unseasonably cold weather still plaguing most of the country, you might find yourself wanting to take changing the weather into your own hands. Let&#39;s swap those boots for flip flops! Here are 5 destinations where it&#39;s currently summer:<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>1. Galapagos</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Sea lion on the beach in Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSyT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Your first surprise on our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> island tours? People live on these islands, too. On our island-based adventure, you’ll get a real feel for how it is to have giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies outside your back door. (It’s easier and more interesting than making forays from a cruise ship.) Our naturalist-guides will lead you to extraordinary wildlife experiences, minus the flocks of tourists. You’ll have abundant chances to walk, kayak and snorkel up-close to marine iguanas, Galápagos penguins and other creatures found nowhere else on earth.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">2. Belize</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman kayaking in Belize" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSyO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">Belize</a>, you&#39;ll experience rainforests teeming with keel-billed toucans, ocelots, and howler monkeys on great walks with naturalists. Out of those jungles rise imposing Mayan pyramids, like the one you climb at Tikal. At Ambergris Caye and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, you go snorkeling or kayaking on the world&#39;s second largest barrier reef. Every day, the variety of nature and local culture is truly spectacular, from a soaring cave (absolutely no spelunking required) to a chocolate making demonstration on cacao plantation. <br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">3. Cuba</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><img alt="Classic car driving down Malecon in Havana Cuba" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSyE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Until the middle of the 20th century, Americans puddle-jumped to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cuba</a> for quick getaways. Now, the door is ajar again. But this time it opens to deep, warm and fun interactions with Cubanos on our one-of-a-kind people-to-people explorations. In the company of expert local guides, you’ll meet a remarkable cross-section of society: school students and cigar-makers, singers and white-magic priests, farmers and chefs. On the streets of Havana, in the scenic Viñales Valley, and in Cienfuegos and Trinidad on the Caribbean shore, every moment is eye-opening.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><b>4. New Zealand</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Lupins by the water in New Zealand" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSy9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> will take your breath away. If the snow-capped peaks don’t do it, then the beauty and trails of Waiheke Island will. You’re as likely to gasp at the thrill of sailing on an America’s Cup yacht as at the spectacle of a lake where icebergs surround your boat. You’ll sip wine at a vineyard in a setting you could easily mistake for the Napa Valley. Our local guide also arranges for naturalists, historians and experts in glacier walking and jet boating. As you sample green lip mussels...learn about Maori culture...and walk the swing bridge across the Hooker River, you’ll appreciate New Zealand as the most scenically diverse and unstoppably fun destination anywhere.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">5. Costa Rica</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Costa Rican shoreline" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSyn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>You don’t have to be a bird-watcher to get a buzz when a hummingbird lands on your hand. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> touches you in all kinds of ways. It’s the most bio-diverse country anywhere, the land where eco-tourism was born. Our spectrum of Costa Rica tour packages takes you from Caribbean coast to Guanacaste on the Pacific shore and include Manuel Antonio Park, Arenal Volcano, and Tortuguero National Park renowned as the breeding ground for sea turtles. You’ll meet the native ticos and residents of Afro-Caribbean villages, have mind-bending eco-experiences with our local guides and naturalists, and enjoy the most relaxing active vacation ever.

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  • 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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  • Sloth in Costa Rica

    Hanging Around Costa Rica

    You’ve barely stepped away from the luggage carousel in San Jose, when you find yourself standing in a swirl of 4,000 or so butterflies. “This,” you say to the Silver Emperor that lands on your nose, “is why I came to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>.” The hyper-abundant biodiversity of Central America’s premier paradise never disappoints.<br><img alt="Costa Rica Butterfly" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Do&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWXl" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Wait. Let me qualify the word “never”. Because this land with more than 500,000 species of one kind or another, where the howler monkeys and toucans roam, can easily overwhelm. In a country that’s roughly the size of West Virginia, there are also more hotels than you can ever vet on Trip Advisor, and “naturalist” guides offering their services are thicker on the ground than Starbucks stores back home. Google “<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica vacation</a>”, and you get 62,800,000 hits. At some point, rich diversity turns into hyper-distraction. You can lose yourself in the logistics and spend your whole trip second-guessing yourself. <br><img alt="Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Do&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWXq" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><span style="color: #212121;">Instead, go with your instincts and let Classic Journeys handle everything. We’ve flitted the length and breadth of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> for two decades, comparing cloud forests, splash-testing whitewater outfitters, tracking capybaras, and curating itineraries that deliver exactly what you came for and more.</span><br><img alt="Costa Rica Suspension Bridge" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Do&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWY0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><span style="color: #212121;">Instead of white-knuckling it in a rental car on a windy mountain road, you’ll be off walking on a platform suspended in the rainforest canopy or weaving through lava fields on the slopes of Arenal Volcano. While the do-it-yourselfers compete for the last ticket on a wildlife cruise, you’re already in your kayak gliding through a mangrove estuary, spotting anteaters and egrets. While a crowd huddles around a sign in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tortuguero-extension/" target="_blank">Tortuguero National Park</a> to read about endangered sea turtles, you’re off with your own local guide-naturalist who explains it all for you. (And takes you to the secret place where the turtles lay their eggs.)</span> <br><img alt="Costa Rica sea trutle" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Do&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWY5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><span style="color: #212121;">In fact, our expert team of local guides makes up one of the rarest species in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>. They are native ticos, so they can give you a homier, insider sense of their country. You’ll be blown away by their encyclopedic knowledge about everything from sloths to scarlet macaw mating habits to stand up paddleboarding techniques. The best part is that your fulltime guide happily shoulders all of the when, where and how of your vacation. Almost like magic, they produce all of the gear you need for snorkeling on a Pacific reef or a zooming along a zip line – and you never pay an extra penny for any of it. And at the end of the day, when you are relaxing in a geothermal spa or sitting on your balcony overlooking the ocean, you never feel resort-envy because the hotel you booked online doesn’t live up to its photos. We’re also old friends with the best luxury boutique properties in the country. When you’re with Classic Journeys, there is always room at perfectly sited in-spots with an abundance of comfort and amenities.</span> <br><img alt="Costa Rica zip line" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Do&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWYA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><span style="color: #212121;">Our approach works so well because every inch of the way, you’re in the moment—ready to make a cowabunga leap from your private catamaran, to absorb the sunset (and a margarita) from the deck of your lodge perched in the most spectacular jungle setting, or to freeze mid-step as a Violet Sabrewing hummingbird hovers a tongue-flick away. If you really want to spread your wings in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>, visit with Classic Journeys and float free through an amazing week crowded only with nature, fun, and luxury.<br><img alt="Costa Rica resort" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4Do&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oWYF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span>

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