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    10 Best Places to Kayak Around the World

    Kayaking is a fantastic experience for all ages and skill sets, especially when you&#39;re in a faraway land! Imagine yourself gliding through the towering limestone islands of Halong Bay; floating under the Punt-du-Gard in France; or drifting on the crystal clear waters of Belize, teeming with wildlife underneath. Grab your paddle and brace yourself for a good time, here are the 10 best places to kayak around the world. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank"><b>#10 CROATIA</b></a><br>Kayak in the uninhabited waters of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank">Lokrum island</a>. This place is magical! You can explore caves and remote beaches... oh, and did we mention the water visibility is 30 feet deep! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group kayaking off coast of Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9zG" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank"><b>#9 ALASKA</b></a><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank">Thumb Cove</a> three glaciers spill right into the waters. Here, you can find yourself gliding alongside sea otters and sea lions. If you&#39;re lucky, you might even spot mountain goats or a black bear on shore! For a special treat, beach your kayaks in Emerald Green Cove for a short hike to a hidden waterfall.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayaking in Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fB7H" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/puget-sound-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#8 PUGET SOUND</b></a><br>Go sea kayaking, off the west coast of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/puget-sound-tours/" target="_blank">San Juan Island</a>. This is prime Orca whale territory and if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the great mammals up close, you are in for an incredible experience.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/puget-sound-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group kayaking on calm waters" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#7 BELIZE</b></a><br>Hop into a kayak and head out into the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">Ambergris Caye</a>, which sits adjacent to the world&#39;s second largest barrier reef. While exploring the waters you can see the incredible wildlife and reefs beneath you and even jump out of your kayak for some snorkeling in the crystal clear warm waters.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Young boy kayaking in clear waters" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank"><b>#6 AMALFI</b></a><br>Explore the cobalt blue waters and coastal architecture of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>. From your kayak<a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank">,</a> admire the gorgeous views of the cliffside village of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank">Positano</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Amalfi Kayak" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fB72" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#5 COSTA RICA</b></a><br>Slip into a kayak for a guided paddle through the lagoons and creeks of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Tortuguero River</a>. Along the way keep an eye out for white-faced capuchin monkeys, black river turtles, crocodiles, macaws, and the long-legged anhinga birds.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group kayaking in a forest" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wl" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provencefamily/" target="_blank">#4 PROVENCE</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provencefamily/" target="_blank">The Pont-du-Gard</a> was built over 2,000 years ago and was both a bridge and an aqueduct. Today it is one of the remaining Roman wonders of Provence. It stands over 150 feet tall, and paddling right up alongside it is one of the most incredible sites you&#39;ll ever see. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provencefamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayakers in front of the Pont du Gard Aqueduct" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#3 NORWAY</b></a><br>Head into the Jostedalen valley, where you&#39;ll kayak and explore the glacier-fed lake – which is tinted a very vivid blue.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman kayaking near a glacier" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#2 VIETNAM</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Halong Bay</a>, considered Vietnam&#39;s eighth wonder of the world, is where 3,000 limestone islands pepper the waters. Exploring the bay in a kayak is an incredible way to easily navigate between and admire the islands.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman kayaking near islands in Halong Bay" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9w2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#1 GAL</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Á</a></b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>PAGOS ISLANDS</b></a><br>The Galápagos Islands are one of the best places in the world to visit for anyone who wants to see wildlife. Here you&#39;ll be able to kayak with sea lions, green sea turtles and marine iguanas while keeping your eyes sharp for blue-footed boobies in the trees along the shores or as they hover over the sea and dive for fish.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Man and Woman kayaking with seals" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Join us for one of these adventures! On a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com" target="_blank">trip</a>, kayaking is just one of many unforgettable experiences.  

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    Multigenerational Vacation Ideas: How to Plan a Trip for Everyone

    There’s an old saying: Family vacations aren’t really vacations. Nothing could be further from the truth! <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multigenerational-travel/" target="_blank">Multigenerational travel</a> – trips that involve parents, kids, and grandparents – offers families the chance to make memories and bond in places other than the Thanksgiving table or a distant cousin’s wedding. Multigenerational family trips are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. First and foremost, it’s easier than ever before to plan a big family excursion, thanks in no small part to the Internet. Second, air travel has advanced considerably over the past few decades, allowing access to countries that were once extremely difficult to reach. <br><br>Taking your entire family on an international trip will be an unforgettable experience. But it does involve a bit of planning and communication amongst family members. Let’s take a look at the steps you’ll want to take as your plan your first multigenerational trip. And then we’ll look at some great places to take the family.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multigenerational-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sERH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Who’s Paying?</b><br><br>Ah, the big question. There’s no right or wrong answer here, of course: multigenerational trips can be a gift from the grandparents to the entire family, or the costs of the trip can be shared between the adults.  What’s important here is to make sure that everyone is clear on who’s paying for what, from the larger expenses – such as airfare and hotels – to meals, even to souvenirs. It’s fairly easy to figure out who’s responsible for the flights and lodging, but it’s just as important for family members to come to an agreement on food and other incidentals. This will allow everyone to budget for the trip before it starts – and will help reduce conflicts while traveling. And once you’ve decided on a budget, stick to it. Spending more than you want can cast a shadow over a great family experience.<br><br><b>What Are We Going To Do?</b><br><br>The goal of a multigenerational family trip is for everyone to have a great time. Seems simple, right? In the excitement of being abroad, exploring a new location, it’s easy to forget that not everyone in the family enjoys the same things. First, think about the big picture. What do you want the overall experience to look like? Perhaps you’re interested in a cultural immersion vacation, spent wandering through old cities, visiting galleries, museums and cultural sites.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multigenerational-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="Grandparent travel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sER2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>OR maybe you’re looking for a bit of adventure – a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">safari</a>, a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">desert trek on camelback</a>, a hiking tour of rainforests. From there, you’ll want to figure out what the daily activities will be. And this can be a challenge. The kids might want to go on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/10-places-to-kayak-around-the-world/" target="_blank">kayaking excursion</a>, but Grandma and Grandpa might not be up for hours of paddling. Conversely, Mom and Dad might want to spend a few hours visiting the local winery – something that the kids might not appreciate. It’s a good idea to plan your activities before you embark on your trip – and make sure that you get ideas from everyone. And look for opportunities that might coincide with each other – if Mom and Dad want to spend a couple of hours at that winery, perhaps the grandparents and the kids can visit a museum, or take that kayaking tour. (Not all grandparents are ready to give up the sporting life!)<br><br><b>Where Are We Going To Stay? </b><br><br>Accommodations are the one thing you shouldn’t skimp on, and there are plenty of practical reasons why. Staying at a world-class hotel will go a long way in ensuring that everyone’s trip is well-balanced. Having a nice, quiet room to take a break in (and get a good night’s sleep) is key to everyone having a great trip, parents and kids and grandparents alike. And if you’re traveling with younger kids, look for family-friendly hotels with amenities for them. Pools, rec rooms, even planned activities for kids can make their experience much better – and give the adults a chance to relax as well. It’s a good idea as well to make sure that your hotel’s restaurants and food service is up to par, just in case everyone feels like staying on the property for a meal. One thing to keep in mind is that the best hotels will always serve a complimentary breakfast – which means that you’ll have one less meal to plan.<br><br>Those are the logistics. The fun part: deciding where in the world you and your family will want to go. Here are some of our favorite destinations for multigenerational trips.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank"><b>Montana</b></a><br><br>Why not start close to home? Although to be fair, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank">Montana</a> probably won’t seem much like your neighborhood. Glacier National Park is one of the crown jewels of America’s national park system; the region’s stunning peaks bear a striking resemblance to the European Alps. It’s a great place to bring the whole family, precisely because you can do as much or as little adventuring as you want, and still have a great time.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Montana" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEMb" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>For the active, there’s hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting. For those who just want to sit on the deck of one of the American West’s finest lodges and watch the eagles soar overhead or look at the moose grazing in the meadows, well, there’s plenty of time to just relax and take it all in.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Costa Rica</b></a><br><br>It’s a neighbor to the south, and a relatively close one, but when you step into <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>, you’ll feel like you’re on the other side of the world. The beaches are warm and inviting, the cloud forests are basically the greatest zoo you’ll ever set foot in, and the people are fond of extending “<i>la pura vida</i>” – the pure life – to their guests. For nature lovers of all ages, there’s simply no better place to be. Some 25% of the entire country is designated as protected land, with over 120 national parks.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEMg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Here you can snorkel next to sea turtles, go for an easy river paddling trip, or walk in silent awe through a rainforest on the side of a volcano. And there’s always time for a siesta.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belizefamily/" target="_blank"><b>Belize and Guatemala</b></a><br><br>Less known, but no less incredible, are Costa Rica’s neighbors <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belizefamily/" target="_blank">Belize and Guatemala</a>. Here you’ll find Mayan ruins, hidden coves, and beautiful lagoons. As with Costa Rica, this is a trip for nature lovers; while it’s not a contest, Belize and Guatemala offer experiences that are wholly unique, from snorkeling on the world’s second-largest barrier reef to climbing to the top of the largest pyramid in the Americas.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belizefamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Belize" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEMv" style="height: 361px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank"><b>London and Paris</b></a><br><br>It’s one of the most amazing feats of modern engineering, and it’s the key to an easy trip to two of the world’s greatest cities. The Chunnel – the underground/underwater tunnel under the English Channel that links France to England – makes a multigenerational trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank">London and Paris </a>a snap. Spend a few days in London, where everyone will enjoy sightseeing and afternoon tea, and then zip on over to Paris, where everyone will enjoy sightseeing and a warm baguette.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank"><img alt="Paris" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEN0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>This is, of course, an oversimplification – there’s a LOT to experience in both cities, from Big Ben to The Louvre, and the easy accessibility to all of London and Paris’ highlights makes this trip an ideal one for your whole family.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>Portugal</b></a><br><br>If you want to take the family to Europe, but want to go to someplace different – as in, “no one we know has ever been there” – <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> is a fantastic choice. It’s got something for everyone. The history buffs will appreciate being at the epicenter of the age of European seafaring exploration.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEN5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Active family members will love nature walks, along beautiful coastlines and stunning valleys. And foodies (which will be everyone) will sample some of Europe’s most amazing food, from the freshest fish imaginable to all sorts of sausages and cheeses. And yes, there’s plenty of great Port wine for the parents and grandparents. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>Greece</b></a><br><br>There’s history, and then there’s mythology, and when you think of mythology, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greece</a> surely comes to mind. Walking in the footsteps of ancient heroes like Hercules, Theseus, and Achilles will fire the imagination of kids of all ages. A trip through the Greek Isles is a trip through legends; sailing on the still Aegean Sea, you and your family will feel like Odysseus himself (although your trip will be much more pleasant).<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sENA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Going from island to island, you’ll see ancient Greek ruins, lounge on spectacular beaches, and wander through friendly villages that have stood for thousands of years. This combination of island-hopping, exploring and relaxing makes the Greek Isles a great choice for a multigenerational trip.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank"><b>Galápagos</b></a><br><br>For an altogether different island experience, take the family to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>. The warm, sunny islands are home to all sorts of amazing animals – giant tortoises, marine iguanas, manta rays, and even a local band of warm-weather penguins! Staying on the actual islands themselves – in luxury accommodations, of course – makes for an incredible, up-close experience that will thrill and delight everyone. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sENK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank"><b>Morocco</b></a><br><br>Yes, you can ride a camel into the desert, on an overnight excursion to a luxury camp. Yes, the camels are friendly. And yes, it is absolutely as great as it sounds. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco</a> is as exotic as you think, a land of red deserts and snow-capped mountains, but it’s also incredibly welcoming.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sENP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Hospitality is deeply ingrained in the culture, and your family will find it in the markets of Marrakesh as well as among the Berbers who dwell in the wilderness. For those families looking for a bit of adventure, a multigenerational travel experience in Morocco should be high on your list.<br><br><br>The opportunities to take multigenerational trips are nearly endless; the memories you, your kids and their grandparents will come away with are priceless. So why wait? Contact Classic Journeys today, and we’ll help you put together a dream trip for your entire family. And yes, it’ll definitely be a vacation.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multigenerational-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sENt" style="height: 177px; width: 500px;"></img></a>

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    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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