• Urquhart Castle Ruins, Scotland

    5 Best Overseas Adventures: Northern Europe

    With 195 countries on 7 continents spanning our globe, choosing your next overseas travel adventure can be overwhelming. To make things easier for you, we&#39;ve rounded up our top five overseas travel adventures... starting with Northern Europe. Whether you choose the diverse nature of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland </a>or the fjords of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">Norway</a>, you&#39;re guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime with Classic Journeys. The only question is... where to next?<br><br><b>TOP 5 TRIPS IN NORTHERN EUROPE:</b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r17" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">ICELAND</a></b><br>It absolutely feels like the planet is trying to spill its secrets on this island. Geysers spout hot spasms into the sky. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Gem-blue glaciers</a> groan and bully their way down rocky valleys. Rivers of cooled lava ripple through the landscape. A waterfall shoots horizontally from a high-up cleft before falling in a rainbow cloud of mist to an empty plain. A mountain is as likely to be pink or purple as gray.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank"><img alt="Norway" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r1C" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">NORWAY</a></b><br>You might be surprised by the variety of activities and amazing sights you&#39;ll experience in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway/" target="_blank">Norway</a>. Imagine gliding through the serene blue waters of fjords on a private boat, walking on a glacier and exploring a Viking Ship Museum.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank"><img alt="Cotswolds" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r1H" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">COTSWOLDS, STONEHENGE &amp; LONDON</a></b><br>This isn’t just the superficially pretty <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">England</a>, it’s the real thing—a rich cultural experience with personal introductions and remarkable access to non-public places. You’ll simply never forget it.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r1M" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">IRELAND</a></b><br>Whether you’re wishing for a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland/" target="_blank">walking tour</a> or returning to roots on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/irelandfamily/" target="_blank">family vacation</a>, Classic Journeys has what you’re looking for on our tours of Ireland. Ireland travel with us means you’ll enjoy a perfect mix of the beauty, walkability and cordial blarney that make it a perennial favorite destination... plus visits to the best local pubs! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehnn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r1R" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank">SCOTLAND</a></b><br>We love the wide-screen scale of the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank"> Scottish Highlands</a>. Great heather-covered moors roll into a broad, blue horizon. Ruined castles stand watch over silvery lochs. There’s a wonderful wildness to it all. But for all of that sweep and solitude, it’s the close-ups of local life that we remember best.<br> 

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  • Chambord Castle in Loire France

    8 of Our Favorite European Castles

    From the fabled location of King Arthur’s birth to an ornately decorated vacation home for noble families, there’s no question that castles run the gambit of historical significance (not to mention their architectural significance). With that in mind, we put together a list of 8 of our favorite European castles.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/loire/" target="_blank"><b>1. Château de Chenonceau, Loire &amp; Burgundy</b> </a>- Arguably the most magnificent and romantic of all châteaux, Chenonceau spans the river and has been the home of six great ladies throughout history. Among them are its builder, Catherine Briconnet, who built it as a home rather than a fortification; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henry II, who added the bridge between the house and the banks of the river; and Catherine de Medici, Henry&#39;s wife. Madame Dupin, who owned the château during the French Revolution, was so kind to the lower classes who lived around the château that it was allowed to survive free from the destruction suffered by many other wealthy homes.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/loire/" target="_blank"><img alt="Chateau de Chenonceau in Loire France" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmBn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jWcJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/loire/" target="_blank"><b>2. Château de Villandry, Loire &amp; Burgundy</b></a> - Not far down the Loire River, Villandry is home to spectacular geometric-shaped gardens with their zigzagging hedges, flowerbeds, vegetable plots and a swan-filled lake. The château itself, has a wonderful collection of paintings, lovely rooms and the magnificent gilded ceiling imported from Toledo, Spain.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/loire/" target="_blank"><img alt="Chateau de Villandry in Loire France" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmBn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jWcO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">3. Broughton Grange Castle, Cotswolds</a></b> – Surrounded by a moat, it dates back to the 1550’s. The grand interiors were featured in the BBC production of <i>Wolf Hall, </i>and the manicured gardens are some of the country’s finest. What better setting to pause for an elegant afternoon tea?<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank"><img alt="Broughton Castle in Cotswolds" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmBn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jX2I" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank">4. Urquhart Castle, Scottish Highlands</a> </b>- Even if the name isn’t familiar, you’ll recognize the distinctive profile of this magnificent ruin on the shores of Loch Ness. Built in the early 13<sup>th</sup> Century, it sits on a fine headland near the stretch of the loch where many of the reputed Nessie sightings occurred.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank"><img alt="Urquhart Castle - Scotland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmBn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jWcT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cornwall/" target="_blank">5. Tintagel Castle, Cornwall</a></b> -  this is where, according to legend, King Arthur was born. When the conquering Normans reached the westernmost land of England, they heard that the ancient seat of Cornwall’s kings had stood atop this soaring headland, surrounded on three sides by the ceaseless surge of the Atlantic. Earl Richard of Cornwall, younger brother of Henry III, decided to build a castle on the spot where his legendary predecessors had held court.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cornwall/" target="_blank"><img alt="Tintagel Castle in Cornwall" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmBn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jX2N" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/loire/" target="_blank"><b>6. Chambord Castle, Loire &amp; Burgundy</b></a> – located in the heart of a forest, where the French sovereigns used to hunt, Chateau de Chambord is one of France’s most recognizable castles, with a combination of French medieval and classical Renaissance architecture. The centerpiece of the chateau is the double spiral staircase that spans three floors. It is rumored to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/loire/" target="_blank"><img alt="Chambord Castle in Loire" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmBn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jX2S" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>7. Pena National Palace, Portugal</b></a> -  The Sintra region was long a favorite site for royal retreats, estates and castles. The most stellar example is Pena National Palace. You’ll be delighted by this treasure of the Romanticist style with beautiful exterior views of its soaring jumble of red, ocher and pink towers.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="Pena Palace in Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmBn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jWcY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank">8. Prague Castle, Prague</a></b> – this UNESCO world heritage site is credited as being the largest coherent castle complex in the world. Its more than 753,000 square feet, is home to palaces, cathedrals, towers, gardens, grand halls, and much more. Dating back to the 9<sup>th</sup> century, Prague Castle has been the seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Roman emperors, as well as presidents of Czechoslovakia, and most recently the president of the Czech Republic.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank"><img alt="Gardens at Prague Castle" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bmBn&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jWcd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a>

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    Ten Top Travel Destinations to Fall in Love Again

    <p>After all, what’s more memorable and intimate than that lovely instant when you draw a little gasp, turn to each other, and realize that this is one of those irreplaceable experiences that you will share forever.</p> <p>The love you feel for a place, a culture, or your favorite travelling companion grows unexpectedly. But here are 10 places that reliably win raves from the passionate travelers who <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">explore the world with Classic Journeys</a>.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank" title="India travel tours">1. The Taj Mahal, wrapped in a plush robe</a></b><br><br>That’s you and not the Taj in the robe. After all, your over-the-top room in the Oberoi Amarvilas overlooks the gleaming white monument to love. The comfort is decadent. The view is the stuff of dreams. And it’s you who is living the enviable life that makes such moments possible.<br><br><img alt="Oberoi hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rwn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank" title="Morocco">2. Under a billion Saharan stars</a></b><br><br>By camel, you arrived at your luxury Berber tent in Morocco’s Merzouga dunes. Campfire dinner is over now, and you wander just past the edge of the camp. Firelight is replaced by the dazzle of the starriest sky you’ve ever seen. Holding hands, you look up and rediscover infinity together. Even if you’ve never wished on a star, this night you will.<br><br><img alt="Berber encampment in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rws" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank" title="Amalfi Coast &amp; Capri tours"><b>3. Arm-in-arm in Capri</b></a><br><br>The day-trippers are gone. Capri’s narrow streets are quiet now, except for the sounds of an evening meal drifting out from an open window. The shops seem to belong to you as their glowing windows light the sidewalk. Arm in arm, you amble aimlessly. (You can’t get lost in this village.) Life is sweet, and there’s a limoncello nightcap calling your name.<br><br><img alt="Quisisana outdoor patio" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rwx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank" title="Cuba travel tours">4. In the back seat of a ’56 Buick</a></b><br><br>Where else could you be but Havana? The vinyl smells new. Elvis is on the radio. The top is down in the warm air. Even if you’re too young to remember this sweet ride from when it was new, you can’t help feeling happy…and how the world of possibility is just waiting for you, the way it is for Cuba these days.<br><br><img alt="Woman riding in classic car in Cuba with arms in the air" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rx2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank" title="Peru vacation packages">5. Cresting the peak above Machu Picchu</a></b><br><br>The last stretch of the Inca Trail is a tease. It seems like you should be to the ancient city by now. And then you crest the top—and Machu Picchu is actually below you. Your condor’s-eye view takes your breath away. You’re happy to claim a boulder and sit for a while just to absorb it all and truly feel on top of the world.<br><br><img alt="Woman looking at Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rx7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank" title="Galapgos Island tour">6. Doing the penguin walk in the Galápagos</a></b></p> <p>Of course, you want to be serious about nature in the Galápagos—Darwin, evolution, and habitat preservation. But the penguins. Oh, the penguins. They’re fearless, funny and face-to-face with you. It’s one of those moments when you realize how crazy-wonderful the world is, especially when a couple of the little guys photobomb your selfie.<br><br><img alt="Galapagos penguins" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank" title="Discover Tuscany"><b>7. On the terrace of your Tuscan villa</b></a><br><br>Notice how the afternoon sun turns your glass of Chianti into drinkable rubies. Watch the breeze send a silver ripple across your grove of olive trees. Smile lazily at the good fortune that led you to this villa hotel. It’s amazing how quickly you discover your were born to live this life—and it’s such an easy life to love.<br><img alt="Villa Le Barone hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey/" target="_blank">8. Floating beside your Turkish yacht</a></b><br><br>The gracious teakwood hull rides the water in a secluded Mediterranean bay. On your back in the calm waters, you look up to the bluest sky. Below, ancient ruins waver ghostlike in the depths. Later, you’ll zag to a coastal village, zig to a Roman amphitheater. But in this sensual moment, you can’t imagine being anywhere else…with anyone else.<br><br><img alt="Gulet in Turkey" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank" title="London to Stonehenge">9. In the silent heart of Stonehenge</a></b><br><br>For you, the legendary stone circle is unbroken. The silence is remarkable. There’s not a tourist in sight, just the pillars of stone—huge, and yet shockingly small in the vastness of the surrounding plains. You don’t need to grasp their ancient mystic meaning to feel the life-changing power of this moment in the Cotswolds.<br><br><img alt="Stonehenge" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank"><b>10. Under the hoodoos’ spell</b></a><br><br>Deep in a dreamlike forest skinny red rock spires called hoodoos, it’s as if you beamed off to another planet. It’s only Bryce Canyon. And yet you get that shiver of excitement from exploring someplace utterly new, a landscape that courses through your life.<br><br><img alt="Bryce Canyon National Park" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>

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