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  • International Day of Friendship

    International Day of Friendship: Best Trips to Take with Friends

    Today is International Day of Friendship — an excellent opportunity to appreciate your loved ones and cherish the friendships in your life. The holiday was created in 2011 by the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/background.shtml" target="_blank">UN General Assembly</a> in order to foster the idea that friendships can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. On this day, the UN encourages a celebration of your relationships and friendships between individuals, countries, cultures and beyond. What better way to bond with friends, create new ones and connect communities than through a friend-inspired getaway. Whether you&#39;re looking to escape to a remote beach, explore the great outdoors, galavant through a big city or take a cultural tour, these locations are guaranteed to deliver a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with friends. <br><br><b>Tuscany </b><br><br>There&#39;s no better place to spend time with friends than sitting around a dinner table bonding over the perfect plate of gnocchi in butter and sage paired with a glass of house wine—far better, however, if this dinner table happens to be in the hills of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>. Taking a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscanyculinary/" target="_blank">culinary tour of Italy</a> is a wonderful way to explore the country, delight your tastebuds and learn Italian cooking secrets alongside a group of friends. Chat for hours over <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">wine tastings</a> and catch up as you stroll through vineyards. Get the chance to make new friends in the kitchen, as you visit cheesemakers, bakeries and local chefs and experience firsthand how Italians cook and eat at home. (We&#39;ll bet that you make even more friends upon return when you bring back a secret recipe for the best <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">crostata di ricotta</a> around town). <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW0V" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Cuba</b> <br><br>A trip full of cultural immersion to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cuba&#39;s Caribbean paradise</a> may be the perfect vacation for your group of friends if you enjoy exploring the fascinating history, lounging on beautiful beaches and sitting at a streetside restaurant with a <i>Cuba Libre</i> and cigar in hand. Enjoy time with one another as you explore the colorful colonial cities of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cienfuegos</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Trinidad</a> and exchange looks of awe as you tour <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Havana</a>&#39;s 500-year-old city center and Hemingway&#39;s home. This destination is the perfect combination for lovers of history who have an appreciation for white-sand beaches and a rich and vibrant culture. Your group will not be disappointed as you ride down the oceanside <i>Malecòn </i>in a vintage convertible as the sun sets.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW0a" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Provence</b><br><br>There is no bad occasion to visit the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">south of France</a>. But this destination is perfect for a group trip with your nearest and dearest. Think quiet country trails that wind through cherry orchards beneath rustic perched villages. Meander through the ribbons of purple lavender that drape the hills surrounding <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">Sénanque Abbey</a> and bask in the legendary sunlight as you chat for hours. Lunches will end with ripe figs and goat cheese—all washed down with a sip of chilled rosé. Make sure your group stops to shop in the colorful village markets featuring fresh cheeses, fruits, wines and other local products that make for the perfect midday picnic.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW0k" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Dalmatian Coast - Croatia</b> <br><br>The red rooftops of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik</a> and the sweeping vistas along the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia/" target="_blank">Adriatic sea</a> are enough to ignite a desire to visit the stunning Dalmatian Coast. If you and your friends are <i><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/5-classic-journeys-destinations-on-the-game-of-thrones-shot-list/" target="_blank">Game of Throne</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/5-classic-journeys-destinations-on-the-game-of-thrones-shot-list/" target="_blank">s</a> </i>fans, this ancient city just so happens to be the setting of the infamous King&#39;s Landing. As you explore the city on this gorgeous bay, imagine for a moment that you&#39;re sitting in the site of the Iron Throne itself. Game of Thrones obsessions aside, this region feels undisturbed and offers a provocative glimpse into the past that will excite your group of travelers. The region&#39;s balmy weather, geography and natural beauty paired with friendly locals and delicious food make this destination one of our most popular destinations for groups. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW0p" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Santa Fe &amp; Taos </b><br><br>The glories of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico/" target="_blank">American Southwest</a> have drawn in centuries of cultures and visitors from far and wide. People flock to this enchanting area of the United States for a reason. Every view seems to have a backdrop of mountains, the air is clear, and the sage-strewn plateaus and art-lined streets will keep you and your friends charmed and enthused for days. Explore the architectural wonder of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico/" target="_blank">Santa Fe</a>, stroll through the streets of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico/" target="_blank">Taos</a> Pueblo, and marvel at the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico/" target="_blank">ancient cliff-dwellings</a> of Anasazi Indians. If you enjoy art, architecture and fine regional food—you and your friends will not want this journey to end. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW19" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Traveling with a group of friends can be full of wonderful bonding moments—discovering common interests, sharing laughs and creating memories you will remember long after you&#39;ve returned home. In the name of <a href="https://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/background.shtml" target="_blank">International Day of Friendship</a>, call up your pals and start planning a trip! No better excuse to travel than reconnection with loved ones, bonding with some of your closet friends and creating connections with foreign cultures and communities around the world!<br> 

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  • Hvar Harbor at Sunset, Croatia

    7 Best Things to do in Croatia

    If we could live anywhere, it would be <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Croatia</a>. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe Dalmatia’s Adriatic coastline or Istrian vineyards that Napa should envy. Think cinematic <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik </a>(aka King’s Landing on “Game of Thrones”), Rovinj perched on the tip of a peninsula, and harbor-side Hvar. This is a country where you can do an artisanal olive-oil tasting lesson, take a country walk a million miles from anywhere, and rest up afterward at a 5-star hotel by the sea, all in the same day. You&#39;ll find it incredibly easy to engage with the locals. This is one of our favorite destinations and we are convinced that you will agree. Here are seven of our favorite things to do in Croatia. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#1 Explore the medieval city of Dubrovnik</b></a><br>Enjoy a day learning about <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik&#39;s </a>fascinating history and admiring its beautifully preserved limestone buildings with red-tiled roofs, quaint streets with charming shops and cafes, and massive walls that allow us to experience the city from many vantage points.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Dubrovnik, Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f953" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#2 Follow scenic coastal paths </b></a><br>Just a short distance from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik </a>you can follow along scenic paths that have been used for centuries by shepherds. Almost every step of the way, the Adriatic is in sight, with olive trees and cypress to frame the view.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Adriatic Coastline in Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f958" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#3 Visit Lokrum Island</b></a><br>Just a short ferry ride, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Lokrum Island</a> is an uninhabited, beautiful nature reserve with botanical gardens, a fortress, and a lake in the middle of the island. Spend the day admiring the wonderful wildlife, and picturesque clear blue waters while taking the time to stop for a picnic and swim.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Lake on Lokrum Island, Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95D" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#4 Lunch &amp; wine-tasting</b></a><br>Accept an invitation to our friend, Mario, and his father Teo&#39;s winery. With our incredible hosts, participate in a tasting of the family treasures, accompanied by local cheeses, meats, olives, and fruits served in the cellar and tasting room.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group at a lunch and wine tasting, Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95I" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#5 Stay at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik</b></a><br>Built in 1895 and renovated in 2005, the hotel blends Belle Epoque style with comfort and technology. Spacious guest rooms, decorated in wood and marble finishes, overlook gardens and rooftops of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">old Dubrovnik</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View from terrace of the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95N" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#6 Scenic countryside walk</b></a><br>Venture out on a walk through lavender fields and olive groves that leads us to a working olive mill where we&#39;re treated to a tasting of the locally produced olive oil and bread.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of an Olive tree and the coastline of Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95S" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#7 Hvar &amp; Jelsa</b></a><br>Capture the essence of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Hvar</a>, &quot;as golden as the honey the island is famous for.&quot; Vineyards, lavender fields and honey-colored buildings line our route to the coastal village of Jelsa. In Jelsa enjoy lunch at a local agriturismo.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Hvar Harbor, Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATXH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f95X" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus a little more, without the hassle of logistics—join a Classic Journeys&#39;<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"> culture + walking</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank">family </a>adventure to Croatia. You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!

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  • Group kayaking, Alaska

    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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